The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts Recommendations

Why Listen to Podcasts?
Need a distraction while doing a chore or workout you hate? Podcasts. Love digital entertainment, but your eyes are strained from all that screen time? Podcasts. Want to discover new things and stories but don’t have the energy to read? Podcasts! 

Podcasts are the best way to optimize your time while doing otherwise boring or routine tasks without messing up what you’re doing. You can’t exactly watch a documentary while driving or read a book while doing chores. With podcasts, though, you just pop in your earphones and pass the time getting lost in a funny or thoughtful conversation or learning something new while cleaning your room or doing groceries. 

Where to Listen
The best apps to use are Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher. And all podcasts from these platforms are completely free!

Some Podcasts to Get You Started

You can do a quick search on your podcasting app for these shows:


Rappler’s podcast breaks down the essentials of news stories happening around the Philippines.

Today, Explained
Unpacking one essential news story a day, this podcast gives you an in-depth but concise idea about current events around the world. 

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition
This captures the highlights of The Daily Show to bring comedy news segments covering the latest events to podcast listeners.

Pop Culture and Human Interest 

Wake Up With Jim and Saab 
Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona invite listeners to their conversations about parenting, married life, movies, music, current events, and countless other things that they want to share.

The Halo-Halo Show
DJs Rica Garcia and JC Teves talk about a mix of relevant topics, from pop culture and whatever’s trending online to sociopolitical issues in the Philippines and around the world.

Modern Love
On this podcast, famous actors and actresses narrate true stories of love and loss. 

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Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness
Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye invites experts from various fields to discuss things he wants to learn more about. Topics include culture, science, activism, and many others.

Law of Duterte Land
This podcast examines the various sociopolitical issues present under the Duterte administration.

Stuff You Missed in History Class
Perfect for history buffs, this podcast explores the more obscure events and names in world history that you probably didn’t learn about in school. 


Welcome to Night Vale
If you love surrealism, existential humor, and dark story arcs, listen to this. Structured as a radio show, it explores the bizarre happenings of the fictional town of Night Vale.

The Magnus Archives
This series is about an academic institution that investigates paranormal cases. It is told through the audio recordings of the protagonist, an archivist who starts to realize that there are sinister things within the institute itself.

The Bright Sessions
The Bright Sessions explores the lives of characters who are all super-powered individuals and patients of Dr. Bright, a therapist. This sci-fi podcast is told through the recordings of their therapy sessions.


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