Five Awesomest Podcasts Ever
Do you have a long commute to work or school? I find that one of the best ways to kill time is to listen to a podcast. What is a podcast, you ask? It is similar a broadcast, except more awesome. Instead of turning on the radio for free like your parents did in the olden days, you can drop 300 bucks on a “pod” in which you can download these “casts.” What makes this more awesome than traditional radio is that you can listen to them at your own convenience. Also, there is no FCC in the internets, so podcasts can say “fuck” all they want. Fuck yeah!
Now that you’ve got that pod, you need some stuff to put on it. For your convenience, I have compiled this list of the five most awesome podcasts ever:
5. All In the Mind
All In the Mind is a a podcast dedicated to exploring all things mind-related: psychology, neurology, and the philosophy of the mind. It’s actually taken from radio broadcasts on the ABC (not our ABC, but the more awesome Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Natasha Mitchell, the host, has one of those soothing NPR voices, but with an Australian accent, and that alone makes this podcast awesome enough to check out.
4. Philosophy Bites
Are you an intellectual? A psuedo-intellectual? For a regular dose of philosophy, check out Philosophy Bites. This podcast features bite-sized interviews from prominent philosophers. Why not exercise your brain on the way to work?
3. Lou Reads the Internet for You!
Ever lurk in a bizarre forum, reading posts by furries or self-cutters to make you feel better about yourself? Now you can have the best gems of the internet read to you by Lou.
2. Tie: Dan Carlin’s Harcore History & Common Sense
Dan Carlin is angry. About serious stuff. Common Sense is his independent, fearless take on politics. I don’t always agree with him, but it’s good to listen to someone who’s willing to criticize Democrats and Republicans with equal vigor. Even more exciting is Hardcore History, in which Dan takes you into some of history’s most epic conflicts, such as the Punic Wars and the Eastern Front of World War II.
1. The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
My favorite podcast, and the one I’ve arbitrarily chosen as the most awesome of all time, is the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. Dr. Steven Novella, a neurologist, and his gang of skeptical rogues have set out to popularize science and debunk bullshit of all sorts. If you have a friend or relative who won’t shut up about “natural” remedies, this podcast will return you to reality in the awesomest of ways. Warning: may contain gratuitous Star Trek references.