The best podcasts you should listen to in 2022

Whether you’ve already stored all your favorite podcasts in your app of choice, ready for listening, or are new to the world of podcasts, there’s no denying their popularity. Podcasts are everywhere these days and have become some of the most beloved entertainment and education mediums worldwide. Whatever you’re into, from tech and video game chat to world news and politics or true crime, there are plenty of specialized interest shows to choose from.

With so many podcasts available, there’s no way that you can listen to all of them. To help you out, no matter your interests, we’ve gathered a variety of shows to turn you on to your next great listen.

Note: To listen to any of these podcasts via RSS, you’ll need to download and install an RSS reader, like the Feeder extension for Google Chrome.

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Technology and video games

Kinda Funny Games Daily

Kinda Funny Games Daily Podcast.

The most popular daily video game news podcast has over 800 episodes and is your definitive guide to what’s happening with PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, and all of the gaming world. Hosted by Greg “GameOverGreggy” Miller, Tim Gettys, Blessing Adeoye, and Star Wars Rogue One writer Gary Whitta, this is an entertaining podcast that’s also essential listening for gamers.

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Daily Tech News Show

Daily Tech News Show podcast.

The first podcast on our list does exactly what its name promises, it gives you the daily tech news! Hosts Tom Merritt and Sarah Lane — along with a bevy of regular contributors — take a look at the day’s tech news in a manner that’s always interesting, informative, and humorous, never dry and boring. With an episode landing every day, this is a great early-morning listen to start your day, or an equally great lunchtime podcast, with episodes lasting around half an hour.

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Darknet Diaries

Darknet Diaries

Ever wondered about the dark side of the internet? Darknet Diaries explores the world of hacking, cybercrime, and data breaches. Host Jack Rhysider covers topics ranging from the LinkedIn data breach of 2012 to what happens if you post your boarding pass on Instagram. Most episodes run around an hour in length, providing plenty of time to take a deep dive into the topic after work or while doing the household chores.

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Rocket podcast

This all-female tech podcast is hosted by Mashable senior tech correspondent Christina Warren, tech feminist Brianna Wu, and family gaming and diversity writer Simone de Rochefort — all of whom share extensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for all things geek, from tech and video games to movies and comics. Weekly episodes run between 40 minutes to an hour in length, giving you the perfect excuse to get your geek on in your lunch break or on your commute. Recent episodes we’ve loved include the one about Instagram’s awful updates and the episode about the best new console scam.

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Accidental Tech Podcast

Accidental Tech Podcast updated imagery.

Class yourself as a nerd? Then you’re going to be into this podcast, which features three nerds who get together to talk about all things Apple, programming, and anything else loosely related — and we do mean loosely. Hosts Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa add just enough humor to keep things from getting dry, whilst most definitely bringing a passion for all things nerdy. The episodes are pretty long at just over two hours each, making this a great podcast to settle down to on an evening in.

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This Week in Tech

This Week in Tech podcast.

This Week in Tech has been one of the premier tech podcasts for a while now. The weekly show features tech enthusiasts Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and others as they discuss trending tech. Recent episodes cover topics ranging from Amazon buying iRobot to the FTC’s privacy push.

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Reply All

Reply All

If you’re familiar with Gimlet Media, you know that its podcasts contain a narrative thread regardless of the topic they’re covering. Reply All, Gimlet’s tech podcast, is no different. The stories center on how the internet and technology affect people (and vice versa) while remaining insightful and interesting throughout.

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Giant Bombcast

Giant Bombcast podcast.

The crew of Giant Bombcast is a collection of veteran video game journalists, and on their weekly podcast, they embark on lengthy excursions into the world of gaming, discussing games they’ve been playing, breaking down the news of the week, and responding to listener emails. The Bombcast crew has great chemistry and approaches gaming with passion and humor.

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resistance best podcasts for black history month

If you’ve already checked out our pick of podcasts to listen to during Black History Month, you’ll be aware of Resistance already. For those who aren’t, it’s all about refusing to accept things the way they are. Hosted by writer, producer, and poet Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr., the show focuses on the stories of how Black people fight back and resist, and aims to “bring those stories to the forefront.”

