The Most Popular Podcasts of 2017

The Most Popular Podcasts of 2017

Star Talk

The first show on our list is “Star Talk, hosted by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now Tyson definitely has the chops to carry his podcast program into television. He was nominated twice for the 2015 and 2016 Emmy Awards for the Outstanding Informational Series or Special and is also part of the Best 2015 iTunes Best Podcasts. He has authored several books like “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” and “Death by Black Hole.” Neil was able to connect with his audience and draw more subscribers as years went by.

The Daily

The equally popular podcast in the list is “The Daily”, with a tagline “This is how the news should sound 25 minutes per day, five days per week”. Operated by The New York Times Daily, The Daily Podcast just about focuses on anything and everything that could be discussed on a podcast.

The show’s host, Michael Barbaro,, says The Daily podcasts were supposed to be “conversational, probing and informal”. He further said that when the staff got together, they realized they wanted more intimacy in their news reporting.

This was further exemplified in the program’s first podcast – an intimate interview with Al Qaeda and ISIS correspondent Rukmini Callimachi about how she eavesdrops into social media chat rooms used by the Islamic militants.

Tim Ferriss Show

Another great podcast program people in business have been listening to is the "Tim Ferriss Show." Tim Ferriss, a serial entrepreneur, manages to run a series of podcasts focusing on not just start-up or business topics.

The podcast show’s topics are so wide-ranging. Topic includes how to get started on an online business and many more interesting topics to help newbies or even seasoned entrepreneurs have a better brand and stronger business.

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WTF by Mark Marcon

“WTF by Mark Marcon” really deserves to be in this list of the most popular podcasts. As a reviewer, Mark’s topics are also quite fun and exciting. He features celebrity interviews with celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Jeff Ross and Dana Carvey. His conversations with his guests are very engaging, keeping the audience wanting to watch more of his episodes. He is very keen on what his listeners want to hear and what will keep them interested to tuning in. Overall, it is a very interesting channel that shouldn’t be missed.

FiveThirtyEight

“FiveThirtyEight” is a very informative podcast program focusing on opinion polls, sports analyses (they were bought by ESPN), politics and economic news. During the US elections, the blog was able to secure important news and coverage.

If one is looking for straight news reporting, FiveThirtyEight is the go-to podcast for that! To add to its credibility, in 2010, FiveThirtyEight partnered up with The New York Times to provide the not just the latest news on politics but also hired the best journalists and columnists to provide their opinions on late-breaking, politically-oriented news.

Invinsibilia

Last but certainly not the least in our most popular list isInvinsibilia.” Its show concept was based on putting up a number of podcasts explaining the “invisible things” in our life that somehow gives substance to our lives. It was listed as one of the Best Podcasts of 2015.

Hosted by Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller, and Hannah Rosin, Invisibilia certainly had the viewers on the edge, wondering if there was certainly something interesting in this show. So a few of the interesting segments that were aired included “The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes”, “How to Become a Batman” - a blind kid’s bid to “see” by making a clicking sound with his tongue to be able to calculate distance, and “Fearless” – a story investigating the ramifications of people’s fears.

All these show truly deserves to be part of the most popular podcast because of the shows’ consistency, popularity and quality. They offer a wide variety of topics that keep their listeners tuned in and of course, they also provide them with something unexpected from time to time for them to keep them excited. Get to know more about these podcasts by tuning in to their channels.

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