Listen Up, Here’s 4 Podcasts You Need In Your Life

By Daniela Verde

The drive home from work at peak hour is always a shitty, shitty time for everyone. Sitting in traffic can make one feel agitated or even asleep at the wheel. A way to keep your attention span without checking Instagram (tsk tsk) is by listening to podcasts.

There is a vast array of podcasts available out there ranging from different subject topics. Whether you’re into science, history, or a particular public figure, there’s a podcast out there for you. There is a new platform of listening to people talking other than radio. Following the footsteps of the evolving forms of entertainment like, TV channels and movies to Youtube. This allows the public to have their voice heard on their own terms, without the restrictions of traditional media for mass consumption. So, if you want to make a podcast dedicated to reading Shakespeare monologues for three hours each week then power to you. I am sure there is a group out there who would get down to that.

If you are new to podcasts and don’t know where to begin or if you’re in the market for a new podcast to listen to on your daily commute, below is a list you should check out...

Serial

Hosted by Sarah Koenig, Serial is an investigative journalism podcast based on true stories. The first season which covered the murder of American teenager, Hae Min Lee received a cult following in 2014. The first season is a classic ‘Whodunit’ story. But, it’s the intricate details of these stories and the people involved  that drive the intrigue of the series.

Listen on:

iPhone - Podcasts app

Android - RadioPublic or Stitcher app

 

Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale covers true crime stories accompanied with evidence and testimonies involved in the case. The stories presented in this podcast can be extremely graphic so proceed with caution. In particular, Episode Twenty which covers the case of Ronald William Brown, a Christian children’s entertainer. Brown received a sentence of twenty years for possession of child pornography, a horrific crime in itself. Further details of his involvement will leave you sick to the stomach. Listener discretion is advised with this episode. Sword and Scale also provides content warnings for particular episodes where necessary.

Listen on:

iPhone - Podcasts app

Android - Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts & BeyondPod apps

 

The Pineapple Project

Whether you believe money makes the world go round or not, one way or another we all have something to do with money. For struggling uni students, this is a reality that is all too real. The Pineapple Project is hosted by comedian, Claire Hooper which discusses our thought process with money and how we can be better. Hooper hosts from the perspective of the audience, she’s no money expert either. I personally recommend Episode Three: ‘The life-changing magic of a budget’. Sounds like a snooze, I know… but you won’t regret it.

Listen on:

iPhone - Podcasts app

Android - Player FM

 

The H3 Podcast

Hosted by h3h3 Productions, known as Ethan and Hila Klein. If you are familiar with their Youtube videos, majority of their content is reaction videos and sketch comedy. An apt description of their content is internet culture satire. The H3 Podcast is an extension of their Youtube content in which they discuss current issues and their problematic aspects. Alongside new guests each week. I would recommend watching a few of their Youtube videos first before listening to the podcast. A lot of the sense of humour is based on references from previous content from their videos. Frequent viewers would understand the goofs and gafs behind it all. In episode thirty-nine, rapper Post Malone makes an appearance on the podcast.

Listen on:

iPhone - Podcasts app

Android - Player FM

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About the Author:

Daniela is a contributing writer for Maidenhair Press. She writes on a variety of topics ranging from beauty and fashion to social commentary.