When I first started podcasting in 2014, people would often ask me, “What the heck is a podcast?”
Today, it seems like everyone (and their step mother) has a podcast about something.
Making it hard to determine which shows are worth your time, and which ones aren’t. I’ve created a list of the best podcasts to listen to and organized them by category for you.
A mentor of mine Brian Tracy once said, “you can turn your car into the best learning platform by listening to just one hour a day of educational material to improve just about any aspect of your life”.
It might sound weird, but when you are subscribed to a few great podcasts you’ll honestly look forward to long commutes and waiting in long lines.
Let’s find you your unique top podcasts now!
The All Time Best Podcasts for Men in 2019
The Joe Rogan experience is easily one of the best known (and simply best) podcasts in the world. Every week, comedian, TV personality, entrepreneur, and massive stoner Joe Rogan brings together a bizarre amalgam of guests to discuss diverse topics ranging from life, success, and fitness all the way to ancient civilizations, UFOs, and conspiracy theories.
Nothing is off the table and Joe’s insatiable curiosity is evidenced in the way he is willing to discuss just about anything with almost anyone…and somehow, that curiosity has led to the most viewed (and likely most lucrative) podcast of all time.
Whether you’re looking for that inspirational story that will finally motivate you to go after your dreams or you simply want to sit back and watch Joe drop acid with his guest and get weird for 3+ hours, everyone will find something to love about this show.
What started as a drunken experiment quickly turned into one of the top podcasts of all time when Tim Ferriss, the author of The Four Hour Work Week and angel investor in companies like Uber, Twtitter, and AirBnB decided to start recording conversations with his friends and share them with his audience.
Today, Tim has become one of the greatest interviewers and his show has been downloaded billions of times.
He’s able to pull out kernels of wisdom and insight that most interviewers wouldn’t even consider and, the sheer size of his show has enabled him to interview guests that would otherwise be impossible to reach (like Neil Gaiman, Jim Collins, Jamie Fox, and Arnold Schwarzenegger).
Whether you want to learn about the nuances of ketogenic dieting, the therapeutic potential of MDMA, or the timeless principles that billionaire investors use to grow their wealth, Tim has a podcast that will change your life and give you the tools and insights you need to succeed.
My favorite thing about the Aubrey Marcus Podcast is the sheer vulnerability that Aubrey displays in each interview.
Although he isn’t as eloquent of an interviewer as Tim or Joe, Aubrey’s willingness to “go there” sets him apart from the sea of other podcasts available. From his experiences and challenges inside of a polyamorous relationship to his adventures with psychedelics to his deepest and darkest insecurities, Aubrey brings an unmatched authenticity to the podcasting world that is palpable in every episode.
If you want to see a raw “behind the scenes” look at the life of one of the most successful entrepreneurs in 2019, you won’t want to miss this show.
In less than two years, Impact Theory, hosted by Quest Nutrition Founder, Tom Bilyeu, was an unknown company with only a small handful of subscribers.
Today, it’s one of the biggest podcasts on the planet and easily the most important show for anyone who is looking to take their health, finances, career, and love life to the next level.
Tom’s uncanny ability to tease out previously unknown lessons from his superstar guests (who include Tony Robbins, David Goggins, Tim Ferriss, and Gary Vee) is unmatched and the amount of value-per-minute in his show is absolutely jaw dropping.
Whether you want to learn how to master your mindset, improve your health, find true love, or overcome adversity, there is an episode (or ten) of Impact Theory that will help you do it.
5. Knowledge for Men (shameless plug!)
The top podcast that you must listen to in 2019, is none other than, the Knowledge for Men podcast.
Hey, there’s gotta be some benefit to writing these lists, right?
I’ve interviewed more than 400 guests on the topics of success, masculinity, happiness, and peak performance.
With over 7 million downloads from expert guests like Gary Vaynerchuck to Grant Cardone to Mo Gawdat to Jeff Hoffman (billionaire founder of Priceline) to Steve Harvey. I’ve brought together the best in the industry to help you live your best life and achieve your biggest goals. Many of these podcast hosts you’ll find in this list have been on my podcast instilling their greatest lessons in life and getting to the core of what makes a man.
