A huge collection of the best podcasts

Nov 9, 2015 · 18 min read

By the ReadThisThing team

Podcasts have been around for a while, but really seem to be catching their stride now.

At ReadThisThing, we normally curate journalism — but this week we decided to compile a comprehensive list of 200 outstanding podcasts.

Since the world of podcasts is still a bit fragmented, some links go to official websites, others to iTunes, and others to SoundCloud. If a link doesn’t work for the way you consume podcasts, just Google and you’ll be able to find RSS or whatever other link you need.

If you have suggestions for more or comments about any of these, please jump in and share them. And, if you think more people should see this list, please ❤ it.


  • The Mothtrue stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers.
  • This American LifeEach week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme.
  • StoryCorpsStoryCorps travels the country collecting the stories of everyday people, who get to take the microphone and interview each other about their lives.
  • Snap JudgementA mix of real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-ass radio.
  • Memory Palace Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, always super-great.
  • Love + RadioIn-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime.
  • The TruthMovies for your ears: short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing
  • StrangersTrue stories about people we meet, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that we aren’t even who we thought we were.
  • Mortified a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids — diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond — in front of total strangers
  • Fresh Air Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.
  • 99% InvisibleA tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.


  • The Ricky Gervais Podcast - A free and occasional podcast from Ricky Gervais which often features a bald manic twonk.
  • The Joe Rogan Experiencea long form conversation hosted by comedian, UFC color commentator, and actor Joe Rogan
  • WTF with Marc MaronComedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day — WTF?
  • RISK! A live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public”
  • Comedy Bang BangA high-spirited get-together between host Scott Aukerman (“Mr. Show”, Producer of “Between Two Ferns”) and his funny friends!
  • Put your hands togetherthe first-ever stand-up comedy podcast
  • Le Show - Vogue magazine describes Le Show as “wildly clever, iconoclastic stew of talk, music, political commentary...”
  • The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot ProjectFor anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying
  • Judge John HodgmanComedian John Hodgman hears out disputes like “is chili a soup or a stew?”
  • Shane and Friends I‘m Shane Dawson and I have a lot of friends. Most of them are in my head. Listen as me and my producer Lauren Schnipper talk about stuff we think is funny and interview people we hope are funny.
  • The Adam Corolla ShowAdam shares his thoughts on current events, relationships, airport security, specialty pizzas, politics, and anything else he can complain about.
  • A Mediocre Time with Tom and DanA strange comedy show
  • Totally LaimeElizabeth and Andy shoot the shit with a guest from the world of comedy in their house every week


  • Baseball TonightESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney leads the baseball discussion along with other top analysts.
  • Pardon The InterruptionTony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon face off on the day’s hottest topics in sports.
  • CBS Sports Fantasy Football Today analysis from writers Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg, Heath Cummings and more
  • The Daily Fantasy Football EdgeThree of the top minds in daily fantasy sports combine to break down each week of fantasy football like no one else can.
  • The Football Rambleone of the most influential and entertaining shows about the world’s most popular sport
  • Mailtime by Barstool Sportsdiscussing TV, sports, and life along with everything else the average 9-to-5 guy working in an office cares about
  • Move the SticksFormer NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks break down the latest news and action around the league from a scout’s perspective, alongside NFL player personnel executives.
  • The Lowe Post Grantland’s Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.
  • The Rich Eisen Showfootball analysis mixed with pop culture, humor, and interviews with the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
  • Jalen and JacobyESPN’s Jalen Rose and David Jacoby give the people what they want, breaking down the latest in sports and pop culture as only they can.
  • The Dan Patrick ShowWith exclusive insider access, Patrick brings A-list guests from the world of sports and entertainment to The Dan Patrick Show.
  • Marek vs. WyshinskiJeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports team up to agree and disagree on the NHL news of the day
  • The Steve Dangle PodcastSteve “Dangle” Glynn and KiSS 92.5’s Adam Wylde talk about hockey and silly things.
  • The Garbage Time Podcast with Katie NolanA humorous take on the world of sports.


  • Tiny Desk ConcertsTiny Desk Concerts from NPR’s All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen’s desk in the NPR Music office.
  • Morning Becomes Eclectic — Jason Bentley hosts KCRW’s signature daily music program featuring new releases from emerging and established artists, underappreciated gems, live performances, and interviews.
  • Music that mattersKEXP brings you the music that matters from some of its favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world
  • All Songs ConsideredHosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton spin new music from emerging bands and musical icons.
  • The ReadJoin Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé.
  • Sodajerker On SongwritingA program devoted to the art and craft of songwriting
  • The Combat Jack Show a diverse array of personalities with an overall love and appreciation for hip hop culture, fashion, music, and current events.


