There are 660,000 podcasts and 28 million podcast episodes. Here are 5 worth your time.
Are there two more likeable podcast personalities than Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata? Maybe not. They’ve got a new show together and that’s very nice. It’s called Best Friends With Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata and just two episodes in the show is already a sure thing in my regular rotation. It’s a pretty easygoing chat show, featuring tons of wild stories and goofy tangents, punctuated by friendship-focused listener questions.
Blink 182 has a catalog that runs 155 songs deep, spread out across three decades. The hosts of Blink 155 have set out on a mission to listen to, discuss, and debate the merits of one song a week, a noble adventure they’ve been on for nearly two years now. Recent guests include comedians like Whitmer Thomas and John Levenstein, musicians like Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and Chris Teti from The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, as well as Blink 182’s own Mark freaking Hoppus. It’s a good show that’s well worth checking out, even if you’re Blink agnostic.
Man one of the most charming kinds of podcasts, to me, are ones where people with extremely niche interests get together to bond over their shared passion. Podcast: The Ride, billed as “a show about theme parks hosted by three childless men in their thirties” is one such series, exploring the constantly evolving world of amusement parks like Disney World, Universal Studios, Six Flags, and more. I never knew how much I’d want to learn about new rides I’ll never go on, or new park areas dedicated to franchises I don’t care about until now, and I’m never going back!!
WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money goes deep on topics inspired by societal taboos and sensitive subjects. Host Anna Sale talks with a diverse roster of guests, both famous and not, about therapy, illness (mental and physical), grief, and other heavy topics with a delicate touch. Recent highlights include a discussion with Alia Shawkat and therapist Esther Perel and a fantastic interview with acclaimed poet and activist Nikki Giovanni.
Extremely funny comedian (and friend of BYT) Amanda Seales has an excellent, engaging podcast called Small Doses With Amanda Seales, chock full of nuggets of wisdom and wild true stories. Hear from guests like LeVar Burton (!!), Roy Wood Jr., and Yamaneika Saunders, as they dig deep on topics both serious and light hearted.
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