The Best Personal Development and Motivational Podcasts of 2019
I first started listening to the School of Greatness years ago when Lewis first started his show. And despite his impressive Rolodex of interviewees and the incredible amount of value he’s able to deliver, my favorite part of this podcast is that it’s a “living” testament to the principles Lewis teaches.
When you listen to his first 100+ shows, you can sense the anxiety and uncertainty Lewis felt as a host. As time progresses, you can slowly watch Lewis’s rise to mastery and his growth as an interviewer.
Today, The School of Greatness is easily one of the best motivational podcasts that will help you become healthier, wealthier, and wiser.
The Mike Dillard Podcast, formerly the Self Made Man Show, is easily one of the best business/personal development podcasts on the planet. Mike has built two $25 million businesses over the past two decades and quickly established himself as one of the leaders in the online business, crypto, and investing spaces. His wide breadth of guests–from Michael Masterson to Eban Pagan to Gene Simmons (of Kiss) to Tony Robbins–bring invaluable knowledge to the table. Mike’s expertise as an entrepreneur is obvious inside of each episode and his background allows him to tease out valuable insights that most interviewers wouldn’t even know to ask. Whether you want to get healthier, make more money, sell your first business, or find the love of your life, Mike can help you do it.
What makes the Jordan Harbinger Show so incredible isn’t just Jordan’s ability to lock down incredible guests and conduct amazing interviews, it’s the story behind the show’s inception.
For more than a decade, Jordan was the host of The Art of Charm podcast which quickly became one of the highest rated podcasts of all time. However, after some recent trouble with his business partners, Jordan was forced to leave the company (on sour terms) and start from scratch.
Within a month, his podcast had generated more than a million downloads and today, his show has tens of millions of downloads and is quickly surpassing The Art of Charm in every conceivable way.
Not only does Jordan teach the principles of mastery, social capital, and resourcefulness, but his show and newfound success are a beautiful illustration of those same principles in action.
Life doesn’t make sense. Nothing about human existence is easy–regardless of your place in the social hierarchy.
Sam Harriss, best-selling author, Ph.D, neuro-scientist, and philosopher helps you make sense with his (appropriately named) show Making Sense.
In this incredible show, Sam delves deep into topics of philosophy, morality, and meaning and makes even the most complicated ideas simple and easy to understand. If you’re struggling with an existential crisis, debilitated by anxiety, or just trying to figure out what the hell is going on here on this strange rock, this podcast will help you through it.
10. Born to Impact
Hosted by best selling author and serial entrepreneur Joel Marion, the goal of every episode is to give you clear and actionable steps, no fluff but real practical takeaways to live a more impactful life. What I love about Joel is that he practices what he preaches. Not only did Joel build Biotrust Nutrition from $0 to $100 million in revenue in less than 18 months, but he later went on to build a $10 million/year “side hustle” with only one employee in less than six months. Oh, and when he decided to “Do Instagram” he went from never having used social media to growing a following of 1 million+ in only a few short months. The man is an absolute machine and if you want to build a business and life on your terms, he’s the best person to teach you how to do it.
If you want to learn how to master your brain (physically and psychologically) for peak performance and almost superhuman feats of memory and intellect, look no further. The Kwik Brain show, hosted by Jim Kwik a “dumb kid” turned genius dives deep into proven strategies and tactics for leveling up your cognition, increasing focus, boosting memory, and becoming an intellectual badass. No matter what your goals, everything in life is easier when your brain is working at full capacity.
And in this epic show, Jim will show you how to do just that.
12. The Minimalists
In 2019, there is a growing movement of individuals who have said, “Enough.” Enough with the consumerist b.s. Enough selling our souls to pay for our overpriced cars. Enough of working so hard to make a living that we never make a life.
At the forefront of this movement are The Minimalists.
The Minimalist podcast is all about minimizing the crap in your life so that you can maximize your experiences. Whether you want to clear your debts, find a career you love, leave your dead end job, or simply clear out the clutter and make room for the things that really matter, The Minimalists will help you do it.
