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Heads up: Spotify has podcasts now

And we've picked out the best, most beginner-friendly series for new podcast listeners.


May 31, 2016

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    As many of you know, Spotify's mobile app now has podcasts — much to the delight of cheap Android owners like myself who do not have the luxury of using iTunes nor the patience or storage space for SoundCloud.
    Although Spotify doesn’t have as many titles as iTunes, it still has a wide selection for users to choose from. For users who may be new to the wonderful world of podcasts, here is a list of titles that you might be interested in. To add some incentive, I have even included a reason for why you should tune in:
    Because you secretly want to be one of the cool kids: "Alice Isn't Dead"
    Created by the same people who gave us the popular series “Welcome to Night Vale,” this podcast is a blend of mystery and thriller. “Alice Isn’t Dead” follows the tale of a nameless truck driver who travels the expansive back roads of America as she attempts to unfold the mystery of her wife’s disappearance, all while being stalked by an unsettling entity called the Thistle Man. With episodes under 30 minutes each, this series will be an easy introduction into the wonderful world of podcasts.
    Pro tip: You might want to save this one for a long weekend. It takes about three episodes to fully commit to, but once you’re in, you can’t leave.
    Because you’re nosy: “The Moth”
    This podcast features the true-life stories of individuals from all over the world. Though Spotify’s episode selection may be small, the episodes they have posted are still extremely entertaining and thought-provoking, ranging from a man’s enthralling account of the time he used a bathtub to sail the English Channel to a journalist’s recount of her friendship with a falsely convicted prisoner. 
    Still not convinced? TL;DR: this podcast is like a virtual collection of the fascinating stories your cool friends tell at parties. FOMO is real, so you’d better check it out.
    Pro tip: Have a box of tissues nearby. You will find yourself either crying of sadness or happiness, depending on the story. 
     Because who needs sleep anyway?: “Lore”
   With a tagline like “sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction,” this podcast is definitely not one for the faint of heart. This one-man show is hosted by Aaron Mahnke, and each individually themed episode details the facts behind horrifying backstories and unexplained events that have occurred throughout time, spanning everything from the history of vampires starting with the story of Vlad the Impaler to the creepy, unsolved mystery of the Villisca axe murders. 
   Pro tip: Don’t listen after dark unless you like to sleep with the lights on. 
    Because you want to be in the know: “Internet Explorer”
   This podcast is a creation from everyone’s fave quiz site, BuzzFeed. Much like its web browser namesake, the purpose of “Internet Explorer” is to allow users to discover new things about the web — sometimes things you never knew you wanted to know. Hosts Katie Notopoulos and Ryan Broderick function as literal internet explorers who venture to the innermost depths of the world wide web to explain internet slang and answer listener’s eye-raising questions about online culture (i.e. Does Pepe the Frog have a soul?).
   Pro tip: This is definitely not for the kiddies, so please make sure they’re safely tucked away before you turn this on.


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