Who thought radio would make a comeback! Well it’s not really. But podcasts are this generation’s version of radio and pretty much anyone can do it. But like most things that have shifted online, you need to search through the bad to get to the good. Lucky for you we’re here to do the searching for you. We’ve put together a list of cool and sometimes controversial podcasts that are both informative and entertaining.
Podcasts that get your brain going
1. Death, Sex and Money
Oh, you thought this was going to be a boring list of podcasts. Sorry to disappoint you, but we’re trying to stimulate your brain, not have you falling asleep with your headphones on. Death, Sex and Money ignores “polite conversation.” Host Anna Sale tackles the topics that you’ll probably have to ask your grandkids to leave the room so you can discuss with your friends. Some of the recent episodes talk about living with a husband with low self-esteem and a listener’s story about her stillborn birth.
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2. Reply All
Reply All talks about the internet and technology, but not in the way you think. It’s more of a contemporary life guide. They speak about things like why people would only order one bottle of pop online from a big chain pizza store (hint, the credit card they used is probably stolen). They have a broad range of episodes, so take your time and choose the ones that really ignite your interest.
3. Deliciously Ella
Love the name of this podcast, although it’s probably a bit misleading. By its own definition, Deliciously Ella, “delves into the world of physical and mental health, well-being, the realities of building a business and a brand and staying positive in a busy world.” That’s a lot to soak up, but these topics are so necessary today. Like one of their episodes is called “Imposter Syndrome.” See where this is going? You’re dealing with a lot and knowing how to manage that and not lose your mind takes some know-how. Listening to others share their stories and offer some opinions is always a good place to start.
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4. 10% Happier with Dan Harris
Remember that Dan Harris guy? He’s the news anchor who had a panic attack on national TV. Now he hosts a podcast that talks about ways to inch 10% happier and who better to lead those conversations than someone who gave up a degree of fame to take that step. Harris brings on guests who are philosophers, best-selling authors and basically some really smart people. The question Dan is really trying to answer is how does enlightenment fit into a world where accomplishment is celebrated? This is a podcast you don’t want to pass up.
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5. Sleep With Me
OK, we have to have a little fun. Not all podcasts are focused on all the craziness of our existence. Sleep With Me has this really cool concept. It’s like your bedtime story, except it’s not really stories you’re interested in hearing. In their own words, this podcast tells a “bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and progressively gets more boring until you fall to sleep.” It’s kind of like sleeping with your TV on except you won’t wake up upset you missed something.
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Where to find your favourite podcasts
There are a few ways to access these podcasts. If you have an iPhone, you don’t have to do much work. The Apple Podcasts platform is already built into your phone. Just open it up and start selecting categories (or specific podcasts) you think you’d enjoy.
Android phones are similar. You’ll actually have to go to the Google Play app store and search for the Google Podcasts app, but it’s still free and still has a wide range of popular podcasts. Some other cool options include Podcast Player and Spotify.
Any one of these platforms will take you to some intriguing podcasts. Some podcasts are exclusive to specific platforms, but all of the platforms we’ve mentioned have enough variety to keep your ears occupied.
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