In the last few years, the number of top podcasts have grown exponentially. They’re an exciting form of digital content. A good case study for this argument is the buzz surrounding Serial, an investigative crime podcast. While they’re no different than radio shows, podcasts are pretty flexible to anyone who wants to tune into them.
We’ve chosen 11 of the top podcasts about life and love you should save on your phone and listen to now.
Top Podcasts: What to Download and Listen To Now
1. 99% Invisible
— 99 Percent Invisible (@99piorg) July 8, 2017
This independently-produced radio show focuses on how design and architecture affect every aspect of our lives. Every podcast episode starts with a seemingly ordinary topic or a specific design and builds up to a realization of a larger truth about the world. Get started and hooked on this Milk Carton Kids episode or download the rest on iTunes.
2. Death, Sex & Money
Student loans are something we think about a lot and need to talk about more. That’s why we launched Our Student Loan Secrets — a place for people to explore stories about debt, find out where they fit in the student loan landscape and share their own story. Check it out at deathsexmoney.org/studentloans. #Repost @irisgottlieb (@get_repost) ・・・ Really excited and proud of a series of animations created in collaboration with @wnyc and @deathsexmoney about student loan debt. There are 2 of 4 videos up (link in bio) and two additional ones will be released next week. Click the link to watch – image above is still from home page wallpaper.
Want to listen to something taboo? This podcast has it all: corruption, infidelity, prostitution, poverty, and even cheating. Host Anna Sale uses her reporting tactics to shed light on these dark topics about participating fans, average people, and even celebrities. Popular guests on her podcast also include Mahershala Ali, Kevin Bacon, and Alec Baldwin. In a brutally frank episode, veteran actress Ellen Burstyn, whose acting credits include Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Requiem For A Dream, and Interstellar, talked about getting an abortion, a family death, and slacking off from work.
3. Modern Love: The Podcast
Modern Love Podcast: Danielle Brooks Reads ‘About That Rustle in the Bushes’ https://t.co/TiDtLG2cc8
— Chiropractic Healing (@ChiroHealingNJ) July 17, 2017
The 13-year-old “Modern Love” column in The New York Times now comes with a companion podcast. The companion podcast features reader-submitted essays about their insights and the truths they’ve found in a 21st-century romance. To name a few, some of its most popular readers include January Jones and writer/producer Judd Apatow. If you haven’t heard of this podcast series, start listening to The Mindy Project star Chris Messina’s episode titled “When Love Isn’t As Simple As Standing By Your Man”. Paul Rust, who starred in the Netflix rom-com series Love, expounds on his rule about small talk during dates in another episode.
4. The Art Of Charm
Hosted by Jordan Harbinger, this podcast features tips and advice on how to help “ordinary people become extraordinary”. Its episodes are chock-full of practical tips and actionable takeaways by experts, mentors, and psychologists. “The Art of Charm” provides tips and lessons ranging from body language, dating, networking, negotiation and public speaking. They even offer a free course or a private boot camp for fans who wish to learn advanced social skills.
5. Jocko Podcast
— Rat Snake (@TheRatSnake) July 17, 2017
Jocko Willink has established himself in the podcast market as one of the best content producers out there. This retired but highly-decorated Navy SEAL and jiu-jitsu black belt holder has been imparting tips and advice about conflict, discipline, fitness, management, motivation, masculinity, and even office politics via his podcast. If you like a personal motivator who’s a cross between a military sergeant and Dwayne Johnson, Jocko is your guy.
6. Savage Lovecast
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) July 14, 2017
This podcast is the next best thing to a no-nonsense, wickedly funny best friend. When it comes to sex and relationship matters, host Dan Savage offers level-headed, impartial advice to fans, whose inquiries range from the usual to the mind-boggling. Savage always leaves his fans satisfied and sympathizing with their fellow listeners’ dilemmas, no matter how kinky or NSFW the interaction is.
Have your own heavy weight you want us to take on for the show? https://t.co/btPIMHE9af
— Heavyweight Podcast (@heavyweight) February 3, 2017
Host Jonathan Goldstein has expertly helped his podcast’s fans who find themselves still stuck in a moment where everything went so wrong. He’s also the person you’d go to if you would rather talk through your problems with a friend. He popularly helped a guy who resents other people’s successes after he lent a couple of CDs to a then-struggling Moby.
If you are into Serial, we suggest you check out this podcast, as well. S-Town is a 7-episode series slow-burning, true-crime story about a disillusioned man who requested a reporter to investigate a wealthy local’s claim about getting away with murder. The podcast, which is praised for its riveting storytelling, was created by the producers behind Serial and This American Life. S-Town has been downloaded more than 40 million times and even forced the law to move the trial elsewhere for fear of an impartial verdict.
9. Why Oh Why
We are re-living all those Mariner memories that drive you to drink. Come join us! https://t.co/JJc2tctcNE
— Why Oh Why Podcast (@WhyOhWhyPodcast) April 26, 2016
Andrea Silenzi’s weekly deep-dive into the emotional realities of modern love has created a unique podcast series about dating. You can rely on Silenzi to deliver her wry, inventive, and soulful stories about dating via social media apps with dashes of fiction here. Check out this episode about an average fan getting on a dating app exclusively made for celebrity members. Its prestigious members include John Mayer, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Raven Symoné, Fred Durst and Sharon Stone.
10. Move the Sticks
Daniel Jeremiah’s brilliance as one of the most well-informed, original sports journalists shines in this sports forecast. Fans love Jeremiah’s celebrity interviews, player analysis, and other high-quality content about the NFL. Critics also said he has the ability to draw an audience in, making him a favorite among sports fans. He is mostly good at pulling back the shroud on player scouting, too. You can check out most of his work here.
11. Trend Following Radio with Michael Covel
— ModifiedDarvasBox (@ModDarvasBox) July 9, 2017
If you’re looking to make your next big investment but tired of the old business podcast format, Michael Covel offers more than just that. Covel has invited the most unconventional guests in his podcast, which include multiple Nobel Prize winners, to challenge public perception or ideas about money and investments. Listen to his interview with former professional poker player Annie Duke and her incredible insights on business decision-making.
Did your favorites make it to this list? Machinima also shared its own list of top podcasts ever, which you can watch here:
The podcast is definitely an important platform for people to share stories and make connections. It has also grown to become a tool in recreating human experiences and emotions in narrative form. Every person is unique, and the podcast helps people to create a digital record of local knowledge, history, and traditions, just like what oral storytellers did in the ancient times.
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