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The 13 best new podcasts to listen to in 2020

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Cuddle up with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s podcast. 


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Do you want deep dives into historical past? What about political scandals? Or would you simply quite hearken to celebrities chit chat with each other? Both method, there is a new podcast for you. Some are stand-alone, just like the New Yorkers Wind of Change, whereas others are iterations, like Sluggish Burn season 4. All are wonderful. 

Beneath are our picks for these in search of one thing new to binge. 

The Rabbit Gap

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New York Instances

So far as podcasts go, The New York Instances is most identified for The Every day. But it surely additionally produces a number of podcast sequence, together with the wonderful Rabbit Gap. Launched in April, it begins as a case examine in how YouTube algorithms polarize folks round excessive politics on each the proper and the left. But it surely finally ends up going deeper, talking to the broad schism pervading broader on-line discourse.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Blind Spot: The Street to 9/11

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WNYC/Historical past

The 2 hijacked planes that took down the Twin Towers did not emerge out of nowhere, they have been the consequence of battle that had been occurring for over 10 years earlier than Sept. 11, 2001. This six-part podcast tells the story of that previous 10 years. Together with interviews with FBI brokers, individuals who knew the 9/11 terrorists, journalists and extra, it is a heavy however worthwhile podcast sequence from Historical past and WNYC. 

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Winds of Change

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New Yorker

Winds of Change facilities round a conspiracy idea: Did the CIA write Winds of Change, a music by German band The Scorpions. A music so highly effective it helped convey down the Berlin Wall. 

The conspiracy idea itself sounds hokey, however the journey that follows is not. This can be a deep dive into the strategies companies just like the CIA use, and — finally — a narrative concerning the energy of music to elicit change. 

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Sluggish Burn

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Slate

Do folks residing by way of insane occasions understand simply how insane that point is? That is the imprecise theme of Sluggish Burn, a podcast from Slate. The primary season appears to be like on the presidency of Richard Nixon, and the response of politicians, the media and the general public to Watergate. Subsequent seasons have a look at Invoice Clinton’s impeachment, and slain rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac. This 12 months’s season focuses on KKK chief David Duke and his rise to prominence.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

In Mattress with Megan and Nick


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And now, one thing lighter on your 2020.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are identified for enjoying the tempestuously divorced husband-and-wife combo of Ron Swanson and Tammy in Parks and Recreation. They’re additionally really husband and spouse in actual life, and this 12 months began a podcast. They’re joined — in mattress — by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Rob Lowe, Aubrey Plaza and extra. Should you’re after one thing breezy to sit back out to, it is a good spot to begin. 

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Making Area: The Feminine Frontier


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From the early days of the house race to the best scientific breakthroughs of our technology, girls have at all times performed a significant function within the historical past of house discovery. Generally entrance and heart, most of the time invisible, these girls helped construct our understanding of house from the bottom up.

The ladies that fought to carve out a spot at NASA, the scientists who have been ignored by the institution all the best way as much as the trailblazers main the cost within the subsequent age of discovery — we hear from six girls, over six episodes, who symbolize six essential eras in house discovery.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Crossfire


Telegraph

With the chaotic tempo of 2020, the accusations that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to bolster his 2016 presidential marketing campaign seem to be a long time in the past. However the scandal that triggered a particular council probe and, finally, an impeachment, is one value revisiting in depth — and that is what the Telegraph’s six-piece Crossfire sequence does.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Good White Mother and father


New York Instances/Serial

Good White Mother and father is a five-part sequence on the US’ schooling system, dropped at you by the New York Instances and Serial-creator This American Life. It examines the completely different instructional alternatives given to minorities, and focuses on the unintended penalties of a robust bloc: Good White Mother and father.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Pretend Medical doctors, Actual Associates

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iHeart Radio

Should you’ve been that means to rewatch Scrubs, this podcast offers you an additional cause. Zach Braff and Donald Faison, who play the best-bud duo of JD and Turk on the present, host Pretend Medical doctors, Actual Associates. Every episode of the podcast goes over an episode of the present — in chronological order, fortunately. Good if you happen to wistfully bear in mind the 2001-10 medical comedy.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Oh, Hey: The P’dcast


Gil Faizon, George St. Geegland

It’s possible you’ll be acquainted with George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, the getting older alter egos of comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. They’ve conquered Broadway and now they’re taking over podcasts. Particularly, a Serial-esque run concerning the demise of Princess Diana — till the present almost tears their decades-long friendship aside. It is foolish, pleasant, and filled with tuna. 

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

We have to discuss concerning the British Empire


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The historical past of the British Empire and its legacy is advanced. It is also a historical past that many individuals do not actually find out about — and in the event that they do, they not often find out about it correctly. Enter We Want To Discuss About The British Empire, a six-part Audible podcast that discover the lasting influence of the Empire by way of the private tales of those that lived by way of it. To make use of a cliche, it is historical past come to life in a very fascinating method.

Hear on Audible.

Floodlines


The Atlantic

Once we take into consideration Hurricane Katrina, we take into consideration New Orleans being dropped at its knees by highly effective floods. However did it must be that method? This eight-episode sequence from The Atlantic appears to be like on the authorities’s response to the disaster, and the way a lot of the chaos may have been prevented.

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts

Staying In with Emily and Kumail

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Combating quarantine? Feeling a bit alone? Emily and Kumail are right here with their information to surviving the pandemic. They’re each writers who work at home and simply sort of like staying in anyway. They provide you leisure suggestions and recommendation on the way to keep away from cabin fever. However, maybe better of all, it is only a very nice distraction from the world that includes two folks you’ll actually wish to be buddies with. 

Hear on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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Daniel Van Boom