11 Amazing Podcasts To Listen To

11 Amazing Podcasts To Listen To

"Listening is a master skill for personal and professional greatness." -Robin S. Sharma

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I love listening to people talk nearly as much as I enjoy avoiding talking to people on the way to class so, for me, podcasts are my perfect match. If I could avoid television and movies altogether, I would, because I don't like having to pay attention to something with my eyes and my ears when I could focus my eyes on something else.

1."The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition"

Trevor Noah is one of my favorite comedians. He is a little closer to my age than most late-night show comedians, he has brought the tradition that was gifted to my parents' generation by David Letterman, to my generation. This podcast is just the audio recording of his late-night show that I find more convenient because the show isn't always available to me.

2. "Unsolved Murders"

I find mysteries fascinating and unsolved murders are about as mysterious as you can get because the victim can't give you any insight into who committed the heinous crime. The podcast gives all the known information on the murder, from a short biography about the victim to go through all the evidence and wrapped up in the suspects.

3. "TED Talks Daily"

I have learned so much from TED Talks in the past year since I discovered them. The speakers give you their insight on a subject and they give in such a way that you never even though of looking at it before.

4. "Female Criminals"

Generally, we don't see women as criminals. As a society, we see them as mothers and nurses and maids and teachers and secretaries and the list goes on. Women can be so many things but not evil? Anyway, this podcast goes into the subject of female criminals. From Bonnie Parker of "Bonnie and Clyde" to Griselda Blanco, aka the "Cocaine Grandmother."

5. "Song Exploder"

If you are one of those people who get so into music that it's hard to get out, this podcast is for you. The host brings in the writers and performers of popular songs at the moment. He leads them into explaining where they were when inspired or how they were messing around with a piano when finding the chords. It's just fascinating how the writers go from tinkering around on a keyboard to a four-minute-long chart-topper.

6. "Stuff Mom Never Told You"

I started listening to this show because I recognized the name from their connected YouTube channel that I used to watch religiously, years ago. This show explains everything that your mother didn't know at your age. They assist you in navigating society successfully.

7. "TED Radio Hour"

I promise that this is not the exact same as "TED Talks Daily," in addition to TED Talks alone, they include discussions between the hosts about the subject on hand. They also play multiple "Talks" that have similar themes and then compare the two and create one of those mind-blowing moments that you will run into more and more in life as you get older.

8. "Adam Ruins Everything"

This podcast is the "after show" of the comedy-based info show that ruins everything you thought to be true in life, in which Adam Conover interviews the experts from the show further on their field, which is fascinating. Because of the lack of script the conversation flows into intriguing, intricate place that you never thought you would encounter.

9. "Adult Sh1t"

This show is hosted by two Buzzfeed writers, Kelsey Darragh and Kate Peterman for the first season of the show. They discuss everything that you would never speak about in public and especially not in front of your mother. They laugh and talk in all seriousness about "ho-cations" and introduce new ways of looking at life.

10. "Cults"

"Cults" like "Unsolved Murders" is produced by Parcast Network, which is why they have similar formats. All episodes are split into two parts. One part explains the foundation of the cult and gives a background on the life of the leader. The other part explains the heinous crimes and the aftermath of their actions. It gets a little morbid with some reenactments but is an incredibly high quality that keeps you drawn into the story. This is one of my favorites and my favorite episode is "The Manson Family."

11. "Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig"

Grace is my favorite. I have been watching her on YouTube forever so when I found out she had a podcast I was so down. During her show she discusses different pop culture topic with everyone from fellow YouTubers to her best friends to famous actors. She and her niche in comedy are hilarious and hope she continues until the end of time.

I love listening to podcasts not just because I'm lazy, but because I feel like not being distracted by visualizations, open you up to be able to process the information. It lets you imagine the story the way you want to.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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