What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions a podcast? If “boring”, “too long”, or “dull” come to mind, I encourage you to take another look. Podcasts are not usually associated with young people, however they can be a great resource for entertainment or to learn something new. Whether you prefer fictional stories, true-life crime, catching up on the news, or want to learn about the newest DIY’s, podcasts have something for everyone. Below, I have compiled a list of podcasts, exploring different genres and subject areas, and I am sure you’ll find something you’ll love.

For the girl who loves the news:

The Daily from the New York Times

Hosted by Michael Barbaro, this podcast gives you a short snippet of the day’s news, in traditional New York Times format. Barbaro often features guests, and they explore a multitude of different options. While it is from the New York Times, and it sometimes has a bit of a liberal bias, it does a sufficient job of breaking down the day’s news. The Daily also publishes “refresher” podcasts every so often, just to catch you up to speed on whatever major scandal or event is currently happening.

Up First from NPR

Previously featured here at FFL, this podcast has a very similar format to The Daily in its telling of the day’s news. I like to listen to the two as a pair, as they often discuss slightly different subjects, and often with different commentary. This podcast is hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene, and Steve Inskeep, and all three do an excellent job of keeping the news upbeat and exciting. This podcast also tends to be on the shorter side, which can be great for your morning commute, or squeezed in as you’re getting ready in the morning.

Global News Podcast by BBC

While the previous two podcasts divulge the news from an American perspective, Global News by BBC tells the news from around the world. Sometimes the stories will feature an event or scandal that took place in the United States, or it could tell the news story from somewhere else in the world. This podcast gives listeners a more global perspective, and goes into more depth on stories from other countries, and the people and politics that reside there. These tend to be longer, but they provide great detail.

For the girl who loves history:

Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History

Hosted by Liz Covart, this podcast is excellent for anyone who is passionate about early America, and the people and places that built our nation. Covart often hosts distinguished guests, who are experts in their fields. Each episode is different in that it may talk about a specific person, event, or overarching theme that shaped the world we live in. This can be concepts that you’ve heard of before, or it could be something completely radical and different. I find this podcast fascinating as it introduces the listener to new ideas and perspectives of early American life.

How Stuff Works: Stuff You Missed in History Class

As the title suggests, this podcasts casts a new light on history, and provides a differing perspective to many of the things you thought you knew. The listener is often introduced to new people or places that you formerly may not have heard of. This podcast aims to tell the history of a common event or person of today, and learning about the background of that person or place truly provides a holistic picture to the world we live in.

For the girl who loves mystery:

Serial

Season one digs deeper into a murder from 1999, and Adnan Syed, the man serving life in prison for it. This podcast has serves as a personal favorite of those old and young, and it is easy to see why. Sarah Koenig explores this case, and tries to find answers. Each episode will have you coming back for more, and is constantly serving up twists and turns.

Season two has the same level of mystique and intrigue. It follows Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who spent years with the Taliban after he was captured. However, the mystery revolves around his strange disappearance, and what events led up to his eventual capture. 

S-Town

This podcast is from This American Life, who also produced both seasons of Serial. This podcast revolves around a man named John who lives in a small town in Alabama, and hates it. He originally convinces a reporter to come visit him to investigate what he thinks is a murder cover-up, however the original story encounters many twists and turns. What you thought the story would be about, transforms into something completely different.

For the girl who loves law or is interested in law school:

The Law School Outlines Podcast

This podcast is a great tool for any budding lawyer or student who hopes to go to law school. Guests include professors, current students, deans, school administrators, and even practicing lawyers. They all divulge their secrets to achieving the best marks in law school. They even have episodes for college students or those thinking about attending law school. Those episodes cover tips and tricks that could help you get into your dream school.

Supreme Court Briefing

Hosted by Rich Orman, this podcast explores, and explains, Supreme Court rulings both historical and modern. When the Supreme Court releases a new decision, Orman explains the ruling. He also overs any precedent that may have influenced the decision. If you are passionate about law or are thinking about attending law school, this is certainly the podcast for you.

These podcasts, and subject areas, only make up a very small portion of the kinds of content available through podcasts. There truly is something for everyone. I hope that you have found something that may have sparked an interest for you.

Joleen T
FFL Contributor
Joleen is a Contributor at FFL. She enjoys reading, going to Chipotle, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can find her at the library, or studying for the LSAT. Her goal is to become a lawyer, and eventually run for public office. Her role models are Nikki Haley and Sandra Day O’Connor.

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