In this day and age, we have so many options in the media we want to consume. Movies, Television, Radio, Music, all the dominate forms media today. Some hold more favor and relevance than the other, but all equally enjoyable. One form of media that has been around for a while that is starting to become a staple in culture is Podcasting. A podcast is a form of digital media that consists of episodic series of audio, video, or digital radio that is subscribed to and download or streamed online through a phone or computer. The beauty of podcast is that you can enjoy them at any time of day, anywhere, and without the use of wifi. So, pop in your earbuds and give these a listen.
10. You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes: “You Made It Weird” is hosted by comedian Pete Holmes where he interviews other comedians and tries and brings out their inner “weird.” Holmes is a very funny comic who always seems to be himself with these other people giving the podcast a genuine feel. If there is a comedian out there that you really enjoy, they’ve probably done a podcast with Pete Holmes
Recommended Episode: You Made It Weird #237: PATTON OSWALT
9. Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan: “Tangentially Speaking” is hosted by Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships, where he interviews anybody and everybody he finds interesting. Soldiers who have been to war to smart dominatrix to historians. One of the widest ranges of people that I have ever seen. Ryan’s list interviews and conversations are so diverse it is guaranteed that there is something there for everybody.
Recommended Episode: 163 – Daniele Bolelli & Thad Russell
8. LORE: “LORE” is hosted by Aaron Mahnke where he highlights real life scary stories. From haunted graveyards to mysterious figures attacking people in the night, LORE explores everything that goes bump in the night. Mahnke also brings a realistic perspective to his podcast, citing hysteria and mental illness for some of the stories told. Each episode is relatively short leaving you wanting to consume all the creepy content you can handle. Goosebumps are to be expected when listening to LORE.
Recommended Episode: Episode 22: Over the Top
7. She Didn’t Text Back: “She Didn’t Text Back” is hosted by comedian William Haynes and musician Daren Von Girdner, where they talk about anything they want. It’s a banter podcast so its like you’re having a conversation with a group of your friends. They cover topics like depression, looking at girls on Instagram, and whether the friendzone exist. You know, like all the stuff you talk about with your friends.
Recommended Episode: How I Met Louis CK #32
6. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: “Hardcore History” is narrated by amateur historian and veteran journalist Dan Carlin, where he bring his unique broadcast style to the brutal and very real aspects of history. He covers periods of history such as the rise and fall of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire, the entirety of World War I, and the Spartans vs the Persian Empire. Carlin’s podcast makes you feel as if you sent back to that period of time and you are among these figures that have made their mark. If you are tried of your history professor’s monotone voice, then Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is one of the best replacements.
Recommended Episode: Hardcore History 43 – Wrath of the Khans I
5. Plumbing the Death Star: “Plumbing the Death Star” is a podcast produced by Australian comedy podcast network, “Sanspants Radio.” At the “Plumbing the Death Star” podcast they “ask the important questions in pop culture and dissect fictional universes.” Such questions such as “Which Avenger Would Make the Best Friend?” and “The Pros and Cons of Dating Monsters.” All sorts of hypothetical questions from your favorite franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter. Comedy ensues as each member of the “Sanspants Radio” team escalates the conversation or takes it a a completely different direction.
Recommended Episode: How Does Thor Get a Haircut?
4. Serial: “Serial” is a podcast from the creators of “This American Life,” hosted by Sarah Koenig. “Serial” follows one true story over the course of a season. Each season follows the real story and people of the case they decided to take on this season. Season one follows the story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999. Koenig and her team sort through every document, trial testimonial, and eyewitness account to reveal a lack of evidence and that not every piece of the puzzle fits perfectly. A podcast for true crime lovers.
Recommended Episode: Season One: Episode 01: The Alibi
3. Radiolab: “Radiolab”is a podcast produced by WNYC Studios and is mainly about curiosity. A place “where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and often we hear from some of their reporters and producers, each episode tackles interesting topics of science, philosophy, and culture. Drawing an international audience of science lovers and connoisseur of the human experience.
Recommended Episode: Elements
2. The Joe Rogan Experience: “The Joe Rogan Experience” is hosted by Joe Rogan, standup comedian and UFC commentator, where he interviews all sorts of interesting people. Similar to “Tangentially Speaking” except “The Joe Rogan Experience” can be seen as the predecessor to Dr. Christopher Ryan’s podcast. Being one of the best comedy podcast on the internet and also within the top 10 of podcast download charts, Rogan has in depth conversations with fighters, comedians, scientist, and everybody in-between.
Recommended Episode: #553 – Thaddeus Russell
1. The Weekly Planet: Another podcast from down under. “The Weekly Planet” is hosted by James “Mr. Sunday Movies” and Nick Mason and broadcast from Australia. An all entertainment podcast where movies, comics and TV shows are discussed, from news to upcoming movies to projects they would love to see come to life. Both James and Mason have great chemistry and often remind the audience that they are regular people who will often get stuff wrong giving the podcast a real feel. Hitting virtually all the geek buttons, “The Weekly Planet” is one of the best podcast that you should be listening to right now.
Recommended Episode: 55 Civil War, DC’s Film Line-up & SUPERHERO SHOWDOWN
The NerdSync Podcast: “The NerdSync Podcast” follows the three main members of the NerdSync YouTube channel, Scott Niswander, Christopher Anderson, and Bryce Nolan. At the NerdSync Podcast anything and everything geeky and comic book is discussed. All the host bring a wide array of knowledge and opinions that gives the podcast an authentic feel. Their YouTube channel, “NerdSync” is also an excellent place where they see “comics as a tool that can help teach us about the world we live in!” A good listen for anyone interested in geek culture and comic books.
Recommended Episode: 73: Is Valiant’s Bloodshot the Future of Humanity?
TestTube Plus: “The TesTube Plus podcast” is run by Discovery Digital Networks and its host, Trace Dominguez, who is also a host on Discovery’s “TestTube” YouTube channel. A podcast “built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love.” Interesting science topics translated into a very understandable conversation.
Recommended Episode: Why Fear Is Our Most Valuable Trait
Whether you’re heading home from work, on your way to class, or getting ready for a workout, listening to a podcast is one of the best and most entertaining ways to kill some time.