Niche Podcast

Niche Podcast

Finding a Podcast
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So you've bing-listened to Serial, This American Life and Raido Lab, you're a certifiable podcast addict. Now that you’ve experienced the basics, it’s time to find yourself a podcast fit for any aspect of your life. If you have an eccentric hobby or love for a topic that you seriously believe no one else loves too, there’s more than likely a podcast for it.

The Paranormal Podcast

Do you love talking about, thinking about and watching things about ghosts and the paranormal? Then the Paranormal Podcast is perfect for you. Jim Harold has spent the past few years building up great connections with people all over the world who are experts on all aspects of the paranormal. Don’t believe in it? Well give this podcast a listen and it might convert you. If you’re still not into the hauntings and Ouija boards, try Coast to Coast Radio, they feature things like aliens and dream predictions and hunting for the Loch Ness monster. Or you might try Mysterious Universe, which brings a critical thinking and scientific approach to the paranormal.

Save Jiu Jitsu

Host Rafael Lovato Jr. says Save Jiu Jitsu is dedicated to keeping Jiu Jitsu “grounded in what it was truly about, cultivating the warrior spirit.” For the Jiu Jitsu fanatic, this is perfect. They discuss things from rule changes to the “essence” of Jiu Jitsu to what blue belts are up to these days. If you’re not into walking to SPAC to run on a treadmill for two miles before quitting, getting involved in martial arts could be a great way to stay active! Not into Jiu Jitsu but like the idea of taking a class to stay fit? Well there are podcasts for things like yoga (Yoga Today) and boxing (Sneak Punch's Learn Boxing). And hey, Northwestern still offers free classes and clubs for both of these things, so there’s nothing holding you back from trying!

Never Not Knitting

Knitting is not just for old grandmas; there are plenty of young adults that indulge in the calming and productive hobby of knitting (which might be needed during midterms, am I right?). At Never Not Knitting, host Alana talks about the funny stories, great yarns, patterns and tips she’s come across in her knitting community. And if you’re into a little more spin on the whole knitting thing (and like bagpipes), follow Knitting Pipeline where host Paula combines her love of knitting and playing the bagpipes in an unconventional combination of topics. So you’re into crochet, they have a podcast for that too, because Yarn Craft covers all things to do with yarn, including crochet.

Start Cooking

Did you run off to school without learning how to cook, and now you live off campus with a stove and oven that you use to store spare shoes? Have no fear! You are not alone! Kathy Maister of Start Cooking posts one to three minute podcasts showing you the basics of cooking so you can actually get use out of your appliances. If you know the basics and are looking for an intermediate source, try Cooking with the Moms, or if you did P-Wild and want to reminisce on the lovely time you spent outdoors, listen to Cooking Everything Outdoors.

by Jackie Montalvo


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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

Showtime

Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

Amazon

Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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