Jay is a former monk award winning storyteller, and viral content creator. His through provoking messages spike the core of the human experience and his stats prove that people are listening. His content as been viewed over 4 billion times! The purpose of the podcast is to make great wisdom go viral in a world that yearns to find more meaning in life, instead of cat videos and pictures of food.
What happens when you put one of the scariest Navy SEALs and arguably one of the world’s most disciplined men alone in a room with a microphone? The Jocko Podcast.
Former Navy SEAL turned entrepreneur, best-selling author, and business consultant Jocko Willink has been in the trenches, literally.
And if you ever need a massive kick in the ass or an inspiring rant to motivate and inspire you into action, you need look no further.
Not only does Jocko host some incredible interviews with renowned individuals, but his solo shows–where he discusses war, politics, and his own life experiences–are motivational fireballs of epic proportions.
So if you’re tired of being lazy and ready to get your life on track. Tune into the Jocko Podcast and watch your life transform right in front of you.
Former podcast guest Ted Ryce has been through the ringer. As a young man, his little brother was abducted and brutally murdered by a local worker and for years, Ted dealt with the fall out of this experience and all of the trauma that came with it.
However, he was able to transmute that trauma and turn it into something good for the world.
On his podcast, The Legendary Life, Ted not only shares about his own experience, but brings in a plethora of experts from a multitude of fields–from philosophers to entrepreneurs to psychedelic researchers to musicians–to answer one simple question: How can we make the most of our short time on this planet.
And the answers to that question are nothing short of incredible.
Multimillionaire, crypto evangelist, angel investor, comedian, and best-selling author James Altucher is easily one of the most creative, insightful, and unique podcasters on the planet.
What I love about his show is the transparency of the entire experience. If he’s feeling anxious, he owns it. If he doesn’t agree with a guest, he says so. If he’s confused about something, he has no problem asking for clarification.
Despite all of his success, James is incredibly humble and authentic and completely unafraid to be himself–weirdness and all.
No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, The James Altucher Show will help you find the wisdom and practical knowledge you need to make it happen.
17. 10% Happier
Dan Harris, a former ABC News Anchor who had an infamous public panic attack on live television has devoted the past few years of his life making meditation and mindfullness accessible and applicable to the general public. His podcast, which he has fondly nick named “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics”
10% Happier is a podcast hosted by Dan Harris, who infamously freaked out on national television while reporting as an ABC News Anchor (he’s also a New York Times best selling author, among other things). He had an anxiety attack on live television. Now, he is a meditation and personal development entrepreneur.
On his podcast, he interviews big thinkers about meditation and life – he dubs his podcast “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics”. Dan talks with smart people about whether there’s anything beyond 10%. Basically, here’s what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?
18. The Brendon Show
Brendon Burchard was one of the leading “gurus” who helped me build my first 7-figure business and grow my career as a coach, author, and speaker. In his weekly podcast The Brendon Show, he gets down and dirty, detailing tactical and research backed ways that you can improve your life. He brings a ton of energy, enthusiasm, and professionalism to his shows and each episode is packed with valuable nuggets that will help you live, love, and matter at the highest levels.
19. London Real
The London Real podcast is all about helping you become your most powerful and actualized self and it is, in my opinion, one of the most well rounded and in depth podcasts out there. Every week, host Brian Rose interviews powerhouse speakers like Wim Hoff, David Goggins, Simon Sineck, and Jocko Willink to help you answer the not-so-simple question: How can I live my best life? My favorite part of the show is how Brian is willing to “go there” and interview disparate guests that many mainstream podcasters wouldn’t.
20. Quote of the Day
Daily motivational talks with Sean Croxton formerly the host of the wildly successful Underground Wellness podcast and movement. Sean instills a quick yet powerful daily dose of inspiration from the world’s leading experts like Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn and Les Brown. If you want short and to the point, then this is your podcast.
The Best Science Podcasts of 2019
21. Star Talk
An entertaining and wildly enlightening foray into all things science and space, StarTalk, hosted by popular scientist and renowned astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson (host of Cosmos) is easily one of the best science podcasts of 2019. Neil, and his hilarious array of guest hosts–including comedians, fellow scientists, celebrities, and musicians–take complex scientific principles and make them simple and easy to understand. If you want to expand your mind, understand the universe, and have a helluva time while doing it, StarTalk will make a perfect addition to your regularly scheduled weekly listening.
