With over 35 million weekly listeners, podcasts have become a major source of news, entertainment and education for people of all walks of life. Whether you are a history geek, a pop-culture fanatic or fancy yourself a true crime detective, podcasts of all genres are now available for your listening pleasure.
We’ve put together our list of the top 12 podcasts to listen to, whether you’re cooking, cleaning or sick or turning to the TV for entertainment.
Hosted by Zandra Zuraw and Karen June Grant, Style Matters explores interior design by talking to your favorite bloggers, designers, stylists and tastemakers about developing one’s own personal style in their home.
2.This American Life
Genre: Personal Journals
This American Life is a weekly public radio show that explores the stories of people’s lives as they relate to a specific topic of the week. A podcast that is truly a hodgepodge of journalism, narrative storytelling, comedy and heart wrenching revelations, This American Life is a beautifully crafted podcast that tells equally compelling stories.
3. 99% Invisible
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. If you like art, design, or history you should give this podcast a listen.
4. Anna Faris is Unqualified
Genre: Comedy, Advice
Actress, producer and comedian Anna Farris embarks on a hilarious podcast in the form of an advice show. As Anna describes it, the show offers “not-so-great relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types.”
5. Decode DC
DecodeDC has a broad mandate: to help Americans understand how crucial political issues affect everyday life. Launched in 2012 after a successful Kickstarter campaign by longtime NPR reporter Andrea Seabrook, Decode DC aims to demystify politics by illuminating and explaining politics and political culture.
6. Case Files
Genre: True Crime
Calling all True Crime Junkies! Suspiciously hosted by an anonymous creator, Case Files tells the chilling stories of cruel and creepy criminals proving that facts can be scarier than fiction.
7. Revisionist History
Follow Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time, because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
8. How I Built This
How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands.
9. A Piece of Work
A Piece of Works everything you want to know about modern and contemporary art but were afraid to ask.
10. WOW in the World
Genre: Family and Kids
Wow in the World is a podcast and a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them. Every episode, through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, they’ll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.
11. Geeks and Beats
This podcast explores where technology and sound meet. With radio legend Alan Cross and Tv’s Michael Hainsworth, Geeks and Beats brings you the latest in technology and music weekly from high atop the Flim Building in downtown Toronto.
12. 30 for 30
Don’t worry sports fans, we didn’t forget about you. 30 for 30 is an original audio documentary from the makers of the acclaimed series sharing sports stories like you’ve never heard before.