5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Podcasts are awesome because you can find one about almost any subject out there. One of my favorite things about listening to podcasts is that while providing entertainment, they also create an interesting way to learn about a subject without having to commit to spending hours reading, researching, or watching TV.
They’re also cool if you need a break from having your eyes glued to a computer screen, TV, or if you’ve tired out all of your Spotify playlists and need something to mix up your routine.
And the very best part? Podcasts are free and available anytime, anywhere (as long as you have access to the internet, of course).
Here’s a list of some of the Podcasts we thing you should be listening to now:
Stuff Mom Never Told You
This podcast is one of the ones I hinted at earlier that makes current and important information totally interesting and consumable to the common person. The series deals with dozens of different topics ranging from celebrities to literature to politics, sex, and even food from a feminist perspective. In other words, Stuff Mom Never Told You is one of those podcasts with so many episodes you may never be able to listen to them all. But, because of the vast amount of episodes, the topics covered are so endless, you’ll never run out of subjects to choose from. These podcasts are incredibly useful at a time like this when the political and social climate of our country is changing so rapidly. Breaking the (incorrect) stereotype that feminists are extremist man-haters, the two women that host this show discuss each topic after thorough research and from a positive standpoint. Their goal: to spread their knowledge and common opinion about everyday topics through an equality-for-all perspective.
Song Exploder is all about music. Each episode features a different musician and one of their songs. During each recording, lasting no longer than 15 minutes, musicians dissect their songs and tell the story behind how they were made. Many different genres are represented in the 100+ episodes ranging from indie to pop music. Episodes include musicians like U2, My Morning Jacket, Chet Faker, The Arcs, MGMT, La La Land, RAC, Lorde and tons more. While super awesome and interesting, these podcasts are a great way to learn about music you love and discover cool artists while you’re at it.
Up and Vanished
This one is purely for entertainment! A little bit on the creepier side, if you’re into shows like CSI, Law and Order, and True Detective, this podcast is right up your alley. The best part? The story is true and the mystery takes place right here in the state of Georgia. Featuring the largest case file in Georgia History, this show investigates the mysterious and unsolved disappearance of a woman named Tara Grinstead about 13 years ago. Just like a TV series, each episode ends leaving you wanting to listen to more. Once you’ve finished Up and Vanished, check out Serial Killers and Cults, True Crime Garage, or My Favorite Murder for more good ones in the same genre.
NPR Up First
Sometimes it’s hard to stay up to date on current events in our country with everything we have going on as college students. But, in our current world and political climate, being educated is necessary and should be a priority as we move into adult life. This podcast provides daily reports by 6am every morning. It’s your standard update on everything important in our country right now from politics, to pop culture, to what the rest of the world is up to. These podcasts are great because they’re only about 10 minutes long so they’re a short, easy listen in the morning as you’re getting dressed, eating breakfast, or on your drive to class. They also provide only quick facts and updates so you can consume the information without having to hear much about their stance on the subjects.
Sounds Good with Branden Harvey
This is an upbeat, positive podcast series with the goal to inspire and uplift listeners. A great casual listen that you might just derive some energy or encouragement from. Branden Harvey sits down with dozens of different “world-changers” from across the globe to discuss the individual experiences that drive and motivate them. This podcast is a great reminder that in a fast paced and sometimes cynical world, there are also lots of good people doing good things. For more entertaining and inspiring podcasts like Sounds Good also check out This American Life, Pardon My French, and Ted Radio Hour.