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6 Great Podcasts

6 Great Podcasts

Have you listened to any great podcasts lately? (That’s almost a rhetorical question — there are that many good ones out these days.) Last year we wrote about eight favorites, and since then we’ve discovered many more. Here are six compelling podcasts, and we’d love to hear your suggestions…

IF YOU Want something gripping
LISTEN TO Homecoming
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Homecoming is the first fiction podcast I’ve ever listened to. The psychological thriller — doled out in 25-minute episodes — is performed by a group of star-studded actors. Catherine Keener plays the lead role as an earnest caseworker at an experimental treatment facility, The Homecoming Initiative, which helps solders re-integrate after military service. David Schwimmer is her tough-headed boss, and the actor Oscar Isaac, who starred in the 2015 Star Wars film The Force Awakens, is the soldier trying to keep his demons in check. Sound awesome? It is. Each episode brings together brilliant character acting, meticulous sound effects and a musical score.
TRY THIS EPISODE The three-minute Homecoming Trailer (because, no spoilers)

IF YOU Like to eavesdrop
LISTEN TO Beautiful/Anonymous
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT The premise of this podcast is the reason it’s so compelling. An anonymous caller is recorded having an hour-long phone conversation with the host — actor and comedian Chris Gethard — who knows nothing in advance about who he’s talking to or what they want to talk about. The conversations feel like the blindest of all blind dates, and while they can sometimes be quotidian (like an amusing discourse on getting a passport renewed), they’re often profound (one caller talks about realizing she was married to a child molester). Every time I listen to an episode unspool, I feel filled with empathy for these strangers and closer to my fellow humans overall.
TRY THIS EPISODE Married to a Monster

IF YOU’RE Into true crime stories
LISTEN TO My Favorite Murder
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT One of the tag lines of My Favorite Murder is “check your anxiety at the door,” and while that’s not entirely possible when you’re talking about killers, the comedian hosts (and major true crime fans) Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark somehow make their show both lighthearted and dark. Here’s how it works: They discuss their own favorite murder tales and listen to hometown stories submitted by fans. Hilarious banter ensues. On first listen, the setup feels a little jarring — how on earth can they be so dishy about real cases? — but then they begin to feel like friends with whom you’d have this exact conversation while sitting around your living room.
TRY THIS EPISODE My Firstest Murder

IF YOU Need a hug
LISTEN TO Dear Sugar
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT At the top of every episode, listeners are reminded of this: “The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick.” Originating from Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond’s cult advice column on the site The Rumpus, the two are now together again in podcast form. They field questions from listeners, who are often at their most vulnerable, on topics like relationships and addiction; and then the duo provides warm advice. You’ll want to print out everything Cheryl Strayed says in her sweet, twangy voice as a motivational poster. For example: “The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.”
TRY THIS EPISODE When Your Loved Ones Just Don’t Get It

IF YOU’RE Uninhibited
LISTEN TO The Heart
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Do you, like me, usually listen to podcasts alone? Then try this one — it’s a very intimate experience. All about love and sex, The Heart has a way of turning what host Kaitlin Prest calls “deliciously smutty feminist audio pieces” into intimate stories that stay in your head for weeks. But: a quick listening tip. Almost any topic is fair game, from heartbreak to oral sex (with, omg, real audio!). It’s good to press play with your wits about you.
TRY THIS EPISODE The Smell

IF YOU Can only choose one
LISTEN TO Call Your Girlfriend
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Let me go out on a limb. I would argue that if you could only add one new podcast to your repertoire, this should be the one. The series has a bit of everything: girl talk, news, culture, food, humor, earnestness… BuzzFeed has called it a “Big Important Podcast,” and its huge cult following helped it reach #2 on iTunes last year. Hosted by digital strategist Aminatou Sow and her real-life bestie, journalist Ann Friedman, each episode is a wide-ranging conversation between the two smart women about the week’s zeitgeist, from Internet memes to the election. Every other episode is a Phone-a-Friend, featuring interviews with their awesome peers, like San Francisco illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and New York Times reporter Jenna Wortham.
TRY THIS EPISODE Comfort Hoodie

What have you been loving lately? Please share below…

P.S. 8 more amazing podcasts.

(Photo of Elton John in 1974 by D. Morrison.)

  1. The Rich Roll podcast is utterly fantastic – inspiring conversations with inspiring change-makers, entrepreneurs, enlightenment-seekers, and others.

    http://www.richroll.com/category/podcast/

    “Each week Rich delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality. Intimate, deep and often intense, these are not interviews. They are conversations. A weekly aural dance designed to provoke, educate, inspire and empower you to discover, uncover, unlock and unleash your best, most authentic self.”

  2. Lucia says...

    I have to say, I love Anna Faris’ “Unqualified” podcast – it’s hilarious. Listen to the Aubrey Plaza episodes if you’re a little bit weird (like me) and also Chelsea Handler episodes if you’re a generally loud/vocal person (like me). All are hilarious.

    And of course, must listen to Alec Baldwin’s “Here’s The Thing” and Guy Raz’ “How I Built This.”

    xx

  3. An excellent collection of podcasts. Thanks for these incredible resources!

  4. Louise says...

    I might be a little late to the game (forgive me I’m a Brit!) but love Pod Save America, especially ‘Obama’s Last Interview’. Definitely worth a listen.

  5. LRVI says...

    I know this thread is old, but I would like to add
    radioambulante.org
    The podcast is in spanish, but it usually have a transcript in english too.
    If you’re spanish speaking or you’re interested in the culture of latinos in USA, this podcast is awesome!

  6. Lauren says...

    I just started (and listened to all of the episodes) “terrible, thanks for asking”. I cried through every episode, but it was incredible to listen to such strong, inspiring and empowering stories. It is conversations started by Nora McInerny, in response to the question “how are you feeling”, and actually answering honestly. I can’t recommend it enough.

  7. Yes! I love Cheryl and Steve from Dear Sugar! They’re so real and they listen to so many situations without being judgmental or snarky. AND they offer some tangible solutions! A guilty pleasure podcast I love is “Hey Ladies Who Lunch”. I don’t agree with all their viewpoints, but it’s an interesting listen!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co

  8. Lauren R says...

    The timing of this post couldn’t be better! I just accepted a job with a 1 hour commute each way and will be needing these to pass the time :)

  9. Julie says...

    The Sporkful! Food, society, culture and food traditions. Serious podcast but also humorous.

  10. catarina p batista says...

    Can’t wait to start on these podcasts <3

  11. Kate says...

    Oh i just love some good podcast recommendations!! Thanks. I think you also recommended the Reply All podcast – that’s been my favorite recently. I just went back and listen to the Zardulu episode and just felt like my mind was exploding!

  12. Danielle says...

    I just listed to all of Homecoming, it was so good! I was so tense through a few parts. Thanks for the recommendation!

