The Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Podcasts have been around for awhile—since the '80s if you want to get technical—but I’m newly obsessed. I listen to them whenever I can—on the way to university, on the train to work, while I make my breakfast in the morning, and before I go to bed. Podcasts have literally taken over my life. So without further ado, I present a roundup of my new favorites (I guarantee that they’ll become yours, too).
"Bad with Money" with Gaby Dunn
Newcomers to “Bad with Money” may know Gaby Dunn from her stint at Buzzfeed, during which she starred in a number of video series. But what you may not know about Gaby Dunn is that she is bad with money. Really bad.
Gaby’s podcast explores the roots of her anxieties surrounding money by speaking with a financial psychologist (yes, that is a thing!) and interviewing her parents about their own attitudes towards money. She also talks with a bunch of cool people about the ways in which personal finances are affected by other aspects of their lives—things such as race, gender, (dis)ability, profession and sexuality.
It’s required listening for any young person whose money situation is changing. Whether you’ve just started earning your own money, are trying to pay off your student debt, or have absolutely no idea how taxes work, “Bad with Money” will teach you everything you need to know about finances.
"We the Ppl: Politics for Those Who Can’t Vote"
"We the Ppl" is run by 16-year-old Zora Ilunga-Reed (one of our very own Clovers!) who told me that she “created the podcast out of teenage angst.” Speaking about how the political opinions of teenagers are often dismissed, she said she thought this was “fundamentally undemocratic and a phenomenon that made very little sense.” And so, WTP was born to help teenagers learn about politics.
From some of the most recent episodes on reproductive rights, to interviews with US legislators, to covering the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, WTP covers political issues with understanding and insight.
As someone who has grown up in Australia, I’ve always found the US political system confusing. Thanks to WTP, I now have at least a basic knowledge of the political system and a much greater understanding of the current political climate. I’ll leave you with some final words from Zora: “If we don’t learn about politics and government now, when will we?” She suggests starting with "Why Black Lives Matter."
After I graduated from high school last year, I spent the summer watching Gilmore Girls from start to finish (including the recent reboot). So you can imagine my excitement when I found out about the “Gilmore Guys” podcast. The podcast is exactly what it sounds like: two guys talking about Gilmore Girls. Those guys are Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe, who explore everything happening in Stars Hollow and beyond. Seriously, EVERYTHING.
Their conversation is funny, charming, and makes me feel like I just spent an hour enthusiastically discussing my favorite show with my best friends. If you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls yet, let the greatness of “Gilmore Guys” be your excuse.
"The Rookie Podcast"
Rookie’s podcast is an extension of the online magazine founded in 2011 by then-15-year-old, Tavi Gevinson. Featuring interviews with writers, musicians, and artists, plus life advice and discussions about pop culture, Rookie’s a perfect blend of the messiness of teenage life and the clean professionalism that we all aspire to.
One of my favorite episodes of "Rookie" featured a conversation between Rookie contributor Jenny Zhang and feminist author Roxane Gay about her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. Together, they delve into the issues of body image and the fear of fatness, unsolicited advice, social media and finding yourself amongst the chaos of life. The huge variety of topics in “The Rookie Podcast”—and all the others out there—means that there is something for everyone. In the words of Roxane Gay, “You have to have something you care about” and “whether it’s art or music or reading or writing,” you’ll find it in a podcast.
By Zoe Victoria, 19