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The Perfect Podcast

Podcasts have become an integral part to my walks to class, fueling me with information, news, motivation and sometimes even a laugh. Listening to podcasts is the ultimate form of multitasking, allowing for selectivity of content at the touch of a button.

In fact, our beloved iPhones come installed with the podcast app, so all you need to do is open it up and pick a podcast. Picking the right show can be overwhelming, though, so here are some recommendations to get you started.

 Science/Society: Invisibilia

Invisibilia is an NPR podcast that discusses the invisible forces that control human behavior. The show incorporates scientific evidence with stories from individuals, creating an understanding of the application of science in society. One of my favorite episodes is titled “Our Computers, Ourselves,” which explores the impact that technology, like computers and cell phones, have played on our lives in recent decades.


 Business: StartUp Podcast

StartUp is a show about Alex Blumberg’s mission to start a podcasting company of his own, building his business from the ground up. It is an unconventional and blatant account of starting a business with no previous experience. There is something refreshing about the entrepreneur leveling with listeners and presenting himself as a student taking a course on the ‘real world.’


 Fitness: Healthy Mind Fit Body

This show focuses on the connection between the mind and body and how that effects the health and fitness choices of individuals. Presented from more of an informative standpoint than a motivational one, the podcast does not come across as cliché. Instead, it debunks myths about certain foods, explores macro intakes and analyzes the emotional connection humans have to food.


Motivation: Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Created and hosted by the author of The Happiness Project, which is an inspirational and lively read in itself, Happier is an advice podcast that explores happiness in a practical, funny and thought-provoking way. With her sister as the co-host of the show, it has a great dynamic that keeps you listening and motivates small changes for the purpose of practical self-betterment. Sounds cheesy, but it’s an entertaining way to boost your mood.


 News: Global News BBC

The BBC Global News podcast is pretty self-explanatory, as it is the podcast version of BBC radio. The only difference is that you can choose the news story that you wish to listen to in 30-minute segments. It is a great alternative to watching the news on television or reading stories online for students who are on the go and want their daily dose of global happenings on their walk home from class.


Tweet @dbmojo and let us know what your favorite podcasts are!

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