  13. Lia says...

    “Second date update” from new country 96.3 KSCS in Dallas. It’s amazing, they are kind and it’s quick and amazing

  14. I’ve only heard of a few of these and I like to think of myself as sort of in the podcast “know”. Great list! I also host my own show. If I were to add it to this list…

    IF YOU want a boost from fellow creative women
    LISTEN TO Our Style Stories: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/our-style-stories/id668432386?mt=2

    I interview creative women from a variety of fields and artistic journeys. Each podcast episode is accompanied by a “Style Story” profile where I take readers on a tour of their life at home and in the studio. We cover topics such as creative work, personal style, daily habits, work/life balance, girlboss-ness, momboss-ness and generally all the cool lady stuff we’re eager to learn from each other.

    I hope you get a chance to listen!

  15. Lenna says...

    A bit late to the party here, but I have to chime in with some light-hearted fare for when you just can’t stand the news anymore:

    The Worst Idea of All Time – Two dudes from New Zealand force themselves to watch the same movie, once a week, for a year. Seasons have so far included “Grown Ups 2” and “Sex and the City 2.” The premise is ridiculous, and to hear their reactions evolve over a 52-week period from glee to astonishment to weariness to despair to HOPE is resoundingly entertaining. That any person could resolve to continually analyze the underrated comedic prowess of David Spade is truly amazing. The hosts’ rapport is delightful and genuine. It is a must-listen show.

  16. SBT says...

    Harry Potter and the Sacred Text is mind blowing; it’s a few folks from Boston, re reading Harry Potter through themes (like a sacred text). It’s academic, quirky, and personal. It’ll make you think twice about living, as well as the beauty of the books.

  17. I just went through and read all the comments…soo many good ones already mentioned! I’ll try to mention some that others haven’t talked about:
    -Strangers (I can’t not mention it, my absolute favorite…so moving)
    -The Jealous Curator: Art for Your Ear – If you’re into art at all, every week Danielle Krysa interviews a currently working artist about their work, their process, etc.
    -How I Built This (different from other entrepreneurial podcasts because it tells stories of businesses that are very successful now, not still in the startup phase
    -A Few Things with Claire and Erica (the founders of Of A Kind) – they talk about new products they’re loving, and really anything they are really into at the moment. They call themselves “Professional Enthusiasts”
    -I also love all the usual suspects: Radiolab, Death Sex and Money, Serial, Criminal, This American Life, StartUp, Reply All, Modern Love

    Can’t wait to add more to my list!

  18. Laura-london says...

    On the 10th anniversary of my friend’s murder, I am bothered by society’s current obsession and flippancy with murder and murderers.

    Murderers kill people in terrible, painful, terrifying ways. And in murdering, murderers also unravel the lives of the network surrounding the victim in life-altering and life-affecting ways.

    Can we not find a list of podcasts that uplift and make us better people who contribute to society in meaningful ways?

    • Cynthia says...

      Laura -I lost my sister and my niece in a horrific double homicide almost 15
      years ago. I agree with your comments. I refuse to watch the murder-centric programs on TV. I definitely would not want to listen to a murder-centric podcast.

  19. Radiolab for when I feel like listening to info-laden podcast and mortified for when I feel like ROFL.

  20. Justine says...

    Thanks for this article and for everyone’s comments – what a treat to get all these great recos. The West Wing WEEKLY?! I was just looking at the old boxed set of DVDs in my basement this afternoon. Amazing. The obsession continues….

  21. Italia Lopez says...

    Thanks Lexi,

    The guide you made last year introduced me to some awesome podcasts, including Another Round (which became a favorite, so thanks again! :)). I’m definitely going to give a listen to the ones on this list.

  22. Cortne says...

    Jo,
    I just listened to your sister’s episode of Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and it was so beautiful and heartbreaking and cathartic and funny all wrapped into a podcast. I am just so in awe of her strength and grace and her story, and I thank her for sharing it so bravely with us. Also, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, is another amazing podcast, I’m not sure if you’ve posted about it before but I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone going through anything, or even if you just want a little slice of the human experience.
    Anyways, happy Monday!
    Cheers!
    Cortney

  23. Noelle says...

    Great Debates is one of my all time favorites. Two comedy writers (and occasionally fun guests) debate ridiculous topics (like “Fish tastes good”).

  24. Faye says...

    Last Weeks Balls is an amazing podcast! It’s two best friends talking about Sports and dating. Give a listen!
    http://lastweeksballs.com/

  25. Laura C. says...

    I am SO ANNOYED that here we have no podcasts. It would be really nice to listen to a good one while cleaning up or taking the bus… I’d like to hear those that you suggest, but I’m afraid that my English is not that good.😕

    • K says...

      Guess you’ll have to start your own! ;)

  26. Jess says...

    The Pandolly podcast makes me laugh out loud on the train (like, actually)

  27. Ann says...

    How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black – he is a surprisingly good interviewer and I have enjoyed many of the guests.

    The Hilarious World of Depression with John Moe – I was slightly confused at first about the positioning… but after listening to the first episode it made more sense…he is using humor to tackle the stigma.

    Trying Call Your Girlfriend now – thanks for the recos!

  28. Amanda says...

    My two ride-or-die podcasts are Reply All and Strangers. The stories are always so interesting and unlike any other podcasts I’ve heard…and I listen to A LOT!

    I pretty much agree with everyone’s comments but a few great ones that haven’t been mentioned are: NPR’s Making Oprah , Criminal, BBC’s The Documentary and Tall Tales and True (which is kind of like an Australian version of The Moth).

    Podcasts have definitely got me cleaning and exercising more…I’ll just keep running because I’ve got to hear how the story ends! Living in regional Australia sometimes I feel so removed from the rest of the world. Podcasts make me feel like I’m connecting with people and places from all over.

    I would love, love, love to hear a Cup of Jo podcast with you ladies!

  29. How I Built This and Side Hustle School

  30. Jane says...

    My main podcasts are This American Life, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (I was a contestant on that show once!), Radiolab, and Young House Love. I put them on when I’m doing housework – it makes chores enjoyable!

  31. Maeve says...

    Ghosted Stories! Sometimes it about being ghosted, or ghosting on others, and sometimes its just people talking about the difficulties of modern dating. I love it!

  32. Penny says...

    DOUGHBOYS is pretty special. It’s really the nerdiest thing I’ve ever listened to and it’s my fave podcast now.

    Two intelligent, probably on the autistic spectrum, extremely funny guys discuss and debate fast food chains with the earnestness of Supreme Court lawyers making closing arguments.

    It’s ridiculous (and extremely compelling) how funny this is.

    Also a murderino here. MFM is a comedy podcast first and foremost, and the hosts are at their best when NOT talking about murder imo.

    My dream would be a podcast with Karen, Georgia and Alie Ward (from SLUMBER PARTY – Georgia’s other podcast which I love even more than MFM!).

