Six Podcasts To Listen To Over The Summer

Six Podcasts To Listen To Over The Summer

Which podcasts should you listen to this summer?

Everyone loves a good podcast. Whether you’re working inside or out, something to listen to besides music is always helpful when trying to get through the day. So, this week I decided to write about six of my favorite podcasts that you should listen to if you’re working, feeling bored, or just want some background noise while you’re doing anything at all!

23min of Ska:

Uploaded with a new episode every Thursday, 23min of Ska is a podcast created by Radly “Rad” Jose Phoenix, a former neurosurgeon who “roamed the planet studying martial arts and particle physics” until he got around to making a podcast that focuses on his favorite musical genre: ska. In short, ska music is the precursor to reggae, and it has three “waves”: the first, which originated in Jamaica, the second (known as 2 Tone), which was the revival in the United Kingdom from the late 1970s, and the third wave (ska-punk), that came around the late 1980s and became a success in the 1990s. The idea of 23min of Ska is to play ska music for 23 minutes straight. It’s a simple idea that works wonders for any rude boy or rude girl.

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People:

Starring comedian Chris Gethard, this podcast (often shortened to Beautiful/Anonymous) focuses on the following premise: “1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred.” Each week, Gethard puts out a message saying that the phone lines for the podcast are open. One call gets through, and Gethard can’t hang up no matter what. He and the caller talk for one hour at most, without the caller giving any information about his or her identity, and the result is an interesting podcast about multiple life stories. Through this, listeners are able to learn that they aren’t alone in the problems they face, and that some people have it a lot harder than they do. Beautiful/Anonymous is definitely worth a listen no matter who you are.

Comedy Bang! Bang!:

Comedy Bang! Bang! is hosted by Scott Aukerman and has a very interesting idea. Released weekly, each episode has a few guests (comedians, mostly) who are interviewed by Aukerman. The next guests are wacky characters, sometimes played by the same guests as before. Needless to say, hilarity ensues. The comedy of this podcast comes more from the interactions between each guest and the host, rather than from the topics brought up. This podcast is worth a listen for anyone who is interested in comedy and comedians.

My Favorite Murder:

Are you a fan of crime stories? Stories of murders both solved and unsolved? If you said yes to either of those questions, then you’re in luck. This podcast, starring comedian Karen Kilgariff and Cooking Channel TV show host Georgia Hardstark, discusses murder stories that they have heard. They can be well-known or not, but either way, listeners are in for an informative ride full of twists and turns.

SleepyCast (The Sleepy Cabin Podcast):

This podcast is centered around a group of internet animators called Sleepy Cabin and whatever topics they can think of talking about, sometimes answering questions from their fans. There are life and childhood stories to be told, lessons to be learned, advice to be given, and just plain old entertaining banter to be heard and laughed at. Some might call them politically incorrect at times, but they really mean no harm. I will note that they are more NSFW than the other podcasts mentioned, but if this doesn’t bother you and you have the time to listen, then you definitely should.


Comedian Paul F. Tompkins hosts this podcast based around improvisational humor. Like Comedy Bang! Bang!, there are guest interviews for the first half of each episode. The second half, however, is reserved for Tompkins and his quests to be given a place (provided by fans) to perform improv in. It could range from a Denny’s parking lot to a panic room, and it’s a hilarious way to kill an hour or so.

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12 Signs You're Addicted To Grey's Anatomy


Oh, "Grey’s Anatomy." We have been through so much together. Through the years, we have taken on bombs, shooters, plane crashes, and everything in between. You have loyally stood by me even when I hated you for killing off my favorite characters, or making Merideth and Derek break up. I know that some people may read this and call me crazy, but the real Grey’s fandom can relate. We are the most dedicated group of people you will ever find, almost to the point of insanity…or definitely to the point of insanity. Thinking of diagnosing yourself with Grey's-o-mania? If you meet these 12 criteria, time to strap on your surgical mask and scrub in because you are addicted.

Disclaimer: Spoilers ahead!

