It’s no secret that 2020 has been an intense year, so let’s enter 2021 with a bit more ease and put on some podcasts.
Choosing a new podcast to listen to is like trying to decide what new show to watch on Netflix – you will always end up going back to “The Office” (before it moved to Peacock) but you get the point.
So in case you find yourself going back to “The Office” of podcasts, here are some fresh recommendations that will help you get through your days or just take a break from music for a bit:
Length: 1-2 hours
Where to find it: Podchaser
This podcast touches on a myriad of topics. From pop culture to history to conspiracy theories about Amelia Earheart, Dan Cummins makes sure to cover every topic known to man. The interesting thing about this podcast in particular is that the audience chooses the podcast topics, so if you want to hear about something specific you can!
Dan Cummins is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian with a wicked sense of humor and great timing, so the show has a really good flow. He doesn’t miss a beat!
It is very important to add that his podcasts are very informational, so this is a great one for when you want to be entertained but also learn something new simultaneously. A lot of podcasts have a lot of fluff, but this is not the case with Timesuck. It is two hours of learning, laughing and listening.
Category: True Crime
Time: 30 minutes
Where to find it: Apple Podcasts
If you were a fan of the Chris Lambert podcast series, “In Your Own Backyard,” and need another true crime binge, then “Crime Junkie” is perfect for you.
People are always fascinated and eager to understand human behavior. They are always want to know why the antagonists in these narratives do what they do. “Crime Junkie” will answer all of those questions and more. This podcast explores all types of crime, from murder to conspiracy, so you will never get bored.
It is also helpful that Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat do a fantastic job of making you feel like you are there with them while they talk about the stories. They have great chemistry together and make the podcasts flow with their wit and storytelling. In the male dominated genre of true crime, these women exhibit a new type of refreshing energy that is very intriguing.
Time: 2 hours
Where to find it: Spotify
It would be a huge “elephant in the article” not to mention this podcast due to how popular it is and what a large fanbase it has. Third-year political science junior Harrison Kelley has been a fan of the show since high school and encourages people to listen to what Rogan has to say, despite him being so controversial.
“What’s makes Joe Rogan so special is his commitment to providing his audience with impartial, transparent and entertaining content. Joe Rogan is not afraid to step on toes; his positions on political and social matters are boldly bi-partisan,” said Kelley.
Rogan is unafraid to speak his mind and has mastered the art of challenging his guests, while ensuring that there is still mutual respect. No matter where one falls on the political spectrum, they can be a guest on his podcast, which is proven with the diverse group of guests on his show.
However, not all of his podcasts are not solely political. Rogan also offers podcasts on science and technology, psychiatry, psychedelic drugs, AI, engineering, and metaphysics.
Length: 10-20 minutes
Where to watch: Youtube Channel: WOWPresents
If you watch RuPaul’s Drag Race then you may already be acquainted with the hilarious Trixie & Katya, who are two popular drag queens to come from the series. These two are known for their palpable chemistry and are one of the most entertaining duos on Youtube.
Every week there is a new topic for them to talk about that are very random yet practical, such as parents, animals, lying, fighting, and the weather. Not only are the two queens hilarious, but the editing team does a great job of exaggerating their comedy and adding bits within the show that have now become fan favorites. The podcast is show and airs every Wednesday.
Length: 30-40 minutes
Where to find it: Apple Podcasts
Long time life-coach Iyanla Vanzant collaborates with people who need encouragement in their lives, while they are going through times of desperation and chaos. She seeks to help those people work towards actual self-improvement and give them the tools to break free from the harmful, negative patterns that are preventing them from being their best selves.
This podcast is super helpful if you like to hear from other people’s experiences and learn from them. She has guests on the podcast that are going through very real-world struggles like blended families and abusive marriages. However, her episodes are not limited to those topics. Vanzant is a very raw and authentic life coach that won’t beat around the bush in order to give you the tools you need for improvement.