The Kulfi Bites team recommends podcasts for every mood & moment
Sometimes, you just gotta pop on a podcast and immerse yourself.
By Kulfi Bites Team
We all work best in different environments. As we click away at our keyboards, some of us like to blast South Asian music, listen to chill low-fi beats on a low volume, or steep in a podcast—which includes lots of back-tracking and re-listening when we get lost in our work. Podcasts have been such an exciting form of emerging media in the last couple of years that highlight knowledge-sharing and unique storytelling. Here are 9 podcasts we love to listen to that span a multitude of genres: from successful businesses demystified to comedians giving unqualified advice.
1. How I Built This | BUSINESS
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. Some of our favorite episodes are: Bumble: Whitney Wolfe, Tatcha: Vicky Tsai, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics: Bobbi Brown.
Recommended by Priyanka Ganjoo, @priyankaganjoo
2. The Beauty Brains | BEAUTY
Discover the beauty and cosmetic products you should use and avoid. In this podcast, real scientists answer your beauty questions. Perry Romanowski and Valerie George are the cosmetic chemists and brains behind this podcast. Some episodes to look out for are: Is micellar water really great...?, Is it okay to blend beauty products?, and How can I tell if a product causes acne?
Recommended by Sree Kathiravan, @beautybysree
3. The goop Podcast | WELLNESS
Gwyneth Paltrow and goop's Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors—from doctors to creatives, CEOs to spiritual healers—about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations. Some guests featured are: actor Lupita Nyong’o, designer Eileen Fisher, and The Wing founder Audrey Gelman.
Recommended by Zehra Naqvi, @zehra_hk
4. 88 Cups of Tea | WRITING
This writing podcast created by actor & creative Yin Chang explores and unpacks conversations that touch on topics like overcoming rejections and challenges, querying tips and crafting advice, lifestyle habits that support the heart and the soul, what it means to be Human while navigating a creative path, and more. It nurtures a supportive environment that aims to encourage, inspire, and entertain. Guests to listen to are: Roshani Chokshi, Jasmin Kaur, and Samira Ahmed.
Recommended by Samia Abbasi, @samiabossee
5. The Michelle Obama Podcast | RELATIONSHIPS
The Michelle Obama Podcast features the former First Lady diving deep into conversations with loved ones—family, friends, and colleagues—on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are. It is produced by Dustlight, Higher Ground Audio, and Spotify. Our favorite episodes include: Across Generations: Michelle Obama and Her Mentees and What Your Mother Never Told You About Health with Dr. Sharon Malone.
Recommended by Pritika Gupta, @pritikagupta
6. Urgent Care | COMEDY
Self-proclaimed lifestyle gurus/very successful freaks Joel Kim Booster and Mitra Jouhari dispense completely unqualified advice to people who apparently have nowhere else to turn. Coupling their unique comedic perspectives with completely unquestioned certainty in their own infallibility, Mitra and Joel will change your life, for better or honestly maybe worse! Some episodes to check out are: Baellywood, Law & Hoarder, and Shareless Theron.
Recommended by Safa Arsh, @safa.arsh
7. In the Dark | NEWS
Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. Season 1 looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime. Also, a special report on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta. Favorite episodes include: Watermelon Slim, Back to Winona, and The Confessions.
Recommended by Renuka Garg, @looks.by.ren
8. You’re Wrong About | HISTORY
Mike Hobbes and Sarah Marshall are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination. Episodes you need to listen to are: Halloween Special: Creepy Encounters, “The Prom Mom,” and Why Didn’t Anyone Go to Prison for the Financial Crisis?
Recommended by Janvi Sai, @janvisai
9. Brown History Podcast by Ahsun Zafar | CULTURE
South Asia through the lens of South Asians. Ahsun Zafar has featured guests like: author of “Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America” Vivek Bald, photojournalist Adib Chowdhury, and author of “A Woman Like Her” Sanam Maher.
Recommended by Nivita Sriram, @nivitasriram
All images from podcasts' websites. Cover photo credit: Rakhmat Suwandi