I’ve been a dedicated podcast listener for at least a couple years now.

I listen to podcasts to make me a better fantasy football player, to be entertained and to make me a more informed voter. I currently subscribe to so many podcasts that I don’t have time to listen to even half of them.

But there are a handful of podcasts that I always take time to listen to. Below are seven podcasts that I always make time for – because of their entertainment and information value:

Reply All

Reply All is basically a podcast about the Internet, and all of the amazingness and craziness that it has created. Recent episodes have discussed how the Ecuador President uses Twitter and people whose Uber accounts have been hacked.

Learn more about Reply All.

Missing Richard Simmons

This podcast explores the fact that fitness guru Richard Simmons ghosted the world a few years ago – disappearing and leaving behind all of his dedicated fans and clients. It’s a good story and also an interesting concept – a short-lived podcast (in this case, only six episodes). So, technically the podcast is over. But listen now while the story is still relevant.

Learn more about Missing Richard Simmons

Planet Money

This podcast from NRP explains what’s going on with the economy through great storytelling. For example, a recent episode applied economic theory to finding love. Another one explained what gifts Presidents can and cannon accept.

Learn more about Planet Money

How I Built This

This podcast talks to innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists about the businesses they created and all the challenges they faced along the way. Recent episodes have included the guy who invented 5-hour Energy and the founder of Chuck E. Cheese and Atari (yes, the same guy founded them both).

Learn more about How I Built This

Slate Money

Slate Money is a weekly roundup of what’s going on in the world of business and finance. Recent episodes have discussed topics ranging from creativity to the ball point pen industry.

Learn more about Slate Money

Startup Podcast

This began as a podcast about starting a podcast. But now it chronicles other startups and the challenges they face on the way to profitability and failure. The latest season chronicles ousted American Apparel founder Dov Charney as he got his new company off the ground.

Learn more about Startup Podcast


This podcast explores wrongful convictions and the U.S. justice system in general. Seasons are long and go in-depth into cases of possible wrongful conviction. The current season is exploring the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. Past seasons have included a look at the same case – Adnan Syed – as was covered by the first season of Serial (another great podcast).

Learn more about Undisclosed.