With classes being predominantly virtual and remote, having motivation to do schoolwork at times may seem tough. Staring at a laptop all day can be more than strenuous, so finding time for one’s self is crucial. A considerable way to do this is to listen to podcasts. Podcasts can be listened to while driving, exercising and doing just about anything else. Often, people forget about them and instead watch a show or movie, but truthfully, one can usually find a podcast that covers just about anything he/she may be needing to hear at the time, whether it be motivation, dating advice or a good laugh. With that being said, here are five podcasts to listen to covering a range of interests and desires: 

“The Skinny Confidential” 

Our first podcast on the list is one to listen to when needing motivation. Married hosts, Lauryn Evarts Bosstick and Michael Bosstick, are entrepreneurs and brand builders, who clearly are more than credible to be speaking on the topic of bettering yourself and lifestyle. According to their site, tscpodcast.com, on their show, one can find “a mix of audio entertainment including interviews with celebrities, entrepreneurs, influencers, experts, and thought leaders” where they discuss “wellness tips, business advice, relationship insight and much more,” while keeping the conversation genuine, funny and natural. 

“Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer” 

When it comes to dating advice, most would tell you to not listen to a girl who has been single for decades. Yet, here we are telling you to do exactly that. By interviewing comedians, friends and ex-flings, Byer tries to answer the question many of us have as to why we are single. Hopefully while listening to Byer attempt to figure that one out, maybe you can too. Nonetheless this podcast is also hilarious and incredibly raunchy at times and will leave you belly laughing. 

“The Joe Rogan Experience” 

In need of a good laugh? Joe Rogan identifies on his site as a “stand up comic, mixed martial arts fanatic, psychedelic adventurer [and] host of the joe rogan experience podcast.” With new guests every week from comedians to television hosts, laughs are sure to be shared. Although usually lengthy episodes, they are more than worth it. 

“Serial” 

If you’re looking for something of more substance that tells a subsequent story, “Serial” is the podcast for you. From the creators of This American Life, host Sarah Koenig reveals all of the events that led up to the death of Hae Min Lee, leaving viewers with the task of deciding whether convicted murder, Adnan Syed is guilty. With new information revealed each episode, Koenig takes listeners on a rollercoaster of apprehension, confusion and disbelief as to if he is guilty or not. 

“Code Switch” 

Lastly, comes a podcast from NPR that takes the conversation about race a step further. With new episodes every Wednesday that are a quick listen, journalists of color “explore how [race] impacts every part of society -- from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between,” according to NPR. Ultimately, the podcast is a complex and profound listen for individuals who want to educate themselves and stand with those who have experienced racism and have dealt with the repercussions of it from the beginning of time. 

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