What to listen to at home, in the office, or cozied up by the fire.
From sports to true crime to politics, if there’s a topic you’re interested in, you’re sure to find a podcast about it. But with thousands of podcasts available across dozens of platforms, it can be hard to know where to start.
Winter is the perfect time to dive in. Whether you’re stuck quarantining, shoveling snow, or dreaming of summer, there is plenty of time to plug in and lose yourself in a new podcast. We’ve rounded up our podcast picks to keep you entertained and informed this winter!
For Listening With the Whole Family
Why is the sky blue? Why is ice slippery? Why do elephants have trunks? Kids have questions about everything, and But Why has the answers. Each episode of this family-friendly podcast from Vermont Public Radio features several kid-submitted questions and provides interesting, easy-to-understand explanations.
For In-Depth Reporting (In A Pinch)
Want to stay informed, but don’t want to sit inside all day watching the news? Clocking in at just 20 minutes, The Daily is short enough to listen to on your morning run or on the way to pick the kids up from swimming practice. Monday through Friday, host Michael Barbaro dives deep into one or two of the day’s top headlines and interviews NYT reporters about the stories making waves around the world.
For the Celebrity Gossip You Love to Hate
If you’ve been known to stock up on celebrity rags at the supermarket before hitting the beach, this is the podcast for you. Through banter, games, and call-ins, hosts Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber delve into the lives of the almost famous: influencers, YouTubers, reality show stars, and the like. In other words, “Everything you need to know about the celebrities you don’t.”
For Dinner Inspo
Bon Appétit has evolved from posh food magazine to cultural phenomenon in seemingly the blink of an eye thanks to social media, a YouTube channel with a cult following over five million subscribers strong, and now, a hit podcast. Featuring interviews with chefs, writers, and, “well, anyone who has something cool to say about food,” the Bon Appétit Foodcast is the perfect podcast to listen to while you man the grill.
For Real Stories from Real People
Every year at Moth events around the country, storytellers stand alone under a spotlight and share their stories with no script, props, or accompaniment—just a microphone and an audience of strangers. The Moth podcast gathers crowd-favorite stories told live on these Moth stages and compiles them into 30-60 minute collections. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you may just forget about life for awhile—so grab a lawn chair, some sunscreen, and a cold drink before you start listening to this one.
For Cross-Country Road Trips
Serial is the most downloaded podcast of all-time, and for good reason. It blends investigative reporting with documentary-style narrative to tell the stories of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old Baltimore student who was murdered in 1999; Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held for five years by the Taliban and then charged with desertion; and cases within the Justice Center Complex in the Cleveland area. It follows one true story over the course of each season, making it binge-worthy and perfect for passing the time on long car rides.
For Sports Commentary
There are dozens of sports-centric podcasts to choose from, but nobody does it better than Bill Simmons. In his chart-topping podcast, the former ESPN personality sits down with a diverse array of celebrities and athletes (everyone from Kevin Durant to Matt Damon) to talk about all things sports. With expert analysis, strong opinions, and plenty of humor, it makes great listening for long afternoons on the boat.
For Feel-Good Stories
“Feel-good stories” and “finance” don’t always go hand-in-hand, and we’re trying to change that. We’ve taken stories from across North Dakota and Minnesota featuring the wonderful things that happen when team members put People First, and turned them into a podcast! From stopping a $40,000 fraud attempt to giving a Carson Wentz fan the gift of a lifetime, these short episodes are sure to give you that warm-fuzzy feeling you’re looking for.