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The 50 best podcasts to accept to in 2022

The best podcasts out there accept one affair in common: you can accept to them no amount what’s activity on about you

Edited by
Andy Kryza

We are active in the aureate age of podcasts. If you can dream up a subject, about in the world, there’s a being sitting in advanced of a microphone chatting at breadth about it. Accomplished media empires accept been congenital from podcasts. Some shows accept accomplished a point of cultural assimilation ahead aloof for movies and television shows – in fact, there are accomplished TV shows application podcasts as a artifice point…and a punchline. (We see you, Only Murders in the Building.) It’s appealing absurd development, accustomed that a little over a decade ago, alone the nerdiest of internet nerds knew what a podcast alike was. Now, it’s accessible that your own mom is recording one in your adolescence bedchamber as you apprehend this.  

There are so abounding podcasts at your auctioning that award the ones best account alert to can be challenging. Don’t worry: we’re actuality to about-face bottomward the static. We’ve put calm this account of the best podcasts currently alive in 2022. Whatever your interests, you’ll acquisition the top examples here, whether it’s accurate crime, pop culture, accepted contest or anecdotal fiction – there are alike a few your kids will enjoy. So go advanced and put these in your ears. You won’t affliction it.

Contributors: Anna Rahmanan Boil Frankel, Andy Kryza, Phil de Semlyen, Alex Plim, Dave Calhoun, Andrzej Lukowski, Cass Knowlton, Dalia Barth, Isabelle Aron, Alexandra Sims and Matthew Singer


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You apperceive a podcast is authoritative you cleverer back it involves homework. Anniversary adventure of ‘Start with This’ (the additional abstraction of the creators of ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, a awful podcast set in an abstract US town) gives admirers article to absorb and article to create: usually a book or TV appearance in the aboriginal instance, and a autograph appointment in the second. The article is to advice addition your creativity, and the capacity of the episodes are auspiciously varied, from ‘Present Tense’ to ‘Non-Lovecraftian Horror’.

Sure, your Platos and your Nietzsches are still acclaimed continued afterwards their deaths, but best philosophies abide appealing obscure. Had any chats about the accent of aesthetics to our compassionate of the world? Apperceive what verificationism is? If you listened to this adorable UK podcast, you actually would. ‘Philosophy Bites’ hosts Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds allure guests for abundant intros to the debates, thinkers and thoughts that accept shaped our world.


We’ve all asked ourselves that, haven’t we? Hilarious host Nicole Byer spends anniversary adventure of ‘Why Won’t You Date Me’ talking about avant-garde dating, including conversations about apps, accessible relationships, matchmakers and more. Yes, it is raunchy.

Launched in 2021, ‘Crime Show’ delivers on its affiance to acquaint ‘stories about people. And sometimes crime,’ with anniversary adventure alms a standalone adventure that doesn’t alone abatement aback on the grimly abracadabra ‘women accepting murdered’ adumbration (though annihilation is a accepted topic). Some shows absorb ghosts, others scammers and character thieves. And in one decidedly camp episode, we alike accommodated a accompanist whose articulation was baseborn by a chart-topping imposter. This isn’t your archetypal true-crime podcast. 


This podcast puts the US amends arrangement in the dock. The aboriginal division asks why it took authorities 27 years to break the abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling. Division two examines why a Atramentous man, Curtis Flowers, was approved six times for the aforementioned crime, while a 'special report' followup deals with the furnishings of Covid on the accessible Mississippi Delta. ‘In the Dark’s hallmarks are accurate analytic journalism and ballsy suspense. Not alone is it addictive, it’ll blaze you up. 

Merely attractive at a archetype of the New Yorker can accomplish you up to 15 percent cleverer, and the aforementioned goes for alert to its flagship fiction podcast. A accepted staffer reads a abbreviate adventure by a above New Yorker biographer – generally several decades above – and discusses it with the magazine’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman. It’s entertaining, sure, but it’s the delving into the anticipation processes of a assumption of acutely acute Americans – anticipate ZZ Packer, Bryan Washington, Jhumpa Lahiri – that gives it its zing.


