Top 4 Podcasts For Beginners

Okay so you want to start listening to podcasts (perhaps you’ve read why I think you should give podcasts a try and decided I’m persuasive AF) but don’t know where to start. Podcast Land can be daunting, there are so many series and just as many articles on the Internet providing podcast round-ups. Mate, don’t worry. I am here to help you cut through the crap–with this podcast round-up, HA HA.

One of the best podcast round-ups is from The Guardian and can be read here, The 50 Podcasts You Need To Hear.

A list of 50 podcasts is still pretty sizeable so while I think The Guardian has provided a great list worth reading at some point, I get that you just want to get started and need a small pool to choose from.

What you need is a podcast that will captivate you from the get-go, immediately showing you how great these audio shows can be.

In this blog I list 4 podcast series that are incredibly popular and perfect for newbies.

1. Serial

The title Serial has almost become synonymous with the word podcast itself. This true crime podcast series created by This American Life and presented by Sarah Koenig is one of the most popular podcast series of all time. I’m talking VIRAL. It single-handedly brought podcasts into the mainstream. Kind of like how Orange Is The New Black put Netflix on the map.

Serial was my first podcast series, as it was for hordes of others around the world. After I listened to the first episode of season one,  I proceeded to binge listen to the entire series. Then I immediately started looking for another series to satisfy the new void life without Serial left.

OK woman just tell us what it’s about already….

Serial season is a true crime podcast that investigates the murder of 18-year-old high school student Hae Min Lee. This is not a cold case. There is a convicted killer, Hae’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Masud. But is Adnan really guilty? Serial presenter Sarah Koenig tries to determine just that.

I won’t say anymore. JUST LISTEN.

Click here for more true crime podcasts.

2. My Dad Wrote A Porno

Jamie Morton’s dad wrote a porno. Jamie and his friends read it for us. Hilarity ensues. Seriously, I have cried listening to this because it is SO. GOD. DAMN. FUNNY.

Like Serial this podcast has been downloaded by millions of people. Trust the masses. Give it a listen.

3. The Tim Ferris Show

Number 1 business podcast on iTunes ,The Tim Ferriss show is so much more than a business podcast. I would call it a life podcast. Tim interviews top performers in all fields and dissects their routines and strategies for success. Actors, Olympians, authors, graphic designers, entrepreneurs—Tim interviews them all.  Tim’s guests all have so much information to share, I learn something every episode. Since there is a new guest every episode you don’t need to listen to this podcast series in order. I recommend listening to Tim’s interviews with Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

4. Night Vale

Night Vale is a fictional podcast series. It is presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale. Another internationally renowned series, Night Vale is perfect for bookworms looking for an audio fix. You will especially love this if you love the following genres: comedy, conspiracy, science fiction and mystery.



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