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LIST: Best podcasts to cure COVID-19 boredom

From comedy to real-talk, you'll be passing the time in no time

CLEVELAND — If boredom is calling your name, put it on mute with a great podcast or two. 

Cleveland Public Library Popular Library Manager Sarah Flinn was more than happy to share a list of a few worth listening to.

Whether you like good conversation, healthy debate, a serial sitcom or lots of laughs, there's something here for everyone.Try these on for size:

Small Doses with Amanda Seales

Your favorite truth teller, comedian, Amanda Seales, is dropping gems with, “Small Doses,” a weekly podcast that brings you potent truths for everyday use.

I Weigh with Jameela Jamil

What started with a social media post has become a movement, and now a podcast. On "I Weigh," Jameela Jamil challenges society’s definition of worth through weight by asking different thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers and friends about how they work through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. With hilarious and vulnerable conversations, "I Weigh" amplifies and empowers diverse voices in an accessible way to celebrate progress, not perfection.

hey, girl.

"hey, girl." is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, host Alex Elle sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the "hey, girl." guests give us a peek into their life stories through candid and intimate conversations.

Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

How do I start an online business? Grow my email list to thousands of subscribers? Sell more and grow faster? These are just some of the big questions that leading online marketing strategist, Amy Porterfield, digs into on the top-ranked "Online Marketing Made Easy" podcast. In addition to mini marketing masterclasses and step-by-step guides, each episode is designed to help you take immediate action on the most important strategies for starting, scaling and automating your online business.

Pants on Fire

Can you spot a liar, liar, pants on fire? In the era of fake news, kids must be able to tell what’s true from what’s false. And what better way than with a game show? Each week, a kid faces down two grown-ups, one an honest-to-goodness true expert, the other, well, a dirty, rotten liar! Featuring real kid contestants and a hilarious sound-effects-generating robot, "Pants on Fire" teaches kids to ask insightful questions, weigh the evidence in front of them, and trust their gut.

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

You know how when someone asks "How are you?" and you just say "Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? “Terrible, Thanks For Asking” is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they're really doing. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both.


Witness adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) with others, in order to reveal stories about their lives. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi in the "Mortified" podcast.

How Did This Get Made?

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! Then, they watch it with their funniest friends, and report back to you with the results on the "How Did This Get Made?" podcast.

Creative Pep Talk Podcast

Are you a creative entrepreneur? Freelancer? Aspiring Creative Pro? Andy J. Miller is passionate about helping creative's strike the perfect balance between art and business. Through ridiculous analogies, personal stories and artist interviews, Andy hopes to help you break free from confusion and make a plan for your creative career success, with the "Creative Pep Talk" podcast!

Mission to Zyxx

If you're into an improvised science fiction sitcom following a team of ambassadors as they attempt to establish diplomatic relations with planets in the remote and chaotic Zyxx Quadrant, then the "Mission to Zyxx" podcast is for you.


Join married couple Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy on a tour of misguided medicine as they discuss the weird, gross, and sometimes downright dangerous ways we've tried to solve our medical woes through the ages on the "Sawbones" podcast.

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan O'Brien has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Listen to "Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend" when you're feeling like you, too, could use a buddy these days.

Wolf 359

"Wolf 359" is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Set on board the U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, the dysfunctional crew deals with daily life-or-death emergencies, while searching for signs of alien life and discovering there might be more to their mission than they thought.

Wooden Overcoats

In the "Wooden Overcoats" sitcom podcast, Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family’s failing funeral parlour, where they get the body in the coffin in the ground on time. But one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor – the impossibly perfect Eric Chapman! With their lackey Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, the Funns are taking drastic steps to stay in business.

Find out more about these podcast by visiting the Cleveland Public Library website. If you want to create your own podcast, you can also use the website's chat feature to speak with library staff about how to get up and running on your own.

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