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Podcasts to Get Hooked On in 2018 {A Comprehensive List}

by Jennifer Tripucka
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There are so many great podcasts out there — from cooking to news to business strategy to murder mysteries — how to choose? Lucky for you, we polled some of our readers and contributors and got the inside scoop on the best podcasts out there, straight from the source. Here are a list of tried and true podcasts from Team HG + our readers, so you can have a very happy commute on the way to work.

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One Part Plant

Jessica Murnane discusses topics that vary from health and food to fashion and design. Her guests {as well as Murnane herself} will 100% inspire you with their motivational topics and conversations.

True Crime Garage

If you’re into mysterious crime stories, this podcast is for you. Literally while sitting in a garage, hosts Nic and The Captain discuss some pretty interesting murder mystery stories while drinking beer.

The Accidental Creative

Looking for some inspiration for the new year? Host Todd Henry shares his tips on how to give your all in your day-to-day life, both at home and at work — with creativity at level 1000.

The Gary Vee Audio Experience

Hosted by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, this podcast features his speeches, interviews, his own thoughts, and other entrepreneurial topics focusing on marketing and business. Gary is known for keeping it real and serious straight talk, so he’s not for the fragile or faint of heart.

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Serial follows several investigative nonfiction stories, narrated over several episodes, that pertain to unsolved mysteries. Season One is definitely where it found its fame, but the other seasons are decent as well.


Listening to this investigative journalism podcast is basically equivalent to reading a REALLY good book, but it’s actually happening IRL – and there’s a mystery to be solved.

Zap Fitness

Bitch Sesh

If the Real Housewives franchise is one of your guilty pleasures {ummm, hi!}, this new podcast might be too. Hosts Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider break down all there is to discuss regarding the popular reality series, because they’re obsessed too. And it’s HILARIOUS.


Host and NYT best-selling author of The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin shares personal and empirically-based advice with her listeners on how to simply be happy. She and her sister chat all things happiness research, and take reader questions and suggestions on things that you can do to become a happier person overall.

My Favorite Murder

Another podcast about crime to fulfill all of your murder mystery dreams — focusing on real stories on hometown crime as told by witnesses themselves.

The Balanced Blonde

Jordan covers it all – from entrepreneurship, to health and wellness, to writing, and even love and friendships. She also interviews a ton of wellness experts in the field, so you’ll get a wide variety of topics to help you better your life, one listen at a time.

The Minimalist

This podcast was created by two men dedicated to exploring how to live a meaningful life with less. Warning: You’ll probably be inspired to throw out half your stuff afterwards.

Up and Vanished

This investigative podcast explores the 11-year-old case of the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher from Georgia.

That’s So Retrograde

Hosts Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari keep it real in their conversations regarding pop culture and wellness — it’s a fun spin on health stuff and other fun topics like crystals and meditating.

Dirty John

This podcast tells a nail-biting love story that revolves around deception, forgiveness, denial and survival.


Learn all about personal finance entrepreneurship, financial success, and money strategy with financial strategist Farnoosh Torabi.

Sword and Scale

Crime lovers rejoice: this podcast not only explores true-crime stories, but also high-profile trials, unsolved murders, and missing persons cases.

A Killing on the Cape

Dig deep into the 2002 Cape Cod crime of the murder of Christa Worthington who was found stabbed to death next to her unharmed 2-year-old daughter.

Here’s The Thing

Actor Alec Baldwin takes listeners inside the lives of popular artists and actors and gets pretty personal with his famous guests.

Pod Save America

Hosted by four former aides to President Obama, this podcast covers all you want to know when it comes to politics, the press, and the current Trump presidency.

Lovett or Leave It

Recorded in front of a live audience, former speechwriter for President Obama Jon Lovett has some exciting guests on his show varying from comedians to to journalists.

Reply All

This podcast explores the internet and how to survive modern life with the craziness of social media, apps, and the internet as a whole.

How I Built This

Learn all about the world’s most popular companies as well as the innovators and entrepreneurs who created them. A MUST for any budding entrepreneur!


If you’re into the news and current events, this podcast is perfect for you. It digs deep into popular news stories and controversial events that are currently happening.

Boss Files

In her podcast, CNN host Poppy Harlow talks with popular names in business as well as leaders of global companies about their rise to the top.


If you’re all about fitness or wanting a good start in your wellness journey, this podcast is a great fit {pun intended} as you’ll hear health advice from top doctors.

Increase Your Impact

Host Justin Su’a will give you guidance in each episode on how you need to become a leader in all aspects of your life.

Amy Porterfield

Online marketing strategist Amy Porterfield gives you the knowledge you need to start an online business and make it successful.

An Acquired Taste

Started by Z100 radio hosts, these three ladies chat all things pop culture, DIY, and more – aaand it features one of our very own Hoboken ladies, Web Girl Kathleen!

A Few Things

Hosts Claire and Erica discuss it all from how to use Snapchat, how to start a business, and even hair removal in their weekly podcast.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job

If you have dreams of making money off doing what you love, host Cathy Heller and her inspirational guests will guide you on how to do so.

It’s Been a Minute

Listen to recaps of current news as well as interviews with artists, writers, and journalists.

Lime Town

This podcast explores the mysterious disappearance of men, women, and children from Limetown, a small town in Tennessee.

Just a few to add to your repertoire — leave a comment with more of your favorites.

Oh, and one more podcast to add to your list V soon: The Hoboken Girl Podcast!


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