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This past fall, along with the rest of the world, I got hooked on the podcast Serial. I loved walking around the neighborhood listening to Sarah and Adnan (he was framed!), and once it ended, I wanted another podcast but didn’t know which were good. So, we asked my friend Kim Fusaro — an obsessive podcast enthusiast — to recommend seven of her favorites…


My husband and I started listening to podcasts on long car rides together because each of us has a limited tolerance for the other’s taste in music. (His: twangy blues sung by people named Jimbo. Mine: Top 40.) When we moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey, I found that listening to podcasts on my own made time in the car—back and forth from preschool and work and Trader Joe’s, sometimes all in the same day — a more little interesting than the aforementioned Top 40.

Here are seven podcasts I’m listening to that you might like, too.

IF YOU’RE Looking for dinner party conversation fodder
LISTEN TO This American Life
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT A mostly non-fiction narrative, This American Life, a weekly show on public radio, reminds me of watching 60 Minutes with my dad growing up. It has “won all the major broadcasting awards,” with good reason: The hour-long episodes are smart, thought provoking and entertaining. Each episode has a theme (e.g., summer camp, superpowers, neighbors, babies switched a birth) and typically features three to four wide-ranging stories on that topic.
TRY THIS EPISODE Break-Up

IF YOU’RE A parent or future parent
LISTEN TO The Longest Shortest Time
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT This podcast (by a mom in New Jersey) gets up close – sometimes uncomfortably so – and personal with what motherhood looks like to me: There’s anxiety and messy husband-wife dynamics and wanting to murder your ob-gyn when she says, “You’re fine to have sex!” six weeks after you gave birth. It also features stories about parents in atypical situations who are all trying do the exact same thing every parent is: their best.
TRY THIS EPISODE When Are You Gonna Be Normal Again?

IF YOU’RE Behind on your reading, but love a good story
LISTEN TO The Moth
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT This podcast features recordings of a live, on-stage series, where regular people tell five-minute personal stories. You’ll get a glimpse into the most memorable moments of their lives: a guy giving the world’s worst best man speech or a daughter dropping off coffee at her mom’s office — in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Writers and actors drop by, too, including Malcolm Gladwell, Ethan Hawke, Molly Ringwald and Annie Proulx.
TRY THIS EPISODE Listen Here, Fancy Pants!

IF YOU’RE A culture fanatic
LISTEN TO Fresh Air
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Fresh Air brings fascinating writers, actors, musicians and politicians (think: Lena Dunham, Larry David, Madonna) into one-on-one interviews with Terry Gross, the archetypal public radio host (thoughtful, velvety-voiced, lovably nerdy). Their conversations are so intimate you feel like you’re eavesdropping.
TRY THIS EPISODE Bradley Cooper on the Sniper Controversy

IF YOU’RE Fantasizing about starting your own company
LISTEN TO StartUp
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT In the words of its producers, StartUp is “a series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one.” This is a podcast you’ll listen to in order, starting with host Alex Blumberg’s first steps toward building a startup after walking away from his career as a radio journalist. (The first episode will make you cringe.) Spoiler alert: He succeeds. But not without hitting some major bumps along the way.
TRY THIS EPISODE How Not to Pitch a Billionaire

IF YOU’RE Looking for no-nonsense sex and relationship advice
LISTEN TO Savage Lovecast
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT I wish I could broadcast this show to my twentysomething self. Host Dan Savage answers listeners’ sex and relationship questions with extreme candor. It’s not for everyone, but between Q&As about how to ask an acquaintance to join in your threesome (!) there’s incredibly smart, straightforward, and empowering relationship advice. (Word of caution: The topics aren’t suitable for work, kids or shy listeners. And there’s a healthy amount of swearing.)
TRY THIS EPISODE Episode 441: Medical Questions

IF YOU’RE Missing Serial
LISTEN TO Undisclosed
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT This new podcast, which started on April 13, picks up where the wildly popular Serial podcast left off. Rabia Chaudry, the host (a lawyer in Serial), delves further into the 1999 murder of Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, “from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one.”
TRY THIS EPISODE There’s only one so far.

