I am relatively new to the podcast world. For the longest time, I wanted to start listening to podcasts but I had no idea where to begin. I didn’t know what type of podcast I would enjoy or what I really even wanted to hear. I still don’t know all that much about the podcast world, but I’ve found a few that I love. Here, I share what I’ve been listening to. This is for anyone new to podcasts, like me, who might need a little advice! They vary in terms of topic and mood, so hopefully you will find one you like.
Schnitt Talk- Barstool Sports
This is the first podcast I really started listening to. Ellie Schnitt and her producer Alana Vizzoni talk about what it is like to date, work, and live as a 20-something year old woman. It is funny and insightful, and it has made me feel less alone on several occasions. Many of the problems we experience as young women can feel isolating. Ellie and Alana talk openly about the things we all go through. It’s a reminder that we’re all just finding our way.
The Daily- The New York Times
The Daily by the New York Times is a great way to get your news in the morning. Each episode is about 20 to 30 minutes, and it’s released every morning five days a week. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, it covers the biggest stories of current events, along with relevant information. If you are looking for a good place to start, I would recommend the episode “The Systems That Protect the Police.”
1619- The New York Times
1619 is a five episode snapshot of the history of racism in this country. Rather than a long, comprehensive study, 1619 instead focuses on individual cases. These cases exemplify how racism is ingrained into our society, such as in healthcare, music, and the dispossession of black land ownership in the South. 1619 is a great place to start if you’re looking for Anti-Racism education.
It’s Fine, I’m Fine
It’s Fine, I’m Fine is a weekly podcast that focuses on mental health. It is hosted by two girls Liz and Sarah, also in their 20s. They aim to remove the stigma around mental health. Liz and Sarah are extremely open about their own anxiety and other challenges they face. Kind of like Schnitt Talk, these are two girls just learning about life as they go along, and very relatable. By talking openly about mental health, they can make you feel less alone if you deal with some of the same things.
Code Switch- NPR
I just started listening to Code Switch because it has been widely circulated on lists of Anti-Racist educational resources. It is a podcast hosted by journalists of color that deals with the conversations about race that many people are too afraid to have. They go into so many different areas and aspects of society, including politics, history, pop culture, and more. This is another great place to start if you are trying to amp up your education on race relations in the United States.
During the quarantine, I have found podcasts to be something I especially enjoy now more than ever. You can listen to them while you cook, clean, do laundry, or—my favorite—go on a nice, long walk. Podcasts are also a wonderful way to get news, get educated, or to simply feel less alone, when many of us are finding ourselves alone quite often due to the virus. And now with the BLM movement exploding with protests and calls for change, podcasts can help you stay up to date and understand the history behind the movement. Even if nothing on this list catches your eye, I highly recommend diving into the podcast world and finding something you like!