Podcasts You Should Be Listening To | International Podcast Day

Lindsey Woods
12 Minutes

International Podcast Day

Every year on September 30th, International Podcast Day is celebrated across the globe by podcasters and listeners alike. Podcasts aren't a new thing, really being invented back in 2004. With the industry rapidly growing in the early and mid 2000s, the power of podcasts was quickly realized. Since then, more than 60% of US adults between the ages of 18 and 34 listen to podcasts monthly. According to Insider Intelligence, podcast listeners will increase to 117.8 million by the end of 2021. Podcasts span across the entire world, offering an endless encyclopedia of information on any subject you can think of. In the mid 2010s, a group of podcasters and podcast enthusiasts wanted to dedicate a day to the vastly popular and innovative podcasting industry.

How did it start?

Back in 2013, California resident and podcaster, Steve Lee had the idea to celebrate nationally the power of podcasts. A team of fellow podcasters and Lee brainstormed together and came up with the idea of bringing together podcasters across the United States. In 2014, the first National Podcast Day event was held, where the team of podcasters livestreamed 6 hours allowing fellow podcasters around the country to call in and chat.

Word of the celebration grew and was shared by famous podcasters like Ray Ortega and Dave Jackson, and in 2015, the team launched a rebrand and made the holiday what it is today. Between 2015 and 2020, the International Podcast Day team has successfully hosted livestreaming each year and brought on over 350 podcasters from nearly 100 countries. After 5 years of bringing together podcasters to talk on air, the team will no longer be hosting the livestreaming event. Instead they will be joining the rest of the community and participating in local events and festivals. Today the world hosts festivals and special celebrations in honor of this International holiday.

How to Celebrate

Whether you're a podcaster yourself or just an enthusiast, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation.

  • Use the Hashtag #InternationalPodcastDay and see what people around the world are saying about your favorite show.
  • Share your favorite podcast show on social media! Show your friends and family why they should listen to it.
  • Leave ratings and reviews for your favorite show and tell them thank you.
  • Subscribe to a new podcast and talk about it.
  • Have a good idea for a show? Become a podcaster!

Here's Our List Of Top Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts for Truck Drivers

1. TalkCDL | Trucking Podcast

Get your fix of trucking topics from truckers. TalkCDL has two hosts both former truck drivers, discussing and answering questions on the trucking industry. Anything from current legislation to urban myths in the trucking community, these two tell it all. Every Friday new episodes are uploaded to their website and any podcast app you can think of.

2. The Lead Pedal Podcast

This podcast is a go-to when looking for answers on your driving career. Learn how to go into interviews, general trucking information, and much more. New episodes are posted daily, each being around 15 minutes long. Take a listen on their website or any podcast app.

3. Driver Stories

Not a radio show, not a talk show, but something completely on its own. Driver Stories brings in current and former truck drivers and asks them about their experiences and what advice they have for other drivers. Each episode has a new topic to touch on, so make sure to subscribe to not miss out. Driver Stories is available on any podcast app.

4. Trucker Dump

This podcast is for all drivers and non-drivers alike. With each episode ranging from different topics to trucking industry news, this show makes you think twice about America's transportation workers. Trucker Dump can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, or take a listen on their website.

News Podcasts

1. BBC Global News Podcast

This podcast is the unbiased and world leader in news. Get information on what's happening today in the world. Each 30 minute episode is released twice a day on week days, and daily on weekends. Staying up-to-date with this podcast will leave you with a greater understanding of what's happening around the world. Find this podcast on their website or anywhere you get your podcasts.

2. The Daily Podcast

This podcast is told from the world's top journalists, every week day and ready by 6 a.m. Host Michael Barbaro gives you the rundown on the current events happening around the United States and the world. Each episode is approximately 20 minutes long, so it's the perfect podcast for a quick news update. Available anywhere you get podcasts.

