The Best of 2018 The Best Current Podcasts  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules List 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
Kiwifruit added Astonishing Legends

By Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess

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158 11
Astonishing Legends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Kiwifruit added Astonishing Legends

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94 33
Lore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Kiwifruit added

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108 53
Dan Carlin's Hardcore HIst... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Dan Carlin's Hardcore HIstory

5
157 94
Last Podcast on the Left is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left

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174 117
Serial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Serial

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117 71
This American Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
This American Life

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76 39
Criminal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added Criminal

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161 112
My Favorite Murder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Erin Lee added My Favorite Murder

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94 55
Radio Lab is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Radio Lab

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92 54
Stuff You Should Know is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Podcasts

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153 109
The Joe Rogan Experience is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Cj Giuffre added The Joe Rogan Experience

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71 44
How Did This Get Made is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
How Did This Get Made

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86 59
Welcome to Night Vale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Welcome to Night Vale

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28 6
Unobscured is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Kiwifruit added Unobscured

Aaron Mankhe's Unobscured!

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60 46
Freakonomics Radio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
srappaport added Freakonomics Radio

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47 35
99% Invisible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
99% Invisible

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51 44
TED Radio Hour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
TED Radio Hour

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39 33
Comedy Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Comedy Bang Bang

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29 22
The Box Of Oddities is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Katrina Walls added The Box Of Oddities

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51 49
WTF with Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Podcasts

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40 36
Bill Burr Monday Morning Podca... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Cj Giuffre added Bill Burr Monday Morning Podcast

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47 47
The Black Tapes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
The Black Tapes

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32 31
Doug Loves Movies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
justinharkey added Doug Loves Movies

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10 4
Unobscured is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Kiwifruit added Unobscured

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33 34
Invisibillia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Invisibillia

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25 28
Reply All is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Reply All

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31 37
Tell 'em Steve Dave is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
JohnAdkins added Tell 'em Steve Dave

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20 22
Hidden Brain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added Hidden Brain

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27 34
The Cracked Podcast is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Brandon Gorrell added The Cracked Podcast

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23 31
Judge John Hodgman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Judge John Hodgman

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23 31
Planet Money is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Planet Money

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5 5
Doughboys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added Doughboys

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16 21
The Duncan Trussell Family Hou... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
The Duncan Trussell Family Hour

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10 13
2 Dope Queens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added 2 Dope Queens

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1 0
The Ben Shapiro Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Jroacher2 added The Ben Shapiro Show

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1 0
The Nighttime Podcast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Kiwifruit added The Nighttime Podcast

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9 12
U Talkin' U2 To Me? is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added U Talkin' U2 To Me?

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18 26
The West Wing Weekly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added The West Wing Weekly

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3 4
Unspooled is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
MattGreene1 added Unspooled

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31 46
Adam Carolla Podcast is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Lucan added Adam Carolla Podcast

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18 27
The Bill Simmons Podcast is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
srappaport added The Bill Simmons Podcast

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2 3
Issues, Etc. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
David Grasch added Issues, Etc.

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19 29
You Made It Weird with Pete Ho... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Amy Boal added You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

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15 23
The Memory Palace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Tucker DeSaulnier added The Memory Palace

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3 5
The History of Pirates Podcast is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Kiwifruit added The History of Pirates Podcast

By Craig Buddy

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14 22
Song Exploder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Brandon Gorrell added Song Exploder

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6 10
Harmontown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added Harmontown

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1 3
RevFisk: Raw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
David Grasch added RevFisk: Raw

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11 19
Heavyweight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added Heavyweight