Summer means it’s time to plug into the plethora of podcasts online. Since most podcasts can be accessed for free, listening to podcasts can be an affordable way to entertain yourself. Whether you enjoy fiction, true crime, or something to help you relax, the podcasting world has it all. We have rounded up the top 10 podcasts that are perfect for the summer.
Stuff You Should Know
This podcast is a great way to start your day. Hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. Bryant, Stuff You Should Know educates listeners on a variety of fascinating topics like hydropower, uranium mining, and even mythological creatures like mermaids and bigfoot. You can listen to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Youtube. New episodes are released every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. With over 1,700 episodes already available, you will never run out of interesting topics to learn about!
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This series is an excellent way to learn more about the history of indigenous people in Canada. This Place tells the story of 150 years of Indigenous resistance and reliance. Based on the graphic novel anthology series, this 10-part story uses interviews and dramatizations to tell a forgotten chunk of Canadian history. You can hear This Place on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, CBC Listen, and a number of other podcast sites.
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The Atlas Obscura Podcast
Although we can’t travel yet, this podcast can make us feel like we are somewhere across the world! The Atlas Obscura Podcast will take you on a journey to interesting locations all over the globe. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. With episodes around 15 minutes in length, this is the perfect podcast to put on for a quick walk or drive.
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The Guilty Feminist
If you want to touch up on feminist issues then The Guilty Feminist is a great podcast to listen to. The host and guests tackle tough conversations in a fun and lighthearted manner. Many episodes prior to COVID-19 are filmed in front of a live audience. Women in the medical field and body positivity are just some of the conversations had on this podcast. You can hear The Guilty Feminist on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
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Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter
This podcast is great for those who are looking for ways to improve their physical health. Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter debunks health myths and tries to help us better understand our bodies. Anxiety, detoxing, and boosting your immune system are just some of the conversions had on this podcast. You can listen to Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter on a number of different podcast sites including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
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The Science of Self-Care
If you are interested in learning new mental health practices and techniques, The Science of Self-Care is for you. Each week, comedians Steven Polletta and Sophie Yalkezian and neuroscientist Shannon Odell test out a different self care practice. They explore the science behind it and how it affects us. They dive into how physical touch, friendships, and sex can effect our mental health. You can listen to The Science of Self-Care on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.
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If you are a music lover then this is the perfect podcast for you! Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians tell the story of how they wrote their most well-known music. This podcast is the audio version of the Netflix documentary series. Musicians such as Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons, and Dua Lipa dissect their well-known work and share their inspiration and influences. The podcast can be heard on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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Supernatural with Ashley Flowers
If you want to listen to something spooky, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers is the podcast for you. This podcast tells true stories of unexplainable occurrences. Stories of suspected vampires, dark magic and UFOs are just some of the things you can hear on this podcast. You can listen to Supernatural with Ashley Flowers on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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Stories from Among the Stars
This podcast is great for long car trips and long walks. Stories from Among the Stars is a science fiction anthology series made by Macmillan Podcasts. The last season was about forbidden love, a crashed UFO, and an alien heist. The upcoming season will be released in September of this year and tells the story of an alien invasion. You can listen to Stories from Among the Stars on Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. These stories will surely keep you on the edge of your seat!
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The Sleepy Bookshelf
If you are looking for something to help you wind down at the end of the day, this is the podcast for you. The Sleepy Bookshelf tells classic works of fiction adapted specifically to help you fall asleep. Pride and Prejudice, Alice Adventures in Wonderland are some of the stories you can fall asleep to. You can find the podcast on Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts.
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Make sure you take advantage of all these free and interesting podcasts! Let us know which one is your favorite.