Why You Should Start Listening to Podcasts

Not too long ago, I didn’t fully understand the hype of listening to podcasts. I was so set in my ways of popping in my ear buds and jamming to my favorite songs; however, when I returned from spending my summer in France, that all changed. I stepped off the plane and it hit me—I had no idea what was going on in our country.

By Jennifer Messeck


Being so behind on not just current events but my personal life as well, I didn’t have much free time upon returning to scroll through a news site to stories from three months earlier. I was lost, but only until I discovered the power of podcasts. Thanks to podcasts I was able to listen to a quick and comprehensible rundown of all the happenings in the world from before I traveled abroad. Although I still believe in listening to music from time to time, I’ve transitioned to listening to podcasts more often than I do music when I’m heading places. I attribute a lot of my current understanding of culture and news to podcasts and because of this, I am so excited to share my favorite podcasts below. Here are some of the podcasts I have grown to enjoy during my transition from only listening to music to the world of podcasts:

  • The Daily:

    • THIS. This is the podcast that brought me into the podcast party. The Daily is produced by The New York Times and hosted by Michael Barbaro. It gives a twenty-minute rundown of a recent big story in news which is posted by 6 am on Mondays through Fridays. Give this a listen if you aspire to keep up to date on current events!

  • Global News Podcast

    • Running through a couple of the biggest stories regarding international issues, The Global News Podcast is great to listen to if you want to be able to understand what’s happening outside the U.S. (although sometimes they do discuss U.S. affairs—I mean it is world news). This podcast is made by BBC World Service and is posted twice each day during the week and once per day on the weekends.

  • Pop Culture Happy Hour

    • Delivered to you from NPR, it’s exactly what the title infers. Just a couple of people discussing movies, awards shows, TV shows, you name it. All in all, this podcast is entertaining and a fun listen if you want to dive deeper into your thoughts on movies, shows and everything pop culture.

  • Throughline

    • This podcast is still very new, but it is already a hit with me (and hopefully with you all too). If you’ve ever heard something on the news that you didn’t understand the history of or how we got to where we are currently, Throughline will help you to that point. It offers an easy way to get deeper understanding on current controversies or conflicts such as the hostile nature between the US and North Korea, and even sports protests.

  • Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe

    • If you love watching “The Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” you will adore this podcast. Hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe, a previous bachelorette, this one is a spunky and hilarious talk show in which Kaitlyn and her guests—often times previous contestants of “The Bachelor” or “Bachelorette”—spill secrets and talk about life while relaxing with a glass of wine.

  • Call Her Daddy

    • Okay, so I know you’re wondering what the heck this one is just by the name, but I promise you this one is so addicting. “Call Her Daddy” is a podcast by BarStool Sports in which two girls from New York basically just have a girl talk about their sex lives… but on a podcast. They are extremely candid and open about their experiences as girls in their twenties, and although I don’t agree with everything they say, its highly entertaining and helps to normalize sex rather than pretending women shouldn’t be allowed to freely discuss their sex lives.

  • My Favorite Murder

    • This is a recent obsession of mine—which is so weird because I’ve been hearing about how great it is for years. The two hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, describe their favorite real murder stories. They give details of the events leading up to the murder as well as what happens after the murder is discovered. Even though it’s about homicide, they put a funny twist on dark stories that will leave you ready to hear the next episode.

  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

    • I LOVE Oprah, and if you do too, you’re going to love this one. It’s basically a compilation of interviews hand-selected by Oprah herself. She talks to actors, authors, spiritual luminaries and more—so get to listening if you’re looking to connect to others and discover a better you.

  • Oprah’s Master Class

    • Maybe one Oprah podcast was enough for you, but they are both SO good that I had to include both. Like the previous one, Oprah selects public figures and celebrities; however, this one differs from the first in that they speak openly about themselves—instead of Oprah interviewing them on particular topics. They discuss whatever life events they feel shaped them as individuals, how they view life, and insights on what they’ve learned as time has gone on.

  • The Health Code

    • Created by Sarah’s Day (a YouTuber) and her boyfriend Kurt, this podcast is all about health tips regarding exercise, nutrition, wellness, and relationships. Sarah and Kurt make this podcast super upbeat and helpful through their silly and positive demeanors. You should listen to this if you’re trying to motivate yourself to get into shape or live a healthier lifestyle!

  • Stuff You Should Know

    • This is another recent obsession of mine that is super fun in that it covers so many broad topics. They explain how things work, discuss specific events in history, and help you understand the “why?” of many things. For example, some of the previous episodes I listened to involve how turbulence works, the plot to assassinate Hitler, and why elephants are the best. Super fun for anyone to listen to because there is such a wide range of topics that you can scroll through and always are able to find something that interests you!

  • The Morning Toast

    • Another pop culture podcast, but geared toward celebrity drama in general rather than just movies. Hosted by Girl with No Job and Jackie O. this is kind of like a Kathie Lee and Hoda vibe which is exactly what I look for on the mornings that I’m in need of a little extra boost of fun.

Podcasts might get the stereotype of only being associated with news organizations, but I promise you that is not the case anymore. There is a podcast out there for everyone on every topic! Go get your headphones and get plugged…watch out Spotify we might be canceling our monthly subscriptions.