This no holds barred, hilarious, irreverent, and informative podcast has quickly become one of my new favorites. Not only do the host’s tackle the big ideas and latest breakthroughs in the world of science, but their incredible selection of guests and witty humor make this one of the most entertaining podcasts on the internet. Whether you want to understand the big bang, make sense of evolution, or simply laugh your ass off as scientists try and explain quantum mechanics to unwitting celebrities, The Infinite Monkey Cage will quickly become one of your go-to shows.
23. Talk Nerdy
One of the best new podcasts of 2019, Talk Nerdy, hosted by Cara Santa Maria is a beautiful combination of witty interviews and inspiring curiosity that will set the gears of your brain in motion and help you achieve scientific literacy in no time flat. It’s entertaining, informative, and downright hilarious. Don’t miss this.
If you want to be less wrong about life, philosophy, and the world around you, start by listening to The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. In this entertaining and riveting show, nothing is sacred and no one is safe. Prepare to have your most cherished beliefs debunked and watch in wonder as the pseudo-scientific b.s. of the 21st century is skillfully shattered to bits beneath the critical eye of host Dr. Steven Novella.
Whether you want to understand the science of landfills, water towers, the ocean, mosquitoes, genetics, designer babies, or stem cell therapy, Charles Bryant and Josh Clark, hosts of Stuff You Should Know will help you out. This hilarious and oddly entertaining show (seriously, who knew that landfills were such a fascinating topic) will peel back the curtain behind the scientific wonders of everyday life and leave you feeling more intelligent, informed, and ready to tackle the challenges of the cosmos.
Award winning science podcast Quirks and Quarks of the Candadian Broadcasting Corporation has been around since before podcasts were even invented. After nearly four decades on the air, this enlightening show presents the people and ideas behind the most cutting edge scientific discoveries of our time. But what makes the show so amazing is the way it examines the implications behind these new developments. What does space travel mean for the future of our species? What are the ethical implications of genetic engineering? Is AI really going to take over the planet? Tune in to find out.
27. Brain Stuff
Have you ever wondered why your feet stink? Or why camera work? Or why cats chase laser pointers? Or whether women can lactate from areas other than their breasts (?). If so, then Brain Stuff needs to be on your “listen next” playlist. Each week host Marshall Brian dives into weird and bizarre topics that you didn’t know you needed to know about and makes sense of the most nonsensical parts of the human experience. It’s funny. It’s educational. And it’s wildly entertaining.
“A media savvy group of physicians and researcher from Cambridge University who strip science down to its bare essentials and promote it to the general public.” The Naked Scientists “elevator pitch” says it all. This excellent show, hosted by a diverse team of scientists examines the mysteries of the universe through a simplified and easy to understand lens–permeated heavily by British humor and a healthy dose of sarcasm. If you want to gain a better understanding of how the world works and what it means for you, this is the show for you.
Everyone’s favorite TV scientist Bill Nye (formerly the “science guy) is back. Except this time, he isn’t trying to teach 6th grader’s the basics of earth science. He’s trying to save the planet–and enlisting us to help him do it. Bill brings on a wide variety of expert guests to help answer questions related to energy efficiency, anti aging, and global warming. Nye does an impeccable job of explaining elusive topics in a simple and easy to understand way and every episode will leave you feeling smarter and more well informed than you were when you started.
The Best History Podcasts of 2019
30. Hardcore History
Hardcore History is easily one of the most remarkable shows on this list, not because of its impressive guests (of whom they are few) but because Dan possesses an uncanny ability to keep listeners captivated throughout his long (the shortest episode is three hours and seven minutes) and seemingly boring rants and ramblings. Dan’s ability to explain history in an interesting and exciting way is unmatched and his analysis of historical events and their modern significance is nothing short of awe inspiring.
Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs, and possibly one of the manliest men, sheds a new light on famous historical characters by sharing and analyzing the little-known backstories that led to their fame (or in some cases infamy). His humor and wit make The Way I Heard It a captivating and fun listen that reveals important lessons in bite sized episodes (the average length is only 10 minutes). If you want to get your daily dose of history but don’t have 16 hours of uninterrupted time to listen to Mr. Carlin, The Way I Heard It is the best history podcast for you.
Hosted by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, David and Goliath), Revisionist History revisits elements of history that have been grossly misunderstood or overlooked. Delving deep into the bowels of history, Gladwell sheds light on some of the most important events of history and what really happened. It’s an intriguing and enlightening look at our past that reveals kernels of wisdom that are immediately applicable in our every day lives. Whatever assumptions you’ve made and whatever your high school teacher taught you…I encourage you to allow Gladwell to revise your views and gain a deeper understanding of what’s really going on.
From Plato to Buddha, Descartes to Leibniz, Nietzsche to Kant, Philosophize This! takes you back in time to revisist the most important thinkers and philosophers in all of human history. More importantly, the show gives you practical takeaways and actionable steps you can take to achieve “better living through philosophy”. Want to know how to apply Aristotle’s philosophy to everyday life or how Nicomachean ethics can help you become a better man? This podcast will show you.
The Best Investing Podcasts of 2019
34. So Money
Hosted by Farnoosh Torabi and acclaimed by critics everywhere, So Money is a podcast that brings on a wide variety of people from experts to authors to bloggers to your average Joe for one single purpose: To help you fix your financial life and make your money matter. You’ll learn how to manage your finances, grow your income, and enjoy the fruits of your labor guilt free.
Listening to this podcast is like grabbing a beer or coffee with some of the brightest real estate investors on the planet to learn about their story, life lessons and how they rose to the top of their industry. The podcast is co-hosted by Brandon Turner, David Greene and Josh Dorkin who each individually bring their own value to the table to provide more value to the listeners. This is not a place for people who want a get rich quick scheme but for people who understand that real estate is a long term play to financial freedom. If you want to invest in real estate, you can’t skip this podcast.
If you aren’t yet as savvy as you’d like to be when it comes to the world of finance, Money for the Rest of Us, hosted by David Stein a former chief investment strategist, will help you shore up the gaps in your knowledge and develop your financial literacy. His podcast combines personal stories (of which he has many) and academic research to explain important topics like market cycles, investment strategy, portfolio optimization, and more. This is one of the best podcasts for someone looking to get ahead in their financial life and when you’re done listening, you’ll have a stronger understanding (and therefore more control) of your money.
Although not technically an investing podcast per se, Smart Passive Income, hosted byreveals exactly how you can create a life of freedom by building and investing in passive income producing assets. My favorite part about the show is that Pat not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk and shows you detailed income reports that reveal exactly how he makes his own passive income (and how you can replicate his success). If you’re ready to escape the 9-5 grind and do it without selling your soul…this show will help you do it.
38. Cardone Zone
Grant Cardone literally took the real estate investing space by storm with his crowd funding business model with Cardone Capital. Not to mention Grant went ALL IN on great content and epic live events with nearly 10,000 in attendance that influencers in the industry had never seen or, even thought possible. I appreciate Cardone because he says it like it is, will call his guests out, and get to the nitty gritty of who each guest is on his show. He’s probably one of the funniest and smartest guys in the industry and his personality makes you either love him or hate him. I choose to love him 🙂
The Best Business Podcasts of 2019
The host Ryan Daniel Moran believes that through capitalism we can change the world by creating businesses and pursuing wealth. And as a byproduct the process of business creation serves as a growth tool to become the best version of yourself. Ryan lands great guests and conducts very high level conversations that are best suited towards the most serious and dedicated individuals.
John Lee Dumas, the Host of Entrepreneur on Fire was one of the pioneers in the world of “business podcasting”. I credit his training and methods for my success with Knowledge for Men and his insane posting schedule (he does seven episodes…per week!) is a testament to the power of marginal gains. Today, Dumas is regarded as one of the forefathers of modern podcasting and his show–filled with thousands of interviews with some of the world’s most incredible entrepreneurs–will give you everything you need to know to go from 0 to millionaire in no time flat.
