The Best Podcasts of 2018, According to Real Simple Editors
Real Simple editors share the best podcasts they've listened to in 2018, with options for every listener's taste.
We have been so spoiled in the past few years as more and more journalists, celebrities, and comedians continue to create and release countless amazing podcasts. As much as we'd like to, there's no way we can listen to every episode of each. So to cut through the clutter and find the crème de la crème of podcasts available to download now, we asked Real Simple staffers to reveal the best podcasts they've listened to in 2018.
Whether you love true crime, celebrity gossip, or just want to listen to something uplifting, there are great options below for everyone.
Best Crime Podcasts
My Favorite Murder: "I am a true crime/crime drama junkie (hello, Law & Order marathons!) and this “comedy murder podcast” does not disappoint. I find myself laughing and crying at the same time as I listen on my morning commute. While the hosts don’t claim to be experts (just enthusiasts), they have built a worldwide following and fostered a community of devotees who share their own stories and hope to play even a small part in finding justice for the victims." — Stephanie Sisco, Home Editor
S-Town: "What seems like another true crime documentary podcast ends up being so much more. It’s an intimate—almost unsettlingly so—look into the mind of a deeply troubled man from Woodstock, Alabama. Listening to it felt eerily like eavesdropping." — Stephanie Harris, Editorial Intern
Best Comedy Podcasts
That Classical Podcast: "I played classical music for almost 20 years as a piano and violin student, but realized recently that I actually know very little about it—who the composers were, the historical context, etc. That Classical Podcast has been a great way to revisit pieces I played a jillion times and learn so much more about them—but maybe more importantly, IT IS SO HILARIOUS. The co-hosts are two sassy 20-something Brits, and their silly banter, pop culture references, and unabashed geeky love for music makes each episode an utter delight to listen to. Whether you love classical music or know absolutely nothing about it, you’ll be totally entertained." — Anna Maltby, Deputy Editor
Who? Weekly: "My favorite podcast by far is Who? Weekly. It’s all about the celebrities you vaguely know about and what they’re up to. The hosts Bobby and Lindsey are impossibly funny together, so much so that I can’t help smiling ear to ear. I’ve been more involved in pop culture since listening to this podcast. Perfect listening if you’re looking for something light." — Hannah Norling, Associate Producer
How Did This Get Made?: "I’ll start this by saying I am not a podcast person (gasp!). The only one that I’ve stuck with semi-regularly is How Did This Get Made?, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas’s podcast about bad movies. It’s my brand of comedy and the guests are always great. It’s even better live, if you can get tickets in New York or LA. I live for Second Opinions, when Paul reads five-star reviews of these terrible, terrible movies." — Libby Sile, Features Editor
Best Inspirational Podcasts
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: "I commute 2.5 hours to work one way so podcasts are lifesavers for me! My current favorite is Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. She is always interviewing an interesting guest—everyone from Anthony Ray Hinton to Tom Brady so I always finish them feeling good/uplifted and having learned a lesson or two." — Heather Muir Maffei, Beauty Director
How I Built This: "I’ve been listening to NPR’s How I Built This podcast for years. If you’re in a creative rut, it’s the perfect way to get real inspiration from some of the biggest business innovators in the world. From Bumble to Lyft, you’ll discover how brands that you interact with everyday (surprisingly) came to be." — Tamara Kraus, Assistant Digital Home Editor
The Fire Escape Podcast: "My favorite right now is The Fire Escape Podcast where three guys, two from Alabama and one from Wales, talk “transatlanticism,” tell stories, and highlight unique characteristics and interests of the guests on their show. Each episode expands my understanding and knowledge of different cultures, sparks my curiosity, and has me laughing out loud throughout the show. From musician John Paul White, to Birch Coffee owners Jeremy and Paul, they bring on truly fascinating guests with incredible stories. These guys are hilarious, relatable, and make my hour-long commute fly by. Of course, I might be a little biased, as I am married to one of the hosts!" — Rebecca Longshore, Social Media Manager
Other Awesome Podcasts
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: "I'm obsessed with podcasts. In this one, Jonathan brings his huge personality to the podcast sphere where he discusses different topics that spark his interest. It is a great one to listen to if you want to learn something new." — Anneke Knot, Assistant Beauty Editor
Forever 35: "This is so easy! I have been shouting from the rooftops for months now about my favorite podcast, Forever 35. Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir say it’s a show about self-care but it’s SO much more! First of all, the two are hilarious and smart and so entertaining—I’m often the crazy lady walking her dog or running who is CRACKING up at their great sense of humor (I’m sure all my neighbors think I’m nuts). Listening to them chat is like eavesdropping on two great people you’d love to be bffs with, while they talk about products, organization, exercise, relationships, marriage, work, food/cooking, stress, basically, EVERYTHING. There is literally something for everyone." — Maya Kukes, Contributing Researcher
At Home With: "I’m obsessed with this podcast by two 20’s lifestyle bloggers from England. They are just debuting season 2. Season 1 was going on an audio tour of the homes of different influential women (usually in the beauty space or blogger space) like Liz Earle, Terry de Gunzburg of By Terry, and Jo Elvin of Glamour Magazine UK. They talk about things like career, beauty, and lifestyle, but the overall theme is that they go from room to room talking about why the person being interviewed designed their space to look and feel how it does and what about their home brings them joy or peace. The second season focuses more on the discussion and less on the home, but it’s a really relaxing thing to listen to when your day is filled with emails, political news alerts, and whatever other stressful things bog your brain down. Plus, if you listen to season 1 on ACast, you can see pictures of each room." — Brooke Schuldt, Social Media Editor