The 18 Most Entertaining Podcasts To Help Keep You Sane

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Apr. 22 2020, Published 5:15 a.m. ET

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If Netflix just isn’t doing it for you, try podcasts. They’re amazingly entertaining and full of crazy, intriguing, beautiful stories. Put on your headset and crank up the volume.

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1. Dark Humor Fiction: Welcome To Night Vale

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This podcast has been around for several years, drawing listeners into the wild, often creepy, and sometimes horrifying small town of Night Vale. Here, every conspiracy theory is a reality.

2. Non-Fiction: The Trevor Noah Podcast (With Dave)

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If you love Noah Trevor as the host of The Daily Show, you’ll love his podcast with David Kibuuka. They explore a ton of different topics from unusual angles and differing viewpoints to get the most diverse story about living in this crazy world.

Note: This is a premium member’s only podcast.

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3. Weird Non-Fiction: Alan Mahnke’s Cabinet Of Curiosities

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Love the weird, unusual, and surprisingly real? You’ll love these short episodes of bizarre true events, people, and things from around the world.

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4. Dark Fiction: Darkest Night

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Narrated by Lee Pace (The Hobbit Films, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pushing Daisies, etc.), this bizarre audio drama places the listener into the center of the narrative, as though you’re in real-time happenings. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Each chapter dives into the master conspiracy, one recently deceased memory at a time.

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5. Historical Non-Fiction: The History Chicks

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Each hour-long episode of this brilliant podcast brings to life the story of women from history. From the true story of the real Fa Mulan to the most recent retelling about Typhoid Mary, you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible about incredible women throughout history.

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6. Docudrama: Tanis

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This biweekly podcast is the serialized docudrama about the myth of Tanis. The episodes explore the conspiracy, truth, and information out there. One part sci-fi, one part reality.

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7. Bizarre Non-Fiction: No Such Thing As A Fish

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No Such Thing As a Fish asks, “Is that really true?”. This entertaining daily podcast brings to light truth that’s stranger than fiction ever could be. New episodes come out every Friday at 2 p.m.

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8. All Things Books: Fiction/Non/Fiction From Literary Hub

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If you love books and authors, you’ll love listening to the hosts sharing their thoughts on all things literary. You’ll find inspiration for your own creativity, along with some intriguing insights.

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9. History With Humor: You’re Dead To Me

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If you’re not so keen on history – or if you adore it – you’ll love this podcast. Greg Jenner works with amazing comedy stars to bring history to life in a humorous way each week.

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10. A Beloved Classic: Talking Beasts, The Narnia Podcast

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This deep dive podcast looks through the world of C.S. Lewis, finding new meaning through each read through. You can join in on the discussion, too, through the Facebook Group. The podcast comes out bi-monthly.

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11. Radio Soap: The Archers

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This amazing podcast was described to me as a “British farming radio soap.” Need I say more? The Archers have been around–in one form or another–since 1951 and is considered the world’s longest-running drama program. Each episode is only 15 minutes or less. You won’t regret a listen.

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12. For Fans Of Law And Order: These Are Their Stories

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This True Crime podcast explores the stories behind the headlines that have helped inspire your favorite episodes of Criminal Intent and SVU.

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13. For WWI Buffs: Home Front

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Home Frontstopped running in 2018, but the four-year podcast followed the stories of characters in Britain’s side of the Great War, exactly one hundred years after the real lived experiences.

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14. Books With A Feminist Twist: Broads And Books

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Each week, hosts Amy and Erin follow along a unique theme as they plumb the depths of fiction, nonfiction, and other genres. Every episode has a humorous twist with a feministic angle.

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15. Fictional Mystery: Limetown

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“What happened to the people of Limetown?” This crazy story follows an American Public Radio reporter as she investigates the strange disappearance of the three hundred people of Limetown. Join in for the two seasons of the fictional tale.

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16. All About Real People: Armchair Expert

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What could be better than a regular chat with Dax Shepard? Probably nothing! So join him as he chats about all the things that make life so wonderfully messy and joyful. After 10 years of sobriety, a degree in anthropology, and improv, he’s perfectly qualified to discover humanity as an armchair expert.

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17. Breaking Reality: You’re Wrong About

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The journalists who host this podcast are obsessed with history and the stories of the past that have been told in inaccurate ways. You’ll be amazed at what they share and what you thought you knew.

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18. For Fans Of The Office: Office Ladies

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Co-stars from The Office, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, host this re-watch podcast, breaking down each episode with exclusive behind the scenes stories. And, hey, if you’ve got questions about the show, email them and maybe they’ll discuss your submission.

These are 18 different podcasts for your amusement and learning if you need to pass some time. Did we miss an awesome podcast? Tweet us @HerAgenda

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