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Time Out’s ultimate guide to podcasts

Got true crime hankerings? On the search for chortles? Seeking self-empowerment? There’s a pod for that

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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It seems like everyone and their nan has a podcast these days. They’re all the rage – streaming platforms are full of celebs, comedians and politicians all convinced that their voices are most worth listening to. So where on earth do you start? How do you sort the crummy, misinformed poddys from the unmissable ‘casts you won’t be able to stop listening to?

We’re here to help you hack your way through the podcast jungle. Below, we’ve filtered through the best pods for every occasion, from chuckle-to-yourself comedies to edge-of-your-seat true crime dramas. Expect incisive debriefs on the trickiest bits of world politics, supremely effective (and totally intentional) sleeping aids and motivational advice that’ll genuinely change your life. And that’s just for starters.

Read on for a selection of podcasts that you’ll definitely want to tune into.

Time Out’s ultimate guide to podcasts

The 15 best fiction podcasts

The 15 best fiction podcasts

From side-splitting comedies to spine-tingling horrors, these engrossing fiction podcasts represent the best in escapism

The 15 best music podcasts

The 15 best music podcasts

From heart-stopping documentaries to album guides, if it’s music podcasts you want we’ve got you covered

The 15 best self-help podcasts

The 15 best self-help podcasts

If you’re looking to make a few tweaks to your life, here’s a brilliant array of wise and wonderful self-help podcasts

The 15 best podcasts on Spotify

The 15 best podcasts on Spotify

True crime, weird history, frank sex talk and absolutely no Joe Rogan – these are the best podcasts streaming exclusively on Spotify