Hear us out: Podcasts are the new TV shows. I spend more time talking to my friends about the podcasts we're listening to – most recently,
The Dropout podcast abou t Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes and Wondery's absolutely gripping podcast Over My Dead Body — than the TV shows we're watching. Some of the most cutting-edge true crime reporting has migrated to podcasts, where stories are unspooled in episodes that end in cliffhangers.
Of course, there's also the fact that podcasts are
more and more often . This year alone, we saw turned into TV shows Homecoming and Dirty John adapted into critically acclaimed dramas. Which will be next?
We've gathered the most exciting recent podcasts (some of which premiered in late 2018). There's something for everyone. Here are the new conversation-starter podcasts of 2019.
, Premiered August 18 Mob Queens (Stitcher)
You've heard of Don Corleone and Tony Soprano. But how about Anna Genovese? Genovese is a mob wife with a hand in the "family business" as well.
puts Genovese back into the story.
(iHeart Media), Premiered July 2 Noble Blood
Think the royal family is dramatic in 2019? Think again.
, hosted by the pithy and ever-curious Dana Schwartz, is a rock-n-roll version of history class. Meet history's wildest royals.
(Refinery29) Go Off, Sis Premiered August 1
Join the women behind Refinery29's Unbothered vertical as they confront — with characteristic humor and honesty — the truths about being a Black women in America. In each episode, Danielle Cadet is joined by colleagues Laurise McMillian, Channing Hargrove, and Raven Baker, as well as celebrity guests. First stop? An episode parsing
Hot Girl Summer
(Wondery) The Moment Premiered July 1
Do you love love stories? This new series from Wondery, the same studio behind gripping shows like
, is all about real couples' paths to getting together.
(Slate) The Queen Premieres May 13
They called her the "welfare queen." In 1976, Linda Taylor became notorious for abusing the welfare system. Ronald Reagan referenced her throughout his presidential campaign as an example of the underlying "rot" of the system. The public narrative around the Chicago welfare queen has persisted, but the more complicated truth of who Taylor was (and what she was capable of doing) remained untold until now.
is a companion podcast to Levin's book of the same name. You'll want to read the book after listening to the podcast.
Every detail in the HBO mini-series
is there deliberately. Altogether, it amounts to a stunningly accurate portrait of the USSR during the meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This five-part podcast, hosted by NPR's Peter Segal and show creator, Craig Mazin, illuminates all the details you may not have picked up on.
Ever wonder what motherhood is like for other people? Or what it's like in
? In this fascinating podcast, Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a renowned psychiatrist, records her candid conversations with mothers. Expect real honesty about this rite of passage, and expect it to come quickly.
Sex can be great. It can also be quite
. This hilarious podcast opens portals into the sex lives of others. Host Natalie Wall sits down with real New Yorkers to discuss their most awkward sex, dating, or relationship story. The voyeur within will delight.
(Color of Change) #TellBlackStories Premieres February 19
This exciting new podcast from Color of Change is devoted to telling Black stories. The line-up is unparalleled: The podcast's six first episodes feature episodes with visionaries like director Ava DuVernay and producer dream hampton, who spearheaded the recent
documentaries exposing R. Kelly.
(Refinery29) Money Diaries Premieres February 4
very own podcast
is like your favorite Money Diaries, come to life. In each episode, hosts Lindsey Stanberry and Paco de Leon chat with a money diarist about the dilemmas she had previously written about.
(America's Test Kitchen) Proof Premiered October 31
At last: A podcast for food nerds. Host Bridget Lancaster delves into food trends and obsessions — like, why are grain bowls suddenly so popular? Who invented the deep fried Oreo? Why do we crave chocolate when we have our periods? It's a science and sociology-focused podcast about what we eat, and why.
10 Things That Scare Me,
ranging from authors like John Green to guitarist John Morello, are asked to list the 10 things that scare them the most. What ensues is an intimate and unconventional look at public figures and luminaries than Q&As. From a simple premise comes so much.
(KSL Podcasts) Cold Premiered November 14
A warning: This story doesn't end well. In 2009, 28-year-old Susan Powell went missing. To this day, her body hasn't been found. Though her husband, Josh, was a suspect, he wasn't ultimately charged. What comes next is truly shocking.
(Studio 31) F**ks Given Premiered December 13
is definitely NSFW – but who listens to podcasts at work, anyway? Listen to this podcast for answers to all the sex questions you didn't even think to ask.
(The Intercept) Murderville Premiered December 20
Something is amiss in this small Georgia town. After a terrible murder, local law enforcement lock up a suspect. But the murderer strikes again, and again, and again. Four dead bodies — and the wrong suspect locked up. What happens next?
examine what happens in the town of Adel, GA when it comes under siege by a killer.
(BBC World Service) The Hurricane Tapes Premiered January 14
"The trial was a pig-circus / he never had a chance," Bob Dylan sings in his 1975 song "Hurricane." The song was inspired by the same miscarriage of justice unraveled in the new podcast,
The Hurricane Tapes
. Middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was tried and convicted of a triple homicide he didn't commit. True crime podcasts are now heading back to the history books, and the results are gripping.
Over My Dead Body
will fill the
-sized hole in your listening schedule. The first season of this brand-new podcast, titled "Tally," tells the story of an unraveling marriage between two lawyers. Wendi Adelson and Dan Markel appeared to have the perfect marriage. But their ugly divorce proceedings show everything that was bubbling under the surface. Our advice? Listen before coming across any spoilers.
It's easier than you think. The six-episode comedy-drama tells the true story of how the K Foundation
incinerated a million pounds in an abandoned boathouse in 1994. The whole story was written up in
(ABC News) The Dropout Premiered January 15
As a 19-year-old Stanford student, she founded a biomedical company called Theranos that aimed to invent a device that could perform 100 blood tests with a single prick of blood. She was hailed as a hero. The only issue? Theranos was entirely based on lies.
delves into Holmes' long, convincing con.
Calling all Whovians: David Tennant has a podcast in which he interviews his actor friends, like Jodie Whittaker, Whoopi Goldberg, and Olivia Colman. Unsurprisingly, it's a freewheeling ball, and a great addition to the conversation podcast genre.