As students there is nothing we all love more than to knuckle down, really focus our energy and get stuck into some solid procrastination. It’s an art form within itself, to be able to conjure the concentration it takes to completely lose all concept of concentration on our readings, assignments or exam preparation.
However, instead of feeling guilt, embrace your procrastination and let these five podcasts take you on a journey far away from that pesky assignment thats due tonight at 11:59pm… it can wait, treat yourself.
#1 – The Dollop (Comedy/History)
The Dollop is a bi-weekly American history podcast, the brainchild of American comedian Dave Anthony who reads stories to his unsuspecting friend Gareth Reynolds. The podcast began in 2014 originally as an idea for a one man show for Anthony’s MICF set, but the show quickly developed into the current format that fans have grown to love over their quirky 300+ episode catalogue.
Episodes range from 25-120 minutes, with the brief ‘smollop’ episodes often the most popular for cramming an hours worth of carnage and laughs into a bite sized episode. The boys have also hosted live shows, often working with special guest comedians including on a number of occasions Aussie Wil Anderson.
While not for everybody, this podcast is sure to make you laugh/cringe at some of the blights on America’s history. Episodes to look out for include The Rube, Ten Cent Beer Night, The Pinto and plenty more.
#2 – Serial (Crime/News/Politics)
“Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season. Each season, we follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. We won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us” – Serial Website
#3 – WTF with Marc Moron (Interview/Comedy)
Marc Moron is an American comedian who has been performing for over twenty years, but made the switch to podcasting in 2009.
“Marc changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring Marc’s revelatory conversations with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and President Barack Obama” – WTF Website
The show is possibly the most popular of the three on this list, and is sure to have interviewed a Hollywood personality that you know or love. Personally I find it a great source of musical interviews, with Alice Cooper, Joshua Home, Dave Grohl and Keith Richards some of the clear highlights.
Moron’s lifestyle and connections make him an incredibly intriguing interviewer, often sharing some of the themes that come up in stories of his guests including drug use, famous lifestyle and various other themes that are abnormal to everyday citizens.
The show has built a strong following over the years, with over 900 episodes and six million downloads a month, cementing it as a forefather of the podcasting industry.