LISTEN: iHeartRadio's 'Podcast of the Year' Nominees

To celebrate all of the amazing podcasts that are listened to every day, iHeartRadio is holding the first-ever iHeartRadio Podcast Awards on January 18, 2019 in Los Angeles at the iHeartRadio Theatre. 

If you're looking for a new podcast to binge, then look no further than the brilliant nominees for Best Podcast of the Year. 

atlanta monster

Hosted by director, documentary filmmaker and podcast creator Payne Lindsey, "Atlanta Monster" takes an in-depth look at the Atlanta Child Murders that took place between 1979 and 1981, which claimed the lives of 25 victims.

the daily

The Daily is a daily news podcast and radio show by the American newspaper The New York Times. Hosted by Times political journalist Michael Barbaro, its 20-minute episodes are based on the Times' reporting of the day.

dirty john

Hosted by journalist Christopher Goffard, and created by Wondery and Los Angeles Times, "Dirty John" investigates the life of con man John Meehan and his relationship with business woman Debra Newell, as well as her family. The two met via a dating website, and the podcast explores themes of manipulation, abuse, and more. In the first six weeks of the podcast's launch (October 2017), it was downloaded over 10 million times, and recently inspired Bravo to create a show starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

The Habitat

Could there be a day when we can survive on Mars? Maybe. Hosted by Lynn Levy, "The Habitat" chronicles an experiment from a remote Hawaiian mountain that is meant to simulate the red planet, and what life would be like if we were ever to set foot there. The crew living in the habitat communicates via audio diaries that touch on a number of things including what they've discovered, their frustrations, relationships with each other, and more. They call it, "the true story of a fake planet." So, if you're wondering what life is like on Mars, this podcast is for you.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Political commentator and podcast host Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" podcast is what you wish history class was like. Since 2006, Carlin has explored many world history topics and figures, from Alexander the Great to The Cold War and beyond. Dan's podcast has already won several awards, and has received millions of downloads per episode.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Hosted by comedian Joe Rogan, "The Joe Rogan Experience," has become one of the most popular podcasts. After gaining its official title in 2010, by October 2015, the podcast was downloaded 16 million times each month. Guests on the show have included fellow comedians, actors, musicians, MMA fighters, authors, artists, and more.


Also already an award-winning program, "Radiolab" is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, and focuses on scientific and philosophical topics. You could say this is like the science class of your dreams, as the duo has spoken about a number of different things. In a New York Times interview, Krulwich explained, "Being not afraid to attack some of these very complex subjects is the real strategy here. We do our homework in front of the audience. We don't go to a library and study up and deliver a polished, finished, all-knowing product."

Slow Burn

A politics-focused podcast, "Slow Burn" is produced by Slate Plus, which is a division of Slate and hosted by Leon Neyfakh. The show touches on major political scandals including the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and his controversy with Monica Lewinsky (season two) and the Watergate scandal (season one).

Stuff you should know

Stuff You Should Know," also affectionately known as SYSK, is a series hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. "Chuck" Bryant, and is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, appealing to a wide audience as the two discuss a number of different topics. Some of the most popular "Stuff You Should Know" episodes are the episodes centred around Spam, hangovers, Barbie, and tipping in restaurants, among others.

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