Why Podcasts Are Cool

Tarryn de Wet

One might feel the urge to turn up one’s nose at the idea of listening to podcasts and think of it as boring and “just for old people”. But, podcasts are like pineapple on pizza – actually really refreshing.

A podcast is a media platform where people discuss entertaining and interesting topics in weekly or daily episodes. A person can subscribe to a show with an application on a phone, download episodes, and listen to it offline at any time.

Listening to podcasts is a good way to stimulate brain activity. You can listen to podcasts when you get ready for school when you exercise or before you go to bed.

We all need some motivation, especially now after lockdown – so listening to an inspirational talk can benefit you or take your mind off school stress.

Podcast recommendations:

TED – there are an array of TED shows to subscribe to. It is very interesting, educational and each episode is only five minutes long.

Stuff You Missed in History Class– here one can delve into amusing historical events, overlooked stories, and some underrepresented groups.

Phoebe Reads a Mystery– Phoebe reads a chapter from Bram Stokers Dracula – the perfect escape to unwind after a long day.

Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain – this is one for the ladies. Emma discusses relevant, relatable, and funny topics. From her first kiss story to the way you see yourself.

The Self-love Fix- Beatrice Kamau helps to find self-worth and shed unhealthy co-dependency in this podcast.

Stuff you should know– listen and learn about the most random topics like Black Cowboys and the art of Origami.

Applications to listen to podcasts range from Spotify to Podbean. Podcasts can make one cry, laugh, and learn. Whether it is in the car on the way to school or working up a sweat at the gym, one can always make time for podcasts.