Sarah Koenig’s first season of Serial is the piece de resistance of podcasts, with its astronomical success opening the doors of the podcast world to the population at large. It also turned the old case of Adnan Syed into a national obsession. Season 2 just debuted with the story of defamed army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
Need more Adnan? You have to listen to Undisclosed. Prepare for a visceral reaction.
If you can’t get enough of this type of podcast, check out the show This American Life to see what other projects they have coming out. If you’re into true crime, be sure to listen to Criminal.
Looking for a podcast that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Limetown blurs the line between reality in fiction with a story about an investigative report into an industrial town that saw hundreds of residents mysteriously disappear. This gripping podcast is my favorite at the moment.
If you like Limetown and are looking for even more intense conspiracy theories, check out Tanis.
Comedy Bang Bang
This podcast originally started as a radio show, and has been bringing listeners countless hours of chit chat, guest speakers, musical interludes, and even game shows since 2010.
Looking for more podcast gold? Try Hardcore History with Dan Carlin.