Podcasts have become a way of life for some, and a soundtrack to day-to-day activities for others. With that said, here is a list we compiled from asking our subscribers on what podcasts they listen to and recommend. Enjoy and let us know if we missed any good ones we can add!
1.TED Talks Daily
Every weekday, this podcast brings you quick listens of universal and relatable topics. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence, being a Muslim in America, malaria, zoology, and everything in between -- given by the world's leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks are given at TED and TEDx conferences around the globe and are recorded for audio.
2. Stuff You Should Know
This podcast will have you learning things you didn’t even think long enough about before and increase your random knowledge facts. Hosted by Charles, or Chuck, Bryant and Josh Clark, these two amazing writers simplify and reveal surprising facts about common ideas. They also educate the public about common items and how they work. The diversity of their topics includes things like waterbeds, colourblindness, personality tests, and even things like vomit phobia. You can also check out their website for their archived list and their Youtube channel and subscribe for more content.
3. Journey to Launch: Launching you to Financial Freedom
The talented mother of 3 and entrepreneur Jamila Souffrant hosts this valuable podcast. She hosts episodes and interviews that include how to save money, invest, and how to pay off your debt. She also goes into budgeting, family life, and how to use your time wisely. Jamila uses her own life lessons after being raised by a single mom and learning the concept of hard work. She educated herself on appreciating the value of money from an early age. She goes through her own financial literacy journey and teaches others how to discipline on saving, budgeting, and wisely managing your money.
Serial is probably the most famous podcast that started the wave of listening to podcasts. It is hosted by Sarah Koenig and it has 3 seasons to date. In her first season, she dives into the true story of a murder case in Baltimore, Maryland about a high school girl Hae Min Lee. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was convicted and charged with her murder based on facts that are broken down by Sarah. She has recorded conversations with Adnan in jail in the podcast and lets him share his experience with what has happened. Millions of listeners listen to an episode by episode, emotions run high and tough questions are asked and answered. The case is still active and he finally was granted a retrial. Catch up quick if you want to follow the current updates!
In the second season, Sarah looks into the story of Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier. He had been a prisoner of the Taliban for nearly five years, and now he was going home. People said Bergdahl shouldn’t be celebrated and some of the soldiers from his unit called him a deserter, a traitor. They said he had deliberately walked off their small outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into hostile territory. For this season, Sarah Koenig attempts to find out why he decided to walk away, into Afghanistan, and how the consequences of that decision have spun out wider and wider. It’s a story that has played out in unexpected ways from the start. And it’s a story that’s still going on.
Season 3's style changed from the prior seasons. Sarah goes to courts in Cleveland to hear several extraordinary cases to figure out the issues with the criminal justice system in America. She finds troubling technicalities and police conduct that is questionable. She tells a different story every week and helps listeners take a look at the injustice of the justice system.
5. The Vanished
Host Marissa Jones focuses on a different case in each episode about a real-life person who has gone missing and often includes interviews with their friends and loved ones. The cases aren’t necessarily the most high-profile ones, which is the beauty of this podcast. It helps families and loved ones bring awareness and get the word out about people who are still waiting to be found. Also, whenever there is an update about a missing person Marissa’s discussed previously, she updates her listeners. It could update on their court hearing if someone was arrested regarding the missing person, if they’re found alive, or if their bodies were located. Binge listeners can also enjoy this podcast because there are a couple of years of content to dive into!
6.Mufti Menk by Muslim Central
If you don’t already know who Mufti Ismail Menk is, look him up! He is a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe. His personable style and down to earth approach to spreading the word of Islam has made him one of the most sought-after scholars of our time. His topics vary and include relatable concepts like Dealing with Loss, Respect and Dignity, and Hypocrites and Forgiveness. He also occasionally has series episodes on things like Supplications, Marriage and Relationships, and Ramadan. For a quick imaan boost daily or even a reminder from time to time on what’s important, be sure to check out his incomparable podcast.
True crime lovers, this one’s for you! This podcast goes over real-life cases with mysterious twists. It is hosted by an Australian but his identity is unknown, although twitter calls him Casey McCasefile. It’s a little difficult to understand because of his accent in the beginning, but once you get used to it, this podcast will get you addicted!
If you think we missed any other amazing podcasts, be sure to comment and let us know below!