If you’ve ever sat and listened to two or three people talking about “Serial” and wondered how they were connecting a classic breakfast food to a murder case, then it’s time for you to start listening to podcasts. Despite podcasts’ slightly antiquated name, all the cool kids — those who tell the best jokes, know the most interesting facts about everything, and never seem bored — listen to them. And since you’re a cool kid, you should too.

Making podcasts is super easy, which means there are hundreds of terrible ones to avoid. To assist the curious listener, CONVICTS compiled a list of podcasts that range from mind-stimulating science to mind-numbing comedy, but are all worth listening to.  

 

Song Exploder

If you want to be the person who can always spit out a fact like “Hendrix wrote this after dropping acid on a gondola in Venice” then Song Exploder is the podcast for you. Each episode contains an interview with an artist who explains the various parts of a song and tells the story behind them.

Serial

CSI, Law & Order, or even Sherlock will feel like child’s play after a couple of episodes of Serial. The podcast goes through every detail of a Baltimore homicide case, episode by episode, with interviews from nearly everyone involved, from the killer himself to the man who found the body. Prepare to feel weird.

 

S-Town

From the makers of Serial, S-Town takes you on a trip down South. Along the way, it reveals the jaw-dropping realities of a small “Shit Town” in Alabama. Mad hatters, buried gold, pilled-out locals, suicide, tattoo addictions and hedge mazes all play a part in this wild story.

 

Congratulations with Chris D’Elia

Stand up comedian Chris D’Elia talks about whatever he wants. His refreshingly real commentary on all parts of life is hilarious, addictive, and perspective altering. In his words, “it’s not a podcast, it’s a fucking cult.”

This American Life

This American Life is the mother podcast to Serial and S-Town. Beginning with a radio broadcast in 1995, the podcast has done hundreds of stories about hundreds of people.  It boasts many millions of downloads for each weekly episode. So if you haven’t heard it yet, you’ve got some catching up to do. All episodes are available online.

Radiolab

Radiolab is one of the more well-known podcasts in the industry. Founded in 2002, Radiolab’s responsible for episode after episode of fascinating content for over fifteen years. Topics range from science to superstition, and everything in between.

 

Invisibilia

People do crazy shit. The hosts of Invisibilia explain why. Each episode presents a strange bit of human behavior that’s then dissected and discussed by the hosts. Get ready for some self-realizations and possibly existential crises.

 

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a weekly podcast is exactly what it sounds like. Discussion ranges from books to music to film to any other pop-culture medium worth talking about. It’s a great listen for anyone who has interest in more than one area of this non-stop crazy culture.

 

The Joe Rogan Experience

You probably wonder everyday what it’s like to have a long conversation with the psychedelic eating, MMA-loving, ex-Fear Factor host Joe Rogan. The Joe Rogan Experience gives you the opportunity to experience exactly that. Joe talks with guests about all things from sports to science.  

WTF With Marc Maron

Comedian Marc Maron is a comic genius, but he may have found his true calling as an on-air interviewer. His podcasts are deep and telling conversations between Maron and any number of interesting guests: from Werner Herzog, to Paul Beatty, to Barack Obama. Filled with self-deprecation, reflection, and insight, more than 800 episodes are available, so get listening.