40. The MFCEO
The MFCEO (yes, that’s short for “the motherfucking CEO”) hosted by First Phorm Nutrition founder is easily one of the best business podcasts on the planet. Over the past few decades, Andy went from a broke and struggling entrepreneur, sleeping in the back room of his retail store, to leading a $100 million/year supplement company that is slowly taking over the globe. Andy and his guests bring raw energy and a no nonsense (not to mention no filter) approach to the common plights facing the modern entrepreneur. No matter what your challenges, Frisella will help you overcome them and build the life and business of your dreams.
Hosted by Craig Ballantyne and Bedros Keuilian (both of whom are former KFM podcast guests), The Empire Podcast is your weekly dose of all things business. Craig and Bedros share a combined 50 years of experience as entrepreneurs and have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in a wide variety of industries. Whether you want to know how to hire the right employee, improve your marketing, double your personal productivity, or write a best selling book, their top ranked podcast will help you do it.
Ed Mylett has taken the world by storm in recent years. In the matter of a few short months, he went from an entrepreneurial obscurity to one of the biggest names in business. After generating more than $400 million in revenue through the World Financial Group, Ed decided to take on the world of business coaching, speaking, and writing…and within two years, he’s gone from 0 online presence to millions of followers, tens of millions of downloads, and regular speaking gigs at events like Grant Cardone’s 10X Growth Con.
Ed is one of the most inspirational success stories out there and each week, he shares new insights and strategies to help you dominate the inner and outer world of business so that you can max out your life and achieve unbelievable successes.
In 2019, the simplest way to achieve financial freedom and quit your soul sucking office job is through the power of the Side Hustle. And in Side Hustle Radio, Chris Guillebeau, best-selling author, world traveler, and renowned speaker delivers case study after case study of the most successful side hustles out there. He breaks them down and reveals the step by step actions you need to take to break the chains of corporate America and build a life and business on your terms.
44. Masters of Scale
The host Reid Hoffman is the founder of LinkedIn, Greylock partner and legendary Sillicon Valley Investor. Reid and his guests go deep into the critical tipping points that allowed the business to scale. Reid covers leadership, strategy, management, fundraising while also discussing the human journey with all the failures and how they overcame them to succeed.
Love him or hate him, Tai does bring massive value to the table with his contrarian insights on life and business. Of all the podcasts and hosts inside this list, Tai probably has the life that most people want and has figured out how to balance the making of money with living an adventurous and balanced life.
The Best Health Podcasts of 2019
Ben Greenfield is, for lack of a better term, bat shit crazy about all things health and peak performance. The man has injected stem cells into his dick (not kidding), competed in dozens of triathlons, tried more performance enhancing substances and procedures than anyone I know and somehow manages to bring all of those experiences together into a hilarious and powerful podcast that will help you get the most out of your mind, body, and life. Whether you want to lose weight without exercise, pack on slabs of rock hard muscle while on a Ketogenic diet, beat aging, or hack your brain for peak performance with “smart drugs”, Ben will help you do it.
My good friend, founder of Legion Athletics, and author of the runaway best-seller Bigger, Leaner, Stronger, Mike Matthews is one of the most down to earth, no nonsense men I know. On his podcast, Muscle for Life radio, Mike dives into all things health and performance. From debunking popular fitness myths, to understanding the performance enhancing benefits of meditation, to leveraging Stoic philosophy to get your ass in the gym–he tackles it all. And the end result is a perfectly polished podcast that will help you get more out of your body, your mind, and your life.
Hosted by fitness and sleep expert Shawn Stevenson, The Model Health Show, is one of the best health and fitness podcasts for those of you who want to be healthier without meticulously tracking your calories or sending poo samples to a lab. Shawn and his guests offer simple and easy to implement action steps that will allow you to holistically change your life from the inside out and enjoy the process. I especially love Shawn’s focus on sleep and his many podcasts on the topic have been huge force multipliers in my own health and wellness. Definitely check it out.
Best-selling author, world renowned biohacker, and entrepreneur extraordinaire, Dave Asprey’s brand “Bulletproof” has become ubiquitous in the world of health and peak performance. And his podcast is no exception. Each week, Dave interviews experts from diverse fields to help you better understand how the human body functions so that you can hack your performance and achieve your goals faster and easier.
