Top 10 Best Podcasts to Hear Interesting Conversations Podcasts have some of the best discussions out there, so STFU and listen to these.

Talk radio converted to talk podcasts, and there’s no shortage of interesting discussions happening in our podcast feeds.  In fact, Apple estimates we ended 2018 with over 550,000 podcasts in the iTunes marketplace alone.

Some conversations are specialized, focusing on niche subjects like movies, cars, music, and politics. Others are more general, and the hosts and guests tackle a wide range of topics.

Whether you enjoy listening to inside information from experts or fans just like you, there’s a talk podcast for your tastes. Here are the best podcasts to check out for interesting and entertaining conversations.

10. Armchair Expert

Hosts: Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard has been in the entertainment business for a long time, so we get access to a lot of famous armchair experts in this podcast. Hear Josh Duhamel, Debbie Ryan, Dr. Drew, Kristen Bell, and others talk about every aspect of human life.

9. 2 Dope Queens

Hosts: Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson

These two women are the latest entertainment empire to be built off a podcast. The podcast ended November 2018, but with radio and HBO under their belts, this is a duo to keep an eye on through 2020.

8. I’m Afraid That

Hosts: Daniel Zomparelli

Ever wonder what causes our human fears and phobias? Every week, Daniel Zomparellis brings a celebrity on to discuss a fear they legitimately have, along with exploration of how to overcome the trauma that typically roots unfounded fears.

7. The Joe Rogan Experience

Hosts: Joe Rogan, Brian Redban, Jamie Vernon

From Newsradio to podcasting, Joe Rogan brings the angry white man voice to America. Although Marc Maron (deservedly) gets most of the credit for practically inventing comedy podcasts, Rogan does manage to keep things fresh.

6. Late Night Whenever with Michelle Buteau

Hosts: Michelle Buteau

Late Night Whatever was created by the same producers as 2 Dope Queens, and it’ll give you a taste of that comedy formula you miss when you’re done with the latter.

5. My Dad Wrote a Porno

Hosts: Jamie Morton, James Cooper, Alice Levine

Celebrity guests join Morton and his friends as they record live readings of his dad’s erotic novel. Belinda Blinked is written by Rocky Flintstone, and it’s comedic gold that should not be missed.

4. My Favorite Murder

Hosts: Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, Steven Ray Morris

True crime is a genre women know all too well. If you ever piss a woman off, know that she has at least a dozen pre-planned ways to get away with murdering you. Two female comedians use this concept to fuel one of the most interesting podcasts you’ll ever hear.

3. The Rewatchables

Hosts: Bill Simmons and friends

A rotating cast of hosts, journalists, and other industry experts discusses movies we’ve seen a million times. It sounds boring, but it’s actually a great dive into why we love the movies we love.

2. This American Life

Hosts: Ira Glass

Since 1995, Ira Glass and Chicago Public Media have been broadcasting interesting and educational conversations through This American Life. It was even briefly a Showtime original series. Whether you catch it through NPR or podcasts, the first-person narratives and interwoven themes of each episode are worth a listen.

1. Reply All

Hosts: PJ Vogt, Alex Goldman

Reply All has been impressing listeners since 2014, and it helped make Gimlet Media a podcasting powerhouse. The blend of pop culture, technology, and internet are on full display in the witty back-and-forth banter between these two podcasting personalities.

If you haven’t heard Reply All yet, it’s time to catch up on the most fascinating conversations on interesting subjects you never thought possible.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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