Best Podcasts You Should Start Right Now

Podcasts are taking over the world.  Coworkers spend time chatting about the latest episode they’ve all heard, or those last “best podcasts” they finished that everyone else MUST start.  In 2016, Serial hit a homerun with millions of listeners waiting to hear the next episode host Sarah Koenig would release.   It was investigative journalism at its best- and we couldn’t stop listening.

Podcasts have taken over drives to work and are now competing with audio books for most entertaining ways to drive to work – whether you are already hooked and looking for your next great podcast, or you want to know where to start – this list will get you on track:

whether you are already hooked and looking for your next great podcast, or you want to know where to start - this list of 10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To - will get you on the right track.

The 10 Best Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Serial

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What is it? OK – so you’ve probably heard of this one but if not, it’s simply one of the best Podcasts around – Season 1 has Sarah Koenig and her crew investigating the murder trial of Adnan Syed – you really need to listen to season 1 first – not because they link together, but because it’s far better than season 2 (although 2 is still fascinating!)  If you loved Making a Murderer, this is the podcast for you!

Where to listen: www.serialpodcast.org

S-Town

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What is it?  From the creators of ‘Serial,’ ‘S-Town,’ a true crime podcast about John B. McLemore became an overnight sensation.  It starts out as one thing and throughout each episode it begins to morph into a totally different topic.

Where to listen: https://stownpodcast.org

Beautiful Anonymous

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What is it?  1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard – he listens to their crazy stories, and he can’t hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen!

Anna Faris is Unqualified

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What is it?  Not so great relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood Types.  Every week, Faris invites a celebrity guest or two over to her home and together, along with cohost/producer Sim Sarna, they take questions from callers, and also talk about their experiences with life, work, and love. Think of it as Marc Maron meets Dear Abby. It’s the perfect thing to listen to on a hike! Mindless and fun.

Where to listen: http://www.unqualified.com/

Up and Vanished

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What is it?   Up and Vanished is an investigative podcast that follows the case of Tara Grinstead, a beauty queen and high school teacher who disappeared from her Ocilla, Georgia, home in October 2005. Six months into the show’s run, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) announced an arrest after police received an anonymous tip. – which surprised even the show’s host – because this suspect never appeared on any official’s radar during the 11-year investigation.  It’s a fascinating investigation with many holes and mysteries.  Don’t Google the case – just listen and find out!

99% Invisible

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What is it?  99% Invisible is all about the design details we never think about—how people record sound at sporting events, or the placement of missing kids’ pictures on the back of milk cartons. It may sound random, but by the time each episode is over, these explorations illustrate larger truths about the world around us.

Where to listen:  http://99percentinvisible.org/

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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What is it? A fun and in-depth look at notable past events that you probably don’t know about.

Where to listen: http://www.missedinhistory.com/

Is your favorite podcast missing from this list?  Let us know in the comments!

About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

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