Podcasts are perfect for word and idea junkies—because they’re more engaging than music, but don’t require all the faculties that a full-on conversation does. Think of them as little, almost voyeuristic peeks into people’s minds, bite-sized food for thought to consume while you’re driving or getting ready.
We rounded up our favorite ear candy, ranging from thought-provoking, to just plain provocative.
It’s pretty meta, a show on the internet, about the internet. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldma, Reply All is about the relationship between people and the web and the roles we play in shaping each other. If you’re interested in not just sciencey, techy, stuff, but also in the science of behavior, take a listen.
Radio/TV personality Charlamagne Tha God and comedian Andrew Schulz are The Brilliant Idiots. Topics range from anything to everything, and as the title suggests, in a style that is often pretty ridiculous. Every episode is hysterical, and sometimes enraging— guarantee it.
For culture heads, The Read is a must-listen. Dishing on everything from Love and Hip-Hop and Chris Brown’s antics, to their take on politics and current events—Kid Fury and Crissle are everything.
CYG is a podcast for you and your long-distance bff. Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow discuss “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the beauty of caftans, menstruation news, Kimye, Pitbull, Hillary Rodham Clinton, casual racism, emoji, straight people, California, rom-coms, Lorde lipstick, and so much more.”
Bringing you “unfiltered view from the streets of Brooklyn as only Taxstone knows them.” This one is absurd in the best way.
“Personally connecting the dots. All of them.” Benjamin Walker discusses with his interviewees topics that will enlighten, entertain, and evoke. Listen to Walker explore the sharing economy, gentrification, and all things existential.
New York Magazine brings “Sex and the City” to life, real life, in audio form. The podcast, hosted by New York Magazine’s sex columnist Maureen O’Connor, the Cut’s Allison P. Davis, and host David Wallace-Wells, explores our contemporary culture of sex in all its complexity and awesomeness.
Host Manoush Zomorodi talks with everyone from big name techies to elementary school teachers about the effects of technology on our lives, in a quest for the smart choices that will help you think and live better.
Sex, relationships, intimacy, romance, love, dating- this podcast, true to its title, dives into any and all matters of the heart. “It’s about the triumphs and the terrors of human intimacy, the bliss and banality of being in love and the wild diversity of the human heart.”
Anti-slut shaming ftw. Guys We’ve Fucked/Sorry About Last Night says it’s okay to spread- spread legs, spread the oh-so-revolutionary idea that women’s bodies belong to themselves. Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson (making up the duo, Sorry About Last Night), interview a guy they’ve hooked up with. Honest, unapologetic, and fiercely dedicated to anti slut-shaming, the two challenge misogynistic thinking with a new episode each week.
The creative process is an elusive, intriguing topic that will never quite be completely understood. And yet, there is a particular, exquisite temptation and satisfaction inherent in any “impossible” mission. Our friend Yoshino: photographer, director, and creator of Artist Decoded, has embarked on a quest to uncover the perennially mysterious mind of an artist— one conversation at a time.