99% Invisible

Great podcast on design in your everyday life. New episodes are always pushed to the front of my playlist.

Armchair Expert

Favorite pop-culture interview podcast. Dax and Monica are awesome.

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

This is my favorite thing Conan has ever done. Great interviews and you learn way more about Conan than 20+ years of TV ever could tell you.

  • #28 Bob Newhart - This was the podcast that sold me on Conan as a great interviewer and Bob Newhart as being the funniest 90 year old alive.


Really good show about the not-so-distant past of organized crime in America.

Every Little Thing

Really good podcast for people who love trivia or deep dives into random things.

It Could Happen Here

This show is a downer. But I think it’s an important look at the direction a country could go down that is more realistic than any dystopian show/movie you’ve ever seen.

Lovett or Leave It

My favorite political comedy podcast.

Pod Save America

Crooked Media’s flagship is must listen for keeping you informed on not just news but what to do about what you hear.

Post Reports

Daily news podcast from the Washington Post, good to listen on drive home from work.

Reply All

Podcast that explores the weird world of the internet.

The Ezra Klein Show

Ezra’s interview on Tim Ferriss’s podcast propelled me back into a love for politics and good journalism. He interviews smart people that shape today’s history.

The Tim Ferriss Show

This was the podcast that got me into podcasts. I’m a long time Tim fan, and his collection of interviews will likely be what he is most known for over his books.

The Weeds

As apparent from its title, this show digs deep into news stories and looks at the public policy that underlies day-to-day headlines.

This American Life

This podcast is responsible for most people falling in love with podcasts (even if it’s really a radio show).

Today Explained

Daily news podcast from Vox doing a deep dive into one story per day. Good podcast to listen to while cooking dinner.

Up First

NPR’s abbreviated morning news podcast, first thing I listen to in the morning.

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