Best Podcasts

Podcasts are pretty much the big thing right now. Here are some of the ones that are really worth listening to. There’s thousands of podcasts but these are the ones in particular that are important and awesome. Check them out!

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Fresh Air is the first podcast that I ever really listened to. I remember being in the sixth grade listening to Terry Gross interview Dave Grohl about the new Foo Fighters album. That was also my introduction to Nirvana. Grohl told stories about his experiences as a drummer for the band and stories about the late Kurt Cobain. It was cool to listen to and has stuck with me for a long time now. I continue listening to this podcast because the guests are always so popular and the interviews always feel really genuine and they aren’t ever boring.

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Invibilia is a podcast from NPR that’s actually pretty recent. They’ve completed their first season and it wasn’t nearly as long as I hoped it would be. However, every episode taught me about things I never have previously thought about. Every story told on this podcast is just as interesting as the last. Prepare to be enchanted with all the information this podcast provides listeners with.

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This is easily my favorite music podcast. I love All Songs Considered but I feel like this choice is under the radar and should be recognized. Each episode revolves around some kind of aspect to music. They only talk about topics they feel that no one else is. They uncover things about songs that were written in a dream to political songs to backing tracks. The episodes are fairly short so it’s easy to listen to a bunch of them at once in order to catch up.

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I couldn’t leave Serial off a post about the best podcasts. Serial is obviously the most downloaded podcast of all time for a reason. The first season of this storytelling podcast is about the true story of Adnan Syed who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2000. He was sentenced to life in prison but a family friend of his contacted Sarah Koenig about looking further into the case. Koenig discovered that there’s a lot of flaws in the case to convict Syed but if he didn’t do it then who did? The way the podcast is structured is one of it’s serious strengths. Each episode focuses on a different aspect in the case and it’s impossible to keep one opinion throughout the whole season. One episode you’ll be sure of Syed’s innocence then the next episode will make you sure that he’s guilty. If you love a good story, listen to Serial. You won’t regret it.

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Criminal is a podcast kind of similar to Serial. However, the episodes are a lot shorter and it focuses on a different criminal case each episode. The stories are all incredible and compelling. The only problem is that there’s not more episodes available. You’re bound to get hooked on the episodes that are currently released.

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Selected Shorts is a pretty great podcast. Each episode centers around one central theme. Then famous performers, actors, and actresses read these stories in front of a live audience. The short stories are always beautiful and some of them will be familiar to you but not all of them will be. The cool thing about selected shorts is getting to hear these stories come to life by such brilliant and hilarious performers.

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I’m on a role with storytelling podcasts so why stop now? The thing different about this one from the other storytelling podcasts is that it’s true personal stories. These performers- some famous and some not, tell stories from their personal lives. It’s equally heartbreaking and heartwarming. One of my personal favorite episodes is the story actor Ethan Hawke tells. He talks about his mom’s ex husband Michael and how he was a secret influence in his life. It falls into the category of both heartbreaking and heartwarming because Hawke desperately craved for the attention of Michael and he was a straight up jerk. It makes a hilarious story though. Every episode of The Moth is different but the personal quality of it is always there.

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My brother made me check out this podcast and I don’t regret it. It’s more than just mildly offensive. The podcast is a lot about sex but it talks a lot about what’s going on in the world. KFC is always up to date and it’s always absolutely hilarious. They also had a bunch of episodes dedicated to Serial because KFC was so obsessed with it. The opinions they had about Serial was laugh out loud funny and I recommend that be your introduction to the podcast.

 

Fashion Icon: Audrey Hepburn

Classy and iconic actress Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of a true fashion icon. She has inspired so many actresses, models, and just everyday people in general. Here are some of Aubrey’s most famous looks that I personally love and has influenced me to wear something similar. Everyone needs a little Aubrey Hepburn in their lives.

This is the traditional LBD that became Hepburn’s signature look. Although it’s still extremely popular, no one pulls it off quite like Aubrey. She’s not showing off her body, she’s just wearing a classy and beautiful dress that she clearly loves.

