These podcasts are very popular and will catch your ear in 2018. Here’s a list of what you might find enjoyable. It is by no means comprehensive:
Pod Save America
Four former aids to President Obama are linked to journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a carefree discussion regarding politics, the press and challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
Successful interior designer Debra Newell meets John Meehan, a handsome man who confirms all the correct data points: attentive, available after just returning from a stint in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. Her family doesn’t like john, and become entangled in a complex network of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and finally, survival. Hosted by Christopher Goffard of the L.A. Times.
This show’s mission is to find it. Only what you need to know, none of what you don’t. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Supplied by New York Times journalism. Five days a week, twenty minutes a day, available by 6 AM.
This podcast brings you stories of life inside prison, distributed and produced by inmates themselves. The show is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in California and Nigel Poor, a Bay State artist. This team works in San Quentin’s media lab, producing stories which are somewhat difficult, frequently funny and always honest.
The news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas, from politics to pop culture. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, including reporting and analysis from NPR News. Available weekdays at 6AM ET.
30 For 30
First-hand audio documentaries with more from the acclaimed 30 for 30 series. You’ll find sports stories like you’ve never experienced before.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Touch base with the deeper meaning of the world around you with Super Soul. Listen to Oprah’s private selection of interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, and health and wellness experts. All designed to enlighten you while helping bring you another step nearer to your best self.
Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked
This podcast features true-life supernatural stories, told primary by people who can barely believe it actually happened. Be very afraid! Produced by Snap Judgment at the WNYC radio studios.
Writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton’s upbeat weekly podcast delves into the issues of the day surrounding race, gender, and pop culture, breaking up the more serious topics with lighthearted recurring segments. Each week brings a new notable guest such as Roxane Gay and Hillary Clinton.
Here to Make Friends
Ever since The Bachelor and its adjacent shows have become cultural institutions, it makes sense there’s a Huffpost podcast to discuss it. Hosts Emma Gray and Clair Fallon carry each episode of The Bachelor with their signature snark and social commentary. Contestants from the show often show up as guests to discuss the behind-the-scenes goings on.
Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai
Matt Bellassai is from BuzzFeed’s Whine About It and makes his podcasting debut with Unhappy Hour. With his classic pessimistic humor, Bellassai covers pop culture and news, even offering dramatic anecdotes from his life experiences.
The Morning Breath
Social media sisters Claudia and Jackie Oshry host their own morning show, broadcasting on various media, including iTunes, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. The sisters discuss five stories you need to know—often going on rants about their personal lives and bursting into songs.
If you’ve ever wanted explanations for historic events that don’t seem to add up? Lore uncovers that and much more in its biweekly podcast. Lore is systematically one of the top-rated podcasts, boasting over 9,000 reviews.
Anna Faris is Unqualified
Anna Faris brings in her network of celebrity to discuss all things Hollywood as well as relationships. Listeners are free to email the show with their own relationship questions.
Bad With Money
Author Gaby Dunn dispels the confusion and shame that so many of us have about our finances. The podcast takes a layman’s approach to discussing debt, monetary success, and pragmatic questions concerning what happens to someone’s money when they die?
Call Your Girlfriend
This show is an energizing mix of the personal and political. The show covers political dramas coupled with social media headlines, sprinkled with self-care tips. Hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman bring a unique feminist eye to every topic.
How to Build a Rocket Ship
A weekly podcast bringing in big-name entrepreneurs to discuss aspects of beginning a startup, which is where the show gets its name. You’ll hear about product development to advice on profiling, uncovering and converting your customers, making it a wonderful show to listen to whether you’re business to business or business to customer.
This show is a grittier variation of Apple’s Planet of the Apps, a podcast where startup founders pitch their companies to investors and obtain feedback, if they’re fortunate, an investment. Many distinct points of view are featured on the show, making it entertaining and informative.
The Football Ramble
A genuinely passionate, light-hearted podcast celebrating the game of Football. The show’s hosts; Marcus, Pete, Jim and Luke, do live show’s and offer an ad-free version and host of extra shows, if you pay for Acast, but the weekly gang buster remains free and very much worth a listen.
The Cycling Podcast
If you’re interested in cycling, you’ll love The Cycling Podcast. Produced by renowned journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe, the show is centered around the world of professional cycling, their extensive knowledge of the sport and the stories behind them.
Death, Sex & Money
What happens when people stop being polite, and begin becoming real regarding the subjects death, sex and money? Host Anna Sale centers every episode around one of these three divisive topics, interviewing ordinary people as well as personalities that help listeners gain a deeper understanding on the various complications surrounding those issues.
This is another podcast brought to you by the creators of Serial and This American Life. It’s a crime-related podcast you’ll become addicted too. Its seven parts tells a story of a man from Alabama who brags about killing someone.
Camp Adulthood and the Resident Youth
In this podcast, a 20 something and a 30 something discuss the social divide in the generation. Various millennial guests co-host to talk about jobs, life and trying to be an adult.
Design is everywhere in our lives, most importantly in places we’ve stopped noticing. This is a daily exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. Hosted by producer Roman Mars.
This is a biweekly account of haunted houses, cemeteries and islands and normal places which become paranormal parcels. Every spooky place on our planet possesses an actual, real backstory. Actual legends, uncanny histories with tales of the supernatural. Host is Greg Polcyn.
The Big Loop
This is a biweekly anthology podcast hosted by Michael Kim, co-creator of The Black Tapes. Every episode is a self-contained narrative investigating the strange, the wonderful, the terrifying, and the heartbreaking.
How I Built This
This is a weekly podcast from host Guy Raz regarding innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements which they built. Every episode is a narrative journey noticeable by accomplishments, failures and insight—as told by the founders of some of the best known companies and brands.
LinkedIn’s Work in Progress
Where is work headed? Hosted by LinkedIn Senior Editor Caroline Fairchild, this podcast delves into absorbing world of work, featuring discussions with some of our economy’s largest thinkers including interviews with workers around the U.S., all coping with change.
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Imagine if you will your Dad wrote a very dirty book. For the most part, people would try and ignore it, pretending it had never happened. Not Jamie Morton. Rather, he decided to read it to the world in this new comedy podcast. With his friends James Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie will read a chapter a week.
Raised by TV
Two latchkey kid sisters Job Gabrus and Lauren Lapkus, reveal their unsound obsession with television by discussing their overly fanatical feelings regarding a different show in each weekly episode.
The Tony Robbins Podcasts
The #1 Life and Business Strategist shares proven strategies and tactics so you can also achieve massive results in your business, relationships, health and finances.