“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Also, podcasts are awesome.” ― Ernest Hemingway
School is just around the corner, and that means one thing: commuting. While there’s lots of ways to fill the time that you spend on a bus or in the car, one of the most useful and interesting is listening to podcasts. Not only do they keep you busy during the long ride, but podcasts also make you smarter and help you help you learn something new and broaden your horizons, which is great if you’re a student.
Here’s our list of the top 10 podcasts that you should check out:
Death, Sex & Money
Anna Sale hosts this great, well-rounded podcast. Death, Sex & Money deals with topics of all sorts, from politics to existential beliefs. You’ll find that you have something to relate to on many episodes, since their subject matter includes Uber drivers, student loans, and relationships.
College Info Geek
Thomas Frank has a healthy following on YouTube for a good reason. He gives inspiring, relevant advice to students; including money management, changing programs, and starting a new semester.
Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
The post-secondary life is all about questioning the world around you. This podcast of skeptical commentary on society, current news, religion and everything set in tradition has been around for 12 years. You might not agree with their opinions, but that’s the whole point.
Tiny Leaps, Big Changes
Need a boost of confidence? Maybe you want to improve your life in small ways? This podcast is perfect for you! The topics include healthy mindsets and healthy eating, and their strategies are backed by research.
Many people learn more from fiction than non-fiction. “Homecoming” is a thriller about a secret government organization, and a woman who’s caught in the middle of the conspiracy. Starring experienced actors such as David Schwimmer, David Cross, and Amy Sedaris, this gripping podcast will keep you on the edge of your bus seat.
The advice on this podcast is sourced from biochemists, Olympians and the like. In other words, people who know what they’re talking about when it comes to the human body. Bulletproof Radio focuses on the small changes that you can make to improve your overall health.
This podcast is an example of investigative journalism at its best. The show focuses on bringing unseen problems to light, and is great as an alternative source to mainstream media. There’s an extensive amount of research that goes into each story before you hear the finished product.
This podcast is fascinating. It focuses on the design of unnoticed everyday things in our world and how they work, from palm reading to the psychology of uniforms. Be prepared to learn things that you never knew you wanted to know.
Students have spent thousands of hours reading and listening to Cracked. Their topic choices are always engaging and interesting, and range from explaining the rise of movie genres to talking about what life would be like without the internet.
2 Dope Queens
If you love to laugh, you’ll love this! Phoebe and Jess invite comedians onto the show each week for discussions about race, hair, and life in general. Special guests have included Maria Bamford and Carrie Brownstein, and their comedy has earned them an HBO special.
Ever wanted to start your own podcast, but couldn’t afford the equipment? Check out how you can enter to win $5000! (Contest opens August 23.) If you want to see a pro podcaster at work, check out our student profile on Warren Gordon.