The 6 Best Podcasts to Listen to This Fall

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We love podcasts, and it’s easier than ever to stream your favorites thanks to Audible and its new 30-day trialIt gives you instant access to thousands of podcasts and audio books for free. Here are six of the best podcasts to listen to this fall.

1. This American Life

A podcast born from one of public radio’s most enduring and iconic programs, This American Life is one of the most popular podcasts in the country. It features daring and in-depth reporting, unique stories and witty, entertaining commentary. This American Life and its spinoff podcasts including the notorious Serial and S-Town have helped define the podcast form perhaps more than any others.

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2. The Best of Car Talk

Collecting every episode of the beloved public radio program Car Talk by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, this podcast features hilarious conversations with Americans from all walks of life using a mechanical or car-based inquiry as a jumping off point. It’s a great way to jump start your morning.

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3. A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor’s famous monologue series is now available in podcast form. The News from Lake Wobegone, a wildly popular public radio feature mixes Keillor’s trademark wry humor with subtle, sometimes-profound insight, bringing us news from the small Minnesota town where “all the women are strong, the men are good-looking and all the children are above average.”

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4. Ctrl Alt Delete

Emma Gannon’s riotously entertaining and low-key touching podcast is a memoir of a youth spent growing up alongside the internet. She delivers witty and insightful commentary on tech and communications developments from the early days of chat and internet messaging to the world of dating apps and cat-fishing.

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5. Welcome to Night Vale

This wildly popular podcast is a portal to a mysterious world in the form of humble local news updates from the small desert town of Night Vale. Hear about charming cultural events, the Sheriff’s secret police, and those mysterious lights in the sky. Steeped in Americana and in the shadows of the supernatural, Night Vale is a must-listen for fans of shows like Twin Peaks and Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes.

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6. The New Yorker Presents

Get New Yorker articles, interviews and commentary in podcast form. This monthly series is available in archive form too, and has countless great features by Pulitzer Prize-winning editor David Remnick.

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