Guest post written By: Amirah E. Mikell
Podcasts have become all the rage. Websites like iTunes and podcast alley now host thousands of different shows about every topic imaginable. I’ve rounded up the 10 best podcasts for college students that I personally listen to and enjoy. Each show will have you questioning all of the things that you thought to be true before tuning in. Enjoy!
1. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me: Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is a current events quiz from the people at NPR. The host invites listeners to phone in to get quizzed in a hilarious way. For students who enjoy keeping up with what’s going on in the world, this podcast is a fun way to learn about weekly events. The funny format encourages listeners to simultaneously laugh and test their news knowledge. It’s laced with so much sarcasm that it really is hard to figure out what’s real and what they’ve made up.
2. Freakonomics Radio: Freakonomics Radio is a popular podcast from the authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics that discusses a wide variety of topics from “Soul Possession,” to “Lottery Loopholes and Deadly Doctors,” to “How Biased Is Your Media?” With conversations revolving around stuff that really makes you think, it’s no surprise that this is one of iTunes’ most popular shows.
3. The Sound of Young America: The Sound of Young America is hosted by LA-based Jesse Thorn who spends segments interviewing popular personalities from the arts. Guests have included Art Spiegelman, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, and Ira Glass. The show has been mentioned in TIME Magazine and Salon.com as “the greatest radio show you’ve never heard of.”
4. Keith and The Girl Comedy Talk Show: If you are into comedy and need a little laugh break, then this podcast is for you. Keith and the Girl is one of the most popular comedy podcasts to hit the airwaves in the past 5 years. Hosted by Keith Malley and his singer girlfriend Chemda Khalili, the show features the pair discussing the daily adventures of their lives as well as current events. It has over 50,000 listeners and has been ranked in the top ten podcasts by Podcast Alley. So give it a try – you never know what these two will say next!
5. The Dave Ramsey Show Podcast: Looking for some financial advice? Dave Ramsey is here to save the day! Ramsey offers step-by-step guidance to listeners experiencing financial difficulties. The defining factor between Ramsey’s show and other financial podcasts is Ramsey’s willingness to take more than just the mathematical and statistical aspects into account. Ramsey relates to his audience through a spiritual and emotional connection, making him more like a friend or mentor than just a financial adviser.
6. The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is a podcast hosted by Steven Novella and his panel of “skeptical rogues.” They discuss myths, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and paranormal discoveries with a certain level of disbelief. If you’re looking for more of a cynical perception, then take a listen and see what theories will be unraveled next.
7. All in the Mind: Host Natasha Mitchell presents one of the most unique podcasts by delving deep into human psychology, brain chemistry, and behavior. Topics include depression, addiction, consciousness, and free will – just to name a few. This podcast brings educated, although unexpected, voices and themes to challenge the listener to take a closer look at the mind.
8. How To Do Everything: Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth invite listeners to ask them questions on their podcast How to Do Everything. In each episode, they answer questions with the help of outside experts – from biologists to baseball players. Listeners are bound to learn a new fact or two every show.
9. The Moth: Like How To Do Everything, The Moth relies on public input in order to produce each episode. However, instead of answering people’s questions, The Moth provides people with a literal stage (it’s recorded live) upon which to tell their own stories. What makes this podcast one of my favorites is that each episode focuses on one specific topic and each story is very compelling. While listening, not only will you learn more about the life of the storyteller, but you might just learn something about yourself, too.
10. TED Radio Hour: TED Radio Hour is my favorite podcast for college students. Each show features segments of several TED talks and rich conversations with the speakers who gave them. Listening to TED Radio Hour is usually a transformative experience and I never fail to feel inspired and learn something new.
Check out the music feed in your room for more awesome podcasts!