- The Adventure Zone
If you’re a fan of adding pop culture references to your Dungeons and Dragons, then you need to check out The Adventure Zone. Brothers Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy and their father, radio personality Clint McElroy, take to the high fantasy realm of Dungeons and Dragons. They play fast and loose with the rules to bring you a fantastical narrative with depth, breadth, diversity and a whole lot of sass. Story arcs are clearly labeled and broken up, and with three seasons under their belt, they’ve covered everything from high fantasy to superheroes, the supernatural and the wild west. If you think your fantasy roleplaying could be improved with the addition of elevators, then this podcast is for you. Plus, if listening isn’t your thing, a graphic novel is currently being released of their first season.
Recommended Episode: Ep. 1 Here There Be Gerblins – Chapter One
2. The Dollop
A bi-weekly American History podcasts wherein comedian Dave Anthony reads a story from America’s wild history to his friend, Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about. Enjoy improv comedy riffs over the backdrop of untold American history, and maybe even learn a thing or two while you’re at it.
Recommended episode: Ep. 17 – Rainbow Man
3. My Favorite Murder
If you enjoy hearing chilling recounts of gruesome crimes or you just enjoy hearing about grizzly unsolved mysteries, I’d suggest checking out these lovely ladies. Friends Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take a conversationalist approach to discussing death, mental health and the real human condition of America’s chilling criminal history.
Recommended episode: 133 – Made of Crystals
4. My Brother, My Brother, and Me
The brothers McElroy return to this list due to their large family of podcasts, which all started with MBMBaM. Taglined “An advice show for the modern era,” these everyman comedians provide terrible advice for all of your serious life questions, from roommate etiquette to human biology. If you’re looking for a fast laugh and enjoy millennial humor, you’ve come to the right place.
Recommended episode: MBMBaM 404: Michelangelo’s Special Week
5. Pod Save America/The World/The People
Former presidential aides and speechwriters to Barack Obama, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor provide an insider’s breakdown of the weekly news in politics, providing you with a comprehensive look at what actually matters, what it means and how you can help. Joined by a variety of additional voices, from musicians and comedians to journalists and activists, to provide you with the full story every time.
Recommended episode: ”Kava-not-cool, guys”
6. Oh No Ross and Carrie
Join friends and fellow weirdos Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy as they dive headfirst (sometimes literally) into tales of spirituality, fringe science and the paranormal, taking a first-hand approach to all topics and sharing their experiences with you. They join religions, undergo “alternative” treatments and partake in paranormal investigations showing up so you don’t have to.
Recommended Episode: Ross and Carrie Ring in the Apocalypse: Forerunner Ministries International Edition
7. Pardon My Take
Satirical sports writers and sports journalism veterans Big Cat and PFT Commenter provide a hilarious take on sports news, providing “the loudest and most correct” sports takes in the history of podcasting. If you can’t get enough of sports talk shows but want a fresh perspective and a light, between-game refresher, give them a listen.
Recommended episode: CFB Writer Andy Staples + Mount Rushmore Of Mistakes
8. Friends Like Us
Hosted by actress Marina Franklin (Trainwreck, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert), this podcast features iconic women of color from all fields discussing society’s trending issues. Get some much-needed perspective on today’s hot topics from the voices that typically go unheard.
Recommended episode: Leslie Jones from SNL visits Friends
9. The Daily Zeitgeist
Noticing a rapid influx of news and a decline in comprehension in the modern world, Cracked.com co-founder Jack O’Brien teamed up with writer-producer Miles Gray to fix the problem. Rather than get your news through what feels like a massive game of telephone, Jack and Miles sift through the stories behind the headlines every weekday to help you get to the truth.
Recommended episode: Trump Disappears People From Rallies, Dictionary Adds New Words 9.10.18
10. This American Life
Coming to you in the forms of radio show and podcast, this popular NPR staple has many people hooked. Each week, host Ira Glass tackles a different theme and then curates stories from real people around those themes. Known for their compelling people-centric tales, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and unique ideas, each episode is like a “little movie for radio.” Since they’ve been on the air since 1995, there are plenty of episodes to choose from. You can listen on their website, www.thisamericanlife.org/listen.
Recommended episode: Ep. 360 – Switched at Birth (July 25, 2008)
Sarah Nowack is a junior professional writing major who is minoring in graphic design. She works for the MSU Libraries Publishing Services Department as a print and design intern. She enjoys playing video games, eating outrageous foods, and above all, making terrible dad puns. She can be found at @battlerouge on Twitter and @shiverbound on Instagram.