Most of us are stuck inside right now whether we’re working from home, studying online, or not working at all. Many of us have more time on our hands than we know what to do with and it’s easy to get bored of the daily routine if you aren’t spicing it up with something new . Enter podcasts. Not only are these far more interesting than most radio stations, they also feature far fewer ads and you can choose one that talks about something relevant to you. They’re also easy to listen to while you’re doing some chores around the house or cooking dinner and will really help the time fly quicker. Since I have also been stuck at home for the past few weeks, I decided to come up with a list of podcasts to help those days in isolation be a little more absorbing, and you might even learn something new.
No Such Thing As A Fish
From the researchers behind the hilariously educational British show QI, comes a weekly podcast where each of the four hosts shares their favourite fact they’ve learnt that week. James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber will keep you amused as you find out new tidbits from across history which you’re more than welcome to share with your friends. Episodes run between the 30 to 50 minute mark so they’ll be perfect to listen to once life gets back to normal and you return to that daily commute once again. You also don’t need to start from the beginning, you can jump in and listen to any episode.
Whether you grew up with Harry Potter, or never quite got into it, Potterless will show you why this child’s fantasy series remains loved by adults and kids alike. This podcast follows Mike Schubert, a man who never read the Harry Potter books as a child, as he goes through them chapter by chapter, poking fun at plot holes and guessing plot twists. He sits down with various Potter fanatics and discusses the happenings of the wizarding world, and for someone who hasn’t read the books in years, it was a nice refresher and a new perspective on a series that played a significant part of my childhood.
Death, Sex & Money
A bit more on the serious side, Death, Sex & Money takes a look at topics we often don’t talk about in day-to-day conversations. Hosted by Anna Sale, every episode features stories from real people many who are listeners themselves. From cancer to student debt, from death to parenthood, each topic is opened up honestly and openly. Whether you’re dealing with similar problems or not, Death, Sex & Money is an insight into the things we may think about a lot, but need to actually start talking about.
Welcome To Night Vale
Welcome to the little desert town of Night Vale, have a listen if you want to hear some interesting new community updates in a town where every conspiracy theory is true. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes horrifying and sometimes amusing, you’ll never want to leave. This fortnightly podcast was created back in 2012 by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor with new episodes still being released today. If you want to get the most out of the strange happenings in Night Vale, I would definitely recommend beginning from episode one.