  • PRI’s The WorldThe world’s most interesting stories in an hour of radio that reminds us just how small our planet really is.
  • TIME’s Top StoriesAll of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME.
  • PBS NewshourListen to the PBS NewsHour program in its entirety, including updates, in-depth reports, interviews and analysis, all featuring our senior correspondents.
  • BBC Global NewsThe day’s top stories from BBC News compiled twice daily in the week, once at weekends.
  • USA Today’s 5 ThingsThe 5 top stories you need to know every morning, hosted by USA TODAY’s Maria T. Fowler.
  • What HurtsWith Dave Pell and Phil Bronstein
  • Citizen RadioDedicated to covering the stories that the mainstream, corporate media ignores

Life at work

  • WorkingSlate interviews Americans with interesting jobs, including TV host Stephen Colbert, about their workdays.
  • Slack Variety PackA podcast about work, life, and everything in between. In every episode we guarantee a glorious mix of stories on innovative ideas, modern culture, and people who have found their purpose. (Hosted by Slack)
  • Dave Ramsey ShowDave Ramsey teaches you to manage and budget your money, get out of debt, build wealth, and live in financial peace
  • Manager ToolsWhether it’s a big deal (like succession planning) or an easy fix (agendas in meetings), we’ll tell you exactly how to proceed, in detail.
  • Audio Whitepapers for marketingWhite papers don’t have to be boring. And now you don’t even have to read them.


  • MarketplacePublic radio’s daily magazine on business and economics news
  • Planet MoneyYou’ll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks — all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.
  • Freakonomics RadioSurprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature — from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.
  • Exchanges at Goldman SachsPeople from across the firm share their insights on developments shaping industries, markets and the global economy.
  • Mad Money with Jim CramerJim is your personal guide through the confusing jungle of Wall Street investing, navigating the rough opportunities and pitfalls with one goal in mind — to help you make money.
  • Smart Passive IncomeOnline business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks.


  • SerialSerial unfolds one story — a true story — over the course of a whole season
  • Mystery ShowA podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries.
  • RevealAn investigative public radio program and podcast produced by CIR and PRX
  • Sword and ScaleAn immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real.
  • CriminalStories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
  • LimetownTen years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. This podcast investigates.
  • Here Be MonstersA podcast exploring the dark corners of the human mind. Stories from artists, scientists, philosophers and journalists. Decidedly brainy and always interesting.
  • The No Sleep PodcastA horror fiction podcast


  • StartupA podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground.
  • Ask Gary Vee ShowGary Vaynerchuck answers your questions about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship.
  • Product Hunt RadioEach week Ryan Hoover is joined by founders, investors, and product people in the startup community to chat about product and technology.
  • Startup School RadioAaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator, gets stories and practical advice from founders and investors.
  • This Week in StartupsThe most interesting, outrageous & illuminating stories from the world of entrepreneurship.
  • The PitchThe show where founders pitch their startups to investors.


  • On the MediaExploration of how the media ‘sausage’ is made, casts an incisive eye on fluctuations in the marketplace of ideas, and examines threats to the freedom of information and expression in America and abroad.
  • UpvotedA deep dive into the most upvoted things on Reddit.
  • Reply AllA Show About the Internet
  • Longform PodcastA weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer or editor on craft and career.
  • BookwormIntellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
  • The New Yorker FictionA monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
  • Grammar GirlQuick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Word GangA weekly show about words and the people who use them.
  • Hello InternetCGP Grey and Brady Haran talk about YouTube, life, work, whatever.


  • Stuff You Missed in History ClassIn Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore HistoryThe very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past
  • The History of the World in 100 ObjectsNeil MacGregor narrates 100 program that retell humanity’s history through the objects we have made
  • LoreThe frightening history behind common folklore.
  • History on FireWhere history and epic collide — “History on Fire” is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.
  • The History ChicksAny resemblance to a boring history class is purely coincidental!
  • BackstoryHistorical perspective to the events happening around us today


  • RadiolabA show designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder.
  • InvisibiliaAbout the invisible forces that control human behavior — ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.
  • Science Vs.The show that pits facts against fads, hosted by Wendy Zukerman.
  • StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe.
  • Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis Covering the spectrum of fortean/paranormal and the parapolitical.
  • Science Friday Covering everything about science and technology — from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies — Science Friday is your source for entertaining and educational stories and activities.
  • Quirks and QuarksThe quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom
  • Story Collider We bring together scientists, comedians, librarians, and other disreputable types to tell true, personal stories of times when, for good or ill, science happened.
  • Sawbones Digging through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we’ve tried to fix people over the years.
  • Skeptics Guide to the UniverseThe latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.
  • On BeingThe big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet.
  • The Infinite Monkey CageWitty, irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.


