2019 Discover Pods Awards Winners

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Creation Date November 23rd, 2019
Updated Date Updated November 27th, 2020
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Now in its third year, the 2019 Discover Pods Awards is the largest annual fan-voted podcast awards. This year, more than 20,000 votes were counted for the finalists alone. This list contains the winners, podcasts that are all deserving of recognition — and who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new podcast to add to your queue.
  1. Best New Podcast of 2019

  2. In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a 9-episode journey into the Dollyverse. Hosted by Jad Abumrad. Produced and reported by Shima Oliaee. Dolly Parton’s America is a production from OSM Audio and WNYC Studios.
  1. Best Overall Podcast

  2. Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
  1. Most Innovative Podcast

  2. Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.
  1. Best True Crime Podcast

  2. Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil. From corruption and fraud to Ponzi schemes and environmental disasters, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.
  1. Best News Podcast

  2. NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.
  1. Best Technology & Science Podcast

  2. The award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast from Curiosity.com will help you get smarter about the world around you — every day. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll get a unique mix of research-based life hacks, the latest science and technology news, and more. Discovery's Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer will help you learn about your mind and body, outer space and the depths of the sea, and how history shaped the world into what it is today.
  1. Best History Podcast

  2. Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.
  1. Best Comedy Podcast

  2. Three ̝̃̂͢f̧͔̺͙̆̚̕͠r̨͔̓́̐ͅi̮̚è͓̻̣̃̿ņ̼̻͇̼́̂̑̍͞d͙̯̻̺̓̓͂̿s͔̦̻͊̒͑̌͟ who know nothing about business or advertising try their best to take your favorite brands and develop ad campaigns to ensure their viral failure.
  1. Best Health & Fitness Podcast

  2. Dr. Emily Morse shares her expertise on sex, relationships and everything in between! Submit your questions to Emily by emailing feedback@sexwithemily.com. For more sexy fun, including blogs, photos, videos or to stream this show, visit sexwithemily.com.
  1. Best Audio Drama or Fiction Podcast

  2. “Make your statement, face your fear.” A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back… New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more.
  1. Best Kids & Family Podcast

  2. A lighthearted and unique look at the world's myths and monsters. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/mirthsandmonsters.
  1. Best Society & Culture Podcast

  2. You might have heard the term non-binary. This is how it feels. Join Caitlin Benedict & Amrou Al-Kadhi as they ask the big questions about gender & identity.
  1. Best TV & Movies Podcast

  2. The Office co-stars and best friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, are doing the ultimate The Office re-watch podcast for you. Each week Jenna and Angela will break down an episode of The Office and give exclusive behind the scene stories that only two people who were there, can tell you.
  1. Best Business Podcast

  2. Digestible financial news. Get smarter fast with an entertaining breakdown of our top 3 business stories in 15 minutes. Pairs perfectly with your commute, workout, or morning oatmeal ritual. Hosted by Jack Kramer and Nick Martell.
  1. Best Arts Podcast

  2. Join Mike Schubert, a grown man reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, as he sits down with HP fanatics to poke fun at plot holes, make painfully incorrect predictions, and bask in the sassiness of the characters. Schubes and his guests cover a portion of the Harry Potter franchise each week, taking you on a journey through your childhood, this time with the rose-tinted glasses off.
  1. Best Music Podcast

  2. Learn more about the albums you love with Dissect. Analyzing one album per season, one song per episode, Dissect dives deep into albums like Childish Gambino's Because the Internet, Beyonce's Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly & DAMN., Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Frank Ocean's Blonde, and more. Let's Dissect.
  1. Best Sports Podcast

  2. Sports? with Katie Nolan is a weekly show about sports and all the things tangentially related to sports. Its friends would describe it as "curious," "fun," and "a podcast." Weekly guests will include sports fans from all sorts of industries: comedy, film, television, science?
  1. Best Interview Style Podcast

  2. A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
  1. People's Choice

  2. Murder and the paranormal finally meet! Grab your wine and milkshakes and join us every Sunday for some chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. The world's a scary place. And that's why we drink!

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