Our writers and editors at West Island News are big fans of podcasts. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all learned new and unique ways to spend our time and enrich our minds.
We put together a list of our favorite podcasts and are sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a fitness buff, a die-hard Habs fan, or a seeker of social justice and change, we promise you will find something to take away from this diverse list.
Do be sure to chat with us in the comments and let us know which podcasts we should check out!
Rhonda Massad, our Editor in Chief, is the glue that holds West Island News Together. Without her never-ending support and commitment, WIN would not be what it is today. It should come as no surprise that someone who keeps a team of 6 together certainly knows how to keep herself together. Passionate about health, fitness, and self-betterment at any age, Rhonda’s top podcast pick is “Fall in Love with Fitness” by Sherry Shaban.
Fall in Love with Fitness
Sherry Shaban is an athletic therapist, osteopath, nutritional consultant, and strength coach. With over 18 years of experience, Sherry has dedicated her life to motivating, inspiring, and empowering thousands of people all over the world to reach their highest potential in health and fitness. If you have ever felt discouraged when it comes to your health and fitness or thought "I could never do that," then tune in to empower your deepest transformation and finally, fall in love with fitness!
Alessandro De Luca, our sportswriter, and reporter is a second-year Journalism student at Concordia University who loves sharing all things physical activity, competition, and athletics with his community. He has you covered when it comes to sports and hockey podcasts. Check out his top picks below:
Former NHL vets Ryan Whitney, Paul Bissonnette, Barstool sports writer Rear Admiral and Producer Mike Grinnell bring their outspoken and irreverent opinions to the masses. Focusing on the NHL but also touching on pop culture and everything else under the sun.
Habs Tonight is an exciting hockey show featuring NHL fan favorite Dale Weise. Dale, aka The Dutch Gretzky, is joined by a revolving cast of co-hosts and other former players and guests as they share the stories and insights that rarely see the light of day on mainstream media.
The Sick Podcast
The Sickest Sports Podcast Around!
Hosted by Tony Marinaro!
Morgan Weinmeister is a fourth-year Sociology student at Concordia University and is passionate about social justice and equality. Driven by her passion for people and her willingness to listen, she aims to tell the personal stories of the community around her. Check out her top podcast recommendations which cover everything from mental health to substance abuse and addiction, to marriage.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology, and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials, or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.
Other People’s Lives
Each week hosts Joe Santagato and Greg Dybec have an anonymous phone call with a stranger they found on the Internet. You never know what topics will be discussed and what stories will be shared.
RELAX! With Colleen Ballinger & Erik Stocklin
Colleen Ballinger has been sharing her life publicly with millions of people online for over a decade, while her husband Erik Stocklin lives a much more private life and barely knows how to use social media. This unlikely couple spends an hour each week discussing anything, everything, and sometimes nothing at all about their unique world. Every episode is an open and honest discussion that often leads to discoveries and revelations as they (along with the rest of us) navigate these unprecedented times.
Kris Artuso is WIN’s photographer, videographer, and opinion editorial writer. Studying Communications at Concordia University, Kris is ardent not only about telling impactful stories through a variety of mediums but also enlightening his community on opinions they may not otherwise have considered. See below for Kris’s favorite podcast finds.
The Jann Arden Podcast
THE JANN ARDEN PODCAST is an iHeartRadio original podcast hosted by multi-talented Canadian icon Jann Arden. The self-titled podcast discusses the challenges, triumphs, and tribulations of everyday life. THE JANN ARDEN PODCAST is a fun-filled, relatable experience that explores what makes all humans authentically themselves with a variety of special guests including musicians, actors, politicians, writers, and athletes.
Well Said by Indigo
Want to sleep better? Cultivate calm? Live more sustainably? Well Said connects you to experts, authors, and thought leaders on the art and science of living well. Hosted by Chief Booklover Heather Reisman and journalist Shivani Persad, each episode invites you into meaningful conversations about well-being and offers takeaways for every day. Listen, learn, live well.
Whether you listen on your morning run, your late-night drive, or all the moments in between, we hope you'll enjoy these podcasts as much as we do.