Podcast recommendations

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.

Crime/mystery 

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 

The daily

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!

Uncanny Japan 

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.

Lore 

Bi-weekly podcast about dark historical tales. It explores tragic tales, creepy stories and places throughout history. I recommend episode 27 to start. 

Revisionist History

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 

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?

Spectacular Failures  

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’. 

Fiction 

Blackout

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. 

Just chatting

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?

By Nimra

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