The 4 Podcasts You Need To Add To Your Queue

A few days ago, I came across a tweet that read, “choosing the perfect podcast to listen to for the 20 second walk taking the trash out so I don’t accidentally exist in silence for a single moment of my life.” This tweet is painfully accurate as I can’t go a day without listening to at least one podcast. Podcasts can be both educational and entertaining and can offer perspectives that differ from yours. Here is a list of my current favorite podcasts that will hopefully find their way into your online libraries. Warning: All of them contain mature language and themes. 

Keep It

This podcast, co-hosted by writers Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel and formerly Kara Brown, is a weekly discussion about society, culture, politics and how all three intersect. The name of the podcast stems from a phrase that Madison was using on Twitter as a “succinct, nicer way to say ‘F off’ to the news that you didn’t really like.” The subjects discussed in the podcast mirror the way in which social media blurs the lines between serious political news and more “frivolous” pop culture stories. “…With the way our social media is now, everything is coming at you rapidly, and you may see a tweet about Donald Trump and North Korea followed by a tweet about Harvey Weinstein followed by a tweet about Justin Timberlake’s new single,” said Madison. Notable guests have included Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Desus and Mero (Desus and Mero) and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place).   

Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganthan

British comedian and lifelong fan of hip hop Romesh Ranganathan invites comedians and rappers to talk about all the facets of the genre. While dedicated fans of hip hop will appreciate the in-depth conversations that are had between Romesh and his guests, there is more than enough for people who do not listen to hip hop intensely to laugh at and learn about. Notable guests include DJ Mark Ronson, singer Rag’n’Bone Man and actor/singer Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones). 

Just Break Up

Sierra DeMulder and Sam Blackwell have been friends since 2008 when they met both working as baristas. Their podcast, Just Break Up, involves Sierra and Sam answering relationship questions sent in by listeners. Their goal is “to bring understanding and a little laughter to the things that might be hard to talk about: that relationship we just can’t get over, the compromise that feels like a deal breaker, the text message left on read.” I have heard many podcast hosts say that they want the host/listener relationship to be like a friendship. While the Just Break Up hosts sometimes offer tough love in the form of advice, it is inclusive, genuine and seems well thought out. This podcast will feel like a hug, regardless of your relationship status. 

Bodega Boys

When they aren’t filming their TV show for Showtime or performing live across the country, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero travel to Milk Studios to record and film their podcast, Bodega Boys. Although Desus and Mero met on Twitter and launched their podcast in 2015, you would think that they’d grown up together given their chemistry. The topics they often riff on include current events, social media trends, growing up in the Bronx and navigating their new celebrity status. Their presence in the podcasting world makes it a more diverse and authentic place. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, they said, “People know it’s the real deal. It can’t be faked. There are no cultural commentators that we know of that are doing it through the lens that we are doing it through.” 

Annick Tabb

Culture Writer

Annick is a 20-year-old who has lived in New York her whole life. She is an English Rhetoric/Global Culture and German double-major and would ideally like to write a strongly opinionated newspaper column as a career. Her passions include UK hip-hop, reading and döner kebabs. She aspires to learn how to properly DJ.

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