Tip: If you find a podcast you like, listen closely. Podcast narrators are ALWAYS recommending good new podcasts. Next on my to-try list are Love + Radio, which my husband won’t stop raving about, and On The Media, which explores how the media “sausage” is made. And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Thoughts? Do you listen to any other podcasts? We’d love to hear recommendations…

P.S. A Serial parody and one of my first Cup of Jo posts (about podcasts).

Kim Fusaro is the lead writer for Glamour’s weddings blog, Save the Date. She’s also an avid runner, a compulsive chocolate eater (hence the running), and the mother of two young children, one very old cat and a small dog.

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  1. Modern Love
    Death, Sex & Money
    and Sex with Emily is fun (if there are no little ears to hear)

  2. Thanks, this is what I need, I’ve been looking for a good podcast for some time :D

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  5. I love World Citizen Storycast :) I was interviewed on there last year!
    I also like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons, and Dear Sugar!

  6. Max Fun/NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn is probably the best culture interview show there is (besides Fresh Air.)
    The New York Public Library’s podcast sometimes has unbelievably great conversations between amazing writers and literary greats. (Toni Morrison and Angela Davis! Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Adichie!)
    For a fun and challenging look at US politics and Beyoncé from a Black progressive perspective: TWIB Prime

  7. Kara says...

    Stuff you missed in history class is hands down my favorite podcast! So addicting

  8. While my boyfriend and I were driving to Nashville ~approx. 3-4 hrs, we listened to The Moth podcast and LOVED it!! I especially loved that they were real people telling stories about their various awesome, sad, humorous and often times relatable stories. Thank you for sharing this!!

  9. Amanda says...

    Call Your Girlfriend is my absolute favorite! Also love Another Round and The Lively Show.

  10. Maggy says...

    Oh I love this list! My favorite, hands down, is NPR’s Radio Lab. They take an everyday situation and drill down on it- you start learning all these super interesting science/history/psychology things along the way. In fact, when Making a Murderer came out, I remembered their interview (“Reasonable Doubt”) with the woman who had originally put Steven Avery in jail- Penny Beernsten. They had picked up on the story a long time ago.!

  11. While my boyfriend and I were driving to Nashville ~approx. 3-4 hrs, we listened to The Moth podcast and LOVED it!! I especially loved that they were real people telling stories about their various awesome, sad, humorous and often times relatable stories. Thank you for sharing this!!

  12. Oooohhh, so happy to read this post. I’ve been absorbed to the point of feeling like my brain is going to explode by listening to the Smart Passive Income Podcast (which is super informative but overwhelmingly so) and Jess Lively (super-motivational-heart-warming-goodness). I’m ready to branch out, so thanks!

    Been listening to TAL for years. Make sure you listen to Switched at Birth. It’ll blow your mind. In a provocative and good way.

    • Jeanne Bragg says...

      I totally agree with you.
      I’ve tried to share this with a lot of people, because, as you said, it will BLOW YOUR MIND.

  13. Catherine Davis says...

    DEAR SUGAR is by far my favorite podcast ever!!

  14. Jenny says...

    Bringing Up Betty: True Tales of Special Needs Parenting. It’s like therapy.

  15. Holly Hemming says...

    The Splendid Table with Lynn Rossetto Kasper, love to listen to it while cooking on Sunday.

  16. allie vandermolen says...

    I think you would really enjoy “The First Day Back” podcast, about a documentary filmmaker exploring her jump back into her career after being away for 6 years of being a stay-at-home mom. It’s wonderful and thought provoking!

  17. Check out Sawbones if you haven’t already! Husband/Wife duo + their bits at the beginning are hilarious. Essentially, it’s a podcast about medical history, which can get pretty awesome.

  18. Another good podcast about movies, tv, and other pop culture is Rhyme et Reason Radio (rhymeetreason.com/podcast).

  19. I love podcasts!! My favorites are Smart Passive Income, The Tim Ferriss Show, The Potters House. Will definitely be checking out everyone else’s suggestions also, having an almost 1 hour drive to work in Miami traffic, podcasts help to pass the time! Great post!

    thestyleweaver.com

  20. JOAN says...

    I cannot stop listening to REAL SIMPLE magazine podcasts. Great listening.

