Sometime last year, I was discussing podcasts with a friend. I sent her a screenshot of my subscriptions, and she commented that everything was so heavy.
At the time, I thought I had to listen to all the serious podcasts. But although it took me time, I finally realized that these were not making me happier (just the opposite) or better able to make the world a better place.
Since then, I've started skipping a lot of podcasts that would, to a first approximation, just make me angry. I've added in:
- 99% Invisible
- The Anthropocene Reviewed
- Bad Blood (not "fun," but amazing; I read the book)
- Grammar Girl
- No Stupid Questions (admittedly, Anne doesn't like)
- 10% Happier (some, not all)
I still listen to things like Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It, but have completely cut Bill Maher and most Sam Harris (the meditation ones are good).
I've done a similar analysis of TV / movie, although we are really liking Madam Secretary (so not all fun and games).