  33. Benita says...

    Thank you for the suggested podcasts. I am a music teacher by profession so I have suggestions that are ‘different’. Here are my suggestions:
    Performance Today Piano Puzzler– for musicians who have studied music most of their lives
    Ask Me Another– fun, funny, sometimes irreverent quiz show
    NYT Popcast– just started listening to it… about music; blunt but informative
    Switched on Pop–in depth discussion about sundry musical subjects
    Money Girl Quick & Dirty Tips — financial subjects discussed with clarity; so well done!!
    Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers — Helping educators maximize their time in the classroom; great food for thought
    Good Job, Brain! A trivia show with explanation; It should be called Good Job, You Did Your Homework!

  34. Shira says...

    I’ve been listening to the “How I Built This” podcast based on your previous recommendation, and I love it. I checked out the ones recommended in this post, and they all seem to be over an hour each! Does anyone have any recommendations for podcasts that are about 30 minutes per episode?

    • Sofia says...

      Heavyweight! I couldn’t recommend it enough.
      Death, Sex and Money is also usually about half an hour, if you haven’t checked that one out yet.
      Surprisingly Awesome is also a fun one where you can learn interesting thing about all these apparently uninteresting topics.

    • Sofia says...

      I just remembered one of my go-to, Criminal, is also usually around 30mins and The Revisionist History (by Malcom Gladwell!) that I’ve been listening to lately and finding super interesting.

    • I struggle with this too; I like to be able to listen to a full episode on my 30 min commute. Something I’ve found very helpful is using the Overcast app for all my podcast listening! It has a feature called “Smart Speed” that shortens silences without any distortion, saving some time! It also has the ability to speed it up, which I realize a lot of apps have, but there are many intervals to this function rather than just 1x or 2x. I listen on the step just above normal, so very rarely do I think of it as being faster than normal but I make my way through episodes faster! Check it out and see if it helps.

  35. Ellen says...

    Thanks for tips on new podcasts. I am looking forward to giving Call Your Girlfriend, My Dad wrote a Porno, and How Did This Get Made a listen! As an information/story junkie and have about 24 podcasts in my Stitcher feed.
    Some current favorites are (already mentioned by others and possibly on previous lists):
    Slate’s XX — and Slate’s Political Gabfest, Culture Gabfest, and Slate Money are all great, and now Trumpcast is just terrifying
    Strangers — super compassionate
    Reveal — quality in depth reporting
    Note to Self — exploring how tech is changing our lives and the host is fantastic
    The Read — sassy, smart, and pretty raw at times
    99% Invisible — backstory details on all sorts of interesting things
    So many good ones!!!

  36. Claire says...

    I would encourage everyone to listen to Another Round. The hosts obviously like and respect each other alot and have VERY funny personal conversations about politics, period pain, job advice etc etc etc. They have great guests and it feels inspirational and reassuring. Additionally, I am a white person living in Europe and whilst I always consider myself an open and “woke” person who embraces and cheers-on all women, regardless of culture or background, it is very eye-opening and humbling to be allowed to listen in on this intimate conversation between two African American ladies who have this whole other experience of achieving great things in life without the priviledge society gives white people. I feel a deeper understanding of my fellow woman when I tune in each week to my favourite podcast.

  37. So many great recommendations, thanks all! I subscribe to: 1) Unqualified with Anna Faris, which is just so damn charming; 2) the Nerdist, don’t let the title mislead you – it’s usually a great conversation about people’s work as well as their home life and interests; 3) You Must Remember This, which is amazing stories about Hollywood’s golden era from a fantastic journalist.

  38. Miriam says...

    I always love getting new podcast recommendations. There are so many great ones here & in the comments that I doubt can add anything new but just in case you’re interested these are a few of my current favourites:

    – The West Wing Weekly – I didn’t know it was possible for me to fall more in love with The West Wing, one of my favourite TV shows ever, but listening to this podcast has made me love & appreciate it more than ever!
    -Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin – Fascinating interviews & his voice is so soothing!
    -Radiolab Presents: More Perfect – a short series about pivotal US Supreme Court cases that has concluded but is so fascinating even for someone outside the US
    -Maeve in America – a series about immigration by an Irish comedian who has immigrated to the US. It hasn’t been out long & she has already interviewed some really fascinating people & discussed some very deep issues, but with her own unique & often lighthearted Maeve Higgins style.
    -The Sporkful – Who doesn’t love to talk about food? And another wonderful voice.
    -This American Life – This is an obvious one but if you’re not listening you should be!
    -99% Invisible
    -NPRs Pop Culture Happy Hour

  39. LaurenAlyse says...

    I’m a huge My Favorite Murder junkie- my boyfriend bought me tickets to the live show for Christmas! I’m so excited to see them live- Karen and Georgia really are the true-crime obsessed bffs I’ve always wanted and never had. If you’re into true crime/justice, I highly recommend CBC’s Someone Knows Something – Canadian cold case investigations apparently have the kind of real compassion and care that is lacking in American cold case file shows… You don’t feel like you’re violating some poor family’s privacy, you’re actually watching justice unfold. Love it

    • Marian says...

      If you like true crime, try Sword and Scale. It is a biweekly podcast so interesting that I find myself waiting patiently for the next episode.

    • Murderino here too! I just started Something Knows Something (1st season) and it is pretty good. I also subsrcibed to Up and Vanished as a recommendation from the MFM facebook group, I believe, and like it a lot as well. My very favorite, besides MFM of course, is Accused – so good, well done, entertaining. It’s only 9 or so episodes, but it made for great entertainment while cleaning and commuting!

      The first time I listened to MFM I was a little taken aback – it felt a little like sitting in on a conversation between two good friends you don’t know, so I wasn’t sure about it. But now I am obsessed with it!

  40. Jill says...

    Guilty Feminist is pretty hilarious. It always starts with confession submissions from listeners with the line “I’m a feminist but…”

  41. Sarah Fox says...

    “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” with Nora McInerny – you will cry (100% guarantee) but it is a must listen especially if you are struggling with grief or loss or heartache. Heres the description from the podcasts homepage…
    “You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.”
    https://www.apmpodcasts.org/ttfa/

  42. My Favorite Murder is everything….

  43. emily says...

    love all the podcasts you listed! My 2 new recent favorites have been :
    1. Nocturne – all episodes are stories about people in the night – there was an episode about the night editor for the huffington post who has worked from 10pm to 7am her entire 20 year career, another about couples who have trouble sleeping in the same bed together.

    2. Strangers – stories about regular people going through incredible circumstances – some are darker than others. She followed a woman with cancer through all her treatments, there was an episode all about chance encounter love stories, another was about a woman whose perfect husband turned out to be a pedophile. A totally mixed bag of captivating glimpses into other people’s lives.

    • Ellen says...

      I absolutely agree about Strangers there are so many great episodes. The most recent about the family with the open adoption family attempting to combined the birth mother and her other children into one large family is so well told. I am eager for the next segment

  44. My top favorite podcast is The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey! Super encouraging & interesting, and she always interviews a different guest per week.

