If you’re one of the many Joes or Janes who are now having to call home their place of work, you’ll know just how much of a godsend a decent podcast can be. But with so much on offer and the coronavirus lockdown seemingly here to stay for the foreseeable future, it can be hard to know which podcast to listen to next. So with that in mind, here’s our favourite new and returning podcasts of 2020 so far.

10 of the Best Podcasts in 2020 to Listen to in Lockdown
Crossfire Podcast

Crossfire

Genre: Politics
Produced by: Telegraph

Even if your usual political affiliations aren’t aligned with the Telegraph, we’d still highly recommend listening to their podcast detailing the saga of Russia’s involvement in Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and, in particular, Britain’s role in the scandal. The six-part series explores the FBI investigation using first-hand testimony and is an essential for anyone interested in geo-politics and arguably the biggest political story since Watergate.


The Dating Game Killer Podcast

The Dating Game Killer

Genre: True Crime
Produced by: Wondery

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on an American TV show called The Dating Game. Little did the TV producers, police or his date know he was in the middle of a killing spree that stretched from New York to LA. Produced by Wondery (the team behind Dirty John and Over My Dead Body), The Dating Game Killer looks at how Alcala evaded the authorities and confused psychiatrists. Be warned: despite its almost comical title and set-up, this one isn’t for the faint hearted.


The 27 Club Podcast

The 27 Club

Genre: Music
Produced by: iHeartRadio

The 27 Club is a brand-new podcast from iHeartRadio which looks at the lives of the musicians who have membership to the ‘27 Club’, ie have died at the age of 27 years old.  Created by Jake Brennan, the first season focuses on the extraordinary life of Jimi Hendrix and the mysterious events that still surround his untimely death. Subsequent seasons will explore other legendary artists who died at 27, including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin.


How I Built This Podcast

How I Built This

Genre: Business
Produced by: NPR

NPR is one of the giants in the podcast world and one of our favourite shows is How I Built This. The show is perfect for the entrepreneurs out there with host Guy Raz inviting a variety of innovators and business folk to tell their stories of success in ventures like Dell Computers, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s.


13 Minutes to the Moon Podcast

13 Minutes to the Moon

Genre: History
Produced by: BBC Sounds

This is the second series of the Beeb’s 13 Minutes to the Moon, following the huge success of last year’s beautifully crafted, in-depth retelling of the Apollo 11 mission. The second series focuses on to the Apollo 13 mission, which set off less than a year later. Edited together with original interviews and archive recordings, it’s as dramatic and spellbinding as the first series with the race on to get all three astronauts back to Earth alive.


Locked Together Podcast

Locked Together

Genre: Comedy
Produced by: audible

If you’re looking for some Coronavirus content that won’t leave you thoroughly down in the dumps, audible’s new series Locked Together might just be the tonic. The podcast checks in with comedy double-acts or writing partners to see how they’re coping with being apart during the lockdown. Expect to hear from the likes of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, and Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield. We should also mention that it’s completely free too – you just need an Amazon or audible account.


Fake Heiress Podcast

Fake Heiress

Genre: True Crime/Drama
Produced by: BBC Sounds

You may have already heard of the name Anna Delvey. But if you haven’t we implore you to read the Vanity Fair article which first told the story of a wealthy German heiress who ran up bills of tens of thousands of dollars at New York hotels and flew in a private jets, but was actually a Russian-born intern at a fashion magazine called Anna Sorokin. Once you’ve read the article, have listen to the BBC docudrama Fake Heiress, which mixes straight reporting with fictional scenes. The drama can be a little cheesy in places but it’s fascinating nonetheless.


Speedway Podcast

Speedway

Genre: Sport
Produced by: audible

While we could recommend plenty of football podcasts, with the season in hiatus now is probably the time to delve into some of the more interesting and obscure sporting podcasts. One such example of this is audible’s Speedway, which looks at the popularity of speedway in the 70s and 80s where it was a fixture of Saturday afternoon TV in the UK and live racing packed out Wembley Stadium. But what happened? And could speedway ever have another heyday?


Murder Squad Podcast

Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad

Genre: True Crime
Produced by: Exactly Right Media

Ever wanted to get involved in a true crime podcast? Well, now’s your chance! Retired cold case investigator Paul Holes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen dig up unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases in this brand new podcast from Exactly Right Media. Each week focuses on a different case, with Holes and Jensen attempting to use a variety of methods, including the skills of their listeners, to try and solve the cases.


Truth and Lies Jeffrey Epstein Podcast

Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein

Genre: Documentary
Produced by: ABC News

Chances are you’ll know something about the fall of Jeffrey Epstein. But with the story shrouded in so much conspiracy, it can be hard to separate the fact from fiction. Which is why it’s good to have it told by a reputable and trusted source. For our money, ABC News’ eight-part podcast Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein certainly fits that bill. Documenting Epstein’s rise to power and death last year, the podcast looks at the failed first investigation over a decade ago and shares first-hand stories of the women who fought to have their voices heard.


Any podcasts we’ve missed off? Let us know your recommendations in the comments or join the conversation over on Twitter!

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