By Rebekah Deponte |Staff Writer|
Podcasts are a great way to relieve the boredom of traveling or just the commute to and from campus.
Podcast are similar to radio shows but are made available via internet to download onto computers and mobile devices that cover topics from politics and history to comedy and music.
Several podcasts look at music, introducing listeners to new artists and exposing them to genres they would not normally think to listen to.
One of these music podcasts is “All Songs Considered,” which focuses on new music from emerging artists, as well as icons in the industry.
“[I like this podcast because] they show a wide array of music and I think it’s important for everyone to listen to different genres outside of what they usually listen to,” said student Nick Ruvolo.
Comedy lovers can find many series done by famous comedians or featuring well-known comedic guests every episode.
In comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF with Marc Maron,” he interviews other comedians and well known people in the entertainment industry like Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Ed Helms, Judd Apatow, Elvis Costello and Ray Romano just to name a few.
Some shows take a darker twist on entertainment by focusing on crimes.
“Serial” (a series that has ended, but is still worth taking a listen to) looks at the real-life case of Adnan Syed, a now 35-year-old who many people believe was wrongly convicted of his ex-girlfriend’s murder when he was 17.
The podcast takes a look at Syed’s case from a journalistic perspective and leaves the listener to decide whether Syed was or was not guilty of the crime he is serving time for.
Another crime series to listen to is “Criminal,” which also looks at real-life crime, but features a different case in every episode.
Podcasts can be useful for not only entertainment purposes, but also educational purposes.
Students interested in improving their writing and grammar skills may find “Grammar Girl” to be a helpful series.
This show takes a look at many aspects of grammar and general writing questions people commonly.
Graduating students who want to brush up on their writing skills as they prepare to write cover letters and resumes might find these episodes particularly useful.
There are series for specific fields as well.
Communication majors and possibly even business majors should listen to “On the Media,” a series that covers all things media related from stories and interviews to general rules for media professionals to follow.
Philosophy and science majors may find “Radiolab,” a podcast about science and philosophical topics in relation to one another, interesting and thought provoking.
While some people might find listening to other people talk for 30 minutes to an hour exhausting, podcasts can be a good way to find hands-free entertainment when it is needed.
The podcasts mentioned are just a few of hundreds of thousands, so if these do not spark interest, check out iTunes’ featured podcasts or even ask friends, family or professors.
There is a podcast out there for everyone.