  45. Gabrielle says...

    I just discovered ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’; a hilarious man and his two friends hilariously read and analyze his father’s erotica novels.

  46. Stephanie says...

    My favorites are Happier with Gretchen Rubin, The Other F Word, The West Wing Weekly, Note to Self, Side Hustle School and Young House Love Has A Podcast. But I just subscribed to three on your list and can’t wait to listen! Thanks for the suggestions.

  47. I know podcasts are such a thing right now, but I have yet to listen to many (besides Serial, duh, and Invisibilia, which was awesome!). So thanks for the recs! Question though – do most people download the podcasts to listen? I just can’t imagine using that much data every day to stream them (when I’m driving, for instance).
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

    • I always download podcasts on my podcast app when I’m on wifi, then listen wherever I am! Mostly driving, but also on walks, doing dishes, folding laundry, etc. Love them!

    • Emma says...

      Yes, I download episodes ahead of time when I know I’ll be listening to them on the road or somewhere I can’t get WiFi. Once you’re finished listening to them, they’ll be automatically deleted from your device, so they won’t take up all your storage space.

    • I download ahead too – well Player FM does it for me (I’m on Android), I have it set that it automatically downloads new episodes of shows I’m subscribed to (but only when I’m on WiFi). When I had an iPhone I just used the native Podcast app. :)

    • Tara says...

      Another idea if you have an old phone around that isn’t hooked to cell service anymore is to use that for podcasts so it will only download on wifi and you don’t have to worry about the data usage. And then I am not constantly running down the battery on my phone either.

  48. Courtney says...

    My Favorite Murder is THE BEST PODCAST EVER (The Mary Vincent episode is mesmerizing). In a similar vein, if you like MFM you’ll most likely love another podcast often plugged on MFM call The Last Podcast on the Left. Other Recommendations: Crime Town and Someone Knows Something. Happy Listening!

  49. So excited to try these out! Thanks for the tips! It’s funny how podcasts have become such a thing. My friend and I started one (in Swedish) a few months ago. Such a great medium!

  50. Linda says...

    Still Processing!
    It is a New York Times culture podcast hosted by Times writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris.
    It’s funny because ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ was my favorite podcast. I stumbled onto Still Processing, which took the crown.
    The commentary and analysis is in-depth and analytical (to be expected from two NYT writers) but also fresh and hip.
    They are smart, witty and speak with such articulation- I want to grow up to be them (except i’m already 34!).
    also, i sort of love that the podcast both addresses race yet also transcends it. both hosts are black americans, though this is not a “black” podcasts. Rather, both hosts are just articulate and funny people that so happen to be black. Their race isn’t ignored though it isn’t focused on. I find it lovely and interesting to hear about their black experience that sometimes shines through (i’m chinese american).

  51. Katherine says...

    I love podcasts and am always looking for recommendations – thanks so much for this list of new ones to check out!

    My favorites have been:
    -Twice Removed (so fascinating to hear an entire podcast about the guest’s genealogy! The Dan Savage episode was particularly great)
    -On Being with Krista Tippett (her voice is so relaxing and she’s such a thoughtful interviewer – the podcast explores the topic of spirituality and all its iterations, but in a comfortable, curious way instead of a weird convert-y way)
    -Girl on Guy. Aisha Tyler is amazing.
    -The West Wing Weekly, because I’m such a fan.
    -Song Exploder (a short podcast that has musicians break down their songs. It’s fascinating!)
    -Maeve in America (an Irish comedian in the States explores immigration stories. They’re funny and heartwarming all at the same time)
    -See Something Say Something (Buzzfeed writer Ahmed Ali Akbar interviews Muslims in the US about their experiences – it’s funny and smart.)

    • Olma says...

      Yes! I love Maeve in America.
      Very quirky sense of humor.
      Especially 37 Roundtrips from Shanghai to San Mateo. The woman featured on that episode should be ruling the world. Amazing.

  52. Lisa Christiansen says...

    Big fan of this site, so I thought I’d share my own podcast.
    Do you like feminism and pop culture. We do too!
    http://popthiscollective.tumblr.com/

  53. Meg says...

    Terrible, Thanks for Asking is illuminating and full of heart.

    Undone is bite-sized thinky.

    Pro Publica rebooted its podcast recently – if you’re into the process of quality investigative journalism (which I hope to see a rise in!), seeing how the sausage is made is interesting.

  54. Ahhh what a brilliant post, thank you! I’ve recently been listening to podcasts when I find myself having a few moments alone (driving home from work on my own, unexpectedly), or taking a bath. I’ve found it so relaxing but also inspiring, so I’ve been seeking out more… this post couldn’t be better timed!

    I’d like to give the anonymous phone call podcast a go first, I think… or Dear Sugar. Thank you for writing about them here. :)

    Flora
    http://www.theeverchanginghome.com

  55. Mollie says...

    I love reading what podcasts people are into! I highly recommend pretty every podcast put out by Gimlet Media. They produce Homecoming, which as you say is SO gripping, and they have sooo many other great podcasts: Reply All, Crimetown, Mystery Show (which was sadly cancelled but the one season is fantastic), Heavyweight, and Science Vs are all so great!

    • jill says...

      Mystery Show was CANCELLED? NOOOO! It was amazing! I thought they were just on hiatus, doing Season 2.

  56. Linds says...

    My personal favorite is called the Liberation Project. It’s technically geared towards men, but the advice works for everyone and it’s kind of fun having a window into the guys world. It’s a personal growth podcast and they cover tons of topics and have interviews including Kellan Lutz and Brian Head Welch.

    The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe is short enough to keep my attention and I l love hearing the background stories of well known people!

  57. Isabelle says...

    A great new CBC podcast in the true crime genre is called Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams. It’s really gripping and well done. The host is Indigenous which adds another layer that’s not always there when you hear about these stories.

    • julie says...

      Connie Walker and her team did such an incredible job with this podcast.

  58. Emily says...

    “How Did This Get Made” – is a truly hilarious podcast about terrible movies (warning: language, vulgarity). Good episode to start with is “Face Off”

    • Tiff says...

      so funny! Did you listen to the “Teen Witch” one??

    • Heather says...

      The fast and the furious episodes are all so funny. June Diane Raphael kills me.

  59. JLW says...

    I can’t recommend “Sleep with Me” enough, if you have trouble falling asleep.

  60. Alison says...

    Call Your Girlfriend is a favorite of mine too. I also love Another Round, which has a similar vibe but more interviews. And I’m LOVING the new NPR Making Oprah podcast – just bummed it’s so short!

  61. Jenna says...

    I really like Alec Baldwin’s podcast. His voice is so smooth and comforting but he is such a good interviewer. He makes the people he interviews really dig deep and relive their journey to where they are today. I have mostly listened to the ones with other celebrities but he also interviews journalists, academics, and others. Really, really good!

