The Best Podcasts of 2018

1. Disgraceland
Category: Society & Culture
Host: Jake Brennan

Disgraceland host, Jake Brennan takes listeners through the twisted histories of several cult figures in the music industry. Did you know Jerry Lee Lewis possibly murdered his fifth wife? That Sid Vicious’ mother gave him his final (and lethal) dose of heroin? Big-time rock fans may be familiar with these stories, but Brennan breaks down the more secretive elements of these mysterious and often unspoken stories. While you may think that Disgraceland only focuses on the rock scene, it’s not just rock icons that get the Disgraceland treatment; a recent episode chronicles the life and death TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. The podcast dips into true crime and music history, but comes from a unique place of genuine affection. Brennan’s voice has been noted as soothing and articulate time and time again by long-term listeners and fans, and he constantly delivers factual information of lesser-known points with the confidence and clarity to his listeners, and creates a mental imagery for whoever may be listening on the other end.

2. The Katchup
Category: Food & Health
Host: Foodbeast

Listeners tune in to this weekly Podcast that rounds up any food news you might have missed over the last seven days with exciting updates and recipe’s for every cooking-lover to try. From the latest lab-made meat to discussions about gender norms in the food and health community, this Foodbeast production brings up the topics everyone wants to talk about and hosts intelligent, non-opinion based conversations on everything happening in the culinary landscape.

3. Who Charted?
Category: Entertainment (Music, Movies)
Host: Howard Kremer & Kulap Vilaysack

Each week co-hosts Howard Kremer and Kulap Vilaysack welcome a new celebrity guest to count down that week’s most popular Pop songs to hit the charts and freshly released movies. Most of the duration of the podcast is breaking down that weeks chosen topic and showcasing what the top-performing music and movies are, as well as rightly ridiculing  “soulless cultural waste”. While doing so, Kremer and Vilaysack discuss their guilty pleasures in the world of entertainment.

4. Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness
Category: Lifestyle
Host: Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye)

Unless you’ve been living under a bridge, you’d definitely know about the famous Queer Eye (remake) star, Johnathan Van Ness who has made the entire world fall in love with him. Jonathan’s podcast has officially been running since 2015, and just as the title suggests, each episode finds Van Ness speaking to experts to dig deeper into his own natural curiosity about the world and all living in it. New episodes have included topics like “How Can We Be Less Rude to Bees?” and “What Do White People Need To Know About Racism?,” while other episodes show Van Ness sharing charming conversations with his Queer Eye co-stars.

5. Talkhouse Music Podcast
Category: Music
Host: Talkhouse Media

Talkhouse Music Podcast is an award-nominated podcast and print site previously made a name for itself by having musicians review albums as well as pairing two artists for a one-on-one conversations and debates. Recent episodes from the podcast have included pairings like Talking Heads’ Chris Frantz and Television’s Richard Lloyd who spent time comparing notes about the halcyon days of CBGB from New York’s famed Strand Bookstore.

6. Upon Further Review
Category: Sport
Host: Mike Pesca

Like the best sports media, this sports podcast isn’t just about sports. The first episode is about Nixon’s massive ego; the second, (a fictionalised) Jesse Eisenberg’s crushingly low self-esteem. If you can’t resist a What If (I see you, all of the readers of The Plot Against America), listen to this podcast. If you like Mike Pesca, the chattering font of knowledge who hosts The Gist, listen to this podcast. If you want to hear some very good Brooklyn accents, listen to this podcast. And if you don’t want to commit to a whole run of a show, this one is only five episodes, so listen to this podcast.

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