In this podcast from The Ringer, above Vibe editor-in-chief Danyel Artisan offers a acquiescently astute abysmal dive into a altered Atramentous woman in the music industry anniversary week, absorption on craft, appulse and bequest while cogent actual specific moment-in-time stories. That includes a appearance committed to Whitney Huston’s atomic 1992 Cool Basin performance, the acceleration of Sade, a anatomization of the afire Lauryn Acropolis diss clue ‘Lost Ones’ and much, abundant more. 

The ‘wellness’ industry is ample with snake-oil salesmen hocking phenomenon cures. Maintenance Appearance is actuality to help sort actuality from fiction with its funny, brainy attending at the BS clouding the market. From fad diets to vibrators, fat-shaming to whatever Gwyneth Paltrow’s accomplishing at every moment, the appearance is actuality to deflate an acutely complicated affair in a way we can all understand. 


Part travelogue, allotment living-history certificate and actually annihilation like the white-savior cine that bears bisected its name, Driving the Blooming Book finds BBC anchorperson Alvin Anteroom and amusing amends trainer Janée Dupe Webe hitting the alley from Detroit to New Orleans application The Negro Motorist Blooming Book, a segregation-era roadmap for safe biking throught the American south. Forth the way, they appointment those who endured – and still abide – ageism and ancestral abandon in the US, but additionally ascertain active music, civilian rights monuments, abundant aliment and tales of adulation amidst turmoil. 

Even if you lived through it, answer the music of the ‘90s is no accessible task. History has above it bottomward to grunge and gangsta rap, but it was additionally a time of random-ass revivals, quick-disappearing fads and blockbuster pop. So far, biographer Rob Harvilla has managed to blow on a little bit of everything, from the accident hits (‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘I Appetite It That Way’) to the band abstract (‘Cannonball,’ ‘Hey Jealousy’) to the absolutely baffling (‘Smooth,’ ‘Pretty Fly [For a White Guy]’), bond aciculate analytical assay with alluring claimed anecdotes. Obviously, 60 songs was never activity to awning all that arena – thankfully, the alternation alternate to assay addition accumulation of 30-year-old bangers for division two.


‘This American Life’ originated as a accessible radio appearance (which it still is) in the 1990s and eventually took on the podcast architecture as well. Hosted by the instantly recognisable Ira Glass, anniversary adventure of this account appearance has a affair that is explored, usually through first-person narratives, by association from all walks of activity in the US and beyond. Anticipate ‘stories about actuality little’, the pros and cons of analysis and the account of a canal amateur who steals a actor dollars’ account of asleep birds.

Given its continued history, the podcast boasts a huge library. You can browse through 26 years of episodes appropriate now.

Actor and actor Laci Mosley presides over a true-crime podcast that revels aboveboard in the best twisted, adamant and cunning hustles on almanac and analyses them as works of art. Part-con investigation, part-comic riff-along, ‘Scam Goddess’ drags enjoyably-monikered scammers like ‘the Deutschland Duper’ and ‘the Backbiting Hipster’ into the light. Mosley and a bedfellow will bite over these aberrant schemes with a argumentative eye and the odd absorbing tangent. 


At the end of 2019, gluttonous to afford ablaze on the 400th ceremony of the aboriginal bondservant address landing on American shores, the New York Times launched the 1619 Project. The effort was a multimedia one, arrest the affair in print, online, television and audio. The closing action took the anatomy of a podcast, ‘1619’.

The bristles episodes (the aftermost one is breach into two parts) are hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, who interviews the paper’s writers and critics to try and dissect the bequest of bullwork in the country.

For some, sports is activity and activity is sports, and while that’s apparently not the healthiest way to attending at the world, in the appropriate hands, it can be appealing funny. In this podcast, actor Ian Karmel and his ball buddies get calm to abstract aggregate from fabulous athletes to Seinfeld characters to ‘animals who can fuck appropriate off.’ Naturally, the debates can get appealing acrimonious – and hilarious.


This is a account podcast hosted by Willa Paskin, the television analyzer at Slate. She is an outstanding journalist who examines a distinct object, addiction or cultural catechism in anniversary episode. Actuality are some of the questions ‘Decoder Ring’ has explored in the past: why do gay bodies adulation Judy Album so much? Who is abashed of Bart Simpson? How do you alpha a cabal theory?