  62. Ana says...

    This is one of my faaaavorite topics!!
    I have a huge list so apologies in advance:

    Why Oh Why (I love to hate Randy)
    2 Docs Talk (the most recent one on obesity was pretty informative)
    Terrible, Thanks for Asking
    How I Built This (I loved hearing about Ali Webb who founded DryBar)
    Fresh Air (it’s just awesome)
    Good Life Project
    The Axe Files with David Axelrod (been learning a lot about politics)
    Freakonomics Radio
    Happier with Gretchen Rubin
    TED Radio Hour
    This American Life
    Radiolab
    Modern Love
    10% Happier with Dan Harris
    Here’s the thing with Alec Baldwin
    Dear Sugar
    Hidden Brain
    NPR Politics podcast
    BBC Global News podcast
    Twice Removed (still have to try)

    Also where is the next season of Serial?!?!

    Love your blog :)

  63. Leah says...

    Adding some of these to my podcast lineup! If you’re a foodie, Prince Street is pretty great, too.

  64. I love Lena Dunham’s “Women of The Hour.” Lena is so witty and wonderful and it’s fun hearing her banter with the guests.

  65. Lauren says...

    Who? Weekly! It so entertaining and lighthearted. The premise of the show is that it is “Everything you need to know about the celebrities you don’t.” Bobby and Lindsey do the best job of telling you all about D, E, and F list celebs and their goings on.

  66. For those of you who like documentary style podcasts, can I suggest Not By Accident? It’s such a stunning and touching story of a single, lesbian woman deciding to become a mother. I’m a huge podcast fan and listen to tons a week but this one just holds a special place in my heart. Sophie Harper is a documentary film maker by trade so the way that she weaves together the story is just magic.

    • Brittany says...

      Thanks for this suggestion! I just started the series today based on your suggestion and am already hooked.

    • Oh I’m so glad! I know its not for everyone because it details the journey of early motherhood (I’m not a mom and don’t plan to be for a very long time) but I just find the story so engaging and so unique!

  67. I’ve been looking for something new to listen to. Thanks for the list. I think I would try Beautiful/Anonymous first. It’s so intriguing.

  68. Lizzy says...

    REVEAL! Listen to it. It’s so good for in-depth news stories you may not otherwise read about. I always have a listen on my long drive home from work. I also enjoy listening to Her Money… super empowering and informative!!!

    • Ellen says...

      Reveal is a great one!

  69. Beth says...

    I love The Longest Shortest Time, it is a great parenting podcast!

    • Allie Manch says...

      I second that!

  70. If you love Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar, you should read Tiny Beautiful Things- essentially a ‘best of’ in book form. You don’t need to print them out! They’re already in print :D

  71. Heather says...

    I can see from these recommendations that Lexi loves chatty podcasts! My husband and I are both addicted to podcasts, but I only listen to the more documentary-style/journalistic/newsy/educational ones (Radiolab, reply all, TAL, science vs., revisionist history, freakonomics, planet money) and he only listens to ones where a bunch of comedians sit around shooting the breeze. I can’t bear the chit chat, but then again I am also the person at work who is anxious for people to stop rehashing what they did over the weekend at the beginning of meetings so we can get down to business. 😊

    • Heather says...

      Lest this be missed in my comment, I’m not criticizing Lexi’s taste in podcasts at all. My favorite person in the world also loves chatty podcasts. I wonder: Lexi, are you an extrovert by any chance?

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Haha, Heather, this made me laugh. No, I’m a major introvert (Stella and I bond over this), and I love documentary and news podcasts, too! We’ve done a bunch of podcast posts over the past few years and are always changing it up. (Also, Homecoming and The Heart are definitely not in that category!) Here are a few past posts, if you’d like to peruse:

      http://cupjo.co/2bD8T1Q Best podcast episodes
      http://cupjo.co/1SSO29G Best podcasts overall (2016)
      http://cupjo.co/1Onq3HM Best podcasts overall (2015)
      http://cupjo.co/2cTzeVk On How I Built This
      http://cupjo.co/1N5Z0By On Mortified
      http://cupjo.co/1LAGBdJ On Limetown
      http://cupjo.co/20gYWG4 On Modern Love
      http://cupjo.co/1GhKkfZ On Serial

    • Heather says...

      Haha alright Lexi you’ve convinced me to try Homecoming and The Heart. I’ve found a lot of great podcasts the past few years based on Cup of Jo round ups and the comments. I love when you do these lists.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Awesome!

  72. Monika says...

    I never see this suggested anywhere but Thinking Sideways is awesome. It is a podcast discussing all kinds of unsolved mysteries – from mysterious ocean noises to strange rock formations to unsolved murders and anything in between.
    After they describe the story they share all the theories and discuss what they think is most plausible. It’s super interesting, the hosts are great, and most of the episodes are under an hour!

  73. Kara says...

    My favorite podcasts- Short and sweet(2 besties talk about everything), happier 911 (gretchen Rubin and her screenwriter sis) splendid table (all thing food) Here’s the thing with Alex Baldwin (Alec interviews)

  74. Cyn says...

    Still Buffering is my current fav…three real life sisters (2 in their 30’s and one a teenager) discuss teen topics of yesterday and today. Really charming and funny. If you like the McElroy brothers you’ll love these girls.

    • Roz says...

      This sounds good! Thanks!

    • June2 says...

      Giving it try- with a name that clever, they must be good!

  75. Benedicte says...

    Pod save America! Fun and interesting also for those of us not voting in US elections. :)

  76. Jo says...

    Great post! I like how you organized everything. Will definitely check some of the podcasts!

  77. Dear Sugar is fantastic, and I just discovered Call Your Girlfriend, much to my joy! I love podcasts (even to the extent of creating my own), and am always looking out for new ones so thanks for this list! xxx

  78. I listen to several Podcasts that were mentioned, and here are a few more to add to the list:
    Making Oprah
    Unqualified
    In The Thick
    Super Mamás
    Writing Class Radio
    Sleep with Me

    I tend to listen to a lot of self-help motivation type podcasts. So I’m looking forward to listening to some of the funny ones mentioned in the comments!

    Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  79. Aga says...

    Off topic, but there should be a Cup of Jo App!
    Just got a new phone and while i was in the app store downloading all my frequently used apps, i actually starting typing into the search engine, Cup of…. wait a minute! They don’t have an app but they should! I don’t pay for apps for your i would!

    • June2 says...

      Listening to this episode now, and REALLY wanted to thank you for the rec! This is a big issue for me right now, so perfect timing, thanks again!

  80. Tiff says...

    Love How I Built This on NPR.. I struggle with podcasts.. that is the only that I get excited about.9

    • I thought it was just me! Cannot get excited by podcasts. Ah well, back to books and radio…

  81. Anna says...

    Another Round! It brings joy every week!

    • Michelle says...

      Ditto! I LOVE Tracy and Heben!

