Laugh it up and cry it out: Some of the best podcasts to stream if you’re going through a breakup (or any kind of rough time right now)

round up March 10, 2023

We’ve gathered some podcasts to fill your heart and divert your attention toward wholesome content if you’re going through a breakup or other tough times. On our list, you’ll find hilarious comedy fiction, insightful shows to help you along, and heartfelt interviews on shows like “On Purpose with Jay Shetty.”

You might want to grab some tissues when streaming inspiring conversations on “We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle.” For escapism at its finest, tune into nonsensically imaginative podcasts that you can binge in a few hours.

If comedic riffing is your preferred kind of pod to take your mind off things, check out “Comedy Bang Bang!” On “The Glitch,” hear what happened when an Australian man realized he could withdraw $1.6M from an ATM and lived it up for four months. So feel the feels, cry it out, and perhaps you’ll enjoy this variety of podcasts.

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Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast

Listen to ‘Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast’

Earwolf presents “Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast.” Host Scott Aukerman seamlessly mixes character work and conversations with comedians on weekly episodes. You’ll never know who’s going to stop by next with Aukerman’s open door policy as the odd guests play games, riff, and laugh.

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Valley Heat

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Starburns Audio’s “Valley Heat” follows a freelance insurance adjuster Doug Duguay’s personal saga in bimonthly episodes. When he begins investigating sketchy activity in his Burbank neighborhood, Rancho Equestrian District, Duguay takes action and documents his findings. It’s an absurdly hilarious series with original music from the band Cephalopods Are People.

We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle

We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle

Listen to ‘We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle’

On “We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle,” the Untamed author is chatting with her partner Abby Wambach and Doyle’s sister Amanda. The co-hosts often share their own experiences and empower listeners with inspiring conversations while reminding everyone that we can overcome challenges. The Cadence13 podcast welcomes guests like Lily Collins, Kamala Harris, Dr. Becky Kennedy, Tracee Ellis Ross, and more bright minds.

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Death, Sex & Money

Listen to ‘Death, Sex & Money’

“Death, Sex & Money” asks heavy-hitting questions frequently skipped over in conversations. On this WNYC Studios’ series, host Anna Sale chats with celebrities and everyday people about family, money, relationships, work, and beyond. Check out over 100 episodes with guests like the Daniels (creators of Everything Everywhere All At Once), the co-creators of Marcel the Shell, “Song Exploder” host Hrishikesh Hirway, and Margo Price.

The Glitch

Listen to ‘The Glitch’

When an Australian man discovered he could withdraw money from an ATM without limits, he grabbed $1.6M and spent everything in under four months. Hear the true story of Dan Saunders’ ATM card glitch, the cringe-worthy shenanigans he was up to, and his run-in with the law. Stream all nine episodes from the beginning. “The Glitch” is presented by Podshape.

Wooden Overcoats

Wooden Overcoats

Listen to ‘Wooden Overcoats’

Prepare to laugh if you’re a fan of dark humor. When siblings Rudyard and Antigone Funn take over their family’s funeral business on “Wooden Overcoats,” there’s trouble brewing. Upon learning that there’s new competition in town, a new parlor run by Eric Chapman, they’re ready to do whatever it takes to keep their business alive. Start the comedy fiction series’ four seasons from the very beginning.

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Pulling the Thread with Elise Loehnen

Listen to ‘Pulling the Thread with Elise Loehnen’

Pulling the Thread with Elise Loehnen” investigates life’s major questions in conversations with authors, experts, doctors, scientists, thinkers, and leaders. From “why do we do what we do?” to learning ourselves better, and banding together to create a better world, the episodes are brimming with thoughtfulness. This podcast is presented by Cadence13.

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On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Listen to ‘On Purpose with Jay Shetty’

“On Purpose with Jay Shetty” hopes to “make wisdom go viral” and speaks with a variety of guests on semiweekly episodes. Shetty used to be a monk and tackles topics like being more productive, scientific ways to spark your creativity, finding purpose, stopping toxic habits, and more insight. You might even learn some mindfulness tools to use in everyday life.

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Beef and Dairy Network Podcast

Listen to ‘Beef and Dairy Network Podcast’

Hear the latest and most bizarre news bulletins, documentary topics, fictitious medical myths, and more comedic takes on the world of animal products and the livestock industry. On’s “Beef and Dairy Network,” Benjamin Partridge doles out absurd comedy and is joined by guests like comedians Mike Wozniak, Tom Crowley, Nick Offerman, and Josie Long.

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