Prevention & Awareness

Podcasts to Help You Laugh More (2017 Edition)

Welcome to Spring Stress Less Week 2017!

Building on a list I published last spring, I am submitting to you our list of podcasts that will make you laugh (or leave you totally immersed in another reality) as you sprint to the end of the term. You’ll see a couple here are making a reappearance. That’s because they’re that good. So, if you haven’t checked them out yet, right now is a great time.

Please note: Not all of these podcasts are totally clean and work appropriate; in fact, basically all of them have swear words. Oh, and many of these hosts didn’t have phenomenal Active Minds chapters letting them know about how to cut stigmatizing colloquialisms out of their speech, so they sneak in every once in awhile.  You’ve been warned.

2 Dope Queens

Brought to you by WNYC and the truly dope talents of comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, 2 Dope Queens features funny conversations between its hosts as well as short stand-up sets by some of the most popular touring comedians on the road right now. And, every once in awhile guests like Baron Vaughn, Jon Stewart, and Ilana Glazer drop by. Start anywhere. You can almost guarantee that Jessica will make fun of Phoebe’s Bono infatuation.

2 Dope Queens

Sooo Many White Guys

As long as we’re on the topic of the phenomenal, incredible, and witty Phoebe Robinson, you should definitely check out her other podcast produced by WNYC and Ilana Glazer. Sooo Many White Guys features weekly interviews with anyone but straight, cis, white guys (except for the finale of each season, which features the “token white guy”). I recommend checking out Season 1, Episode 3 with Janet Mock, Season 1, Episode 6 with Gina Rodriguez, and Season 2, Episode 1 with St. Vincent. YQY!!!!

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This Gimlet Media podcast has been on the air for a couple of years now, but it has worked its way into my “have to listen as soon as it comes out” list. Hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt (and their crew of excellent producers) tell stories that are in some way related to the internet. Each one is different, each is interesting, and each will get you out of your own head if that’s what you’re looking for during a stressful time. I have so many recommendations, but consider #36: Today’s the Day, #41: What it Looks Like (the “it” is depression), #56: Zardulu, and #82: Hello?


This is the first fictional radio drama from Gimlet Media. It’s a short season and features well-known actors and actresses including Oscar Isaac, Amy Sedaris, David Schwimmer, David Cross, and Catherine Keener. It. Is. Intense. So, this is definitely for those among us who need to be completely absorbed in another world. If you like British crime dramas, you’ll probably like Homecoming.

Anna Faris is Unqualified

Yes, this was on last year’s list. The only difference is that it’s gotten better! Anna has really settled into her groove as host, and the best parts are the first halves where she and her guests play improv games and Anna asks weird questions. #82 with RuPaul, #77 with Milo Ventigmiglia, #59/60 with Katie Couric, and #76 Anna’s Birthday are among the ones that made me laugh the most this last year.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!

PUNS! NPR nerd puns! Who doesn’t love them? Ok. Not everyone loves them. But, if you do, then check out this roast of the week’s news with host Peter Sagal and a revolving cast of panelists. No one cares who wins the game because we all win with PUNS!

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me


Would you jump at the chance to read out of your middle or high school journal? Probably not. Would you jump at the chance to hear someone else read out of their middle or high school journal? If the answer is yes, then this podcast is for you! Hear folks talk (and read) about their deep, important, often embarrassing connections to the movie Titanic, boy bands, and summer camp.

Welcome to Night Vale

This selection comes from our esteemed Chapter Coordinator, Robyn Suchy. The podcast chronicles the strange and eerie happenings in the small, fictional town of Night Vale. As with Homecoming, this one is for completely absorbing yourself in a fictional world.

Another Round

Yup, it’s back on the list. Why? Because I am so entertained, informed, and inspired by this podcast that I can’t leave it off of any podcast list. Just find a guest you love and jump in. It only takes one episode to get hooked. And if any of you run into Tracy Clayton or Heben Nigatu, please just let them know what a fantastic bestie I would be and how much you think they’d like me. Thanks.

Another Round with Hillary Clinton

Dear Sugar Radio

Everyone’s favorite aunt and uncle, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, continue putting out hits. Listening to them offer sage advice to their listeners each week calms me. It makes me feel better about the world. And it makes me feel like I can do almost anything.

What are your favorite podcasts? We want to know! Tweet them to us @Active_Minds!