Podcasts to blast through your headphones while studying

Are you ever studying or walking around town and you feel like music isn’t quite cutting it? Well, in that case, how about listening to some podcasts? Here are some of the best podcasts to listen to when you’re writing hours upon hours of essays:

1. Revisionist History

Revisionist History is a podcast by the famous author of, among others, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell. In this podcast, Gladwell explores several not necessarily historical events and looks at the social phenomena in these situations and what causes them. Interesting episodes include The big man can’t shoot, an episode which explores the phenomenon of social conformity and The lady vanishes, which explains why it’s hard to break the metaphorical glass ceiling. As Gladwell likes to say, this podcast is ‘History, revisited.’

2. Oprah’s Supersoul Conversation

For days where you need something (or someone) to cleanse your entire soul, Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations will do the trick. In this person, Oprah has a conversation with ordinary yet extraordinary people about their life philosophies. What I really enjoy about this podcast is that Oprah genuinely listens to her guests and asks questions to really get into their minds. This way you get to genuinely understand the guest’s point of view while also gaining some insight into how their minds and in turn, your mind, work. This podcast is best described as a warm bath on a Sunday morning.

3. Stuff you should know

This podcast has been going for over 10 years and thus has a broad range of subjects to cater to your interests. From history to technology to music, it has basically covered everything so go ahead and dive into a deep world of knowledge.

4. 99% invisible

99% invisible is a podcast which covers all sorts of design in a way that even us mere mortals can understand it. One episode that you might find particularly interesting is one that covers our very own part of Amsterdam, the Bijlmer! It goes into how originally the Bijlmer was divided into several zones that separate several functions: work, leisure and traffic. To find out if this plan worked out, well, go check it out!

5. 20somethinghood

In 20somethinghood, three 20-somethings (Julia, Emily and Blair) cover the chronicles that come with being in your (early) twenties and when you are still trying to figure out what you want to do with life. I find this podcast to be very relatable and it’s always comforting to hear people going through the same struggles as you. It’s also just really funny.

So there you have it, a list of podcasts to choose from while you’re writing your last essays and studying for your (hopefully) last exams. Good luck!