If you’re a young adult who’s looking for something other than music to listen to while you’re on your way to work, classes, or you just need something to work out to, you should definitely try looking into podcasts. There are podcasts for those who enjoy video games, comedy, short stories, novels, pop culture, documentaries, the internet, and so much more--the possibilities are simply endless, you just need to put in the time to do some research and find your podcast soulmate. Here is a list of six podcasts for young adults to enjoy:
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1. The Moth
The Moth podcast is a storytelling wonderland, full of twists and turns, heartbreak and romance, betrayal and retribution, and will have you both laughing and crying while you listen in. Most often hosted by the velvety voice of Sarah Austin Jenness (though many others host the podcast as well), the Moth invites storytellers and regular folks alike to share their stories each week. Some people who share their tales are writers, while others are simply mothers or fathers who wish to get a story off their chest.
There are stories from refugees who’ve escaped imprisonment and war-torn countries, from LGBTQ+ teens who came out to their parents, from people who have survived tragic accidents or even suicide, and so many more from people who want to share their lives with the Moth audience. The podcast is recorded from storm slams and story competitions from all over the world. If you’re looking for a podcast that will make you rethink your entire life daily, the Moth is for you.
2. The Last Podcast on the Left
The Last Podcast on the Left is a hysterical podcast that is hosted by long-time friends comedian Ben Kissel, producer and researcher Marcus Parks, and comedian and actor Henry Zebrowski. Their discussions delve deeply into the topic of horror - horror in real life and in pop culture, ranging from things like “werewolves, Jonestown, [and] iconic hauntings” to the “history of war crimes.”
The one true goal of the iconic cast of this podcast is to “laugh into the abyss that is the dark side of humanity” and get you, the listener, to join them. If you’re into listening to conversations about all things scary and have a wicked dark sense of humor, the Last Podcast on the Left might just be your cup of tea.
3. 2 Dope Queens
2 Dope Queens is hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson and is a diverse comedy podcast that features prominent guests who are female comedians, comedians of color, LGBTQ+ comedians, and more. This podcast contains honest and open discussions about the topics of “sex, gender, [and] race” between the hosts and the guests, who are often well-known stars like past guests Tituss Burgess and Uzo Aduba.
This podcast is looking to foster healthy and eye-opening discussions about topics most podcasts wouldn’t dare cover - and Williams and Robinson are doing it loudly and proudly. If you want a podcast that will make you think about the most pressing social issues of today and have a few laughs while doing it, 2 Dope Queens is here for you.
4. Rooster Teeth Podcast
Rooster Teeth podcast is best for those who love comedy and gaming, as well as complaining about construction at the Austin airport and Apple products in general. Run by Gus Sorola, who is usually accompanied by Gavin Free, Barbara Dunkelman, and Burnie Burns (though other guests do frequent the show), RT podcast is the perfect podcast for those who love discussions of movies, the newest video games on the market, and sometimes even odd science questions and theories (most often posed by Gavin Free, for example one podcast was entitled with his question, “How Up is Space?”).
The cast is made up of energetic internet entertainers, writers, creators, and comedians from the company Rooster Teeth and their conversations will no doubt have you crying and laughing on your way to work or class.
5. Ear Biscuits
Ear Biscuits is a podcast created and run by the long-beloved internet duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, most well known from their youtube show “Good Mythical Morning,” which boasts over 15 million subscribers. On the podcast, Rhett and Link discuss a range of topics from what it’s like to be fathers to the history of their friendship and business to if humans could really one day befriend robots.
These best friends take some podcasts very seriously when important issues are broached and do deep-dive analysis’ of situations, and other podcasts… not so much. If you’re looking for a blend of comedy and thoughtfulness, Ear Biscuits is the podcast for you.
Serial is a podcast hosted and narrated by Sarah Koenig that chronicles one true crime story over the course of each season of the show. Follow the horrific details of murder cases through the eyes of an investigative journalist and narrow down your suspects as the seasons drag on and you can’t help but keep listening to find out what happens next.
This podcast is the ultimate page-turner… but for audio, if that makes sense. Get invested and put on your foil hat, because listening to this podcast will have you thinking up theories and staying up all night listening.
Check out SoundCloud, Spotify, the podcast app from the iTunes store, or really any podcast platform to find the right podcast for you.
Sarah DeLena is currently studying for her masters in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College. She hopes to become an editor of YA literature, her favorite genre, own at least two golden retrievers, and further the legacy of the Oxford comma.