The Best Podcasts to Listen to at University

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I listen to a lot of podcasts, whether it’s to while away the hours of a train journey, fill the quiet walk to the supermarket, or to procrastinate work for a while. If you’ve not listened to any podcasts before, here are a few of the best to get you started.

The one about psychology – Invisibilia 

‘Invisibilia is a glimpse into the world you can’t see’; this podcast provides a gentle journey into psychology, looking at thoughts, fears, and the development of identity and emotions. It’s has some funny parts, some sad parts, and is just incredibly interesting the whole way through. With three seasons to listen to, there’s plenty to fill your time.

The one that’s not as gory as it sounds – Criminal 

A true crime podcast, this does not just focus on violent crimes. Yes, there are a few episodes about murder cases and the like, but they’re far outweighed by episodes that investigate more unusual crimes. Including the stealing of rare petrified wood, the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the conflict between humans and wildlife in keeping a tiger at a Floridian pit stop. With episodes around 20 minutes long, these are great for study breaks.

Including the stealing of rare petrified wood, the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the conflict between humans and wildlife

The creepy one – Limetown 

Limetown is the podcast that made my 2015. Likened to Serial and Welcome to Night Vale, I was a little sceptical of how Limetown would match up to the great podcasts that it had been compared to. That was, until I hit play on episode 1. Reporter Lia Haddock covers the disappearance of over three hundred residents of the fictional town Limetown, with the story developing over 7 episodes. It’s beautifully told, with sound effects creating the most terrifying audio experience I’ve ever heard. Season 2 returns in 2018, so catch up in time for the new epidosed.

The surprising one – S-Town 

John B. McLemore lives in Alabama, and has a lot to say about his town. A clockmaker with a maze in his back yard, S-Town is character exploration like I’ve never seen before. Be ready to lose 7 hours of your life once you get started, because there’s no turning back when you’re an episode or two into this one.

S-Town is character exploration like I’ve never seen before. Be ready to lose 7 hours of your life

The new one – Blood on the Rocks 

New to October 2017, there are only a couple of episodes of Blood on the Rocks currently out. This one’s a bit more gruesome, with spooky and supernatural themes- so a bit of an opposite to Criminal, if that’s not to your tastes.

The surreal one – Welcome to Night Vale 

Welcome to Night Vale is perhaps the most well-known podcast on this list. It’s strange. Very strange. It is not for everyone, but if you’re looking for something light-hearted, this might be a good bet. There’s a delightful humour to be found in Cecil Baldwin’s dulcet tones. Producing a fortnightly episode since 2012, this podcast will see you through a year of walking from Jesmond to the Robbo every day with over 110 episodes to listen to.

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