20 best podcasts of 2022

Where would we be without podcasts? Once an oddity for audiophiles, podcasts have steadily become as much a part of our daily routines as a favorite TV show. Whether you need something tantalizing to occupy your mind on a long drive, a quick way to keep up to date with what’s happening in the news, a little indulgence to take your mind off things, or intriguing facts to get you started on how your world works, these audio productions cover an almost unfathomable range of topics and styles to suit every taste. Here we’ve rounded up some must-list new entries and ongoing favorites: City and Country editors are now obsessed with it.

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royally obsessed

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This always AV Editor’s Favorite Podcast gives us the scoop on what’s happening in the British Royal Family in an insightful and hilarious way. From details on each Meghan or Kate performance to a devoted appreciation for the royal children, this is the perfect podcast for those looking for a weekly update on their favorite royal family.

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The Trojan Horse Affair

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Serial Productions made a name for itself with one of the first true crime podcast hits, serial, and years later they continue to prove themselves as a compelling voice in space. Their latest show is the culmination of years of investigation into how an anonymous letter to an official in Birmingham, England, describing a plot by Islamist extremists to infiltrate the city’s schools led to massive changes across the country. and digs into the lingering mystery of who sent the letter in the first place.

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dark house

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From the dilapidated Hamptons Estate of Jackie Kennedy’s eccentric aunt and cousin, Little Edie, to the Beverly Hills ranch where Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family cult, Dark House shines a spotlight on America’s most infamous homes. In each episode, hosts and House Beautiful editors Hadley Mendelsohn and Alyssa Fiorentino take listeners on a journey through the mysterious history of another house, trying to discover if it’s plagued by a bad reputation or something else.

More: The best true crime podcasts to listen to right now

4

Planet Money

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NPR’s beloved econ podcast manages to create a perfect blend of education and entertainment, delivering on its promise of “the economics, explained” by delving into everything from inflation to cryptocurrency to current world events with stories that are surprisingly human and recognizable, to remind us of all the ways the economy affects and reflects our society.

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normal gossip

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The world is full of celebrity gossip, but the juiciest stories aren’t reserved for the A-list. In this show, listeners anonymously send the most breathtaking, hilarious, and outrageous real-life drama for all of us to overflow with vicarious glee.

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How to be human?

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“How to Be Human has been an essential listening experience for me since its launch in 2021. Every week I tune in to listen to Anna Toonk and Nina Endrst talk about the feelings and experiences that make us who we are – everything from explorations of forgiveness and resentment, to lively conversations about the subconscious I always walk away with a new perspective and asking to better form my understanding of myself and the people around me Bonus: Toonk and Endrst have banter that makes me feel like I hang out with my friends.”—Roxanne Adamiyatt, Senior Lifestyle Editor

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Cooper Island

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Telling the story of four students who attended one of Canada’s most infamous residential schools, this 8-part series isn’t easy to listen to, but it has a profound impact. Featuring interviews with some survivors of the school’s horrific abuses, as well as those who have tried to uncover the truth of what happened there, the podcast explored not only the horrific reality inflicted upon the indigenous children at the school, but also the ripple effects of trauma through their lives and communities.

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99% invisible

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Design-minded fans take note: this podcast, which explores how design and architecture play into our daily lives, will make you aware of the world around you in ways you’ve never been before. Topics range from how the invention of the multiplex changed the film industry, the ways urban planning affected urban squirrel populations, and how people good night moon-hating librarian created children’s sections as we know them—all told in the mellow tones of host Roman Mars.

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Maintenance phase:

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Not your average wellness podcast, this show, hosted by Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes, sheds light on all things wellness from the rise of the “obesity epidemic” and the dangers of anti-fat bias, as well as the ephemera like fad diets, the history of calorie counting, and that moment in the ’90s when we were all obsessed with Snackwell cookies.

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Borderline Salt

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If the kitchen is your happy place, bring an extra infusion of joy with the dynamic duo of Carla Lalli Music and Rick Martinez (both veterans of Enjoy your dinner) who use their years of experience in cooking and recipe development to provide essential technique tips, come up with perfect dinners, and chat charmingly about all things food.

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A thing or two with Claire and Erica

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Each week, this fast-talking duo touts their latest and greatest discoveries, from tips on modern motherhood to the perfect airplane snack to Instagram-worthy earrings. Their targeted recommendations are complemented by interviews with the entrepreneurs you’ll hear about everywhere.

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Enabled Pop

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Why do we love the songs we love? Each week, this podcast dives deep into popular music, from picking an official “song of the summer” to breaking down the latest Beyoncé album, Switched on Pop brings you the stories, musical influences, and history behind each earwig.

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How I built this

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Hosted by Guy Raz, this podcast features interviews with entrepreneurs and founders and shares the fascinating backstories of some of the most notable startups and companies of our time. Think Charlie Clifford from Tumi and Roam Luggage, Max Levchin from PayPal and Christina Tosi from Milk Bar. This podcast is a must-listen for any aspiring entrepreneur.

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Decoder Ring

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Pop culture is full of mysteries: where do gender reveal parties come from? Why do our razors have so many blades? When did we all become obsessed with hydration? This podcast aims to answer all those questions and more with an approachable, snarky attitude that feels like chatting with a shockingly culture-conscious friend.

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Hinge

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Twice a week, technology journalist Kara Swisher and NYU professor Scott Galloway share their insights on the latest tech, business and political news. Come for the sharp, sharp analysis, stay for the banter.

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the daily

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In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be exhausting to keep up to date. This podcast from the New York Times aims to make things a little easier by giving you a bite-sized scoop on the biggest story of the day every day. Usually about 20 minutes long, host Michael Barbaro chats with experts from all walks of life to keep you informed without getting overwhelmed.

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Slow Divorces

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If you live for a bit of celebrity gossip, this podcast is the stuff dreams are made of. Together, hosts Stacie and Alicia delve into the not-so-decent relationships, makeup, and breakup of famous couples. From Elizabeth Taylor’s many divorces to the loves (and lusts) of King Henry VIII to modern obsessions like the couples of RHONY and, of course, Bennifer, this show is sure to satisfy your appetite for glee.

18

life pack

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Practical advice for all “they didn’t cover this in school” scenarios. From basics like how to balance your expenses to tricky situations like how to talk to your kids about abortion rights, Life Kit talks to experts to learn everything you need to know to solve the small (and big) dilemmas of life. tackle life.

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Science vs Science

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Explore every angle with this fun, informative podcast that compares scientific studies and statistics to some of the biggest head-scratchers out there. Does exercise really help you lose weight? Is ASMR real? Does the placebo effect really work? All episodes have been thoroughly researched (they usually cite up to 100 studies per topic) to find the most comprehensive answers to all of your burning questions.

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Super woman

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From CEOs to chefs, designer Rebecca Minkoff’s podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of entrepreneurial women from their starting point to the secrets of their success — just what you need to get inspired to take on the world.

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