Podcasts have become an increasingly popular form of entertainment in recent years. The format is reflective of the radio-show format that was popularized during the 1950s. There is no visual element to a podcast, which could contribute to their popularity. Since they do not have a visual element, such as video streaming services, podcasts are easier to listen to while you go about your daily chores or your work commute. They are perfect to listen to on your walk to campus or while you fold your laundry, so here are some recommendations for a few great podcasts to introduce you to this growing world!
The History Chicks
“The History Chicks” is a podcast produced and performed by two women, Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider, where the hosts take each episode to talk about important and lesser-known women in history. Each episode is about an hour long, which allows plenty of time for the hosts to really dive into the history behind each of the powerful women that they cover.
The Generation Why Podcast
“Gen Why” is perfect for you Criminal Studies or Pre-Law majors out there! Hosts Justin Evans and Aaron Habel like to focus on particularly shocking or mysterious criminal cases. First, they give the facts of each case, going over every detail. Then, they cover the events of the court cases without taking a firm “guilty or innocent” stance. They allow listeners to form their own opinions about each case.
Guys We F*cked
“Guys We F*cked” is a comedy podcast hosted by the comedians behind the duo “Sorry About Last Night.” Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson provide great insights into viewer-submitted questions and offer sound advice on relationships and sexuality. They frequently interview partners they have previously slept with, hence the name of the podcast, but they also interview celebrities, comedians and experts on sex and relationships. While offering a good laugh, Fisher and Hutchinson advocate for removing the stigma around female sexuality. The hosts coined the name “The Anti-Slut-Shaming Podcast” to encompass the huge topics they have chosen to cover.
Molly Brandenburg and Carter Roy, the hosts of “Conspiracy Theories”, take a critical look at some of the world’s most famous and controversial topics. They have covered conspiracies such as the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Area 51 and many more. They first go over the “official story” of what happened, and then the details of each prominent conspiracy subsequently rating each of them on a “believability scale.”
Dear Hank and John
Author of “The Fault in Our Stars” John Green and his brother Hank Green host this hilarious comedy podcast where they read listener questions and offer dubious advice. Sometimes their goofy advice can actually be quite useful! Hank and John’s total opposite personalities make for great banter between the two and a fun listen for fans.
You can listen to each of these podcasts just about anywhere that offer access to podcasts! Some of the most common listening apps are Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes, or iHeartRadio.