Though there hasn’t been a new episode for a while, there’s plenty of older episodes to listen to, covering topics like the remnants of slavery we pass every day, without realizing they’re there and the BLM protests.


Left, Right & Center

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Left, Right & Center is a weekly podcast assembled by Los Angeles radio station KCRW. The debate forum of the podcast allows Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, and their special guests to analyze politics, policy, and culture from every angle.

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best podcasts reveal

As investigative reporting gradually vanishes from American print and broadcast news, podcasts and radio try to pick up the mantle. Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting’s radio show and dedicated podcast is one such example. The hour-long show, hosted by Al Letson, shines a spotlight on each topic it covers, remaining interesting and analytical while covering urgent and relevant topics.

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The Weeds

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News website Vox’s podcast, The Weeds, digs into the nitty-gritty of policy thoroughly enough to satiate even the biggest policy nerds. In a conversational format, Dylan Matthews, Dara Lind, and Vox reporters and editors discuss how policy changes the public, and in turn, how the public changes policy.

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Global News

BBC Global News Podcast.

This podcast features just what the name implies — news from around the globe. It consists of a pair of 30-minute news broadcasts compiled twice a day from the 24-hour news coverage offered by the BBC World Service. This is one of the best podcasts for commutes to and from work.

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Democracy Now

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The award-winning show hosted by investigative journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez is unique in its independence. If you took media theory 101 (or you listen to On the Media), you know just how unique and important independent news media is — making this arguably the most essential news podcast of the bunch.

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Gaslit Nation

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Gaslit Nation is hosted by writers Sarah Kendzior (View from Flyover Country) and Andrea Chalupa. Both specialize in authoritarian states and were on to election hacking before the 2016 election. The show delivers sharp analysis, history, context, and insight into global affairs.

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Rachel Maddow Show

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The Rachel Maddow Show is one of the most popular TV shows on MSNBC. Book author and scholar Rachel has the best, up-to-the-minute political guests to help viewers navigate the current political landscape. And you don’t need a cable account — cord-cutters can watch the audio or video podcast, often on the same night as the TV broadcast. The video part includes only the first two segments, but the audio has the whole show.

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The Daily

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If you need to stay up to date on the latest events, The New York Times’ podcast The Daily provides all the news that’s fit to listen to in a tidy format. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, host Michael Barbaro guides listeners through the biggest news stories of the day, talking to experts and other Times reporters.

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On the Media

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The award-winning On the Media is one of the only shows dedicated to covering media news. Host Brooke Gladstone talks about how the news is covered, regulated, and disseminated, examining threats to free speech, the element of transparency, and hidden agendas with both intrigue and authority.

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Smartless Podcast.

Join hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett to learn about the shared experiences that unite people from every walk of life through hilarity and thoughtful dialogue. New episodes drop every Monday, and in each episode one host reveals their mystery guest to the other two for an improvised conversation.

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Get Played

The Get Played podcast logo on a video game cartridge.

This podcast is all about the very worst and weirdest video games, so it’s pretty humorous. Fans of How Did This Get Made? will love Get Played which takes games like The Twilight Zone Text Adventure and Deadly Premonition and dives deep into what makes them weird or terrible — or sometimes, great. Hosts Heather Anne Campbell, Matt Apodaca, and Nick Wiger will have you laughing out loud, and often, wanting to play the games for yourself.

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend

This weekly podcast, hosted by comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien, sees him hang out with one of his favorite celebrities each week. Topics of conversation range from the humorous to the obscure — don’t miss the episode with John Cleese, or the recent Aubrey Plaza episode.

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My Brother, My Brother, and Me

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In this hilarious comedy podcast, three brothers — Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy — field questions and concerns from listeners, and give some of the funniest advice you will hear in a podcast. Their thoughts on toilet comfort, Billy Joel cosplay, and gargoyles might not be the most appropriate, but they will make you laugh.

