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Spotify is an excellent place to jam out to your favorite tunes, but it’s also a great play to discover new podcasts. Whatever interests you, chances are there is a podcast on it.

NPR News Now

NPR was one of the first podcasts I ever listened to. Before I went to college I realized that I was not as up to date on the news as I wanted to be. I felt embarrassed when I did not know about current events going on around the world.

My friends always told me that NPR is an unbiased news source in their news old section. They do have news with editorial opinions and commentary, but the “NPR News Now” reports the news every day in under five minutes. I used to listen to the podcast on Spotify on my walk to class in the mornings.

I highly recommend integrating a news podcast into your morning routine.

Planet Money

Originally, I discovered “Planet Money” in my freshman year economics class. My professor recommended listening to this podcast to help you think like an economist, assigning specific episodes he thought were worthwhile to us.

This podcast is much longer than the “NPR News Now” podcast. I typically listened to the “Planet Money” podcast for half an hour. Listeners can learn more about how the economy works and some breaking news stories at the same time. I find myself always very engaged during this podcast.

Therapy Gecko

“Therapy Gecko” is a podcast by Lyle Drescher. Drescher dresses up as a Lizard and talks with strangers as an unlicensed psychologist. Viewers can call in at 9 p.m. on the broadcasts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Drescher dives into many complex issues people call in about with a relaxing and encouraging tone. The podcast manages to be funny, insightful and captivating. Every episode is entertaining and it truly is a one-of-a-kind podcast.

The Economist

After listening to a podcast by “The Economist” I always feel extremely educated on whatever was discussed. The topics are helpful for understanding today’s world of technology and business.

I also got put on this podcast by one of my professors but I can honestly say it is just as fascinating as “Planet Money.” I think the assumption is that talking about the economy can be very boring, but personally I think “The Economist” does a wonderful job giving a rundown about topics connected to the economy.

Stuff Mom Never Told You

If you’re looking for a podcast about being a woman this might be a great podcast for you. The podcast touches on feminism and growing up as a woman.

There have been some controversial opinions over the new versus old hosts but I like listening to the variety of perspectives, but sometimes I do agree the show has been one-sided.

I like hearing about topics I have never given much thought about before, and bringing these topics to the surface of society is very valuable.

Daily Meditation

I came across this podcast when trying to find a nighttime meditation podcast to help me fall asleep. I was pleasantly surprised to find this podcast with guided meditations for a variety of situations and goals.

The episodes range from around 10-15 minutes. There are general guided meditations for the morning, noon and night available. There are even meditations for any emotion you’re possibly feeling.

I absolutely adore this podcast and mindfulness is something everyone needs more of.

Ted Talks Daily

Practically everyone has listened to a Ted Talk at some point in their life. They are thought-provoking and insightful talks.

“Ted Talks Daily” has a large variety of topics discussed and even the episodes’ lengths have a considerable range. If you’re looking for variety, this is the podcast to listen to. I always enjoyed listening to Ted Talks and this podcast was an easy transition into listening to it more.

Podcasts have become a common part of my everyday routine. They bring a great deal of knowledge and perspective to my day.

We all have periods of our day where we can pop in our Airpods and listen to a podcast to pass the time. Finding topics that interest you and hearing a multitude of opinions. as well as developing more knowledge on those topics, is always a rewarding experience.

I am a 3rd-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in economics at Penn State. I am very excited to be a part of Her Campus!