  82. Sarah says...

    I loved First Day Back.
    It’s a miniseries created by a woman figuring out how to go back to work after being at home with her kids for 6years. So simple, so honest, so emotional, so relatable, so inspiring!

  83. Ciara says...

    My Dad Wrote a Porno is a hilarious podcast.

    • Meg says...

      I found this podcast immediately after the election, and it was a saving grace. It’s so silly-smutty-awkward.

  84. Meg says...

    As a soon to be first time momma, I cannot get enough of One Bad Mother! Such a genuine and human look at motherhood that helps me laugh and not cry in fear about things like labor.

  85. EGrinvalds says...

    My husband and I love listening to Sawbones together. The podcast is hosted by a married couple (she’s a doctor). The shows talk about everything you’ve ever wondered about health; from the history of Vaseline to kidney stones. Always fascinating, always funny. http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/sawbones

  86. Reg says...

    here are some others I enjoy: throwing shade, maeve in america, strangers, nerdette, love + radio, savage lovecast, and snap judgement

    • Roz says...

      Love Throwing Shade! I’ve been listening for years. One of my favorites, very funny!

  87. Deirdre says...

    Crimetown, The FourFiftyOne (Trump resistance talk that isn’t depressing somehow), Death, Sex and Money and Reply All are all great.

  88. Melissa says...

    Besides CYG and Homecoming, I can recommend Of a Kind, Here to Make Friends (Bachelor recap), Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure (funny and heartwarming journey of a couple going through IVF), Crimetown (mafia in Providence), Who Weekly and Reply All.

    I found the hosts of My Favorite Murder really annoying and realized I prefer my True Crime to be more investigative journalism (like Serial), than one person retelling a story. I’ve enjoyed Accused, In the Dark and Finding Tammy Jo.

    • Melissa says...

      Yes! I really thought I’d love My Favorite Murder, but I can’t get into their banter. I also love my podcasts to skew towards investigate journalism and In The Dark from APM is perfect. Well researched and you learn a lot about the process police departments go through while investigating a case. Highly recommend!

  89. Karen says...

    Loving the food podcast by Lindsay Cameron Wilson. So beautifully put together, this podcast transports me to the people and places in Nova Scotia, through Lindsay wonderful story telling, as she puts it through the lens of food.

    • Oh my Karen! So lovely to see this as I scrolled through the comments! Thanks so much for listening to The Food Podcast :)

  90. Megan J MC says...

    Lore! It’s spooky, historically accurate folk lore tales with a beautiful score and they are turning it into a TV series this year. My husband and I love listening to it on long drives! Criminal is also terrific, quirky and smart. I also like Crimetown, which is focusing on the outlandish business dealings in my hometown, Providence, RI. Can’t wait to check out Beautiful/Anonymous!

  91. Love, Food by Julie Duffy Dillon-so good!

  92. Emily says...

    I love Heavyweight (fascinating, inspiring stories), Mom & Dad are Fighting (a great parenting podcast), Two Dope Queens, Beautiful/Anonymous, Death, Sex & Money, This American Life, Radiolab, The Longest Shortest Time. Thanks for all of these other recommendations!

    • Melissa says...

      This would be my exact playlist of podcasts if you added everything Slate does. XX gabfest from slate is wonderful.

  93. sarah in dc says...

    Love Pod Save America (from the Keepin it 1600 guys). I want to be friends with all of them!

    How I Built This (NPR) is also great. They interview entrepreneurs on how they built their businesses – Sam Adams, Patagonia, Spanx, Melissa & Dog, Vice. I’ve found all the episodes to be super inspiring.

  94. Laura says...

    “Terrible, thanks for asking” is incredible.

    • Kelli says...

      Agreed!

  95. Stacy says...

    I have some I listen to on a regular basis and cannot get enough of:
    Up and vanished
    The vanished
    (Both about people who disappear and are never to be seen again)
    Grammar Girl for quick grammar lessons
    On Being with Krista Tippett because it makes me live life better,
    And, last, Terrible, thanks for asking because real life isn’t always perfect and this podcast speaks about the not-so-perfect parts.

    I couldnt stand the hosts of My Favorite Murder and felt sort of bugged by the banter over real life murders. Im sure its just me, but i just dont find them funny!

  96. Teree says...

    My Favorite Murder had potential but they swear too $@&ing much!

  97. i’m really into The Babysitter’s Club Club lately: two grown-ass men read and discuss the babysitter’s club books and it’s hilarious. really smart and funny.

    also – i don’t listen to Criminal regularly, but i did listen to the episode “Money Tree” recently and i find myself telling EVERYONE about it. highly recommend.

    and oh i can’t wait to check out Beautiful/Anonymous now. i just watched Don’t Think Twice last week and thought chris gethard was amazing in it so i’m excited for this!

    • Kacy says...

      Oh my gosh! I HAVE to listen to that Babysitters Club one!! I read all the books as a young girl!! Thank you!!

    • Carmen B says...

      Just listened to the Money Tree episode.
      Holy crap, man!

    • Justine says...

      My sister and I are recently OBSESSED with the BSCC! Sooo hilarious as someone who read all the books as a kid.

  98. Elliot says...

    2 Dope Queens is a hilarious podcast that gets me laughing until I’m in tears. Definitely give it a shot.

    • anne-marie says...

      I second this!

    • Carrie says...

      Absolutely second this! I was HEARTBROKEN when they announced the season was over, but the bonus episodes are just as funny! I always end up laughing hysterically in the streets of my city when I listen to this.

  99. Angela says...

    Just started listening to Song Explosion, which interviews songwriters about the making of certain songs. Included are Ophelia by The Lumineers and the Game of Thrones theme song.

    I also love The Birth Hour, which is women sharing birth stories. I’m getting ready to start doula training, so to great to listen, but even if I weren’t, the stories are so beautiful and empowering.

    • Justine says...

      I listened to hours and hours of The Birth Hour when I was pregnant! I love it.

  100. Angie says...

    My can’t miss podcast is The Popcast…about “the stuff that entertains but does not matter.” ANY episode is the one to start with! Knox and Jamie are so funny I literally spit out whatever I’m drinking at least a couple times every episode. I listen to it while I’m walking our dogs several times a day. I love their ridiculous take on everything from the latest episode of The Bachelor to Hanksgiving. A hidden gem of a podcast!

    • Bergen says...

      I LOVE the Popcast! I literally lol every episode! So happy to find a fellow listener!

    • It’s my favorite one, too! Jamie and Knox literally make me laugh out loud every single episode.

  101. My recent fav (which has actually been around for a couple years) is My Dad Wrote a Porno. It’s hysterical! And I love that I can listen while home working alone and feel like I have friends there with me, but ones I don’t need to interact with ;P

  102. Just a few hours ago on my drive home, I was listening to my usual podcasts and wondered if I’m missing out on a some good ones and now I see this post! Thank you for posting a variety of recommendations. I just subscribed to Call Your Girlfriend. Looking forward to listening!

