In 2019 it has felt as though everyone and their mother has a podcast of their own. While this has made the podcasting ecosystem increasingly varied and complex, it has also become rather dense, posing a challenge to those trying to figure out which ones are actually worth a listen. We get it — there’s only so many hours in the day and you shouldn’t have to spend your whole commute filtering through the overwhelming amount of options. To make things easy, we’ve rounded up the best podcasts of 2019. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone on this list, from political discourse and female empowerment to new influential voices and tips on navigating your work environment. We know you’ll be adding these 5 podcasts to your playlist.
You’re Wrong About…
This is not your typical crime podcast. What makes “You’re Wrong About…” so different is that the hosts, Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall, unpack the details of an event, phenomenon, or person that has been miscast by the media. Both Hobbes and Marshall have roots in journalism, so as you would expect, these hosts are incredibly curious, analytical, and ground their conversations with well researched facts. Time and time again this duo proves that the news media, before the days of the Internet, omitted various details of famous tragedies, encouraging the development of urban myths.
The Knowledge Project
Shane Parish’s podcast lets you tap into the brilliant minds of entrepreneurs, leaders, and intellectuals to uncover their secrets to leading a more productive and meaningful life. Parish cuts the fluff and goes deep with his guests to pinpoint the decision-making structures and mental models that enable them to do their best work and live their best lives.
Hosts and comedians Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos recognize that adulthood is full of predicaments, and figuring out how to navigate it all can be tiresome. So the duo set out to tackle the one thing we’re all dying to figure out: how to get your sh*t together. They’ll help you answer your big questions surrounding the perils of adulthood.
Dare I Say…
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde has stepped into the podcast game hand-in -hand with Harper’s Bazaar to bring us “Dare I Say”. If you’re looking for unfiltered conversations with some of the most influential women of our time, then you need to add Wilde’s podcast to your rotation. From interviews uncovering the reality behind LGBTQIA rights with Laverne Cox and Rosario Dawson to candid discussions about the unapologetic lack of diversity in the fashion industry with models Candice Huffine and Precious Lee, Wilde’s guests say what others wouldn’t dare to say.
Safe For Work
Work can be crazy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Safe for Work is all about helping you achieve balance and happiness in your career. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano are your go-to experts when it comes to navigating the complicated nature of the workplace. From advice on how to steer clear of burnout to tips on how to go about negotiating a raise, Dolan and Gagliano will get you through your 9 to 5.