Podcasts have become ubiquitous to my daily routine. A very welcome replacement to broadcast over-the-air radio, they explore any area of interest in great depth, offering targeted pieces of content that would likely never have made it onto the conventional or commercial airwaves. The fact that they can be accessed at any time anywhere for free and have no limitations to length or content makes them vastly superior in my opinion. They have completely taken over my listening experience, replacing music as my go-to, so today I thought I would bring to you a list of my current favourites.
If you have not already jumped onto the bandwagon, I highly suggest you do as they can truly entertain and inform, so give an episode a go and I promise you will be hooked!
Politics and Philosophy
Hosted by Michael Barbaro, The Daily is Times‘ reporting of news and political stories with interviews from journalists of the New York Times. With an approximate length of twenty minutes daily, this podcast offers a unique experience and perspective. Less news, more in depth research pieces that will captivate and keep you listening. Definite recommendation, and possibly the best podcast available.
Sam Harris is an American author, philosopher, neuroscientist and podcast host. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including religion, ethics, neuroscience, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence. If you want to explore the nuances of human behaviour, politics and philosophy and some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events then this is a podcast worth your attention.
Philosphize This! is a free podcast dedicated to exploring the ideas and theories that shaped our world. No previous knowledge is assumed and it is highly educational, especially if listened to in order. Each episode breaks down and explains a philosophical idea or theory in a very approachable manner, easily understandable by everyone and anyone. If you’ve wanted to explore philosophical concepts but have been too intimidated by the sheer volume of work available, this is the perfect place to start.
Dax Shepard and Monica Padman host this entertaining bit of weekly content. The podcast features interviews with celebrities, journalists and academics about “the messiness of being human.”
After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realised that despite thousands of interviews he never made a real and lasting relationship with any of his celebrity guests. The podcast is an entertaining avenue created on the premise of him doing just that. Playful, the podcast is a weekly casual conversation between Conan and the people he enjoys most.
Entertainment and Storytelling
Movie Crush is Chuck Bryants (host of Stuff You Should Know) place to explore his passion for film and TV. Guests are encouraged to pick and discuss their favourite film, resulting in a fun exploration of film and the entertainment business as a whole. A great listen for cinema aficionados.
Hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, the podcast educates listeners on a wide variety of topics while taking a comedic approach through the use of pop culture references and entertaining rabbit holes. The popular award winning podcast has been at work for twelve years and is now released every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A huge library is available, tackling a whole lot of fun and interesting topics.
A weekly true crime comedy podcast hosted by American comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Each episode consists of fun and friendly banter, while each of the hosts takes you through the events of some of the most gruesome murders in history. The juxtaposition between darkness and light results in some truly entertaining content.
Created by comedy duo Rhett and Link, this podcast is a casual weekly conversation between two life-long friends. While their main platform is their YouTube channel, the only piece of content I find myself keeping up with is their podcast. They always manage to keep me engaged as a result of the true chemistry between the two, as well as the surprising down to earth, realistic and philosophically explorative conversations that often result.