Now that聽Serial鈥榮 into its second season and we鈥檙e all fully hitched onto the podcast bandwagon, it鈥檚 high time to explore the whole world of podcasts out there. And what better time than the holidays? Maybe you鈥檙e taking a long plane or train ride home. Maybe you鈥檙e doing some last-minute gift shopping and want to attempt to block out the crazed crowds. Or maybe you鈥檒l have some time off and want to get into something awesome while you鈥檙e lounging around for a couple weeks.

Whatever it is, we think you鈥檒l get as hooked 鈥 if not more 鈥 on these podcasts as you鈥檝e been on Serial!


1. Criminal:聽This one鈥檚 the obvious choice if you already love Serial. It鈥檚 described as 鈥渟tories of people who鈥檝e done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in between.鈥 Plus, it鈥檚 the passion project of two full-time radio journalists, so you know the quality is going to be top notch.


2. Women of the Hour:聽If you鈥檙e not already listening to Lena Dunham talk to the coolest of cool ladies about everything from bodies to love to #girlboss life, what are you even doing with your spare time?

3. Dear Sugar Radio:聽Who doesn鈥檛 love reading advice columns? This one鈥檚 an audio version of The Rumpus鈥檚 hugely popular one from a few years ago:聽Dear Sugar. Sit back, relax and let Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond help you figure out聽life.


4. Call Your Girlfriend:聽鈥淎 podcast for long distance besties everywhere.鈥 And that鈥檚 exactly what it is: Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow call each other up once every two weeks and talk Hillary Clinton, #shinetheory聽and basically anything else that comes up in the news that you鈥檒l want to hear two besties analyze. It鈥檚 amazing.

5. Welcome to Nightvale:聽This one鈥檚 a little different: It鈥檚 a fictional 鈥渘ewscast鈥 set in a town where everything聽bad that could possibly happen happens. Conspiracy theories are true, aliens are real and people are generally scared. Okay, so it sounds terrifying, but it鈥檚 just the right amount of spooky mixed with dark humor that鈥檒l get you聽seriously hooked.


6. The Read:聽鈥淭hrowing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyonc茅. (Or Blue Ivy.)鈥 Enough said.


7. #Girlboss Radio:聽The original #girlboss herself, Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal fame hosts this interview series with other badass ladies doing cool things.聽Get ready to be seriously inspired 鈥 and addicted.

8. Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids:聽Remember (or maybe you don鈥檛 want to remember) the diary you kept when you were in middle school? Now, imagine reading pages out loud in front of a room full of people. Hilarious, endearing and nostalgic all wrapped into one super compelling podcast.

What鈥檚 your fave podcast right now? Tweet us about it @britandco!

(Photos via Criminal, Women of the Hour, Call Your Girlfriend, The Read and #Girlboss)