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10 Podcasts to Listen to Over the Holidays

Last updated on: 
July 26, 2022

As we get closer and closer to the holidays, we at Quill thought we’d provide you all with 10 of our favorite podcasts to check out over the break.

As we get closer and closer to the holidays, Quill thought we’d provide you all with some of our favorite podcasts to check out over your break. 

1. Storytime with Seth Rogan 

If you’re looking for a good celebrity podcast, Storytime with Seth Rogan is at the top of our lists. Putting a fun twist on the average celebrity interview-style podcast, this show actually takes celebrities' interesting, weird, shocking, and wild stories and turns them into an audio-based cinematic production. 

And let me tell you, it’s hilarious. 


2. Huberman Labs

Want to improve your knowledge around science and find actionable advice on how you can live your life better? Huberman Labs, hosted by neuroscientist Andrew Huberman, is focused on teaching everyday people about the power of science and how to bring it into your daily life. 

Everything from stress, muscle gain, sleep, happiness, and more, Huberman Labs has you covered. 


3. Becoming Wise

Hoping to work on becoming more wise in 2022—in the same amount of time that it takes for you to make your morning coffee or tea? Krista Tippett provides listeners with quick but powerful podcast episodes featuring brilliant guests, all with the goal of helping you become more wise and live a fuller life. 


4. Beautiful/Anonymous

Beautiful/Anonymous is a show that comes recommended by many. The premise of the podcast is that listeners can call in anonymously and share anything they want, and the typical results are powerful, scary, or heartbreaking stories. The podcast is hosted by Chris Gethard, who does an amazing job of following the guest through their story.  


5. Spooked

Why not get a little spooky over the holidays? 

Spooked features stories from individuals who have experienced first-hand supernatural situations that to this day they still can’t believe happened. Not only is the sound design incredible but we’re not going to lie… these stories are actually spooky. 


6. The Daily 

If you’re interested in staying up-to-date on what’s happening around the world over the holidays, tune in to The Daily. A famous podcast that we’re sure you’ve heard of, The Daily is a podcast that brings listeners the biggest stories to date, every day. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, each episode of The Daily is just 20 minutes long, so it’s an easy way for you to get all the information you need. 


7. Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

This is truly one of our favorite podcasts. 

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a light-hearted, heart-warming, and hilarious podcast. If you want to just calm your mind and laugh with some celebrities, tune in to this show. The goal of the podcast is for Conan to form deeper relationships with the guests and somehow as a listener, you’ll feel as if you’ve formed a deeper connection with them as well. 


8. Feel Better, Live More 

Let’s get healthier during this holiday season. 

Hosted by Dr. Chatterjee, Feel Better, Live More is a podcast that’s simplifying the over-complicated world of health and wellness. Dr. Chatterjee speaks with amazing guests to give you actionable advice on how you can live a better and more fruitful life. 


9. On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Hosted by famous speaker and author, Jay Shetty, the podcast is on a mission to make wisdom go viral. Jay has fascinating conversations with even more fascinating individuals. If you want to work on clearing your mind and focusing on your mental power during the holidays, On Purpose is the podcast for you. 


10. Every Little Thing

Ever had a question that you’ve been dying to have the answer to? Every Little Thing is answering all those questions for you. 

Questions like why do we cry? How do squirrels track their nuts? Is it weird to be nice to Alexa? These burning questions that may seem strange, random, or unaskable get answered in a fun, light-hearted manner on this podcast.  

Alison Osborne

Director of Growth Marketing

A passionate storyteller, Ali is Quill’s Director of Growth Marketing, previously the co-founder and CMO of the branded podcast agency, Origins Media Haus (acquired by Quill). She excels in merging creativity with data in order to successfully build and grow a brand.

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