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Podcasts are a go-to news source for many Americans, not to mention a major form of entertainment. With thousands of shows to choose from, topics vary from political commentary to news to long-form interviews.
Podcasts have become a prime form of pop culture commentary — who doesn’t love talking about the songs or TV shows they love? They’re a great resource for fans to hear from the artists and join the discussion being held on the podcast. Since there are seemingly endless options available for pop culture-themed podcast listening, we’re here to help you find the one for you — below, find a short list of our favorite pop culture podcasts.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have worked as musicians for decades, often to much critical acclaim and commercial success. On The Art of Process, the duo — who have released music together under the band name The Both — speak with guests from all creative fields about the processes that go into making art.
The Scottish actor David Tennant might be best known for his role as the Tenth Doctor in the widely beloved TV series Doctor Who, but his podcast is just as memorable as the time he spent on screen. With each episode of the podcast, Tennant invites a different pop culture figure — Jon Hamm and Whoopi Goldberg are among the inaugural guests — to speak with him about their life and their work. There are fewer than 10 episodes total, so staying up to date is easy.
Paul Scheer, an actor seen commonly in guest roles on major basic cable sitcoms, hosts this podcast with film critic Amy Nicholson. Together, they talk about the films on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, which ranks the 100 greatest movies of all time. In most cases, Scheer watches the film for the first time before speaking with Nicholson, who has built a career on studying these filmes, about the most important scenes and themes from each.
Paul Scheer’s other podcast is the opposite of Unspooled. On this podcast, he and the actors June Diane Raphael (Scheer’s wife) and Jason Mantzoukas talk about movies that are so bad they’re good. Infamously bad films such as The Room, Catwoman, and more come under the scrutiny of the actors and their guests, who include Nick Kroll, Emily V. Gordon, Paul F. Tompkins, and more.
Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman have two podcasts about influential rock bands that began making music in the 1980s. R U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME? is the hilariously-titled sequel to the equally wildly-titled U Talkin’ U2 To Me?, though Earwolf, the production company behind both, lists them together on its website. Both podcasts offer a thrilling and hilarious weekly dose of alternative rock history.
What are some of your favorite pop culture podcasts? Let us know in the comments!