The 10 Best Podcasts for Men in 2022
Are you tired of listening to the same album over and over again? You’re probably thinking; “I wonder if there’s something informational that I can listen to?” Well, there is. Podcasts are online audio or radio platforms that usually focus on a central idea. It could be sports, business, self-development, or food, to name a few.
Basically, you can find almost any podcast for a specific genre or an episode for a particular topic. You don’t need to do anything but listen and be entertained while learning about a new topic. How neat is that?
You can also tune in to podcasts for tips, advice, life hacks, and other stuff you’re curious about. As we said, there’s a podcast genre and episode tailored for you. You just don’t know about it yet.
To help you narrow down your choices and pick the perfect alternative to Taylor Swift’s new album, here are the 10 best podcasts for men in 2021.
1. WTF with Marc Maron
Marc Maron, a genius in combining wit and comedy, moved into the podcast realm in 2009 to interview people from all walks of life. As a talented stand-up comedian and actor, he became a regular guest on the Late Show with Conan O’Brien. He’s also known for his off-Broadway The Jerusalem Syndrome, whose extended version was published as a book.
Honest and thought-provoking questions are thrown to the podcast’s guests while Maron livens up the atmosphere with comedy and his surly attitude. Who said stand-up comedy could only be appreciated by a live audience?
This podcast has been around for over a decade, with more than 1200 episodes to date. If you want to hear how good his emphatic interviewing skills are, on top of good-positioned jokes and humor, you’ll find it in conversations with top personalities like Barack Obama, Robbie Williams, and Anthony Bourdain.
Be warned: these in-depth dialogues about the guest’s life, career, and anecdotes are more than one-hour long. If you’re not the type who multitasks, this might be a lengthy choice for you.
Must listen to episode: Barack Obama
2. Revisionist History
If you’re experiencing a creative block or need a bit of inspiration, tune in to the Revisionist History podcast. The content is educational in the historical sense, with episodes tackling icons, images, and events throughout the ages. It can be entertaining and quite challenging to view the past from a different lens or angle, but this pod does it brilliantly.
New York Times best-seller author Malcolm Gladwell is the host of this culture, history, and documentary mix of a podcast. Gladwell has exemplified his writing prowess with his books The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath, and does an incredible job conveying his thoughts on this podcast.
For Gladwell, history should not remain a thing of the past because you can still gain something from it if given a second chance. This statement can be subjective, but the podcast hopes to convey an objective take on second chances.
If you can spare 30 minutes to one hour for this podcast, you’ll gain more experience in seeing things in a new light. Open your ears and eyes in this engaging podcast.
Must listen to episode: The Basement Tapes
3. How I Built This
The topics discussed in this online audio broadcast require a more solid foundation than nails and concrete. A podcast of tales, business, and careers, the lead storyteller in How I Built This is the award-winning journalist and NPR host Guy Raz.
Raz wanted to share his learnings from his interviews with many entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealists and decided to compile them in a book. Before he was an author, Raz was a dedicated reporter who covered historical events such as the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the Newtown School Shootings. He’s also the co-creator of the TED Radio Hour and NPR’s first podcast for kids entitled Wow in the World.
Later on, he decided to bring his work to a bigger, more expandable platform, which is how he started the How I Built This podcast. He creates a charming narration that engages both his guests and audience.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your new project, whether big or small, we recommend giving this podcast a listen. Take notes and learn from the experiences of those builders who aspired to create and keep at it. This transformative podcast requires around 30 mins to one hour of your time. Perfect for when you’re stuck in traffic.
Must listen to episode: Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales
4. The Art Of Manliness
Now, this podcast will not bruise your ego. The Art of Manliness podcast simply wants to give you actionable advice to become better
Coming from another medium, the Art of Manliness began life as an online publication. Created by Brett McKay while he was in law school way back in 2008, the popular online magazine reaches over 10 million people a month and has evolved to include this podcast.
You’ll be surprised about the collection of episodes. Some topics are as simple as life reflections before the new year. In contrast, others are as tough as the hidden tragedies of male loneliness. With this podcast, being a better man can be as easy as pressing the play button and putting your earphones on.
Must listen to episode: The Male Brain
5. Planet Money
Discussing money problems with friends is not always something many of us feel comfortable with. So the hosts of the Planet Monkey podcast made it a point to simulate a cozy chit-chat in a bar to help you loosen up.
Planet Money demonstrates collaborative journalism with several reporters and correspondents discussing topics every week. Episodes are hosted interchangeably by Mary Childs, Karen Duffin, Sarah Gonzales; and co-hosted by Amanda Aronczyk, Cardiff Garcia, Jacob Goldstein, and Stacey Vanek Smith.