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Comedy Bang! Bang!

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Hosted by man-of-many-nicknames Scott Aukerman, Comedy Bang! Bang! is the pinnacle of improv comedy podcasts. Each week, Aukerman is joined by various comedians, actors, and other celebrities, with the guests often appearing as outlandish characters (such as The Time Keeper or musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber). The show has a deep roster of returning guests and characters, and yet every episode goes in unexpected directions.

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True Crime

International Infamy

International Infamy podcast

This “true crime world tour” podcast is hosted by Ashley Flowers, host of Very Presidential and Supernatural. Each episode is a look at interesting, high-profile crime cases from around the world — 15 different crimes from 15 different countries, in all — and as well as the usual twist and turns of the case, the podcast dives into the cultural details making each crime unique. From the Mexican masked wrestler who became a serial killer to the six people in Iceland who confessed to a murder that never actually happened, this podcast is a fresh take on true crime with an international twist.

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Australian True Crime

Australian True Crime podcast

One of the most popular crime podcasts worldwide, Australian True Crime dives deep into the most horrific, mysterious, and disturbing true crime cases to come out of Australia’s suburbs. Hosts Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb interview victims, perpetrators, true crime authors, and those working in crime and punishment to uncover the full story behind each case, bringing a fresh take. There are over 280 episodes to delve into, with new episodes dropping weekly.

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best podcasts undisclosed

The justice system doesn’t always work, and podcasts like Undisclosed are there to make sure we don’t forget. Undisclosed takes the listener through the investigation, trial, and verdict of controversial cases, such as the death of Freddie Gray, with meticulous detail that makes every episode sound ripe for a multipart TV documentary.

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My Favorite Murder

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Hosted by lifelong true crime fans Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgraff, this lighter take on true crime sees the hosts telling each other their favorite tales of murder — and friends and fans tell true stories of crime from their hometowns, too.

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best podcasts criminal

Fans of Serial will enjoy this true-crime podcast, which is a pet project of professional radio producer Phoebe Judge. Criminal incorporates reimagined versions of murder ballads, investigations into historical crimes, and stories on the wrongdoings within the criminal system. Whether moving or macabre, this podcast keeps its listeners interested — and there are over 200 episodes to dig into.

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Rap Radar Podcast

Elliot Breeze and Brian 'B.Dot' Miller host the Rap Radar Podcast.

In Rap Radar Podcast, Brian “B. Dot” Miller and former XXL editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson speak to a variety of guests in the entertainment business about nearly everything under the sun, including an interview with Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda about making a mixtape, and one with A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg about recent run-ins with the law. You can listen on Jay-Z’s streaming service, Tidal, or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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All Songs Considered

best podcasts all things considered

Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are big names in the NPR music scene. Their show introduces listeners to all genres of music, from that emerging Latin American band you’ve never heard of to the more mainstream indie fixes.

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Above & Beyond

best podcasts above and beyond

Electronic music more your thing? Then Above & Beyond is where it’s at. The London DJ trio Above & Beyond hosts the weekly two-hour show, bringing in 30-minute guest mixes from some of their favorite artists. Every so often there’s a 10-minute album teaser, too.

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Song Exploder

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Music lives and breathes in songs. Song Exploder takes apart a single song — its structure, inspiration, and production — with the original musicians who created it. Artists include everyone from Wolf Alice and Nine Inch Nails to R.E.M and Lorde.

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Tiny Desk Concerts

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Imagine your favorite band playing an unplugged concert in your living room. That’s essentially the premise behind NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Musicians play their songs at the desk of one Bob Boilen, aka the All Songs Considered host, casting the music in a more intimate light and helping you discover new favorites.

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The History Chicks

The History Chicks

Looking for something a little different from history 101? Hosts Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider present a different woman  — or women — throughout history in each episode, giving you the facts, as well as how each woman is remembered and how their legacies live on. With episodes around an hour long, this is the perfect after-work podcast when you just want to put your feet up. There are over 250 episodes so far, covering real and fictional women from history including everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to the women of the wild west, and Wonder Woman herself.

