Podcasts are to radio what streaming services are to television, and we are fortunate to be living in the golden age of both. The podcast craze shows no signs of slowing down and for good reason.
With a wealth of informative and entertaining shows to choose from, podcasts offer an endless amount of listening pleasure. We’ve curated a list of the 12 best podcasts you should consider hearing in 2022.
Best Tech Podcasts
The Dropout is a refreshingly straightforward recounting of the sordid tale, with season two tackling the trial.
Elizabeth Holmes was named a rising star by Fortune magazine and included in Forbes’ list of billionaires. Two short years later, Holmes’ company Theranos would be exposed as a fraud—the “unicorn” turned out to be a horse with a pretty big secret.
This riveting podcast dives into her story and reveals that Holmes lied about nearly everything.
The New York Times’ news podcast has become a daily must-listen for millions worldwide.
The show’s host Michael Barbaro guides listeners through all the day’s top news stories with help from his talented team of reporters, breaking down the latest headlines in a digestible and informative way.
Reply All is a show about the internet and how it affects people’s lives. The stories focus on unexpected moments where technology and everyday life intersect.
The results are hilarious but fascinating, with celebrity guest appearances ranging from Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Olsen and Melanie Lynskey to comedians like Hannibal Buress and Aisha Tyler. An hour well spent.
Best Fiction Podcasts
This fast-paced story follows journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates what has become of all the missing residents. The story unfolds in real-time and keeps listeners on edge with every new episode.
Another fictional mystery, Archive 81, is Dan Powell, a graduate student. He lost his friend shortly before working on an audio documentary project of his own.
A cryptic message from him sends Powell on his investigation—and the result is only ever revealed in pieces.
Welcome to Night Vale
This wildly popular fiction podcast mimics the style of a community radio show with local news, traffic updates, and announcements from the mayor.
What sets it apart is that all of the news stories are fictional—ranging from strange lights appearing over a shopping mall to a glowing cloud of pure evil flying over the local high school.
Best Movie Podcasts
Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review
Longtime friends and film critics Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo review new releases, share industry gossip, tease each other mercilessly—and have a great time doing it.
However you feel about their reviews, their commentary is entertaining enough to warrant a listen just for the sake of laughing at two grown men bickering.
The Flop House
Three friends take on the worst movies Hollywood has to offer, and they don’t hold back.
They’ll tear apart even the most critically acclaimed duds, making for some extremely entertaining viewing (or listening). Critics hate them, but audiences love them, which explains why it is so popular.
Another popular podcast is The Rewatchables, which follows host Bill Simmons, a great mixture of pop culture and mainstream sports.
Each week, the show tackles a different film and features hilarious commentary from a panel including Simmons, Mallory Rubin, Chris Ryan, and Jason Concepcion.
Best Comedy Podcasts
Wtf with Marc Maron
Comedian Marc Maron has hosted this podcast to talk to other comedians about their lives and careers. Despite being pretty serious, it’s always entertaining. Past guests have included everyone from Louis C.K. to Robin Williams and even President Barack Obama.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
For this show, Queer Eye’s grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness goes beyond the surface of subjects few people know much about, delving into everything from multilingualism to sports medicine to feng shui.
With his trademark humor and enthusiasm, he makes learning fun again—no matter the subject.
Hosted by comedians Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver (now of Last Week Tonight), The Bugle is an irreverent take on international and domestic current events.
They skewer all sorts of targets, from the royal family to pop stars, making it a podcast that’s frequently offensive in all the right ways.
Podcasts are no longer just for news and sports fanatics. The fact that they’re free, completely digital, and often not limited by anyone’s time frame makes them an excellent deal. So if you haven’t already discovered the wide world of podcasts, now is the time to dive in.