I think podcasts are a great alternative to books and TV; you give your eyes a break from staring at a screen or page, and you learn something new or surprising along the way. I personally can’t sit still and do nothing, so I love to listen to podcasts while I’m cleaning, cooking, taking a shower, or sketching. I’ve been a bit of a podcast connoisseur over the past couple years (long flights and a search to distract myself from coursework have helped), so here are my suggestions! These are all available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, unless indicated otherwise.
Uncover: satanic panic
By the early 90s, the panic of secret satanic rituals and the abuse of children reached the tiny Prairie town of Martensville, Saskatchewan. What was the actual truth?
The Drop out
This follows the amazing scam that Elizabeth Holmes created with her company ‘Theranos’, which was meant to be able to do multiple tests with just one drop of blood from your fingertip. Note: Not on Spotify
Jeffrey Epstein: truth and lies
Epstein, the convicted sex offender, died in his jail cell in August 2019. This podcast follows his rise to power and how he abused it.
News, Culture & History
Run by the New York Times, this follows popular news topics (note: this is America-focused).
History of the 90s
From Spice Girls, Lion king, to JFK and more, this podcast discusses popular 90s topics in a fun way! I highly recommend their episode ‘The birth of online dating’; your mind will be blown as to how online dating was created!
Theresa Matsuura uses her soothing (and slightly creepy) storytelling to bring to life real Japanese myths, folktales, and superstitions. I’ve really enjoyed this, especially on a gloomy day!
Why we eat what we eat
Our lives revolve around food and I never realized quite how interesting this was until this podcast. They explore what different cultures think about food.
Bi-weekly podcast about dark historical tales. It explores tragic tales, creepy stories and places throughout history. I recommend episode 27 to start.
Malcolm Gladwell dives into events and ideas in history you might think you know about, but that have a very different story from the sidelines. I recommend season four’s ‘puzzle rush’
Science VS (By Gimlet)
Run by reputable sources, this podcast discusses the science/evidence behind different topics such as vaccines, race, fitness and more. I promise, it’s not boring and will actually be a super interesting listen. I RECOMMEND ‘How bad science killed a president’ to start you off!
The happiness lab
Research into happiness – what actually makes people happy and how can we stay that way?
There are many inventions and ideas that have failed throughout history, and there’s no better way to make yourself feel better than to talk about them. I recommend ‘A Christian theme park plunges into scandal’ and ‘family fighting sends U-haul on a detour’.
Rami Malek (of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ fame) stars in this apocalyptic thriller about a small-town DJ during a nationwide power grid shutdown, upending modern civilization. Note: not available on Spotify.
The adventures of the starship coconut
A silly sci-fi comedy on board the worst starship. You’re sure to have a laugh at this.
Conan O’Brien needs a friend
American comedian Conan interviews a different celebrity each episode; it’s casual and funny.
Conversations with people who hate me
The title says it all.
David Tennant does a podcast with…
David Tennant interviews a different celebrity each episode.
Do you like listening to podcasts? If so, which are your favorites?