3. NPR Up First

In just 10 minutes, hear the biggest stories and current events happening around you. From politics to pop culture, NPR covers it all. New episodes are uploaded Monday through Saturday, and ready for listening by 6 a.m. Available on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music.

4. PBS News Hour

New episodes are published every night by 9 p.m. This podcast takes the television broadcast and fits it into shorter, concise episodes. Explore in-depth news analysis, arts, music and more with this podcast. While available online and on radio, it also can be found on any podcast app.

Comedy Podcasts

1. SmartLess

Love Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes or Will Arnett? Each episode these three actors bring on special guests and connect over shared experiences and completely improvised conversation. New episodes are uploaded every Monday. Found on all your favorite podcast apps.

2. Distractible

Truly hysterical, this podcast will have you laughing till your gut hurts. Every episode, three hosts bring up a surprise topic and no subject is off limits. Listen to three guys' embarrassing, funny or completely out-there life experiences in a 100% honest dialogue. New episodes of Distractible are posted every Monday. Listen to Distractible on all podcast apps.

3. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Actor and TV personality, Dax Shepard invites new guests every week to dive into other people's stories. This show is all about hearing others' hardships and short comings sprinkled with just the right amount of humor. Episodes are uploaded sporadically, so be sure to follow along because you don't want to miss these. Armchair expert has several spin offs, each focusing on a different area. Armchair Expert can be found exclusively on Spotify.

4. The Last Podcast on the Left

Want something a little darker? This is the podcast for you. Each episode, three hosts cover all the horrors the world has to offer. This show covers subjects like serial killers to demons and everything you can think of, all while being explained by three comedians. This show will leave you wanting more. The last podcast on the left is a Spotify exclusive, or listen on their website.

True Crime Podcasts

1. Crime Junkie

If you like true crime, get ready to binge every episode. Host Ashley Flowers dives deep into the most notorious crime cases across the United States. Anything from crazy serial killers to mysterious conspiracy theories, Crime Junkie covers it all. New episodes of Crime Junkie are uploaded every week anywhere you find your podcasts.

2. Serial

Serial is an oldie, but a goodie. Each season of Serial, host Sarah Koenig dives deep into one true story, guiding us through every twist and turn. New episodes of this investigative journalism podcast are uploaded every week, adding the latest chapter to the story. Find Serial on all podcast apps.

3. My Favorite Murder

Two comedians talking about the murders and crimes that have sparked their interests that week. Fans and friends send in their true crime stories from their hometowns, letting this podcast satisfy your true crime fix every week. My Favorite Murder is on all podcast apps.

4. Someone Knows Something

This podcast is experimental and completely compelling. Award-winning filmmaker and podcast host, David Ridgen travels across the country to talk with the families of victims in this true crime podcast. Hear the stories straight from the people involved, and don't miss a single detail on these hometown murders. Listen now on any podcast app.

Sports Podcasts

1. Pardon My Take

The #1 sports podcast on every platform, Pardon My Take is a comedic sports commentating podcast where every episode the two hosts offer their insights on the latest sports news. When this podcast debuted back in 2016, it grabbed hold of the #1 spot and never let it go. You can listen to this podcast anywhere.

2. The Bill Simmons Podcast

This show has a rotating group of celebs, athletes and media personalities that offer interviews, updates, and any other subject imaginable about the sports industry. Join the millions of listeners who get their sports updates from this podcast. This podcast is available anywhere.

3. Fantasy Footballers

If you want to learn the ins and outs of the world of fantasy football, start listening to this podcast. Get match-up advice, expert analysis and hear the opinions of three leading figures in the fantasy football world. Find this podcast anywhere or on their website.

4. MeatEater Podcast

Maybe football and baseball aren't your thing, so give this podcast a look. MeatEater Podcast offers an in-depth look at any range of outdoor topics like hunting, fishing, conservation and more. New guests offer a different look at how to grow closer and immerse yourself in everything outdoorsy. Find this podcast on most podcast apps.

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