  21. Ooh, you must check out the Street Market Podcast, where we interview traders from street markets in London and around the world. http://www.streetmarketpodcast.com/

    Brunch markets, fish markets, food truck markets…

    Recently, we did an episode featuring a trader who makes some of the best deep fried chicken & waffles I’ve ever tasted, and he also gave us a secret tip on how to make the perfect fried egg. Hope you enjoy!

    And we’d love your tips on your favourite markets, so let us know!

    Jess

  22. Karrie says...

    He was framed?! Nook! Joanna, I’m only in episode 9, and have gone so far with no spoilers ….until I read your post :-(

  23. sarah says...

    If you love Terri Gross style interviews:

    I love Desert Island Discs. It’s been around since the 1940s in theUK. Kirsty Young is a brilliant interviewer. Each guest (actors, writers, other cultural figures) chooses eight songs they would take to a desert island and as they discuss their life and career they talk about their favorite music. It is so entertaining.

  24. There are so many to love. Lately I have been enjoying:

    1. Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin
    2. On Being
    3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
    4. Dinner Party Download
    5. WTF with Marc Maron (been listening since the beginning)

    • sarah says...

      I love the Gretchen Rubin podcast too! If you like her, you might like the Savvy Psychologist. It is basically a 5-10 minute psychology lesson for anybody who wants better mental health.

      -how to be brave
      -how to deal with racist comments
      -tips for insomnia
      -how to make or break a habit

  25. Spilled Milk, Planet Money, Radiolab and Mom and Dad are Fighting are a few of my favorites. I love podcasts so much I started one with my next door neighbor! We’re The Girl Next Door Podcast, we always try a new cocktail and chat like neighbors and friends do.

  26. I’m late to the game here, but lately I’ve been addicted to the One Part Podcast series by Jessica Murnane. Each episode she interviews a different guest and although the stories are each different and unique in their own way, they are all inspirational in their own way as well!

  27. I’m late to the game here, but lately I’ve been addicted to the One Part Podcast series by Jessica Murnane. Each episode she interviews a different guest and although the stories are each different and unique in their own way, they are all inspirational in their own way as well!

  28. Great post and great comments! I listen to a bunch of the podcasts that were recommended but found a few more to subscribe to in the comments – thanks everyone!

    I just wanted to add my own recommendation for the
    THE CLASSIC TALES PODCAST.

    It’s such a great way to listen to classic audio short stories, or longer titles from popular and more obscure authors. Like PG Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Raphael Sabatini and HP Lovecraft. The narrator BJ Harrison does an amazing job with voices and bringing the stories to life! Really enjoy binge listening to this one.

  29. Great post and great comments! I listen to a bunch of the podcasts that were recommended but found a few more to subscribe to in the comments – thanks everyone!

    I just wanted to add my own recommendation for the
    THE CLASSIC TALES PODCAST.

    It’s such a great way to listen to classic audio short stories, or longer titles from popular and more obscure authors. Like PG Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Raphael Sabatini and HP Lovecraft. The narrator BJ Harrison does an amazing job with voices and bringing the stories to life! Really enjoy binge listening to this one.

  30. KM says...

    My friend Charlie – recent creative writing MFA grad and soon-to-be fullbright scholar in the UK has a hilarious podcast called serial dater that he sort of started on a whim but is really cute and funny (and you can feel good about yourself by supporting an up-and-coming NY-based writer while listening!)

    http://www.serialdaterpodcast.com/about/

  31. KM says...

    My friend Charlie – recent creative writing MFA grad and soon-to-be fullbright scholar in the UK has a hilarious podcast called serial dater that he sort of started on a whim but is really cute and funny (and you can feel good about yourself by supporting an up-and-coming NY-based writer while listening!)

    http://www.serialdaterpodcast.com/about/

  32. If you enjoyed Harry Potter when it came out but are reading it now to kids and stumble across some stuff you would have done differently as a teacher or really any adult in the books – I’d like to recommend “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”. It’s fanfiction, yes, but a great one. Here Harry is raised by loving parents: a happy aunt Petunia and a scientist Prof Evans Verres. Harry is an annoyingly smug know-it-all that reads all the time.It’s really complex, well-written and educational too.
    https://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/harry-potter-methods-rationality/id431784580?mt=2

    (because if you were Voldemort, you would have put a spell of unbreakability on all prophecies and timeturners and used the Pioneer Plaque to make a horcrux.)

