Gimlet Radio produces a host of podcasts that are absolute fan favorites in the podcasting industry. Beginning with StartUp in 2014, a podcast following Alex Blumberg as he begin his podcasting company, Gimlet Radio has expanded to include an assortment of titles for nearly all types of podcasting genres, everything from documentaries to stories for children.
With so many podcasts in production, we want to make sure you’re finding the best and brightest for your playlist. We’ve put together eight of Gimlet Radio’s best podcasts for 2020.
1. Reply All
Hosts: PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman
What is Reply All about?
The internet is a vast place where you can find almost anything, from community chatrooms to online products. Since the invention of the internet, there have been stories emerging that would never have taken place without it.
Reply All is a podcast that covers amazing stories from the internet, everything from hacking surveillance technology to emerging apocalypse theories. Hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman conduct intense research on topics that would never have existed just a few decades ago, making for one interesting story after another.
Why subscribe to the Reply All podcast?
Reply All is an audience favorite, offering stories about the internet that you probably would never have thought existed. If you’re looking for an investigative podcast unraveling the mysteries of the world wide web, Reply All should definitely be on your playlist.
Check out popular episodes of Reply All on Bullhorn:
Hosts: Jonathan Goldstein
What is Heavyweight about?
Every day, people all over the world experience traumatic events that affect them for the rest of their lives. Many deal with their trauma in different ways, either by engaging in activities like self-destructive habit to joining community groups.
Heavyweight is a podcast that reveals real-life stories about real people opening up about their traumas and learning to deal with their issues. Jonathan Goldstein helps people address the defining moments of a person’s past and relieving them of their emotional burdens.
Why subscribe to the Heavyweight podcast?
Everyone will experience a traumatic event at some point in their life, whether that’s being bullied as a child or experiencing the loss of a loved one. Heavyweight is an intelligent narrative podcast that walks listeners through stories of hardship and how guests have been able to get through their traumas.
Check out popular episodes of Heavyweight on Bullhorn:
3. Science VS
Hosts: Wendy Zukerman
What is Science VS about?
News publications often use fear as a tactic to earn ratings. Especially with the advent of the internet and social media, news can spread like wildfire, leading many to think irrationally about what the news could mean for their community.
Science Vs is a podcast that aims to combat the news that causes fear in people by using science as a basis for proving whether the public has a right to panic or not. Wendy Zukerman, host of Science Vs discusses everything from how to stop a killer asteroid to breaking down the coronavirus outbreak.
Why subscribe to the Science VS podcast?
The information age has led to issues regarding fake news and mass misinformation. Science Vs is a podcast looking to debunk the common myths of the 21st century and use proven data to explain emerging concepts.
Check out popular episodes of Science VS on Bullhorn:
- 5G: Welcome to the Revolution
- Vaping: What the Hell is Going On?!
- Sleep: All Aboard the Snooze Cruise!
- Ketogenic Diet… Is Fat Good For You?
4. The Nod
Hosts: Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings
What is The Nod about?
Because of the efforts of men and women like Martin Luthar King Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, African Americans have garnered more opportunity in America than ever before. And with the rise of black culture comes an influx of iconic cultural characteristics synonymously associated with being an African American in the United States.
The Nod is a podcast unraveling the history of modern black culture in America and revealing the characteristics that define African Americans. Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings discuss everything from the influence Toni Morrison had on young African Americans to how T-Pain influenced music forever.
Why subscribe to The Nod podcast?
Cultural differences are a beautiful thing. No matter the color of a person’s skin or where a person comes from, anyone can appreciate the defining characteristics that make their culture so prominent on Earth. Whether you’re black, brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian, The Nod is a podcast you’ll absolutely enjoy.
Check out popular episodes of The Nod on Bullhorn:
- Why We’re Watching Watchmen
- The Hairstones Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin
- You Ain’t Got No Job, You Ain’t Got Shit to Do
- An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck
Hosts: Originally narrated byReggie Ossé, now hosted by Brandon Jenkins
What is Mogul about?
Hip hop is American-born music. It defines modern culture in the United States and continues to influence people all around the world.
Mogul is a podcast exploring one of hip-hops most groundbreaking moments starting with the 2 Live Crew in Miami, discussing everything from Warren G’s influence on west-cost music to Chris Lightly’s death.
