Podcasts to entertain you (Pop Culture Edition)

When I used to commute from Laguna to Mandaluyong every day, there wasn't any Spotify or Apple Music to amuse me then and so I relied on good ole stored music on my smartphone. How i wish I was listening to podcasts back then. Surely my 2-3 hour travel every day would have been more productive.

But now that I only have a 5-10 minute walk from my house to the office and I've discovered the joys of listening to them, I try to make the most out of it. I also listen when i take a bath and when i dress up or when I'm in line at the bank.

Here are some of my favorite pop culture podcasts. Links to where you can download/listen to them are in the titles.

I'll be talking about favorite fiction and inspirational podcasts in succeeding posts.



Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR)


From the name itself, you already know what it's all about. Every week I feel like I'm sitting in a room with Linda, Stephen, and Glen (I still miss Trey a lot!) and whoever is in their fourth chair, discussing all things pop culture. They make me want to be more analytical and critical when it comes to everything I consume. 


The Relevant Podcast


If you follow me on Facebook, then you know about my ongoing love affair with Relevant Magazine. This is the podcast version, only more jokey and off the rails and rambunctious. Aside from the gang riffing on each other and on relevant pop culture, there are also interviews with influential and interesting people. 


The Shipping Room Podcast



When I first read about this podcast in Entertainment Weekly, my initial thought was, "Wow, did they make a podcast just for me??" Almost every TV show that I watch has a ship that I root for and sometimes, I don't have anyone to talk to about it.

I binge listened to almost 60 episodes before I got caught up to the current one at that time, and it was such a cathartic release for all my years of repressed shipping. And their talks go beyond just love, but all the other issues and aspects that can surround fictional relationships. 


All Songs Considered

When it comes to music, I'm really more of the NPR kind of person. That's why I probably love listening to this podcast, aside from the fact that I love listening to Bob and Stephen (who's also on Pop Culture Happy Hour) and Robin riff about all the new and favorite bands and artists. Plus, you also get exclusive interviews and performances from artists, so that's always a plus.

Buffering the Vampire Slayer


This is my newest discovery and If you know me, then you'll know how happy this makes me. And if you don't know me, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my all-time favorite TV show. So having a podcast talk about each and every episode of all seven seasons is such a treat. I'm still on season one so we have some ways to go (they're currently on season 2) but I'm pretty excited! This is hosted by musician Jenny Owen Youngs and her wife, Kristin Russo. Oh and every episode has an original ditty by Jenny, so that's a bonus treat.