6 Authors Who Also Host Popular Podcasts

Books have an incredible ability to spark a reader's imagination, but one drawback is the time it takes to put them out. That's why so many authors also produce podcasts, which allow for an immediate connection with audiences and the ability to react to current events. These creators of successful shows have also taken the time to write thoughtful books, bringing their fans a whole new type of experience. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Talented Podcasters Who Are Also Authors

Name Podcast Popular Published Work
Jessica Honegger Going Scared Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared
Steph Gaudreau Listen To Your Body The Core 4: Embrace Your Body, Own Your Power
Christopher Ryan Tangentially Speaking Civilized to Death: What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity
Manoush Zomorodi ZigZag Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self
Hillary Frank The Longest Shortest Time Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches
Brandon Steiner Unplugged You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started from Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire

Steph Gaudreau on Body Positivity

Resources That Provide Parents With Advice & Support

Name Description
Honest Mum Parenting & lifestyle blog that covers family, food, business, beauty, and more
Equally Shared Parenting Online resource & book for parents who want to share equally in the raising of their children
Center for Parent & Teen Communication Multidisciplinary team working to offer practical, science-based strategies for strengthening family connections and building youth prepared to thrive
You, Baby and I Blog that follows a young South African woman's journey as a mother and entrepreneur
Pennies of Time Nonprofit organization that provides resources for families to raise kind kids and create compassionate problem solvers through acts of kindness and service projects
The Anti-June Cleaver Family blog that covers easy meals, craft ideas, kids' books, and more

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In Depth

For centuries, writers have been penning books to share stories, knowledge, and other information designed to educate or entertain. With the invention of new technologies over time, many writers have gravitated toward other media for these same purposes. The authors included here, presented in no particular order, have all chosen the podcast as an additional platform of choice, expanding their audiences by offering diverse content in audio form.

For #1 we have Jessica Honegger. This Austin-based author and entrepreneur is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a fashion brand that supports artisan businesses around the world. Her book, "Imperfect Courage," shares real-life inspiration to help readers understand their worth, embrace vulnerability, connect with community, and realize their full potential. This ambition also informs Honegger's podcast, "Going Scared," which involves stories, tips, and lessons on going beyond your comfort zone and living with purpose.

"Going Scared" features interviews with a range of guests, from psychologists to business leaders and artists. Episodes have focused on subjects including anxiety, career-building, body image, social advocacy, motherhood, and empowerment. Honegger brings discussion of these and other topics to her various speaking engagements, where she uses storytelling to motivate audiences to face their fears, take positive action, and help foster a supportive community. In 2017, the author was honored with an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Episodes have focused on subjects including anxiety, career-building, body image, social advocacy, motherhood, and empowerment.

Showing up at #2 is Steph Gaudreau, a nutritional therapy and strength-training expert who helps women around the globe find a more nourishing approach to food and fitness. In her bestselling book, "The Core 4," she outlines a four pillar philosophy for embracing your body, empowering your mind, and building health. Trained in biology and human physiology, Gaudreau is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance coach.

On her weekly "Listen to Your Body" podcast, Gaudreau explores the intersection of body, mind, and spiritual health, helping listeners master their abilities to eat and move more intuitively. Mixing solo chats and interviews with guest experts, the podcast provides knowledge and advice related to nutritional therapy, mental health, body acceptance, and much more. For further wellness inspiration, Gaudreau offers recipes, fitness regimens, and nutrition information on her website, along with instructional videos.

For #3 we get Christopher Ryan, co-author of "Sex at Dawn." A New York Times bestseller, the book challenges dominant views of human sexual evolution, taking on subjects from monogamy to marriage. His more recent book, "Civilized to Death," provocatively questions the benefits of civilization. Ryan also hosts the weekly podcast "Tangentially Speaking," which is often recorded on the road. It features conversations with famous comics, artists, drug smugglers, porn stars, rattlesnake experts, and other eclectic personalities.

A New York Times bestseller, the book challenges dominant views of human sexual evolution, taking on subjects from monogamy to marriage.

In addition to "Tangentially Speaking," Ryan is a frequent guest on "The Joe Rogan Experience" and many other podcasts. He and his work have appeared on Netflix, HBO, CNN, and NPR, among sundry more media platforms, and he has been a featured speaker at a number of prominent festivals and forums. Since buying a van in 2017, Ryan has spent summers driving around the western US and Canada, meeting up with listeners of his podcast along the way.

Next up at #4 is Manoush Zomorodi, whose work investigates the ways in which technology and business are transforming humanity. Between 2013 and 2019, she hosted the podcast "Note to Self," which encouraged listeners to partially disconnect from technology in order to jump-start their creativity. "Bored and Brilliant," Zomorodi's subsequent book, builds on this concept by examining how boredom can be used as a productive tool to combat digital over-stimulation and improve our thinking.

Zomorodi is the co-founder of Stable Genius Productions, which creates podcasts to help people navigate personal and global change. Among its offerings is "ZigZag," a collaboration between her and Jen Poyant. The podcast interrogates the impact of work and business on both our well-being and on our planet, and searches for answers for how to survive late capitalism with integrity. As of 2020, Zomorodi is the host of NPR's TED Radio Hour.

Zomorodi is the co-founder of Stable Genius Productions, which creates podcasts to help people navigate personal and global change.

For #5 we come to Hillary Frank, creator of the parenting podcast "The Longest Shortest Time." On the show, she has covered topics ranging from sperm shopping to transgender pregnancy and discrimination against working moms. The show was named one of the 50 Best Podcasts by The Atlantic and TIME, and is a multiple Webby Award winner. Frank aired her first radio story in 1999 on "This American Life," and went on to become a regular contributor to the program.

Following the theme of her podcast, Frank penned the book "Weird Parenting Wins," a guidebook for parents and caregivers comprised of real-life childrearing triumphs. Featuring unconventional and effective strategies, it shows how kids can diversify their appetites, cultivate independence, develop manners, and be more emotionally forthcoming. Frank is also the author of several young adult novels, including "The View from the Top," "I Can't Tell You," and "Better Than Running at Night."

Finally, arriving at #6 is Brandon Steiner. Founder and CEO of the major marketing and memorabilia company Steiner Sports, this renowned salesman, speaker, and author has written titles such as "The Business Playbook" and "You Gotta Have Balls." These works draw on his years of sports business experience, offering practical leadership lessons that can be applied to various careers. His more recent book, "Living on Purpose," details how faith, fortune, and fitness contribute to a satisfying and successful life.

These works draw on his years of sports business experience, offering practical leadership lessons that can be applied to various careers.

Steiner's podcast, "Unplugged," presents interviews with world-class business people, authors, and athletes, and includes keynote speeches, recordings of Q&A segments, and new original content. Beyond his business, writing, and podcasting endeavors, Steiner is frequently used as an expert commentator on networks including CNBC, CNN, and ESPN, and in newspapers such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His speaking engagements, meanwhile, offer advice on effective sales techniques, high-level networking, and adapting to market changes, among other topics.