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The best podcasts for Heartfelt stories of challenges and healing

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Who am I?

I'm a podcaster, teacher and a crisis hotline volunteer; in every aspect of my life I inject empathy and care for others and it fills me with purpose and joy. When I've given someone motivation and a reason to live or stay or fight, I feel I've fulfilled my purpose of leaving the world slightly better than when I came in it. I've always been inclined to having deep conversations and digging below the surface. As people around me shared their personal journeys, I realised the ability I had to connect with everyones story on some level and all those judgements I held when I didn't know enough, started to shed. I believe the world would be connected and filled with love and empathy if we all opened up about our stories, just a little. If we trust, just a little, we can help others through some of their hardest of times, and let them know that they are not alone in their story.

My Show

What is my podcast about and/or how does it relate to the playlist topic you chose?

Episodes are interviews where we feature guests from all backgrounds to share their personal trials and tribulations and how they overcame them. Topics are wide ranging and not limited to any one topic. Stories such as: - Mental health: addiction, eating disorders, traumas, bipolar disorder... - Unique stories: high school shooting, FGM, prison experiences, bank robberies, NDEs, cult survivors... - Career related: prison therapy, social worker..

What is my podcast playlist about?

All guests get deep and vulnerable sharing some of the darkest moments in their lives. They all end on a positive note and with some great take aways for listeners to be inspired by. They all offer insight on life, community and togetherness.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. The Life Shift - Life-Changing Pivotal Moments

Why this podcast?

Similar premises, fantastic host and great questioning, inspirational and some great stories! Host is so useful and proactive in supporting other podcasts too.

The Life Shift - Life-Changing Pivotal Moments
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5.0

What is your pivotal moment? The Life Shift Podcast is a weekly podcast featuring candid conversations with people about the pivotal moments that changed their lives forever. We all have our stories, but through these conversations, we discover communities. We learn that there are commonalities through the ups and downs that we all face. But most importantly, we learn that we are not alone. The Life Shift podcast highlights life-altering moments and humanizes the struggles and triumphs through them all. Hosted by Matt Gilhooly "I want these conversations to feel like eavesdropping on two friends having a human conversation. These are the conversations that we should be having with each other. Below the surface." Please follow/subscribe on your favorite podcast app, listen to new episodes every Tuesday, and let me know your thoughts about the show.< If you enjoy The Life Shift Podcast, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon. www.patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast For more information, please visit: https://www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com

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2. This Is Actually Happening

Why this podcast?

Amazing and unique stories with guests that have been through such adversity and come out of it with such great message

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4.4

What if you were trafficked into a cult...or were mauled by a grizzly bear...or were stabbed 27 times by a serial killer - what would you do? This is Actually Happening brings you extraordinary true stories of life-changing events told by the people who lived them. From a man who woke up in the morgue to a woman stranded in a Mexican desert fighting to survive, these stories will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happens next.

Listen to exclusive episodes of This is Actually Happening exclusively and ad-free by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/this-is-actually-happening/ now.

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3. A Slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar

Why this podcast?

Really eloquent and well-spoken host with great line of questions and thought provoking ideas. Great conversations that inspire me to think outside the box

No Harm In Asking - A Slight Change of Plans with Maya Shankar
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03/23/22 • 24 min

In this episode Mike and Eric review the podcast "A Slight Change of Plans" hosted by Maya Shankar. Conceived in 2021, it was selected as Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year and is now in its second season. In this podcast, Maya leverages her background in social and behavioural science alongside personal teenage tragedy into beautifully composed stories of resilience in the face of change. What unique combination of attributes might you possess that can be combined into a killer podcast? Is being nice under any and all circumstances a winning podcast strategy? Should you stick with your theme 100% of the time? How can you use editing to effectively move listeners through your podcast? What tricks can you use to engage your listener without constant conversation? These questions and more are discussed in this award-winning podcast.

For this review we will focus on her November 22, 2021 episode - The Science of Grit with Angela Duckworth.

You can follow @DrMayaShankar on Instagram.

Her podcast is available here: https://www.pushkin.fm/show/slight-change-of-plans/

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4. What Was That Like - a storytelling podcast with amazing stories from real people

Why this podcast?

Wide range of unique and compelling stories that are well detailed. Wonderful, active and caring host that offers great support to other podcasters

A storytelling podcast, with first-hand amazing stories presented by Scott Johnson and Meredith Hackwith Edwards. Each storyteller tells their own personal true story, with all the details of what happened. Animal attacks, plane crashes, mass shootings, and more – you'll hear what happened directly from the person who experienced it, and the inspirational outcome of how they came out on the other side.

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5. Planet Money

Why this podcast?

Insightful, light hearted, informative, eye-opening and easy-to-understand well explained concepts that caters to listeners that may not understand the economy of things. It's put in a way thats easy and interesting to listen to.

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4.8

Wanna see a trick? Give us any topic and we can tie it back to the economy. At Planet Money, we explore the forces that shape our lives and bring you along for the ride. Don't just understand the economy – understand the world.
Wanna go deeper? Subscribe to Planet Money+ and get sponsor-free episodes of Planet Money, The Indicator, and Planet Money Summer School. Plus access to bonus content. It's a new way to support the show you love. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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