    Fariha

  103. Daniela says...

    The Moth is part of my walk to work routine! It was one of you girls suggestion, as well as Modern Love, which I like listening to while driving longers distances.

    • Brittany says...

      Yes! These two are my all-time favorite podcasts. I look forward to them each week.

  104. Ashley says...

    I tried to listen to My Favorite Murder but I kept feeling guilty that these episodes were about real people who suffered real loss…I don’t know why I haven’t felt like that with any other true crime podcast but these hosts made me deel that way.

    • Anna says...

      This! I LOVE murder mysteries, but this made me so anxious and also uncomfortable! Loved the hosts though.

    • Heather says...

      I think it’s because they are pretty flippant about them.

    • Sandra says...

      Yes, I listen to other true crime as well but found the hosts of My Favorite Murder and their approach really unappealing.

  105. Tyler says...

    THE DOLLOP always and forever

  106. L says...

    Yeeeehhhssss! As I started scanning the list, I was eagerly ready to suggest “Call Your Girlfriend.” So glad you agree and got the word out about this kickbutt podcast with my favorite dose of feminism and racial justice and everything else. The best!

  107. April says...

    I really like What Should I Read Next by Anne Bogel. She is a literary matchmaker!

  108. Carmen B says...

    “Stay sexy and don’t get murdered!”

    I love the ladies at My Favorite Murder.

  109. Stephanie says...

    Another one I love is “Joblogues.” The ladies’ conversation about work and life inspires me to work better and think bigger. I love having a virtual network of women push each other to do more.

  110. I have 2 short ones I’m really into. The 10 Minute Writer’s Workshop and the *brand new* Side Hustle School, which just launched January 1, but gives you a new, tiny episode everyday! Thanks for the great recommendations!

  111. Trish says...

    Under the Influence – amazing marketing stories

    This is That – satire news

    Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell – “goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, person or idea. Something overlooked or misunderstood.”

    Shout out to these podcasts that are all Canadian!

    Trish

    • Amy says...

      Revisionist History – yes!

  112. Meredith says...

    My Dad Wrote A Porno. I have cried laughing on the bus from listening to it.

    • Deanna says...

      Yes yes yes! I just started listening to this the other day and thought “Man, I hope Cup of Jo does another post about great podcasts so I can recommend this one!” I too have had a tough time keeping my composure while listening on public transportation. So, so, so great and so welcome on my ride home after a tough shift at work!

  113. Elizabeth says...

    I love Dear Sugar. Lately I’ve started listening to podcasts in the car. I now look forward to my commute a little bit more. For those that love all things books check out What Should I Read Next? http://modernmrsdarcy.com/what-should-i-read-next/

  114. Rachel H. says...

    I’ve been listening to The Dollop, and it’s crazy funny. With two comedians where one reads a true historically story to other who doesn’t know what it’s about. They improve about the topic while as the listener you’re left dying of laughter. The episode ‘Whalesplosion’ (#227) had me busted up.

  115. Zoe says...

    I loved the premise of My Favorite Murder but after listening to a handful of episodes I found it hard to get through!! I want to hear the weird nitty gritty on the murders – but half the episode was (sometimes fun but hard to get into) banter between the hosts… I enjoy listening to podcasts for my commute so when the podcast runs 1.5 hours and the story I am interested in only is about half of that – I can’t get through that on my commute it frustrated me!

    Anyone else?

    • Heather says...

      Yup. I just wasn’t that into their banter. Nothing wrong with it, I’m sure it appeals to many, but I was bored.

    • Brooke says...

      Totally! I’m in the same boat. I have to be in the right mood for that podcast and usually find myself skipping through their banter so I can get to the crime before I reach work!

      I love generation why, once upon a crime and the sword and the scale for pure crime and mystery, less banter :)

    • Zoe says...

      Exactly – I would zone out and then still miss the good parts haha!

    • Jaime says...

      Could not agree more!

    • Erin says...

      I feel the opposite! It’s how my friends and I talk, so it feels familiar and friendly when listening to the podcast.

    • Sofia says...

      Oh good! Browsing through the comments, I was thinking I was the only one that didn’t love it. I started listening thinking the idea was right up my alley but it didn’t grabbed me for long… I guess I enjoy a more solid storytelling or reporting style in my podcasts. I started listening to In The Dark around the same time and went through that as fast as I could.

  116. Christina Vieyra says...

    Some of my current fave podcasts are: Happier with Gretchen Rubin (she wrote “The Happiness Project); How I Built This (stories about how well known businesses got started); Side Hustle School (fairly short episodes about people making money aside from their day to day job); and Terrible, Thanks for Asking.

    I tend to listen to podcasts while driving or while working around the house.

    • Toun says...

      I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin’s books and podcasts. The fact that she co-hosting the podcast with her sister, makes it uniq.

  117. I want to check out Beautiful/Anonymous. I love Call Your Girlfriend.

  118. Jaia says...

    Definitely “Pod Save America “!!!! Those guys are just so in point. I also love Slate’s “Trumpcast”, the Walt Disney history podcast “Connecting With Walt” and the food history podcast “A Taste of the Past”.

  119. Liz says...

    I’ve been addicted to The West Wing Weekly! Joshua Malina, who was on The West Wing, and Hrishikesh Hirway, who also does Song Exploder, discuss episodes of the series one by one and bring in other actors from the show or other interesting guests, like past White House press secretaries. They’re hilarious and great at analyzing the episodes. Good for longtime fans of The West Wing and first time viewers (it’s on Netflix!).

    • Stephanie says...

      I love WWW!

    • Miriam says...

      My favourite favourite podcast!!! So good. I can’t wait for Wednesdays to come around.

    • Amanda says...

      Love West Wing Weekly! Also, The Broad Experience. It is about women in the workplace. So good!

  120. E says...

    Dear Sugar will always be one of my all time favorites. I’ve been listening since it started (in 2015, I think?!). I think Cheryl is one of those people I aspire to be like when I am her age, and listening to her wise words makes me feel closer to that peaceful, empowered, intuitive frame of mind.

    Lexi, this was one of my favorite posts of yours! Thanks for the clever descriptions. Can’t wait to try Beautiful/Anonymous and Call Your Girlfriend.

  121. Kate says...

    Still Processing from the New York Times, hosted by two of their writers, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. They are both super smart, the topics they cover are wide-ranging, and they have a great relationship that’s fun to listen to. My favorite new podcast of 2016!

    • Meg says...

      CANNOT GET ENOUGH of Still Processing. They are so smart and make me feel like I’m in on it, “it” being everything. Love them!

    • Linda says...

      YES! i also highly recommend this. my favorite right now (second being – Call Your Girlfriend).

  122. Brynn says...

    If you love Call your Girlfriend as much as I do, you’re going to LOVE Still Processing, hosted by Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris of the New York Times. They’re hilarious, and they talk about culture, current events, media, race and representation, pretty much anything and everything. I cannot recommend highly enough!

