Non-Music Monday: Free Time Fun Edition

Last week we served up some delicious shows about Cooking, and this week, we’re playing games with your free time! From warm weather beer drinking to video games, home improvement to fuel for your monthly book club, we’ve curated a list that will keep you and your ears busy all summer long.

Do you consider yourself a beer snob? Have a strong preference for pilsner, IPA or imperial stout? Celebrate your love of brews and learn some trivia for the next time you’re sipping out of a pint glass during Beer Sessions Radio with Jimmy Carbone. Tune in each week as Jimmy talks with some of the most prestigious brewers, gives you the lowdown on top-notch craft beer houses and chats about the DIY culture of homebrewing. There’s even something for you cider fans out there. Even if you’re just a brew-head in training, this podcast will expand your hops knowledge and make you thirsty for a pour.

Love celebrities? Consider yourself a video game buff? Welcome to The Indoor Kids. (a.k.a. the best of both of these things). Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon put on their game faces and welcome both gaming industry folks and celebrities into their home for some time spent in front of the TV, controllers in hand. Games played in the company of Rich Sommer (Mad Men) Steve Agee (New Girl) and other names you probably know always leads to plenty of commentary and major points in the comedy category.

Bob Vila is both a household name and an expert at virtually everything related to your house. At Home with Bob Vila is decades of home improvement knowledge, repurposed into podcast form. He’ll answer those questions you’ve been wracking your brain about for awhile now, like “What’s the right way to hammer?” and “Why do these squirrels keep sneaking into my bird feeder?” Coming at you a few times a week, Bob will have you feeling like a pro in no time—even if you don’t actually own a bird feeder.

It’s summertime, and the amount of opportunities to grab a towel, some sunscreen and a beach read are numerous. Making time to join a book club, however? Not always that simple. Still, if you’d like a little more from your page-turners, Slate’s Audio Book Club has you covered. Here’s how it works: each month brings a new book club selection. Dive in, then tune in to monthly sessions from critics, authors and other book lovers as they discuss, debate and enrich your understanding of new and notable reads. The idea of a beach-day page-turner just got a lot more interactive! ​​ ​​​​​