We all love a good podcast – so we thought we’d share our favorite ones with you! From true crime to history – with a bit a comedy mixed in – here are the best podcasts according to us. Don’t forget to tell us what your favorite podcasts are! We could always use more to listen to.

SARAH

My discovery of podcasts was born from a long commute and spreadsheets at work. Soon, they became my go-to while embroidering (and now knitting – guys, I finally learned how to knit), long road trips, and they continue to get me through my now very short commute and spreadsheets at work. I’m always in the pursuit of new podcasts, but these are my day ones (a term that means “there from the beginning” and introduced to me and Moira by a very drunk guy at a questionable neighbourhood bar).

 

Stuff You Should Know

My first true podcast love, this is a great general interest show that covers so, so many topics over hundreds and hundreds of episodes and got me through many hours of commuting, working, and roadtripping. History, science, nature, entertainment, current events – it should dramatically improve your Trivial Pursuit game (unless you’re like me and somehow don’t absorb anything, but you can still tell your friends that you listened to a podcast on that topic once).

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Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People

I love hearing people’s stories (unless I’m on a subway…or a bus…or a plane…I guess if I’m traveling, don’t talk to me) and this is what this podcast is all about – anonymous people telling their stories to host Chris Gethard. I have so many feelings when I listen to this show!

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You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

Ooooh-weeee! On a recommendation from a coworker, I started listening to this podcast and it immediately became one of my favourites. A comedy podcast that’s less stand-up and more meaning-of-life (but still very funny), the format is basically a 2+ hour conversation with the delightful Pete Holmes and his guest (comedians, musicians, writers, etc) and every time I listen I just want to sit down with Pete and giggle and try to figure out this crazy thing called life.

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  • Best of YMIW! (This is a compilation episode that gives a good idea of what the show is like – I think about “not feelin’ it” a lot in the run of a day)
  • Kate Micucci (I’m laughing right now just thinking about the Jurassic Park soundtrack bit – and I’m in a coffee shop so I look crazy, but I don’t even care…that’s how funny it is to me)

 

KATIE

I would describe my podcast persona as ‘basic bitch.’ I like the really established, well-known ones like This American Life, All Songs Considered, and Serial (season 1 only). The one podcast that makes me sound super cool was delivered to me the way most of the cool things I like are – from one of The Diviners. Because I have a love-hate relationship with ghosts (BIG Paranormal State fan circa 2008), Hilary turned me on to…

 

Lore

This podcast consists of a dude writer who retells paranormal stories with great flair. Aaron Mahnke knows how to weave a scary story with a creepy little ditty like no other. One time, on a winter roadtrip to Boston, I made Sarah listen to about a million episodes. It was a great day.

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HILARY

They are there when you are bored on a roadtrip. They are there when you are going for a walk to grab a coffee. They are there when you are trying to go to sleep, but you can’t turn your brain off. They are there when you are doing menial tasks around the house. They are there when you want to avoid social interaction on public transit.

Sword & Scale 

Another one of those true crime podcasts. I feel like people are finally accepting our inherent human tendency to be interested in the morbid and strange – learning about how far humans can go and the horrible things they can do. I’ve always been interested in true crime. I think it’s because I used to watch Unsolved Mysteries with my mom when I was little.

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Serial Season One 

I think we’ve all heard this one, but it was my first real dive into the podcast world and I haven’t looked back since. There were many times when I would sit in my car long after turning off the engine just so I could finish an episode. I started talking like Sarah Koenig and all I could think of and/or talk about was if Adnan was innocent or not.  

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My Favorite Murder 

Moira gets all the credit for getting me into this one and I only started listening recently. It’s quickly changing/taking over my life. It is hosted by the hilarious and intelligent Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff These ladies get it. They get the obsession with the morbid and that it is, in fact possible, to have a favorite murder. I giggle along with them and walk around my house with headphones on listening to these smart amazing ladies talk about life and murder. Also, don’t forget to clean out the lint trap in your dryer every single time you do a load of laundry.

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MOIRA

Podcasts aren’t REALLY my thing. I’m more of an audiobook girl but there are two podcasts that keep me enthralled, laughing, talking back and coming back for more. Side note: That meme ^^  up there is me listening to My Favorite Murder.

My Favorite Murder

Hands down my favorite everything. Thanks to my writing partner and Jasmine, who passed me my first episode (which was about children who kill), I am now all in. Sometimes I even wake up at 6am on Thursdays so I can listen to the newest episode RIGHT AWAY. Karen and Georgia (AND STEVEN AND ELVIS & MIMI) quell my anxieties about this crazy world with a weird mix of humour, horror and curiosity. They offer life advice that often makes me cry (in a good way) and they are just overall badass brilliant ladies that I want to befriend. Here are some of my top picks (but you should listen to them all).

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Just a Story

I discovered this podcast on home from Moncton to Maine. I needed something enthralling to keep me alert and interested. So, I looked up podcast episodes about the mystery of Anastasia. After listening to this 2+ hour and change episode, I was hooked. The hosts, Samantha and Jacob, are married but don’t feel like a married couple hosting a podcast – if that makes sense. Both light-hearted and dark this podcast dissects popular legends and myths to understand why we love them so much. Here are my absolute fav. episodes:

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