It’s 4:20. You’ve enjoyed a nice sesh. You're feeling amazing; life is good. Now it’s time to tune in and drop out. While music is a fine auditory decision, it's time to step up your listening game. Whether you’re in the mood for something funny, something smart, or something strange, we’ve compiled a list of unique podcast recommendations (that we subscribe to) for your listening pleasure.
Myths and Legends
These bite-sized episodes recount folklore from all corners of the globe, retold in a modern way to keep things light and informative. If Hercules, Vikings, wizards or Robin Hood pique your interest, give Myths and Legends a listen!
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
For nearly 20 years, this fantastic radio broadcast breaks down news of the week in the form of a funny game show. Host Peter Sagal does his best to keep his panelists from going too far off the rails while still informing you about the goings on in politics, entertainment, and paragliders in England berating the townsfolk (true story.)
Getting Doug With High
We have to have the quintessential stoner podcast from comedian Doug Benson on our list. Every week, he sits down with some of his funny friends and amazing guests (Jack Black, Tommy Chong), smokes out with them, and shoots the stoner breeze with them. Catch it live every Wednesday at 4:15 pm PST or browse the archive of past episodes.
My Brother, My Brother and Me
Three brothers explore the depths of Yahoo answers and help answer listener-submitted advice queries in this comedy podcast. We recommend a Bro's Better, Bro's Best starter course, where the McElroys cherrypick the best bits from previous episodes to give you a flavor-blasted MBMBaM experience. Beware: uncontrollable giggles may occur.
Are you into music? Of course you are. Ever wonder how some of your favorite songs came together? Host Hrishikesh Hirway talks with bands like R.E.M, The Roots, DJ Shadow, Grimes – and many, MANY more – about their process in creating their amazing tunes, then plays the song at the end to come full circle from musings to musical masterpiece.
Stuff To Blow Your Mind
Because we couldn't find a better way to describe this show, we'll let the About section of STBYM tell you what's up:
Prepare for a trip down the rabbit hole as Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick lead you on a scientific journey to the very limits of human understanding. “Stuff to Blow Your Mind” examines neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and the technological underpinnings of our transhuman future.
Welcome To Night Vale
In the sleepy (fictional) town of Night Vale, nothing strange ever happens. The Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your house is just hanging out, and the weather is always lovely. However, Night Vale Community Radio host Cecil Baldwin does his best to fill you in on the daily happenings of the town in this hour-long podcast full of traffic reports and beyond. But be warned – Don't go into the Dog Park.
Want to be smarter than you already are? Then Freakonomics Radio is right for you. Every week, gain some extra insight into everything from politics to productivity with help from Stephen J. Dubner – co-author of the Freakonomics books – and incredible guests to become your best self.
Hello From The Magic Tavern
Have you ever listened to something and asked yourself "am I high?" Well, with Hello From The Magic Tavern, you might be. Host Arnie comes to you each week from Foon – a magical dimension – after falling through a portal four years ago, bringing you humorous conversations with a cast of characters he meets on his adventures.
One of the pleasant joys of cannabis is the mind-expanding experiences we sometimes have where we question the nature of reality or wonder about our daily existence. Hidden Brain discusses similar questions, in hopes to "...reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships." Absolutely a great listen, stoned or sober.
Bonus: Ding Dong Dilly Hour
If all of these other podcasts don't quite match up to your listening tastes, give the Ding Dong Dilly Hour a listen. Straight from the minds of Brett and Brandon from 420 Science, these two sit down over a sesh and discuss topics that begin with the letter "D." Why? Who knows.
These are just a few of the podcasts we enjoy streaming in our daily lives and in the 420 Science office. We want to know: what are some of your favorite podcasts? Leave a comment below and give us something new to enjoy!