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The 20 most popular podcasts in America right now

Podcasts have grown in popularity over the past five years, with more people listening to them in the United States than anywhere else. So, what are the most popular now?

market research company Edison Research It charts the rise and fall of the most popular podcasts using listening data, rather than just based on downloads.

True crime and newsreaders have had consistent successes in recent years, according to the market research firm’s senior vice president, Tom Webster.

Tell NEWSWEEK After the latest quarterly chart release: “What I find most compelling is the strong movement of some independent performances on the chart.

“It is a testament to how amazing this medium is in the continued ability of both indie creators and large networks to mobilize a large audience.”

These are the 20 most listened to in America right now:

20. The Dan Bongeno Show

Right-wing political commentator and writer Dan Bongeno addresses issues that, according to the podcast’s description, “refuge liberal and Republican institutional discourse.”

Bongino, is a former Secret Service agent who protects the chiefs George W. Bush And Barack Obama, which later became an essential component of Sean Hannity‘s Fox Show but go out to the peak slot on Saturday on the net.

for him Facebook social networking site The posts regularly top the social site’s trending charts, but earlier this year it invested in Parler, a social alternative popular with conservatives before it went offline.

His podcast has climbed one place since the last chart was released three months ago, breaking into the top 20.

Dan Bongeno
Host Dan Bonigno as US Open winner Gary Woodland visits “FOX & Friends” at Fox News Channel Studios on June 18, 2019 in New York City.
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19. WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

Festive comedian Marc Maron welcomes comedians, actors, directors, writers, musicians, and people from all walks of life into his home to reveal conversations.

The weekly radio and podcast program was launched in September 2009. Notable guests include former President Barack Obama and Iggy Pop or Lorne Michaels among others.

Maroon’s podcast is up six positions since the last chart.

Comedian Marc Maron performs during his appearance at the Ice House Comedy Club on July 21, 2018 in Pasadena, California.
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18. Nerds: True Crime Podcast

True Crime Anthology podcast hosted by Alaina Urquhart and Ashleigh “Ash” Kelley, who share their fascination with serial killers and other obsessive topics.

They cover serial killers, unsolved mysteries, creepy history, supernatural events, conspiracy theories and “anything that sends your spine chills and makes your brain work overtime,” say the podcast creators.

A message from the hosts on the pod website read: “Together, we realized that our collective knowledge of serial killers and a maniacal fascination was something we could share with eccentrics, and thus, Morbid: A True Crime Podcast was born.”

The capsule jumped five positions, up from No. 23 in the last chart three months ago.

17. Radiolab

Each Radiolab episode addresses various philosophical, political, and scientific topics, and promises to “ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get answers.”

It was founded in 2002 by composer and producer Gad Abu Murad and previously – ABC Science news reporter Robert Krulwich – who left the program last year.

Founder Abu Murad was joined by fellow hosts Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser.

16. Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true crime puzzles, powerful documentaries, and in-depth investigations.


A weekly hour-long news radio program in which regular panelists such as Brian Papillon, Roy Blount Jr. and Adam Burke among others, as well as panelists and occasional contestants are tested in humorous ways about that week’s news.

The capsule, produced by WBEZ and National Public Radio (NPR) in Chicago, Illinois, has fallen three places, from 12 to 15, since the last chart was released.

14. Up First

A daily news podcast that provides a snapshot of three of the day’s biggest stories.

Presented by Rachel Martin, Noel King, Steve Inscape and A. Martinez, with reporting and analysis from NPR News – In 10 Minutes.

13. Fresh Air

Terry Gross hosts one of the most popular public radio programmes, the Peabody Award-winning weekday arts and contemporary issues magazine, featuring intimate conversations with today’s biggest superstars.

Notable guests include comedian David Sedaris, actress Mindy Kaling, and writer Stephen Colbert and rapper Jay-Z.

12. Money Planet

Planet Money aims to explain the main economic stories.

Created by Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson, it was launched during the 2007-2008 financial crisis in the wake of the federal takeover of mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The producers say about the show: “Imagine you can call a friend and say, ‘Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy. Now imagine this is a really fun evening.'” .

11. The Ben Shapiro Show

The podcast and live radio show hosted by conservative political commentator Shapiro promises to be “America’s fastest-growing daily show.”

Earlier this month, during the day . speech “How crude is destroying America” At Florida State University, Shapiro declared “If wokeness wins, it destroys the country. If wokeness loses, we may find a way back.”

10. Calling her father

Advice and comedy podcast by Alexandra Cooper and Sophia Franklin.

Call her father Produces provocative conversations that promote sexual freedom and personal empowerment.

It ranked 11th in the latest chart, but now it sits inside the top 10 podcasts in the US

9. Ladies’ office

Hosted by Gina Fisher and Angela Kinsey, who co-starred in the sitcom the desk Like Pam Beasley and Angela Martin respectively.

The pair break down each episode of the show and provide exclusive behind-the-scenes stories that “only two people can tell you.”

8. Serial

Investigative Journalism podcast hosted by a journalist, public radio personality, and former producer of the television and radio program This is American life, Sarah Koenig.

The series blends investigative journalism with real-life storytelling and tells one true story over the course of the season.

The series is ranked higher on the previous chart, which was released three months ago.

7. Pod Save America

A liberal political podcast about politics hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor.

It breaks down the week’s news and helps listeners know what’s important and how they can help.

6. My favorite killer

A true crime comedy podcast hosted by comedians Karen Kilgarve and Georgia Hardstark.

Since its debut in early 2016, the show has been among the top 10 regular episodes on the iTunes comedy podcast chart and has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon & Rolling Stone magazine.

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Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgarve host the podcast My Favorites Murder
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5. Things you should know

The podcast is hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, who educate listeners on an eclectic mix of topics, including champagne, Satanism, the Stonewall uprising, and chaos theory.

The show often uses popular culture as a reference, giving comedic podcast value.

In October 2018, the podcast began releasing additional short episodes titled Short Stuff, covering topics that do not guarantee the full episode length.

4. This American Life

This is American life (TAL) is a weekly 1-hour show and podcast hosted by Ira Glass.

Each week the show brings together different stories around a chosen topic.

It was primarily a non-fiction journalistic programme, but it also featured short fiction stories, memoirs, or articles. Producers say, “We work mostly with journalism, but it’s kind of entertaining journalism that’s all about plot. In other words, stories!”

The program is heard by more than two million listeners every week on more than 500 public radio stations in the United States

3. Crime addict

Crime Junkie is a weekly true crime podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brett Prawat, who have been friends since they were kids. Growing up, they shared not only a friendship, but a passion for true crime.

“Each episode takes about 30 hours a week to research, write, edit, and prepare for release,” Flowers previously said. She did all the research except for a few episodes where Prawat took the lead.

Crime Junkie covers murder, missing persons, and serial killers. Flowers tell the story, while Prawat adds her point.

2. The Daily

News podcast and radio show by The The New York TimesAnd Hosted by political journalist Michael Barbaro.

Its episodes discuss the biggest stories of our time and are based on times’ Today’s coverage with interviews with reporters from The New York Times.

1. The Joe Rogan Experience

Comedian and TV host Joe Rogan often stirs controversy with his scandalous and at times erotic presentation style.

Joe Rogan Experience It was launched on December 24, 2009, and by 2015, it had become one of the most popular podcasts in the world, regularly receiving millions of views per episode.

Performances at Ice House Comedy Club
The Joe Rogan Experience is the most listened to podcast in the United States. It is hosted by comedian, actor, sports commentator, and television host Joe Rogan. It was launched on December 24, 2009 by Rogan and comedian Brian Redban who also produced and co-presented.
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