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If you’re looking for new podcasts, look no further!

Fresh podcasts that will keep you updated and engaged
(Photo courtesy of Planet Money Official Facebook Page)

Listening to music while walking around campus can be enjoyable, but sometimes it feels good to switch things up. When you aren’t feeling your playlists anymore, try some of these podcasts! If you’ve wanted to get into podcasts, but are overwhelmed by the wide selection, take a look below, you might find one you enjoy! Next to some of the podcasts, I list an episode you can listen to if you don’t know where to start. Podcasts are a great way to keep up with news, learn business tips and listen to some of the most qualified individuals in their fields speak.

All podcasts below are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox and many other podcast apps. Take a look and see what you like!

Business & Entrepreneurship

The Tim Ferriss Show (Jamie Foxx Episodes)

“The Tim Ferriss Show” is a podcast for those who are constantly striving to be more productive and efficient. In each podcast, Ferriss will talk to an expert on various topics and will draw out some of the habits, tools and tactics those individuals use to become successful in their designated fields. “The Tim Ferriss Show” brings a fresh perspective to the field of self-help and enriches it by focusing on grit and self-motivation.

So Money (#738, Barbara Corcoran, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank)

“So Money” is a finance podcast hosted by best-selling author Farnoosh Torabi. Torabi brings a fresh and captivating approach to the topic. Her show includes guest speakers, who are also prominent in the finance world, and their tips and tricks to money management. Her advice is insightful and universal. 

Planet Money (#682, When CEO Pay Exploded)

This 20 to 25-minute podcast produced by National Public Radio is a great way to catch up on the economic news. The information is presented in an engaging, fun manner to appeal to listeners of various levels. “Planet Money” explores economic concepts from government to consumer culture. This podcast is a great way to expand your knowledge of business and economics.

News & Politics

Political Gabfest (Left-leaning)

“Political Gabfest” is a news podcast that is candid and casually informative. The hosts tackle the latest headlines with fresh banter and analysis of current events. This podcast covers a variety of topics for about 20 minutes per episode and ends with a segment called “cocktail chatter.” This segment is a great opportunity to learn about issues from different perspectives. This podcast has progressive and liberal perspectives and is great if you are in tune with politics or even if you’re just trying to stay in the loop. All episodes are about an hour long and do not need to be listened to in any sequence!

The Ben Shapiro Show (Right-leaning)

“The Ben Shapiro Show” is a strongly conservative podcast hosted by political commentator Ben Shapiro. He releases episodes daily about current events and his take on the political world. Shapiro approaches politics ruthlessly and digs deep into history and the inner workings of the government. This podcast is great for listeners who are more conservative, or just individuals looking for a new perspective.

Today, Explained (Left-leaning)

“Today, Explained” is a podcast produced by Vox. This podcast addresses breaking news on a daily basis with host Sean Rameswaram. There are always interesting guests and experts to add some variety to your daily news intake. This news podcast not only covers Washington’s headlines, but also global news. They tackle various topics such as government, society, culture and of course, politics. The podcast is edgy and thought-provoking, and it’s a great listen if you’re a curious soul.

The Daily (Left-leaning)

“The Daily”is a popular podcast produced by the New York Times.Similar to Vox’s podcast, “The Dailycovers news topics and engages with outside guests. This podcast, however, is a little bit lighter—really great for those who can get overwhelmed listening to news. Each episode is 20 minutes long and the podcast airs with a new episode Monday through Friday.

Science & Psychology

RadioLab (The Bad Show)

“RadioLab” is a podcast that takes stories and anecdotes and explores the science underlying them. Most episodes are focused on human behavior, and always include the fun and quirky hosts, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, as well as several experts. This is a great show to listen to if you are interested in the natural sciences and their applications to real world issues.


If you’re looking for a podcast that asks the big questions, this is the one. “Invisibilia” digs deep into the human brain, dissecting the motives behind certain actions. This podcast asks the most provocative questions in a casual setting, unravelling the complexities of human behavior through storytelling. Each episode begins with an anecdote or narrative, and then the hosts will delve into the scientific questions embedded in each narrative. This podcast is a great way to get into science in an engaging way, if you are more humanities-oriented.

StarTalk (#388, The Future of Humanity, with Elon Musk)

“StarTalk” is great for those who are fascinated by physics and astrophysics. The host is the famous Neil Degrasse Tyson. This podcast has a touch of warmth and humor, and is great for long walks or drives. This podcast provokes curiosity and a thirst for knowledge about our vast universe. Tyson has a unique way of boiling down complex scientific principles to simple, understandable ideas for anybody to relate to.

Taeko Gupta can be reached [email protected].

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