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These Are The Best Podcasts To Come Out Of 2020

Introducing the best of the best.

Are you wondering which podcasts are the best?

Don’t worry we’ve got you. Podcasts can be a great way to learn new things, stay informed or simply be entertained. So, if you’re in the mood to listen to a new podcast but don’t know where to start, we’ve got the perfect list for you.

The Chaser Report

Launching in April this year, this hilarious podcast sees the Chaser boys return once more. According to the boys, “The Chaser Report is the podcast you turn to when you’ve given up on trying to work out how the world works, and just want to laugh at it instead” and we couldn’t agree more. Produced by The Chaser team, Charles Firth, Andrew Hansen and Dom Knight present the most entertaining current affairs show out there. Do yourself a favour and hit subscribe on this one. Looking for a podcast covering 2020’s most important topics? Head here.

The Babble

Do you need some advice? Do you need to listen to some captivating interviews? Do you want to listen to two entertaining hosts break down the biggest moments to hit your timeline? Boy, do we have a podcast for you. Hosted by the hilarious Matty J and Ruby Teys, this bi-weekly podcast will have you hooked the second you push play.  

It’s Been A Big Day For…

Have you ever found the news cycle to be a little bit too much to digest? Have no fear, the GOAT team is here. Presented by a trio of the GOAT news team, this daily news podcast always has the freshest and most informed take on current events. Covering everything from the COVID-19 pandemic to Jennifer Garner walking her cat in a stroller, this podcast gives you the essentials. Speaking of podcasts often hosted by women, check out some made for and by women.

Joe Rogan Podcast

This podcast is the oldest on our list but it sure as hell doesn’t sound it. Even though The Joe Rogan Podcast has its origins in 2003, it’s definitely reached peak popularity in 2020. Joe Rogan is a comedian, actor, sports commentator, martial artist, and television host, who introduces his listeners to a variety of special guests in an extremely entertaining matter. It’s become insanely popular, just like these podcasts. 

Still Processing

These two may have tackled the Sydney Writers Festival last year but they sure as hell haven’t peaked yet. Led by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, these New York Times reporters offer the most informed takes of current events. Step inside their confession booth as they break down the latest in TV, movies, art, music and the internet.

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to learn a new language, consume some of BBC’s content, do a bit of self-improvement or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these ones out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

The Most Insanely Popular Podcasts Of All Time

If you're new to podcasts, we've got you.

In the past few years, podcasts have quickly become one of the most popular mediums to consume entertainment. Whether you’re in the mood for a true-crime thriller or a pop-culture breakdown, the chances are it exists and people are already listening. But, have you ever wondered what the most popular podcasts of all time were? Well, in case it’s ever crossed your mind, we present you the top 5 most downloaded podcasts ever. 

1. Serial 

Hosted by Sarah Koenig, Serial is the ultimate true-crime podcast. This podcast from This American Life was the OG podcast that put the medium on the map with its captivating way of storytelling. Over the course of the season, you tackle a true crime story, uncovering all the juicy clues along the way. The blend of journalism and storytelling is so good, it ended up getting picked up by HBO. Listen to Serial on Apple podcasts. Speaking of podcasts hosted by women, check out the best podcasts made for and by women.

2. This American Life 

This American Life is an insanely popular weekly public radio show that rakes in 2.5 million downloads every week. It’s a journalistic non-fiction podcast, which is also a platform for essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. Hosted by Ira Glass, this podcast is a must-hear, for sure. Listen to This American Life on Apple podcasts. Looking for a podcast covering 2020’s most important topics? Head here.

3. Dr. Death

Want to listen to something super scary? This one’s for you. Dr. Death tells the story of a Texas surgeon who was convicted of malpractice after 31 of his patients were left seriously injured after he operated on them. This 2018 podcast, produced by Wondery, is a short 10-episode ride, but believe us you’ll be on the edge of your seat the entire time. If you’re looking for this year’s best podcasts, head here.

4. Radiolab 

Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab tackles science and philosophy in an extremely entertaining way. The WNYC-produced show takes broad and difficult topics and tries to make them accessible with a distinctive sound and style. Radiolab describes itself as “a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centred around one big idea.”  

5. The Daily 

The Daily the New York Times in podcast form. Hosted by American journalist Michael Barbaro, The Daily discusses politics and the 24-hour news cycle in a quick 20-30 minute bite. The Daily uploads episodes every day and tackles news in an informed and captivating way. 

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to learn a new language, consume some of BBC’s best content, do a bit of self-improvement or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these podcasts out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

What It’s Really Like To Move Back Home When You’re Ben And Liam

“I feel like we haven’t made a wrong move yet.”

A lot of people are moving back home at the moment. From those who were temporarily living abroad to those who used to travel interstate for work, a large portion of Australia is adjusting to new schedules which are somewhat related to the past. 

One duo who has absolutely mastered the art of returning home is Ben and Liam. After a lengthy stint at Triple J, Ben and Liam have hopped across radio ponds to host Nova 919’s breakfast show in Adelaide. The boys spoke to us about how to make the most of wherever you land, if you just give it a shot.

To hear the full chat, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Interestingly, radio wasn’t always the be-all and end-all for Ben or Liam. Ben opened up to us about the start of his career saying, “I never grew up wanting to be a radio host, I didn’t really have any aspirations. But, I worked on a dairy farm for like five years and I didn’t like that…” Meanwhile, Liam added “ “For me… I wanted to play for Liverpool until I was about 16 / 17, realise that wasn’t going to happen…” But, the way the cards fell, the two of them found each other through the stand-up and community radio scene and their bond grew from there. 

After about 7 years of working together, both on Fresh 92.7 (a community station in Adelaide) and on Triple J, the boys have entered the big leagues of radio, presenting on the most coveted time-slot known to man. But, to them, it doesn’t feel that different.

Although they’ve changed radio avenues, Ben and Liam are determined to keep the content they produce consistent to what their audiences know them by. When talking about moving between community radio, Triple J and Nova, Ben said  “It’s funny how every decision… always feels like it’s the big one. There’s that one which Liam was talking about (referring to a getting a paid gig in community radio), then there’s the other one which was like ‘Do we go to Triple J?’ and there was the other one which was like ‘Do we go back to Adelaide and do Nova?… They’re always going to be happening, those conversations… ” Then Liam added in, “That’s it… I feel like we haven’t made a wrong move yet.”

And even though they’re doing breakfast, they hold community radio close to their heart. When giving advice on how to crack the radio industry, the boys paid respect to their roots saying, “Pretty much wherever you are, even if you’re out regional, there are community radio stations and they are looking for people just to rock up and start doing stuff.”

Also, when talking about how they’re working during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben said, “Every show is similar but we’ve always found as a team… that sometimes you can have better ideas from being put in a box… In a weird way, it’s almost been more freeing for us because there’s no one in the building.”

There you have it. From Ben and Liam to you, embrace your home-town and embrace the things that get thrown your way because you never know where it’ll lead you.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

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