1. It has made you want to become a surgeon.

You are lying if all of the drama and medical lingo hasn’t made you consider changing your major at least once.

2. It has also made you NOT want to become a surgeon.

...but then there is all of the blood and the long hours.

3. You compare every guy you meet to Derek Shepherd.

The biggest mystery in all of "Grey’s" is how Meredith took so long to put a ring on that?! I mean, c’mon girl.

4. Hearing the names “Lexie” or “George” may result in an emotional breakdown.

These deaths left us with an open wound that even Mark Sloan’s sutures couldn’t repair.

5. You feel personally attacked every time a character is killed off.

Please refer to #4.

6. You feel like you could actually perform neurosurgery.

I have watched Derek clip so many aneurisms, I could do it in my sleep. Hand me a scalpel and sign me up for a clinical trial, I am ready.

7. You even sat through the musical episode.

Owen Hunt singing around the OR? A little too awkward for most people.

8. Your iTunes library is filled with songs from the show.

“How To Save a Life” by The Fray brings on all kinds of new feels now.

9. The new interns have to prove themselves to you.

Every couple of seasons, they decide to throw us a new crop of interns. This fandom is just as tough as Dr. Bailey when we decide whether these characters have what it takes for "Grey’s Anatomy" though.

10. When a friend is sick, your first thought is to start chest compressions.

After 11 seasons, I am fully prepared for all medical situations. Push one of Epi! We need a crash cart!

11. You have an immediate bond with anyone who says they watch the show.

…Did we just become best friends?

12. You frequently ask yourself “what would Christina Yang do?”

No major decision should EVER be made without asking this first. Of all of the people who have left "Grey’s," her absence is the most strongly felt. No one can replace Christina Yang.

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The Breath of Solitude

A Poem With A Prologue // Polar Viewpoints.



She smacks your parted lips,

sucking the dry,

open cracks to a seal.

Pumping energy into your chest

and sending a continuous shiver

from lung to navel.

You can't help but cough,

as your lungs tighten and twist.

Ringing the frosty sensation out –

slipping through your parted lips.

The same parted lips that

allowed her deliberate fingers

to crawl inside

where she can escape her own dimension

of solitude.

The Breath of Solitude

All I know

is solitude.

We chat

every day

in conversations that circulate

behind the backs

of the present.

Solitude grinds my coffee beans,

as we sit

with our legs crossed,

waiting for dawn

to explode over our opaque landscape.

Solitude runs my bath,


as the Sun crashes

against the diminishing horizon.

But none of this is reality.

I am above

the dimension of reality.

Not theoretically,

but physically.

I am only a tool

to be used in the dimension

of your reality.

Drifting in and out,

twirling through your negative space.

My only purpose

is found through your breath;

but what do I do

when you stop breathing?

I wait for your fingers,

less deliberate than mine,

but filled with that

that I lack.

I cannot see the blood

that sloshes through the veins

in your innocent hands.

The blood that energizes

those fingers

upon which I wait.

But I know

the blood is there.

It isn't

what you do.

It isn't

the way you move.

Simply put,

it is

the way

that you exist.

The sheer fact

that you have a bursting burgundy waterfall


not only through your fingers,

but engulfing all of you

in its rich,



The only waterfall

that I encompass

is the waterfall

that you imagine.

I have no blood;

I have no way to exist.

And so I

wait for your fingers,

less deliberate than mine,

but filled with that

that I lack.

I wait for your fingers

to filter the heat

to a state of regulation,

a state of production,

a state in which I can exist.

The peach fuzz

that sleeps on the bridge of your nose

begins to rise

when your fingers initiate the flame.

The temperature reacts,

as would my heartbeat,

if I had a bursting burgundy waterfall,

or some type of life source

inhabiting my chest cavity.

As the heat

starts to melt

my metaphorical skin,

I become reality.

I don't have a face to smile,

or eyes to produce tears.

But I have thoughts.

I have words to say,

I have feelings to express.

I still can only drift,

in and out,

twirling through your negative space,

but now spiraling

into your positive space,

as well.


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