Podcasts are incredibly popular right now. They make for a great alternative to listening to the radio or to music and are a convenient way to learn something new or be entertained while doing other things. But as the popularity of podcasts grows so does the variety of options listeners have. There are so many choices that it can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve got a list of four podcasts to listen to right now.
From the makers of the very popular Serial podcast and public radio favorite This American Life, S-Town is a podcast that kind of defies description. The whole project stemmed from a 2014 email that John B. McLemore sent to This American Life with a request that they investigate an alleged murder in Woodstock, Alabama. We can’t say much more than that or it will give the whole podcast series away, but over the course of seven episode Brian Reed investigates the alleged crime and the series becomes more about relationships and the intricacies of human connection than it does about crime.
True crime is possibly one of the most popular genres of entertainment out there and My Favorite Murder brings that to the podcast world with a humorous bent. Hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the podcast recounts a murder per episode. It’s not gruesome, however. The hosts often spend most of the episodes talking among themselves and often cover more than the actual cases. Most episodes contain a lot of discussion of Kilgariff and Hardstark’s personal lives. They also record a “minisode” each week that discusses hometown murders sent in by listeners. The show is hosted by Feral Audio and actually has a quiet philanthropic purpose: much of the show’s profits from donations or merchandise sales are donated to police departments to fund testing of the backlog of rape kits.
Produced by WNYC Studios, a subsidiary of New York Public Radio, Death, Sex and Money is an interview-style podcast that gets into the difficult questions and subjects that people generally don’t talk about. Hosted by Anna Sale, the podcast often takes cues from current events but generally focuses on in-depth conversation. The show also sometimes has celebrity guests, such as Jane Fonda and Dan Savage. It’s an interesting listen that makes you think while simultaneously makes you feel very, very human.
Hosted by authors and filmmakers Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, The Minimalists Podcast is an outgrowth the minimalist lifestyle Millburn and Nicodemus adopted in 2010 and then turned into a book and a documentary film. The pair cover a wide variety of topics in an informal and informative manner, but each episode ties back to the general idea of minimalism. The episodes vary widely in length, but provide an interesting perspective on how to get the most out of life. Even if minimalism isn’t your thing, there’s still a lot of great information and things to think about with this independently hosted podcast.
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These are only four really great podcasts out there so we’re always looking for more to listen to. What are some of your favorite podcasts? Let us know in the comments!