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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108 52
My Favorite Murder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Erin Lee added My Favorite Murder

2
128 78
Serial is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Serial

3
109 65
The Joe Rogan Experience is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Cj Giuffre added The Joe Rogan Experience

4
78 44
This American Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
This American Life

5
70 41
Radio Lab is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Radio Lab

6
77 50
Last Podcast on the Left is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Last Podcast on the Left

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60 35
Dan Carlin's Hardcore HIst... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Dan Carlin's Hardcore HIstory

8
46 30
How Did This Get Made is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
How Did This Get Made

9
51 38
Stuff You Should Know is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Podcasts

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47 35
Freakonomics Radio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
srappaport added Freakonomics Radio

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38 26
Criminal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added Criminal

12
47 36
Welcome to Night Vale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Welcome to Night Vale

13
41 31
TED Radio Hour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
TED Radio Hour

14
31 23
Comedy Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Comedy Bang Bang

15
22 13
The Box Of Oddities is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Katrina Walls added The Box Of Oddities

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30 25
Bill Burr Monday Morning Podca... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Cj Giuffre added Bill Burr Monday Morning Podcast

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31 27
99% Invisible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
99% Invisible

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26 22
Doug Loves Movies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
justinharkey added Doug Loves Movies

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40 40
WTF with Marc Maron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Podcasts

20
25 24
The Cracked Podcast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Brandon Gorrell added The Cracked Podcast

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8 5
U Talkin' U2 To Me? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added U Talkin' U2 To Me?

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20 23
Planet Money is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Planet Money

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28 34
Adam Carolla Podcast is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Lucan added Adam Carolla Podcast

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22 27
Invisibillia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Invisibillia

25
26 33
Tell 'em Steve Dave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
JohnAdkins added Tell 'em Steve Dave

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15 19
Hidden Brain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added Hidden Brain

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5 6
2 Dope Queens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added 2 Dope Queens

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16 22
The West Wing Weekly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
jkudishevich added The West Wing Weekly

29
18 25
Judge John Hodgman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Judge John Hodgman

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1 1
Unspooled is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
MattGreene1 added Unspooled

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2 3
Doughboys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added Doughboys

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4 6
Harmontown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added Harmontown

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1 2
Movie Fights is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
MattGreene1 added Movie Fights

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1 2
Issues, Etc. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
David Grasch added Issues, Etc.

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1 2
RevFisk: Raw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
David Grasch added RevFisk: Raw

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15 23
The Bill Simmons Podcast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
srappaport added The Bill Simmons Podcast

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12 19
The Duncan Trussell Family Hou... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
The Duncan Trussell Family Hour

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2 5
Pistol Shrimps Radio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Daniel Carin added Pistol Shrimps Radio

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12 21
Song Exploder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Brandon Gorrell added Song Exploder

40
10 18
Superego is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Superego

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15 26
You Made It Weird with Pete Ho... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Amy Boal added You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

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15 26
Reply All is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Reply All

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7 14
The Chip Chipperson Podacast is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
corey8523 added The Chip Chipperson Podacast

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1 5
Just The Tip-sters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Melissa Ann Morgan Humphreys added Just The Tip-sters

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1 6
Just The Tip-sters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Melissa Ann Morgan Humphreys added Just The Tip-sters

True Crime Podcast With With Heart, Smarts and Funny

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20 36
Guys We F***ed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Guys We F***ed

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15 29
The Ranker Podcast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
The Ranker Podcast

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16 31
The Black Tapes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
The Black Tapes

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8 19
Mystery Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Mystery Show

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11 24
Bullseye With Jesse Thorn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Podcasts
Bullseye With Jesse Thorn