I think it’s fair to say that we can all use breaks throughout the day from the constant stream of news that fills our screens. Netflix is cool, but even that can get a bit stale when you have an entire day to fill. That’s where podcasts really play a big role. They’re really just conversations about topics we find interesting. And we don’t need to be glued to a screen to enjoy it.
I don’t know about you, but the podcasts I’ve been listening to lately are a lot lighter than normal. And even if they’re not light, there’s something intriguing about the content that pulls me in. There’s enough heaviness happening all around us, so having a little escape while I clean my apartment or do some morning stretches has been a blessing. So if you need a little escape, too, check out some of these podcast subscriptions.
Get ready to be hit with a dose of unfiltered truth. Amanda Seales is a comedian and actress who doesn’t hold back. She takes serious topics and uses her wit and humour to make them relatable and digestible to the listener. Small Doses is an apt title because she really does try not to overwhelm the listener too much. If you want to laugh and scream hallelujah for an hour each day, then this is the podcast.
These hosts are literally two peas in a pod. Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schultz make you cringe while fighting back tears. They’re always speaking about hot button topics of the day, but each of their personalities and perspectives leaves you scratching your head. Are they brilliant or are they idiots? You get to decide.
OK, I know we said “light” podcasts, but hear me out. There’s just something about listening to other people’s problems that put yours in perspective. With stories of family betrayal, swindling and a lot worse, you can’t help but get sucked into these often tragic tales that seem too wild to be true. The added bonus is host Josh Mankiewicz and his classic voice.
If you can’t stay up late to catch Conan O’Brien during the week, not to worry. He’s probably funnier on his podcast than on network television. Conan is more himself on his podcast, and he brings a steady stream of guests from his over 25 years of being in the talkshow business. And because he’s free from any network regulations, the episodes tend to be a bit spicier.
This is a pretty cool concept. If you’ve ever watched the TV series The Office, you know the kind of dry humour to expect with Office Ladies. They literally break down different episodes from The Office and add their own reviews and reflections for what ends up being a hilarious hour of podcasting. If you don’t believe us, try to get through one episode without belly laughing.
OK, if funny podcasts aren’t your thing, then give WTF with Marc Maron a try. While he may not be tackling hot button topics of the day, he really knows how to lead a conversation. And with guests like Don Cheadle, Stephen Colbert, and Woody Harrelson, the conversations go deep and offer insightful commentary on creativity and reaching your goals.
History is usually told from a perspective that can be disputed, but there are some parts of history that are flat out not true. Our Fake History exploits the myths of our past that we’ve accepted as truth. These are popular stories that maybe didn’t happen the way we think they did. It’s a must-watch if you want to be informed in a playful way.
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