We'll be honest: we haven't listened to every podcast ever made. Surprised? We thought you wouldn't be. Regardless, we have been around the block a time or two and have listened to our fair share while working, commuting, weekending, or what have you. So, without further ado, here are ten podcasts you won't want to miss in the new year, ranging from thoughts on food to crime to sports to pop culture. Let's dig in.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Need random facts for your next cocktail hour? We've got you covered. Capitalizing on the somewhat ignored, Stuff You Miss in History Class focuses on the lesser-known stories that you didn't touch on in history class, whether that be people, events, etc.
Omnia Fitness with Rick & Drogo
Fitness meets recovery in this fascinating podcast from Rick Richey and Aaron Drogoszewski. Both educators and trainers, the duo shares commentary on how the fitness and recovery landscape has changed over the last 20 years, focusing on why and how fitness stays relevant, what inspires people to stay in the industry and human movement the stories behind the motivation.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Fill your pop culture fix and sift through the weeds with NRP's Pop Culture Happy Hour. This playful, lighthearted but occasionally deep diving and intellectual hour talks about the latest pop culture releases (mostly TV and movies, but they also cover books and music). Our particular favorite: the ending segment to each episode entitled "What's making me happy this week."
Stuff You Should Know
The title pretty much sums it up, but Stuff You Should Know is a podcast filled with, well, stuff you should know. This covers just about any topics you can think of, including health, history, economics, random facts, etc. Want to know how Global Warming works? Look no further. Curious how attorney-client privilege works or how skyscrapers came to be? Done. Covering a little bit of everything, this podcast will make you the belle of the ball during those dreaded cocktail hours. Now you'll never run out of things to say.
North Star Podcast
North Star by David Perell is a deep dive into the personal stories, habits, and strategies of people who are continually seeking to drive forward and create. Heavily focused on tech and media, interviewees are people who are "guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens." Main takeaway: you get to see how some of the greatest minds today problem solve and come to certain conclusions.
Men in Blazers
Focused on the sport of soccer (or football if you're from across the pond), Men in Blazers analyzes all things soccer related, commentating on past and upcoming games, team politics, talking with players and celebrity fans of the game, making predictions, and of course, always wearing blazers. Debuting weekly with a new podcast, you'll not only love the content but their complete dedication to and passion for the game.
True Crime Garage
Set as if you were just chatting in a garage drinking beers with buddies (because they are actually in a garage drinking beer), True Crime Garage focuses on crime stories, past and present. Think analyzing Ted Bundy or O.J. mixed with cold cases from across the country and through the years.
The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Sports! The Herd with Colin Cowherd is a one-stop shop for all the sports news of the day. Cowherd analyzes the latest breaking news in sports, featuring one on one interviews with players, coaches, celebrities, etc. It's opinionated, witty, and because Perky Jerky is his sponsor in just about every episode, you'll inevitably consider buying a package the next time you're at the grocery store.
Planet Money by NPR will make talking economics interesting to those who aren't economists. The dialogue is creative, and the topics are even more engaging. You'll walk away from each episode feeling like you just hung out with two good friends but bonus: you learned something new. Topics follow the economics of anything--sports, space, taxes, politics, and more.
Food lovers, this one's for you. A self-proclaimed podcast about "food with a side of science and history," Gastropod dives into how food is made, how it works, and what makes it so fascinating. With a new episode every two weeks, Gastropod covers topics such as how we came to start eating certain foods (who discovered them, how they got here), Kombucha, and the caffeine craze.