Podcasts are perfect to listen to on the way to work or just having a chill day at home. But with so many of them, it’s hard to know which ones are worth checking out. I’ve become an addict lately, so here are the best podcasts of 2016…so far
If you don’t know where to start
Check Out This American Life
“This American Life” covers stories on just about everything. A look at some of their favorite episodes shows topics ranging from amusement parks to the psychopath test to unusual pen pals.
Even their “about us” page says that the show is hard to describe, and looking through the episodes is the best way to get an idea. Considering the show has been around since 1996, there are tons of episodes to sift through. You’re guaranteed to find something you’re going to want to listen to.
Try This Episode 20 Acts In 60 Minutes
If you want to feel like you’re just hanging out with friends
Check Out Another Round
While they dive into some serious discussions about race and gender, Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton know how to keep things fun. Their friendship helps make the podcast, with them frequently cracking up and joking together. The guests they have are always awesome and cover a huge range. Recent episodes featured Heben’s husband, Jaime Camil; Olympic gold medalist and boxer Claressa Shields; and “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. Any list of best podcasts of 2016 wouldn’t be complete without Another Round.
Try This Episode Mommy’s Side Piece
If you have a romantic side
Check Out Modern Love
This is the very popular New York Times column in podcast form — and it’s just as good, if not better. A variety of prominent actors and actresses such as Colin Farrell, Tony Hale and Jason Alexander narrate these poignant essays that are about real-life relationships. Listening to other people’s love stories is fascinating and can be heartbreaking, too. Light some candles, open a bottle of wine and break out the tissues for this one.
Try This Episode Coming Out As A Modern Family
If you obsessively watched “Making a Murderer”
Check Out Sword And Scale
True crime is a fascination that’s shared by many. It’s strangely compelling, yet horrifying at the same time. “Sword and Scale” capitalizes on that fascination and explores the unsettling world of criminal activity and the minds of the people who can commit such acts. Unlike the influx of true crime shows we’ve been seeing lately, this podcast has been churning out episodes for a while now.
Try This Episode Episode 68
If you have the biggest music library out of all your friends
Check Out Song Exploder
Every episode completely breaks down an individual song — and it’s the musician who created it doing the dissecting. This can suck in everyone from the music buff who’s always trying to get you to listen to obscure bands to the casual listener who wants to know more. Music is something pretty much everyone enjoys, and with the range of artists here you’re guaranteed to find at least one episode with one of your favorites.
Try This Episode CHVRCHES
If you could use a good laugh
Check Out WTF with Marc Maron
Marc Maron has been a comedian for over 20 years, and “WTF” brings the funny to a podcast format. Many of the episodes revolve around his conversations with his guests. He’s had everyone from President Obama to Dick Van Dyke to Lemony Snicket on his show. And if that doesn’t convince you to listen, check out the rest of his insanely long list of guests.
Try This Episode Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Louie C.K.
Podcasts are a truly fascinating form of entertainment with so much to be discovered. Pick one from this list of the best podcasts of 2016 and get to listening!