This is THE Audrey Hepburn classic look. After looking at this picture, it’s not hard to see why. The gloves plus her necklace and gorgeous bun and hair piece makes the outfit truly come together. This is a look that will continue to be continually recreated and remembered.

Not many people can rock sunglasses quite as well as Audrey can. Her bathing suit is totally chic and stunning. Plus her timeless pixie cut is showcased here so it’s obviously an important look that we shouldn’t forget about.

I could be wrong but there wasn’t a whole lot of actresses wearing pant suits like this back in the day. Most actresses wore only dresses that showed off their curves and other body parts. (I’m looking at you, Marilyn Monroe) There’s nothing wrong with that, but Hepburn brought something new to the table by making this minimal look such a classy looking one. She was skinny and lacked curves, but she was different from other movie stars at the time and we embrace her look and timeless beauty.

Best Education Quotes

Quotes have always been my favorite. These quotes on the topic of education from some of the worlds greatest leaders and educators are all extremely important. Hope you like them as much as I do!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”- Mark Twain

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”- Robert Frost

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”- Margaret Mead

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”- Malcolm X

“Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

“A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.”- Audrey Hepburn

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”- John F. Kennedy

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”- Aristotle

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”- B.B. King

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”- Henry Ford

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”- Albert Einstein

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”- Oscar Wilde

 

10 Quick Tips On Cramming

Cramming is something that chronic procrastinators are forced to do. Studying for any test in college can be overwhelming and waiting until the last minute isn’t the smartest decision. However, many of us just get busy and forget to study ahead of time. Here are some tips for those of you that are currently cramming for a big college exam.

1. Get some sleep

Prep up as much as possible before you sit down and study consistently for X number of hours. You’ll need energy if you want to study for long periods of time.

2. Make sure to eat

Try to get your energy up by eating at least a snack. Don’t skip any meals, make sure you’re getting the nutrition that you need as much as possible.

3. Highlight what you need

Make sure you single out the important points in the chapter or whatever you’re reviewing for. Don’t just study the whole chapter again and again, make sure you talk back to the text. Ask questions about what you don’t understand.

4. Make a practice exam

Read and answer the questions at the end of each chapter. Looking over these and analyzing how it’s set up is important. You can follow that before you make questions for a practice test. A practice test will help you prepare properly for the upcoming exam.

5. Type your notes

If you have handwritten notes, typing them helps. Looking over these will help you review as you type them up. Taking handwritten notes is important because it helps you retain information while you’re in class. This is a strategy I recommend trying.

6. Review graded assignments/quizzes/tests

Look over what you got wrong and do your best to see what you did wrong. Looking over this several times will help you retain this information and remember the right answers.

7. Work in the library

You need a quiet studying space and what spot is better than the library? It’s quiet and has a positive environment where you can get your work done with minimal distractions. Probably a lot better than any dorm will be.

8. Breathe!

This is an obvious yet one that we sometimes forget. When we’re under a lot of stress, we can forget to breathe. So just relax and keep on breathing as you get through this intense study session.

9. Have study buddies

Having a group to study with can be extremely effective if you stay on task. It can be fun to have someone else there to quiz you and to share ideas with. Just make sure your able to focus on studying only!

10. Use flashcards

Making your own flashcards on the particular subject your studying for is a strategy that pretty much always works. Make sure that the flashcards are filled with necessary information. You can use any other strategies to help you remember the information but this is probably the most common and effective one I can come up with. Then just keep on quizzing yourself and you’ll retain the information in no time!

Random Football Facts

It’s no secret that I’m seriously obsessed with sports, football in particular. Here are some of the most unexpected and random facts about the sport.

1. Just two years after finishing their careers, about 78% go bankrupt. 

This statistic is pretty crazy to think about! We always think football players have so much money all saved up. However, I think they must spend a lot of the money while they have it then once they retire, it all stops coming in.

2. The Steelers and the Eagles once combined and called themselves the Steagles. 

During World War II, so many football players were serving in the military that the two teams were forced to combine.

3. NFL games last three hours but only just 10 minutes and 43 seconds of actual action. 

Commercials account for about 60 minutes of the three hours.

