5 podcasts for the fall semester

Gone are the days when podcasts occupied their own small niche in the evolving media landscape. Their popularity has surged in recent years, and for good reason. They’re educational. They’re free. And they’re perfect for multitasking. Next time you’re driving to class or cleaning room, give one of these a try.

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Hosted by Dax Shepard, the actor and husband of Kristen Bell, this podcast delves into real-life issues of humankind. Shepard, along with guests like Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres, discuss everything from politics, religion and what it’s really like to be in show business.

Stuff You Should Know

This podcast provides detailed insight into how stuff really works, without feeling like a lecture. This is a great pick if you want to learn about a variety of subjects, ranging from the science behind vaping, what actually happened in Pompeii to how mirrors actually work.

99% Invisible

 

This niche podcast discusses the impact of design and architecture in the world, and how most of it can often go unnoticed. This is one that doesn’t require undivided attention, but has incredible information that is hard to find anywhere else.

Up to Date

Hosted by UMKC’s own Steve Kraske, this KCUR show is now available in podcast format. If you are interested in remaining informed on issues that are important to Kansas City, give this a listen.

The Goop Podcast

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, now produces its own podcast. The inaugural episode features a discussion between Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey. The Goop Podcast focuses on conversations between Paltrow and experts in a variety of fields, “from doctors to creatives, CEOs to spiritual healers.”

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