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The Podcasts We Can't Stop Listening To

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’Tis the season…for heavy meals and flight delays galore. :) To get you through your next workout or inevitable travel mishap, I’ve rounded up my favorite podcasts of the moment. Whether you’re in the mood for a creepy thriller or a feel-good, mind-numbing listen, I’ve got you covered.


If you want to be shocked: Escaping NXIVM

Escaping NXIVM is the story of a Vancouver actress who joined what she thought was a self-help group and ended up in Keith Raniere's sex cult. Fair warning: The first episode is extremely upsetting. I had to stop it halfway through, but found myself so curious that I wound up finishing it a few weeks later -- and then I finished the entire podcast in a matter of days. I think I found it so captivating because the protagonist, Sarah, seems so incredibly normal -- it made me feel like anyone could be tricked into joining a cult! Crazy.

Honorable mention: Gladiator 

If you want to keep up with the interwebs: Reply All

Per the Guardian, Reply All is "a podcast about the internet that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” In the hosts' own words, this show is about how the internet shapes people, and how people shape the internet. If you want to understand the latest meme/social media fad/digital scam, this is your podcast. It's tough to explain, but I urge you to give it a try. Start with one of my favorite podcast episodes of all time.

Honorable mention: Masters of Scale, The Big Payoff

If you need to belly laugh: My Dad Wrote a Porno

Yup, you read that right. My Dad Wrote a Porno is hosted by Jamie Morton, a British comedian who discovered his 70-something-year-old father had written a dirty book. Father than try to ignore it, he does what any good comedian would do: He reads it aloud to the world, chapter by chapter, week by week, with his two friends. This had me crying laughing. Start from the beginning!

If you're craving a creepy thriller: Dirty John

Dirty John tells the true story of Debra Newell, a well-off interior designer, and her new beau, John Meehan, a handsome doctor. John seems too good to be true...and then begins to reveal his true colors. I'll say no more -- but make sure you listen before the TV show based on the podcast comes out on Bravo November 25!

Honorable mentions: Dr. Death, Happy Face

If you want to stay informed: The Daily

You've probably heard of the Daily, the New York Times' weekday news podcast. But in case you haven't, or if you only listen occasionally, here are a few of the most fascinating episodes that I think are worth going back and listening to:

If you want to listen to the equivalent of Bravo...

The limit does not exist. There's Bitch Sesh for the best Real Housewives recaps, Juliet Litman's Bachelor Party for Bachelor and Bachelorette breakdowns, U Up? for some LOLs about modern dating, and Lady Gang if you're missing your most gossipy, irreverent girlfriend. Enjoy letting your brain turn to mush for 45 minutes. 

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