Working from home can feel mundane, but it doesn’t seem too bad when we’re busy jamming to Taylor Swift on repeat. But while we love music just as much as the next person, it can be interesting to switch up our playlist with a podcast or two.

From topics on career and love to beauty and food, there is a variety of informational yet entertaining podcasts to choose from depending on your mood. For first-timers, there can be an overwhelming amount of options; it’s almost like trying to pick a film on Netflix.

If you’re not sure where to begin, check out some of our podcasts picks.

1. How I Built This with Guy Raz

Podcasts about life, love and beauty to put on when working from home
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Have you always wondered about the whys and hows of giant brands like Starbucks or Bobbi Brown Cosmetics? Well, then How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR might just be the perfect podcast for you. In the hour-long episodes, host Guy Raz chats with company founders on the story and journey behind the brands or movements they’ve built.

If you have a shorter attention span, you can check out 30-minute excerpts from their How I Built Resilience series, where guests share with Guy Raz about navigating through business challenges during the pandemic.

Listen to How I Built This with Guy Raz on and Spotify.

2. Modern Love

Podcasts about life, love and beauty to put on when working from home
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If you’re a romantic, you most likely will have heard of Modern Love by The New York Times. The series started out as a weekly column, and eventually branched out to become a book, television show and podcast. The audio version is known for its 30-minute episodes, where essays on everything related to relationships are narrated by celebrities such as Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Keys.

In October 2020, the audio series was revamped and now features new love stories and also essays from the Modern Love column archives.

Listen to Modern Love on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

3. Breaking Beauty

Podcasts about life, love and beauty to put on when working from home
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Beauty junkies will love the Breaking Beauty podcast. Similar to How I Built This, tune in to hosts beauty editors Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins interview the founders of different beauty and makeup brands like Glossier and ColourPop. Episodes are over 40 minutes long and cover all the goss behind your favourite go-to products for getting glammed up.

If you’re curious about what beauty products are out on the market, their #damngood series reviews a variety of skincare, haircare and makeup. There are also a ton of other informative episodes like how to make your vanity Instagram-worthy, or dermatologist-approved ways to treating those panda eyes.

Listen to Breaking Beauty on their website, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

4. Real-Life Korean Conversations For Beginners

Podcasts about life, love and beauty to put on when working from home
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If you’ve been wanting to step up your game at better understanding Korean dramas without subtitles, Real-Life Korean Conversations for Beginners is a podcast that you might find useful. It features two-minute-long conversations between native speakers on a particular topic. At the end, they recap on the phrases that were commonly used, which makes learning new words easier.

The podcast is created by Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK), and is based on their book of the same title. You might have also seen some of TTMIK’s popular videos on Youtube, which teach informative and engaging Korean phrases and sentences.

Listen to Real-Life Korean Conversations For Beginners on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Check out TTMIK’s other podcasts available for mastering the Korean language.

Whether you’re working from home, commuting, or doing some chores, these podcasts are an easy way to pass the time while adding useful tidbits of knowledge to your life.

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