Stream these local podcasts this spring

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Whether I’m strolling at the park, cleaning my house, or cruising around the Parkway, there’s something about spring that makes me crank up a podcast. Fortunately, there are more than a few local podcasts to educate, entertain + enlighten you. A perk of living during this podcast renaissance is that there’s truly something for everyone: food lovers, music fans, business champs, etc. So without further adieu, let’s jump into Asheville podcast-land.

🎧 Band of the Sky

Local music lovers shouldn’t miss this podcast, which explores Asheville’s unique music history from the 1960s-’90s. It goes beyond musicians, songwriters, and venues, delving into how social movements such as the Asheville schools’ integration affected local music.

🎧 Fireside Crime

Formerly the podcast Murder Me, this show examines local + national crimes ranging from murder to misdemeanors. Hosted by locals Cheyenne Flying and Jennifer Bradley, it’s similar to the popular My Favorite Murder podcast, but better on account of the local flavor and focus they bring.

🎧 Her Two Cents

Hosted by local financial advisors Laura Webb + Faith Doyle, this podcast offers a multigenerational perspective on empowering women financially. An added bonus? The hosts’ approachability and warmth make even potentially stuffy and/or intimidating topics entertaining and, I dare say, fun.

🎧 How Are You Healing?

Are you interested in ways to boost your quality of life that don’t come from a prescription pad? Explore unorthodox avenues to improve your health and better your life (like shamanism and equine therapy) with this podcast, which is hosted by Dr. Michael Fortini through the WNC Holistic Center.

🎧 Relationships! Let’s Talk About It with Pripo Teplitsky

Hosted by local psychotherapist Pripo Teplitsky, LCMH‪C‬ — who specializes in relationship issues — this podcast uses guest conversations + personal monologues to explore how we can have happier, more harmonious relationships with those we love.

🎧 Speaking of Travel

Now entering its eighth season, this podcast — hosted by travel lover + marketing maven about town Marilyn Ball — takes you around the world by highlighting the ways travel affects our lives for the better. Go ahead and pack your bags, because these stories will give you travel inspo galore.

🎧 The Okra Podcast

Food offers connection to community + culture, and co-hosts Rebekka White and Chris Smith — executive director of the Utopian Seed Project and author of the 2020 James Beard Award Winner The Whole Okra — use the humble and deceptively cool okra plant as the vessel.

🎧 The Pisgah Podcast

Wanna stay on top of the mountain biking scene in WNC? Then be sure to tune into this podcast, which launched in December of last year. Hosts Drew Hager + Michael McQueen discuss everything from seasonal gear and trails to local forest roads and area bike parks.

🎧 The Talking Book

Whether you’re a writer, reader, or both, this podcast — the official one of Asheville’s indie audiobook studio The Talking Book — lets you aurally explore readings + conversations with innovative authors.

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