While podcasts are far from being new, if you have yet to give them a try, they’ll definitely change your life. And whether you’re obsessed with true-crime stories or you’re an aspiring entrepreneur looking for some inspiration, there’s a podcast out there for you. So the next time you’re tired of listening to the repetitive Top 40 music on the radio or you’re stuck along your morning commute, give one of these podcasts a try and get ready to binge-listen your afternoon way.
If You’re Into Technology
It definitely feels as if our lives are heavily influenced by technology and that pretty much everything can change at the push of a button. The clever people at The Verge clearly thought so too, which is why they recently launched the new podcast titled: Why’d You Push That Button?. This podcast explores the various choices technology forces us to make (for example, a recent episode dove into why people choose to “Super Like” someone on Tinder). You can expect interviews with consumers, developers, friends and strangers revolving around how our tiny tech decisions can seriously impact our social lives (which is either seriously interesting or super disturbing, depending on your POV. Black Mirror, anyone?)
If You’re Into TED Talks
The TED Radio Hour podcast takes the best of TED Talks and turns them into weekly, binegeable podcasts that you can listen to on the go. Hosted by Guy Raz, Radio Hour will provide you with no shortage of inspiration as its episodes are based on some of the most riveting talks given on the TED platform.
If You’re Really Into Films
Have you ever gone to see a movie and the second the credits started to roll, asked yourself, “How the hell did this get made?” That’s pretty much the premise behind the podcast How Did This Get Made. Hosted by actor Paul Scheer, his wife June Diane Raphael and comedian Jason Mantzoukas, this podcast takes a look at a film each week and tears it apart in an attempt to figure out how it was made. It’s honest and raw and definitely worth of a listen.
If You Were A Fan of Serial
If you devoured Serial in true podcast fashion, then you’re going to want to give S-Town a listen if you haven’t yet already. Set in small town Alabama, this murder mystery is brought to you by the team behind Serial and follows the protagonist John B. McLemore who suspects a murder has taken place and went unaccounted for. He implores a reporter to come from New York and investigate what he believes to be a police cover-up. While this podcast came out earlier this year, after listening to one chapter, you’ll binge-listen S-Town (aka “Shit Town”) in true millennial fashion.
If You’re Interested In How Technology Affects The Dating World
Hosted by Andrea Silenzi and her friends, experts, and the occasional random guy from the bar, Why Oh Why is a comical, weekly podcast that explores modern love and how it’s been overrun by technology. Some of the more notable episodes include in-depth looks at Tinder and why you should stop dating older men.
If You Like to Let Out Your Inner Sleuth
If you’ve ever become obsessed with solving the mysteries behind notes or letters that you’ve randomly found, then Found is the perfect podcast for you. Hosted by Davy Rothbart, this bi-weekly podcast explores the stories behind discarded messages, letters, lists and drawings and the person whose life was once affected by them.
If You’re Into Experimental Fiction
Brought to you by the folks at Gimlet Media, Homecoming is a scripted podcast starring some of Hollywood’s elite, including actors Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer and Catherine Keener. This podcast follows a therapist and an army veteran, who are thrown together by a new government program that helps soldiers readjust to civilian life. Without any narration, the series weaves together recorded phone calls and therapy sessions that slowly start to hint at more sinister motives. Listen to one episode of Homecoming and we guarantee you’ll be hooked.
If You Need Career Inspo
There are few female podcast hosts as fierce and talented as Poppy Harlow. When she’s not working as a journalist for CNN and Forbes.com, she’s busy hosting her weekly podcast Boss Files where she chats with the biggest names in business. From in-depth conversations with the men and women leading global companies to chatting with those committed to making a positive impact beyond the bottom line, Boss Files is the perfect podcast for those looking for some career or business inspiration.
If You’re Into Celebrity Gossip
If you’re a sucker for some good celebrity gossip, you’ll love listening to Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin and Jac Vanek dish about life in the Hollywood spotlight. The brash trio gives their honest yet hilarious insight during their weekly LadyGang podcasts where no subject is off limits.
If You’re Into American Politics
Hosted by Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, four former aides to President Obama, Pod Save America offers an honest conversation about all things politics. Listeners can enjoy two podcasts a week, which typically include interviews with journalists, politicians, comedians and activists for an uninhibited conversation about all things affecting American politics today.