Do you listen to podcasts? The first one I ever listened to was Serial, and I’ve been hooked ever since. They’re a great way to engage your brain during your commute (better than mindlessly scrolling through Instagram). I often will listen to an episode while I’m walking Maya around Antigua.
Since Serial, I’ve discovered many other podcasts that are thought-provoking, funny, sad, educational, and, best of all, free. Here’s my current favorites that you should listen to!
People (often famous) read stories about love and relationships, all originally printed in the NYTimes. They’re surprising, real, heartwarming, honest, and (sometimes), incredibly sad. After the story is read, they give an update on the outcome of the relationship, often years later. It’s easy to point out unhealthy relationships and red flags when you’re on the listening end.
4 former White Houses aides from the Obama administration discuss current American politics, along with the shock waves resulting from the new administration, as they happen. A podcast from insiders, who give a unique (and unapologetic) point of view on what’s happening in our country right now.
From their website: “Host Stephen Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt.”
If you like books such as Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”, you’ll love this podcast. Try the episode, “How much does your name matter”? The results were surprising, to say the least.
The most addicting podcast, ever. Sarah Koenig explores criminal cases in-depth, interviews key witnesses, points out faults in the cases, and (most shockingly) exposes extreme police corruption. She will make you question literally everything.
The scariest thing about this is how easily you can be convicted of a crime, even with reasonable doubt.
From their website: “1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he can’t hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen!”
For my fellow food lovers, The Splendid Table delves into everything food, with experts on the show each week discussing their favorites. Tagged as ” the radio show for people who love to eat”, don’t listen to this one hungry 🙂
What are your favorite podcasts?