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Sunday #Playlist
July 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Sunday #Playlist

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

(CNN) – It's Sunday, and on Soundwaves that means we're highlighting the stories, interviews and shows we’re listening to here at CNN Radio.

Most weeks, different CNNers will be posting their favorites. Be sure to stop by every week to hear the latest great audio we're liking.

Me? I like audio that makes me laugh, think, and learn. For me a podcast is at its best when it combines all three.

With that in mind, here are my top five podcasts for the week. Warning, some of these links contain content that some people might find offensive.

1) WTF with Marc Maron: John Oliver

If you've never heard this podcast before, it's definitely worth checking out. Marc Maron is one of my favorite interviewers out there. He's smart, incisive, and thought-provoking. Big name guests from the entertainment world stop by Marc's studio/garage and bare their souls. This conversation with the Daily Show's John Oliver is a hoot.

2) Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Packing for Mars

This is a monthly podcast from America's most famous astronomer. In this edition, he explores the "personal" aspects of long-distance space travel. What to bring, romance in space, eating healthy, etc. It's fascinating stuff.

Part 1 and Part 2

3) Planet Money: The No-Brainer Economic Platform

Planet Money excels at making difficult financial concepts accessible in an always-entertaining way. This week, they explore economic concepts that politicians would generally avoid but pretty much all economists could get behind.

4) Adam Carolla Show: Ray Oldhafer

One of my favorite podcasts, Corolla is the master of the rant. When I want to laugh, I listen to this show. This is a great episode from last week.

5) Slate.com – Culture Gabfest ”Utter Tosh" edition

Slate has been putting out great podcasts for a while now. "Culture Gabfest" talks pop-culture news and issues. This week's episode features a great conversation about the Daniel Tosh controversy.

What do you listen to and why? Let us know in the comments below and tweet me at @CNNDan.

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