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16 deadly podcasts that will get you through your morning commute next year

Stuck in a podcast rut? Let us help you.

STUCK IN A podcast rut?

Here are some podcasts that you may have missed in 2016 that you will most definitely want to bookmark for 2017.

1. Maeve in America

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Every episode features our very own Maeve Higgins interviewing immigrants from all sorts of backgrounds about their unique journeys to America. It’s a funny, bittersweet and life-affirming series that feels especially pertinent as we head into a Trump presidency.

2. The Axe Files with David Axelrod


Something of a political nerd? The Axe Files features former political operative David Axelrod chatting with some of the most influential political figures in the United States. Think of it as WTF with Marc Maron for political wonks.

3. Reply All

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A fascinating, thought-provoking show about the weird and wonderful world wide web. Recent episodes have explored everything from the deeply disturbing Pizzagate theory to your Facebook friends’ political opinions.

4. 2 Dope Queens


A comedy podcast hosted by the dynamic duo that is Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Each episode features the two comedians engaging in a delightful back-and-forth as well as stand-up from some deadly comedians.

We dare you to listen to it and not wish you were part of their girl gang.

5. Get It On with Dawn O’Porter

In which Dawn O’Porter chats to her celebrity friends about what they wear and why they wear it. Guests so far have included Jason Segel, Dawn French and Angela Scanlon. We just wish it came with photos of the outfits discussed.

6. Crimetown

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A podcast from the creators of The Jinx. Each season explores organised crime in an American city, with the first focusing on the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Split into different ‘chapters,’ the season unfolds like a juicy gangster movie. Highly recommended.

7. Making Oprah


If you have fond memories of watching Oprah on TV3 after school, then Making Oprah is the show for you. The three-part series takes the listener on an Oprah rollercoaster and explains how the broadcaster became the television icon we all know and love. (And yes, they talked to Oprah.)

8. Juvenalia

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Each episode of Juvenalia features an Irish person take a nostalgic road trip back in time and discuss a piece of pop culture that meant a lot to them as a child. Previous topics of discussion include Top of the Pops, Dirty Dancing and The Den. Bound to get you thinking, “Well, what would I talk about?”

9. Another Round

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Hosted by Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, Another Round is a brilliant podcast that sees the hosts tackle everything from the Dakota Access Pipeline to black hair.

Their 2015 interview with Hillary Clinton, in which they probe her about her support for Black Lives Matter,  is well worth a listen.

10. Criminal


The premise of Criminal is simple: each episode delves into the people at the centre of crimes — criminals, victims, judges, attorneys, reporters — and tells in-depth, thoroughly researched stories that you won’t find on the front pages.

11. Who? Weekly

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An always entertaining podcast that fills you in on everything you need to know about the minor celebrities dominating the gossip sites in any given week. Plus they have a weekly segment devoted to the goings-on of Rita Ora.

If you spend your time trying to dissect Fifth Harmony feuds, you’ll love it.

12. Homecoming


A psychological thriller featuring the dulcet tones of Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener and David Schwimmer. Pretty starstudded, eh?

13. Reveal

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Reveal is a podcast from The Center for Investigative Reporting that prides itself on being an investigative podcast. They’ve done in-depth episodes on everything from Stephen Bannon to the Zika virus. If you’re a fan of great, urgent storytelling, then you need to subscribe immediately.

14. Bad With Money

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It’s a well-known fact that people hate talking about money, which makes Gaby Dunn’s show all the more enthralling. Each episode sees Dunn interview someone about their personal finances and it’s honestly riveting. 

15. Fair Game

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A podcast about Irish women in sport that only went and won Best Podcast Series at this year’s Web Awards.

To date, Elaine Buckley and Emily Glen have interviewed some of our finest athletes including Natalya Coyle, Ciara Mageean and Sara Treacy, and discussed the issues facing elite female athletes, including doping, work-life balance and lack of media coverage.

16. Still Processing

A weekly culture podcast from New York Times writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. The conversation always goes to the place where culture, race, politics and technology intersect, and you always feel better/smarter after listening to it.

Previously: 20 podcasts you need to bookmark for your morning commute >

18 great podcasts to listen to on your commute this year >

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