Podcasts are very useful and helpful to college students. Why, you ask?
We students who are mostly in our 20s have a lot going on in our lives. There might be issues regarding finance, studies, history, ideas and many more. We all know that learning is a constant process. But we have no time to read all the books that we want to.
With the busy schedules that we have, we need an alternative for this. And the solution is podcasts. Yes, podcasts!
We can improve our knowledge and also learn a few more skills by listening to podcasts. Usually, we tend to listen to music while exercising or working out at the gym. We also tend to listen to music while travelling. What we can do is, listen to podcasts during these times instead of songs.
There are numerous podcasts out there that will inspire us, help us and motivate us in some way or the other. Here are some of the best podcasts that students must checkout.
1. TED Talks Daily
Who does not know about TED Talks! We have at least watched one video and gone back for more because it is very inspiring. TED Talks Daily is one of the best podcasts. The content is as good as the videos.
There are various personalities who come on the show and talk about their experiences. Listening to such podcasts is very helpful.
2. Hardcore History
Hardcore History is that podcast which will tell us everything we need to know about history. This is by far one of the best podcasts on History. Dan Carlin talks and educates us about history in this podcast.
This is a must-listen podcast for those who are new to podcasts. Only if we listen do we come to know how well researched it is. The content and production are brilliant and it feels like listening to an audiobook.
The way Dan Carlin talks about the historical events is fascinating and will only make us listen to more.
3. The College Info Geek Podcast/Inforium
College Ingo Geek podcast is run by Thomas Frank and Martin Boehme. There are more than 300 podcasts here. They have now started another podcast called the Inforium. The contents of these shows are very useful for college students.
They cover topics that are very common to us. One of my favourite podcasts is “10 Things We’d Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves”. Listening to such topics will definitely make us want to achieve more in life and flair better.
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4. Stuff You Should Know
Stuff You Should Know is that podcast which talks about abstract things. It is a show that will definitely help us improve our general knowledge. Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant explain very simple and abstract things around us.
For instance, they will talk about the memory span of a goldfish or what the Gig economy is. Knowing these things will prove to be helpful at many times. If nothing, one can at least use them to start a conversation or even impress a girl!
5. Listen Money Matters
Money and managing the way we spend and invest is a very important thing, especially for students. We students who try to go on weekend trips with friends, buy gifts and eat at good restaurants sometimes find it very difficult to manage the finance.
Listen Money Matters is a podcast that will definitely help us with this. Matt and Andrew run this show and cover topics that are necessary for students.
If one wants to know how to pay off student loans or choose between renting or buying a house or know how to earn a little extra money while studying, this is the podcast.
Listen to one podcast of theirs and be impressed with how much we can save!
6. Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a podcast that personally interests me. This is one of the best podcasts for those who are interested to know about the cognitive aspects, those who want to know about rationality.
The show’s host is Julia Galef. She specializes in science, rationality and design. In these podcasts, we can listen to Julia along with her guests exploring the rationality. The show contains aspects relating to science and pseudoscience, reason and nonsense, likely and the unlikely.
Isn’t that interesting? Go and check it out!
7. 99% Invisible
There are so many things that we do in a day. Many of it we do because somebody asked us to or because somebody else did it too. We don’t stop and think about why we do what we do!
That aspect we don’t think about and also don’t know about is addressed in 99% Invisible. Here, they talk about why certain practices exist. For instance, Sigmund Freud preferred a couch over an armchair. What is the reason for this?
We would never question some things 99% of the time. Those aspects will be discussed in the podcasts from 99% Invisible.
8. Star Talk Radio
Ever wonder about the space and extraterrestrial life? Or wanted to know about the evolution of earth? These topics that come to the scientifically curious minds are addressed in this podcast.
The host of this show is the renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The host Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “Everything under the sun; or rather under the universe!” for an audience of “All the people who never knew how much they’d love learning about space and science.”
Star Talk Radio is one of the best podcasts for students who love science.
How to listen to the Podcasts?
After reading about the podcasts, this is the question on all your minds. Isn’t it?
All these podcasts are easily accessible. The best way to listen to podcasts is through apps that are specially made for it. Most of the apps on our phones, be it an iPhone or an android phone, the basic app for music that is iTunes and Google Play Music have access to the podcasts.
One can also listen to their favourite podcast via apps like Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict and many more. If not through apps, one can also visit the websites and listen from there.
What are you waiting for? Utilize the extra time on your hands and listen to them. Let us know which one you liked the best.