5 years ago, I quit tv and starting listening to lots and lots of podcasts. I haven’t stopped. Here’s a roundup of my favorite fiction & non-fiction podcasts in the last year!
Besides my ongoing favorites which carry over from my 2016 podcast roundup, I tend to look for great new shows in Storytelling and Fiction. This list has my top finds from the last year or so.
Great Non-Fiction Podcasts
|Season 1 about climate change will transport you. Each season has a new topic. Excellent reporting and sound.
|Far From Home
|The first season documents a trip via tiny car from UK to Mongolia. Live vicariously.
|A collection of BBC documentaries (1 or more episodes per topic) spanning everything from stories to people to trends to politics. Start with the 4-part Polyglot series.
|Critique of truly random cultural things by writer John Green. His voice is soothing and his takes are fresh.
Great Fiction Podcasts
|Space Opera, Comedy
|Really funny writing, a great cast of characters played by excellent actors, odd relationships in space. J’Adore!
|The Horror of Dolores Roach
|Best acting and production I had ever heard in a podcast up to that point. It set a new bar that people are rising to. A mesmerizing story. 1 season total.
|A beautifully produced, rule-breaking and somewhat provocative CBC podcast about the arc of a relationship. 1 season total.
|Small town, Mystery?
|I have no idea where this meandering story is going but I like the ride. Suspense, unusual characters, and actors of color finally.
|About a woman hired to work as the person secretly behind an Alexa-like AI, beautifully produced and well written. Ending is a bit weak. 6 episodes total.
|Sci-Fi, Time Travel
|For true sci-fi fans only, this is a long and satisfying series. The story quality trumps the production budget. Listen through episode 4 (Bullet) before you decide – that’s considered the pivotal episode at which point the mind- and time-bending story really takes off.