10 Podcasts to Tide You Over Until ‘Serial’ Returns

Our Thursdays haven't been the same since the much-discussed real-crime radio drama Serial came to its head-scratching conclusion. We've been at a loss for what to listen to (and obsess over) next. Eager to fill the void, we scoured iTunes to find the perfect next podcast for you:

For the Budding Entrepreneur: StartUp

Fans of Serial's format will flock to This American Life contributor Alex Blumberg's week-by-week (and totally transparent) account of starting his own business.

For the Tinseltown Conspiracy Theorist: You Must Remember This

Have you ever wondered what really happened between Madonna and Sean Penn in the '80s? Curious about Mia Farrow's time in India with the Beatles? This storytelling podcasts dives deep into the gossip surrounding Hollywood's secret and forgotten histories.

For the Pop Culture Aficionado: Coffee and Champagne

Birchbox Man’s Social Media wizard Thomas co-hosts this highbrow-meets-lowbrow podcast, which humorously and astutely breaks down watercooler topics in depth.

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 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 fellow stand-up.

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