15 Fantastic Podcasts You May Not Have Heard Of

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Now that the holidays are in full swing, we wanted to create a little known list of fantastic podcasts you may not have heard yet to get you through your holiday travels. Whether you're driving an hour or flying several hours this week, this list provides a little something for everyone to get you through your journey fully entertained along the way. Enjoy!

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1. Ingredipedia:

"A factual food fight podcast. Every episode, we pick one ingredient and present three mind-blowing facts, anecdotes or uses for it. You get to decide who is the most interesting by voting on Instagram." This podcast explores the stories, fun facts and recipes about a different ingredient in each episode.

By Ben Birchall and Emily Naismith

2.Spark - True Stories Live:

"Connecting people through true stories. Listen to stories taken from Spark's storytelling nights across the UK, incorporating our regular nights in London, Preston, Bristol, collaborations and specials." This podcast is like a UK version of The Moth. People stand up on stage and tell a five-minute story about something that has actually happened to them.

By Rethink Audio

3. Death, Sex & Money:

"Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here."

By WNYC Studios

4. Good Job, Brain!:

"Part pub quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. All the time! We here are nuts about trivia. And we are darn sure there are people out there who share our unusual obsession. Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? Then this podcast, fellow trivia nut, is the ultimate mental nutrition for your very big brain. So eat up!"

By GoodJobBrain.com

5. Comedians Telling Stuff:

"An anecdotal comedy podcast.. Six comedians are asked the same six questions. Each question gets its own episode." Questions like “What’s your worst comedy death?” give non-comedians more insight into what goes on behind the mic.

By Sofie Hagen

6. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History:

"In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners."

By Dan Carlin

7. Sleek Geeks:

"Sleek Geeks sees Dr Karl and Adam Spencer mix science with humour as they set out to answer some of the perplexing scientific mysteries we encounter on a daily basis."

By Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer

8. The Allusionist:

"Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia from PRX." This podcast is about how we speak, what the words we use mean, where they’ve come from. Essentially, etymology.

By Helen Zaltzman

9. How To Do Everything:

"We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert."

By Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth

10. Sawbones:

"A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Every Friday, they dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years. Educational? You bet! Fun? We hope!"

By Drs. Sydnee and Justin McElroy

11. Mystery Show:

"Starlee Kine, amateur sleuth, attempts to solve mysteries. Her cases aren’t as grandiose as the crime that comprised the storyline on Serial, but are the much smaller, banal mysteries that come up in the course of living."

By Gimlet

12. Lore:

"Lore is a bi-weekly podcast about the history behind scary stories. The people, places, and things of our darkest nightmares all have real facts at their core. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth of what's behind it. Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction."

By Aaron Mahnke

13. Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything:

"With a mix of humor and seriousness, this podcast challenges you to really think about what's going on in the world and the role you ultimately play in it. The narrative journey works through the topics of art, culture, media and technology, connecting all the dots in between along the way."

By Benjamen Walker

14. Reckoner:

"Reckoner is an Australian technology podcast from James Croft and Peter Wells. Some of our guests might sound familiar, but this show is not about Macs and it’s not about Apple. We’re changing it up. Here’s how we see it: in our hearts, we are all fans of new technology. We get over-excited, we speculate, we grope around at these new ideas and concepts. We love writing about how technology affects us, and affects the world all around us. We wanted to look broader than ever before and deep-dive into some of the ways all this crazy new tech is affecting our culture. Our music habits. Our movies, and TV. Our inability to leave our phones alone. Our theories about Snapchat. Our dumb new diet that we half-read an article on Reddit about. Our families. Our lives."

By James Croft and Peter Wells

15. Working:

"Slate interviews Americans with interesting jobs, including TV host Stephen Colbert, about their workdays. Season One featured host David Plotz of Atlas Obscura. Season Two features Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money and the New York Times Magazine. Part of the Panoply Network."

By Slate Magazine/Panoply


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