Start Listening: International Podcast Day Recommendations

More than half of the adults in the U.S. listen to podcasts, at least occasionally. Are you one of them? On September 30, people around the world celebrate podcasts for International Podcast Day. 

What are podcasts?

Podcasts are audios that are usually free. Sometimes they are fictional, and sometimes they are factual. Sometimes, they are a mix of fact and fiction. There are thousands of podcasts, consisting of millions of episodes, in just about any genre you can imagine. Podcasts are incredibly popular in the U.S., and around the world — and are produced in more than 100 languages. 

If you have never listened to a podcast before, it is something to try out! Podcasts are great for busy people, as they can easily be listened to while commuting, running, walking, eating, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, or just about any task you can think of. 

Popular podcasts to try out

Here are some of the top podcasts featured in Apple’s podcast library that you can get started with, or add to your already full podcast list:


  • HBR IdeaCast: For readers of Harvard Business Review, this podcast brings interviews with industry leaders about all things business.
  • Safe for Work: This podcast covers all sorts of work-related topics, like challenging coworkers, burnout or work-life balance. 
  • Business Wars: If you’re into some conflict in changing industries, check out this newer podcast that digs into case studies on two businesses in war with each other (think Blockbuster and Netflix).

News & Politics

  • The Daily: The New York TImes podcast discusses daily news and politics in a brief morning podcast each weekday so you can quickly get caught up on the topics of the day.
  • Today, Explained: From Vox, this podcast gives some explanation to what’s going on around the world every weekday.
  • Slow Burn: Each season, this podcast covers a political scandal in-depth. Past topics have included Watergate and Bill Clinton’s impeachment.


  • Call Your Girlfriend: This conversational podcast is between two female friends, and covers just about every topic you can imagine.
  • My Favorite Murder: A true crime comedy podcast, this is hosted by two women who each discuss a murder or crime each episode, broken up by banter about their lives in LA.
  • My Brother, My Brother and Me: Three brothers answer questions from Yahoo and crack some jokes throughout these episodes.

With more than half a million podcasts, there are sure to be some you enjoy! Browse the podcast app on your phone to see if something catches your eye, and put your headphones in on your next jog, lunch break or cleaning day.

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