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7 Podcasts You Should Be Listening to From the Discoverer Team

Whether we're commuting to work via the train, preparing for a long flight, or just need something to break up a drive, the Discoverer team loves podcasts. Check out some of our favorites that you should listen to on your next big trip.

Freakonomics

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Freakonomics Radio is for the generalists. The Jack of all Trades. The people who like to know a little bit about a lot of things. Or, as the podcast puts it, "things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do)." You never know what to expect from this wildly entertaining show.

"This podcast has a ton of interesting topics. I find myself sitting in my car waiting for an episode to finish. It has a topic for almost anyone and is a great way to pass the time." - Trina, Lead Designer

The Jenna and Julien Podcast

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This podcast is hosted by YouTube's Jenna Marbles. You know, the one who makes the face. If you're ready to laugh until you cry, this is the podcast for you.

"First and foremost, the podcast belongs to my favorite YouTuber, Jenna Marbles. She and her boyfriend cover a variety of topics each week and their commentary is surprisingly intelligent and meaningful. Podcasts can cover current events, conspiracy theories, politics, and on occasion the duo will play trending or viral games suggested to them by their fan base. It's a hoot and a half and I highly recommend." - Dillon, Social Media Coordinator

NPR's Hidden Brain

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A show about science might seem like a bore, but this podcast is anything but. Dive into the incredibly interesting psychology of human behavior, and you'll start second guessing your every instinct.

"An engaging host with fascinating topics about human behavior/sociology/psychology with great guests too? What's not to love about this podcast?" - Zack, Front End Developer

Call Your Girlfriend

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Hosted by two besties, Call Your Girlfriend puts a big ole spotlight on some incredible women. From creatives to businesswomen to every day, kickass ladies, this show is for every woman who is "just trying to get through the week."

"I love listening to Call Your Girlfriend. Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman have a great feminist energy as they discuss today's happenings. Their social and political commentary is necessary for liberals everywhere." - Hannah, Junior HTML Developer

Invisibilia

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Another podcast from NPR, Invisibilia also examines human behavior, and through incredible storytelling helps you see your own life differently.

"This podcast explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior — allowing you to see new possibilities for how to think, behave and live. I love it because there's incredible storytelling and it makes me rethink assumptions I have about the world." - Sean, Brand Manager

Skimm'd from the Couch and Politico's "Women Rule" podcast

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Brought to you by the founders of theSkimm, this podcast brings on powerful female leaders each week who get very real about the triumphs and pitfalls of their success. Politico's "Women Rule" podcast follows a similar format, interviewing female superstars about everything under the sun.

"I love both of these podcasts because they each highlight women founders and business badasses who have struggled and worked their butts off to achieve their successes. From Spanx's Sarah Blakely to the first black woman CEO of the Heritage Foundation, a wide range of women appear on both podcasts. If you're a GirlBoss of any sort, these podcasts are for you." - Victoria, Marketing Manager

Limetown

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This fictional podcast is an incredible cross between 'Serial' and 'The X Files.' It follows a reporter investigating the disappearance of an entire small town in Tennessee, and she makes some surprising (and unsettling) discoveries along the way.

"I'm a huge fan of audiobooks, and that's exactly what Limetown feels like - only better. I listened to the whole thing in one night. Tip: don't listen to it alone in a dark house. It will scare the pants off you." - Kellie, Editor

About the author: Kellie Coppola | Editor of The Discoverer
Since her first trip across the pond Kellie has been a voracious traveler. As the Editor of The Discoverer she is passionate about sharing stories from around the globe and inspiring others to leave their comfort zones. Kellie has her MFA in Creative Writing and in her free time tries (and mostly fails) to cook.