Podcasts are part and parcel of pop culture, enhancing experiences and understandings for cultural connoisseurs and casual consumers alike. So naturally, we’re fans at Podsauce. Let’s celebrate pop culture with podcasts that often interlace entertainment, analysis, celebrities, music, and film in many of the shows we’ve selected for our round-up.
In our list, we’ve included shows that describe music’s influence on culture, remind us of throwback moments, and highlight celeb-filled podcasts. Episodes feature the buzziest TV shows, books, and latest film releases. Feel free to check out what’s topping our culture vulture list.
Pineapple Street Studios’ “Back Issue” dives into pop culture’s archive of milestone moments. For example, the time Aretha asked Celine if she knew Jesus. When is a diva the female version of a hustler? How did high-fives become an international gesture? Was there a time when the Internet wasn’t a Hellscape? Hosted by Josh Gwynn and Tracy Clayton, the weekly episodes focus on moments that have a lesson to share about our modern world and the future.
New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica hosts “Popcast” to unpack trends, news, and pop music with guests. Recent episodes discussed Machine Gun Kelly’s pivot to pop-punk, drill rappers like Pop Smoke and Lil Durk, and rapper-turned-actor Will Smith’s career before the infamous slap.
Hollywood Raw Podcast
Dax Holt and Adam Glyn are dishing out pop culture news and chatting with guests on “Hollywood Raw Podcast.” Hear the week’s top stories, deep dives into themes like celebrity feuds, and updates from high-profile trials like Depp vs. Heard. On a recent episode, O-Town’s former frontman Ashley Parker Angel told Dax and Adam about his days in the boy band, his departure, beef with one of Angel’s former bandmates, and jumping into the health and fitness industry.
The TMZ Podcast
Harvey Levin and the TMZ crew are serving entertainment news updates on semiweekly episodes. Much like the TV show, they’re bringing their edgy brand of content to the podcast when sharing stories everyone is talking about in less than 35 minutes on average per episode.
Switched on Pop
Songwriter Charlie Harding and Musicologist Nate Sloan host New York Magazine’s “Switched on Pop,” digging into what makes a song a hit and how these songs carve space in culture. So put on Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” and skip the good cry to listen to this podcast all about the roots of our favorite pop music.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour” shares daily updates on weekdays. Listeners will hear commentary on books, culture, film, TV shows, and music. Hosted by arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris, each episode sounds off on one main topic. Episodes run under 30 minutes in length.
Movie critic Dana Stevens, former Slate editor-in-chief and LA Times’ Deputy Managing Editor Julia Turner, and Slate’s critic Stephen Metcalf host Slate Podcasts’ “Culture Gabfest.” The panel is joined by special guests from Slate’s other podcasts, such as “Decoder Ring” and “Hit Parade,” to cover all things culture through a critical lens.
The anonymous curator and entertainment news Instagram creator @DeuxMoi hosts “Deux U,” filling listeners in on gossip. Episodes go behind-the-scenes of Instagram postings, blind items, and celebrity sightings as Deux is joined by insiders and expert guests like celebrity gossip blogger, entertainment lawyer, and blind item guru, Enty. Also tune in to hear exclusive content not shared on social media. This series is presented by Deuxmoi & Cadence13.
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen interviews a slew of celebs, dives into pop culture news, and welcomes listeners to join his clubhouse in audio versions of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” Cohen recaps reality TV moments and hosts iconic conversations on everything from Bravolebrity drama to entertainment news, politics, entertainment, and more.
Comments By Celebs
“Comments By Celebs” is by Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer, the creators of the popular Instagram, @CommentsByCelebs. The celeb experts will talk about all things pop culture in weekly episodes. On Mondays, tune in for headlines from the past week. The second episode of the week recaps new and classic Keeping Up with the Kardashians episodes. In a third, weekly episode, Emma and Julie will talk about news from Bravo’s universe. “Comments By Celebs” is a Cadence13 production.