There’s something about changing leaves and crisp air that conjures a twinge of nostalgia for composition notebooks and the unmistakable scent of freshly sharpened number two pencils. You might even experience an urge to hoard your *cool* shopping bags to cover your textbooks.
As we usher in the new academic year, maybe you’re longing for the feeling of excitement associated with back to school season? Or maybe you’re thanking your lucky stars that you’re not sitting in a classroom somewhere.
Let us introduce you to Podcast University! With all of the subjects you learned in school and none of the studying, consider this your syllabus for the upcoming semester. No term papers. No exams. No readings. No textbooks. No deadlines. Oh, and the best part of all – no tuition!
American History: CNN’s The Rewind: ’90s Edition
Because the ‘90s are like, totally having a moment.
The decade that brought us chokers and belly shirts also brought us a wild time in history that included one presidential impeachment, the trial of the century and brought new meaning to the word blockbuster.
You might have been too young to understand the news cycle then, so CNN’s The Rewind ‘90s Edition will break down the decade’s biggest news stories for you.
Math: Panoply’s Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn
Am I the only Millennial with a vague understanding of taxes and money? Am I my head of household? Do I file as a zero or a one?
Give Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn a listen. This is not your self-righteous podcast that extols the virtues of planning for retirement. Dunn cultivates a safe space where no one feels guilty for paying extra for guac or shamed for their Starbucks dependency. Instead, she interviews comedians, artists, musicians, actors, and friends to explore the ways that money makes us do irrational things.
PE: ESPNW’s Free Cookies
In podcast PE, no one’s picked last for the kickball team.
Renewed for a second season, ESPNW’s Free Cookies hosted by Kathryn Budig and Kate Fagan are the gal pals you wish you had. Budig, a yoga instructor, and Fagan, a sports journalist, bring their perspectives to explore a range of topics from sports, wellness, fitness and of course, cookies. Expect to hear smart and candid interviews with Olympians, athletes, and movers and shakers in the wellness community.
English: NPR’s StoryCorps
Breathe easy. There’s no teacher to call on you to read aloud in class.
Not knocking The Bard, but he’s not the only person with a story to share. StoryCorps reminds us that because someone’s story isn’t written down in a book, doesn’t make it any less dignified or noteworthy.
StoryCorps started in 2003 as a booth for commuters to tell their story as they passed through Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Today, there are enough stories for five books and podcast. Listen to compelling and gripping unscripted stories from the unlikeliest of sources…regular people.
Philosophy: WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money
How does Voltaire like his apples? Candide.
WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money explores our shared existential dilemmas like terminal illness, crippling breakups, student debt, and investigates the philosophical question on all of our minds, who is driving your Uber? Where’d they come from? Where are they going? What’s their story?
Science: StarTalk Radio hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Baking soda and vinegar volcanoes are child’s play.
Humanity, extra-terrestrials, intergalactic time travel and sports all converge in StarTalk, hosted by everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Through humor, guest hosts and pop culture analogies, StarTalk will broaden your mind and understanding of the universe. Or, at the very least, help you understand the science jokes on The Big Bang Theory.
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