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The 20 Best Podcasts of 2018

a month ago · "The best true crime, fantasy football, comedy, and politics podcasts, and more."
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The Daily

By The New York Times
This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
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Code Switch

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.
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Pod Save America

By Crooked Media
Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
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2 Dope Queens

By WNYC Studios
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They're black. They're BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, Note to Self and many more.
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Food 4 Thot

By Food 4 Thot
A multiracial mix of queer writers talk about sex, relationships, race, identity, what we like to read, and who we like to read. It's not about food — we just really like the pun.
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The Read

By LoudSpeakersNetwork.com
Join bloggers 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. (Or Blue Ivy.) As transplants to New York City (Kid Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city. The Read is part of th...
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Everything Is Shade

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Terrible, Thanks For Asking

By American Public Media
You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.
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Reply All

By Gimlet
"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.
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How to Be a Girl

By Marlo Mack
How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two of us -- a single mom and a six-year-old "girl with a penis" -- as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.
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The Bill Simmons Podcast

By The Bill Simmons Podcast & The Ringer
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.
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NFL Talking Heads Fantasy Football Podcast

By Fantasy Football
Fantasy football just got real. The NFL Talking Heads podcast deliver outside the box fantasy football perspective to help you dominate your league whether you are a beginner or expert. The dynamic duo of Jeff Carrier and Seth Lull, provide thought provoking analysis using stats, research and personal opinions to help you draft the right players, make the right trades and build a championship team. If you want to make winning your fantasy football league a reality, turn to the NFL talking Hea...
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How Did This Get Made?

By Earwolf and Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas
Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it's amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We'll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back to you with the results.
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191 Rad: LIVE!

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Homecoming

By Gimlet
The first scripted series from Gimlet Media, starring Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Mercedes Ruehl, Alia Shawkat, Chris Gethard, and Spike Jonze. Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.
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The Hilarious World of Depression

By American Public Media
A show about clinical depression... with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians and funny creative people who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Winner of the Webby Award for Best Comedy Podcast. Join guests such as John Green, Russe...
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How to Get Help

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First Day Back

By Stitcher and Tally Abecassis
How do you come back from the worst thing you’ve ever done, when you don’t even remember doing it? First Day Back, the podcast about coming back from something that changes you, returns this season with the story of Lucie and Gerry — lovebirds who were together for 13 years, until the fall of 2010, when Lucie shot and killed him. Documentarian Tally Abecassis follows Lucie, as she deals with life after prison and the emotional aftermath of Gerry's death.
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Gilmore Guys

By Gilmore Guys
Do you awaken in a cold sweat every night, fearing that two men will never start a podcast about Gilmore Girls? Well then kiss your night terrors GOODBYE. Veteran fan Kevin T. Porter and new-to-the-show Demi Adejuyigbe go deep into Gilmore Girls episode by episode with special guests to analyze, praise, mock, and gab about all things Stars Hollow and beyond.Seriously. These dudes are SUPER into Gilmore Girls.
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Ctrl Alt Delete

By Emma Gannon
Welcome to Ctrl Alt Delete! I'm Emma Gannon and this is my podcast (which has the same name as my memoir with Ebury last year). It's been recommended by The Times, ELLE and Marie Claire, one of the '30 best podcasts for curious minds' this year by WIRED magazine and 'best podcasts of 2017' by ESQUIRE. I interview people I admire about the themes in my book Ctrl Alt Delete, such as the internet, social me...
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Crimetown

By Gimlet
Welcome to Crimetown, a new series from Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO's The Jinx. Every season, we'll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Hosted by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier.
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S-Town

By Serial & This American Life
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.
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Chapter I

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Modern Love

By WBUR and The New York Times
Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times.
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