10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To 2017
If you’re one of the unlucky Joes who have to sit starring at a computer screen all day, you know just how much of a godsend a good podcast can be. And when you throw in the daily commute, it’s no surprise that the humble podcast has quickly become an essential part of our daily media intake. But with so much on offer, it can hard to know what to listen to next. So with that in mind, here’s our run-down of 10 podcasts you should be listening to in 2017.
Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the sole premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard. Every week, your boy Gethard opens his phone line to an anonymous caller. They can talk about whatever they want and he can’t hang up. What started as a comic premise has quickly turned into one of the most philosophical podcasts around with stories ranging from swingers talking about their sex life to ordinary folks struggling to cope with extraordinary circumstances. Whatever the topic of conversation, it’s always fascinating.
When a podcasts exclaims it’s from the makers of Serial and This American Life (probably the two biggest podcasts of all time), you know you’re onto a winner. But explaining S-Town takes some doing. And even once you’ve listened to it all, chances are you’re still not sure what it’s meant to be. That’s not to say it’s not one of the most engrossing podcasts ever created, however. S-Town follows a man named John. He despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it by asking a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. What ensues is an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
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 punditry from the world of football. Rarely insightful, often hilarious.
The podcast has quickly become the home of true crime. And as soon as Crimetown billed itself as being ‘from the creators of HBO’s The Jinx’, we were sold. Each season of Crimetown focuses on the culture of crime in a different American city. Season 1 had hosts Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling focused on the organised crime and corruption of Providence, Rhode Island, and it’s a fascinating listen.
Pod Save America
Following the election of Donald Trump last year, former Obama administration staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor stopped their no holds barred Keepin’ It 1600. But so successful was the podcast, the trio relaunched with Pod Save America. The political discussion comes out twice a week as Favreau, Lovett and Vietor delve into the latest political news with a perfect blend humour and often righteous rage. They also regularly have guests including the likes of David Axelroad and Trevor Noah. Oh, and yeah, President Barack Obama.
Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review
While it’s not new, there’s really only one film podcast that should be on your weekly listen list, and that’s Radio 5’s Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. The podcast discusses the week’s top films, has a conversation with an actor and director or two, and then basically consists of Kemode ranting about the week’s worst releases. It may be a commitment at two hours a week but the pair have a chemistry rarely heard on radio, and it’s a must-listen for anyone even remotely interested in cinema.
The Big Interview with Graham Hunter
If you’re after a longer form of sporting podcast intake, look no further than the Big Interview. Presented by football journalist Graham Hunter (regularly seen on Sky’s Revista de la Liga), each week sees a different guest discussing their experience and views on the beautiful game. Guests have included the likes of Gary Neville, Harry Redknapp and Terry Butcher. It’s so good that fans have even funded the show on Kickstarter.
Genre: Fiction Drama
While we often think of podcasts as a mode of delivering non-fiction content, there are plenty of excellent dramas around in 2017. For us, the best is Homecoming. The psychological thriller features a tightly scripted and star-studded cast including Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer. Told largely through a nonlinear series of phone calls and taped therapy sessions, Homecoming follows the story of a case-worker at a mysterious government facility who is assigned to treat a soldier with severe PTSD. A Season 2 is coming soon, and there’s also going to be a TV adaptation, so now’s the time to get caught up.
Up and Vanished
Ever since Serial landed, numerous podcasters have set out to re-examine forgotten cases from the past with varying degrees of success. Well, one of the most successful to date is the Georgia-based Up and Vanished. The podcast follows the story of high school teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead who disappeared from her apartment in 2005. Documentarian Payne Lindsey sets out to find answers and without giving too much away… he does find them.