In just about 15 years, Podcasts have managed to become a potent mainstream medium. With over 800,000 shows available on various platforms, you may get confused about which one to pick up next. To help you, I have curated a list of some of the best podcasts to listen to in 2020. Whether you are a veteran or new listeners, there is something for everyone—Weekly, daily, or seasonal podcasts that will enlighten, amaze, tickle, and intrigue you. So, let’s not waste time and skip on to the list.
1. Serial – A True Crime Thriller
The spin-off of a popular radio program, ‘This American Life,’ first debuted in 2014. This investigative journalism podcast has had unprecedented success.
For a season, Sarah Koening unfolds a real crime mystery, episode by episode. You get to follow the characters into an ever-twisting plot to find out the real culprit.
Even though the third season ended in November 2018, it still manages to hold a place in our must-hear podcast for 2020. If you are missing on this one, you are missing something great.
2. The Daily Podcast – Your daily dose of important news
“News is best served while it is fresh.” The New York Times’ podcast, The Daily, packs the biggest stories of the day in twenty minutes. For five days a week, host Michael Barbaro shares hot news and discusses them with experts and other Times reporters.
Promptly ready by 6 a.m, it makes for a perfect commute companion. What makes this one stand out is the intelligence of the host, guests, and production team. Sensitive matters are handled responsibly, keeping the pompousness and ostentation far far away.
3. Stuff You Should Know – Science, Psychology and Sociology
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, you will get a spoonful of knowledge, perspective, and amazement with a pinch of shock and surprise.
If you ever wondered what is augmented reality, how salt works or who killed JFK, then this is the podcast you should play for sure. Host Josh and Chuck ensure that the topics remain interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking at the same time.
4. The Bill Simmons Podcast For All Things Sports
Bill Simmons is a well-known sportswriter, analyst, author, and podcaster. Along with some mainstays, the Ringer CEO hosts celebrities, athletes, sports experts, and media staples.
It is sometimes analytical and many times irrational conversations that have made the show one of the most downloaded sports podcast of all time. If you love all things sports and sarcasm, then your next dopamine is sponsored by Bill.
5. 99% Invisible – Integrities of fine design
Everywhere and anywhere you look, the design is a part of your day-to-day life, and often we ignore it. 99% Invisible attempts to bring out this subtle presence into your observation.
From the traffic markings to purple hotels, the podcast helps you explore the process and power of design and architecture. Created by award-winning producer Roman Mars, 99% Invisible serves both as an eye-opener and eye-pleaser.
6. WTF With Marc Maron Podcast – The Rib Tickler
Marc is known for his playful banter and comic timing, and his twice-weekly podcast is no different. The host opens his Los Angeles garage for comedians, actors, directors, writers, and musicians, among other celebrities.
The extensive list includes guests like Leonardo DiCaprio to Barack Obama. Known for his comprehensive and probing style, Marc manages to tickle out unheard stories from his guests. His listeners love, appreciate, and enjoy the podcasts wholeheartedly.
7. The Minimalists Podcast – The Art of Mind Cleansing
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus call themselves The Minimalists because of an essential life-changing decision. The duo left their six-figure corporate careers to explore life’s most essential aspects.
The podcast is targeted to spread its message of simple and intentional living. Sometimes with guests and experts or alone, they take listeners through a thought-provoking journey. The topic could be as basic as new-year resolutions or as complicated as student debt.
8. Blood Ties – Unfold The Drama of Honor vs. Truth
This one is a live-action drama novel filled with mystery, drama, and family dynamics. Eleonore and Michael Richland, played by Gillian Jacobs and Josh Gad, are suddenly orphaned by the death of their parents in a plane crash.
Along with this sudden tragedy, they also come across a massive problem. Their father, a world-renowned cardiologist, wasn’t what he pretended to be. Now, they can either choose to honor their father’s legacy or tarnish it hook, line and sinker.
The makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “Over My Dead Body,” has crafted this drama delicately and emphatically. So expect it to be as exhilarating as a roller coaster ride.
9. Hysteria Podcast – Mixing Women and Politics
Political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan invites a bunch of opinionated women every Thursday. The bicoastal squad breaks down the political news of the week from a women’s perspective.
They pick up trending topics and cultural stories and dissect them, why and how they can affect a woman. The varied topic range can include a debate around reproductive rights to a fun chat about their favorite romcoms.
10. Song Exploder – Let The Music Explode
Listening to music is as much an art as making it! A true music lover doesn’t just enjoy beats; they attempt to understand every nuance. If you are the kind, Song Exploder Podcast is made for you.
Host Hrishikesh Hirway invites musicians and discusses a song of theirs in detail, piece by piece. Artists narrate their journey of making that song, the whole story, from the initial inspiration to the final mixing. The guest list includes everyone from Sheryl Crow to Danzel Curry.
Which One’s Your Favorite?
Whether you are traveling, working, or just chilling, podcasts could be a great companion. Similar to music, everyone has different tastes; these are my favorite podcasts to follow. What about you?
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