Who: The roundtable includes digital native Julia Turner, wunderkind editor-in-chief of Slate; critic-at-large and witheringly smart cynic Stephen Metcalf; and Slate film critic (and Texan Ph D) Dana Stevens.
Why: The discussions are erudite, non-precious, tidy and gloves-off.
Slate’s Culture Gabfest Slate, an urbane, American-based webzine, produce a variety of fine podcast material – from their monthly Audio Book Club to the well-regarded and equally well-informed Political Gabfest.
Pick of the bunch for me, though, is their Culture Gabfest, a reliably sparky weekly roundtable discussion about culture, taking in everything from Hollywood blockbusters like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to Internet trends to under-the-radar album releases.
As the trucker cruises across America, she encounters towns lost in time and a serial murder straight out of a horror film.
Perfect for: People who enjoy Stephen King novels Episode to get hooked on: "Part 1, Chapter 1: Omelet"Genre: Comedy, Interview What it's all about: Anna Faris loves talking to strangers.
The draw of this audible drama is its experimental storytelling and authenticity—thanks in part to the screenwriter who picked up pitch-perfect dialogue after years spent tuning human voices as a film sound engineer. Total Binge Time: 100 minutes Episodes of Note: Gotta listen to the whole thing.
— innocent performance art or the documentary of a lothario?
MORE correspondent Jessica Williams invite their favorite comedians, like Hannibal Buress and Ilana Glazer, to do standup and tell stories.
We know the feeling: you feel uninformed about a story in the news, or a pop culture phenomena, or just have questions about the world that have never been answered. Podcasts are great because you can listen to them while you’re at the gym, driving, on the train, mowing the lawn, hand-washing your laundry, or any other task that can be enhanced with audio knowledge.
We put together a list of our favorite podcasts that have made us smarter, separated them out into groups based on content.
Once you've made your way through the mystery about a man in a rural Alabama town, you'll likely be left with plenty of time to listen to other pods on your commute, during a road trip or while you're at the gym.
Whatever your tastes, there’s no shortage of options. These are 50 podcasts that we're listening to right now.