I’m an avid Podcast listener. I listen to them while exercising, doing household chores, or driving. These are the ones I check out most often.

Daily news podcast:

The Daily by The New York Times on Apple Podcasts

The Daily by the New York Times is a short (about 20 minutes) in-depth look at a specific issue in the current news. It covers the history of the subject in an entertaining way. It’s my go-to daily podcast. I miss it on the weekends.

(Note: Since publishing this post, I’ve also started daily listening to The Rachel Maddow Show podcast.)

Whenever there is a new episode:

These are the ones I think, “Oh great! A new episode.”

MSNBC And Rachel Maddow Launching New Podcast 'Bag Man ...

Bag Man, by Rachel Maddow. This is a special series on the blatant and shocking criminality of the Nixon-Agnew White House and how it was brought down. Fascinating. And perhaps all-too relevant.

Serial | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand

I love Serial because I love Sarah Koenig’s journalism. The current series explores the justice system in various cities. Always enlightening.

Every now and then, depending on the subject:

The Axe Files with David Axelrod by CNN on Apple Podcasts

David Axelrod has been in the thick of the political world for ages. On The Axe Files, his interviews with politicians from across the spectrum are in-depth.

Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher by Recode on Apple ...

Kara Swisher is sharp as a tack and tackles interesting techie subjects on Recode Decode. Most recently, her guest was Elon Musk. For example.

Great literary podcasts (when I need a break from the news):

All About Podcasts | Perfect Nostalgia

I love the gossipy banter about books, authors and publishing on the Book Riot podcast.

List-ish: Five writer’s tools to get you motivated this ...

The Story Grid is a wonderful podcast with Shawn Coyne, a top editor for 25+ years, coaching Tim Grahl, who week-by-week is going through the process of writing his first novel. Start at the beginning.

Writers and Company from CBC Radio by CBC on Apple Podcasts

We all love Eleanor Wachtel. She’s smart, humane, incredibly well-read, and has a delightful sense of humour as well. Her interviews on Writers & Company with top authors from around the world are amazing.

Ann Y. K. Choi, Murray Sinclair – The Next Chapter from ...

Shelagh Rogers is another Canadian institution. On The Next Chapter, she interviews Canadian authors, her style cosy and warm.

Just for fun:

WTF Podcast with Marc Maron

WTF! Comedian Marc Maron is a wonderful interviewer — funny (but of course), irreverent and candid. He most often gets fellow comedians on his show, but also big-name musicians and (gasp) even politicians. Don’t miss the interview with then-President Obama, for example.

Dear Sugars - Podcasts - The New York Times

Hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond tackle letters from troubled fans in a sensitive and enlightening way. Dear Sugars is a “Dear Abby” live for our times.

What are your favourite podcasts? I’d love to know.