The daily grind can get kind of boring, especially when you’ve listened to the same playlist for the 65th time. About 6 months ago, I got really into podcasts. It all started with Serial. Everyone was talking about this amazing podcast called Serial and I had no idea what it was, or really what a podcast was, exactly. I binge-listened to the first season of Serial and became obsessed with podcasts. They come in such a variety of subjects and lengths and range from educational to entertaining. There are thousands of podcasts out there so I decided to share my top 10 favorite ones:
- Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
This podcast very quickly became my favorite. It takes the world famous/favorite book series and reads it as though it is a sacred text. Every week, the hosts explore a different theme in the chapter they are focusing on that week, which allows you to read and interpret Harry Potter in a completely different way while also reliving your childhood. At the end of each episode, they also apply a sacred practice to the chapter they’ve read for that week.
- Stuff You Missed in History Class
Ever feel like you should know more about history than you actually do? Stuff You Missed in History Class takes you through both the most prominent historical occurrences like Brown v. Board and little known historical events like the history of the harmonica. Whether you’re trying to increase your historical knowledge or you just want to win trivia, this podcast is fantastic.
Serial had me hooked from the very first episode of season one. This podcast takes the story of a trial, telling it week by week using investigative journalism. It keeps you on the edge your seat and leaves you wanting more. Season one follows the story of Adnan Syed, while season two highlights the story of Bowe Bergdahl. If you love thrillers, mysteries, and crime shows, this is for you.
- Money Planet
Money Planet basically explains the economy but in an understandable, digestible, interesting way. I know that is very hard to believe. The episodes are short (under 20 minutes) and cover topics like the economy of passports and the Birkin bag.
- This American Life
If you’re looking for something a bit longer, This American Life is the way to go. The podcast features a theme each week, so all of the stories or “acts” as the hosts call them revolve around that theme. Most of the acts are in the style of journalism, but they also include essays and memoirs. This American Life focuses on ordinary American, hence the name.
- Stuff You Should Know
Have you ever asked yourself who, what, when, where, how? Stuff you should know answers those questions. SYSK tackles the tough question like How Cinnamon Works and What is Exploding Head Syndrome? You’ll find yourself asking about things you didn’t even know existed before. Also, this podcast makes you really good at random trivia.
- Pod Save America
Pod Save America is hosted by two former speechwriters and a former spokesman (and Kenyon Alum for anyone who cares) for President Obama. The discuss politics in a no frills, take-no-prisoners sort of way. If you want to keep up with politics without actually having to read the news, this is for you.
- Modern Love
Modern Love takes you through a series of love stories. Not all stories are about romantic love. This podcast really taught me about what love means to different people and how you can love people in different ways. It’s based on the NYT weekly series of reader-submitted essays. This podcast makes you look at the world a little differently.
- Stuff Mom Never Told You
This female-centric podcast delves into pretty much all the things you have questions on has a woman, but don’t want to Google. Stuff Mom Never Told You covers so many topics about women, men, women interacting with men, etc. They broach subjects like Adoption, The Cost of Fashion, and Lunch Ladies. It’s funny, honest, and informative. There is something for everyone.
- Coffee Break [Language]
CoffeeBreak is designed to help you learn a language when you only have limited amounts of time in the day. They offer French, Spanish, German, and Italian in levels 1-4. It’s great especially if you want to brush up on your language skills or as a companion to a language class you keep you on your toes.
The world of podcasts has something for everyone, whether you need something to motivate you through your workday or help you relax. What podcasts do you love? Or hate? Tell me!