If you’ve ever been so entrenched in a story that you lost track of time, then podcasts are the thing for you. A podcast is an episodic series of digital audio files that a user can download in order to listen. Over the last couple of years, the popularity of podcasts have risen considerably, with hundreds of them becoming available on platforms like iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Our minds are like sponges in the morning, ready to absorb information and podcasts are a great, hands-free way to learn new and interesting things. The diversity of podcasts available makes it so that anyone can find a subject that appeals to them.
Here are four podcasts which vary in genre, tone and subject matter but is ultimately, altogether edifying.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning science correspondent Alie Ward, Ologies is a comedic science podcast that explains all the interesting -ologies that are being studied today. Some of the studies are so niche that it’s hard to believe that there are experts that dedicate their lives to pursuing them.
Topics range from, cabinology, the study and appreciation of cabins, to philematology, the study of kissing and its significance in our culture. The best thing about this podcast, more than the information itself, is that it fosters an interest in the absolutely unique.
2. The Secret Room
Starting in February 2016, The Secret Room is a 113-episode series where people call in and anonymously reveal their deepest and darkest secrets. Each episode is an exploration into the lives of seemingly ordinary people; encouraging us to appreciate the complexities of those around us.
Especially intriguing are the things people are willing to share and how vulnerable they are willing to be when their privacy is protected. If you’re feeling a little burned out from the overabundance of true crime podcasts, The Secret Room still has the mystery of the genre without the gruesomeness.
3. Everything is Alive
Hosted by former NPR producer and host Ian Chillag, Everything is Alive is a one-of-a-kind unscripted interview show where all of the subjects are inanimate objects. Unique and surprisingly insightful, the. Who knew that you could be completely wrapped in an interview with a grain of sand? One of the most engaging episodes is #8, the interview with Annie the Jack o Lantern, whose frightening expression doesn’t always match her chill disposition.
4. The Happiness Lab
Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman College at Yale University, Dr. Laurie Santos, is a certified expert on happiness. In her podcast, The Happiness Lab, Dr. Santos provides both scientific research and personal stories in order to introduce you to a new perspective on what it means to be happy. Sometimes what we are doing in life is not conducive to our overall happiness and well-being and we need a little guidance on the best avenues to take. If you find yourself in a similar situation, this podcast might be for you.
With all the time that we will be forced to stay inside, listening to a podcast or two, could be a perfect way to alleviate some the inevitable cabin fever and take your mind off of things if only for a moment.