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The Best New Podcasts of 2020 (So Far)

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Oh, podcasts! They can turn any dull moment into an enjoyable one, whether you're commuting first thing in the morning, road tripping across the country, or dabbling in some spring cleaning. We've put together for you a list of the best new podcasts of 2020, whether you're looking for a show that'll allow you, the listener, to solve a murder; listen in on teenagers to feel 17 again; or feel existential with the podcast equivalent of a Black Mirror episode. For this list, as with our 2019 list, we picked either brand-new podcasts or existing podcasts with a fantastic new 2020 episode (or episodes!). So grab a speaker or AirPods, and start listening.

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'Office Ladies'

If you're a die-hard The Office fan, you've probably seen every episode of the comedy series (hell, you probably know every one by heart). Take your fan experience even further with this podcast hosted by its stars, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey. They'll break down every episode of The Office and give exclusive behind-the-scenes info on everyone's favorite show to binge-watch.

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'Keep It'

Hosts Ira Madison III, Aida Osman, and Louis Virtel discuss how our favorite pop culture topics intersect with politics and society. Episodes include topics like Hallmark pulling a same-sex marriage advertisement and feature guests such as Randall Park from Netflix's Always Be My Maybe.

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'You're Wrong About'

In this buzzy podcast, writers Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall revisit the '90s media frenzies that everybody got completely wrong, from Yoko Ono (who didn't break up the Beatles) to the Challenger disaster (which was no accident) and Tonya Harding (who deserved sympathy, not judgment). Come for the game-changing new info, stay for the thoughtful, expansive conversations between Sarah and Michael.

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'The Alarmist'

Ah, the blame game. There's something so satisfying about putting the blame on someone that isn't you, and The Alarmist does just that. Each week, writer and performer Rebecca Delgado-Smith will sit down with a couple of guests to figure out who's to blame for some of history's biggest mishaps, like the sinking of the Titanic or the Alcatraz prison break.

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'Foxy Browns'

In this dynamic podcast, writers Priyanka Mattoo and Camilla Blackett talk beauty and wellness in the world of women of color. In each episode, they'll be deconstructing Western beauty standards from a different angle, while also ranking the efficiency of products like eye creams.

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'Darknet Diaries'

As we progress as a society, so does our technology. We've become more aware that Siri is always listening; we put tape over our webcams and question how Instagram can find the perfect ads for us. The Darknet Diaries is a podcast about all things cybercrime and the deep, dark side of the web. Host Jack Rhysider will have you taking a second look at all your favorite gadgets.

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'Off My Shelf'

Every week, host Tracey James takes one of the many DVDs off her shelf and sits down to talk with a guest about the movie or TV show she picked. It's a reminder of how the movies and shows we love can stand the test of time, and continue to be part of our vernacular long after its release date.

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'2 Black Girls, 1 Rose'

You can't be a fan of reality TV without loving the hot mess that is The Bachelor. This podcast recaps everyone's favorite dating show from the perspective of two people not often represented on the hit ABC show: black women. In a sea of The Bachelor podcasts hosted by members of the show, 2 Black Girls, 1 Rose is a reminder that the best part of watching the show is the commentary from the fans.

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'Motherhood Sessions'

Nothing about being a mother is easy. We've all heard about the toll of being up all night dealing with the baby, but what about the mental blow? Dr. Alexandra Sacks hosts conversation with moms each week, answering questions ranging from how to deal with toxic grandparents to how to survive co-parenting with your ex.

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'Solve'

In what could possibly be the coolest true crime podcast ever, listeners are given a case and have the opportunity to solve it. The interactive podcast is one of a kind, and finally gives us loyal listeners of true crime a chance to finally put our knowledge to the test. Mysteries include a story of a famous Miami hairstylist winding up dead, and a woman who is behind bars for murder but claims the real killer is still out there.

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'Teenager Therapy'

It might have been some time since you attended high school, but you'll never forget the trials and tribulations that came with it. Five teenagers host this PSA-style podcast to let listeners into the high schooler experience today. There may be an age gap between you and the hosts, but you'll find out you have more in common with them than you'd think.

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'The Margaret Cho'

Comedian and actress Margaret Cho has been in the biz for more than 20 years, so obviously she has some pretty famous friends. The first part of each episode features an interview with a celeb you already love and adore—like her old hairstylist, Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness—and the second half is a conversation with someone you may not know but should. It's funny and honest, and that's just Margaret Cho.

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'Villains'

Oh, how we love hearing stories about the bad guys. If you're into crime, look no further than Villains, which dissects everyone's favorite fictional and nonfictional villains of our time. From Jeffrey Dahmer to Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men, there's an episode for everyone.

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'Decoder Ring'

In a stream of countless scrolls, likes, re-shares, and more, there's a lot of pop culture moments. Decoder Ring, hosted by Willa Paskin, takes a deeper dive into some of our greatest cultural mysteries, like how gender reveal parties became popular to why we care so much about Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie 16 years after the scandal.

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'This Podcast Will Kill You'

Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann host this podcast about the mysterious world of medicine...that will definitely leave you wanting to wash your hands. From the history of a disease to how scared you should be of it, the hosts make learning about health fun (and terrifying) in more ways than you could imagine.

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'Food 4 Thot'

A group of multiracial, queer writers sit down to chat about topics from working that good ol' 9-to-5 job to your safe word when it comes to sex. In a sea of culture-based podcasts, Food 4 Thot shines for its authenticity and extremely likable hosts.

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