If you’ve listened to podcasts in the past year, you might have exhausted a few. Hundreds of thousands of podcasts exist, so it can be difficult to determine what to do next. And then finding what is really good among these can be hard work in and of itself.
You can listen to friends or hope that the “You Might Also Like” section of your podcast app is up to the task, but these approaches are most likely hit and miss. Yes, we understand that to find the best podcast for you maybe too overwhelming with the wide selections out there, but you know what is not will be hit or missed? As you read the rest of this article and realize that we have selected the best for you.
We’ve rounded up some of the best podcasts to listen to in 2021. Whether you’re political, athletic, real crime, or whatever, we’ve got you covered here.
I recently bingeed this one in a day – no irony detected. Rabbit hole examines how the Internet affects our lives and our politics on a daily basis and in an insidious way, and how it got to this point. Unprecedented in its research and production, the New York Times eight-part series can be haunting at times, but the story it tells of how we interact with the internet is deep and hard to forget. Well worth your time.
Jaime Loftus’ podcast series are always highly sought after and often very personal. Lolita Podcast takes a look at the classic and controversial Nabokov novel, but then it takes a look at how Lolita persists in our popular culture, either positively or negatively. Just and alive, Lolita Podcast is definitely one of the best new podcasts to check out this year.
In this final season of the series, Start is Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg’s take on the successes and pitfalls of running his media business. After selling to Spotify earlier this year, this latest season examines the intersection of art and money and how each values each. This value changes, you find out, when you have the fate of your employees in your hands.
Slate, Slow combustion tackles a new topic every season – topics like Watergate, the rise of David Duke, and even the most tense ’90s feud between Tupac and Notorious BIG. American invasion of Iraq. Slow combustionThe ability to present a full story around complicated topics is inspiring and completely addicting to listen to.
I will go so far as to say that The good moment is the smartest sports podcast available today. Bomani Jones covers all aspects, highs and lows, of the sport in a way that no other sports journalist can. ESPN is also taking note, increasing the drops from twice a week to three times this year. Anytime is a good time with Bomani Jones.
And if you want that kind of in-depth, intelligent discussion around your other interests, you need to make sure you keep Still processing in your podcast rotation as well. Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris add significant perspective to important ongoing conversations regarding movies, music, politics, and more.
The New York Times also has one of the smartest and funniest music talks in the podcast market. Fellow journalist Jon Caramanica covers pop and hip-hop music like no one else has in decades, and although he’s an expert, every episode features guests who write music with expertise. even more in-depth on each artist and subject. I have been a longtime fan of Popcast and I cannot recommend it enough.
An “unscripted interview show”, Everything is alive is an interesting way to explore the world. How? ‘Or’ What? In each episode, an interviewee is an inanimate object telling the story of their life. Ever wanted to hear how bar soap feels? And an elevator? Think of it as that part of Fight Club regarding Jack’s organs, except that you are not part of Project Mayhem or that you do not burn your hands and those of others with lye. When it comes to storytelling podcasts, it’s definitely not This American life, but it’s worth listening to.
The Daily is a daily news podcast that comes out every morning of the week at 6 a.m., reporting The New York Times. Hosted by journalist Michael Barbaro, its episodes are based on The Times’ reports of the day (approximately 20 minutes of reporting and headline summaries) as well as interviews with reporters from The New York Times. If you want audio updates on the latest breaking up stories, this is a great podcast to listen to in the morning.
This is a podcast from the Bronx natives Desus Nice and The kid Mero, aka the Bodega Boys. You may have seen them in the Complex TV web series Desus vs. Mero or on the late night talk show on Viceland, Desus & Mero. Since 2015, the duo have brought their raw comedic interpretations to everything pop culture. If you need a laugh, log in and be a part of their Bodega Hive.
You should know more. Lucky for you, there is something really easy about this! SYSK has long been one of the best podcasts – its back catalog at this point is crazy. It certainly has a bunch of episodes that you’re already interested in, but the peculiarity of Things you should know is the frequency with which episodes generate new interest. Learn something new! Find your new obsession this year using this pod.
This should be on every list of the best podcasts every year. This American lifeThe decades-long radio and podcast series showcasing the quirky and mundane across the country through various themes is a true pioneer of what to expect from any good podcast. The gold standard of audio storytelling, This American life stays in every quality podcast rotation.
Start with that is not just a regular podcast; it also serves as a playground for creativity. The hosts, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink (creators of Welcome to Night Vale) focus on one topic in each episode and end it with two assignments: something to create and something to consume. Overall, the show is designed to encourage listeners to think, talk about it, and make art.
Do you have a nagging question that Google search just won’t answer? Try to call All the small things. No seriously. Call them at 833-RING-ELT, and they might just answer in their podcast. “Why are we crying? “Why do punches sound like that on TV?” These are just the important questions about All the small things, and maybe your question is this.
And if you want to know more, You are wrong sheds new light on topics you think you already know. With the speed at which news and culture evolves in 2021, it’s so easy to oversimplify things. Fortunately, the hosts of YWA use their journalistic skills to examine how our collective understandings can be wrong. Some episodes are unique and some series episodes – it doesn’t matter, You are wrong is definitely one of the best podcasts out there.
In what started as an architecture podcast, 99% invisible is really about design, and design is everywhere. Design is responsible for your street, house or apartment, the way you dress – it is responsible for how this website is put together. In this spirit, 99% invisible takes a closer look at aspects of the design that we don’t notice.
If you don’t like Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers for most of us), can you consider yourself a good person? The man who has taught so many people to be nice over the generations is revered by countless, and Find Fred is a continuation of that. Through conversations with a wide range of people, host Carvell Wallace is doing his best to continue the legacy that Rogers began over 50 years ago.
Article originally published on December 28, 2018. Updated to include new suggestions for 2021.