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Best New Podcasts in the Last Year

2021 has been a wild ride, but it's also bought us some of the best new podcasts we've ever heard. This is a rare playlist where no matter what episode you listen to, you're sure to be taken on a journey.

Featuring:
Seth Rogan, slime mold, spies, Selena, Alison Bechdel, Cathy comics revisited, reality TV breakdowns, pop culture commentary, and the world of wellness reimagined.
2021 has been a wild ride, but it's also bought us some of the best new podcasts we've ever heard. This is a rare playlist where no matter what episode you listen to, you're sure to be taken on a journey.

Featuring:
Seth Rogan, slime mold, spies, Selena, Alison Bechdel, Cathy comics revisited, reality TV breakdowns, pop culture commentary, and the world of wellness reimagined. << Show Less

Looking for more of the best podcasts ever made? Click around our 18 of the Best Podcasts Ever Made playlist to find your new favorite show.

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Glorious Basterds A chance encounter with Paul Rudd at a movie theater causes formerly devout Jehovah’s Witness, Quinta Brunson, to rethink her future and embark on a new life. Featuring Paul Rudd and Dan Wilson.
A brainless yellow goo that does math Slime molds can navigate mazes, control robots, and make complicated decisions, all without a central nervous system. If this weird gooey blob can think, does that mean scientists are thinking about intelligence all wrong?For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainableIt’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show.Also, email us! unexplainable@vox.comWe read every email.Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
I Just Met a Girl Named Maria | 1 Graduate student. Gun enthusiast. Political activist. There are several sides to this mysterious Russian woman who arrives in America. But soon, her connections with powerful politicians and wealthy businessmen will begin to raise suspicions. Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
Why Do People Get Married? Welcome to our season premiere. Seven years into a serious relationship, Jake Maynard got a text from his mother: “Gramma Gert: 3, Jake: 0.” This was her way of telling him that his grandmother, in her 80s, was getting married for the third time, while Jake remained unmarried and childless in his late 20s. His family found this strange. Stranger still, at least in Jake’s view, was his grandmother’s choice of partner. (You’ll have to listen to the episode.) Today, we explore how two generations of the same family — 50 years apart — grapple with identity, tangled kin and the loaded question of marriage.You can find more info on today's episode here.
CR026/PH12 - Loved It Away: Tammy Wynette, On Her Own Following her breakup with George Jones, many people had many questions for Tammy Wynette. Well, they had questions for George, too, but he was a little harder to get in touch with, trying to drink himself onto a separate plane of reality from his conscious mind and all. So the questions went to Tammy. And she had answers. Then more answers. And more... And more.
It's never been easy for ladies in country music. Here's how it became for The First Lady.
1. A Disneyland for Adults When Steve Banerjee, a young Indian immigrant, arrives in Los Angeles, he is determined to start a successful business just like his two idols, Hugh Hefner and Walt Disney. And by 1979, he does. With the help of a Canadian pimp Steve turns his crumbling dive bar into the hottest nightclub in L.A. Welcome to the early days of Chippendales, where women lose their inhibitions and men lose their clothes. But don't look too closely because what's hidden beneath those oiled pecs and dollar-stuffed g-strings is more twisted than you could ever imagine.Follow us on Instagram for archival footage, photos and more at @chippendalesrevealed.Recreate the club experience for yourself with our playlist on Spotify. Did you ever go to Chippendales? Got a wild story? A burning question? Leave us a short voicemail at (323) 475-9424.Cover artwork by Lindsay Mound. Banerjee Interview copyright Eric Gilbert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1 - He's Having Second Thoughts In the year 2000, actor Connor Ratliff is fired by Tom Hanks from the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers for supposedly having "dead eyes". Two decades later, Connor talks about it with his friends D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place, Barry) and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Office, Avenue 5).
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Sammy and Dino Episode 1: The Hustle Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin would become icons for how immigrants and people of color could access the American Dream in the 20th Century. Both grew up in marginalized communities where they learned an ethos of success based on hustle. Today we’ll track both Dean and Sammy to major coming-of-age moments in the middle of World War II. Coming up in industrial Ohio as both a card dealer and a nightclub singer, Dean learns how and why the house always wins. As a child, Sammy joins his father’s touring dance act, and eventually becomes the main attraction, before the war forces him to encounter racism at a level he’d never experienced before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. Myth-Making On the premiere episode of The Dropout, you'll meet a young Elizabeth Holmes. Convinced of her own destiny even as a young child, she would come to drop out of Stanford in her late teens, intending to mold herself after the great tech icons of our time. Her obsession with Steve Jobs -- down to his signature black turtlenecks -- would become particularly pronounced as she launched her company Theranos.
Alison Bechdel On Menopause, Mortality and Punching Pennies The graphic novelist on hot flashes and self-loathing, loss and grief, and one painful punching bag. 
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