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Hot Podcasts For Winter

Nov/26/2023 / by Jordana Weiss

From true crime to culture, there’s something for everyone

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With the days getting shorter and temperatures dropping, there’s never been a better time to curl up at home with a book, a great TV show, or anything that doesn’t require putting on a winter coat.   

While books, TV, and movies will always be great options, many people are choosing to spend more time in the world of podcasts, where captivating stories, insightful discussions, and interesting personalities are just a click away.

Whether you’re sipping a warm cup of chai under a blanket or listening on the go, these hot podcast recommendations are here to keep you company during the chilly months.

“Serial”

Yes, we admit it – “Serial” premiered in 2014, almost ten years ago. However, this podcast has maintained its popularity, with season two coming out in 2015 and season three in 2018. Now, rumor has it the producers are set to release season four in the near future, which is why we recommend catching up before that happens.

Each season weaves together an investigation of a true crime story that is simultaneously fascinating, heartbreaking, and deeply engaging. It’s the perfect choice for those who love a good mystery and want to follow a compelling narrative.

“Sweet Bobby”

For those with a taste for true crime but a desire for something a bit different, “Sweet Bobby”is a great option that has steadily been gaining listeners since it came out in 2021. The story follows a young woman named Kirat who falls in love with a man she met on the internet named Bobby. We can’t say too much without giving away the ending, but the twists and turns of this true story will have you gasping out loud.

“Visible Women”

Visible Women” is a fascinating, data-driven look into the worldwide gender gap and is hosted by journalist and author Caroline Criado Perez. Her meticulous research and engaging manner perfectly complement in-depth topics like how gender affects AI in healthcare, clothing, and so much more. With hours of episodes, there’s lots to delve into.

“The Splendid Table”

Touted as a “culinary culture and lifestyle program”, “The Splendid Table”is a long-running podcast focusing on all things food. If you love to listen to prolific chefs, cookbook authors, and food entrepreneurs talk about all things gastronomy, you’ll love this series.

Plus, this podcast has a massive back catalog of hundreds of episodes, so if you can dream it up, chances are they’ve covered it.

“Pivot”

Pivot” focuses on all things tech and business. If acronyms like FTX, SBF, UAW, and SVB are hard to decode, you might need to tune in. Hosted by tech journalist Kara Swisher and NYU professor and marketing entrepreneur Scott Galloway, this podcast series delves into the latest tech and business news, explained in an engaging and easy-to-understand way by the two insightful hosts.

“Normal Gossip”

It might be taboo, but listening to gossip is undeniably compelling. “Normal Gossip”brings you juicy, tantalizing stories about people you’ve never met, submitted by listeners of the show and brought to life with hilarious commentary from host Kelsey McKinney and her guests. It’s all the fun of gossiping with your best friends but with none of the personal drama.

As winter settles in, these engaging podcasts offer something for everyone. So, whether you’re curled up with a warm drink and a fuzzy blanket or multitasking during your daily routine, let these hot podcast recommendations be your go-to companions.