50. Rich Roll
Vegan ultra endurance athlete Rich Roll has been in the podcasting game for years. And over the years, he’s spoken to Olympians, world record holders, professional athletes, doctors, and other experts to help you crack the code to becoming superhuman and living your best life. If you want to get faster, smarter, and better at everything you do–athletic or not–Rich has interviewed someone who will help you do it. From increasing your endurance, to raising conscious children, to the power of breath work, it’s all here.
51. TedTalks Health
If you want to stay up to date on the cutting edge of medical science, TedTalks Health is the show you’ve been looking for. Each week, you’ll hear from new experts on a wide variety of different topics from the therapeutic power of psychedelics to the efficacy (or lack thereof) of low carb dieting, to gene expression, to biohacking. If you want to hear from the top experts in the world and figure out exactly how to set yourself up for optimal health, add TedTalks Health to your list.
The Best Dating and Relationships Podcasts of 2019
52. Savage Lovecast
Started in 2006 by Dan Savage, the Savage Lovecast is a question/answer podcast dedicated to helping listeners fix their relationships and find the love they’ve always wanted. Dan does an excellent job of both giving straightforward answers to obvious questions and creating space for ambiguity (because there’s plenty of that inside of human relationships!). He has a great style and it’s obvious from his answers that he genuinely cares about the success and happiness of his listeners. With more than 13 years worth of content, Dan has something for everyone.
One of the newest sex and relationships podcasts comes from Aubrey Marcus’s (now ex) fiance, Whitney Miller. She’s a dating and relationship coach, former MMA fighter, and Miss America. Oh, and she’s been polyamorous for more than five years and shares her experiences with complete transparency and authenticity. Her unconventional relationship style and broad network have allowed Whitney to create something truly special in the podcasting world and, if you want to experience true sex and wild love, you will not want to miss this.
54. Sex with Emily
I’m going to be blunt here. If you’re tired of underperforming in the bedroom and want to become the greatest lover your partner(s) have ever experienced, stop what you’re doing and listen to this show. Emily does an excellent job of providing both men and women with the actionable steps they need to take to become better lovers and improve their sex life and she does it in a damn funny way.
I Want it That Way is an intriguing look at some of the less talked about topics surrounding sex. Things like dangerous sex positions, pegging, and cyber stalking your crushes (yup) all frequent this bizarre show. And the result is a podcast that is both informative and downright hilarious. If you put a sex therapist, a dominatrix, and a gynecologist into a room together…this show is what you’d hear.
The name says it all. This is Why Your Single is the brain child of hosts Laura and Angela who break down the challenges and triumphs of modern dating through the lens of comedy. They cover a myriad of relationship topics and although I don’t always agree with them, I always laugh my ass off.
The Best True Crime Podcasts of 2019
I’ve never been a big fan of true crime fiction of any sort. However, after a few friends cajoled me into giving it a try, I found a few podcasts that managed to hook my attention. Over My Dead Body was one of the first. It tells the story of Dan and Wendi, two attorneys who made the “perfect couple”. However, after the divorce, things go south and a high profile murder case ensues. It’s an interesting story about love, marriage, justice, revenge, and plain old human insanity.
58. Root of Evil
The Root of Evil retells the disturbing story of the Black Dahlia murder with a fresh and gripping take on the events. In 1947, Elizabeth Short, aka The Black Dahlia was brutally murdered and, to this day, it remains one of America’s most infamous unsolved murders. Many people claim that Dr. George Hodel was the killer (largely because of an investigation lead by Hodel’s own son) and The Root of Evil, opens up new chapters in the Hodel family history, revealing never-before-heard archival audio and first time interviews that create a nail biting “docuseries” that you won’t want to miss.
59. Crime Junkie
Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast that, much as the name implies, gives you your regular fix of true crime. Every Monday, the host Ashley Flowers shares whatever crime she’s been obsessed with over the past week in a conversational way that makes it feel like you’re sitting around a table talking about the topic with your best friends. The cases are straightforward, suspenseful, and easy to follow. So if you need a fix, this podcast will give it to you.
