The Best Podcasts to Listen to While Quarantined

because who wants to be alone with their thoughts?

What’s up Raptors? Ever since I was sequestered in my home three weeks ago due to c*r*n*v*r*s, I have been listening to podcasts 24/7: partly because I can’t be alone with my thoughts, and partly because they are just such a joy to listen to. I have compiled for you quarantined Raptors a list of the podcasts that I have been listening to nonstop for the past three weeks, divided into categories to make it easier to find something that works for you. Please note that these are not all of my favorite podcasts, but simply the ones that I have found to pair best with a self quarantine. Enjoy.

To listen to in the background while you’re doing chores:

~The Dollop is a biweekly American history comedy podcast where host Dave Anthony details an event in American history to his co host Gareth Reynolds who just laughs and tries to make jokes. I really like this podcast because it makes even the most mundane event or person interesting. The two have a great chemistry, even though they claim to be enemies, and I love hearing what they come up with.

To listen to after a long day of online learning because your brain can’t handle another second of staring at a computer screen to watch a show:

~Crime Junkies is a straight up true crime podcast. Each episode is told by radio show host and storyteller Ashley Flowers to her sound technician Brit. The two have been friends since childhood and have fostered a fascination with true crime together. The podcast is told so beautifully and researched so well that I often binge episodes of the podcast rather than a traditional show.

To listen to while tuning out your family on all those walks that you have been taking:

~The Joe Rogan Experience is a podcast hosted by comedian Joe Rogan that I am convinced that anyone can enjoy. It’s basically a conversation between Joe and a guest where anything can happen. Because it doesn’t really have a plot, I can listen to this podcast out of order and only halfway listen to it if that is what the situation requires.

~The Armchair Expert is Dax Shepherd’s podcast where he interviews a celebrity, journalist, or just a smart person, about life. I love this podcast because I can tune in and out of it periodically and still understand what is going on. The way Dax interviews his guests makes you feel like you’re in the room with them and brings the celebrity more down to earth.

To listen to while you’re doing schoolwork:

~The Office Ladies is a charming podcast in which Jenna Fischer (Pam) and Angela Kinsey (Angela) each rewatch a specific episode of The Office and then reconvene with notes to spill all the behind the scenes information and and secret deleted scenes. Like many, I have watched and rewatched The Office too many times to count and this podcast is really fun to listen to because it makes me feel like an insider on some of my favorite episodes. Every once in a while, the ladies are joined by a guest who played someone on the show or was a writer. This podcast gives me serotonin.

~My Favorite Murder is a true crime comedy podcast and one of my favorites. Each week, the two cohosts, Karen and Georgia, take us through two of their favorite true crime stories. I have been re listening to the series for the third time and looking for details that I hadn’t honed in on previously. If you like true crime with a healthy dose of misinformation, then this is the podcast for you.

To listen to while you’re trying to fall asleep:

~ Nothing Much Happens is a great podcast for when you’re trying to fall asleep. I had previously been listening to one of the true crime podcasts that I mentioned in this article as I drifted off, but then I started having nIghTmArEs. Nothing Much Happens is essentially a collection of bedtime stories for adults. While they do have a plot, the stories stick to the rule that “nothing much happens”, so you don’t have to worry about paying attention.

I hope these podcasts bring you as much joy and comfort as they have brought me these past few weeks.