Watch out Apple Music and Audible, there’s a new kid on the block of digital media: the podcast. Podcasts are finally making their big break, with everything from daily news updates to audible fashion blogs and comedy shows. However, with the hundreds of podcasts available for download or subscription, finding just the right podcast to entertain you during your morning commute or to distract you during a study session can be a challenge. To get you started, we picked six podcasts for the budding enthusiast.
From the creators of This American Life, Serial is an investigative journalism podcast produced by Sarah Koenig that follows a different story each season. Serial is easy to find at the top of any downloads list and currently ranks number one on iTunes.
Season 1 investigated the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee, and the arrest and conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. Season 2 focuses on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier arrested for desertion after being held captive by the Taliban for five years. If you enjoy mystery and suspense and love a good story (especially if it’s true), then this is the podcast for you!
“A podcast for long-distance besties everywhere,” Call Your Girlfriend is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, two power ladies who discuss everything from periods to Pitbull, racism to rom-com, and everything in between. Episodes are funny and engaging, as well as incredibly informative, inspiring, and uplifting.
This self-described Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, hosted by Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher, aims at making the world “a more sex-positive place… one candid story of intercourse at a time.” Each week, the women interview a man they slept with. The official Soundcloud page explains that they want to spread the word that “women should be able to have sex with WHOEVER they want WHENEVER they want and not be ashamed or called sluts or whores.” Each and every episode is candid and hilarious and signifies a new era of openness and honesty about the female experience.
“Do you awaken in a cold sweat every night, fearing that two men will never start a podcast about Gilmore Girls? Well then kiss your night terrors GOODBYE.” – gilmoreguysshow.com
If you’re as excited as we are about the return of Gilmore Girls, you’ll love Gilmore Guys, a hilarious podcast in which longtime fan Kevin T. Porter and newbie Demi Adejuyigbe “go deep into Gilmore Girls episode by episode with special guests to analyze, praise, mock, and gab about all things Stars Hollow and beyond.”
Also: We did an interview with them! Check it out here.
“Ideas Worth Spreading”
TED, (Technology, Entertainment, Design), is a nonprofit that brings together experts and creative thinkers from all over the world to present brief talks that cover nearly every topic you can imagine. Look for an affiliated TEDX group at your university to find out about TED events on your campus, and delve further into anything and everything that interests you with the audio version of the talks.
Check out 10 podcasts every college girl must watch here.
Produced by Boston’s NPR station WBUR and the New York Times, this weekly podcast is a collection of personal essays focusing on the topic of love, based on the popular column in the Times. The essays range from heartbreaking to uplifting, and are read by the same collection of hosts each week, but the program also includes the real voices of the authors.