10 Things Our Editors and Brain Trust Members Are Listening to in Their Free Time

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Our Brain Trust and editors have been spending their free time with headphones on. Whether it’s winding down with a soothing meditation or tuning in to a podcast, here’s what’s currently in the queue.

1 / 10

“When I need a pick-me-up, mind or body, my go-to is anything and everything by Lizzo. At bedtime, it’s Matthew McConaughey’s sleep story in the Calm app—hello sweet dreams! And of course, my Art Beauty Podcast every Tuesday.”

—Amber Milt, on-air beauty host

Calm App
2 / 10

“For the past year, taking a walk has been my connection to the outside world and the one thing that helps me keep some semblance of sanity. I can never get enough of Marc Maron’s podcast—dropping into his celebrity chats is a great substitute for a social life!”

—Liz Ritter, Executive Editor

3 / 10

“I’m a huge fan of NPR’s How I Built This podcast, and so many of Guy Raz’s guests are beauty entrepreneurs. It’s fascinating to hear how some of the household names we know today, like Burt’s Bees and Tatcha, got their start. But I also love the non-beauty segments: Whole Foods, Dell Computers and JetBlue are a few favorites.”

—Brittany Burhop Fallon, Beauty Director

4 / 10

“I’m currently listening to The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Egar. I highly suggest listening to it rather than reading it. She does the reading and it’s like listening to her relive her life and share her incredible philosophy. You will be left feeling like anything you put your mind to is possible.”

—New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD

5 / 10

“I love podcasts! In the car, when I’m getting ready for the day, or cleaning the house, they help stimulate my mind and motivate me! I’m currently listening to Hillary Kerr’s Second Life podcast. I love how she has inspiring guests on who have truly transformed their lives and careers and come from interesting and unique backgrounds. Hilary is also an amazing storyteller and interviewer, and I love how she engages with each of her guests in a thoughtful way.”

—Justine Marjan, celebrity hairstylist

6 / 10

“I’ve been more than addicted to Clubhouse and spend a lot of time listening and participating in conversations with likeminded users in The Skin Enthusiast, The Beauty Room, Beauty Crazed Babes, Girls Love Travel and the All Day Dreaming Radio rooms.”

—Tatiana Bido, Features Editor

7 / 10

“I’ve been listening to a lot of Fujii Kaze ever since discovering him while looking for music for an Instagram reel I was creating. His cover of Just the Two of Us first drew me in, and I’ve since bought as many of his songs as I could find. He sings in both Japanese and English, and his arrangements are pure genius; equal parts dreamy and soulful, his voice always lifts my spirits and makes me want to dance.”

—Rachel Anise, beauty influencer

Instagram: fujikaze
8 / 10

“The podcasts I’ve been loving recently are all across the board. To name a few, More Than One Thing with Athena Calderone, Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, and Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel are all topping my list.”

—Sarah Eggenberger, Senior Editor-at-Large

9 / 10

“I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve re-read Michelle Obama’s Becoming, so I’ve moved on to the audio book. Listening to the former First Lady narrate her story—often when I’m walking my pup—gives it an even stronger sense of relatability that I can’t quit admiring.”

—Danielle Fontana Dooley, Senior Digital Editor

10 / 10

“I was never a podcast person until COVID hit, and after dabbling in my new obsession for the past year, it’s safe to say I’ve found a favorite. Gloss Angeles is a podcast that touches on all things beauty, from interviewing brand founders to unveiling all of the essential details behind new product launches. My long walks have never been more entertaining!”

—Olivia Wohlner, Editorial Assistant

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