Emmy-winning announcer Jemele Acropolis has consistently appear off as a being who knows a lot about everything, and her witty, insightful, often amusing Spotify pod furthers that angle by accoutrement a advanced swath of capacity apropos to film, journalism, music, abstract and beyond. The appearance has included interviews with Lisa Ling, Dan Rather, Chiffon Haddish, Kamala Harris, Stephen Colbert Michael B Jordan, Jill Scott, Abandon D and abounding added luminaries exploring the weight of their assignment and the beyond cultural banishment in abyss with one of the best interviewers in the game. 


NPR’s accepted podcast captivated up about four years ago after actually cogent us how to do everything. But there’s still a abundance accession of ability stored in its archive, as hosts Mike Danforth and Ian Chillag break problems that you hadn’t ahead realised were problems: from ascent an animated defence of weasels, to tips on backbiting your way through a chat about golf. Its 265 episodes are all continuing by to advice enhance your able parts.


Not all crimes absorb a burst arch in a forest. ‘The Compress Abutting Door’, one of the best abominable – and funniest – belief of abetment you’ll anytime hear, is the additional kind. It’s about a New York analyst who takes his accord with one accommodating way, way too far. It’s abounding of chichi country pads and amazing New York Jewish accents, and it will leave you adage ‘oy vey’ like you absolutely beggarly it. Once you’ve finished, analysis out Apple's new adjustment starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.

Did you apperceive that Loretta Lynn’s 1975 song about bearing control, ‘The Pill’, was banned from radio stations back aboriginal released? These are the kinds of factoids you'll apprentice about back alert to ‘Cocaine and Rhinestones, a alluring dive into the history of avant-garde country music. And if you’re not into country, don’t anguish – there are awesome music podcasts out there for all tastes.


Very funny bodies Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael (plus a agenda of actual funny appropriate guests) adulation movies. Abnormally ambiguous ones. In this absurdly banal pod, the leash go acquiescently 'Mystery Science Theater' on a cross-genre advance of so-bad-they’re-good films, from the Schwarzeneggerian wonders of 'Jingle All the Way' to the kid-mobster aberancy of 'Bugsy Malone'. As a bonus, they additionally dive into abundant films that are certifiably bizarre, including John Woo’s activity archetypal 'Face/Off' and Patrick Swayze’s 'Road House'

On the flip-side of the film-nerd spectrum from ‘How Did This Get Made,’ John Bleasdale’s ‘Writers on Film’ appearance conversations with historians and authors who actually wrote the book on your admired films and filmmakers. The conversations are abounding of insights, factoids and anecdotes on the authoritative (and impact) of aggregate from 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Midnight Cowboy', 'Highlander' and abundant more.


The actual funny aggregation of advisers abaft British bold appearance QI spends its canicule advertent weird, admirable and absolutely different factoids. And every week, they discharge the best random, gobsmacking being they’ve discovered. Accede it the podcast agnate of affair a accumulation of bemused trivia champs at the pub… bodies who are aflame to acquaint you tales about red pandas, abyssal vegetable detectives and age-old air conditioners.

This one’s appealing self-explanatory. During each episode of this podcast, a new being will actually sit in a allowance abandoned and allocution about his or her better fears. From cockroaches to death, flying, ample crowds and alike boredom, the discussions on ‘10 Things That Alarm Me’ run from funny to abysmal and aggregate in-between.


Missing banquet with friends? Cull up a armchair to this acutely British table and let accompanist Jessie Ceramics and her mum Lennie accumulate you company.. They allure celebs (guests accommodate Baton Porter, Maisie Williams, Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney and UK MP Jess Phillips) over to Lennie’s for dinner, they accept a acceptable old babble and sometimes Jessie’s brother gets roped in to accomplish pudding (David Schwimmer slags off his assistant aliment in one episode). It’s the podcast agnate of a dank novel.

For 15 years, announcer Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History has taken a advocate access to some of history’s better events, aberrant a close but attainable carpeting about world-chaning events, actual villains and more, with abounding pop-culture references to accumulate things fresh. Episodes ambit from a 15-minute allocution comparing Alexander the Abundant and Hitler to a six-hour address on the Celtic Holocaust, culminating in a whopping six-part attending at the Asia-Pacific war that spans about 20 hours. Somehow, it never gets dull.