  33. Thanks for the list of recommendations. I also really love The Life Coach School Podcast by Brooke Castillo! Life changing, or should I say Thought Changing. :)

  34. I adore The Dinner Party Download and How To Do Everything.

    Also, Stuff To Blow Your Mind :)

  35. If you’re the more contemplative, spiritual type, I highly recommend On Being with Krista Tippet. It’s another NPR show that’s available as a podcast, and Krista interviews a diverse range of guests, from spiritual leaders to poets (Mary Oliver my favorite episode! She reads “Wild Geese” aloud and it moved me to tears!) to musicians and social justice activists. The show is always thought-provoking, moving, and motivating. It makes me want to be a better human.

  36. I too had a Serial-shaped (but, seriously, WHAT IS the deal with Jay?!) hole in my life until I discovered Strangers.

    Start with the Love Hurts episodes…they are achingly beautiful. Not to mention the host, Lea, has a voice like honey.

  37. The Believer (part of Dave Eggers’ cultural empire) partnered with KCRW on a cool, quirky podcast called The Organist. I also love Reply All and Start-Up, and KCRW’s Bookworm for more nerdy interviews. I also love, love, love Latino USA for a more nuanced perspective on everyday life in North America, and then of course there’s the music podcasts! KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, the CBC Radio 3 podcast, All Songs Considered, Alt Latino… and so on.

    If you love contemplating mindfulness, check out: Tara Brach, Buddhist Geeks or the Interdependence Project.

    Happy listening :)

  38. From Scratch is my fave. jessica harris has great interviews with creative entrepreneurs. it’s so inspiring and her guests are great.

  39. I may be a bit older than some of your readers, but I have fond memories of listening to CBS Radio Mystery Theater back in the 1970s. I was a young teenager at the time, and would listen to this show as I was drifting off to sleep. All of the original episodes (over 1000!) are available to download.

    My husband and I also enjoy listening to old radio shows (from the 1930s and ’40s) when we’re on car trips. Many of these shows are available to download for free on archive.org

    • Oh that sounds interesting! Thanks for the tip. I’ve just downloaded that podcast now, I love to listen to podcasts when quilting. Good to keep the hands and eyes free. Thanks from Ireland x

  40. I definitely agree. i love listening to inspiring podcasts on my commute to work. I actually just started my own podcast that interviews women with a compelling story to share – whether that is nailing their dream job or thriving in the face of adversity. Here is a link to it. http://influentialgal.com/topics/podcast/

  41. I listen to the serious ones mentioned here too but I loooove podcasts that make me laugh so here’s my recs for you:

    Anything Earwolf network. I was so exciting to see a few other people recommending it too. My job is such that I listen to a lot of podcasts and I am officially known as the coworker who laugh-cries at my desk. I’m usually listening to: Comedy Bang Bang, Professor Blastoff, Hollywood Handbook, You Talking U2, or Lauren Lapkus’ With Special Guest (listen to today’s ep, from 4/17, completely improvised)…keep in mind these are all comedy and might take a little bit to “get into” but I am thoroughly addicted and it’s a little christmas every time a new one comes out.

  42. You gave away Serial for me, too! Wahhh. This is a great list though so thank you :)

  43. I may be the oldest (in age) commenter on here….so please excuse this question I am going to ask if you think I should already know the answer…I don’t.

    I just listened to The LIving Room (thanks for the suggestion here!). But I am confused. It said at the end of that podcast that it was from Love and Radio….but I found it on Radio Lab!. So is The LIving Room from Love and Radio, or from Radio Lab?? I want to subscribe but not sure who to subscribe with. Hope this makes sense to someone .

    • Laura says...

