Are you as deeply entrenched in the podcast life as I am? Between pods and audio books, I’m pretty much ear-budded at all times. All it takes is one gateway podcast and you’ll be hooked. For some it was Serial, and for others it was Welcome to Nightvale, but there’s a niche podcast for anyone out there. Oh that sweet, sweet audio goodness.
I went a-hunting for some newer ones that are making my podcast feed more robust in its awesomeness and was not disappointed. From true crime to truly geeky, here are some great podcasts to add to your feed…
Which of your faves did I miss?!
My Dad Wrote a Porno
Imagine if your dad wrote a dirty book. Instead of hiding from it, Jamie Morton decided to embrace it and turn it into a hilarious podcast. He’s decided to read it to the world in this epic and cringe-y comedy podcast.
I’m late to the game on this one, but it’s just so funny and awkward and will get you through that long commute with ease.
RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public, hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe, The State. The live show has featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, and Andy Borowitz.
The cast alone is to draw you in.
Down to the Tea
Jasz Jones’ podcast covers millennial and gen z dating in the big city. Former dating hopefuls discuss what went right or really, really wrong with past relationships.
I’m a sucker for shows like Catfish, so this is right in line with my so-cringey-it’s-hard-to-watch genre that I hate to love.
Whose career is more turbulent and fascinating than Nicolas Cage?!
Join hosts Caroline Diezyn and Dylan Clark-Moore (of Netflakes podcast fame, which is also worth your time) as they bring their own brand of film criticism to the diverse works of the one and only Nicolas Cage.
Fantastic Geeks (and Where to Find Them)
Nerdy YouTubers Anna Brisbin and Tessa Netting talk all things geek including TV shows, books, movies, animation, and pop culture. Harry Potter, Would You Rather, and all kinds of fandom chat await in this geeky youth-focused podcast.
It’s light, it’s fluffy, and it’ll get you through to the next book/movie/game you’re waiting for.
Leon Neyfakh investigates the subplots and characters of recent political history and finds parallels to the present. Season one discussed Watergate, while season two investigates the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
It’s so fascinating, especially since we’re all re-examining our ’90s reactions to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in light of the #metoo movement. And if you weren’t even born then? Then it’s all new and fascinating to you, too.
Three different types of filmmgoers (a casual movie watcher, film school dropout, and legit movie critic) get together to talk movies from their unique perspectives, usually with themes like “top five movies I wish I lived in,” “top five films about the ’70s,” and “top five singers turned actors.” The best part is how accessible it is for those of us who aren’t film professors. Every kind of cinephile can find something relatable with this humorous crew.
In the vein of Serial, true crime is the focus of the Criminal podcast. Stories of people who’ve done wrong,
been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
This one is very addicting and you’ll be jonesing for the next installment, which is the best way to experience true crime stories.
NPR’s Invisibilia — Latin for invisible things — combines narrative storytelling with human science that discusses the human brain, behavior, and sociology. And it’s totally not dry, I swear!
This one is perfect for a long car ride or commute where you just want the time to fly.
Another NPR gem, Code Switch candidly and carefully discusses race in our current world. The name is based on the tendency for people of color to “switch” their vernacular depending on to whom they are speaking.
It’s a fascinating look at race from journalists of color within NPR.
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (of Daily Show fame) host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. The 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, talk sex, romance, race, hair, living in New York, and way more.
Another true crime podcast, I know. But this one has a twist: it’s the story of a dad turning out to be a serial killer from the point of view of his daughter. It proves you never can tell someone’s true nature and delves into the slow descent of a “family man” into a killer.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hosts a new podcast called Bag Man, a deep dive into specific cultural and political situations including an American Vice President (Spiro Agnew) carrying out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and having nobody remember. Rachel is usually a good bet for good political history in a digestible package.