From our very own Erin Larson…

If you can’t hang out with your real friends, why not hang out with a few fake ones? Due to popular demand (from one person), here are some quarantine-friendly podcast recommendations organized into convenient categories:

Do you want to…

πŸ˜‚ LAUGH? Check out…

Answer Me This!
Citation Needed
Cognitive Dissonance
The Bugle
The Topical (parody of The Daily)
Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

πŸ“– LEARN? Check out…

99% Invisible
A Way With Words
Grammar Girl
In Our Time
Ologies (+laughs also included)
The Allusionist
The History of Literature
The Secret History of Hollywood
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day (~two minutes long and this show blows my mind almost every day)

πŸ‘¨β€πŸš€ LISTEN TO INTERESTING PEOPLE? Check out…

Beautiful/Anonymous
Culturally Relevant
Philosophy 24/7
Philosophy Bites (the podcast that convinced me to go vegetarian!)
Social Science Bites
Talk Nerdy

πŸ—‘ KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD/FEEL LIKE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE? Check out…

The Daily

🎼 GET MUSICAL? Check out…

Song Exploder
The Music of Middle-earth

πŸ“š GET BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS? Check out…

All the Books!

πŸ’€ GET EDUCATED ‘BOUT SHAKESPEARE? Check out…

Chop Bard
Shakespeare Sundays
The Pendant Shakespeare
Such Stuff

πŸ“™ ATTEND A VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION? Check out…

An Unexpected Podcast (Tolkien)
The Prancing Pony Podcast (Tolkien)
Bend the Knee (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Davos’ Fingers (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (Harry Potter)
Swish and Flick (Harry Potter)
The Quibbler (Harry Potter)
Yer a Wizard, Harry (Harry Potter)
Ten Very Big Books (Malazan)
Inking Out Loud (various speculative fiction titles)
The Legendarium (various speculative fiction titles)
The Worst Bestsellers (obvious)
Everybody Hates Rand (best enjoyed by those who have read The Wheel of Time, but anyone who appreciates intelligent discussion about speculative fiction and hilarious banter by two extremely smart women will enjoy this; looking at you, Kristin)

🎬 ATTEND A VIRTUAL MOVIE/SHOW DISCUSSION? Check out…

Better Than Speed (I’m kind of an unofficial assistant for this podcast)
Beyond the Screenplay
Blank Check
Boars, Gore, and Swords
Fighting in the War Room
Filmspotting
Still Watching
The /Filmcast
The Cutdown (movie trailers)
The Rewatchables
Unspooled

πŸ•° BRUSH UP ON YOUR HISTORY? Check out…

A History of Europe – Key Battles
A History of the United States
A Teacher’s History of the United States
Ancient Greece Declassified
Ancient Warfare Podcast
Emperors of Rome
Hardcore History
History of Indian and Africana Philosophy
History of Japan
History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
History of the Crusades
History of the Great War
History of the Papacy Podcast
History of the World
Irish History Podcast
Life of Caesar
Philosophize This!
Renaissance English History Podcast
Revolutions
Russian Rulers History Podcast
The Ancient World
The British History Podcast
The Civil War (1861-1865): A History Podcast
The French History Podcast
The History of Ancient Greece
The History of China
The History of Egypt Podcast
The History of England
The History of English Podcast
The History of India Podcast
The History of Rome
The History of Byzantium
The History of the Cold War Podcast
The History of the Twentieth Century
The History of WWII Podcast
The Maritime History Podcast