      I just listened to The Living Room, and I. loved. it. I think it originally aired on Love + Radio, and then was re-aired on Radio Lab as if to help promote L + R. Now I’ve been switching between the two, listening to what each has to offer. Both are good! I hope this finds you somehow so long after you posted the original question…

  44. Okay, I can’t help but throw this plug in here because I just started my own podcast. :) I’m an online dating coach and it’s a call-in dating and relationship advice show—I take live calls (unlike Dan Savage, mostly) and I’m a smaller show so you’re more likely to get on the air if you call me. :) http://5by5.tv/steady/ is where you can listen/subscribe/get more info!

    And as a podcast lover myself, I’ll throw in a few more I love—ATP for super dorky technical stuff, Back to Work for productivity (mostly), Rocket for smart ladies talking about tech (sensing a theme?), Reply All for internet geekery and delight, You Look Nice Today (not producing new episodes anymore) to go back and listen to silly humor, NPR’s Ask Me Another for geeky hilarious quiz show, Just the Tip for silly fun, Let’s Make Mistake for great design discussions/gripes, Planet Money to smarten up about the economy, and GRIT! if you hate your job. :) WHEW! And that’s just the one I think ACOJ readers might like!

  45. I always listen to Stuff You Should Know! It’s the best, full of random info about various topics. I couldn’t recommend it enough! I also loved Serial, and used to listen to Welcome to Night Vale (weird stories about a fictional town). They also have Ted Talks on there too.

  46. I just launched a science podcast for kids that I co-host with my husband. It’s a podcast you can listen to without worrying about mature situations or language, and we focus on subjects kids love.

    http://www.tumblepodcast.com

    I would also like to second every podcast mentioned in these comments! Just got into Imaginary Worlds, a podcast about scifi and fantasy genres, which I somehow love despite the fact that I don’t like scifi.

  47. Invisibilia! It is SO fantastic! I have a girl crush on Lulu Miller. She did an excellent Creative Mornings talk which you can find here: http://creativemornings.com/talks/lulu-miller/1

    Thanks for the suggestions! I listened to Serial based on your suggestion and was not disappointed. Can’t wait to listen to some of these!

  48. Great list! Had no idea there was a follow up podcast for Serial! Thank you!

  49. Another Dear Sugar fan here – Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond respond with such empathy and intelligence, I feel like I’m becoming a better person just by listening. I also love their guest advice-givers, like the brilliant George Saunders!

    Can’t wait to try some of these, especially the Slate podcast Mommy and Daddy Fighting.

  50. Oh and I can’t see that anyone else has mentioned the ‘Smart People’ podcast – ‘Conversations that satisfy your curious mind’. One of my favourites.
    Love podcasts and love this thread!

  51. Joy the Baker podcast is my favorite! Joy and her friend Tracy from Shutterbean.com are hilarious. Love those two–check it out!

  52. The podcast that got me to start listening to podcasts is the Joy the Baker podcast, with Shutterbean. They both have popular food blogs and they are hilarious. That paved the way for my love of podcasts!

  53. Nearly any time I get in the car (which is an awful lot, as I live in Los Angeles, and it comes with the territory), I switch on an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class. I wouldn’t call myself a huge history buff or anything – after reading thousands of pages for AP Euro/US history in high school, I was a little turned off of it, but I LOVE it.

    All of the hosts featured on the show have been awesome and everything is explained in a way that doesn’t make you feel bogged down by facts, but to get a feel for what it would be like to experience that time in history/event/etc.

  54. @StellaBlack – I KNOW – me too!

  55. I love podcasts! I HIGHLY recommend Death, Sex and Money and Strangers.

  56. I love ultrarunner podcast! It’s inspiring, and fascinating – even if I’ve never run more than a half marathon!

  57. I love 99% Invisible. It’s similar to This American Life, but it’s focused on design and architecture and it’s surprisingly fascinating!

  58. Another one that makes for excellent trivia knowledge and small talk topics is “Stuff You Should Know” – the guys have lovely humor too.

    Also “Stuff You Missed in History Class” is funny and the best for history lovers!

  59. I know it was mentioned previously, but The Memory Palace is just great. All episodes are 5-10 min snippets of American History but the storytelling and Nate Dimeo’s voice just make them so well done.

