What Are You Listening To? {My Favorite Podcasts}

What Are You Listening To? {My Favorite Podcasts}

Monday through Friday, I️ make the hour long commute from Ascension Parish to teach in Baker. In the morning my commute is about 45 minutes, but in the afternoon, it’s a different story. I️t can range from 50 minutes to an hour on a good day, but I’ve been in the car for an hour and 45 minutes before. If you live in Baton Rouge, then you know traffic is part of our charm.

I️ get asked constantly about my commute and why I do it. I️ love teaching at my school, and the commute isn’t that bad (most of the time). I️t can actually be pretty productive. I️ get some much needed alone time, I️ can pump hands free (don’t worry, I️ set up everything before I️ get on the road and don’t clean up until I’m parked), and I can listen to podcasts!

There are so many awesome podcasts that are available, and I didn’t really discover them until I️ was spending a full work day a week on I️-10. Here are some of my favorites. (Note: they’ll let you know if there is colorful language when you download!)

Strong Opinions Loosely Held

At some point, you’ve probably seen one of their female positive videos shared on Facebook. The podcast is just that – lots of good discussions on being a modern woman and all that it encompasses. There are topics that range from motherhood to technology to politics. Overall, it’s good stuff and you’re bound to leave with your own strong opinion.

Carrie On: The Sex and the City Podcast

Yes, I️ know it has been ten years since the last episode aired on HBO, but the goal of this podcast is to see if the themes of the show are still relevant. The show is hosted by a young married couple, and it’s very interesting to get both a male and female perspective. SATC is in the news constantly at any given time (Will there be a third movie?! Is Miranda the feminist we all needed?) so it’s fun to listen to the hosts’ thoughts on how Carrie Bradshaw would handle social media.

Freakonomics Radio

I️ first learned about Freakonomics from the documentary on Netflix, and I️ was so excited to find there was podcast. The majority of the topics are similar to the documentary where the raised question is “why do humans do the things they do?” The interviews are fascinating also. Check out the one featuring entrepreneur Miki Agrawal. It’s not disappointing!

NPR’s Code Switch

You’ll have to step out of your comfort zone with this one. I️t tackles politics, education, history, and race. There was a three part episode on the first year of an all male high school, and you don’t have to be an educator to appreciate the vivid storytelling.

Some other popular podcasts are Serial, any TED talks, and This American Life. Podcasts are the perfect background when Waze is telling you there’s a 15 minute jam at Siegen Lane.

There are A LOT of us on the road, so what are you listening to?

Camille has always had ties to Baton Rouge even though she didn’t live here until she finished college. Both of her parents grew up in the Red Stick but she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) with a BA in Communication Studies, she moved to Baton Rouge and welcomed her adorable son Caleb (7) less than a year later. She navigated life being a divorced mom until 2015 when she married her incredibly supportive husband Chris in San Francisco. They welcomed baby Christian in the summer of 2017. Truly a “Jane of all Trades”, she has worked in non-profit, local news, retail management, and owned a successful childcare facility. All roads led her to be an elementary school teacher which she believes is her calling. Camille enjoys “family fun days” where they explore BR, CrossFit, baking, and drinking all the coffee. She lives with her family in Ascension Parish with their chubby puggle Chloe.


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