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3 podcasts every millennial should be listening to

If you're like most millennials, tuning into your smartphone is part of your daily routine. Throwing on the same playlists everyday can become repetitive, however, and even cause your favorite jams to lose their melodic luster.

If you're looking to switch up your listening schedule, consider hopping on the podcast bandwagon. These talk programs can last anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, and can cover any topic from sports to music to history. Unsure where to start in your podcast journey? Consider kicking it off with one of these three programs, all available on iTunes:

1. Serial
Could you spend all day watching Law & Order? Do you fancy yourself a private investigator in another life? If so, Serial is the podcast for you.

The first season of this hit program was released in 2014 and focused on the real-life 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a teenage girl whose body was found in a Baltimore park following a mysterious disappearance. NPR's Sarah Koenig hosts the podcast, which dives into the details of the case and raises questions about the guilt of Adnad Sayed, Lee's ex-boyfriend who was convicted of the crime. We won't spoil it here, but recent events have added new drama to the story.

Koenig released a second season of the podcast in 2015, this time honing in on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his U.S. military post in 2009.

Ideal for: true crime enthusiasts and journalism fans.

2. TED Talks
While you may have watched TED Talks on YouTube, did you know they're also available in podcast format? These informative speeches, produced by nonprofit institution TED, are given by subject matter experts and offer interesting perspective on a wide range of issues

Although there's a TED podcast for almost any topic you could think of, some of the program's most popular episodes have focused on themes like creativity, body language, leadership, vulnerability, motivation and lying.

Ideal for: anyone who wants to learn.

3. Millennial
Aimed at helping its titular demographic navigate today's world, Millennial is another podcast that's perfect for Gen Y listeners. The program is hosted by Megan Tan, who uses her own experiences as a current 20-something to give other young people advice on topics like careers, relationships, money and happiness. Tan also brings millennial guests onto the show to unpack their own experiences and offer fresh perspectives about entering adulthood in today's day and age.

Ideal for: millennials and people who want understand millennials.

Nearly every podcast you can find on iTunes is free. However, if you want to make some extra money for songs, movies, TV shows and apps that cost money, consider taking paid surveys to supplement your income.

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