YACCtivists recommend: Podcasts

YACCtivists recommend: Podcasts

Have you already blown through your favourite podcasts? Check out these YACCtivist recommendations as you stroll/clean/lounge this weekend. 


For any sports or hockey fans:

  • Spittin’ Chiclets: “Ryan Whitney, Paul Bissonnette and Rear Admiral team up to bring their outspoken and irreverent opinions to the masses, focusing on the NHL but also touching on pop culture and stories from their days in the show. New episodes air Monday and Thursday on Barstool Sports.”
  • Pardon My Take: “On Pardon My Take, Big Cat & PFT Commenter deliver the loudest and most correct sports takes in the history of the spoken word. Daily topics, guests, and an inability to tell what the hosts might be doing will make this your new favourite sports talk show. This is a podcast that will without a doubt change your life for the better – guaranteed, or your money back.”
  • 31 Thoughts: The Podcast: “Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman talk to a lot of people around the hockey world, and then they tell listeners all about what they’ve heard and what they think about it.”

For some true crime aficionados:

  • Crime Junkie: “Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix.”
  • Supernatural with Ashley Flowers: “Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don’t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown. Join Parcast and Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences”



  • You Can Heal Your Life: “You Can Heal Your Life is your connection to today’s most influential thought-leaders. Elevate your morning coffee, afternoon walk, or evening commute into an inspirational, motivational, and transformational personal growth experience.” 
  • Happier with Gretchen Ruben: “We talk about how to build happier habits into everyday life, as we draw from cutting-edge science, ancient wisdom, lessons from pop culture—and our own experiences (and mistakes).”
  • Dateline NBC: “Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.”
  • Swindled: “A true crime podcast about white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil.”



  • Soar Above Cancer: “Soar Above Cancer is a podcast dedicated to helping cancer survivors – in active treatment or post-treatment – to thrive in their cancer lives. Gabrielle, a cancer fighter herself, discusses various topics on the show related to one’s cancer journey. “
  • Lifes Black Belts with Eric Alder: “Diving into the lives of ‘everyday’ people and their real life experiences. Learn from their challenges, goals, failures, ability to overcome obstacles and how they grind through life and carve their own path.”
  • Life After High School with Glen Young: “Glen interviews a wide variety of guests who have all gone from a teenager with no idea of what their future holds to excelling in their respective fields.”



  • Ologies with Alie Ward: “Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.”
  • The Science of Happiness: “What does it take to live a happier life? Learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today. Hosted by award-winning psychologist Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.”
  • Science Rules! With Bill Nye: “Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world— one phone call at a time on his new podcast.”
  • LeVar Burton Reads: “In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath.”
  • 99% Invisible: “99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.”
  • Savvy Psychologist: “Meet life’s challenges with evidence-based research, a sympathetic ear, and zero judgment. We’ll use the best of psychology to help you be happier, healthier, and most importantly, yourself.”
  • Sickboy: “Join hosts Jeremie, Brian, and Taylor as they hangout and have an unapologetic, unpolished and unfiltered discussion about what it’s like to live life with a disease, in the hopes of finding humour in an otherwise taboo and sometimes dark subject.”

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