Podcasts are damn delightful, and there are tons of standout episodes that can keep you occupied for the night, but what's even better is picking a short-run series that you can listen to from beginning to end. Some suggestions:
• Serial season 3 (or season 1, if you never got around to it): The most recent season is a collection of stories out of an Ohio courthouse that paint a fascinating, and often disturbing, picture of the criminal justice system.
• Slow Burn season 2: The first season delved into Nixon and Watergate, and the second provides a detailed, gripping framework for the Monica Lewinsky scandal from the earliest days of the Clinton administration, and how we can contextualize it today.
• Caliphate: The New York Times' in-depth exploration of a reporter following stories on ISIL.
• Last Seen: For all of the art lovers out there, it tells the still-unsolved mystery of how art thieves stole 13 paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
• Dirty John: It's from last year, but this true-crime story is just as frightening and entertaining as it was a year ago — plus, now there's a TV show you can watch as a companion.
• S Town: Also not from 2018, but a timeless piece of slice-of-life storytelling from the deep south that's even more effective when digested in one sitting.