Why You Should be Listening to Podcasts

By September 7, 2017Support

When was the last time you listened to a great story? Was it the last time your parents read you a book before bed? The last movie you saw? 

Podcasts are the perfect medium for the modern storyteller. While some podcasts help you escape into the story through a dramatic narration, others are information-based and leave you with actionable suggestions. Regardless, podcasts offer much more than traditional written media because they put a voice with words. You may have a favorite author or blogger that you love to read, but hearing their voice and hearing them express their thoughts literally adds a new dimension to their content.

For very little commitment, podcasts allow you to explore. Don’t like the podcast? Just switch to a different one! If you’re commuting, traveling, or just have time to kill, podcasts can be a welcome recess from music and an effortless method to learn. Though similar to listening to music, podcasts embrace the “multitasking” mindset and redeem lost time to continue to your personal growth. Isn’t that what college is all about?

Where to start? Investigate if your favorite authors and public figures have podcasts. Additionally, three recommendations are below: 


RadioLab is described as “a show about curiosity.” The podcast is not specifically about health or fitness, but instead investigates a new scientific question or historic moment, giving listeners an hour of easy-to-digest education. I feel like I’m learning about niche, interesting topics that I’ve never encountered otherwise. Some episodes make you laugh, some make you cry, but regardless Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich from RadioLab are experts in capturing and holding your attention. 

Listen To: 23 Weeks 6 Days

The Minimalists

This podcast is led by two men, Joshua & Ryan, who quit their corporate jobs at age 30 after feeling unhappy, overworked, and lacking control of their own lives. The two of them focus on the principles of minimalism, which focuses on “making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment.” The pair has written multiple books on the topic and publish their weekly podcast to discuss living a meaningful life with less and answer questions from their listeners.

Most of us college students have felt like Joshua & Ryan at some point in our lives: burnt out, tired, and overburdened with tasks to do and stuff to deal with. While their solution of fully embracing and practicing minimalism may not be realistic for all of us, their lesson is still relevant: embrace experiences and try to minimize the burdens we carry with us.

Listen to: 007 | Stuff

Nut Butter Radio– 

Homegrown by two members of the #FitUfam, Holly van Hare and Hannah Liistro, Nut Butter Radio discusses health/diet industry and everything about it- body image, food, and fitness. It’s really exciting that partnerships and projects like this can grow out of the work we do here at FitU, and this weekly podcast is honest, interesting and relatable. You’ll find yourself nodding along in agreement with Holly and Hannah- and may even find you’ve shared similar experiences. A podcast by two health-oriented women who know what college students want to talk about means Nut Butter Radio is a must-listen for FitU readers!

Listen to: #009: Dining Out Intuitively 

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Author Lauren Folk

Lauren is a 3rd year student at Northeastern University who loves dogs, brunch, trashy reality TV and Crossfit (not necessarily in that order). When she's not studying for her Industrial Engineering classes, she can be found wandering around Boston or cooking for her friends. Follow her on Instagram at @lfolk or @thebuffchix!

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