1. If you like the Food Network’s Good Eats or Unwrapped, listen to The Sporkful.
Learn how to “Eat More Better” as the hosts debate and obsess over everything food-related. Become an eater, not a foodie.
2. If you like the Discovery Channel and the History Channel, listen to Stuff You Should Know.
The two hosts do all the research for you and present it in interesting, humorous ways. And admit it, you’ve always wanted to know everything about pizza, volcanoes, and ghosts.
3. If you like Twin Peaks and H.P. Lovecraft, listen to Welcome to Night Vale.
Each 20-minute episode is staged liked a comedy/mystery TV series. It’s basically the illegitimate love child of The Twilight Zone and Adult Swim.
4. If you like the DIY Network or American Restoration, listen to Lifehacker.
Whether you want to be more tech savvy, prove to your friends that you’re crafty, or learn how to open a beer bottle with a piece of paper, this is the ultimate DIY guide for life.
5. If you like old movies, listen to Lux Radio Theater.
It’s a collection of live radio shows of your favorite classic movies. Consider this your personal time machine to the golden age of Hollywood.
6. If you have any interest in TV or screenwriting, listen to Nerdist Writers Panel.
It’s like Inside the Actor’s Studio, but with professional writers from shows like Friends and Freaks and Geeks, so it’s an easy way to learn about the process and business of writing.
7. If you want to get or stay fit, listen to Ben Greenfield Fitness.
Because everyone needs a personal trainer, whether you’re just getting off the couch or training for your third marathon. It also simplifies things like nutrition and weightlifting, helping you reach your goal in the healthiest way possible.
8. If you like PBS or great storytelling, listen to This American Life.
Because you want to know why we do the things we do.
9. If you like Siskel and Ebert or anything related to film, listen to The /Filmcast.
It’s a movie podcast that isn’t just for movie geeks. Get tips on what shows to watch next, and find out if the newest releases are worth your money.
10. If you like popular culture, listen to NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour.
It’s your own personal roundtable for music, TV, film, and books. It’s perfect for people who get giddy when Jeopardy! has entertainment-based questions.
11. If you like PBS’ Nova, listen to Radiolab.
It blends philosophy and science with human experience, making you learn something without actually feeling like you’re learning.
12. If you like Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, listen to The Tobolowsky Files.
Storytelling that will make you fall off the bed with laughter, melt your heart, or make tears run down your face. Usually all three.
13. If you like Scandal or Beyoncé, listen to The Read.
The latest hip-hop and pop culture news, mixed with smart racial commentary, from two bloggers who love Beyoncé and laughing.
14. If you like The Suze Orman Show or you’re fond of money, listen to Planet Money.
Because it’s not just about saving money, and it’s not just for investors. Learn about the economy and financial issues in a super-accessible way.
15. If you like How It’s Made, listen to Freakonomics.
Whether it’s gun control, Jane Austen, or obesity, there’s a hidden message behind everything, and you should know what it is.
16. If you like Sherlock or any type of mystery, listen to Sherlock Holmes Adventure.
Each 30-minute podcast is just as thrilling as the TV show, only they’re more impressive because they don’t need a screen to keep your attention.
17. If you like the Discovery Channel, listen to 99% Invisible.
Each 10-minute episode focuses on an item’s design – like the shape and texture of paper currency or a castle – and reminds you that the world is full of unbelievable things.
18. If you’re a woman or interested in learning about them, listen to Stuff Mom Never Told You.
It focuses on everything you were curious or too embarrassed to ask your mom. Like, does the G-spot really exist?
19. If you like smart humor, listen to WTF with Marc Maron.
A comic who interviews famous comedians. It’s hilarious, vibrant, and everything you look for in a podcast.
20. If you like any type of magazine, listen to Longform.
Ideal for Journalism and English majors, these weekly conversations with professional writers will inspire anyone with writer’s block.
21. If you are a person, listen to New Yorker: The Political Scene.
A weekly update of the political scene at large, letting you form an educated opinion about what’s actually going on in the world.
And the best part is they’re all FREE!
- Parents of the suspected Washington mall gunman who killed five people said he "had mental issues."