It’s no secret that we love a good playlist, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and throw on a podcast. With an over-abundance of options out there, we came up with our own list of the best podcasts to listen to pass the time. Everything from keeping up with politics and the latest news updates to comedy and true crime, we have just the thing for you.
True Crime Podcasts
My Favorite Murder – A true crime comedy podcast where co-hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take their listeners through various cases.
Crime Junkie – Ashley Flowers and lifelong friend Brit take you through true crime cases in a very straightforward, informative manner, Perfect for people who love true crime but don’t love drawn-out conversations.
True Crime Garage – Friends Nic and the Captain go over cases–new and old–with a cold beer in hand.
Dateline – If you grew up binging Dateline, you’re in luck. The classic TV show has turned its episodes into a podcast. You’ll get firsthand accounts of some wildly tragic cases.
Something Was Wrong – This Iris Award-winning podcast discusses unfortunate cases of physical and emotional abuse–some of which ended in death.
Being Boss Podcast: Host Emily Thompson talks shop on how to launch your own business, do the work, and be the boss in your personal and professional life.
The Goal Digger Podcast: Photographer Jenna Kutcher hosts a live-workshop-style business podcast that discusses how to build your dream job, make money online, create passive income, and tackle your biggest goals.
TED Talks Daily – Join host Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every topic under the sun, given by some of the world’s most renowned thinkers and creators.
The Rachel Hollis Podcast – New York best-selling author Rachel Hollis shares her advice on finding joy, discovering your purpose in life, and everything in between.
Just for Fun Podcasts
Ask Me Another: Ophira Eisenberg hosts a live show from NPR and WNYC that has everything from brainteasers and pub trivia to comedy and music.
SmartLess – Calling all Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes fans–this one’s for you. The three hosts bring on a mystery guest every week to discuss shared experiences in a comedic yet authentic conversation.
We Can Do Hard Things – Life is hard, and best-selling author Glennon Doyle is here to talk about it. We Can Do Hard things was created to help everyone carry the hard together, leaving you feeling lighter, braver, and less alone.
Stuff You Should Know – If you’re a lover of learning new things, you’re going to get a kick out of this one. Whether it’s hot dogs, numerology, space hurricanes, there’s an episode on it.
The Morning Toast – For all things pop culture, listen to The Girl With No Job and Jackie O. as they discuss what’s hot and happening in today’s entertainment world.
Stuff Mom Never Told You –Co-hosts Samantha McVey and Anney Reese give a research-driven rundown of the ever-evolving challenges facing women today and throughout history, paired with smart, strategic solutions to further women’s lives, careers, and activism.
This American Life – With a new theme each week, Ira Glass hosts this public radio program that covers a handful of stories built around a plot.
Unladylike – Former co-hosts of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin provide inclusive, credible media that moves.
News and Politics
The Daily – Powered by New York Times journalism, host Michael Barbaro gives daily news twenty minutes a day, five days a week.
Pod Save America – Conversation about politics hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor that breaks down the week’s news and helps people figure out what matters and how to help.
Today, Explained – Daily explainer podcast bringing you the biggest news every day with guests, context, radio drama, and more.
Up First – Hosted by Rachel Martin, Noel King, David Greene, and A Martinez, NPR’s News podcast that tells you the biggest stories in 10 minutes.
Global News Podcast – Get worldwide news twice a day on weekdays and daily on weekends, brought to you by BBC News.
Anchored Podcast – Devin and Kathryn Robinson of Anchor and Veil Photography share business tips alongside some of the leaders in the wedding industry to help you grow your business.
The Epic Podcast – Professional wedding photographers Sam Hurd and Nathan Mitchell discuss a variety of topics ranging from their experience as wedding photographers to music, equipment, movies, and life in general.
Wedding Photo Hangover – Co-hosts Steven Van Elk and Dustin McKibben take a comedic approach to wedding photography.
Shine + Thrive – Do you feel stuck in your photography career? Not sure how to reach your goals? Photographer Sara Monika teaches you how she went from making very little to making over six figures without overworking herself.
The Beginner Photography Podcast – Wedding photographer Raymond Hatfield interviews professional photographers of all genres who share what they wish they knew when they were first starting out.