BEST PODCASTS

  1. Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale Presents)
    "Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale."
  2. Harmontown (Dan Harmon, Feral Audio)
    "Self destructive writer Dan Harmon ("Community," "Monster House," "Heat Vision and Jack") claims he will one day found a colony of like-minded misfits. He's appointed suit-clad gadabout Jeff Davis ("Whose Line is it Anyway") as his Comptroller."
  3. The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Acker & Blacker)
    "A staged show in the style of old-time radio performed live, monthly at Largo at the Coronet in Hollywood. Starring all of your favorite stars from the worlds of television, film, comedy, animation, sketch, and the stage."
  4. Serial (This American Life)
    "Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her."
  5. This American Life (This American Life)
    "This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 1.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards."
  6. 99% Invisible (Roman Mars)
    "Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture."
  7. If I Were You (Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld)
    "Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld offer advice in areas they're qualified to talk about. Also in areas they're not qualified to talk about."
  8. Song Exploder (Song Exploder)
    "A podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made."
  9. Myths and Legends (Jason Weiser)
    "Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears."
  10. Filmspotting (Kempenaar & Larsen
    "Weekly film podcast/WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews."
  11. Emperors of Rome (Dr. Rhiannon Evans)
    "“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” - Tacitus. A podcast series looking at the rulers of the ancient Roman empire, by Dr Rhiannon Evans and Matt Smith."
  12. Criminal (Criminal)
    "Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle."
  13. NPR Politics Podcast (NPR)
    "The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups, quick takes on news of the day, and reporting from the campaign trail, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening this election year. You just have to keep up with us."
  14. Invisibilia (NPR)
    "Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently."