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    Apr 5, 2020

    22 Non-News Podcasts That, Try As You Might, You Probably Won't Be Able To Stop Listening To

    Time to get those earbuds out.

    1. My Favorite Murder is a true crime comedy podcast, which means you'll end the episodes laughing your butt off and texting your friends with facts you never knew about crime cases big and small.

    My Favorite Murder

    What you can look forward to: Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark don't hold back — kinda like the best friend who smacks you in the face and reminds you you're freakin' hot and anyone would be lucky to go out with you when you're melting down over yet another Tinder date ghosting you. They take you through their in-depth research on murder and crime cases throughout the last couple of decades while giving their honest opinions on what went down. They also do "minisodes" where they read listeners' submissions on their very own hometown murder stories, near-misses, and crime stories (all with some humor thrown in there), and approach mental health, safety, and lifestyle in a totally comfortable and relatable way. Personally, MFM is my *favorite* podcast and I listen to at least three episodes a day (yes, I even re-listened to episodes I've already heard. What of it?????).

    Average episode length: Regular episodes are about 1.5 hours long and minisodes are usually around 30-40 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find My Favorite Murder on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, and PlayerFM.

    2. Why Mommy Drinks is perfect for current parents, soon-to-be parents, and anyone who's just curious about parenthood and want a peek into the chaotic (and sometimes adorably hilarious) challenge of raising children.

    Why Mommy Drinks

    What you can look forward to: While parenthood comes with many a joyous time (hello adorable, tiny human being raised to become an incredible person), 'tis not without your fair share of calming your screaming toddler in public, pulling all-nighters with a restless baby, and even dealing with other parents who think they can teach you a thing or two about how to parent your own kid. Enter comedians (and mommies) Betsy Stover and Amanda Allan. They (along with guests) cover the various ups and downs of parenting — like that moment when you hear your kid swear for the first time — including stories about real parents' breaking points.

    Average episode length: Each episode is around an hour long.

    Where to listen: Find Why Mommy Drinks on Stitcher, iTunes, and PlayerFM.

    3. The Secret Room is a plethora of chilling, unbelievable, and downright hair-raising stories from real people (and you may not want to stop listening).

    The Secret Room, instagram.com

    What you can look forward to: Prepare yourself...this podcast really is as eerie as the title makes it sound. For these episodes, people *anonymously* share stories they've never told anyone else before in an interview-like format with host Ben Hamm. The storytellers often say that sharing their secrets (sometimes behind an electronically manipulated voice to protect their identities) helps them put it out there and move on from any feelings they might've attached to their stories. You might find yourself listening to creepy personal ghost stories, tales of revenge, anecdotes about secret online personas, and more. I don't wanna give too many of these secrets away, so you'll just have to listen to find out what's to come!

    Average episode length: Each episode is typically less than 30 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find The Secret Room on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, PodBean, and PlayerFM.

    4. Just Break Up is the advice podcast for anyone who's ever had their heart broken, grappled with a text message left on read, or has ever said, "I freakin' hate love sometimes."

    Just Break Up

    What you can look forward to: Real talk: Love sucks sometimes. You break up, you get ghosted, you unknowingly become *the other partner* — you get the picture, and so do hosts Sam Blackwell and Sierra DeMulder. In just under an hour and a half per episode, they share some lessons — thoughtful ones, useful ones, and at times, painful ones — they've learned to bring a little comfort and understanding (and a chuckle here and there) to anyone going through the same thing.

    Average episode length: Episodes usually last between 1 and 1.5 hours.

    Where to listen: Find Just Break Up on Stitcher, iTunes, PlayerFM, Podbay, and Spotify.

    5. Scam Goddess is your go-to for feeding your brain with wild, hilarious, and sometimes ridiculous tales of fraud — who doesn't love a good "how they got caught" story?

    Scam Goddess

    What you can look forward to: In a world full of facetious frauds and hollow-hearted hoodwinkers, host Laci Mosley cuts through the noise to bring you comprehensive details on the latest scam stories everyone's talking about (like her episode on Caroline Calloway) and even historical stories of deception. If you want to dive deeper (for your own casual education, of course) into the world of duplicitous dealings with a hilarious and entertaining host (along with some celebrity guest stars from time to time!!) you'll probably wind up binge-listening to Scam Goddess.

    Average episode length: Each episode is typically about an hour long.

    Where to listen: Find Scam Goddess on Stitcher, iTunes, Earwolf, Podtail, and Spotify.

    6. Real Life Ghost Stories is a collection of never-before-heard paranormal experiences — because they're submitted by listeners. Even the biggest paranormal proteges (who have researched every known ghost story under the sun) may find themselves shaking under their covers and sleeping with one eye open after just one episode.

    Real Life Ghost Stories

    What you can look forward to: If you, like me, have ever spent hours online fascinated by reading and researching ghost stories trying to decide if the specter in the tall tale could actually be standing right outside your window right now, then this podcast is probably your cup of (spooky) tea. The hosts tell stories of hauntings, aliens, curses, ghosts, and more — experienced and submitted by real listeners, so you'll likely hear spine-tingling stories you've never been able to Google before. They also use longer episodes to dive into well-known stories and legends like La Llorona and the hauntings in the Sallie House.

    Average episode length: Regular episodes are usually around 40 minutes long, and mini episodes last between 20 and 30 minutes.

    Where to listen: Find Real Life Ghost Stories on Stitcher, PodBean, iHeart Radio, and Spotify.

    7. The Potterless Podcast is your dose of all things wizarding world, polyjuice potion, Quidditch, and more — all from someone who has never read the series before.

    Potterless Podcast

    What you can look forward to: A grown adult who's never read the Harry Potter series??? No way, impossible. Right?? Believe it or not, host Mike Schubert falls into that category of .0000001%* of adults who have never read the series, and he uses this unique fun fact to create a podcast where he sits down with HP fans to talk plot holes, (usually incorrect) predictions, and Quidditch. Whether you're a die-hard Potterhead or have admittedly only read one or two books (or part of that *ultra rare* population that has been, until now, Potterless), you get to listen to all things Harry, Ron, and Hermione for at least an hour a day.

    *This percentage is in no way scientific or accurate.

    Average episode length: Each episode is between 60 and 70 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find the Potterless Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

    8. Overdue is the podcast for all you bookworms who like to read during your morning commute (or for the bookworms who like to listen to a podcast about reading during their morning commute). The hosts will talk you through a new book you've been meaning to read.

    Overdue

    What you can look forward to: We all have that long list of titles we just haven't gotten around to reading, and hosts Andrew and Craig are no exception. Together, they comb through the backlog of classics, plays, children's books, and more and discuss themes, characters, and events without spoiling the entire book. You might pick up a new recommendation or two.

    Average episode length: Each episode is about an hour long.

    Where to listen: Find Overdue on Stitcher, iTunes, and Headgum.

    9. Radio Rental is a stream of scary first-hand experiences told by the people who went through them. It's almost guaranteed to make you a wee bit jumpy (and curious for more) after listening to just one episode.

    Radio Rental

    What you can look forward to: Host Payne Lindsey welcomes listeners to bizarre true stories that'll have them biting their nails and gasping in shock. And to add to the spook factor, every story is told by the person who lived it. The stories are truly chilling — let's just say the first episode I listened to involved a young woman telling the story of her near-miss with an infamous serial killer.

    Average episode length: Episodes are typically around 45 minutes long, but some have run for about an hour.

    Where to listen: Find Radio Rental on Stitcher, Spotify, and iTunes.

    10. Girls Gotta Eat is a bevy of episodes featuring very real, very funny (and sometimes very awkward) girl talk on navigating modern romance. Think of every night as kind of like a slumber party with your two very hilarious, very incredible hosts.

    Girls Gotta Eat

    What you can look forward to: Hosts Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine will pretty much become your besties as the three of you take on adventures in romance, heartbreak, one-night stands, online dating, and more. Nothing's off-topic here. No, seriously. The women create a totally honest, judgment-free zone for talking about weird, gross, and embarrassing bodily-related sex topics, building inner confidence, going from a volatile relationship to a healthy one, and, well, just listen for yourself to find out.

    Average episode length: Each episode is at least 1.5 hours long, though some can run for 2.5 hours.

    Where to listen: Find Girls Gotta Eat on iTunes and Spotify.

    11. Ologies with Alie Ward is for anyone looking for a little edufication with a few laughs thrown in and who might delight in learning about the science of some of their favorite things — the science of beer, anyone?

    Ologies with Alie Ward

    What you can look forward to: Expect input from accredited professionals with a variety of interests and obsessions including pulmonology, volcanoes, genealogy, butterflies, trees, beauty standards, slug sex, and more. Science correspondent and host Alie Ward tackles it all with topics you didn't even know you wanted to learn more about. You don't even need to be a total science junkie to enjoy this podcast — there may be a little something for almost everyone in here.

    Average episode length: Episodes are typically an hour to 1.5 hours long.

    Where to listen: Find Ologies with Alie Ward on Stitcher, iTunes, and Spotify.

    12. Why Won't You Date Me? is the podcast for any single person who's ever had that one annoying, nagging question without an answer in the backs of their minds — why won't anyone date me!??!?!

    Why Won't You Date Me?

    What you can look forward to: Gorgeous, smart, and hilarious host Nicole Byer hasn't been in a relationship for decades so she created a podcast on a topic that *so many* of us can relate to: Why the hell are we still single??? Every week, she invites a friend, comedian, or former love interest on the show to discuss their love life. As a ~perpetually single~ podcast lover, this one, of course, caught my eye and after giving her episodes a quick listen, I think there are definitely enough episodes to cater to a wide array of interests as they relate to love, dating, and relationships. Personally, I immediately gravitated toward the episode on struggles in your twenties, but episodes on relationship fears, hiring a professional matchmaker, and the joys of being alone were also very promising.

    Average episode length: Each episode is typically just over an hour long.

    Where to listen: Find Why Won't You Date Me? on Stitcher, Spotify, Headgum, and iTunes.

    13. The Purrrcast is the podcast every cat lover has been waiting for. If you have a cat, want a cat, might get a cat soon, or just enjoy hearing other people talk about their cats, then you can just leave this post right now and go listen to this paw-some podcast.

    The Purrrcast

    What you can look forward to: Non-stop talk about people and their pets — what more could you possibly want in a podcast?? Hosts Sarah Iyer and Steven Ray Morris invite guests onto the show to tell listeners all about their cats. The guests often have other pets that they'll chat about as well, but you'll be sure to end every episode smiling regardless.

    Average episode length: Each episode is usually around an hour and 20 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find The Purrrcast on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher.

    14. Decoder Ring is the podcast for all you deep-thinking, curious cats out there. You'll walk away from every episode having learned a little something new about societal symbols through the decades.

    Decoder Ring

    What you can look forward to: Host Willa Paskin examines cultural objects and habits to figure out why they came to have their current meaning in society. How did a humble rubber duck come to symbolize bathtime? Why do so many people fear clowns?? And why the hell do people love Bart Simpson so much??? If you've never really thought about these questions but honestly want to know the answers to them, same.

    Average episode length: Each episode is a little over 30 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find Decoder Ring on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, PodBean, and PlayerFM.

    15. 10 Things That Scare Me is for anyone who's afraid of something (aka all of us). Take a brief journey through another person's mind as you learn about the fear that keeps them awake at night.

    10 Things That Scare Me

    What you can look forward to: We all have fears — big ones, small ones, irrational ones, ones fueled by a past trauma, and ones that just keep us up at night. This podcast features a new person every week who sits down and talks about their greatest fear — running out of gas in the middle of nowhere and dying of thirst, getting a papercut on your eyeball, being in the woods at night, and more.

    Average episode length: Each episode is typically less than 10 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find 10 Things That Scare Me on Spotify, Stitcher, and NPR.

    16. How To Fail is the podcast for anyone who's ever had something just not go their way (once again, literally all of us). Sure, you can't always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to those situations.

    How to Fail

    What you can look forward to: Sometimes, shit happens, and no one wants to celebrate that more than host Elizabeth Day. No matter how well we plan, there are some things in life that just don't go our way and instead of getting angry about what's beyond our control, this podcast highlights and discusses those moments because staying angry and throwing a tantrum just takes up so much energy.

    Average episode length: Each episode is around an hour long.

    Where to listen: Find How To Fail on iTunes, PodBean, PlayerFM, and Spotify.

    17. 99% Invisible is here to satiate the curiosity of design geeks and anyone who honestly might've been an architect in their past life.

    99% Invisible

    What you can look forward to: 99% Invisible teaches us that, even when we've stopped noticing, there is design in everything around us. This podcast digs into the process behind architecture and the creation of the beautiful structures in our lives.

    Average episode length: Each episode is about 45 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find 99% Invisible on Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify,

    18. The Mortified Podcast is probably the only podcast that'll make you cringe, cry, and laugh all at the same time. It features stories of embarrassing things people did as kids and, honestly, we can all relate.

    The Mortified Podcast

    What you can look forward to: You're probably lying if you say you've never done a single weird, awkward, or embarrassing thing as a kid. Besides, it can be a fun bonding experience to reminisce about the cringe-worthy (but now hilarious) actions that plagued your childhood — that's where this podcast comes in. Every episode features a new guest sharing something embarrassing they created as a kid, be it diary entries, letters, lyrics, and more.

    Average episode length: Every episode is around 30 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find The Mortified Podcast on Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, and PlayerFM.

    19. Happy Place is all about those feel-good stories. Each week, a new guest introduces listeners to the experiences that have shaped what happiness means to them.

    Happy Place

    What you can look forward to: This podcast is all about learning what happiness means to different people who come from different walks of life and have had different experiences. Host Fearne Cotton might even inspire you to think deep and realize the little sources of gratitude that already exist in your life.

    Average episode length: Each episode runs for around 45 minutes.

    Where to listen: Find Happy Place on iTunes, PodBean, PlayerFM, Stitcher, and Spotify.

    20. If I Were You is probably gonna make you feel like you have a pair of new best friends who talk to you about the random and not-so-random things we all think about and give you advice whether you want it or not.

    If I Were You

    What you can look forward to: Hosts Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld give advice on, well, just about anything — whether their skills and knowledge qualify them to do so or not. Be prepared to talk weddings, salads, dating, career advice, Twitter handles, and so much more. You may feel like you're talking to a couple of new best friends.

    Average episode length: Each episode is around 45 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find If I Were You on Stitcher, Headgum, and iTunes.

    21. LeVar Burton Reads is probably gonna have you getting into your jammies and huddling under the covers as you prepare to listen to a relaxing fiction short story told in the soothing voice of LeVar Burton himself.

    LeVar Burton Reads

    What you can look forward to: Remember being read stories when you were a little kid? (Maybe on the iconic show Reading Rainbow?) Ugh, those were the days. But in this podcast, host LeVar Burton brings those relaxing times back with his fiction readings specifically for adults.

    Average episode length: Each episode is around 50 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find LeVar Burton Reads on Stitcher and iTunes.

    22. Meditation Minis is the meditation podcast for anyone who says they "don't have time to meditate," or "don't know how." Get ready to feel more relaxed than you've felt in a while.

    Meditation Minis

    What you can look forward to: If you can't get to your in-person wellness studio, this podcast is the next best thing. Host Chel Hamilton leads you through mediations aimed at soothing anxiety, negative thinking, anger, fears, sadness, and more. You're basically just 10 minutes away from feeling calmer, less stressed, and more focused.

    Average episode length: Each episode is about 10 minutes long.

    Where to listen: Find Meditation Minis on Stitcher, PodBean, iHeart Radio, Audio Boom, Spotify, and PlayerFM.