  • Ask me anotherPuzzles, games, and trivia
  • Wait, Wait…Don’t tell me!NPR’s weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what’s real and what we’ve made up.
  • Good Job, BrainA free weekly clean audio podcast that’s part quiz show & part offbeat news.
  • The Patch With a combined 7,000 years of experience playing video games, the Rooster Teeth crew is here to drop some serious gaming knowledge.


  • Slate’s Political Gabfest Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by iTunes Listeners. Stephen Colbert says “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.”
  • State of the Re:UnionEach episode of SOTRU, host Al Letson travels to a new community to tell stories about the people who are doing extraordinary work to help each other, to engage their community, and to overcome obstacles.
  • Mark Levin Audio RewindMark Levin has become one of the hottest properties in Talk radio, his top-rated show on WABC is now syndicated nationally.
  • The Glenn Beck ProgramConservative talk radio
  • Handel on the LawSince 1985, Bill Handel has offered “marginal legal advice” as host of the syndicated radio show, Handel on the Law.
  • Left, Right, and CenterKCRW’s weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture.
  • Real Time with Bill MaherFull episodes of Maher’s HBO show
  • Democracy Now!In independent daily TV & radio news program, hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González.
  • Majority Report a daily political talk show hosted by Sam Seder.


  • TED Radiohour A journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create.
  • Stuff to blow your mindWhat’s an echoborg? How does language program our brains? And more questions like these.
  • How to do EverythingWe’re half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
  • Hidden BrainA conversation about life’s unseen patterns.
  • Stuff You Should KnowHow do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? And more questions like these.
  • How Your World WorksPopular Mechanics’ podcast about how things in the world work
  • Stuff I Learned Yesterday If you aren’t learning, you aren’t living


  • FilmsackMining the depths of film entertainment for all mankind
  • How did this get made? Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing?
  • Doug Loves Movies Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies!
  • Martini ShotA wry take on real life in Hollywood.
  • Film ReviewsThe Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern reviews films weekly in the paper and on KCRW.
  • Thrilling Adventure HourA staged show in the style of old-time radio performed live, monthly at Largo at the Coronet in Hollywood.
  • ScriptnotesScreenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
  • Rooster Teethgaming, films and other projects
  • Here’s the ThingAlec Baldwin takes listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers.
  • No Such Thing as a FishA podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they’ve found out this week
  • Rob Has a PodcastRob Cesternino hosts Survivor podcasts and interviews, Reality TV talk about Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, Big Brother and more
  • Star Wars In CharacterDiscussion of the lesser known Star Wars characters that often get overlooked
  • The Walker StalkersA walking dead podcast


  • Loveline Medical and relationship advice to listeners, often with the assistance of guests, typically actors and musicians
  • Sex with Emily Emily Morse is a sex & relationship expert, author, talk show host & Bravo TV star. Sex With Emily is her podcast about sex, relationships and everything in between.
  • Savage Lovecast Love and sex advice from Dan Savage
  • Guys We F****dCorinne & Krystyna want to make the world a more sex-positive place…one candid story of intercourse at a time.
  • This is Why You’re Single Laura Lane and Angela Spera candidly breakdown real-life dating disasters with a new “reason why you’re single” every week
  • The Art of CharmImprove your career, confidence, lifestyle and love-life from top experts


  • Tech ShiftA daily podcast to help you navigate the fast-changing world of technology and our digital lives (until the robots take over).
  • Daily Tech News Show Each show delivers the essential headlines in tech news that day combined with analysis from regular contributors and guest perspectives from the top names in technology
  • NerdistChris Harwick talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of them.
  • This Week in TechJoin the top tech pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech.
  • CartalkAmerica’s funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Diahatsus.
  • The MonitorThe biggest news in movies, music, TV, and Internet culture
  • Design DetailsA show about the people who design our favorite products.
  • ImmutableA short, weekly show about design and development hosted by Sam Soffes & Bryn Jackson
  • Meanwhile, in the Future A podcast from Gizmodo in which we try to really overthink what the future has in store for us.
  • IDEO Futureswhere entrepreneurship meets design.