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The Dollop

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Do you find it hard to digest American history? The Dollop has you covered. Every week, hosts and comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds tell a story from American history that you have most likely never heard of. Like, did you know in 1976 a plane with 60,000 pounds of pot crashed in Yosemite? That’s only the beginning — you’ll laugh till you cry and learn some from one of the best history podcasts.

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Revisionist History

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Journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell adds “podcaster” to his résumé with Revisionist History, in which he tackles a different subject each episode, with topics ranging from Wilt Chamberlain’s free-throw shooting form to the shady economics of golf courses. No matter how inane a subject may seem at first, Gladwell manages to find a compelling story within.

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Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

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If history interests you, but you find most history podcasts a bit dry, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is sure to entertain. Carlin has a flair for the dramatic, which is good because episodes tend to run hours in length. Episodes involve intensive explorations of different historical stories, with a focus on brutal events like the rise of the Mongol Empire or the Anabaptist takeover of Münster.

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This Is Actually Happening

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In This Is Actually Happening, you are given a firsthand account — with zero commentary — from someone who has experienced something life-changing, devastating, and oftentimes unbelievable. If you have ever thought failure is the only option, these brave people will show you how they persevered through a time that seems too much for anyone to handle.

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Vanishing Postcards

Vanishing Postcards

Native Texan and actor Evan Stern is the creator and storyteller behind Vanishing Postcards, a documentary travelogue that has aired over 25 episodes so far. Set off on an audio road trip through Texas and uncover the hidden traditions, dives, and cultural histories of the region. Each 30-minute episode offers an escape from the mundane, perfect listening for your lunch break or commute — and the ideal way to travel vicariously from the comfort of home.

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Travel With Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

Rick Steves is known as “America’s leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond” — and his podcast is a revelation for those who like to dive deeper into the culture, history, and people of destinations around the world. There are over 850 episodes of this podcast to get stuck into, with a new episode dropping each week. Rick chats with guest experts and callers on all things travel with the most recent episode offering tips on being a digital nomad.

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Extra Pack of Peanuts

Extra Pack of Peanuts

There may not be many episodes to listen to — the schedule seems to have been quite sporadic lately — but Extra Pack of Peanuts (EPOP) looks set to be one of the best travel podcasts for anyone looking to travel more and spend less. Sounds good to us! Hosted by world traveler and serial entrepreneur Travis Sherry, EPOP episodes cover topics ranging from the friendliest countries to how anxiety impacts travel.

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Zero to Travel

Zero to Travel

Hosted by travel expert Jason Moore, Zero to Travel dives deep into discussions with those living life on the road — full-time travelers — as well as adventurous travelers seeing all the corners of the world on a budget. Each episode lasts between an hour and an hour and a half, giving you plenty of time to chill out with your favorite beverage and daydream about far-flung locales. Topics range from travel-based lifestyles and how to run an online business from anywhere to budget travel strategies. Our favorite recent episodes include the one about how to survive on a desert island and the episode about running a profitable local business from anywhere in the world.

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Science and philosophy

Science Vs

Science Vs podcast.

In each episode of Science Vs, host Wendy Zukerman dives into contentious topics to find out what the scientific community has to say. Topics range from serious (fracking, gun control, nuclear energy) to lighthearted (hypnosis, meditation, even ghosts), and chances are you’ll laugh while you learn. The latest episode on Monkeypox is a sobering yet fascinating listen.

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Radiolab podcast

Each edition of Radiolab focuses on one particular idea or concept, homing in on the people, sounds, and stories that work to bring the show to life. Hosts Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser tackle scientific and philosophical topics.

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Stuff You Should Know

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This podcast is a fantastic way to learn how a Tsunami works, what’s the deal with North Korea, and who killed JFK. The topics are interesting, entertaining, and laid out in a manner that is easy to digest.

