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What to listen to on Spotify? Hmm, here are Some of the Best Podcasts

by Felix Omondi

Staying indoors and working from home is not all it is cracked up to be; things can quickly get old, repetitively, exhaustingly boring, and painfully lonely. If you ever find yourself running out of ideas to keep yourself entertained and focused, here are some ideas on how you can ‘hit the refresh button.’

Thankfully, Spotify is now officially available in Kenya and more African countries. You can readily access its vast library of music for your pleasure. You might want to know that it is increasingly becoming a hub for top-notch podcasts. Speaking of which, if you are lost on what to listen to on Spotify, you can liven things up by changing from music to some TED-talk-styled podcasts to nourish your brain.

Below, we have listed some of the best Podcasts on Spotify:

1. Making Sense with Sam Harris

From where I’m sitting, the human mind is as big and mysterious as the universe. There is just so much to be explored it seems it will not take a billion lifetimes to grasp the phenomenon in its entirety fully.

Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris in exploring the human mind and its impacts on society and current world events. Some of the popular topics include the impact tech gizmos are having on our attention spans and the science of psychedelics. There will also be some interesting episodes on the Christian cult by Richard Dawkins.

2. Unexplained

If you enjoy Stephen King’s horror books, you will feel right at home listening to the Unexplained podcast on Spotify. The podcast takes a look at some real-life unexplained events that seem to have been plucked right out of King’s books. Hosted by Richard Smith, this podcast is one of the best US investigative podcasts on Spotify.

3. Ear Hustle

The U.S. though a big economy, only has 5% of the world’s population. And it also has 25% of prisoners across the entire globe. That is to say, there are some 2.2 million individuals behind somewhere across America. A quite staggering number, don’t you think?

There is little wonder at just how many former convicts you are likely to encounter in the country. Some have taken the liberty to share with the rest of the real-life world events that take place behind the bar, including their struggles while serving time and the struggles they are undergoing now that they are out but with a rap sheet.

4. Son of a Hitman

Son of a Hitman is a Spotify Studios original podcast series hosted by journalist Jason Cavanagh. The host does real-time investigations into the mindset of the murderer, crimes, and hitman jobs done by Charles Harrelson. Yes, admittedly, it is not the ideal winding-down-tune, but it will provoke your brain into critical and analytical thinking.

5. Giant

Love football? You will enjoy this podcast as it takes a deep-dive look into the intrigues of the locker rooms, boardrooms, and personal journey of players in the sports. It looks at how stakeholders in the sports – other than the fans – have shifted attention from the authentic enjoyment of the sports to how to commercialize the sports. Also, there are episodes on how the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the sport, especially the non-league and semi-professional players in the industry.


6. Slow Burn

This podcast reviews some of the biggest incidences facing holders of public offices in the U.S. and the scandals that came along with them. Some of the famous episodes feature the Clinton impeachment, Watergate, murder of Tupac, and Biggie, among others. The Slow Burn podcast goes to show you just how impactful politics can be on the day-to-day lives of ordinary citizens.

The podcast is recorded inside a penitentiary, the San Quentin State Prison – and is hosted by an inmate. And the title Ear Hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping.

There are Hundreds of More on Spotify

Spotify says it now has over a million podcast shows in its library. Making finding the best podcast on the platform quite tricky. Hopefully, the list above will help you in sieving out the best podcast to listen to.

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