The opportunities for growth are endless and as humans we have a constant desire to be better than we were yesterday. There are many ways we can accomplish this: physically, mentally, or even socially. Maybe you’re trying to challenge yourself and expand your knowledge in topics that are interesting to those around you. Podcasts can be the perfect way to do this and are a great tool to connect with the people around you on new things you’ve learned. Here is a list of 5 of the most popular and interesting podcasts out there!
Hosted by Ira Glass, This American Life plays on The Public Radio Exchange and reachers over 2.2 million listeners. “Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio.” This American Life has been on air since 1995. The show focuses on new, random, and fun ideas. Every episode is different and unique.
“Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event, person or phenomenon that’s been miscast in the public imagination.” You can listen to You’re Wrong About on any podcast streaming service or live on other services. It was released in 2018 and has grown to reach over 310 thousand listeners. The popularity of this podcast has grown a ton and continues to grow by word of mouth and other forms of feedback. There are a lot of people who say that this podcast has added value and knowledge to their lives and claim it is incredibly interesting.
The Daily is hosted by Michael Barbaro and is produced and run under the ‘New York Times’. “This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world.” The Daily is a trustworthy and refreshing source to stories and news occurring around us. It is a great option for a podcast especially if you need something quick to listen to throughout your day. People often don’t have time to listen to an hour long podcast and don’t want to cut their podcast short and stop right in the middle. The Daily is only 20 minutes long and has new content 5 days a week.
You can find Serial on their website or other podcast streaming services. “Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season. Serial has won every major award for broadcasting, including the duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast.”
If you’re looking for something to really work your mind and learn a few new things, Radiolab is the perfect option for you. “Radiolab is on a curiosity bender. We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music. It is hosted by Jad Abumrad, Lulu Miller, and Latif Nasser.”