4. The huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard. 

Hubbard was a legally deaf quarterback at Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard of hearing. He used to huddle his team together so they could see and hear him better and so the other team wouldn’t be able to read their sign language.

5. It takes 3,000 cows to make a year’s worth of footballs. 

The cows supply the NFL with leather to make the footballs. 3,000 cows for just one season alone? Man, that’s a lot of footballs.

6. Mr. Irrelevant is the name given to the last guy in the NFL draft. 

It seems like a rather harsh name to give the 487th pick in the NFL draft. The name has just stuck for many years although there are several of these guys that have gone on to do good things. Jimmy Walker was Mr. Irrelevant in 1967 even though he didn’t even play college football. That same year, he was the number one overall pick in the NBA draft and chose basketball over football.

Why Do We Hate Education?

As I stated in my post earlier this month, Americans often take advantage of having an education since it’s always been there, no one has ever prevented them from dong it. Now, I wanted to take a moment to talk about why so many students dread school and the education system in general.

There’s a lot of reasons why so many students all around America despise education. Partly because students feel as if teachers just don’t care about their education, they just want to get paid. I think this certainly isn’t true about every teacher. Some teachers deeply care for their students and want them to continue receiving a quality education. Sometimes, it just happens to be that the student believes the lie that school doesn’t matter. Being a well-educated person is extremely important and will allow much more job opportunities as well as other advantages.

Many students do care about receiving an education, it’s the school system that bothers them. This then causes students to just shut down and believe that what they learn isn’t all that important. This isn’t true, as I already talked about, kids in other parts of the world risk their life just to go to school everyday. While the American school system has it’s obvious flaws, at least we have schools that we can safely attend.

It’s a big deal to appreciate the school system that we have. I think that just because you have bad experiences with the school you attend, doesn’t mean you should care less about learning. If anything, you should care more about diving deeper and discovering things that you don’t know due to whatever reason it may be. I’m not sure if schools will ever fix the problem of having some teachers that could care less about anything other than a paycheck. Unfortunately, it’s just something that students have to learn to adjust to. There’s a lot of learning left to do and we shouldn’t forget that.

An Education From Movies & TV Shows

Sometimes we don’t really associate movies and TV shows with learning something. We typically consider it to be just a form of entertainment and there’s nothing educational about it. However, these movies and TV shows prove that there’s still many lessons to be learned here.

The Rise Of ISIS

PBS’s Frontline takes on a popular topic in our world today. For those of you that have heard of ISIS but know next to nothing about it, this is perfect for you. It’s really vital information that we all need to know and this documentary does a great job at laying out all of the pieces for us.

Brain Games

I happened to accidentally stumble upon this show one day and I’m pretty happy I did. This show is filled with interesting and random facts about the brain that you definitely don’t know. The games are fascinating and challenging. They make you think but in a fun way that you thoroughly enjoy. The show is set up in such a cool and unique way you can’t help but love.

Crimes Of The Century

CNN’s multi-episode Crimes Of The Century takes a closer look at some of the most popular criminal cases in recent years. They present each case with many different interview subjects as well as candid and old footage surrounding the case. Among the stories include: the D.C. Sniper, Amanda Yates, Unibomber, Amanda Knox, Oklahoma City bomber, Ronald Reagan attempted assassination, and the John Lennon assassination. The John Lennon one in particular really pissed me off because it looked at so many different sides that I was unaware of until I watched this. It’s deeply informative and I certainly learned from these events in history that aren’t talked about enough.

10 Things You Don’t Know About

Henry Rollins hosts this fascinating H2 show. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from this show. It’s filled with people and event that you learned about in history class but you didn’t learn these facts. It consists of a lot of lesser known facts that are often overlooked. The show makes me really remember exactly why I love learning so much.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

This Carl Sagan reboot is much better than I expected it to be. Neil deGrasse Tyson has one of those commanding deep voices that makes you shut up and listen to what he’s saying. The general sights and technology used here is incredibly innovative and awesome to watch.