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Stuff to Blow Your Mind

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Ever wonder how the electric eel generates juice or what trypophobia is? Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick have answers, whether talking about mind-blowing mysteries or the newest scientific revelations, in this hour-long podcast.

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Stuff Mom Never Told You

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Dissecting the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of being women, Stuff Mom Never Told You presents a candid and fresh view on gender. Whether delving into feminist transphobia or following a professional dominatrix, this podcast is sharp and informative while remaining accessible.

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Hidden Brain

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Hosted by NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain illustrates the unconscious patterns behind human behavior using psychology and neurobiology.

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The Magnus Archives

The Magnus Archives podcast.

This weekly horror fiction podcast has over 250 episodes to dive into you join Jonathan Sims to explore the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organization researching the weird and esoteric. Each episode features guest actors, serial plots, short stories, and more.

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Red Frontier

Red Frontier Podcast.

This 11-part sci-fi audio drama stars Betty Gilpin as Commander Taylor Fullerton, the sole survivor of a one-way mission to colonize Mars. After a mysterious tragedy killed her crew en-route to the Red Planet three years ago, Fullerton is struggling to maintain her sanity — but as another crew lands on Mars, she must discover the truth to avoid repeating her crew’s fate. Atmospheric and haunting, this tense podcast is one you’ll want to binge through in one or two sittings.


The Final Chapters of Richard Brown Winters

The Final Chapters of Richard Brown Winters podcast.

The Final Chapters of Richard Brown Winters from Gimlet is a one-part audio drama designed to be listened to in a single sitting and is recommended if you like your audio drama weird and wonderful. Richard Brown Winters is a bestselling author … and recluse. Nobody’s heard from him in almost a decade, and most of his readers have given up hope of ever finding out what happened to the protagonist of his novels. When one fan joins a ragtag group to travel to Winters’ cabin in the desert, what they find threatens to destroy the Wintersverse forever …



best podcasts spirits

Want to pour yourself a drink and listen to spooky stories about myths, legends, and hauntings? Then Spirits is the podcast you’ve been waiting for. Every week hosts Amanda and Julia mix a drink — from tequila to locally brewed imperial stout — and discuss a story, legend, or character from a wide range of places and cultures. Their Urban Legends episodes are particularly fun, with co-host Eric Schneider, focusing on listener-submitted myths and legends from various states.

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Wind of Change

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A chance remark by a CIA greybeard led to one huge question: Was the CIA behind the writing and success of Wind of Change by German rock band The Scorpions, and was it integral to the collapse of the USSR? It’s a bizarre question, but a compelling one, and the journey of self-discovery takes you into Soviet Russia, deep into the workings of the CIA, and even into one of the largest drug rings of the 1980s. It’s a short series, but a must-listen.

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best podcasts lore

Lore is a collection of real-life stories so scary, you probably wish they were fake. Each episode of the bimonthly podcast — which became a full-blown TV series in late 2017, thanks to Amazon — tackles historical events that often venture into the supernatural. With the help of host Aaron Mahnke, each segment carries a campfire-esque vibe.

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This American Life

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No podcast collection would be complete without This American Life. Host Ira Glass delves into first-person stories and short fiction pieces from around the country. It will make you laugh just as often as it will make you cry. TAL holds the torch by which others are judged.

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The Ringer NBA Show

The Ringer NBA Show.

Want the latest news, transactions, and trends around the league, four days a week? Subscribe to The Ringer NBA Show and that’s exactly what you’ll get, every Monday through Wednesday, and Fridays, too. Expect news on potential offseason moves, discussions after the game, and more.

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The Lowe Post

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While basketball media is split between those who favor in-depth analysis and those who enjoy drama and storytelling, ESPN’s Zach Lowe walks in both worlds, and that makes his sports podcast one of the most entertaining. Lowe is capable of breaking down any play to show what players did and why they did it, but he’s also an insightful reporter, drawing on sources — including players, managers, and other journalists — to shed light on the world behind the scenes of the NBA.

