One of my favorite things to do is listen to podcasts. They don’t even require free time… I listen to them while I’m driving, while I’m getting ready in the morning, and while I’m doing homework. They are easy and free to download through the podcast app.

I can’t imagine my life without podcasts, so I wanted to share the top 10 podcasts that students should subscribe to. Granted, there are thousands of podcasts out there, so if you notice that your favorite is missing from the list, comment down below!

1. TED Radio Hour


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Category: Technology

Average Podcast Length: 1 hour

Description: “The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR and TED. Follow the show @TEDRadioHour.”

I enjoy watching TED talks to expand my horizons – what better way to keep it up than listening to this while driving around, hunting for a parking space in the morning.

2. Kinda Dating



Category: Self-help

Average Podcast Length: 40 min – 1 hour

Description:  “Who actually says they’re in a relationship anymore? Which is why former MTV News producer/serial dater, Natasha Chandel, and cool guests, break down the dating world and try to answer the proverbial question: why do we all have commitment issues?! With the answers we’re going to help you get it in! We mean, find real love.”

The whole commitment issue is one that is popular amongst college students. Plus, the laid back vibe of this podcast made it enjoyable to listen to.

3. FiveThirtyEight Elections



Category: News & Politics

Average Podcast Length: 20 min – 1 hour

Description: “Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the 2016 election, tracking the issues and ‘game-changers’ every week.”

If your mornings don’t allow for lots of time to read/watch the news, this is a perfect way for you to get caught up on your way to class.

4. The Mental Illness Happy Hour



Category: Self-help

Average Podcast Length: Varies greatly

Description: “Named one of the Top Ten Podcasts of 2011 by The Onion’s A.V. Club!

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly conversation between a guest and comedian/host Paul Gilmartin, focusing on the battles we have in our heads and the damage we feel. From medically diagnosed conditions to everyday compulsive negative thinking.

This podcast is not a substitute for professional mental help, it’s more like a waiting room that hopefully doesn’t suck.

E-mail Paul at or leave a voicemail at 818-574-7177. You can also visit to take surveys, visit our forum, buy merchandise, or support the show with donations.”

This is a great way for college students to learn more about the prominent subject, that is mental illness, on their own time.

5. StartUp


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Category: Careers

Average Podcast Length: 25 min – 45 min

Description: “A series about what it’s really like to start a business.”

Very candid. During the episode that I listened to, you could hear taxis in the background. They were broadcasting while on their way to work.

6. Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing



Category: Language Courses

Average Podcast Length: 10 min – 22 min

Description: “Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast. To download podcast episodes, visit

In college, we are always writing – whether it be for a paper, a blog, or even just an email – it’s never a bad idea to brush up on your grammar.

7. Lore



Category: History

Average Podcast Length: 17 min – 32 min

Description: “Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (and upcoming TV show) about the dark historical tales that fuel our modern superstitions. Each episode explores the world of mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places.

Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”

Since the episodes aren’t too long, this is a great study break kind of podcast. I discovered it just in time for their Halloween episodes.

8. Stuff You Should Know



Category: Society & Culture

Average Podcast Length: 1 hour

Description:“How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from

Who doesn’t want to know everything about anything?

9. Pop Culture Happy Hour



Category: TV & Film

Average Podcast Length: Regular episodes: 35 min – 1 hour

“Small batch” episodes: 10 min – 15 min

Description: “Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features “Monkey See” blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at”

Perfect podcast for a study break. This is the best way to take a break from daily life and to keep up with what’s happening in pop culture. 

10. What It Takes



Category: Personal Journals

Average Podcast Length: 15 min – 40 min


“What It Takes is a podcast featuring intimate, revealing conversations with towering figures in almost every field: music, science, sports, politics, film, technology, literature, the military and social justice. These rare interviews have been recorded over the past 25 years by The Academy of Achievement. They offer the life stories and reflections of people who have had a huge impact on the world, and insights you can apply to your own life.”

My favorite thing about this podcast is the inside information we are able to hear before anyone else.

These are 10 of the podcasts that caught my eye. Let me know in the comments below if you listen to any! Or, even better, leave some of your own podcast recommendations.

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