If TV shows are the new movies (True Detective is totally Oscar-worthy), then podcasts are the new radio. The downloadable talk shows are our favorite way to pass the time during an interminable morning commute—or to listen to while kicking off your spring cleaning. We scoured iTunes to find the perfect one for you:
For the Amateur Anthropologist: This American Life
Ira Glass’ podcast, which relays three stories around a similar theme, tells moving, funny, and more than anything human tales, from the lives of everyday Americans.
For the Pop Culture Aficionado: NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour
Birchbox Man’s Social Media wizard Thomas recommends the highbrow-meets-lowbrow podcast, which features a panel of pop culture critics breaking down watercooler topics in depth.
For the Carl Sagan Wannabe: WNYC’s Radiolab
Radiolab shares captivating research on aspects of our daily lives like sleep, fear, and love. Our favorite episode from the archives: an interview with Carl Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan, about their collaboration on NASA’s golden record project—and lifelong romance that came of it.
For the Foodie Who’s Over Kale: The Splendid Table
When a Bon Appetit subscription just won’t cut it, we turn to food writer extraordinaire Lynne Rossetto Kasper, who serves up a heap of culinary-focused discussions.
For the March Mad-Man: Grantland Sports
The hosts, starring Grantland's editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, riff on the sports stories of the week. Recent hot topics have included: Phil Jackson’s possible return to the Knicks and something called the NBA Mount Rushmore (you'll have to listen to figure out what that means.)
For the Winner of Your Oscar Pool: The Q & A with Jeff Goldsmith
Resident Birchbox film buff and Birchbox Man Associate Editor Adam can’t get enough of Goldsmith’s show, in which he talks to screenwriters and TV scribes to learn how the year's best scripts came to life.
For the Early Riser: NPR’s Morning Edition
Birchbox Assistant Editor Ally relies on the ridiculously soothing voice of Steve Inskeep to stay on top of current events while getting ready for work in the morning.
For the Comedy Nerd: WTF With Marc Maron
Marc Maron grills comedy’s elite players—think: Jimmy Fallon, Louis C.K., and Amy Poehler—with a level of curiosity and unrestraint that could only be possible coming from a former stand-up.