A quarantine that was said to last two weeks at the end of March has continuously crept its way into the month of June. Throughout these last couple of weeks, our daily routines have sustained a major shift in priorities and ways we go about completing tasks and participating in activities that we enjoy. As a student back home from my short (but sweet) study abroad semester in Spain, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with my free time. Classes were virtual and finals were taken mid-April right as the weather started to get a little warmer. I wanted to make sure my days were not spent staring at my phone or computer screen when I could be doing something more productive and positive for myself instead. So I thought, even though classes are over, why not continue educating myself?
I found myself making the gradual switch from music to podcasts while engaging myself in daily situations that were less mentally stimulating (automatic almost). For example, I would pop my headphones in during my morning walks or connect my bluetooth to the car while driving and listening to a podcast that I had found or that had been recommended by a friend. I learned that tuning in to podcasts gives me the power to multitask in a way I never thought was possible.
The world of podcasts has emerged as a platform with endless topics of content – something for everyone. The most powerful concept about podcasts that amazes me is that the storytelling and informative news in the form of audio give us the chance to create our own images in our minds and turn those images into our own type of production. Podcasts are personal and voice-driven experiences and the podcast hosts build their own community and niche audience.
Interested in entering into the world of podcasts? Here’s a list of podcasts I enjoy streaming on Spotify and have been recommended by category:
RELEVANT TO TODAY:
**1619 – NY Times discusses the moment America became touched by slavery and how the 250 years followed it.
**About Race is hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that leads to the racial politics today.
Seeing White host and producer takes a deep dive into the questions of unending racial inequity.
**Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.
**Code Switch, hosted by NPR’s journalists of color, tackles the subject of race and how it impacts every part of society.
The Journal uploads 15-20 minute episodes daily that provide a succinct recap on timely news and focused on “Money, Business, and Power”
NPR’s Up First provides the three biggest stories of the day within a ten minute time frame.
Snacks Minute is a daily three minute series that gives an entertaining breakdown of the top business and finance news stories.
The Daily is very similar to The Journalbut hosted by the New York Times. It covers more international events that leads it to more of a big picture coverage rather than category based.
NPR News Now uploads 5 minute segments and is updated hourly!
LGBTQ / PRIDE MONTH:
Making Gay History provides a roadmap to the community’s long history of resistance.
Las Culturistas provides a humorous take on the daily inside scoop including celebrity stories and other show business drama.
Still Processing hosted by a queer duo presents how different cultural artifacts affect how we relate to the world around us.
LGBTQ+ Voices is updated by Spotify twice a month with stories and interviews behind the LGBTQ community.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness is a weekly podcast where Jonathan himself hosts special guests that help answer all of his burning questions.
ENJOYING AT THE MOMENT:
**Girl CEO Podcast teaches women to grow and learn as entrepreneurs.
**Jemele Hill is Unbothered features interviews with the most compelling figures in news, pop culture, politics, and sports.
Office Ladies is hosted by two co-stars of the hit television series, The Office, and each segment they break down each episode offering listeners behind the scenes access to what went down during each take.
Travel Like a Boss features entrepreneurs and digital nomads that explain minimal yet successful workweeks with the help of other marketing experts interviewed on each episode. Although traveling is out of the question during these times, it gets us excited for the future when it’s safe to fly again!
Stuff You Should Know hosted by iHeart Radio is quite self-explanatory. With a wide variety of topics covered, I learn something new with each episode.
Looking for ways to educate yourself on the Black Lives Matter Movement? Aside from the podcasts I listed above, The Luv Your Life app has many more services and resources on how to get informed. This includes resources for adults and kids, how to get involved, social media accounts to follow, and supporting black-owned businesses.
**Podcasts marked with asterisks are voiced by Black hosts.