  • The Dr. Drew ShowDr. Drew Pinsky, board certified internist and addiction medicine specialist, takes listener calls and talks to experts on a variety of topics relating to health, relationships, sex and drug addiction.
  • Recovered PodcastAn Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in your pocket
  • Bulletproof Radioeverything you need to upgrade your mind, body, and life.
  • No Meat Athlete RadioVegan and vegetarian nutrition, running and training tips, and healthy lifestyle and habit change with well-known guests
  • Kimberly Snyder’s PodcastNew York Times bestselling author and clinical nutritionist Kimberly Snyder will chat about specific issues that relate to health, beauty, empowerment, emotional health, spirituality and much more.
  • The Nutrition DivaNutrition Diva Monica Reinagel serves up simple, painless ways to upgrade your eating habits. Before you know it, you’ll be eating healthier and feeling more fabulous!
  • The 5AM MiracleA podcast to help you bounce out of bed with enthusiasm, create powerful lifelong habits, and tackle your grandest goals with extraordinary energy.


  • The Tim Ferris ShowTim Ferris deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics and tools you can use.
  • The Audacity to Podcast Award-winning “how-to” podcast about podcasting for passion and success
  • The Budget-minded Traveler - Your ultimate resource for making travel happen in your life, especially on a budget.
  • Daily Travel PodcastDo you want to escape your routine and get out of your comfort zone to find meaningful, life-changing experiences on the road?


  • Common Sense with Dan CarlinA smart, deep, passionate, engaging, inquisitive and of course, politically Martian view of news and current events.
  • The Gist A daily afternoon podcast about news, culture, and whatever else you’ll be discussing with friends and family tonight.
  • The Ethicists The New York Times Magazine’s Amy Bloom, Jack Shafer and Kenji Yoshino debate readers’ quandaries and classic ethical conundrums.
  • Not All Women An intersectional feminist podcast exploring womanhood in the 21st century and celebrating badass women from all walks of life.
  • DoubleX Gabfest Audio programming from Double X, Slate’s blog founded by women but not just for women.
  • Women of the HourLena Dunham hosts this podcast miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more.
  • Call Your Girlfriend A podcast for long distance besties everywhere
  • Death, Sex, and MoneyThe big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.
  • Little Atomsa weekly show featuring the worlds of science, journalism, politics, religion, academia, human rights and the arts in conversation.
  • A Tiny Sense of AccomplishmentAuthors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter are friends. That friendship has led to phone calls where they’ll talk about the state of the world to the projects they’re working on to the real important stuff, like professional basketball.
  • My Brother, My Brother, and Me an advicecast for the modern era featuring three real-life brothers
  • Girlboss Radiointerviews world-class Girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures
  • What Say YouSal Vulcano and Brian Quinn are just a couple of dudes sitting around asking each other questions about life.
  • Tax SeasonThe only show bringing you an unfiltered view from the streets of Brooklyn as only Taxstone knows them
  • Philosophy Bitestop philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics
  • Flame OnThe all-gay, all-geek podcast
  • Cognitive DissonanceWe bring critical thinking, skepticism, and irreverence to any topic that makes the news, makes it big, or makes us mad. It’s skeptical, it’s political and there is no welcome mat.
  • #GoodMuslimBadMuslimTanzila “Taz” Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. But you know, satirically & disturbingly hilarious.
  • Free ThinkingThe ideas shaping our lives today — with leading artists and thinkers in extended interview and debate


  • GastropodGastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history.
  • Doughboys Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger love to talk almost as much as they love to eat. On Doughboys, they review chain restaurants and generally gab about grub.
  • The MenuThe Menu serves up interviews with the world’s most creative chefs, introduces the makers behind the scenes and the ingredients that will soon be landing on your restaurant table.
  • Good FoodEvan Kleiman’s taste of life, culture and the human species.
  • Brewtal BattleA King of the Hill style beer podcast in which the hosts taste every beer blindly.
  • Spilled Milktwo comedians start with a food-related topic, from apples to winter squash to Korean junk food, and run with it as far as they can go — and, regrettably, sometimes further.
  • Sporkful It’s not for foodies
  • America’s Test Kitchen Radio tips and techniques that illuminate the truth about real home cooking. There will be some mystery, too, like why bad things happen to good recipes and the science behind good results.

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