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    9 Podcasts That'll Fill That Favorite TV Show-Shaped Hole In Your Heart

    Just because your must-watch is in between seasons doesn't mean you shouldn't be entertained. This is for the Editorial Fellowship.

    1. You love: The Crown. You should listen to: You're Wrong About.

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    What is it? Hosted by journalists Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall, every episode of You're Wrong About centers on an "event, person or phenomenon that's been miscast in the public imagination."

    Why will I like it? For starters, they released an epic Princess Diana series right before Season 4 of The Crown dropped, giving you all the royal drama and gossip you'll need to fully appreciate Emma Corrin's incredible performance (and her perpetually terrified expression whenever Her Majesty's around.) Whether they're discussing the people's princess, the Stanford Prison Experiment, or Tonya Harding, Michael and Sarah approach each story with respect, a sense of humor, and a whole lot of research.

    What should I listen to next? Check out Royally Obsessed, a podcast that delivers a weekly dose of "all things Royals!"

    2. You love: The Umbrella Academy. You should listen to: Gay Future.

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    What is it? Described by The A.V. Club as "the fictional comedy podcast of Mike Pence's nightmares," Gay Future is a dystopian satire - and, in-universe, a YA novel written by the former vice president himself - about a world where everyone is gay, and one straight teenager is humanity's only hope against the "insidious gay agenda."

    Why will I like it? Look at that description! How could you not? But if you're a fan of The Umbrella Academy for its surreal and stylized take on the traditional superhero story - and if Klaus is your favorite character, which, let's be real, of course he is - Gay Future is the perfect podcast to tide you over until season three premieres. The premise is brilliant and the execution is even better, and if there is a funnier fake YA novel written by Mike Pence out there, I haven't heard about it.

    What should I listen to next? Follow the creators of Gay Future to their next project,14 Days with Felicity, another fictional comedy podcast about a very real story: The two weeks Felicity Huffman spent in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal.

    3. You love: Schitt's Creek. You should listen to: Dead Eyes.

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    What is it? When actor and comedian Connor Ratliff was cast in HBO's Band of Brothers twenty years ago, he thought he'd found his big break. Instead, he was fired by Tom Hanks. Dead Eyes follows his efforts to discover why, and along the way, have some fascinating conversations with the most successful people in Hollywood about recovering from rejection.

    Why will I like it? Everyone's favorite Canadian sitcom begins with the Rose family's fall from grace, and the show as a whole is the story of them picking themselves up and building an even better life than the one they lost. Dead Eyes follows a similar arc: Ratliff knows this mystery is low-stakes and objectively pretty funny - he was fired by the nicest man in show business! - but he nevertheless reaches some pretty poignant conclusions about moving on and moving up. Fans of Schitt's Creek will find a similar warmth, wit, and rotating cast of comedy superstars in this podcast.

    What should I listen to next? For more smart, funny people trying to cope with the things that frustrate and infuriate them, add Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai to your queue.

    4. You love: Succession. You should listen to: WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork.

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    What is it? This six-part series follows the "rise and fall of WeWork," the co-working company its founder believed would change the world, only to see it all crumble in a spectacular fashion.

    Why will I like it? If you're obsessed with high-stakes misbehavior of the Roy family on HBO's hit show Succession, you'll binge this series about the hubris and high drama of a business where the vision of the C-Suite never quite matched up with reality. It's rich people making a mess, and what's better than that?

    What should I listen to next? Fascinated by the bad behavior of businesspeople? You'll love Scam Goddess with Laci Mosley, "a podcast dedicated to fraud and all those who practice it!"

    5. You love: I May Destroy You. You should listen to: Asking For It.

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    What is it? This critically acclaimed audio drama "follows a queer, femme singer whose herstory of violence finds her no matter how many times she runs away."

    Why will I like it? Creator, writer, producer, co-director, and star (!) Michaela Coel won acclaim for I May Destroy You, a complex and extraordinarily moving show about sexual assault and its aftermath. You'll find similarly impressive storytelling in Asking For It. One critic from the Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast Channel writes that the show "achieves immersion by craft, mixing layers of dialogue, music, and peripheral noise to create an imaginable world." The subject matter is heavy, but it's a story worth telling, and this podcast does it well.

    What should I listen to next? Seen and Not Heard is another well-reviewed, female-led audio drama worth your time. Here's the premise: "Bet Kline is deaf. That wasn't the case a year ago. Now that her life has been upended, she has to figure out how to carve out a new path for herself and navigate her way down it."

    6. You love: The Great British Baking Show. You should listen to: Home Cooking.

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    What is it? Hosted by podcaster-musician Hrishikesh Hirway and chef Samin Nosrat (of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat fame) this show seeks to "help you figure out what to cook (and keep you company) during the quarantine!"

    Why will I like it? The Great British Baking Show is the definition of warm and cozy TV, and in their roundup of the best fifty podcasts of 2020, The Atlantic called Home Cooking "the audio equivalent of comfort food." These two shows are spiritual sisters, and if you are an amateur cook hoping to up your game, both of them should be on your personal curriculum.

    What should I listen to next? If you're hungry for more food content, look no further than Food52's Burnt Toast for "perfect pieces of snackable dinner-party fodder."

    7. You love: The Queen's Gambit. You should listen to: Throwback.

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    What is it? From Sports Illustrated, season one of this podcast tells the story of the first Women's World Cup and the "pioneers who defined women's soccer in America as they evolve[d] from a group of talented but inexperienced misfits and teenagers into an American phenomenon."

    Why will I like it? In addition to eyeliner and the Love, Actually kid's cowboy hat, Netflix's hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit is about protagonist Beth Harmon's efforts to establish herself in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. The U.S. women's national team faced similar skepticism - which continues to this day, despite their efforts to get paid equally to the men's team - and it makes their story all the more thrilling to listen to. If you couldn't look away from Beth's transformation from child prodigy to full-fledged genius, this is the perfect podcast for you.

    What should I listen to next? From the makers of the ESPN film series of the same name, 30 for 30 Podcasts should be a go-to if you're a fan of sports history.

    8. You love: Sex Education. You should listen to: Dying For Sex.

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    What is it? A six-part audio miniseries, Dying for Sex follows host Nikki Boyer's friend Molly after she is diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, leaves her husband, and "embarks on a series of sexual adventures to feel alive."

    Why will I like it? Sex Education won acclaim for its skillful approach to telling stories about all things sex, and this podcast has done the same, though the story at its center is a true one. And if you don't trust my opinion, trust The Atlantic's, which writes that Dying for Sex will "lure you in with its sexcapades...but keep you listening for a raw and touching look at why people so often say 'Fuck cancer.'"

    What should I listen to next? For a listening experience that is still blunt and open, but more straightforwardly comedic, listen to long-running sex podcast classic Guys We F****d.

    9. You love: What We Do in the Shadows. You should listen to: A Funny Feeling.

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    What is it? Join comedians Betsy Sodaro and Marcy Jarreau around the podcasting campfire as they "invite their comedian friends and celebrity guests to tell their true paranormal experiences and hear spooky stories submitted by listeners."

    Why will I like it? In the wide world of vampire content, What We Do in the Shadows is probably the funniest take on the bloodsucker genre, so if you like your spooky stories a little less Poltergeist and a little more Ghostbusters, Funny Feeling is the perfect pod for you. Anyone whose idea of small talk is asking someone if they've ever seen a ghost should check it out.

    What should I listen to next? Why stop there? Queue up This Paranormal Life for episodes about everything "from punching Bigfoot to hunting Ancient Aliens."

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