2020 has been an extremely difficult year and many of us have been forced to find new ways to entertain ourselves at home. Many of us have started exploring the world of podcasts.
Spoilt for choice, it’s often difficult to decide which ones are actually worth checking out. Here is a list of nine podcasts that have earned a spot amongst the best podcasts out there.
The podcast, Gossipmongers, looks into ludicrous small-town rumors and urban legends. The hosts, Joe Wilkinson, David Earl, and Poppy Hillstead, read out readers’ submissions and discuss which ones they like most.
From a tale of the baby who was born into a welly, grew into the shape of a welly and sadly died when it was mistaken for an actual welly to the man who started getting baptized at as many different churches as possible without actually being a Christian, they have a quirky story to appeal to every listener.
2. Encyclopedia Womannica
This one is for any history enthusiasts. Budding feminists studying for history exams are often left wondering why the women who changed the world in the past seemed to have been forgotten from the history books.
Encyclopedia Womannica is working hard to change that narrative. They publish five-minute podcasts about incredible women from different periods of history. Some of the brilliant women the podcast has touched on include Maya Angelou, Julia Child, and Joan of Arc.
3. Bachelor Happy Hour
Fans of romance and the Bachelor Nation will be excited to know there is a podcast for you also. Bachelor Happy Hour is the only “official” Bachelor podcast.
It is hosted by former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and involves interviews with Bachelor Nation alums and behind-the-scenes info about The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise. She even demands answers from controversial Bachelors and Bachelorettes.
We’re all just winging adulthood right? Well, if you feel like you’re doing it all wrong, Adulting is the podcast for you. Hosts and comedians Michelle Buteau (known from Always Be My Maybe) and Jordan Carlos are here to tell you that your version of adulting is absolutely normal.
They cover everything from pointing fun at life’s most awkward and everyday situations to navigating threesomes and budgeting to decorate a home. It is the perfect podcast to help you figure out life in these trying times.
5. Dare I Say
Dare I Say is hosted by Olivia Wilde with Harper’s Bazaar. The podcast prides itself on hosting unfiltered conversations.
These conversations are held with some of the most influential women in the world. Everyone from Jane Fonda to Rosario Dawson has been featured on the show and their works used to openly discuss pressing issues faced by society.
6. All My Relations
Amplifying Native American voices, All My Relations is hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation). The podcast plays an integral part in unpacking the meaning behind being Native American today.
From exploring the threats of Ancestry DNA tests, tribal sovereignty, or the popularity of cultural appropriation, the pair openly discuss issues revolving around culture. Wilbur and Keene, not only provide historical background to issues but also provide humor and a dose of humility while explaining their experiences and opinions.
7. Safe For Work
Need some inspiration to remain productive at work? Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano’s Safe for Work, which they launched in 2018, is the answer to your prayers. The show aims to help listeners navigate their work environments.
They address everything from avoiding burnout to negotiating a raise. Episode 3: “Is Rage Quitting Ever Worth It?” is the perfect answer to any bad day.
8. Call Your Girlfriend
Call Your Girlfriend is by no means a newcomer in the podcast world. It has been around for over five years. The show provides a fierce, intelligent, and unapologetic female circle of support for women.
It is hosted by long-distance best friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman. They discuss everything from Instagram anxiety to abortion rights.
9. Slow Burn
The narrative podcast, Slow Burn is produced by Slate Plus, a division of Slate. The first two seasons tell the stories that change history and pop culture.
It covered topics like Watergate and the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Season three discusses the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. Needless to say, this is not a podcast for the weak.