Best Podcasts Of 2008 (Yeah, you read that right 😉)

A curated podcast list by Podchaser
Creation Date December 26th, 2018
Updated Date Updated July 3rd, 2019
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A list of the best podcast that started a decade ago, some still active with a great back catalogue, some that have moved on to new projects.
This American Life
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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
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TAL has been around so long it spawned Planet Money which is also on this list. Other notable off shoots of TAL are Serial, S-Town, Gimlet, and producers have spread across the podcast industry. Thanks Ira.
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Planet Money
The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
WINNER OF BEST EDUCATION PODCAST IN THE 2017 PODCAST AWARDS. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.
Doug Loves Movies
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Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies!
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Previously I Love Movies, previously a column in the BobAndDavid website/blog/newsletter.
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Mac OS Ken
This is daily Apple news. Monday through Friday, Ken Ray brings commute-sized tech news to the podsphere. If it's Apple news, Apple-related news, or news related to Apple-related news, you'll hear about it here. News you'll like... this is Mac OS Ken.
Now Playing - The Movie Review Podcast
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A movie review podcast that traverses the stream of Hollywood sequels, reboots, and franchises by reviewing every installment in a series, start to finish.
Radiolab
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A two-time Peabody Award-winner, Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios
SModcast
Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier are SModcast.
Savage Lovecast
Dan Savage, America's only advice columnist, answers your sex questions and yaps about politics. To record a question for Dan to be answered in a later podcast, call 206-302-2064. For a much longer version of the show, with no ads, visit savagelovecast.com and get yourself a season subscription.
Giant Bombcast
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Giant Bomb discusses the latest video game news and new releases, taste-test questionable beverages, and get wildly off-topic in this weekly podcast.
The Rachel Maddow Show
Rachel Maddow works with unmatched rigor and resolve to explain our complex world and deliver news in a way that's illuminating and dynamic, connecting the dots to make sense of complex issues. Join her every weeknight as she provides in-depth reporting to illuminate the current state of political affairs and reveals the importance of transparency and accountability from our leaders.
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Over 1500 episodes... It's either great or terrible that you can only get the latest episode.
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A Life Well Wasted
A Life Well Wasted is an internet radio show about videogames and the people who love them.
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January 2009, close enough.
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Political Gabfest
Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.
The Bugle
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It's the trans-global satiricast that leaves no hot potato unbuttered. Andy Zaltzman breaks down the news with comedians from across the world including Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, John Oliver, Nish Kumar, Anuvab Pal and his sister Helen.
Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast
Eavesdrop on freewheeling conversations between comedian and TV personality Jimmy Pardo and his sometimes famous, always funny friends. Unscripted. Unedited. Unstoppable. It's Never Not Funny.
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
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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.
Answer Me This!
Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann host the award-winning podcast that has been answering the world's questions since 2007. Visit the official website at answermethispodcast.com. Buy classic episodes, albums and apps at answermethisstore.com.
Stuff You Should Know
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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
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Has gone to spawn a whole How Stuff Works network of podcasts!
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The Brink of Sanity
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The Brink of Sanity show started waaaaaayyyyy back in 2008 with Jay and Bri as the show’s co-hosts and Jay’s dad as the sole listener. The audio was poor as was the content. It was dark times for the podcast. Then in 2009 something magical happened. The Brink of Sanity got its first non family member listener. This was mainly due to the fact that Jay finally figured out how to put the show up online. Fueled by doubling its listenership, Jay bought some real audio equipment and brought in a bunch of new co-hosts into the mix. Now it’s 2010 and the show finally kinda sorta resembles a real podcast. Jay, along with regulars Bri, Marc, Leon and Peter, as well as many other guest hosts, now bring their unique brand of incoherent babble to tens of people every week. Personal stories, rants, half-truths, current events, pop culture, game shows episodes, and messing with Internet scammers are some of the things you can expect to hear from Jay and company every week. Check us out online – www.brinkofsanityshow.com
MuggleCast: the Harry Potter podcast
MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about J.K. Rowling's expanding universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, The Cursed Child, the theme parks, the video games, and more!
PseudoPod
The Sound of Horror. Pseudopod is the world's first audio horror magazine. We deliver bone-chilling stories from today's most talented authors straight to ears.