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The Best Podcasts to Entertain Yourself This Summer

Best Podcasts

Podcasts have never been better, and there’s never been a better time to listen to them. With thousands of podcasts to choose from in nearly every subject matter, you can find something to suit your interests whenever you’re tired of watching Netflix or need a captivating story for a long walk. Here are our top ten podcast recommendations for ample summer entertainment.

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Reply All Reply All is one of my favorite podcasts these days. Each week, the hosts bring humor to a random topic related to technology and the internet. Some of my favorite episodes include “Super Tech Supports”, where the hosts try to solve a mystery about the vast web. They always leave me feeling hopeful about the world, even in a time of uncertainty with COVID-19.

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RadioLab Radiolab investigates everything from music to science to culture. One of the recent episodes tells the story of the relationship between a robot submarine and an octopus! It’s random, it’s fascinating, and it’s sure to captivate your attention this summer.

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The Minimalists Two hosts talk about how they live minimally on The Minimalists. Give it a listen to find out more.

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Ten Percent Happier After having a panic attack live on “Good Morning America,” Dan Harris discovered meditation and it’s now his life’s mission to share that discovery with others in Ten Percent Happier. He interviews a range of guests to learn how the mind can be trained. If you’re dealing with some pandemic-related stress, this could be the perfect podcast for you.

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Beautiful Anonymous Comedian Chris Gethard documents one-hour anonymous calls with someone in the world in each episode of Beautiful Anonymous, this groundbreaking podcast. Things can get crazy!

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Freakonomics Radio Are you interested in the intersection of science, economics, and social issues? Do you want to know what the future of higher education might look like in the fall, or who decides which people get ventilators during a pandemic? Then Freakonomics Radio is the podcast for you! There are also more optimistic episodes on “Reasons to Be Cheerful” and “68 Ways to Be Better at Life.” Freakonomics will have something to spark your curiosity.

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How I Built This Each week, Guy Raz sits down with an entrepreneur to discuss the stories behind their companies in How I Built This. I’ve even ended up dreaming about starting my own company after listening to the inspiring stories of founders like Sarah Kauss of S’well water bottles or Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox on this podcast.

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Armchair Expert You might recognize Dax Shepard from Parenthood or Hit & Run, but he’s taking on an entirely new role as the podcast host of Armchair Expert. Each week he interviews a celebrity or public figure on their life stories, challenges, and advice. Recent guests include famous chef David Chang, singer Alicia Keys, and Yale psychologist Laurie Santos.

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I Hate It But I Love It This one might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of movies and TV shows, you might want to give I Hate It But I Love It a try. The hosts discuss media that they love to hate, including cheesy rom-coms, bad action movies, and not-too-scary horror films. Scroll through some of their past episodes to find a movie that you love to hate or hate to love.

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The Financial Confessions If you’re anything like me and need some guidance when it comes to finances, the Financial Confessions is the place to start. Chelsea gives you reasonable advice on everything from saving to investing to deciding whether you should buy that $4 latte.
Caroline Albro is a junior at Scripps College in California majoring in Sociology. She is the Marketing Associate at Class Tracker. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, embroidery, and reading.

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