Why subscribe to the Mogul podcast?
Reginald Joseph “Reggie” Ossé, also known as Combat Jack, was a hip-hop lawyer and journalist born in Brooklyn, NY. He died in 2017 from cancer, leaving an imprint that continues to resonate all across the hip-hop community. One of his final gifts to the hip-hop world was a podcasting gem in Mogul where he unraveled the narrative behind Chris Lightly’s suicide.
Named one of the best podcasts of 2017, Mogul is a must listen to podcast by Gimlet Radio.
Check out popular episodes of Mogul on Bullhorn:
Hosts: Flora Lichtman, Annette Heist and Phoebe Flanigan
What is Every Little Thing about?
Is tasting an inherent gift or a learned skill? Can twins speak telepathically? These are the type of questions that plague the hosts of Every Little Thing.
Flora Lichtman, Annette Heists and Phoebe Flanigan, hosts of Every Little Thing, explore questions we’re all curious about but don’t quite have the time to find out, exploring everything from where fruit flies come from to whether you should sit or hover when using public toilets.
Why subscribe to the Every Little Thing podcast?
Every Little Thing is surprisingly very educational as it is entertaining. While we may not imagine ourselves thinking about these questions, the answers found on the podcasts are something listeners probably never know they wanted to know.
Check out popular episodes of Every Little Thing on Bullhorn:
- The Hide Rug of the Plant World
- Twinspiracies: The Truth About Twinspeak and More
- Ants: Tiny Brains, Full Hearts
- Sinkholes: How Scared Should I Be? Plus, Amy Sedaris
Cast: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Bobby Cannavale, Abigail Spencer, David Zayas, John Douglas Thompson, Kita Updike, Gizel Jimenez, Richard Kind, Margaret Cho, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Noah Robbins, Vanessa Williams, and Lillias White.
What is The Horror of Dolores Roach about?
Fiction podcasts has taken the space by storm. It’s easy to see why—with the rise of audio books, podcasts about fictional stories have been an easy adaptation from series television.
The Horror of Dolores Roach is Gimlet Radio’s horror-fiction podcast exploring a universe where cannibalism and Planet Fitness become the norm. In the podcast series, you follow Dolores, a woman returning home from a 16-year imprisonment jailed originally for possession of marijuana. But when she comes home, nothing is how she remembers it.
As the story progresses, the protagonist, Dolores, falls victim to her frustrations and commits unspeakable crimes one after another.
Why subscribe to The Horror of Dolores Roach podcast?
The original authors of the podcast garnered inspiration from stories like Sweeney Todd where the protagonist, rather than being a character considered “good,” is actually a criminal psychopath. Each episode leaves listeners on the edge of their seat, waiting to hear what Dolores is going to do next.
Check out popular episodes of The Horror of Dolores Roach on Bullhorn:
- Ep. 1 All The Gory Details
- Ep. 2 You Know He Lives Underground, Right?
- Ep. 3 Cheap and Dirty and Dangerous
- Ep. 4 I Literally Have Nothing to Say
8. Without Fail
Hosts: Alex Blumberg
What is Without Fail about?
Some people overcome challenges that are nearly unfathomable to most. These same people overcoming challenges face a host of obstacles that could have stifled their success but didn’t.
Without Fail is a podcast inviting listeners on a narrative journey with some of the world’s most beautiful success stories. Each episode follows a different person conquering life’s most difficult challenges, going face to face with failure and triumphantly reaching their goals.
Why subscribe to the Without Fail podcast?
This podcast is one of Bullhorn’s favorites and a gem from Gimlet Radio, discussing real-life challenges in an eloquent, graceful manner. While each podcast episode has varying subjects, the inspiration and motivation from listening to these stories resembles a similar sentiment.
Listening to Without Fail will leave listeners wanting to face their fears and overcome the challenges in their life to reach fulfillment and success in their goals.
Check out popular episodes of Without Fail on Bullhorn:
- Ira Glass: The Man Who Launched a Thousand Podcasts
- How Anna Chlumsky Got a Second Act
- How to Fire People
- The Man Behind the Iconic Apple Stores: Ron Johnson