16 Podcasts Worth Listening to Right Now
We're big podcast fans and wanted to share our favorites with you to help you keep up to date and entertained while staying inside. We love to listen to podcasts while making meals, cleaning up, and even during a bath. Share your favorite podcasts in the comments!
This daily news podcast from NPR is how we stay current with the biggest stories of the day. We pretty much make breakfast to this podcast every morning.
Season 1 of this show offers an in depth breakdown of the American healthcare system, and season 2 is a detailed analysis on the Coronavirus outbreak and how we got here. Hosted by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former city health commissioner, America Dissected will keep you updated on what you need to know about Covid-19.
Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes
Hosted by MSNBC's Chris Hayes, this show asks the big questions that "keep him up at night." Topics ranging from addiction in the opioid epidemic to how race, sports and politics all intersect, this podcast goes in depth with incredibly knowledgeable guests.
In NPR's Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. Seriously, this podcast is so interesting.
My Favorite Murder
SSDGM! This true crime/comedy podcast has a cult (call your dad!) following, and for good reason. Karen and Georgia release 2 weekly episodes covering some of the most notorious (and some not so well-known) true crime cases, but do it all with a sense of humor.
Watch What Crappens
We are huge Bravo-heads (is that a thing?) over here at Bijou, and part of the fun of watching these shows is the follow up on the Watch What Crappens podcast. For pretty much every show on Bravo, from Vanderpump to Top Chef, Ben and Ronnie praise, eviscerate and ridicule all the crap Bravo throws at us. This show is like going to brunch with your best Judys to talk sh*t about all things Bravo.
For more Bravo (and sometimes other shows like 90 Day Fiancé get the spotlight), we recommend Bitch Sesh with Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider. You may know Casey Wilson from one of the best sitcoms ever, Happy Endings, or from WRITING BRIDE WARS how fun is that. On Bitch Sesh, she and fellow comedian Danielle break down all your fave Bravo shows. They bring on other comedian guests, do live shows in costume (Andy Cohen himself showed up to the last one!) and are just all around a great time.
Lovett or Leave It
Every week, former Obama speechwriter and all around hilarious guy Jon Lovett (fun fact: he's also engaged to Ronan Farrow) welcomes a panel of comedians, actors, journalists and more to appear in front of a live audience to break down the weeks biggest news and make fun of whatever sh*t is happening in politics. There's games, impressions, rant wheels and more!
Each week on Keep It, Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel, and Aida Osman are joined by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more to discuss the latest ways pop culture and entertainment are intersecting with politics and society. We particularly like Keep It because if the hosts' indisputable pop culture knowledge, it just goes so deep.
If you want to get gassed up (pun intended) we recommend Gaslit Nation. This show is hosted by Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa, who are experts on authoritarian states who warned America about election hacking years before 2016. Here, they take a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairs. Our friend Julia recommended this podcast to us, and now every time we listen we end up rage texting her for hours. Sorry Julia!
If you've always wanted book report style breakdowns of true crime cases, then Crime Junkie is for you! Ashley Flowers and Brit (it's just Brit) do some serious digging into murders, missing persons, and more, and they don't miss a single detail.
Down the Hill
Two young girls are murdered in Delphi, Indiana. Three years and 50,000 tips later it's still a mystery that haunts this small town. These episodes dig deep into what we know and what we still need to find out to solve this horrific crime.
The Murder Squad
Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases. Each week listeners, collectively known as "The Murder Squad", send in their tips to help sold these cold cases.
To Live and Die in LA
Follow this absolutely riveting podcast as they dig into the disappearance of 25-year-old Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress and model who vanished without a trace from her apartment complex near Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame.
The Thing About Pam
Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russ Faria came home to find his wife, Betsy, dead. Betsy’s brutal murder set off a chain of events that would leave another person dead and expose a diabolical scheme.