Last fall, Serial—a podcast from the producers of This American Life—became the most-downloaded podcast of all time. Millions of listeners from countries across the world followed the true crime investigation of a 16-year-old murder case, as Serial became podcasting’s first full-fledged pop-culture phenomenon.
Here’s our look at other shows making this a new golden age of radio:
###Science and Tech
Science, culture, faith, technology and storytelling merge in WNYC’s public radio show.
An audio exploration of the “invisible forces” that shape our world through the lens of science.
Super-smart speakers explain “ideas worth sharing,” while making complex topics simple.
The radio documentary series is still the most addictive, compelling show in iTunes.
These true crime stories aren’t just about criminal behavior. They’re about human nature.
Like TAL, Snap Judgment is a forum for young journalists to create gripping audio content.
###News and Events
The real-life whodunnit that set the whole world arguing about Adnan Syed’s innocence.
Food, music and pop-culture tastemakers converge into one weekly audio magazine.
The most celebrity-packed current-event-themed game show public radio has to offer.
Pete Holmes chats with thinkers and comedians about life, work, faith and pretty much everything.
Alec Baldwin shows why he may be a better conversationalist than he is an actor.
Terry Gross brings in culture’s most interesting and important names in her weekly interviews.
###Faith and Culture
Probably the best podcast ever created. Objectively speaking.
“Science Mike” and Michael Gungor ponder big questions.
The name of this podcast really says it all.