We’ve rounded up nine outstanding podcasts with interviews. On our list, we’ve included shows with celebrities, intellects, authors, politicians, and more. There’s a series sharing engaging true stories hosted by Ira Glass.
You might recognize some of the podcasts’ hosts from TV, movies, or other projects. Check out our complete round up:
We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
Cadence13 presents “We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle,” an empowering listen where guests join Glennon each episode and remind listeners that we can overcome challenging times. Hear over 50 episodes with Glennon, her partner Abby Wambach, and Glennon’s sister Amanda as they chat with inspirational folks and release Q&A episodes interviewing each other. We recently listened to the two-part episode with Brené Brown and Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez’s interview from October.
Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett host conversations with a star-studded lineup of guests on Wondery’s “SmartLess.” But the caveat is that one host brings the guest to surprise the other two each week. What ensues is hilarity, improvisation, and raw conversations, where the hosts also talk about their lives. Check out over 75 episodes with Jimmy Fallon, Octavia Spencer, Dave Grohl, Chelsea Handler, and more. Episodes run around an hour long.
Armchair Expert Umbrella
“Armchair Expert” is a fan-favorite, and was the podcast pick of many Podsauce guests this season. Since 2018, Dax Shepard has chatted with amazing guests in long-form episodes averaging an hour long. Over the summer, “Armchair Expert Umbrella” released the multi-episode arc, “We Are Supported By,” where host and long-time friend Monica Padman and Dax’s wife Kristen Bell spoke with women about shattering the glass ceiling. We loved hearing from Oprah, Gloria Steinem, and more.
WTF with Marc Maron
“WTF with Marc Maron” has only increased in popularity this year. With over 60 episodes, Marc has interviewed Barack Obama, Billie Jean King, Ronan Farrow, Halle Berry, and more. Check out new, weekly episodes, with the average episode clocking in under 90 minutes.
This American Life
Host Ira Glass tells stories each week and speaks with an array of people, where they share from their experiences. Since 1996, the series has released over 700 episodes and continues to evolve. The average episode length is under an hour.
It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
Sam Sanders interviews different guests on each episode of “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders.” In recent episodes, listeners heard from authors Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Peterson on their new book, Out of Office. This month, White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor discussed what President Biden has accomplished in 2021. Check out over 470 episodes, under 45 minutes long.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
Team Coco presents “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” a space for the TV host to make friends, have conversations, and connect with people. Hear Conan’s fun with Quentin Tarantino, Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Elvis Costello, and more in new, weekly episodes.
Anna Faris is Unqualified
Unqualified Media presents “Anna Farris is Unqualified,” where actress and host Anna speaks with celebrity guests, and they give advice to people who call into the show. Anna recently talked to Amanda Seales, Esther Perel, and Matthew McConaughey. Check out new, weekly episodes that average an hour long.
The Rachel Maddow Show
For politics and news updates, MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” interviews guests each episode. Hear from Senate members, members of the January 6th Committee, attorney generals, media correspondents, writers, and more.