How to make your social distancing more bearable

By Icíar Fernández 

Classes and exams have moved online, we’ve been told to stay at home and we spend most of the day in front of a screen learning, binge-watching Netflix and video chatting with friends and family. But the day has so many hours when you can’t go out. To me, podcasts are a great option to take a break from the screen and disconnect from social media for a while. Here are my top 5 favourite podcasts to make social distancing more bearable. Put your earphones on, get comfy and give these a listen.

Stuff you should know

Explanation of the topic of this podcast seems unnecessary. I will just say that whether you’re wondering about how currency works or would like to know more about beekeeping, this podcast has done it. The scope of topics literally goes from satanism to fish n’ chips. Episodes range from 15 minutes to over an hour. Listen for free on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, iHeart radio… e v e r y w h e r e. And if you’re overwhelmed by the number of topics available, check this out. 

Serial 

If you like true crime, this is your podcast. The good news is that it’s also your podcast if you’re sceptical of the genre because I am – and I love it. Each season narrates a different story, but my favourite is still season 1, which looks for answers to a complicated case based on the story of a single witness. I won’t give away any spoilers – go listen, but bear in mind that once you start you will most likely binge your way through it. 

Science Vs.

Use your time wisely to find out what’s fact and what’s not in every single fad and trend claimed to be backed up by science that you can possibly imagine. Extra points are given because it’ll give you the knowledge and skills to win an argument against your most opinionated friend. Most episodes are about half an hour. 

Coffee Break Languages 

If you’re feeling extra productive, take a pick and learn one of five different languages thanks to this awesome podcast(s). They offer French, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to improve your listening skills, their episodes are lively and super practical (unlike those long vocabulary lists in French we all had to learn in school), and never make you feel like you’re sitting in a classroom! Most episodes are 30-45 minutes. 

Revisionist History

A unique history lesson narrated by Malcolm Gladwell. His name may sound familiar from at least five NYT bestsellers, my personal favourite being “Blink”. But this is not a book recommendation. This Canadian journalist revisits overlooked and/or misunderstood moments in history while creating an absorbing atmosphere that will transport you right to the story he’s narrating. Episodes are usually 30 minutes to over an hour. 

 

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