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The Disney Click, Rerun, and More New Podcasts Worth Checking Out

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Tired of commuting to work in silence? Today I’m sharing a few new podcasts that may make your ears tingle. They run the gamut from retro TV to true crime, so I hope you find something up your alley.

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LIKE RETRO CULTURE? TRY THE THROWBACK.

Hosted by Eric Greenberg, The Throwback features interviews with notable figures from pop culture history.  The first episode might be hard to top: In it, Greenberg talks to actor Ken Osmond, best known for playing Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver

LIKE THE MOUSE? TRY THE DISNEY CLICK.

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This new podcast from Meltdown Comics explores all things Disney (which is quite a lot, since it also encompasses Marvel, Pixar, ABC, Lucasfilm, and your firstborn child). The last couple episodes offered lots of insight into the D23 convention, and I’m eager to see where they go from here. 

LIKE CLASSIC TV? TRY RERUN.

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BuzzFeed may have hit a homerun with Rerun, its new podcast about fan-favorite TV episodes. So far, host Doree Shafrir has talked Freaks and Geeks with Tavi Gevinson and Daria with Aminatou Sow

LIKE SERIAL AND WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE? TRY LIMETOWN.

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Limetown blends the most addictive elements of Serial and Night Vale to concoct an engrossing, entirely fictional mystery. (And since I live in Tennessee, I was particularly intrigued by the story, which follows the sudden, unexplained disappearance of 300 residents of a Tennessee town.) 

LIKE PROCEDURALS AND TRUE CRIME? TRY LIVE LAW.

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I quickly became a fan of this show, which is like a Law & Order-ized version of The Moth. In each ep, people discuss their legal entanglements in moving, funny, and very personal ways. All episodes so far have been great, though I’m partial to Skylar Fein’s skatepark story. 

LIKE GOSSIP? TRY THE PHP.

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The new podcast from Perez Hilton and Chris Booker focuses on celebrity gossip, but it’s not as mean-spirited as the Perez of yore (yay for progress!). Episodes feature caffeinated celebrity banter and interviews with Margaret Cho, Debi Mazar, and other notables. 

LIKE LIFE HACKS? TRY THE MOST USEFUL PODCAST EVER.

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Popular Mechanics’s new show wants to help us get things done. Episodes supply tips on things we can make (like a paddle board) and inventions that may or may not make our lives easier (like a new kind of earplugs).

LIKE HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHIES? TRY SOME VERY FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU’VE NEVER REALLY HEARD OF.

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It may have a long title, but this show offers thoughtful, condensed bios of people history books usually overlook. So far, host Philip Gibbons has spotlighted the incredible life of German Resistance fighter Mildred Harnack, among others. (And fun fact: Gibbons once won $500,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.) 

LIKE TRUE CRIME? TRY DETECTIVE.

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The folks at Investigation Discovery know truth is stranger than fiction, and their new podcast proves it by handing the mic to Joe Kenda, a retired detective who spent 23 years working in the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Homicide Division. The result is engrossing, though not the kind of stuff you wanna hear during dinner. 

LIKE ARCHIVAL INTERVIEWS WITH LEGENDARY FIGURES? TRY WHAT IT TAKES.

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Finally, I’m loving the new podcast from the Academy of Achievement, which shares rare interviews with world-changing artists, politicians, and thinkers. I’d say the first ep, which spotlights a 1993 chat with Johnny Cash, is a must-hear.

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There's Now a Podcast That Plays Nothing But Laughter for Six Hours Straight
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If you’re the kind of person who loathes sitcoms with a laugh track, this one probably isn’t for you. A podcast (that might be a generous term) called “Radio Haha” has been launched in celebration of World Laughter Day on May 6, and it plays nothing but laughter—for six hours straight.

In the podcast, produced by UK apartment share service SpareRoom, you’ll hear some guffaws and giggles, and plenty of cackles and chortles. It may seem absurd at first, but listen long enough and you might find yourself laughing, too. That’s because laughter is contagious, even when it comes from an artificial source.

One study by neuroscientist and “laughter expert” Robert Provine revealed that 90 percent of test subjects smiled while listening to 19 seconds of laughter generated by a novelty store toy, and nearly half laughed along. This study and others like it suggest that the dreaded laugh track does in fact work, even if many modern TV viewers find it tacky.

Science has also shown that many health benefits are associated with laughter. Not only does it release endorphins that make you feel good, but it also relieves stress, improves your immune system, reduces blood pressure, relieves pain, and improves brain function.

Presented with all this evidence, one doctor in India invented “laughter yoga,” a movement that has been growing ever since it was founded in 1995. Dr. Madan Kataria realized that even forced laughter can trigger a genuine giggle, leading him to create the very first laughter club, which spawned the first World Laughter Day.

The inaugural event in Mumbai, India, attracted over 12,000 members of local and international “laughter clubs." Participants carried signs, marched, and bellowed "ho-ho-ho, ha-ha" in unison, making it seem a little more like a protest than a joyous celebration. (If so, it would have been the happiest protest in history.) Check out some footage of the first World Laughter Day below.

Here's What the Elaborate Maze From S-Town Looks Like

John B. McLemore created a world of wonders in the middle of nowhere. The protagonist of the popular S-Town podcast was famous in his hometown for his loud mouth and regular diatribes about tattoos and climate change. Elsewhere in the world, he was better known as a master craftsman and a genius.

Much of McLemore’s income derived from his extraordinary work as a horologist, or clockmaker, but his property in Woodstock, Alabama, is littered with other inventions and projects—including his legendary hedge maze.

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Reddit users report that the maze has recently begun to fall into disrepair, news that upsets the S-Town listeners who have grown so fond of the clockmaker and his complicated, beautiful creations.

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