    • Linda says...

      hi Bryann, do you have any other recs? I ask because we both love Still Processing and CYG, so would love to hear what else you like. :)

  123. Sarah says...

    Every episode of Death, Sex and Money! So so good and usually surprising.

    • Brooke says...

      Yes! Death, sex and money never disappoints!

  124. Meg says...

    #Murderino forever.

    If anyone else is into investigative true crime (e.g. liked Serial, especially season 1), highly recommend:

    Stranglers (about the Boston Strangler(s))

    In the Dark (about a little boy snatched in MN that led to a lot of really interesting cultural/political movements)

    You Must Remember This’s series on the Manson murders

    #SSDGM

    • Carmen B says...

      Yay, murderinos. lol

    • liz says...

      In the dark is amazing!

    • Eliza says...

      You have to also add Missing Maura Murray to your list here, so good!

    • Jessica says...

      In the Dark was hands down the best podcast I listened to in 2016, and everyone I’ve recommended it to has also loved it. It’s such good, solid journalism and true crime that veers in an unexpected direction. I think it’s also a good choice for people who don’t think of themselves as “true crime people” for exactly that reason. I can’t say enough good things about it–I don’t know why it doesn’t have more buzz around it. I loved it just as much as the first season of Serial.

  125. Allison says...

    CYG forever! Aminatou’s breakdown of the Kanye-Amber etc twitter war is genius!

  126. Gail says...

    Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin. His interview of Jimmy Fallon is charming, funny, memorable.

  127. Sarah says...

    2 Dope Queens and the Slate Political Gabfest are my staples. I have heard such good things about Homecoming. Thanks for the recommendations!

  128. Lea says...

    This is going to be podcasts 101 but when do you prefer listening to podcasts? If I’m working/studying I get distracted by someone talking in the background and I prefer music at the gym. I feel like that leaves no other option to sit down just to listen to a podcast but I often don’t feel like doing that.

    I would really like to figure out a way to add podcasts into my daily life!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      I always listen to them when I’m cooking, doing chores around the house, getting ready in the morning and walking/driving at any length.

    • I listen when I’m walking places, in the car, doing dishes/housework but mostly to fall asleep at night! Anytime I wake up in the middle of the night I get almost giddy to listen to the latest episode of my fav podcasts.

    • June2 says...

      cooking, gardening, getting ready in the morning, and while driving

    • Ok this is a really basic question, but I’m a total novice about to start a long commute: those who listen while driving, do you mount your phone on the dash? And what’s the best way to get it to go automatically to another podcast after you’ve finished one–make a playlist?

    • Lena says...

      This is funny, when I was asking the question above I didn’t realise that the “n” in my name wasn’t typed so my name came out as Lea even though it’s Lena. Lenas – the podcast amateurs? :D

      Also, thanks for all the tips! Will definitely give it a go next time I’m in the kitchen (so, in a second).

    • Linda says...

      i listen to podcasts when i am cooking, with a glass of wine also :)

  129. Sarah says...

    Pod Save America from the formerly Keepin’ It 1600 guys!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Yes, I was so so so excited to hear they’re launching that!

    • Allison says...

      Love them!

  130. liz says...

    For those with liberal political views, pod save america, which is by the guys who did keepin it 1600. For me, a woman despondent by PETUS and the unchecked house and senate, its a godsend.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      It’s amazing. I almost included it but it *just* started.

    • sarah in dc says...

      Lexi – you should edit to include it! Keepin it 1600 was certainly established!

      Liz – feel the same way! Esp. since I live in DC.

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      I think we can link to it another time on the site when it’s got a few more episodes under its belt. Really love those guys.

  131. Janine says...

    I always love the podcast suggestions! I’ve become a true “My Dad Wrote a Porno” addict and have turned several friends on to it as well (bad pun intended).

    My husband and I have been late to the “How Did This Get Made?” party, but absolutely love it. It’s Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas hilariously reviewing horrible movies.

    Lately, we’ll spend our evening picking a bad movie from their list, watching it, and then listening to an episode with the movie fresh in our minds. Over Chritmas, we got the family involved and watched Jingle All the Way, followed by their episode.

  132. Sarah says...

    Pod Save America from the formerly Keeping’ it 1600 guys!

  133. Stephanie says...

    I’ve been really into DTR – it’s all about dating in the age of technology. ¡Ay, caramba!

    • I’ve been digging it as well. I didn’t expect to as a married with kids-close to 40 woman! Died laughing in public listening to the dick pic episode!!

  134. Harini says...

    I love Buzzfeed’s Another Round. Sort of similar to Call Your Girlfriend.

    • Yes, me too! I actually like Another Round much more than Call Your Girlfriend. Tracey and Heven are hilarious!

    • Me too! Love Another Round–smart, funny, artful, deep, and with much less vocal fry than CYG!

    • Amy says...

      Ooohhh. I have to admit – I stopped listening to Call Your Girlfriend bc of the vocal fry. I know that some people just can’t help it, but once it caught my attention I couldn’t overlook (overhear?) it. Maybe I’ll try Another around.

    • Stacey says...

      Yes! I gave up on Call Your Girlfriend – lots of good stuff there, but lots that irritated me as well. I MUCH prefer Another Round.

  135. Can’t wait to listen to the Dear Sugar one…had no idea that was a podcast! I love Slate’s Mom and Dad are fighting, as well as their Culture Gabfest and Double X gabfest. :)

  136. Bethany says...

    I will definitely be giving My Favorite Murder a listen.
    Another good podcast to listen to is The Dollop, a hilarious take on American history and the stories you don’t always here about.

  137. JR Win says...

    Hey girl heyyyy. Stay sexy … and don’t get murdered.

  138. Kate says...

    So addicted to My Favorite Murder. I try to save them to listen JUST at the gym–my reward for going. SSDGM!

  139. Brianna says...

    I’ve never been able to get into podcasts, but I’m intrigued by Homecoming. I love David Schwimmer (but that might be because I’m watching Friends for approximately the 12th time through).

  140. Kelsey says...

    Murderinos unite!!!

    • Lauren P. says...

      Yesss! :)

    • Carmen B says...

      Yay!

      I had no idea CupofJo readers were also murderinos.
      that’s awesome.
      #SSDGM

    • Sarah M says...

      Yes!! Obsessed with MFM since I discovered it!!

    • Mandyh says...

      Yes!! It’s the best- one of the few things that can put a smile on my face and make me laugh out loud!

    • sarah says...

      Murderinos forever! Best. Podcast.Ever.
      I’m always confused when people complain about the girls talking to much – isn’t that what a podcast is? People talking? Anyways love Georgia and Karen.

    • Nancie says...

      Yes!! My Favorite Murder!
      “Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered”

    • I discovered My Favorite Murder through a comment here on COJ a few months ago and binged every episode. No other podcast can compare anymore! Stay sexy, don’t get murdered.