From eerie to erudite: Podcasts deserve a listen


“The Mel Robbins Podcast”

“The Mel Robbins Podcast” provides solutions to address problems with procrastination, anxiety and motivation. Hosted by Mel Robbins, the podcast dives deep into practical advice on how one can improve their well-being. Episodes are updated semiweekly and are up to an hour in length. From the psychology of human nature to light-hearted suggestions on holiday fun, Robbins engages the listener in insightful discoveries. She discusses the causes and effects of common obstacles individuals may face in life, as well as potential remedies to those problems. After listening, one will hopefully gain a more comprehensive understanding of solutions for
dealing with the ups and downs of life. “The Mel Robbins Podcast” is available on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.

“Crime Junkie”

The podcast “Crime Junkie” immerses listeners in bewildering, bone-chilling crime stories based on true events. The podcast presents true crime stories in episodes updated weekly. Each episode features a story laid out by engaging hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat. Keeping listeners on their toes for an intense session of a storyline, this podcast is perfect for a 40-minute break. These stories are some of the darkest unsolved mysteries in the United States, ranging from complex and deeply layered murder cases to twisted instances of sudden disappearances. The chilling episodes are straight-to-the-point with no lengthy introductions or nail-biting cliffhangers. Finishing an episode will immediately prompt one to click on the next—and soon lead into a true crime obsession. “Crime Junkie” is available on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify and Stitcher.

“Ologies With Alie Ward”

“Ologies with Alie Ward” is a podcast hosted by Alie Ward that draws attention to unique, narrow topics, or “ologies.” Episodes are updated weekly and span about an hour. Perfect to listen to in the background, these topics range from “oneirology,” the study of dreams, to “lampyridology,” the study of fireflies. The majority of episodes are categorized into broad subjects such as organisms, the Earth, food and culture. Expert guest speakers are invited to each episode to share expertise, talk about personal experiences and relate to the listeners’ daily lives. Expect to gain eye-opening insights into these geeky research topics, and be prepared to discover flora and fauna beyond the typical expectations of science. “Ologies with Alie Ward” is available on Apple Podcasts, Audible, Podbay, Spotify and Stitcher.