Another one by the New York Times, ‘The Daily’ is the paper's, well, circadian account podcast. It has acquired an about cult-like afterward acknowledgment to host Michael Barbaro, who interviews the publication’s journalists about the top belief of the day. Barbaro’s abatement accent and his adeptness to absolutely breach bottomward an affair in 20 to 30 account accept catapulted him to fame.


Elizabeth Holmes is the ashamed architect of Theranos, a blood-testing technology that she claimed would revolutionise the medical industry. The adventure of her lies and abatement has been actual in a book, an HBO documentary, an accessible Jennifer Lawrence blur and, of course, in arresting anatomy as ‘The Dropout’ podcast.

Gillian Pensavalle’s ‘The Hamilcast’ absolutely is a account podcast adherent to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit agreeable ‘Hamilton’, and it absolutely is now advancing up on its two hundred and fiftieth episode. Accepting continued ago interviewed Miranda himself and all the iconic aboriginal casting members, it charcoal a advantageously agog activity in which ultra-likeable superfan Pensavalle dials up a casting affiliate or artistic from one of the many, abounding productions of the appearance from about the apple and basically aloof gossips with them for a bit. It's affectionate of gone above talking about ‘Hamilton’, and is instead a alluring and fun acumen into what it's like to assignment in agreeable theatre.


Each anniversary on ‘You’re Amiss About’, journalists Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes baddest a above actual moment – say, the OJ Simpson balloon – and assay why it’s been ‘miscast in the accessible imagination'. The after-effects of this podcast are consistently alluring and surprising.

If BBC archetypal ‘Desert Island Discs’ is a bit abundant on Beethoven and adolescence affliction for your liking, accord this circuit on the abstraction a whirl. It’s hosted by aliment biographer Margie Nomura with an ear for a acceptable adventure and a adeptness faculty of the affiliation amid aliment and emotion. The guests usually wax cornball about the dishes that fabricated them. If you adorned audition Stanley Tucci adage the chat ‘risotto’ a lot – and assurance me, you do – attending no further. 


There are affluence of food podcasts out there, but ‘The Sporkful’ is the pièce de la attrition – it has alike won a celebrated James Bristles award. Architect and host Dan Pashman approaches ‘food from abounding angles’, including Q&As with chefs and restaurateurs, the role that ability plays in eating, accurate notes, thoughts on character and more.

Every bandage is somebody’s admired band. But some bands transcend simple fandom and accomplish their own countless of committed followers. Spotify host Yasi Salek dives abysmal into a altered cultishly admired bandage anniversary week, complete with curated playlists with the abeyant to win new converts. Shows focus on acutely altered bandage lifestyles, from the bout cultures of Phish and Dave Matthews to the ‘family’ of Juggalos adherent to Batty Antic Aggregation and the absolute abstruse Gin Blossoms admirers still agreeable for ‘Hey Jealousy’ all these years later. 


Dan Taberski’s seven-episode alternation takes a microscope to the after-effects of the September 11, 2001 agitator advance – in particular, its added disregarded consequences. Anniversary adventure zeroes in on the adventures of those affected to change their lives afterwards that acute day: From a Pakistani business buyer reckoning with the dematerialization of hundreds of his Muslim neighbors, to writers at The Onion grappling with the angle of ‘too soon’. What after-effects is active and generally darkly humorous. 

Sometimes you appetite a adventure after all the little details. You know, the dank bits. Actor Rosie Waterland and co-host Jacob Stanlkey accept you covered, accepting to the nut of true-crime sagas, cabal theories, celebrity account and history’s best absorbing bodies after accepting too into it. Anticipate of it like a beneath inebriated Drunk History: one that ethics acceptable storytelling aloft all, but doesn’t skimp on alluring facts.


Miss Marple. Jessica Fletcher. Jane Tennison. Some of the sharpest sleuths in the pop-cultural assize accept been women. Also, as this anarchic podcast proves, some of the funniest ones. Its half-cut hosts, Hannah, Catie and Taylor, comb about the bigger capacity of some bent case like they’ve aloof stormed in from the pub. Which they apparently have. 

‘Modern Love’ is a accepted New York Times cavalcade that was additionally angry into a awful rated album alternation on Amazon. The podcast, which landed afore the TV assembly anytime did, appearance notable personalities account the accepted columns. At the end of anniversary episode, the hosts account the aboriginal essayists to altercate post-column life.


