You might think podcasts are a thing of the past, but 2019 has seen a real surge in their popularity, and quite frankly, we’re all for it! Whether you’re a hardened real crime addict looking for your next series to binge, you fancy broadening your horizon by listening to a current affairs podcast, or you just want to indulge in your favourite celebrities ramblings, we’ve rounded up the very best podcasts of 2019. Happy listening!
All My Relations
What does it mean to be a Native person? This is one question that’s explored artistically throughout the All My Relations podcast. Co-hosts Matika Wilbur (Tulalip and Swinomish) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) journeys through the complex representations of Native people in today’s culture, discussing topics on misused stereotypes, Native appropriations and decolonizing sex. It’s an eyeopening display which amplifies the Native American voice.
Everyone has a spare five minutes that they can take out of their day, whether it’s on the commute to work, in the car or running around doing loose errands, which is why we’re advocating this exceptional podcast. It’s a short but empowering insight into the different women who have helped shape history. Take a five minute breather out of your day and uncover told and untold stories of women that you may or may not know in history – but, of course, definitely should.
On Second Thought
Much loved The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah set up his brand new podcast On Second Thought to both challenge his listeners – and himself. Journey through and explore varied viewpoints, champion contradictions and discover new avenues you’re yet to explore.
Over My Dead Body
If you’re on the search for a new true crime series, Over My Dead Body will be sure to satisfy, and it comes bearing two brand new seasons for 2019. Season one ‘Tally’ follows two attorneys, Dan and Wendi, whose glamorous wedding was splattered across the New York Times, but things aren’t always as it seems and the relationship tumbles away bringing with it a murder case involving highly-regarded lawyers and co-conspirators you wouldn’t think.
While season two is set around the story of a man, Joe Exotic, who committed his life to Oklahoma zoo and raising the exotic animals, but he certainly made a few enemies along the way. The podcast unravels the mishaps and vicious relationship of Joe and cat sanctuary owner Carole Baskin. Over My Dead Body explores how boundaries are sometimes pushed to their limits and the unimaginable can happen.
The Drop Out
Imagine losing billionaires in a flash? That’s exactly what happened to the world’s youngest self-made billionaire Elizabeth Holmes who was destined to be “the next Steve Jobs”. The Drop Out podcast sees ABC News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, and producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson journey through three years worth of investigations. Expect exclusive interviews, the never aired testimony of Elizabeth Holmes herself, and discussions hoping to pinpoint the underlying factors. This six-part podcast will leave you gripping your seats and wanting more.
To Live Or Die In LA
Continuing on a true crime theme, we want to draw your attention to the To Live Or Die In LA podcast which delves deep into the disappearance of Adea Shabani. With dreams of shooting for Hollywood stardom, Adea’s disappearance came as a heartbreaking shock as she vanished from her apartment complex near to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
My Dad Wrote A Porno: Season 5
2019 saw the wildly popular My Dad Wrote A Porno return for a fifth season, and, boy did it bring a bundle of laughs with it! If you can’t work out the premise from the title, My Dad Wrote A Porno follows Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine as Morton reads his dad’s hilarious attempt at an erotic novel, titled Belinda Blinked, under the pseudonym Rocky Flintstone. Prepare to get some weird looks on the tube because you’re going to be laughing all of the way to work.
Dolly Parton's America
From merchandise with her face plastered over it to her very own theme park, one thing that’s for sure is Dolly Parton’s musical reign lives on. But why? Dolly Parton’s America explores this idea, delving into her music, America’s history and how Dolly became one of America’s most cherished icons.
You're Dead To Me
Whether you’re a history buff or not, You’re Dead To Me sees Greg Jenner and some of the greatest names in comedy and history team together to delve into the past and hopefully learn something along the way. Prepare to be cry laughing on your morning commute.
Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend
Okay, so we’re technically cheating here because this podcast first came out in November 2018 but Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend is a podcast everyone needs to give a try. Love him or hate him, Conan has graced the American Late Night seat for over 25 years and his humour hasn’t faltered at all. In this podcast, you’ll find Conan interviewing celebrities in the hope of gaining a long-lasting ‘friendship’. At times you can expect to be grabbing your nearest Kleenex one minute and laughing hysterically the next.
Scattered sees comedian Chris Garcia take a heartwarming journey to fulfil his father’s last passing wish: that his ashes can be scattered just off of the coast of Cuba. As his journey progresses Chris uncovers unspoken truths surrounding generations of Cuban immigrant and Cuban history.
Mob history isn’t all about men barging through and causing a havoc, Mob Queens follows from a bad-ass female perspective instead. New York drag club expert, entrepreneur and mob wife, Anna Genovese is a little more complicated than co-hosts Jessica Bendinger (writer, Bring It On) and Michael Seligman (writer, RuPaul’s Drag Race) first thoughts. Listen and join the two uncover the mystifying ways of this bad-ass female.
Have You Heard George's Podcast?
Having bagged itself the crown for ‘Best New Podcast’ and ‘Smartest Podcast’ at the British Podcast Awards it only seemed fitting to include Have You Heard George’s Podcast? in this round-up. George the Poet shows us a refreshing new take on what life is like living in the inner city through storytelling, music and fiction.
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