Tune into These Podcasts to Stay Sharp During Your Travels
Whether you’re looking for something to listen to over spring break or to pass time while traveling to college tours, podcasts are an excellent way to stay entertained while learning something new. Tuning into a discussion can help you deepen your expertise on a subject that already interests you or explore something that you’ve always been curious about.
From creative stories to fact-based discussions, there’s bound to be a podcast for every mood and interest. Below, we’ve selected some of our favorite options that are sure to keep you engaged throughout your travels and beyond.
A Way With Words
Literary fiends – listen up! A Way With Words is a must-listen for students who are curious about language. Each episode explores different phrases, examined through the lens of family, history, and culture. Some recent examples include an episode about the origin of the word hipster and an exploration of “endling”, a phrase that has yet to be included in any dictionary.
Stuff You Should Know
This inventive podcast is a must for students who are looking to win big at trivia night or those who are endlessly curious. Stuff You Should Know breaks down everyday topics in fun and inventive ways. Some recent episodes include an exploration of birthmarks and how they come to be, an explainer on the Iowa caucus and how it works, and exploration of AI facial recognition capabilities and how they are programmed.
This I Believe
This podcast is an excellent choice for students who are preparing to pen their personal essays because episodes hinge on the personal beliefs and real-life moments that help define a storyteller’s beliefs and values. Gain inspiration to tell your own coming of age story through thought provoking episodes, such as “The Art of Being a Neighbor” which tells the story of a community uniting during trying times and “Work is a Blessing” which describes a man’s relationship with different occupations over time.
If you are looking to take your writing skills to the next level, consider tuning into this podcast to gain inspiration. StoryCorps focuses on telling compelling tales from students of all backgrounds and beliefs. The podcast recently focused on Black History Month and included a round up of thought-provoking episodes, such as Driven, about the first black race car driver inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and The Leesburg Stockade Girls, about a group of young protesters during the Civil Rights era.
The Teen Entrepreneur Podcast
For any student interested in starting their own business, this podcast is a must-listen in order to get inspired. Every episode profiles teenagers who have started their own concepts and the challenges they have faced along the way. Some recent examples include the teenage founder of an AI platform, the founder of a Santa Clara-based start up who’s still in high school, and the teenager who started a speaker series based in Austin, Texas.
Welcome to Night Vale
Students who love a good story should be sure to tune into Welcome to Night Vale, a twice monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the fictional town of Night Vale. If you enjoy what you’re hearing, there are more than 150 episodes already in existence as well as a related book entitled The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home. The story takes place in the same town as the podcast, so it’s the perfect read for avid listeners who are eager for more.
By tuning into these podcasts, traveling between college tours will be transformed into an insightful learning experience. If you are in the midst of your college search and looking for expert insight, our team of admissions counselors can help point you in the right direction.