Podcasts are bringing storytelling back to the era of radio, and it’s spectacular. The medium offers a fun and engaging way to listen to stories/news while working out, cleaning the house, or even just hanging on your couch.
With the 24-hour news cycle becoming more negative, podcasts offer a great escape. Where else can you listen to news content, hear stories about murder, and listen to case studies on awakening the entrepreneur in you?
So, what podcasts should you listen to first?
A political podcast for those who are ready to fight, laugh, cry, and fight some more. Hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor, Pod Save America is the flagship podcast of the newly formed Crooked Media.
As four former aides to President Obama the pod has an endless stream of journalists, politicians, comedians and activists who discuss our current political climate with equal parts humor and an activist mindset.
If you love true crime, comedic women, and cats, then My Favorite Murder is the podcast for you. Hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark who developed the idea when they both realized they had a healthy (okay, some who say unhealthy) fascination with true crime.
Even more impressive than the podcast episodes, is the cult-like following of crime duo on their Facebook group. The women have amassed a huge and welcoming community of other true crime lovers who act as confidants, supporters, and friends.
If you like kick ass women who aren’t afraid to be themselves, check out their pod.
Pro-tip: Make sure you start from the beginning so you can understand their jokes and banter!
A NPR podcast that delves into the fascinating and unconscious patterns of human behavior. Hosted by Shankar Vedantam, a 10 year veteran of The Washington Post whose interview skills and soothing voice make the pod.
If you have ever wondered why you do the strange things that you do or think in weird ways, this podcast will tell you why. It may even give you some great insights to actually apply to your life!
When Serial’s season one ended, captivated audiences flocked to Undisclosd to hear more information about the Adnan Syed case. Now in its third season, Undisclosed investigates wrongful convictions and the U.S criminal justice system.
Hosted by Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller, and Susan Simpson , the newest season examines the killing of Freddie Gray. With each episode, more and more evidence is uncovered that starts to shed light on gapping holes in our justice system. It is engaging and equally informative, a must listen if you have any interest in social/criminal justice.
Pro Tip: The website contains video and documents that supplement the podcasts!
Have you ever wanted to start a business, but don’t know where to start? TGIM – The Essential Podcast for Ambitious Entrepreneurs delves into the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
No matter where you are in the process of building a business or working for yourself, TGIM brings inspirational stories about those who have come before you. From topics to overcoming obstacles, finding motivation, or making pivots there is something for everyone who can’t wait to dive in to work.
Pro-Tip: TGIM stands for Thank God It’s Monday
Not for the faint of heart but a must listen to podcast if you love true crime, the supernatural, conspiracy theories, and chaos magic (yes, that is a topic of conversation). The boys of Last Podcast on the Left (Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks) have made these stories their full time job. Every episode is full of details that have been thoroughly researched. The three say out loud all the things you are too embarrassed to say and even some that you can’t even admit to yourself you thought.
Pro Tip: It takes a few episodes to realize who is who because their voices sound eerily alike.
Up and Vanished is one of the newer true crime podcast but it’s quickly developed a massive following. Payne Lindsey, a documentary filmmaker, set out to answer the question, “What happened to Tara Grinstead?” Following down leads, interviewing those who were part of the investigation, and re-opening old case evidence the podcast leaves you on the edge of your seat.
The podcast brought attention back to the case, and many give it credit for the newest development – an arrest!
American history stories that you probably never got in class. The Dollop is hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds who examine stories from the past that are absurd and hilarious.
Ever been interested in the Colorado Labor War? Or the animal horror of Macquarie Island? Maybe not, but you will be when Dave and Gareth get ahold of the story.
I’ll be honest, I have never laughed so much in my life. I actually had to pull over my car because I was crying from laughing. Jamie Morton reads his erotic novels penned by none other than his own father (his pen name is Rocky Flintstone). He convinced two of his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine to listen and participate in this incredibly uncomfortable ride.
Pro-tip: Be careful when driving. Start from the beginning. Attempt to pace yourself because it goes quickly!
Pheobe Robinson and Jessica Williams explore sex, romance, race, film, and a ton of other topics on the 2 Dope Queens podcast. They bring listeners a no bullshit take on topics that are important conversations right now. The best part of 2 Dope Queens is that the episodes are live conversations with their favorite comedians so you never know where the conversation will go.
Other podcasts to check out!
This American Life
Missing Richard Simmons
Am I Allowed to Like Anything?
In the Dark
Here To Make Friends
Ted Radio Hour
It is an exciting time to be a podcast fan. With more and more content beginning developed weekly, there is no limit of what the genre can tackle. What are podcast you listen to?