We probably have Serial to thank for the podcast mania that’s emerged in the past couple of years, but there were, in fact, a lot of audio gems around before Adnan Syed became a permanent fixture in our lives and even more have joined earbud nation since.
There are the never-fails like This American Life, The Read, and Freakonomics, but there are also a ton of people coming up with fun, informative, unique podcasts of their own. If we’re being frank, there’s an overwhelming number to choose from nowadays, so we decided to round up some of our favorites ahead. These are the ones helping to usher in this new wave of radio while also making our daily commute a little less arduous.
Ever wonder if you should care about that actress who suddenly became a trending hashtag on Twitter? Have a love-hate relationship with tabloids and an even stronger one for Rita Ora? Who? Weekly, brought to you by Vulture alum Lindsey Weber and Jezebel writer Bobby Finger, will become your new favorite obsession. It’s comedic podcast gold, even if the questions they ask have never crossed your mind, and you’ll be doing yourself a favor by hitting subscribe sooner rather than later. Good form, Bella Thorne!