11 Amazing Podcasts To  LIsten To Between Classes

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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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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