There are 660,000 podcasts and 28 million podcast episodes. Here are 5 worth your time. All of this week’s featured shows have questions in the title.
If you listen to comedy podcasts, you’re probably familiar with Nicole Byer, host of the best show on Netflix, the amateur cooking competition Nailed It!. Byer’s an incredibly funny person, whose openness about her struggles with dating and ability to get her guests to open up about their own relationships makes her show Why Won’t You Date Me? a hilarious and compelling listen.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a weird institution of popular music that is arguably headed towards obsolescence but that doesn’t mean host Joe Kwaczala isn’t absolutely obsessed with the thing. Joe, along with his co-host Kristen Studard, a newcomer to (and skeptic of) Rock Hall lore, dive deep into the weird rules, rituals, and red tape surrounding who gets inducted in to the HOF, when, and why. It’s always a fun, weirdly edifying listen, featuring a slew of guests from the worlds of music and comedy.
What originally started out as a then-timely parody of true crime investigative podcasts like Serial morphed into a bafflingly long-running and self-referential chronicle of one man’s stubborn mission to answer the question posed in the show’s title. McDonalds served pizza at one point, and then they stopped. Why? Host Brian Thompson finds out, and then keeps asking.
In a world full of podcasts about bad movies, How Did This Get Made? reigns supreme. The show’s been around for ages and continues to be a delightful, lighthearted look at some of the most bizarre films ever made. Their ability to book high-profile celebrity guests is remarkable, recent eps include appearances from Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, and Seth Rogen & Charlize Theron (!).
Who? Weekly, hosted by Jezebel’s Bobby Finger and Mel Magazine editor Lindsey Weber, recaps the insane world of obscure celebrity gossip, looking back at weirdest stories and D-lister rumors of the week. Their incisive takes and scathing dismissals of various thirsty also-rans is never not hilarious.
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