The New & Upcoming Podcasts To Look Forward To In 2020

I'm not saying everyone has to follow my New Year's resolutions, but I'm making a big change in 2020: No more mindlessly scrolling social media on my phone when I think have nothing else to do. Instead, I want to use those moments of rest to fill my brain with more useful, less poisonous content.

Now my day looks like this: a news podcast as I get ready in the morning, a fun podcast as I commute to work, a true crime podcast in the background while I'm hanging out in the evenings, and then probably a happy podcast to bring the mood back up. It's a lot, but it works.


I don't need to extoll to you the greatness of podcasts — they've been around for a while and are only getting bigger. In 2020, you're spoiled for choice, but some of the greatest podcast are still to come. Jordan Peele, Joey King, and even the Obamas are all getting in on the latest podcast boom.

Ahead are some of the best new podcasts from 2019, as well as the podcasts launching this year that you'll want to download ASAP.

Photo: Courtesy of Transmitter Media.

Rebel Eaters Club

"In this world, pizza is not the enemy, and we love the bodies we have right now!" More beautiful words have never been spoken. Transmitter Media's new podcast hosted by Virgie Tovar discusses diets, discrimination, and freedom from the restrictions society attempts to place on our bodies.

Streaming now.

Dying For Sex

A breast cancer diagnosis sends host Nikki Boyer’s best friend Molly on a life-changing adventure. She leaves her marriage and decides to embark on a sexual adventure, all documented in Wondery's new podcast.

Streaming now.
Photo: Courtesy of Wonder Media Network.

Ordinary Equality

Human rights attorney Kate Kelly hosts this exploration of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and the century-long battle that's waged before it — and the battle that's still ahead.

Streaming now.
Photo courtesy of Adam Hendershott Photography.

Office Ladies

This podcast is every Office fan's Bible. Stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey take listeners through the beloved mockumentary series one episode at a time, with special guests from in front of and behind the camera to give you all the details you missed.

Streaming now.

2 Black Girls 1 Rose

"Two black ass girls invade the whitest show on Earth" in 2 Black Girls, 1 Rose, a weekly podcast that gives the hilarious commentary that's sorely lacking from the ABC franchise.

Streaming now.
Photo: Courtesy of Luminary.

Hear To Slay

Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom political and cultural commentary podcast launched early 2019, but with the upcoming election and current mess of a political situation, we need their wise and wry words now more than ever.

Streaming now.


Activists Alicia Garza and Ai-jen Poo sit down to have the increasingly necessary conversation: What can women do to be activists in 2020? In Sunstorm, the pair ask friends and prominent women figures how to grow, celebrate, and create change amidst political turmoil.

Streaming now.
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

Jordan Peele's Untitled Podcast

Perhaps the most mysterious of the podcasts coming in 2020, Jordan Peele and Monkeypaw Productions are bringing a fictional podcast to Spotify that's bound to make even Get Out and Us quake in their boots.

Launching 2020.

Kissing Booth - Elle’s Diary

These days, a sequel is never enough. While we eagerly await the follow-up to the addicting Netflix film, the same writers have teamed up with Spotify to tell the story of the events that went down before Jacob Elordi and Joey King shared their first smooch. This podcast prequel will include both their voices, as well as Joel Courtney's.

Launching 2020.
The Case of Adirondack Rose

The Case of Adirondack Rose

A scripted true-crime podcast from Paul Feig? Those are all my buzzwords. His Powederkeg productions joins forces with writer Amy Reed and Spotify to tell the story of a late accused murderer and socialite whose estranged daughter is determined to get to the bottom of the case.

Launching 2020.

Dear Young Rocker

If podcasts can be prequels, they can also be memoirs, and in Dear Young Rocker Double Elvis Productions profiles a young teen's rock music journey through her conservative town and own self-esteem and body image issues.

Launching 2020.

Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief is about those things that are, well, beyond believable. Spiritual leanings and convictions that range from "pantheistic agnostics, satanic feminists, to dolphin communicators" are explored by host Jerico Mandybur in nonjudgemental and educational ways that will have you wanting to believe.

Launching early 2020.

Your Primary Playlist, Season 2

As we get closer to the 2020 election, I'll take any help I can get staying sane and keeping an informed head on my shoulders. Your Primary Playlist is coming back for round two to walk you through how the Democratic primary is unfolding in every state, and the issues that matter for each voter. Each episode will feature two female experts, one a candidate/elected official, the other an organizer.

Launching end of January 2020.
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

The Obamas Forthcoming Podcast

Not much is known about this mysterious podcast, only that Barack and Michelle Obama signed a deal with Spotify in June 2019 to produce exclusive podcasts for the streaming service. In an election year, we need the Obamas now more than ever.

Streaming 2020.
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