Best Podcasts of 2021 - The Top 11 Master List
We list the top 11 podcasts of 2021 from 13 publications. Add them to your podcast playlist.
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So many lists, so little time to read them. I combed over
13 publications and created a master list of the top 11 podcasts they had in common. You'll see the number of publications they had in common between the (). The cut-off was 3 publications in common. Refresh: The number one podcast from the 2020 list was Floodlines. You can click on the images. Sources are listed below.
Without further adieu, here's the list.
Podcast: 9/12 Genre: Society, History Publisher: Amazon, Pineapple Street Studios, Wondery
Critic Podcast Reviews - 9/12
How did 9/11 the day become 9/11 the idea? That question drives Pineapple Street Studios and award-winning host Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift the focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day after that. 9/12 is a poignant, surp…
"It is poignant, powerful, and shockingly light-hearted." - Pod Sauce Editors
Podcast: Welcome To Your Fantasy Genre: True Crime Publisher: Gimlet, Pineapple Street Studios
Critic Podcast Reviews - Welcome to Your Fantasy
In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere, selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story of greed, corruption and murder. Historian Natali…
"masterpiece of character study" - James Marriot - The Times UK
Podcast: Anything for Selena Genre: Society Publisher: Futuro Studios, WBUR
Critic Podcast Reviews - Anything For Selena
Maria Garcia was 9 years old and living on the U.S.-Mexico border when Selena was murdered. Twenty five years later, Maria is on a quest to understand what it means to love, mourn and remember Selena. In this intimate journey, Maria explores what Selena’s legacy shows us about belonging in America.…
"powerful storytelling" - Emma Carey - Esquire
Podcast: Resistance Genre: Documentary Publisher: Gimlet, Spotify
Critic Podcast Reviews - Resistance
Resistance is a show about refusing to accept things as they are. Stories from the front lines of the movement for Black lives, told by the generation fighting for change. Hosted by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr.
"Resistance has an energy unlike anything else I’ve heard" - Erik Jones- Bello Collective
Podcast: Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV Genre: TV & Film, Society Publisher: Neon Hum Media
Critic Podcast Reviews - Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV
Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow... even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time -- fro…
"It’s surprisingly profound" - George Fenwick - Stuff NZ
Podcast: Forever is a Long Time Genre: Relationships, Society Publisher: Ian Coss
Critic Podcast Reviews - Forever is a Long Time
When Ian Coss decided to get married, every living member of his family who had ever been married had also gotten divorced: parents, grandparents, and all his aunts and uncles on both sides — some of them twice. Today, he has questions: What is the value of a lifetime commitment? Are we doomed to re…
"the intimacy leads to small but intense revelations" - Miranda Sawyer - The Guardian
Podcast: Hot White Heist Genre: Comedy Fiction Publisher: Audible, Broadway Video, Club Cumming Productions Exclusive to the Audible platform
Critic Podcast Reviews - Hot White Heist
Deep under Seattle’s Space Needle in a hidden bunker sits the most valuable substance on earth: Barack Obama’s sperm. And Mark Zuckerberg’s. And Stephen Hawking’s. In case of global catastrophe, the US government has been storing sperm samples from some of history’s greatest minds (and also some pol…
"utter delight" - Nicholas Quah - Vulture
Podcast: Maintenance Phase Genre: Health & Wellness Publisher: Aubrey Gordon, Michael Hobbes
Critic Podcast Reviews - Maintenance Phase
Debunking the junk science behind health fads, wellness scams and nonsensical nutrition advice.
"gleefully opinionated, good-humoured and well-researched" - Henrietta McKervey - Independent.ie
Podcast: POOG Genre: Health & Wellness, Comedy Publisher: Big Money Players Network, iHeartRadio
Critic Podcast Reviews - POOG with Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak
Wellness is a trillion-dollar industry full of scams and snake oil salesmen but comedians and best friends Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak just can’t get enough. Join them as they try products and practices, consult healers and experts, and ask the ultimate question: is it truly wellness they’re a…
"it will have you gently, gorgeously weeping with laughter" - Jenny Singer - Glamour
Podcast: Through the Cracks Genre: True Crime Publisher: WAMU
Critic Podcast Reviews - Through the Cracks
When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time authorities formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since she’d been spotted at school or the shelter where her family lived. Seven years later, Relisha has never…
"equal parts journalistic rigor and empathy" - Jess Joho - Mashable
Podcast: You're Wrong About Genre: History Publisher: Michael Hobbes, Sarah Marshall
Critic Podcast Reviews - You’re Wrong About
Sarah is a journalist obsessed with the past. Every week she reconsiders a person or event that’s been miscast in the public imagination.
"delighting in the satisfying mix of in-depth research and sarcastic wit." - Jess Commons - Refinery29
Well, there you have it! Another list is done. Honorable mentions go out to the following podcasts that I thought I would see more of on these lists.
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