BY JEN OLENICZAK BROWN
Binged enough on TV and Netflix to last you a lifetime? Love to support local and NC-owned businesses in all aspects of your life? We’ve got a treat for you – a whole host of our favorite local and state grown podcasts. From education to restaurants to living your best life, tune in to one of our favorite podcasts brought to you right here from North Carolina. Take a few moments to read through our thoughts, and click download to find your next adventure.
We’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t mention our own podcast, Forsyth Mags, led by our fearless leader, Brooke Eagle. Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, this zippy and hyper-local 20-minute conversation features a different business or individual for each episode. Skipping the script, Brooke and the guest have an authentic conversation about how they move through life, with new episodes premiering weekly. If you love hearing about local, this one is for you.
The Man Who Ate the Town
Zeroing in on the culinary scene in and around Winston-Salem, The Man Who Ate the Town monikers itself as a “Food News and Views” podcast, not a food review. Hosted by Tim Beeman and Ray Morgan, each episode is accompanied by a blog post and Zoom recording and is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Foodies that are interested in the news in the area – you’ve got a new binge.
A weekly look at the real stories and real people in education across North Carolina, Education Matters is hosted by Mary-Ann Wolf, the Public School Forum President and Executive Director. The show covers everything from the history of public education to the impact of legislation and policy decisions on our public schools. Recent episodes tap into the pandemic, equity in education and policing in schools. Education Matters is available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Yoke and Abundance Wise Women Podcast
Hosted by Alisha Wielfaert, this podcast inspires you weekly by introducing you to creative women that are living their most abundant lives. From entrepreneurship to mindfulness, guests share lessons and wisdom around the theme of abundant mindset. The eclectic mix of women guests encompass songwriters, activists, authors and more, and can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Produced by 88.5 WFDD, our local NPR station, Carolina Curious taps questions from the community, no matter how serious or silly. Their tag lines include statements like “You ask the question, the public votes, 88.5 WFDD reports and you surprise your friends with this newfound knowledge.” Topics and episodes have included questions like What’s a Red Herring?, What Makes North Carolina a Purple State?, Are Bugs Disappearing in North Carolina and How Do Different Dialects Develop in North Carolina? Carolina Curious is available on Apple Podcasts.
A bit further out, AcaDames is based out of the Triangle and a biweekly podcast on women in academia. The episodes cover a diverse range of women, stories and experiences and explores if being in academia is a dream, game or scam – all centered around interviews. The hosts, Whitney Robinson and Sarah Birken, are academics themselves – both assistant professors with a passion for sharing insider knowledge about professional advancement. AcaDames can be found on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Can’t get enough election coverage? Domecast is full of adventures in state government and politics for North Carolina. Led by the team from The News & Observer, the podcast covers recounts, lawsuits, intern takes and more. The dialogue and news is nonpartisan, so if you’re interested in learning without the party slant, Domecast can be found on Apple Podcasts.