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I never understood the radio show rave; the idea of listening to a stranger talk never sounded appealing to me. But with the rising popularity of podcasts, I decided to give radio a chance and explore some of the many shows on Spotify. Here are some of my favorite podcasts and why I recommend them. 

  1. Exactly. With Florence Given

One of my favorite podcasts is “Exactly. With Florence Given”: which covers issues ranging from dating to body image to social media use. I love Florence because she’s laid back, funny, honest, and has a relaxing British accent. I definitely recommend giving this podcast a listen! 

  1. Sagittarius Today

For all my astrology girls and guys, you need to check out your Spotify daily horoscope. With one series per star sign and less than two minutes per episode, checking your horoscope has never been so easy. I can’t promise this series is the most scientifically reliable, but I like to start my morning by listening to this podcast.

  1. The Psychology of Your 20’s

A common theme in my podcast list is accents; host Jemma Seeg has the cutest Australian twang. I love this podcast because I learn about psychological concepts from a fellow psych major with real-life examples and comical anecdotes. 

4. Who The Hell is Hamish?

This podcast is about an Australian pathological liar and criminal. It features interviews with friends and family, descriptions of Hamish’s crimes, and was absolutely addicting. I loved this series! 

5. Poor Historians: Misadventures in Medical History Podcast

Hosted by three middle-aged men (one of which is a fellow Her Campus member’s dad), this podcast is the perfect background for those who are feeling homesick and want to hear some dad jokes. Plus, who can deny some slightly gory medical stories?

  1. Sounds Like A Cult

If you like conspiracy theories, question some social groups, or simply want to learn something new, this is the podcast for you. Hosts Isa Medina and Amanda Montell dissect the structure and habits of some social groups and explain why they are similar to cults. I especially like the episode on Greek life. 

  1. The Sleepy Bookshelf

If you use podcasts as background noise or to help relax, you should check out “The Sleepy Bookshelf.” This series is exactly what it sounds like: host Elizabeth reads aloud and never fails to put me to sleep. With a wide range of books, this podcast offers a book reading for everyone. 

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Becoming a podcast listener can sometimes be intimidating, difficult, and unapproachable. It can be hard to find a series with interesting commentary, a host with a soothing voice, and a wide range of episodes. Hopefully, these podcasts will help introduce you to the world of radio and like me, you will find a new passion.

Lanaya Oliver

CU Boulder '24

Lanaya Oliver is the Editor-in-Chief and a contributing writer at the Her Campus Chapter at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As Editor-in-Chief, she oversees a team of editors, is the lead publisher and editor, and works as a campus corespondent. Outside of Her Campus, Lanaya is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is double majoring in both Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Sports Media. Her writing career started in high school when she was elected the position of school wide poet laureate after winning a poetry contest in her sophomore year. Now Lanaya’s writing has evolved from creative pieces to profiles and articles for her Her Campus articles. In her personal life, Lanaya is an ACE certified personal trainer and teaches both cycle and barre classes. Fitness is her passion and more often than not she can be found lifting weights, riding a bike, or running. She also enjoys being outdoors, binge watching movies, spending time with friends, thrift shopping, and munching on any white cheddar flavored snack she can find. Lanaya hopes to find a balance between her love for writing and her dreams of working in the fitness industry in her future career.