Give Netflix a rest for the night.
Social isolation and the expansion of the work from home culture have lead to a reconsideration of podcasts. Frequently relegated to the morning commute, they once felt like a time-effective way to cram in information and news during the short moments your mind was free. Some have predicted that stay-at-home orders would make them feel obsolete—easy to pass over in favor of eight-hour Netflix binges. But that hasn't been the case.
With our standard schedules now blasted to smithereens, any time can be podcast time. And what counts as a valuable listen is totally up to you. News and politics feel like too much? Give your old go-tos a rest. What feels right, right now? A fantastically funny cultural survey that maintains its footing years in. A winding look into an obscure musical mystery from a top-level journalist. An extraordinary exploration of an American tragedy that gives us a clearer perspective on both what happened then and what's happening right now. Continue on for our picks of the best of what's out there.