Although affluence of association listened to added shows before Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder co-created this analytic journalism podcast, ‘Serial’ captured the absorption of the apple like none afore it – aloof as Making a Murderer stoked an attraction with true-crime documentaries, ‘Serial’ laid the background for the brand in audio form.

The album appearance three altered seasons, anniversary one focused on a altered accurate story. If you haven’t listened to it yet, this is a abundant (and binge-worthy) addition to the medium.

Guests present their disputes – both petty and austere – to Adjudicator John Hodgman. No, he is not an absolute judge, but abundant of an candid actor to try and break issues. Warning: there will be laughs.


The explanation of this comedic medical podcast is ‘A Conjugal Bout of Bearded Medicine’. Dr Sydnee McElroy and bedmate Justin are basically a tag team: in anniversary adventure of ‘Sawbones’, she brings up the history of a assertive medical convenance while he angle it through a comedic lens.

Here are a few things you should apperceive about ‘Wooden Overcoats’: it aired from 2015 to 2019, it’s anecdotal by a mouse, it’s about two aggressive burial homes set up in the aforementioned baby English village, and it’s a agreeable fabulous comedy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be abashed but, best importantly, you’ll be thoroughly entertained.


Mums aren’t the alone ones who will enjoy ‘Motherhood Sessions’, hosted by changeable analyst Alexandra Sacks. Apprehend to get affecting while alert to guests allocution about the abounding facets that accomplish motherhood one of the best complicated, rewarding, ambagious and abysmal aspects of life.

There charge be a acumen Barrow Parton is so famous – and ‘Dolly Parton’s America’ sheds ablaze on aloof that. You’ll booty a airing through Dollyverse, acquirements all about the artist’s life, the acceptation of her hit ‘Jolene’ and, of course, apprehend about the Dollywood affair park. But you’ll additionally apprehend about how Ms. Parton has shaped American ability as we apperceive it.


Every episode, bold English chappies James Acaster and Ed Action allure a celebrity bedfellow to their fabulous restaurant to aces their dream menu. And what comes out of the kitchen? Banter, obviously. Endless of blood-soaked banter. They’ve had anybody from Wahaca architect Thomasina Miers to amateur Martin Freeman, administrator Edgar Artisan and singing megastar Chaff Groban, and it consistently leads to some adorable conversation. 

BBC host Melvyn Bragg dedicates his abounding podcast to the history of ideas, acid abysmal into the assorted and under-explored history abaft science, culture, aesthetics and more. It’s a appearance area Anne Brontë and Shakespeare co-exist on the aforementioned communicative even as Robert Oppenheimer and the Russo-Japanese war, and area the absolute history of London comes to activity beyond the amount of a distinct arresting episode. 


Most of us accept been accursed at some point. But best of us haven’t been accursed by the nicest man in Hollywood. And beneath still accept been canned by said nice man because we had ‘dead eyes.’ In this series, actor Connor Ratliff seeks to ascertain the accuracy of his Hanks-sanctioned battlefront from Band of Brothers aback in 2001, forth the way exploring the pitfalls and horor belief of Hollywood address of actors, admiral and comedians he meets in his self-declared brainless adventure for the truth. 

With added than 375 episodes to their name, the Bowery Boys accept dug abysmal into the trenches of New York history and larboard no bean unturned in their enthrallingly claimed access to the history of the Big Apple. Capacity ambit from the history of the city’s cemeteries to the actualization of Broadway. It alike looks at the belief abaft some of the city’s best iconic hotels, demography the aforementioned focused access to histories both ample and awful specific and bringing the burghal to activity with verve.


We all attempt with able work-life balance, and hosts Rico Gagliano and Liz Dolan apperceive that. In short, ‘Safe for Work’ explores our accord with our job and the demands of accumulated life. Yes, it’s safe to tune into this at work!

This is a podcast about music. Added specifically, this is a podcast that dissects how a song is fabricated and why it gets ashore in our heads. Every adventure is account a listen, but if you're attractive for article specific (for example: why do we adulation Prince so much?), you can chase for a assertive artist, affair or music brand on the ‘Switched on Pop’ website. You're affirmed to acreage on article interesting.


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