Office equipment, businesses like GameStop, the social media platform TikTok, the Bitcoin bonanza, and other relevant topics are discussed in relation to the economy. This podcast educates you on the transactions you perform, whether it involves money directly or not. It runs on the idea that everything has something to do with money, hence the podcast’s title.
If you want to know more about the ordinary things that sneakily hurt your wallet and the economy, check out the Planet Money podcast. It only takes 15 to 30 minutes tops, just the right length to discuss money comfortably.
Must listen to episode: The Curse of the Black Lotus
6. Books On The Nightstand
If books interest you and you want to consume them in the least energy-consuming way, give Books on the Nightstand a whirl.
Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman introduce a conversational podcast about books; discussing content, reviews, and other related topics. Former sales representatives for Penguin Random House, the duo also co-created Booktopia, a community of independent bookstores across the United States.
The two hosts started talking about the books on their nightstand in 2008 and released their final episode in 2016. Although this podcast ended, bookworms can still access every episode on the Books on the Nightstand website. If you enjoy the content, also check the GoodReads community that they’ve created.
Must listen to episode: No Women Allowed?
7. Stuff You Should Know
No one likes a know-it-all, but it pays to know stuff others might not know. If you’re curious about what is considered common sense knowledge, check out the Stuff You Should Know podcast. This podcast also has a video series by Stuff Media.
Josh Clark and Charles W. Bryant (also known as Chuck) are both writers for How Stuff Works. The two clicked and decided to launch a podcast discussing much of the content they write about.
It’s nice to learn about how things work and why they do. So, if you have some minutes to spare, sharpen your mind with this podcast. Topics can be as vital as surviving a shark attack or as manageable as the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. Each episode airs for 20 minutes to one hour. Don’t worry. It won’t be as monotonous as your lecture class.
Must listen to episode: How Bruce Lee Worked
8. The Daily
Your father might like reading the newspaper in the mornings while drinking coffee, but with the internet age, this picture has been replaced with a few taps on his smartphone. The Daily is your go-to podcast for news updates, weather, and anything involving current events. Of course, it’s reliable – The Daily is from those who write for The New York Times.
Crisp and short news updates garnered the Peabody Award for Radio and Podcast to The Daily. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, this radio podcast runs for 20 to 25 mins. You can even squeeze in another podcast episode of a different genre after listening to The Daily. But, if you want the no-fuss, this-is-what-matters-today information, this podcast is enough.
Michael Barbaro received the most prestigious award for journalism, the DuPont-Columbia University Award. So it’s fair to say he’s got a grip on the current events The Daily talks about.
We recommend this to people who like morning or evening routines. You can easily chuck it in your schedule, say while taking a bath or having breakfast. No thinking is required, just absorb the information and let it sink.
Must listen to episode: An Impeachment Manager on Trump’s Acquittal
9. Science Vs
This one has a similar tone to Stuff You Should Know, but a bit more technical. What Science Vs does is take published information are sorts out the truths and facts from rumors and miss-infomration. You’ll be hearing from Wendy Zuckerman, an Australian-American science journalist, and podcaster in this learning platform.
Zuckerman has both a biomedical science and law degree on her achievement belt. An experienced writer, she’s also worked with the New Scientist, Cosmos, The Age, The Australian, and The Saturday Paper.
Brought to you by Gimlet Media, you can listen for five minutes to an hour, depending on the scientific controversy to be dissected.
The podcast’s writers take their time conducting research, cross-reviewing literature, and fact-checking so you won’t have to. If you’ve heard some snippets you want to research for yourself, transcripts are provided on the website to guide you. If you’re ready to nerd out, get your earphones on.
Must listen to episode: Magic Mushrooms: Trip Through Science
10. This American Life
If you are looking for an impacting podcast that runs for an hour, tune in to This American Life. This podcast was initially a documentary series on the radio until it springboarded to fame as a national TV series.
Although this also features real-life experiences like WTF with Marc Maron, This American Life focuses on the ordinary people, not stars or the celebrities, which gives it a more relatable vibe for the audience. With episodes released weekly, this podcast has shared hundreds of stories from ordinary American’s.
The irrepressible Ira Glass has hosted this radio-show-turned-television-show-turned-podcast for 25 years. He’s a veteran public radio personality, producer, and writer who juggles both the audio and video platforms to disseminate eye-opening events happening in a typical American home. The 2008 episode of This American Life about the economic collapse gave birth to Planet Money, which is another must listen to podcast on this list.
Competing with other reality shows is challenging, but This American Life proved its worth by winning three Emmy awards.
Must listen to episode: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes