There are many forms of media in this day and age, and one that has been getting more and more popular is podcasts. There are many different kinds of podcasts that you can choose to listen to. Here is a compiled list of the most popular podcasts in various genres.

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  • Sports
    • 30 for 30
      • Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, competition, athleticism and adventure affect our lives and our world. Sports stories like you’ve never heard before. – itunes.com
    • Fall of a Titan
      • July 4, 2009. Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair is found murdered in his Nashville condo.  After just four days of investigating it was ruled a murder-suicide. But what if it wasn’t? Over the course of this nine-part series, we’ll guide you through the McNair case, reviewing the findings and re-examining crucial details in a new light. – itunes.com
    • First Take
      • ESPN’s popular television sports talk show First Take in on-demand podcast format. Host Skip Bayless and a variety of opinionated guests such as Stephen A. Smith break down the top ten sports stories of the day, often in heated debate. – sticher.com
    • Pardon My Take
      • On “Pardon My Take,” Big Cat & PFT Commenter deliver the loudest and most correct sports takes in the history of the spoken word. Daily topics, guests, and an inability to tell what the hosts might be doing will make this your new favorite sports talk show. This is a podcast that will without a doubt change your life for the better- guaranteed, or your money back. *Pretend a reggaeton air horn is going off right now* sticher.com
  • Comedy
    • The Joe Rogan Experience
      • From comedian, UFC commentator and TV host, Joe Rogan. “The Joe Rogan Experience” is a long form, in-depth conversation with the best guests from the comedy world, the sports world, the science world and everything between. One of the most popular comedy podcasts, this show has something for everyone. Available on demand in Stitcher’s Comedy station. – stitcher.com
    • This Might Get Weird
      • Grace and Mamrie talk nonsense, common sense and make jokes at their own expense all the while trying to provide you with 30+ minutes of your day you might not hate completely. – itunes.com
    • Welcome to the Night Vale
      • Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. Turn on your radio and hide. Never listened before? It’s an ongoing radio show. Start with the current episode, and you’ll catch on in no time. Or, go right to Episode 1 if you wanna binge-listen. – itunes.com
  • Political
    • Slate Political Gabfest
      • Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.” The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.- itunes.com
    • Pod Save America
      • 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.- stitcher.com
    • Bag Man
      • Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day.- itunes.com
  • Entertainment
    • WTF
      • WTF with Marc Maron is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by comedian Marc Maron. This top-rated and critically acclaimed show features interviews with comedians, as well as others in the entertainment and radio communities. Asking complex philosophical questions, he uncovers surprising and often touching reactions from his guests.- sticher.com
    • Stuff You Should Know
      • Join Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant as they get to the bottom of odd questions, like how Twinkies work and if zombies exist. Listen to Stuff You Should Know on demand to enjoy this fascinating biweekly podcast from the HowStuffWorks team. A unique dose of education and entertainment. stitcher.com
    • Doug Loves Movies
      • Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies! – itunes.com
    • The Watch
      • Every week, The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan — longtime friends and pop culture addicts — break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.- itunes.com
    • Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley
      • It’s not just crazy talk, it’s Psychobabble – the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Listen each week as he and his bestie Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture scrutiny, and stories never told before. -art19.com

  • True Crime
    • Serial
      • Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season. Serial has won every major award for broadcasting, including the duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast.- serialpodcast.org
    • Dirty John
      • Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times. – itunes.com
    • A Killing on the Cape
      • It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod – the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa’s trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. – abcradio.com
    • Someone Knows Something
      • Host David Ridgen joins victims’ family members as they investigate cold cases, tracking down leads, speaking to suspects and searching for answers. S1: Adrien McNaughton. S2 Sheryl Sheppard. S3: Dee & Moore. S4: Wayne Greavette. S5: Kerrie Brown. – stitcher.com
  • Travel
    • Amateur Traveler
      • The weekly Amateur Traveler podcast looks at a different destination each week. We look at everything from what should you put on your Chicago dog in the Windy City to going to Tonga and swimming with whales.- amateurtraveler.com
    • Zero to Travel
      • You can discover new and different ways to travel the world no matter what your situation or experience.We share actionable advice from experienced travelers through podcasts, interviews, articles and more! – zerototravel.com
    • Travel Tales
      • Comedian and TV host Mike Siegel (TBS, HGTV) created the Travel Tales Podcast – a lighthearted conversation highlighting the best and worst experiences that travel has to offer. Every episode, Mike welcomes a different guest (some famous, some not) to hear their true Tales from lands far away. -traveltalespodcast.com
  • Spooky
    • Lore
      • Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (and upcoming TV show) about the dark historical tales that fuel our modern superstitions. Each episode explores the world of mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction. – itunes.com
    • Alice isn’t Dead
      • A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.- nightvalepresents.com
    • Knifepoint Horror
      • These tales of supernatural suspense by Soren Narnia adhere to the most primal element of storytelling: a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them. The stories, stripped of even proper titles, spill forward as taut, uninterrupted confessions. Knifepoint Horror leaves nothing but the story’s riveting spine to compel and chill you to the core. Music by Kevin MacLeod. These stories are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- – stitcher.com
  • Music
    • KEXP, Song of the Day
      • KEXP’s Song of the Day podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP thinks listeners should hear along with songs from more well-known artists. – itunes.com
    • Song Exploder
      • Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. -songexploder.net
    • Déjà Vu
      • Host and cultural commentator Stereo Williams lead a panel of music experts in an in-depth discussion about the ways that modern hitmakers connect to the iconic musicians from the past who paved the way. Each episode will examine the music of a modern day superstar, and uncover the rich history hiding beneath the surface of their sound. -genius.com
  • Science
    • Last Week in Tech
      • Every week, we’ll take a look at the biggest stories from new gadgets releases to overarching topics like artificial intelligence to virtual reality and beyond. -popsci.com
    • Science Friday
    • Gastropod
      • Gastropod looks at food through the lens of science and history. Co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode every two weeks. -gatropod.com
  • Gaming
    • Giant Bombcast
      • Giant Bomb discusses the latest video game news and new releases, taste-test questionable beverages, and get wildly off-topic in this weekly podcast.- itunes.com
    • What’s Good Games
      • What’s Good Games is our happy place: a space where we can talk about games and other stuff we fancy with YOU – through videos, podcasts, streams, and events. With this group of ladies, it’s certain that the conversation will be insightful, wacky and passionate! – patreon.com
    • 8-4 Play
      • It’s impossible to create a list of video game podcasts and not include 8-4 Play. The podcast has been around in some form or fashion for more than a decade and is every bit as unique as its hosts, Mark MacDonald and Chris Ricciardi, who actually moved to Japan to start a company that translates Japanese games into English in order to bring them to the western world. This is the perfect podcast for gamers who are tired of listening to people talk about the same old games and would prefer to hear about something totally new. – huffingtonpost.com

 

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