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.
Hosts: Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.