I get all my podcasts from Apple podcasts – you can subscribe to ongoing series and then they upload automatically which is nice.
Some podcasts are totally standalone, and many are interviews or discussions about a certain topic with 2 or more people talking to each other. Some are more like stories – like a fiction book broken into chapters – but I have never listened to one like that. There are also some (like some NPR podcasts) that are basically rebroadcasts of radio segments.
I LOVE podcasts, and listen to them on and off all day – on the bus, at work when I’m doing something mindless like data entry, in the car, falling asleep at night.
Here’s a list of a few of my favorites:
1) Up First (NPR) and The Daily (NYT). Both of these are short (15-ish minutes) and there’s a new episode every weekday. They’re a summary of the news of the day. I love to listen to these on the bus to get up to speed on what’s happening in the world.
2) NPR Politics. Politics for non-politics people. Easy to understand. Does have a liberal-ish slant (it is NPR after all) but they strive to be non-partisan.
3) Who Weekly. Hilarious discussion by 2 pop-culture writers about “whos” (D-list celebrities). Laugh-out-loud funny.
4) Serial. Enough said.
5) S*Town. Fascinating story – hard to describe, but from the Serial people.
6) Up and Vanished. True crime that gets solved as the podcast is in the middle of their investigation. The actual case is still going on in real time.
7) Anything from previously.tv podcasts. I’m a TV junkie so I looooooooooove these. Their flagship podcast is Extra Hot Great, and they have a TON of show-specific podcasts. A couple of my faves are The Inner Circle (about MTV’s The Challenge) and Little House on the Podcast (an episode by episode recap – very funny).
8) Criminal. Short, human interest stories.
9) Reply All. Very cool stories “about the internet.” Listen to the 2-parter about the scam Indian tech support company – fascinating.
And I saved the best for last.
10) In the Dark. An investigation into the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989. The case actually got solved just as the podcast was ending, but that’s not why it’s so good. The reporting is just astounding. There’s one episode that was so chilling that I actually caught myself holding my breath, just frozen waiting to hear what was going to happen. It’s literally the best thing I’ve ever listened to.