The Best Current Podcasts

Over 1.5K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Current Podcasts
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Vote up th general interest podcasts on the list that are currently producing new episodes.

Latest additions: Cane and Corey Show, Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend, Misery Loves Company
Most divisive: TED Radio Hour

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
    153 votes

    Astonishing Legends

    Scott and Forrest look at strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. 

  • Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
    157 votes

    Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

    In "Hardcare History" the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past.

  • 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.

  • Lore
    131 votes

    Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places from history. 

  • Criminal
    113 votes


    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.

  • This American Life
    176 votes

    This American Life

    This American Life is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass.