Podcasts

I love podcasts. For a long time, I didn’t understand why people were so obsessed with them. But once I started listening to a few, I realized how great it is to simply listen, without any visual distractions. Video hasn’t killed the radio, in my opinion. So here is a list of some of my favorite podcasts by women:

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This show is among my absolute favorites. The host, Krista Tippet, interviews physicists, poets, theologians, painters, writers, and many others who delve deep into the “big questions of meaning.” For an atheist, this podcast really helped me gain a new and better understanding of religion. Highly recommended.

  • Invisibilia by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin, and Alix Spiegel

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Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” I am a relatively new listener, but I am enjoying it so far. A lot of their material is truly great, but sometimes, within the same episode, there is a not-so-good story. For instance, I highly recommend their recent episode ‘Outside In’ about the first all-female debate team in Rwanda, but feel free to ignore the initial bit about a fake celebrity prank in NYC.

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This podcast is “about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.” There are stories about people who use Planned Parenthood, about parents who have lost a child, about unsuccessful artists, about middle-aged angst, and much more.

  • Happier by Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft

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And when you need a break from the hard stuff, it might be wise to listen to Happier, a podcast that offers tips for a happier life. We all need some!

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This is a tech show about existential quandaries in the digital age. Is your phone watching you, for instance? Listen if you want to find out.

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This is an American spin-off of the original Australian podcast of the same name by the same host. Each episode takes up a topic that typically ignites passionate opinions, such as organic food and fracking, and presents the scientific evidence we have on it.

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A live comedy podcast from Jessica Williams (from the Daily Show with Jon Stewert) and her “BFF.”

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I am not a parent, but I did listen to this podcast for quite a while. Eventually, of course, I stopped since it wasn’t exactly relevant! But, if you are a new parent, I am certain it is a very useful one. New episodes are released late into the night when several new parents are likely to be up :-).

P.S. One of the advantages of being an academic is being able to enjoy at least two new years every year. It’s always nice to have a fresh start. Hope everyone will have a great Fall semester/ quarter!

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