11 of the best pop culture podcasts you need to listen to

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images‘Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard’ is packed with celebrity interviews.

With the recent explosion of podcasts, it seems like there’s something out there for everyone, whether you’re interested in true crime or want to learn more about science or the world’s religions. But sometimes, you just want to hear more from your favourite celebrities, and if that’s what you’re into, there are a lot of options out there.

Tons of stars have their own podcasts now, where they interview their famous friends, tell behind-the-scenes stories about the movie and TV sets they have worked on, and share personal stories about their lives that you probably haven’t heard before. If that sounds right up your alley, next time you’re looking for a new podcast to listen to, you should definitely try one of these.

“Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard” always takes a deep dive.

Armchair Expert with Dax ShepardThere are a lot of deep-dive interviews with celebrities.

If you’ve ever wanted to listen to a no holds barred, in-depth conversation involving your favourite celebrities – including Shepard and wife Kristen Bell –this is the podcast for you. Every episode, Shepard invites a celebrity on to chat and asks all kinds of personal questions about their pasts, trying to figure out how it made them who they are today. You’ll especially love this podcast if you’re a fan of “Parenthood,” since his former co-stars frequently make appearances.

“Anna Faris is Unqualified” combines advice with celebrity interviews.

UnqualifiedEach episode has a celebrity guest.

Fans of “Armchair Expert” will also enjoy “Anna Faris is Unqualified.” Faris’ podcast also involves a celebrity guest each episode, but after the interview is done, they take calls and dish out advice to their listeners, while reminding them that they definitely aren’t professionals.

“Getting Curious” with Jonathan Van Ness is entertaining and educational.

EarwolfHe covers a wide range of topics.

This year, “Queer Eye” has blown up, and if you can’t stop watching the Netflix hit, you’re probably going to adore “Getting Curious.”Although other members of the fab five have appeared on their own episodes, Van Ness talks to experts to ask them questions on things he’s curious about, and chances are, you’ll learn a lot along the way, too – with the help of Van Ness’ special brand of enthusiasm.

“Pop Culture Happy Hour” covers all things entertainment.

NPRSome episodes are more general than others.

Brought to us by NPR,“Pop Culture Happy Hour” covers everything in entertainment, from comics to movies to TV shows and everything in between. Each episode focuses on certain topics – sometimes, it’s a specific movie, artist, or show, and others, it’s about a more general category of entertainment. But if you’re fascinated by all things pop culture, you’ll also be fascinated by this podcast.

“Scrubbing In With Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad” is perfect for any fan of “The Bachelor.”

Art19They sometimes have celebrity guests.

If you love “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Bachelor,” and feeling like you’re actually part of a three-way phone call with your BFFs, “Scrubbing In” is right up your alley. Along with co-host Tanya Rad, Tilley talks about her favourite TV shows, relationships, and everything in between, along with the occasional celebrity guest.

“Late Night Whenever” with comedian Michelle Buteau is a different take on a late-night show.

NPRMichelle Buteau will make you laugh.

“Late Night Whenever,” with host Michelle Buteau is set up like a late-night talk show but is in podcast form. She has her own band leader Rob Lewis, celebrity guests, and even a monologue.

Buteau’s podcast is a perfect one for anyone hungry for some late-night laughs and celebrity interviews without having to flip on the TV.

Amy Schumer’s “3 Girls, 1 Keith” will make you laugh out loud.

SpotifyIt covers a lot of topics in a funny way.

Amy Schumer’s podcast is one of the funniest out there, which makes sense, since she’s joined by comedians Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett, and Keith Robinson every episode. There’s basically no topic that’s off the table, including very frank (yet hilarious) discussions about sex. If you want to laugh while learning more about the comedy industry, this one is for you.

“Worst Ever Podcast” with Christine and Alaa is the perfect dose of nostalgia.

AudioboomIt includes a lot of stories about being a child star.

Hosted by Christine Lakin (who you probably remember from “Step By Step”) and Alaa Khaled, “Worst Ever Podcast” includes a lot of stories about growing up as a ’90s child star, including guest stars from actors who once starred in other popular ’90s sitcoms. They also frequently bring up their most painful experiences by also laughing at them, but isn’t that the best way to handle the serious stuff?

The “Keep It!” podcast will give you a dose of pop culture and politics.

StitcherIt combines politics and pop culture.

The “Keep It!” podcast is hosted by Ira Madison III, a culture critic and columnist, along with writers Kara Brown and Louis Virtel. Each week, they bring on a variety of new guests ranging from activists to musicians.

On the show, the trio discusses current events in pop culture and politics in a hilarious and refreshing way.

“DirtCast” will keep you updated on celebrity gossip.

PanoplyIt keeps you in the loop on the latest celebrity gossip.

Jezebel’s podcast, “DirtCast,” is a weekly breakdown of all of the latest tabloid news, pop culture releases and celebrity gossip. Each episode features new shows and celebrities, and some deep dive into the backgrounds of popular pop culture trends and TV series.

The show often brings on publicists, TV show creators and journalists and will keep you in the loop on “the celebrity news you love to hate.”

Coffee Convos explores everything “Teen Mum.”

Coffee ConvosThey discuss more than motherhood.

“Teen Mum 2” star Kailyn Lowry hosts this podcast along with Lindsie Chrisley, who you might know from “Chrisley Knows Best.” Although they do talk a lot about motherhood, they also discuss what’s going on with Lowry’s “Teen Mum” co-stars quite a bit, and she does invite them on to talk for a while. If you’re into all the drama surrounding teen mum, you’ll love the backstage insight you get from “Coffee Convos.”

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