Everyone loves a good podcast. If you’re ready to move beyond the Serials of the world, however, you might want to avoid the usual “top 10” lists. Consider these five alternatives instead.
Though it’s called “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” a more accurate title might be “Stuff You Weren’t Taught in History Class.” This podcast brings history to life by reporting the whole truth about people, places, and events that your high school textbooks might have censored. Some episodes are serious examinations of historical tragedies, and others are full of wacky royals and their crank-powered toilets, but all are gripping in their own way.
People love to tell stories. Whether it’s an ancient myth or modern-day Twitter thread, most people enjoy a nice yarn. The Endless Thread podcast can satisfy that urge: It dives deep into some of the world’s wildest and most viral stories, mining them for truth and explaining the circumstances behind their craziness. If you enjoy hearing about, say, flight crews that survived detached windshields on their planes, this is the podcast for you.
StarTalk is a science podcast that doesn’t feel like a science podcast. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, it’ll take you on a fun, informative journey through the cosmos without requiring a technical degree to understand it. Neil deGrasse Tyson is famous for being able to translate complicated science jargon into everyday speech, and he’s in fine form on StarTalk, especially when he has guests like Bill Nye to laugh with and answer listener questions.
If you’re having a bad day, The 200 Project can help you redirect your negativity into a more positive and productive place. It’s a self-care and self-improvement podcast that tackles everything from good nutrition to everyday coping mechanisms for stress, and it can be a great resource for people who want to live happier lives but aren’t quite sure where to start. Just choose your topic and start listening to learn something new.
Covering a wide assortment of books, shows, movies, and sports, Binge Mode is a pop culture podcast that will keep you in the loop with all of your favorite media. Not only does it provide reviews and recaps to help you prepare for the newest season of your favorite show, but it also offers special exploratory episodes that dive into themes, costumes, actors, scripts and everything else that you might want to know about a particular series.
These are just a few lesser-known podcasts that are worth a listen. They might cover a wide variety of topics, but all of them are worth a listen, so give them a try during your morning commute.