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The Bill Simmons Podcast

The Bill Simmons Podcast.

If you were able to go inside the irrational — yet highly analytical — mind of a sports fan, it would sound like The Bill Simmons Podcast. The famous sportswriter and creator of ESPN’s docu-series 30 for 30 has taken his long-running podcast to his site, The Ringer. Thankfully, Simmons has lost none of his flair when interviewing athletes, celebrities, and sports experts.

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Men in Blazers

Men in Blazers podcast.

Hosts Michael Davies and Roger Bennett wear blazers and discuss soccer. They’re passionate and knowledgeable, providing both in-depth analysis and riveting guest interviews with equal jest.

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Grilling JR

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Hall of Famer Jim Ross may remain the greatest WWE announcer in wrestling, but this podcast’s celebrity roster of friends and weekly discussion of today’s stars and storylines make it the go-to for wrestling fans.

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Jalen & Jacoby

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Jalen Rose is a unique voice in the sports broadcast world. He’s a former NBA player who spent plenty of time in the limelight and isn’t afraid to dish insider knowledge when it can provide better context to current stories.

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Arts and culture

Were You Raised By Wolves?

Were You Raised By Wolves?

Every week, Emmy Award-winning journalist Nick Leighton and comedian Leah Bonnema make the world a nicer, more polite place to be with Were You Raised By Wolves? Tackling issues of etiquette and social niceties, each episode asks questions like “Is it okay to be late to a surprise party?” or “Is it rude to add ice cubes to wine?” with a dose of humor, while offering tips and advice to help you smoothly navigate tricky social situations. Don’t miss the episode about behaving in group fitness classes, or the recent one about slurping ice cream sodas. This podcast will teach you things you didn’t even know you needed to know — and there are over 150 episodes to date.

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Counterjam explores cultural identity through two things we all love: Food and music. Hosted by food culture expert Peter J. Kim, each episode focuses on one cultural community and involves a chat with chefs, musicians, and celebrities about the way we inherit and construct our cultural identities — and how we express this through the food we eat and the music we create. Each episode features interwoven tracks from independent artists. In episode one, chef Roy Choi talks about Korean-Americans’ talent for hacking instant Ramyun while stand-up comedian Margaret Cho tells us about her multiple fridges: One for kimchi, one for K-beauty products. Don’t miss the episode all about British food at home and on the street, or the homage to Ukraine.

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best podcasts bullseye

This is the latest iteration of Jesse Thorn’s arts and culture program, which started a decade ago on college radio. Thorn discusses and interviews a highly curated list of top influences on pop culture — from rapper Rakim to poet and novelist Margaret Atwood.

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Fresh Air

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Beloved host Terry Gross has done a few difficult interviews. However, she remains one of the most empathetic, intelligent, and well-prepared journalists in all of radio — regardless of which luminary she features on the show.

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99% Invisible

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This “tiny radio show about design” makes you appreciate the big and small decisions that shape the world we live in, from purple hotels and traffic markings to camouflage and parentheses around area codes.

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best podcasts the book review

Looking for a good book? The taste-makers at the New York Times can point you in the right direction. Authors and critics join the show to discuss literature, art, and ideas with host John Williams and editors.

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best podcasts filmspotting

For the most comprehensive film reviews — and worst movie segment reenactments — you need to listen to Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen’s Filmspotting. The Chicagoan film professor and critic, respectively, give their incisive opinions of films old and new while laying down some of the most definitive top-five lists around.

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Shut Up & Sit Down

Shut up and Sit Down podcast.

Board games are having a moment, as more and more people experience the thrill of getting people together around a table for a night of fun (and maybe even intellectual stimulation). If you need a guide to the vast, treacherous world of board games there are none better than the folks at Shut Up & Sit Down, who review board games with a focus on the great social experiences they can create.

