It's only February, but it already feels like it's been a long year. In a way, it has; for more than a year now, politics have been at the forefront of everyone's minds as Donald Trump's administration inched ever-closer to reality. But sometimes, a woman needs a break from all the doom and gloom, and I have just the solution: non-political podcasts perfect for distracting yourself from the state of American government. You can't (and shouldn't) bury your head in the sand forever, but you can definitely do it for 45 minutes a day. A burned-out activist doesn't really accomplish much; it's important to take care of yourself, too.
Although radio has fallen in popularity since its heyday, podcasts are a different story. Legitimate statistics about listenership are hard to find, but the more popular podcasts can draw an audience of millions. Serial, for example, reached an average of 3.4 million downloads per episode at the end of 2014. If you haven't gotten into podcasts yet, there are plenty of reasons you might think about giving them a try: I've found that they're perfect for a morning commute or cardio at the gym. More importantly, they're free entertainment, which can be hard to come by.
So next time you see one too many Facebook comment wars, turn to the following seven podcasts to keep yourself levelheaded.