Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Melinda's Favorite Podcasts

In an effort to be smart and cultured, I started listening to podcasts about a year ago. Currently, I have 4 podcasts in rotation but welcome suggestions for more. Got something you love that you want to tell me about? Leave it in the comments! 

Under The Dome  
The Under the Dome team at The News & Observer present the Domecast, your source for reviews and previews of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina. You can learn more at

Fun fact: I love government/politics. There were even a few years in high school when I thought politics would be my future, but then the entertainment industry came calling and it's got a lot more glamour. Even though I am 2k+ miles away, I love keeping up with the drama that is North Carolina government. Under The Dome helps me do that. Ran by the N&O team, Under The Dome is informative, well rounded and usually pretty hilarious. 

Shout out to the Under The Dome team for making my life by sending me this awesome mug.

Group Text With Erin And MeLissa 
Erin & MeLissa interview other humans about friendship, technology, and communication, and how all those things may be helping or completely destroying our lives. 

Erin and MeLissa are two dear nuggets that I love very much. They are a part of my church community and two of the most hilarious ladies around. On Group Text, Erin and MeLissa interview their comedy colleagues and it generally makes me laugh so hard I cry in traffic. 

Walking The Floor with Chris Shiflett
Walk the floor with Dead Peasants frontman and Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett as her interviews all manner of interesting people and tries to find out what makes them tick. 

After reading the description of, there is no question as to why I listed this podcast as one of my favorites. However biased I may be, Chris Shiflett really puts out some amazing content on Walking The Floor. What started as a project to interview everyone involved in the old Bakersfield country scene has morphed into a really great  podcast that features some of musics heavy hitters. I actually met Chris at one of Nate Mendel's Lieutenant show's and told him that I was an avid listener. He seems pretty stoked on it but then again maybe he was just terrified of me because I kept screaming "I LOVE YOUR PODCAST" in his face. Professional, Melinda. 

Dear Sugar Radio
The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar — the cult-favorite advice column from The Rumpus — is back, but this time speaking right into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.

Cheryl Strayed + life advice? Sign me up! Dear Sugar is by far my favorite podcast ever. Listeners write in anonomously then Cheryl, Steve, and usually an expert guest, give their advice. Some of the topics are dark and don't really pertain to me but for the most part, I can relate to many of the problems posed.