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The Best Current Podcasts

Updated June 12, 2020 6.2k votes 1.4k voters 18.8k views66 items

List RulesList includes general interest podcasts that are currently producing new episodes

If you’re like most people who work in an office, podcasts are the only thing that keep you from crawling under your desk and announcing yourself as the mayor of cubicle village. Good podcasts can be funny, informative, or even scary; the one drawback about the best podcasts is that they all end at some point. If you’ve run out of casts (what cool people call podcasts) to jam on while you work or pretend to work out at the gym, we’ve got you covered with this list of current podcasts that will keep you awake and engrossed throughout the day.

Even if you’re listening to some of the most popular podcasts, you’re still probably missing out on great podcasts that cover all kinds of weird information that you didn’t even know you wanted to learn about. Whether you like comedy, history, or you’re a fan of complete strangers baring their souls, there’s going to be something for you on this list of the top rated podcasts. And remember, download everything we tell you about on here, and play it as loud as you can so your cubicle mate won’t feel left out if they didn’t read our best podcast list.

Vote on your favorite current podcasts, and if you didn’t see the one podcast that helps you get through your day on our list feel free to add it – as long as it’s still putting out regular programming.

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    Astonishing Legends  is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Scott and Forrest look at strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. 

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    The Joe Rogan Experience is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    The Joe Rogan Experience is a free audio and video podcast hosted by American comedian, actor, sports commentator, martial artist and television host Joe Rogan.

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    Lore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places from history. 

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    Last Podcast on the Left is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Last Podcast on the Left covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real. 

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    My Favorite Murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. 

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    Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    In "Hardcare History" the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past.

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    Criminal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

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    Serial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes.

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    Stuff You Should Know is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall uprising, chaos theory, El Nino, and Rosa Parks, look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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    This American Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    This American Life is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass.

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    Radio Lab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    A two-time Peabody Award-winner, Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. 

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    How Did This Get Made is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it's amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We'll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back with the results.

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    Unobscured  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Unobscured digs deep and sheds light on some of history's darkest moments, to help us better understand where we've come from. 

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    Welcome to Night Vale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Twice-monthly communite updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. 

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    Freakonomics Radio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Discovery the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. 

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    99% Invisible is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the power of design and architecture. 

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    TED Radio Hour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that makes us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinatng ideas, inventions, and approaches. 

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    Bill Burr Monday Morning Podca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Bill Burr rants about relationship advice, sports, and the Illuminati. 

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    WTF with Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Marc Maron welcomes comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians, and folks from all walks of life to his home for amazing conversations. 

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    The Box Of Oddities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    The Box Of Oddities is a twice weekly podcast with stories of the strange, the bizarre, and the unexpected.

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    Invisibilia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Invisibilia fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently. 

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    Comedy Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Join host Scott Aukerman for a weekly podcast that blends conversation and character work from today's funniest comedians. 

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    Deadtime Stories Podcast is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    A horror podcast with stories submitted by real fans. Hosted by DeadHead, a lkeable skeleton with witty puns that won't induce an eye roll. 

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    Reply All is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    Reply All is an American podcast from Gimlet Media, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. The show features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people.

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    The Duncan Trussell Family Hou is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
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    A weekly salon-style supershow, where comedian Duncan Trussell and guests explore the outer reaches of the multiverse. 

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