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"The Sporkful" is the podcast that food lovers have been craving. Their motto is: "It's not for foodies. It's for eaters." In each episode, host Dan Pashman—also a food author and TV personality—discusses a specific food or food topic. Episodes cover everything from donuts to meat cocktails, office fridge food theft, and even desserts named after weather. If you have good food on the brain, this is the podcast for you. Dig in!
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Whether you're alone in a new city, trapped in a cubicle at work, or just generally missing your bestie, pop in some headphones and listen to "Call Your Girlfriend." Long-distance best friends 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."
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Sometimes all you need for the perfect night is a warm blanket, a hot cup of tea or cocoa and a good story. Besides being the most popular podcast in the United States, "This American Life" is a masterclass in great stories. Some stories are warm and some are scary; some are funny and some are sad; but, no matter what the topic, "This American Life" will have you riveted. There's a reason it's the best.
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Can't find anybody to talk nerdy to? Check out the "Nerdist Podcast." Comedian, "@Midnight" host, and proud nerd Chris Hardwick joins forces with his friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira to discuss "stuff and things" in pop culture with famous nerds like Kristen Schaal, Rainn Wilson, Jack Antonoff, and king nerd himself Bill Gates.
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There are lots of comedy podcasts and lots of podcasts about comedy, most notably "WTF" with Marc Maron, but Scott Aukerman's "Comedy Bang Bang" is one of a kind. Perfectly blending conversation and character work, this podcast features today's funniest comedians doing... pretty much whatever they feel like. This show is outrageous, unpredictable, and completely hilarious.
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Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi—hosts of "Throwing Shade"—are the hysterical best friends you wish you had. Seriously. On their weekly podcast Gibson and Safi discuss "all the issues important to ladies and gays," including The Oscars, Glenn Beck's jeans, NFL cheerleaders, and gay hobos. If you have an hour to kill, spend it throwing some shade with Gibson and Safi; they'll have you LOLing the whole time.
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If you've ever wondered about, well, anything, check out "Stuff You Should Know" from howstuffworks.com. In each episode, hosts Josh and Chuck answer a question, something like "What happens to abandoned mines?" "How does asexuality work?" or "Are we all Martians?" Don't worry if you're not scientifically inclined, Josh and Chuck break down every concept in a way that's easy for anyone to understand.
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If you've had it up to your eyeballs with everyone and everything today, we recommend a few hours—and we do mean a few—listening to Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History." He uses his out-of-the-box thinking and storytelling to paint history in a completely new way. Even if you've never been a big history buff, trust us and give this podcast a try.
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Okay, so "Stuff Mom Never Told You" isn't just about sex, but hosts Cristen and Caroline do a great job of answering all of your questions about it and many other "womanly" topics. From premature ejaculation and professional dominatrices to social justice warriors and the gay best friend, "Stuff Mom Never Told You" frankly discusses everything you wanted to know but didn't want to ask.
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Borne from the best-selling books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics," and "Think Like a Freak," "Freakonomics Radio" continues Steven D. Levitt's and Stephen J. Dubner's exploration of "the hidden side of everything." It's a great podcast for your afternoon commute because the episodes are relatively short, ranging from five to 45 minutes.
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When Andy Daly—a favorite guest on "Comedy Bang Bang"—was handed the reins to his very own podcast last year, comedy fans had high expectations, and they weren't disappointed. "The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project" gives master improviser Andy Daly the perfect platform to showcase his many eccentric characters on a pilot episode of their very own podcast. This show is a blast.
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"99% Invisible" is the podcast for the designer and architect in you. Award-winning producer and host Roman Mars teaches listeners to see the design that's all around them in engaging 20-minute sound bites. He answers questions you wouldn't think to ask. He explains solutions to problems you wouldn't know exist. Like "This American Life," "99% Invisible" is podcasting at its very best.
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Life coach Jess Lively encourages listeners to "live from values-based intentions" in order to access a new level of understanding, happiness, and peace in their lives. "The Lively Show" focuses on having frank, optimistic conversation about possessions, habits, relationships, and career with a variety of guest hosts.