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.
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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.
Photo: Courtesy of Wonder Media Network.
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.
Photo courtesy of Adam Hendershott Photography.
This podcast is every
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Jordan Peele's Untitled PodcastPerhaps 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
Jacob Elordi and Joey King shared their first smooch. This podcast prequel will include both their voices, as well as Joel Courtney's.
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. The Case of Adirondack Rose 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.
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
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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.