22 entertaining podcasts to listen to while you're working from home

Mar 23 2020, 2:43 pm

While you’re stuck in your little pod of a world right now, why not listen to some of the soothing voices of professional podcasters?

From comedy to fiction, business, and mini series, here are a bunch of podcasts to tune into while you’re working from home.

Congratulations – Chris D’Elia

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Comedian Chris D’Elia hosts a one-man podcast every week where the funnyman tackles a variety of contemporary topics and viral posts through his outrages impressions, anecdotes, and absurd humour.

If this guy doesn’t get you giggling, you might be a robot.

Radiolab

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Radiolab fuses science with stories and makes it fun. If you’re itching to learn something new (and cool) while you’re working from home, check out these radio scientists.

My Brother, My Brother and Me

maximimfun.org

The McElroy brothers, Justin, Travis, and Griffin host this weekly comedy advice podcast that feature all three bros comedically giving out answers to questions submitted by listeners or found on Yahoo!

The McElroys have a positive vibe and a good sense of humour. Something we can all use these days.

The Unusual Show

If you’re itching to dive into the unusual, this weekly show tackles everything weird from serial killers to science to history, as well as any and everything that goes bump in the night.

Unprecedented times call for unusual stories.

Without Fail

Gimlet Media

Without Fail offers candid conversations with people who have done hard things in life. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, he dives into his guest’s accomplishments, what worked, what didn’t, and why.

Last Podcast on the Left

Last Podcast on the Left

Last Podcast on the Left is a twice-weekly podcast that features a comedian, an actor, and one very overworked researcher.

With an episode released every Wednesday and Saturday, the gang explores the horrors of both the real world and the imagined.

With the real world in a bit of a funk, check out how the Last Podcast guys present the imaginary one.

No Dogs in Space

No Dogs In Space

No Dogs In Space is a music history podcast.

Take a deep dive into the history of different music genres and bands that takes you deep into their histories and the music that inspired them.

Expect plenty of music and all the sex, drugs, and crazy stories that come with it.

Reply All

Gimlet Media

Reply All is an interesting take on the digital world, specifically on how people shape the internet and how the web shapes society.

The Clearing

Gimlet Media

The Clearing is a true-crime podcast about April Balascio, daughter of American serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards.

Edwards was a convicted American serial killer who escaped from jail in Ohio in 1955.

He went on to flee across the United States, holding up gas stations for money. By the 1960s, he had landed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Make sure you’re not too isolated when you’re listening to this one.

The Shrink Next Door

wondery.com

The Shrink Next Door is a seven-part podcast series that retells the story of a psychiatrist who allegedly abused his relationship with his patients to exploit them for personal gain.

This one is dark and creepy but hey, desperate times.

In The Dark

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Sticking to the darker tones, In the Dark features investigative journalism and in-depth reporting related to the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling in the late ’80s.

This one isn’t for the faint of heart.

How I Built This

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How I Built This is an American podcast about “innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built,” according to NPR Media.

Once the pandemic is all said and done, we could use a few more innovators.

This American Life

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This weekly hour-long program offers radio short stories and essays. Each week’s show has a theme, explored in several “acts.”

Covering a wide range of topics, tune into This American Life if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, which coincidentally, is a lot of us these days.

The Horror of Dolores Roach

Gimlet Media

A scripted fiction horror podcast, The Horror of Dolores Roach follows the titular character after her release from prison as she attempts to reintegrate to her old neighbourhoods.

If you’re looking for a theatre-based listen, get Dolores onto your radar.

Invisibilia

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Invisibilia — Latin for “invisible things” — fuses narrative storytelling with science that strives to get its listeners to “see your own life differently.”

Anyone else looking for a different perspective on the world lately?

TED Radio Hour

npr.org

Exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world’s greatest thinkers. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires his listeners to “learn more about the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.”

Hidden Brain

npr.org

Host Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, choices, relationships.

With the help of Hidden Brain, you might come out of this quarantine as a completely different person.

Rough Translation

npr.org

Host Gregory Warner runs this podcast by “telling stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory.”

This is a podcast that’ll get you thinking, laughing, and heck, maybe even crying.

Cool Mules

canadalandshow.com

Cool Mules is a six-part podcast series, hosted by Kasia Mychajlowycz, investigating the cocaine-smuggling ring once operating inside Vice Media.

The Daily

The New York Times

The Daily is a news podcast and radio show by the The New York Times.

Hosted by Times political journalist Michael Barbaro, its daily episodes are based on the Times‘ reporting of the day with interviews of journalists from the renowned newspaper company.

Planet Money

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People probably don’t want to talk too much about money these days but Planet Money explains bits of the economy in a creative and entertaining way.

Picture this podcast as a buddy at a bar (remember those?) explaining the economy to you.

We might need some tips when we’re on the other side of all this.

Quill

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From comedy to fiction, business, and mini-series, Quill offers a bunch of podcasts to tune into while you’re working from home. And if you’re ready to rate your favourites, visit Quill to speak your mind.