10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To 2016
While Netflix and Amazon Prime get all the attention, podcasts have quickly become an essential part of our daily media intake. But with so much on offer to pass the time on the daily commute, it can hard to know what to listen to next. So rather than hearing Serial suggested to you for the tenth time this week, here’s our run-down of 10 podcasts you should be listening to.
You Must Remember This
The brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (a former film critic for LA Weekly), You Must Remember This is a podcast which explores the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. While the podcast is about films, it’s also a great example of journalistic practice with heavily-researched stories and film, celebrity and scandal mythologies of the 20th century unwoven.
Death, Sex & Money
Death, Sex & Money is not for the faint hearted. Each week, creator and host Anna Sale sits down for an intimate interview with a different person about the grander existential things in life. Some of the interviewees are famous and some aren’t – to be honest it really doesn’t matter – small talk is sparse, and the honesty on show is refreshing. Examples include an interview with a former NFL player who has fallen out of love with the game, a Sesame Street star battling memories of her own childhood, and a sex worker trying to support her family.
If you need to catch up with the big stories from the weekend’s results, or build up to the upcoming fixtures without having to hear analysis of handshakes and post-match interviews, The Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast is the only place you should be. Hosted by James ‘90s Football Italia’ Richardson, it’s essentially four guys sitting around a table bringing you puns and pundrity from the world of football. Sometimes insightful, often hilarious.
Longform is a spinoff podcast from a journalism curation website of the same name. Each week, the Longform podcast provides in-depth conversations with non-fiction writers that go deeper than your normal interview – though maybe not as deep as Death, Sex & Money! For example, on one pod a statistician named Nate Silver talks about his shift from analysing baseball to US presidential campaigns, while a foreign correspondent gives an insight into the life of the war reporter. Consistently fascinating.
Put simple, Reply All is a show about the internet. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, the show features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people. New shows are published weekly and while it is a podcast about technology, it’s also a podcast which tells human stories with bits of technology sprinkled in.
If you still need your Serial fix, there are plenty of true crime podcasts around these days. But our favourite is Criminal. Unlike Serial, the podcast delivers a full story in less than half an hour – which we understand sounds impossible but it really works! Billing itself as ‘stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle,’ the podcast is made by Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer who use original reporting including interviews with perpetrators, victims and onlookers too tell their stories.
How Did This Get Made
Another podcast for film buffs – only maybe more for those who enjoy B Movies… Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas spend each cast watching the shittest of the shit with some fellow crap-film-loving friends, and report back to you with the results.
How I Built This
How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode the podcast has stories told by the founders of some of the best known companies and brands on the planet. Naturally, the podcast varies in quality depending on the guests, but it’s always interesting if nothing else.
Myths & Legends
Folklores shape our culture more than we realise, but most of the time we have no idea of the origins of these stories. Myths & Legends is a podcast which tells the history of the likes of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules, from origin to how they still influence us today. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
We probably don’t need to tell you what the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast is about but just for clarification, Jamie Morton’s father wrote an erotic book. Instead of ignoring it, he spends each week reading excerpts from it for our listening pleasure. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie gradually discovers more about his old man than he probably wishes he had.