    I so love this post! Am always looking for a good podcast recommendation!

  60. Stuff You Should Know and Radiolab are my faves.

  61. Great post!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com
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  62. An awesome place for all kinds of genres of programs is https://archive.org/details/oldtimeradio. These shows are from the 40s – 70s (yes! the 70s), but many are still as fresh today as they were then.

    Suspense, The Whistler, and Lux Radio Theatre are some of the best.

    Enjoy!

  63. I love love podcasts! Started listening since 2007 (started with Pottercast lol and then This American Life and Fresh Air).

    Current faves:

    Call Your Girlfriend – I fifth all the other shoutouts! Ann and Aminatou are smarties and HILAR.

    Woolful – a high quality new podcast about knitting, weaving, sheep/spinning/dyeing, and other natural fiber arts! So comforting in the background and interesting.

    The Good Doctors – currently bingeing – Australian holistic doctors interview and talk about various health matters.

    A Taste of the Past – history of foods! Fascinating and comforting! Highly recommend.

    WTF with Marc Maron – Addicted to this one. Great celebrity/musician interviews and lots of insight into psychological health.

    Girl on Guy – Aisha Tyler is badass and a great host! Celebrity interviews.

    Radio Cherry Bombe – I miss this podcast so much – the host Julia Turshen is a cookbook writer and recipe tester and interviews women in the food industry. I can’t wait for the next season!

    Amateur Traveler Podcast – Travel!!!!!!! Usually an interview with someone who really knows the secrets of a spot.

    A Cast of Kings – Game of Thrones TV show podcast – book spoiler free!

    By The Way with Jeff Garlin – Celebrity interviews – gotta love them!

    After the Jump – Amazing Design Sponge podcast – interviews with design folks and also about entrepreunership. Highly recommend!

    The Station Agents – they watch an absurd amount of TV and then tell you what is the good stuff!

  64. This is great!

    She missed my favorite one though, “here’s the thing” which is an alec baldwin podcast where he interviews really interesting people in arts, sports and politics.

  65. A great list but I must add
    The Satellite Sisters

  66. I was on my way to work this morning, catching up on This American Life, and it hit me: A Cup of Jo is the This American Life of blogs. It’s true! I find myself at dinner with friends saying “Did you know that in Korea, babies clothes have holes in the butt and they don’t wear diapers?” or “Did your parents encourage you talk to strangers when you were a kid?” Thanks Joanna, for helping me sound a bit more interesting!

  67. M says...

    Come on – spoiler alert much?! I’m halfway through Serial, I guess I know how it ends now…

    I’m also really into 99% Invisible, Invisibilia, Being Boss and ShopTalk.

    I love using Overcast for listening to podcasts, it’s a great app.

  68. Oh what a great list, I haven’t heard any but the first. I love 99% invisible, radiolab, no such thing as a fish, grown ups read things they wrote as kids, criminal, allusonist and for the aussies who like interviews ‘conversations with richard fidler’.

  69. Loving the comments here!

    Also: That picture? How cute is that haircut?! So cute.

  70. Death, Sex, and Money! It’s like This American Life’s younger sister. Listen to “In sickness and in mental health”. So good!

  71. I injured my sternum riding a recumbent bicycle recently (I’m 27) and subsequently all the cartilage surrounding it would be on FIRE whenever I would breathe really hard or laugh. Nevertheless, this did not stop me from tuning into the flawless, raw HOLLYWOOD HANDBOOK (also of the Earwolf family), which definitely exacerbated the inflammation. Sean and Hayes interview their famous pals and have some “laffs” in the process. HIghly recommended for anyone who enjoys deadpan humor/dudes pretending to be pompous blowhards. In the same vein, shout out to Michael (Ian Black) and Michael (Showalter) on their pcast, Topics. Earwolf is such a goldmine.

  72. BBC Woman’s Hour

    I thank my lucky stars it’s a daily podcast. Love it!

  73. I love the Diane Rehm Show. Totally thought-provoking discussions on politics and current events and interviews with politicians, authors, everyone you can think of. And there’s never any yelling!

