Aside from a zombie breakout and a UTI scare from holding your pee in, the last thing you’d want when stuck on the road for hours completing your Holy Week pilgrimage is having nothing else to do after all that praying.
Or, when you’re at home skipping the routine network reruns or avoiding social media altogether—no, you’re not jealous of your colleague’s Balesin getaway—nothing frustrates more than exhausting your Netflix show options and staying bored.
So here, pick a podcast that piques your interest. It’s the era of binge-listening to topics that don’t usually wind up on our lips. Have fun sleeping past midnight ‘cause of these.
Sex columnist Maureen O’Connor—and her very vocal and fun guests—talks about the many mysterious, amusing, controversial, and arousing activities (and taboos) we engage in for the sake of carnality. This isn’t a tabloid podcast pandering to your smut fantasies; it has legitimate answers to the many naïve questions of our usually conservative sexual psyches.
Mental health has been the talk of the town since personalities like blogger Tricia Gosingtian-Gabunada and Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza spoke publicly about their personal struggles and victories with it. Now, you can listen to a podcast that not only fleshes out the journey of escaping this inner darkness—it also demystifies it. Eavesdrop on comedians conversing about dealing with clinical depression with more heart and humor and less of the stigma.
Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy talk about medical conditions and how we used to treat them in a time where WebMD doesn’t even exist to scare us of our alleged cancer symptoms yet. From clearing sinuses to curing chicken pox to improving dental hygiene, this weekly podcast’s topics blend history with hilarity making it perfect for primetime listening.
Give the travel and animal documentaries a rest. Radiolab elevates common, everyday matters—think stress, laughter, numbers, K-pop—into an hour-long cerebral discourse on their rise, origin, and significance. Hosted by curious artists and professionals, the podcast is graced by thinkers and great minds that help dissect huge ideas and translate them into digestible chitchat.
Being a feminist doesn’t mean we’re perfectly principled and practical in our ways. Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her special guests talk about our feminist hopes and successes and the insecurities, hypocrisies, and fears that sometimes go with them. Self-deprecating yet honest about the ironies of the movement, the podcast is a series of relatable banter relevant to feminists worldwide.
This is for those who like interviews similar to the length of Larry King’s but unlike the formality in Oprah’s. WTF with Marc Maron, a podcast hosted by respected comic Marc Maron, features his revelatory conversations with personalities that range from President Barack Obama to late-night legend Conan O’ Brien to Hollywood A-lister Anne Hathaway. All done in Marc’s garage, the show catches you off-guard with its spontaneity instead of throwing you off with scripted bits.