Right now, there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 actor podcast episodes, as illustrated by Music Oomph. So it’s no wonder 2019 feels like ‘the year’ for podcasts as a Cheep user altogether illustrated in a meme:

As bags of podcasts are uploaded to alive platforms every day, analytic for a new series or adventure isn’t an easy job — you’ll find yourself wading through the mediocre, the over-enthusiastic, and the unrelatable shows.

So, to save you the hassle of award your next go-to podcasts, TNW’s beat team have best their admired series and episodes of the year. We’ve got a show breaking down the elements of a pop song, traveling the world to learn about crypto, a witty weekly aggregation of accepted affairs, and more. 

Switched on Pop — Ivan Mehta’s pick


Pop songs are often looked at as ‘easy to create’ radio-friendly songs. But there are a lot of factors complex when artists sit down to create a track or an album. What’s it gonna sound like? How long should it be? Should we absolution a single or a whole album? Is it streaming-friendly?

I bluntly didn’t know about the many extraordinary aspects of pop and its cultural nuances. So, when I started alert to this year, I got obsessed. Every adventure peeks into an artists, a sub-genre, or a trend in pop music.

They have alluring episodes such as the one on the history of Baby Shark and addition on the accent of space in songs, to break down Ariana Grande’s hit song, “7 rings.”

You can listen to the series here.

 The Missing Cryptoqueen — Matthew Beedham’s pick


Tech announcer and critic Jamie Bartlett goes on the hunt for Dr Ruja Ignatova, the arbiter of the multi-billion dollar cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme OneCoin.

You don’t have to be into Bitcoin or cryptocurrency to enjoy this podcast. In many ways its story is evocative of a real-life crime thriller. Host Bartlett campaign the world with his ambassador Georgia Catt in search of Ignatova. Along the way they meet with those that have lost out massively to the OneCoin affiance and those that have been lucky enough to profit. Over the course of their investigation, what unravels before them is so alarming it’s almost hard to accept it happened in the modern day.

You can listen to the series here

 The High Low — Cara Curtis’ pick


Hosted by double-act Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton, is a pop-culture and news podcast series alms a witty assessment on what’s going on every week.

After advertent this podcast beforehand this year, I don’t think there’s been a week I’ve missed. Although I don’t agree with every assessment they have on assertive issues — since they’re self-proclaimed ‘privileged’ common women — they do have a good antithesis of intellectually dissected opinions on important topics. They cover capacity alignment from sexual assault, to laid-back, funny, and snarky annotation on annihilation else.

Also, beforehand this year, I went to , which was a live affair where Alderton and Sykes discussed out-dated self-help books on relationships, how their podcast has grown, and discussing other bits of the news from the time. 

Above all, it’s great to have a space where austere things are discussed agilely and bluntly — and that’s enough reason for you to check it out. 

You can listen to the series here

H3 Podcast — Mix’s pick


I love thrillers, dramas, and mysteries when it comes to cinema, but I’m not into podcasts with heavy themes. I mean, I get the appeal of Serial, but I’m attractive for some animated ball when I’m eating spicy craven at lunch. I’m attractive for commodity salacious, commodity saucy.

That’s why I’m a huge fan of the , hosted by power couple Hila Klein (CEO of Teddy Fresh) and Ethan Klein (also known as Fupas Maximus). Where do I start? Their excellent food tier reviews, their memetastic guests, their succinct YouTube drama breakdowns. They do it all.

Anyways, one of my complete admired episodes is the podcast with Oliver Tree.

Admittedly, I had never heard of Oliver Tree prior to his actualization on the , but his activating with the Ethan and Hila was great. They memed, they beefed, they squashed the drama, it was truly an adventure packed with excitement.

You should absolutely check it out.

Intrigue: Tunnel 29 — Abhimanyu Ghoshal’s pick


In the early 1960s, three daring young acceptance from West Berlin facilitated the escape of 26 of their accompany and family from Communist East Berlin — by burrowing underground the burst city. BBC’s ten-part radio documentary, which you can now enjoy as a podcast, beautifully recounts this tale of bravery, ingenuity, and artifice in bite-size episodes.

The acceptance are in connected danger of being discovered, because there are spies everywhere — even in West Berlin. They’ve also never built a tunnel before.

The story takes you from Germany’s basic to New York City, where NBC studio admiral hear about the plan and decide to abduction the event on film. They also agree to pay the builders for the advantage of cutting the effort. I acknowledgment this because there’s a black-and-white documentary that you can watch if the podcast abundantly piques your interest.

If you’re attractive to binge on a show but don’t want to lose your entire winter to it, is a good way to go. Tune in by subscribing to BBC’s Artifice podcast and avaricious the latest season, which spans 10 episodes.

Check it out here

Hardcore History: Supernova in the East — Már Másson Maack’s pick


Dan Carlin is one of the most iconic podcasters out there (if you’re a history nerd, that is), and his 4 hours-long episodes of Hardcore History are a dense and abundant contentment for the ears. This year Dan Carlin added the second and third chapter of his all-embracing Supernova in the East series, which capacity how Japan’s history and ability in the pre-war years led to its accord in the Second World War.

The holidays are the complete time to get sucked into abundantly long podcasts, and Hardcore History is truly one of the best made series out there. You can find the whole series here or on your admired podcast app.

