20 Essential Podcasts To Start Your Monday Morning

According to the New York Times, “more than half the people in the United States have listened to one, and nearly one out of three people listen to at least one podcast every month.” Your favorite music festivals have podcasting stages, and the hosts and stories told have become a national and international phenomenon. 

In this new decade, it’s a great time to jump on the podcasting bandwagon and learn new information, a new skill, become a better listener and hear some amazing stories and interviews. 

So, here are 20 essential podcasts for your consideration. From basketball to entrepreneurship to popular culture, these are the cream de la crop of podcasts. 

  • Therapy for Black Girls: Mental health, personal development, and being your best self are the themes of Therapy for Black Girls, hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a Licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia. Whether you’re a black woman or not, this podcast is fantastic for those looking to improve their lives.
  • Jemele Hill is Unbothered | The Podcast‎: From the mind of a former ESPN host who is known in the non-sports world for fiery tweets about Donald Trump, Jemele Hill is Unbothered features candid conversations with commentary on sports, politics, and culture.
  • Finding Mastery: On Finding Mastery, Dr. Michael Gervais explores how those at the apex of their craft became and continue to be masterful. 
  • Rap Radar Podcast: Remember that internet-breaking 2-hour interview with Champagne Papi? Thank Elliot Wilson and Brian B.Dot Miller and the Rap Radar podcast. It’s home to hip-hop’s best interviews with legends and fresh, new talent. 
  • The Joe Rogan Experience: He’s not always politically correct, but on Joe Rogan’s podcast is as legendary as they come. The comedian, actor, sports commentator, martial artist, and television host long-form conversations with friends and celebrity guests. 
  • This Is Uncomfortable: Conversations surrounding money aren’t always pleasant but count on Marketplace to get them right. This Is Uncomfortable with host Reema Khrais deals with “life and how money messes with it.”
      1. Essential Episode: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/this-is-uncomfortable-reema-khrais/when-money-makes-it-weird 
  • Code Switch: NPR’s podcast, Code Switch,  hosted by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby, tackles race and culture through original reporting, commentary, and sometimes comedy. Listen as these journalists of color answer dive into some of the most sophisticated cultural phenomenons. 
  •  Fake Heiress: Remember Anna Delvey? Fake Heiress is a deeper dive into New York’s faux socialite exposed initially in a deeply reported feature by The Cut. If you love drama, scandal, and the lives of New York’s elite, this is for you.
  • Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air: Larry Wilmore is a profoundly underrated king of entertainment whose podcast tackles the news of the week with witty interviews from power players in politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.
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