Serial, This American Life, Fresh Air: Binged-there, done that. Ready for some new shows to brighten your commute? Here are the four best new podcasts to keep you informed and entertained this fall.
Mystery meets musical in this new podcast, which stars Hamilton’s Jonathan Groff and follows the fictional story of a couple trying to reconnect after they realize their entire marriage is built on lies. Her plan? To use The New York Times' 36 questions to make him fall in love with her again. His plan? To learn the truth about her real identity. Our plan? To listen to all three musical episodes in one sitting.
For a little “what does it all mean?” mixed into your morning, look no further than this new podcast, courtesy of a philosophy professor at Vassar College. Whether musing on the nature of love, war or God, each episode uses storytelling to turn philosophical discussion into a real world lesson. Our favorite installment? “A Better Love,” which examines the role of maternal love in making us who we are.
If you thought Netflix’s OITNB had a monopoly on prison life, think again. Ear Hustle is a raw and gritty show hosted and produced by prisoners at San Quentin State Prison. From solitary confinement to how to deal with a roommate in a four-foot-by-nine-foot box, episodes are equal parts hilarious and sobering. This is about as close to life on the inside as you can get, without actually being there.
Though The New York Times-produced news show isn’t exactly new (it launched back in January), it’s at the top of our must-listen list. Each episode keeps it simple: 20 minutes, five days a week, all the top stories, with special attention given to one specific headline, like “What’s the future of democracy in Venezuela?” or “What’s happening with the Affordable Care Act?”