The Longreads Podcast and The Guilt and Shame Podcast — Georgina Ustik’s pick


I love reading, I love writing, I love account about writers, and alert to writers talk about how and why they write! Each adventure of is an all-embracing account with accustomed writers from all industries — journalism, fiction, poetry, and more. I would abnormally acclaim the episodes with Jenna WorthamPJ Vogt, and Alex Blumberg.



is a wonderful, mind-melty chat amid three accompany — Comedians Gabriel Bisset-Smith and Robert Cawsey and writer Vicky Jones — who all work in theater and screenwriting.

Each episode, they pick apart a topic that people often feel guilt and shame over — sex, money, masturbating, poop, friendship, and more. You bound learn each of their quirks and weird alone humor, but they’re also each abundantly honest, and accommodating to air out their own claimed shames as well as debate and claiming one another. They’re also all accompany with Phoebe-Waller Bridge, and she makes guest appearances on a few of the episodes!

Blood & Mud — Callum Booth’s pick


I really love rugby.

There, I said it. It feels admirable to get that out there. Now, if you’re not from the UK, you might not really accept the implications of being a rugby fan, so let me give you a hand: it’s seen as Tory sport.

This, to the apprenticed on British politics, means its fanbase has a acceptability of being filled with loud, middle-aged white men with billowing guts, cutting alacrity chinos and gilets, and captivation abhorrent opinions — basically, account Jeremy Clarkson. It’s that sort of person.

While the game has strong alive class roots too, it has even stronger links to clandestine (AKA fee-paying) schools. Which, unfortunately, have a habit of bearing some right fucking dickheads — many of whom play or follow the game en masse.

Alongside this, there’s also a boorish, lad-heavy ability absorbed to rugby. Just ask anyone who’s bumped into a university team out on a Wednesday social.

On one hand, an acid association isn’t a botheration if you just enjoy watching the able game. You can still savor the big hits, the intricacies, the skills, the tactics, and the sheer bloody-mindedness of those who play sport after coming defective to collaborate with abominable people.

The botheration comes is when you want more than that. One of the great parts of fandom is immersing yourself in the media around the sport. So, if you’re attractive to accept more about rugby, to dive into game analysis, and get complex in its narrative, you’re going to come in acquaintance with some total bellends.

Especially with podcasts. Generally, your two options in this field tend to be ex-player posh boys who spout amaranthine bollocks, or Greta Thunberg-hating Tory voters active abecedarian shows.

And, I’ll be honest, I listened to (and still do listen) a lot of these complete chodes, because I really do love rugby.

But then I found the rugby podcast. Basically, it’s all the best parts of the sport accumulated into a weekly podcast. It’s sweary, funny, and hosted by people I’d absolutely like to meet in real life. I can’t tell you how rare and auspicious that is in the sport’s landscape.

Also, importantly, it makes me a little less abashed for loving rugby as much as I do. And that’s gotta be worth something.

99% Invisible — Flavia Pollastrini’s pick


I am not a designer, I know annihilation about architecture, and the closestI have ever come to drawing, designing, or architectonics commodity was allegedly back in primary school. However, this year I have been absolutely blown away by the podcast “,” created by by award-winning producer, Roman Mars. 

This series gives an all-embracing account of all the counterfeit things you have always taken for granted. In particular, it focuses on all the disregarded architectonics and designs that shape our world.

Episode 13, for example, is about maps. We use maps every day and it’s hasty how little we know about them: how has the world map acquired in the past decade? Is there a belief for maps’ color palettes? I am not going to lie: at first, some of the episodes had zero appeal to me until I clicked play and started listening. I’m a media and advice graduate, so why should I care about revolving doors and pyramids architectonics processes? And here lies the reason why this podcast is so alluring to me.

Its storytelling is on point and even quirky and allegedly annoying topics like tube benders or barcodes can become an affectionate and all-embracing acquirements experience. In other words, 99% Invisible is able to give you enough fan facts about screwdrivers and council wheels, that you’ll end up bringing it up during normal, accustomed chat and, most importantly, it’ll abundantly enrich your ability about counterfeit creations that we all should know more about.

Skeptic Tank — David Canellis’ pick


Ari Shaffir is an American comedian, and hosts a podcast called the . While many of his guests are comedians, the idea is to have a chat with addition on a topic that they feel they are experts in. So yeah, it appearance comedians, but it doesn’t always.

For example: “Big Jay Oakerson and I went up to the roof to talk about smoking. How he started, how he tries to quit, how cool it is, what it does to you, the smell. Really all of it. As we did it, he smoked a cigarette and I smoked a cigar.”

Other guests accommodate Chuck Palahniuk, actor Daniel Sloss, and able troll Milo Yiannopoulos

Shaffir’s worldview is acute and absolutely adjoin what has come to be the modern grain. I’d acclaim blockage it out if you’re into not being a total sheep.

Song Exploder — Ravie Lakshmanan’s pick


is actually my go-to music podcast right now. Billed as a series “where musicians take apart their songs and piece by piece tell the story of how they were made,” it’s one of the most alluring programs if you’re are really absorbed in alive about the nuts and bolts of the action that went into crafting a song together.

From Jay Som (Tenderness) to Big Thief (Cattails) to Slowdive (Sugar for the Pill) to Julien Baker (Appointments), the roster of artists who have been featured has only gotten bigger and better. With each adventure active a crisp 20 account or so, Song Exploder is the place to go for music capacity that you may have contrarily missed.

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