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Wellness and mindfulness

The Happiness Lab

The Happiness Lab

Like your wellness podcasts with a side of science? The Happiness Lab is hosted by Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos, based on the psychology course she teaches. Each episode looks at the latest scientific research into happiness and shares some surprising and interesting stories too, that will forever change the way you look at being happy. Our favorite recent episode is the one that asks what the pandemic taught us about happiness. There are over 100 episodes to dive into, whether you decide to start with the most recent one or begin with episode one.

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin and her co-host — and younger sister — Elizabeth Craft get together every week to talk happiness, good habits, and living life to the full in this podcast that’s sure to get you through the winter blues. From insightful proverbs about parenthood to why it’s not okay to blame the internet for the state of the world, and easy hacks to stay in touch with people long-distance, this is one of our favorite wellness podcasts. Each week sees a full-length episode, with shorter “Little Happier” nuggets of just a few minutes in between offering a little pick-me-up for your week. There are over 750 episodes to listen to, or you can start with the most recent one about giving your memory a break.

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Sleep With Me

Sleep with Me Podcast.

It’s not just kids who need a bedtime story to drift peacefully off to sleep. Fans of Calm‘s Sleep Stories will love Sleep With Me, the podcast that helps adults fall asleep with a different story each episode. The stories tend to be just over an hour long, giving you plenty of time to relax and unwind, and host Drew Ackerman will quickly become your best friend if insomnia is plaguing you. There are over 1,000 episodes to listen to, so lay back, relax, and prepare for a great night’s sleep …

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The Ultimate Health Podcast

The Ultimate Health Podcast

With over 480 episodes, The Ultimate Health Podcast is your one-stop shop for health, lifestyle, nutrition, and wellness advice, neatly packaged into one hour-or-so-long episode every week. Host Jesse Chappus dives into conversations with health and wellness experts from around the world, covering topics from sleep and meditation to spirituality, fitness, and nutrition.

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Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Ten Percent Happier

Dan Harris, the news anchor who had a panic attack on Good Morning America, and bestselling author of 10% Happier hosts this popular happiness podcast. Each episode sees Dan chat with a different guest, ranging from the Dalai Lama to scientists and celebrities. Take a deep dive into the different aspects of happiness, stopping off at topics like social anxiety, creativity, and relationships along the way — and learn how you can train yourself in mental health traits like happiness, generosity, and compassion. Our favorite episodes? How to Do Nothing, with author Jenny Odell, and How to Create an Exercise Habit Without Driving Yourself Nuts.

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Mind Your Business

Mind Your Business

Successful online entrepreneur James Wedmore knows a thing or two about business. Thankfully, he’s happy to share his tips and insights with listeners on Mind Your Business. It takes more than hard work and hustle to be successful in business, and listening to this podcast is a great place to start. There are over 470 episodes, each ranging from 30 minutes to an hour in length, including the Down to Business episodes which teach listeners skills and tips they can utilize immediately, and the Coaching over Coffee episodes, where James meets with a listener or invites a guest to discuss a specific issue — like ways to increase your cash flow or how to break away from your old identity in business.

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Planet Money

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Initially launched to cover the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, the biweekly Planet Money presents an excellent roundtable discussion that dissects the state of the global economy (with guests).

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best podcasts marketplace

Kai Ryssdal breaks down what’s going on in the world of current economics, not just relating the news but making it accessible to non-economy majors. Marketplace currently serves as one of the most digested pieces of media regarding business in the country, likely because Ryssdal regularly interviews entrepreneurs, CEOs, small business owners, and average participants in the economy.

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Slate’s aptly titled podcast revolves around what Americans actually do at work, digging into the minutiae of their day-to-day lives. It explores these topics by interviewing those with interesting jobs, allowing it to explore everything from the boring parts of being a porn star to the exciting calculations of forensic anthropologists.

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How I Built This

How I Built This podcast.

In this once-a-week podcast, host Guy Raz examines the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. From innovators to entrepreneurs to idealists, Rax takes you on a narrative journey of how their movements came to be. Some interviews include the founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, how Wikipedia became our online encyclopedia, and even ice cream kings Ben and Jerry.

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