60. Sword and Scale
As the creators of the podcast put it, Sword and Scale is, “An immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment, and cannibalism.” Sword and Scale is gripping, disturbing, and an utterly fascinating look at the true evil of humanity. If you want to find a crime show that will prevent you from ever sleeping with the lights off ever again…this is the show for you.
Recently launching its third season and being the recipient of numerous awards, Serial has quickly become one of the most popular true crime podcast on the web. Hosted by the infamous Sarah Koenig, Serial tells one true story over the course of each season. It’s nowhere near as gritty or gruesome as some of the other shows on this list, but its use of engaging storytelling and a gripping format are sure to keep you engaged for hours on end.
The Best Political Podcasts of 2019
Produced in partnership with MSNBC, Emmy Award Winner Rachel Maddow brings an intensity and savvy to the political space that is rare in our modern era. While plenty of her debates get just as heated as what you’re used to seeing on Fox News, Rachel does an excellent job of analyzing current situations and breaking down the facts to help listeners make informed decisions.
63. Today Explained
Vox’s “daily explainer” podcast Today Explained provides much needed context and insight into the events happening in today’s world. Instead of simply reporting the news, the team on Today Explained–along with a slew of guest hosts and debate panels–do their best to explain why things are happening the way they are and what it really means.
Love him or hate him, Ben Shapiro is easily one of the most successful names in the political podcasting space and with good reason. Ben is one of the world’s best debaters and, even though I rarely agree with his conclusions, I enjoy listening to the way in which he dissects arguments and breaks down fallacious thinking. If you lean towards the right, you’ll love his show. And if you’re a bit more left leaning, you’ll be exposed to the exact arguments and information you need to have a more informed debate.
Juxtaposing the Ben Shapiro Show, Real Time with Bill Maher is everything Ben’s show isn’t. Irreverent, cocky, and downright hilarious. Although Bill’s arrogance can occasionally get under my skin, I can’t help but laugh my way through his shows. He debates his points through comedy and well thought out debates and provides excellent counter points to what you hear from Mr. Shapiro.
66. Pod Save America
Four former aides to President Obama–Jon Favreau, Dan Pfieffer, Jon Loevtt, and Tommy Vietor–team up with journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for one of the most interesting shows about politics on the entire internet. The team provides a funny and informative take on modern political happenings and their expertise is obvious in every episode. I highly recommend it.
The Best Comedy Podcasts of 2019
What happens when Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon sits down to create a podcast? Harmontown. This disjointed, nonsensical, and hilarious podcast has grown into a weekly show that focuses on a variety of different topics from film to social issues to news to politics and damn well anything else Harmon wants to discuss. It might not make a lot of sense and you probably won’t glean any major life lessons. But you’ll laugh until your stomach hurts.
Marc Maron has been performing comedy for over 20 years. And after ten years in the podcasting world, he’s created one of the best comedy shows on the planet. His insightful and off the cuff comedic style coupled with his amazing guests result in one of the funniest shows on iTunes (not to mention one of the most successful).
If you aren’t familiar with her, Iliza Shlesinger is one of the funniest and most grounded female comedians on the planet. Her entire career has been built around understanding (and finding the absurdities) inside of the modern landscape. And now, she’s bringing her sage advice and razor sharp satire to the microphone. Taking on any subject and blasting through it with her various guests, Iliza does a fantastic job of combining practical life advice with comedy and the result is one of the best podcasts on the internet.
70. Your Mom’s House
Comedians Christina Pazistzky and Tom Segura have transformed their home studio into a worldwide hub for some of the funniest conversations about life, comedy, relationships, and the absurdity of every day life. The husband and wife duo have created something special with Your Mom’s House and provide a raunchy and hilarious take on the insanity of modern life.
Easily one of the funniest people in comedy, Bill Bur’s Monday Morning Podcast is a simple but hilarious show about, well…whatever Bill wants to talk about. If you’re a fan of his brash and abrasive comedic style, there’s nothing more entertaining than listening to him riff about listener’s questions and his own bizarre experiences every week.
Well I hope you enjoyed this list of the best podcasts and found some you’re going to listen to next time you’re on a long commute.
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