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Top 5 Podcasts for Community Engagement

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Adulting is hard sometimes. Long car rides to visit family and repetitive work like washing the dishes or folding clothes can get pretty boring. Fortunately, today’s technology allows you to access the best minds and entertainers anytime you desire through podcasts. Which happens to be one of our favorite ways to pass the time.

And if you’re going to listen to something, then why not let that be something that brings you closer to your community? Whether that’s the Indianapolis community or the global community, there are plenty of podcasts out there that can shed light on what those around you are experiencing. So without further ado, here are our top five podcasts to help you connect with your community:

1. No Limits -- Focused on issues in Central Indiana

No limits is perhaps one of my favorite podcasts. They discuss national and local issues and, specifically, how they impact central Indiana. Whether you are interested in the 100th anniversary of the Central Library, youth homelessness, or Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s history with Indianapolis; anything and everything regarding public affairs in Central Indiana is discussed in this podcast.

2. Planet Money -- Talks economics ... but in a fun way

Have you ever heard about the commercial real estate bubble? Notice how new restaurants and apartments keep popping up all over the place? Some people believe this is unsustainable and will eventually lead to another economic collapse while others are pumped to see growth in their city. Planet Money addresses everything about money and economics, but is presented in an entertaining and conversational format. This way you don’t feel like you’re in ECON 101 all over again. If you want to be the financially savvy person amongst your friends, you should give this podcast a listen.

3. Around Indy Podcast -- For those who like to go do things

If you ever feel like it is a pain to scroll through online calendars or scour social media searching for stuff to do, then the Around Indy podcast is perfect for you. This is a daily podcast that’s roughly one minute long, sharing events/programs you can do that day or later that week. You can easily listen to this on your commute or lunch break!

4. TED Radio Hour -- If you want to get inspired

TED Radio Hour is a conversation about TED talks like you would have with your friends while having coffee on a cold afternoon. Guy Raz’s popular podcasting style brings you into the story and makes you want to be a part of it. If you want to hear about the best and brightest ideas by one of the best presenters, listen to TED Radio Hour.

5. An Indianapolis Business Podcast: Off the Circle -- For aspiring business people

Off the Circle is a new podcast about “Indy-based entrepreneurs and business people, their experience, and expertise.” We'll admit we’ve listened to this one a limited amount, but we have enjoyed what we have heard thus far -  it covers everything ranging from forest protection to cutting-edge tech in Circle City. This newly popular podcast seems like a perfect way to keep up with Indianapolis’ growing business and tech sector.

Post by Carlos Lemus

Carlos moved to Indy a year and a half ago to work as a Software Engineer. He frequents salsa and swing dancing events for fun, and enjoys exploring strange and unique places around the city. Carlos's favorite hangout spot is the Thirsty Scholar, but he thinks he doesn't spend nearly enough time there.