most popular podcasts

Most Popular Podcasts of 2020

Which new podcasts are audiences listening to most on Castbox last week? Browse top podcasts from this blog, updated weekly.

#1 Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Unlocking Us with Brené BrownI’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there …

I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I’ll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we’ll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.

#2 Chasing Cosby

Chasing CosbyFor nearly half a century, Bill Cosby brought warmth and laughter into hearts across the country, cementing his image as …

For nearly half a century, Bill Cosby brought warmth and laughter into hearts across the country, cementing his image as “America’s Dad.” But he also led a dark, secret life preying on women. The comedian carefully coaxed them into feeling safe and cared for, then left them to pick up the pieces of their lives. It all started with Andrea Constand. She carried the burden of being the only one of the 60 plus accusers whose case could be tried in a court of law. Now, she’s telling her side of the story along with first-hand accounts of more than a dozen survivors, jurors and prosecutors. From the Los Angeles Times, and hosted by investigative reporter Nicki Weisensee Egan, “Chasing Cosby” is the definitive take of the rise and fall of Bill Cosby. New episodes released every Tuesday.

#3 The Officer’s Wife

The Officer’s WifeIn April 2016, hours after an argument with his wife Jessica, Griffin, Georgia police officer Matthew Boynton radios for …

In April 2016, hours after an argument with his wife Jessica, Griffin, Georgia police officer Matthew Boynton radios for assistance and reports hearing two gunshots coming from inside his home. Officers rush to the scene to find Jessica Boynton inside a locked closet, with an apparent gunshot wound to her head. Underneath her body, officers find her husband’s service weapon. But this story of small-town romance gone wrong was far from over. The investigation into what really happened inside that closet and what happened next would captivate a small town and change the lives of one family forever. The Officer’s Wife is a VAULT Studios production in collaboration with 11Alive in Atlanta.

#4 The Daily Show Podcast Universe

The Daily Show Podcast UniverseIf there’s one thing the media landscape needs right now, it’s more podcasts. That’s why The Daily Show with Trevor Noah …

If there’s one thing the media landscape needs right now, it’s more podcasts. That’s why The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is rolling out The Daily Show Podcast Universe, a five-episode miniseries — each episode a parody of a popular podcast or podcast genre.

#5 CounterClock

CounterClockAfter more than two decades of rumors and secrets, the question still remains, who killed Denise Johnson?

After more than two decades of rumors and secrets, the question still remains, who killed Denise Johnson?

#6 Matt Morgan’s Funny How?

Matt Morgan’s Funny How?Matt is obsessed with what people find funny and why. In each episode he’ll be joined by a special guest to explore what …

Matt is obsessed with what people find funny and why. In each episode he’ll be joined by a special guest to explore what tickles their pickle answering those all important questions such as ‘Which parent does Noel Gallagher get his funny bones from?’ or ‘Does Jimmy Carr find his own laugh as disturbing as the rest of the world?’ It’s going to get a bit dark, more than a bit weird and sometimes you might even learn something useful as he enlists the help of celebrities and experts in a futile attempt to make sense of what makes us laugh.

#7 American Glutton

American GluttonActor Ethan Suplee was an aspiring plus size model long before it became trendy and now sets out to examine our current …

Actor Ethan Suplee was an aspiring plus size model long before it became trendy and now sets out to examine our current obesity crisis. On American Glutton, he’ll talk to everyone from experts to the average Joe, exploring all the diets he has been on over the last two decades, taking us on his journey from obese to svelte and back again, examining what worked and what made him gain everything back plus 50 pounds. Sharing his ever-lasting search for the next quick fix, we’ll delve into the joys of suffering, relativism, dogged determination, and the proper way to braise a pork belly.

#8 Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein

Truth and Lies: Jeffrey EpsteinMore than a decade ago, mysterious financier Jeffrey Epstein was investigated by local and federal authorities in Florid …

More than a decade ago, mysterious financier Jeffrey Epstein was investigated by local and federal authorities in Florida for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. But despite what appeared to be overwhelming evidence of a horrifying pattern of abuse, Epstein managed to escape all but minor charges, striking a sweetheart deal with the government that required him to spend just 13 months in jail while granting him and his alleged co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Years later, in the wake of Epstein’s sudden arrest and shocking demise, those teenage girls — now women — are still seeking answers to their fundamental questions about their abuser and his allies. In dozens of interviews, ABC News’ Mark Remillard, reporting with the ABC News Investigative Unit, shares the stories of those women, who have fought to have their voices heard, as well as the lawyers and investigators who tried to bring Epstein to justice. And we retrace Epstein’s rise from modest roots to the very intersection of wealth and power, seeking to uncover the forces that shielded Epstein from justice.

#9 Secret Societies

Secret SocietiesThey’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for the …

They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs.

#10 Your Broccoli Weekly

Your Broccoli WeeklyNews moves at a breakneck speed that it’s almost impossible to keep up while also managing your own daily commitments. S …

News moves at a breakneck speed that it’s almost impossible to keep up while also managing your own daily commitments. So what if you could hear a summary of 3 of the stories on everyone’s lips from this week? Journalist Diyora Shadijanova (@TheDiyora on Twitter), will bring the stories to life, joined by 2 guests every week, to discuss and dissect the topics at hand. #YourBroccoliWeekly

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