Below is a list of some of the podcasts I tune into every week. However, this is far from an exhaustive list of awesome podcasts or even awesome podcasts that I listen to regularly! From this list, I hope you lovelies can find something you love!
Laboratory Safety Tip: Pick a good podcast, because once those buds are in your ears, you can’t take them out or tap your screen to fast forward through ads whenever you feel like it. Keep the science on your gloves, not on your screen! And certainly not in your ears – ew.
True story - side effects of podcast listening may include your labmate writing “no podcasts stick” on a cardboard poster tube and brandishing it in your general direction when you talk about podcasts with your other co-workers.
Recommendations for a Podcast Newbie
Planet Money – My current go-to podcast; there are hundreds of episodes to discover! They cover everything from typical economist stuff, like how leaving the gold standard helped countries recover from the great depression, to fun everyday stuff, like how gyms get you to buy a membership, but then do subtle things to make sure you never show up! Tone: Informative, journalistic, awesome.
Presidential – A new podcast from the Washington Post profiles a different American President each week up through the 44th President to be elected in November. Interesting insights about the presidents’ personalities, background, motivation, etc. Tone: Historical, educational, fascinating.
Reply All – Each week, the hosts do a 20 minute story that is somehow related to the internet. Interesting stuff! Tone: Storytelling, “who knew?!”
Serial – Serial is a gateway podcast; this is the podcast that will get you hooked on podcasts. In season 1, we meet a young man accused of killing his high school girlfriend: did he or didn’t he? In season 2, we get the inside scoop on Bowe Bergdhal, a US soldier held captive by the Taliban for almost 5 years. Tone: Journalistic, storytelling, addictive, epic.
Startup – It’s a podcast about starting a startup that makes podcasts. I like this because it is provides cool and useful info about startup life without being overly full of startup clichés. Spoiler alert: they do start their own podcasting company which now makes other podcasts, and in season 2 they profile an online dating company that is trying to get off the ground. Tone: Storytelling, informative, well-produced!
Stuff Mom Never Told You – Hosts Cristen and Caroline explore tons of different topics from a girl power lens – female street artists, athleisure apparel, Hooters, lady chefs, and more! And there are two episodes per week which is awesome. Tone: Informative, feminist, fun!
Ted Radiohour – Excerpts from three to four TED talks about a similar theme like Champions, Success, or Animals plus interviews with the TED speakers. If you are inspired by TED talks, you will LOVE this podcast. Tone: Inspirational, informative.
Women of the Hour – Lena Dunham’s podcast by, for, and about ladies! The only con is that there are only five episodes! Tone: Overhearing your older sister talk with her cool friends, feminist.
Finally, we here at Beta Pleated Chic are working to develop a Beta Pleated Chic podcast to be released later this year. Grad Gal Sal (that’s me, folks) will definitely be making an appearance. My segments/episodes are still in development, but I am beyond excited. Podcasting may be my new calling, y’all.
If you have any podcast recommendations, please let me know; I’m always on the lookout for new podcast gems. Stay tuned for next month’s Grad Gal Sal column, and in the meantime, keep track of my sciencey exploits on Instagram @SalPalScienceGal.