The Best New Podcasts In 2021

Like listening in to your funniest, most knowledgable friends.

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With everyone stuck inside for what felt like an eternity, there's been little else to do—other than binge-watch every great show on Netflix, that is—than order a microphone on Amazon Prime and share your thoughts and feelings with the world. But if you're not prepared to divulge your innermost thoughts with everyone you know and plenty of people you don't, maybe let your favorites take the reins, right? From Rickey Thompson to Meghan Markle, pretty much everyone you know and love launched their own show over the course of the last twelve months. Ahead, we rounded up a few of our favorite new podcasts for when you're in the mood to add some *spice* to your daily quarantine routine. These are buzzy new podcasts everyone will be talking about in 2021.

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1 The Michelle Obama Podcast
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When Michelle Obama launched her podcast with an episode that featured her mom and brother, I knew it was going to be good. Each episodes includes thoughtful, deep conversations with her close family and friends (including former President Barack Obama).

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2 Back Issue
back issue podcast
Spotify

If you're an early 2000s mega fan, meet your new favorite podcast. Each week, hosts Tracy Clayton and Josh Gwynn rehash some of the biggest scandals and moments that changed the course of (pop culture) history forever.

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3 Archewell Audio
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Archwell Audio

If there was one good thing to come out of 2020, it was that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became podcasters. Meet Archewell Audio, the result of their multi-year partnership with Spotify. Their episodes "will host and produce podcasts that build community through shared experience, narratives, and values."

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4 We Said What We Said With Rickey and Denzel
we said what we said
Spotify

Internet darling Rickey Thompson is joined by his best friend Denzel Dion to talk all things pop culture. Expect the same kind of positive energy—and the sam hot takes—that you get from Thompson's Instagram videos and Tik Toks.

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5 Things You Can't Ask Yer Mum
things you can't ask yer mum
Spotify

This podcast, hosted by influencers and IRL besties Lizzy Hadfield and Lindsay Holland, is like having girl chat with your nearest and dearest friends. Prepare to hear a few embarrassing college stories mixed in with humorous—and poignant—life advice.

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6 The Treatment
the treatment podcast
Spotify

Film nerds, unite! Film critic Elvis Mitchell interviews some of the most interesting and influential characters in film and TV about who they are behind the camera. Recent guests include Succession's Jeremy Strong and director Sophia Coppola.

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7 Clickbait with Bachelor Nation
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Bachelor Nation

You've already binge-watched Tayshia Adam's season of The Bachelorette, so why not binge-listen to this podcast that's straight out of Bachelor Nation? Adams is joined by co-host—and fell0w fan favorite—Joe Amabile to discuss all of the show's juicy details.

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8 Dare to Lead with Brené Brown
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Brene Brown

Brown's newest podcast is based on her recent book with the same name. It's a combination of solo episodes and interviews with game-changers in every industry, and it's going to make you want to chase your dreams head-on in 2021. Of course, each installment features the same genius advice that Brown has become known for.

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9 Brown & Black: Race and Pop Culture
black and brown podcast
Spotify

Film critics Jack Rico and Mike Sargent explore the intersection of race and entertainment on their new podcast. Each episode offers a mix of film reviews and conversations about the future of film and television post-pandemic.

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