I’m addicted. I listen to podcasts everywhere: on my bike, in the shower, in bed, while commuting to university or whenever I cook a meal.
Podcasts are free, easily available on your phone or computer, and they allow you to learn something new while performing mundane tasks. Here are 6 of my favorite podcasts at the moment:
– Ted Talks Daily
If you are looking for inspiration, this is the one for you. Daily, 10 to 20 minutes talks are uploaded in audio format, discussing every topic imaginable: from the world’s oldest diseases to creating cities of the future, and everything in between.
Interested? Try this episode: How we can bring mental health support to refugees
– Decoding Westworld
I have discovered this podcast in 2016, while watching the first season of Westworld and trying desperately to theorise with family, friends and colleagues. I would jump on everyone I know (and maybe some people on the street) and ask: “are you watching Westworld??”, hoping to discuss the latest episode. Luckily, Joanna Robinson and David Chen provide around 1 hour and 30 minutes of discussion each week, to help you understand the confusing but wonderful universe of the series.
Interested? Try this episode: Season 1 Episode 1 – The Original
– Stuff Mom Never Told You
Why isn’t the medical community taking women’s pain seriously? What is the history between women and whisky? Where the F are the female action figures? If you’d like those questions answered, and much more, you might want to give this podcast a try. Hosts Bridget Todd and Anney Reese are delightful, funny, and they conduct extensive research before recording. As a result, each episode is truly thought-provoking.
Interested? Try this episode: Silicon Valley sexism, part 1
Earlier this year, Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin created this podcast to answer the question “What happens when women break the rules?”. Each episode, the hosts interview women with diverse experiences, wonderful stories, and rule-breaking ideas. The testimonies of these rebellious ladies will hook you.
Interested? Try this episode: How to pay for an abortion
– Buffering The Vampire Slayer
My personal favorite. Not because it is hilarious (it truly is), or because we get an original song about Buffy The Vampire Slayer at the end of each episode, or because Kristin Russo and Jenny Owen Youngs are the most energetic and passionate hosts in the podcast industry (they really are). Simply because it is about Buffy, remaining one of the best TV show of all times, released 20 years ago but still relevant today.
Interested? Try this episode: Season 3 Episode 14 – Bad Girls
If you enjoy true crime, you must look into this fascinating podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig. She tells the story of Adnan Syed, arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Hae Min Lee, who disappeared in 1999. Each episode is intriguing, disturbing, and seriously addictive.
Interested? Try this episode: Season 1 Episode 1 – The Alibi