If you’re an audio nerd, there’s a good chance that you’re also a podcast nerd. It’s rare to find someone with a bare grasp of the basic of recording that hasn’t tried to make their own podcast with their friends at some point (myself included). But not all podcasts are created equal, and there are plenty out there to sift through on the internet before you finally strike pod-gold. In an effort to make your life a little easier, and your listening experience more enjoyable, here are my top 5 podcasts that you’ve gotta give a listen (if you aren’t already a mega-fan).
5. How Did This Get Made?
If you’re a lover of movies so-bad-they’re-good, this is the podcast for you. Join hosts Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael as they get down and dirty with some of the worst films ever made. From Kazaam to The Twilight Saga, this gang has covered it all, and hilarity, without fail, ensues. If you’re looking for a podcast to turn your frown upside down, How Did This Get Made? does the job.
4. Gilmore Guys
Who knew that the missing piece in my life was a podcast where two dudes talk about the TV classic Gilmore Girls? I sure didn’t until I got my hands on this one. Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe (and various guest hosts) go deep into the world of Stars Hollow, breaking down each episode with a combination of wit and sincerity. If you’ve ever felt a kinship with the Gilmore Girls, it’s time to welcome the Gilmore Guys into your playlist.
3. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
Before Jonathan Van Ness became everyone’s favorite member of the cast of Queer Eye, he was busy getting curious on his very own podcast. Jonathan brings his signature charm and humor to investigating a wide range of topics, from renaissance art to pirates to the Armenian genocide, bringing experts on each topic to the show to enlighten us. If you’re looking to laugh and learn something new, then it’s time to Get Curious.
2. Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
What happens when a doctor and her professional podcaster of a husband get together to talk medicine? Laughter (and learning) ensues. Dr. Sydnee McElroy and Justin McElroy team up to tackle the history of medicine, from an expert (and not so expert) point of view. If you’ve got a funny bone in your body, Sawbones is just what the doctor ordered.
1. The Relentless Picnic
It’s difficult to put a label on The Relentless Picnic, which is maybe why I like it so much. Is it a comedy podcast? Is it social commentary? Is it academic? It’s a little bit of everything: Intellectually stimulating, thought provoking, and, often, hilarious. Whatever George Lazenby, Adam Juskewitch, and Erikk Geannikis find themselves dissecting, I’m always happy to come along for the picnic.
Did I leave any of your favorites off my list? What are the must have podcasts in your life? Let me know in the comments!