  74. I’d add the following the mix:
    The Dinner Party
    Lady to Lady
    BuzzFeed’s Internet Explorer,
    The Read
    Rona and Beverly.

  75. Dude, spoiler alert!! I’m glad to have found this list, but bummed that I know the ending of serial before I listen to it!

    • Miriam says...

      It’s not a spoiler alert, it is one person’s opinion!

    • Sarah says...

      Thank.you, Miriam! Reading these all (albeit six months later) and I’m like noooo–DUDE IS GUILTY!! No spoilers here, but maybe by now, everyone knows that. People I know were fairly polarized about Adnan by the end of the series.

  76. I love all the ones you listed! Some of my favorites are

    – FREAKONOMICS
    – 99% INVISIBLE
    – AMERICAS TEST KITCHEN
    – LOVE AND RADIO
    – STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

  77. “Strangers” on Radiotopia

  78. Oh and Invisibilia!! So interesting!

  79. Slates Mom and Dad are fighting is soo good! I discovered it last month and have been going through all the back episodes.

  80. How did this get made?! = laugh out loud with your headphones on, while looking insane to everyone else.

    Stuff you missed in history class = really interesting stories and historical fact for the nerd in you.

    For the kids- Brains On! (science podcast for kids of all ages, including little kids)

  81. I would also highly recommend Pop Culture Happy Hour – it’s exposed me to so many great things to read, watch, and listen to. I also love many of the Maximum Fun podcasts, in particular Judge John Hodgman and One Bad Mother. When I’m feeling a bit of wanderlust, I listen to Travel with Rick Steve’s.

  82. I would also highly recommend Pop Culture Happy Hour – it’s exposed me to so many great things to read, watch, and listen to. I also love many of the Maximum Fun podcasts, in particular Judge John Hodgman and One Bad Mother. When I’m feeling a bit of wanderlust, I listen to Travel with Rick Steve’s.

  83. I oddly started to listen to podcasts when all the buzz was going on about Serial, but I haven’t started Serial yet. I started with “Nerdist,” got a recommendation from a friend for “Judge John Hodgman” but tried it at an odd time when it was a couple of lame shows back to back so I’ve fallen out of that habit. I don’t get a chance to listen to the NPR/WNYC shows very often anymore because I’m not around at the right time so podcasts have been so great for me to just keep up with “Fresh Air” and “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me.”

    Just started with Marc Maron’s “WTF.” I like it but it’s not for everybody, he’s an odd, gruff guy but I’ve been a fan of his for a long time.

    I love advice columns and have read Dan Savage for a long time, so I totes listen to Savage Lovecast and started on Dear Sugar recently after Savage mentioned it. I like how in-depth they get, I guess they do a column too? (Repeat/hyperbolize: Advice.Column.Junkie.Right.Here.) Also curious about “Death, Sex & Money” after a crossover episode with Savage, looks like it’s a yes from what other comments say!

    I’m into Slate’s Culture Gabfest but I didn’t know about the parenting one, will have to add that to my list!

  84. nothing new here, but I must enthusiastically second / add:
    Mom and Dad Are Fighting! the only parenting podcast (so far) that I’ve found that I enjoy
    Pop Culture Happy Hour: great rapport, lots of fun
    Extra Hot Great: also a pop culture podcast but snarkier
    Risk!: like a very NSFW version of The Moth
    WTF with Marc Maron- I don’t personally enjoy his portion of the show, but he does the best interviews that are so personal and candid- so if there’s someone featured that you are curious about, you should definitely check it out. Conan is a great one to start with
    Throwing Shade: two great LA comics talk about culture and issues affecting women and the gay community . . . I frequently LOL at this one
    Thanks for the list & the comments, all! :)

  85. I love this topic! I listen to a podcast every morning when I’m getting ready/on the subway. My new favorite is “You Made It Weird”. It’s looooong, which almost made me pass it up, but the guests are so hilarious and interesting that the 2+ hours running time flies by

  86. Call your Girlfriend
    The Right Reasons (Grantland’s reality TV podcast, with hilarious Jacoby and Juliet)
    The Ethicists (NYT)
    Vulture’s TV podcast
    The Great Debates