8 Podcasts to Listen to During Your Next Trip
Podcasts can be a great way to spice up your commute to school or pass the time while traveling for college tours. In addition to their entertainment value, many of these popular radio shows are filled with interesting facts and important discussions.
Tuning into a podcast that relates to your interests can also help give students an edge throughout the college admissions process, especially because some schools do ask what applicants are reading and listening to as part of their supplement questions. Keep reading for some of our top choices and get ready to download them all ASAP.
This award winning podcast is a favorite amongst teens and adults alike. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwhich combine high quality sound design with intriguing story telling and a sense of humor to review big picture questions about science, philosophy, and the human experience. Recent episodes include Post No Evil, which explores Facebook’s posting rules and what they reveal about free speech, and Ghosts of Football Past, which dissects the history of the game.
Think of this well-known podcast as your source of inspiration for college essay writing. The Moth is dedicated to the art of story telling and selects a range of speakers to share their own personal tales that focus on the diversity and commonality of the human experience. Get ready to laugh, cry, and bond with each story teller, all in one episode’s time.
Described as a “safe space for nerding out”, this fun and quirky podcast is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your favorite obsessions. From science fiction to Beyoncé, get ready to dive deep and geek out over a vast array of universally interesting topics. Some current episode titles include “How to Ask for More Money”, “Winter Watches”, and “Move Over Holden Caulfield”, all of which illustrate the podcast’s range of inquisitive topics.
Whether you’re a bonafide foodie or just someone who lives to eat, Sporkful is guaranteed to pique your interest. The podcast prides itself on thoughtful discussions about race, culture, and body image as well as funny and absurd conversations with comics about how they like to eat certain dishes.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Students who live for history facts should start listening to this informational podcast immediately. Hosts Tracy V Wilson and Holly Frey engage in intriguing conversations about a variety of historical topics ranging from ancient civilizations to a profile on Mary Winston Jackson, the first black woman to become an engineer at NASA.
Described as a national network of young journalists and artists, YR Media is a must for students looking to learn from and listen to their journalist peers. Podcast topics focus on current events and politics and don’t shy away from heavy subjects, including homelessness, incarceration, foster care, and criminal justice. There are also a variety of articles to read in addition to podcast episodes.
Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
This podcast is a must for trivia fiends and quiz lovers. Every week, listeners have the opportunity to test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while also learning to discern fact from fiction. Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is the perfect podcast to listen to over spring break to stay mentally sharp and avoid vacation brain drain.
Whether you choose to sample a few episodes or become a devoted listener, podcasts are an excellent way to expand your horizons and learn about new topics in a fun way. If you plan on listening in on your way to college tours, make sure you’re prepared for each campus visit. Our team of expert counselors can help you create a balanced school list and plan for each tour.