5 Must-stream Podcasts

If you haven’t already been swept away by the current wave of top-notch programs, now’s a good time to sample a few standouts

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The podcast revolution is now well underway and hot new shows are flooding the space with dizzying speed, making it hard to know where to start. We’ve compiled a roundup of binge-worthy podcasts that you’ll want to put into heavy rotation in 2017.

The Tim Ferriss Show

This crazy compelling business podcast is hosted by Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek. The show features long-form interviews with top performers in a range of fields, including music producer Rick Rubin, meditation guru Tara Brach and hedge-fund manager, entrepreneur and author James Altucher. Ferriss is a charismatic and curious host, and tremendously good company. It’s no wonder he’s now being called “The Oprah of Audio.”

Check this episode: a surprising sit-down with conservative pundit Glenn Beck 

Heavyweight

Former CBC radio presenter and author Jonathan Goldstein has joined the crack team at Gimlet Media (home of the StartUp podcast) to launch a genius new show called Heavyweight. Both hilarious and emotionally wrenching, Heavyweight focuses on major turning points in people’s lives. Goldstein’s deadpan delivery, A-plus writing and interviewing, and raw honesty – plus his oddball phone calls to exasperated pal Jackie Cohen – guarantee to make this a highlight of your weekly playlist.

Check this episode: Jonathan revisits his first love, Galit 

This American Life

This podcast pioneer, hosted by the iconic Ira Glass, is still going strong after 21 years – and for good reason. The acclaimed NPR show combines intriguing themes with stellar storytelling and some of the best reporting on radio, and it packs a serious emotional punch. This American Life is sure to remind you why you fell in love with the podcast medium in the first place.

Check this episode: the theme is “Status Update,” with stories that focus on everything from the nuances of social media to the impact of fame on friendship 

2 Dope Queens

Be sure to clear your schedule before you download this comedy podcast, because you’re not going to want to do much else once you press play. Hosted by Jessica Williams (formerly of The Daily Show) and fellow comic Phoebe Robinson, this wildly funny show focuses on romance, race and life in NYC. Plus Billy Joel, naturally. It’s recorded live in Brooklyn, with special guest comedians making side-splitting appearances.

Check this episode: altercations with cab drivers and the appeal of the “dad bod.” 

The Bill Simmons Podcast

You don’t have to be a jock to appreciate this brilliant podcast from veteran American sports columnist Bill Simmons, creator of the seminal site Grantland. The show takes sports as a starting point but quickly branches out to include everything from pop culture to the internet.

Check this episode: an interview with Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane