best podcasts for toxic 2018

15 Best Podcasts for “Toxic” 2018

We’re about to say goodbye to 2018.

Sadly, Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “toxic” as the word of the year. Maybe you’re feeling it too, but let’s not get into that and instead spread good vibes.

I say detox with your ears! Start listening to stuff that makes you feel good, informed and empowered.

And maybe even a dose of action and suspense isn’t such a bad idea.

These podcasts will help you shake off that negativity and counter the toxicity.

Here are my best 15 for rest of 2018 and beyond.

1. The School of Greatness

the school of greatness

What could hot former pro athlete Lewis Howes offer in a podcast?

This football world record-holder turned lifestyle entrepreneur very well deserves your attention. Besides being an NYT bestselling author, he’s also making waves in the podcasting arena.

With his “dream bigger, live better and make an impact” mantra, why not?

His show interviews big names in the fields of business, sports, and music. Get valuable insights from thought leaders who’ve made an impact in the world.

What choices did these people make differently that enabled them to stand out?

You might be at a crossroads in your life right now and this podcast could shed some light on the right path for you. Or you could just use some inspiration on those weary days.

Anyhow, it’s definitely worth your time.

2. Rich20Something


Are you ambitious, driven, and ready to take on the challenge of starting your own business?

Business guru Daniel DiPiazza might have a thing or two to help you launch the next big thing in the online trade. Take it from the expert and get tips to level up your startup.

Rich20Something podcast believes that the world has changed dramatically. Doing well at school and playing by the rules might not be enough to give you success or the life that you’ve always dreamed of.

And today, success is more and more about guts and innovation – being your own boss and allowing yourself to create something valuable.

Listen to interesting interviews and gain priceless takeaways.

The podcast targets millennial entrepreneurs or those struggling to find their inner strength. People on a quest to improve their businesses and their lives in general.

3. The Pitch

the pitch

Let’s talk business. The Pitch by Gimlet is similar to TV series Shark Tank where entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of investors.

Hosted by Josh Muccio, learn about the latest business ideas people come up with. From a new social media app aspiring to rival social media giant Facebook to a bot fighting ATM fees.

What kind of businesses attract investors? How do you present your business proposal and make it convincing?

Will this innovation usher in the next success story people read about? Tune in.

4. By the Book

by the book

There are tons of self-help books out there promising to help you become your best self.

Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take on the challenge of living “by the book.” Both try living by the rules of these popular books for two weeks.

Does this sound interesting to you?

Join this funny and skeptical duo as they engage into different self-help books. Listen to their fascinating, sometimes hilarious assessments.

What are the results after religiously following advice from these books? Which ones are actually life-changing and which ones miss the mark? Find out.

Named one of the best new podcasts of 2017 by NPR, it’s still as hot in 2018.

5. The Daily

the daily

Don’t miss out on the current biggest stories!

Michael Barbaro dives right into the latest news in 20 minutes. Join him as he interviews Times journalists and correspondents in action.

It’s the best daily news podcast that gives detailed accounts every weekday.

The format hits the sweet spot between comprehensive and succinct. It’s the hottest stories told by adept journalists.

Look no further and stay updated in 2018 and the years to come.

6. The Gender Knot

the gender knot

Untangle the new femininity and masculinity.” This is the podcast for men and women of the modern age.

Gender issues have never been more openly discussed. More than ever, people have become vocal about everyday gender problems and stereotypes.

This podcast serves as a platform to give voice to common and toxic gender issues today.

Join hosts Nas and Dan, along with various guests as they discuss, agree or disagree. All in the name of untangling these knotty gender issues.

Sounds like fun!

7. Today, Explained

today, explained

If the traditional newscast makes you drowsy, here’s a fun way of keeping yourself up-to-date every day. Sean Rameswaram presents and explains stories like no other.

His style is a little unconventional. Maybe not for someone looking for straight serious news.

On the other hand, the podcast is commendable for its witty and uncomplicated style. If you’re the type who takes it easy and likes to laugh and chill about the news, hit subscribe.

8. The Truth

the truth

The Truth offers a collection of various captivating short fictional stories. It’s a must-listen if you haven’t.

Jump into any of the episodes and you’re sure to get hooked. Each of the stories is unique and crafted creatively with enhanced sound effects.

The sound art is so good you can almost “see” what’s going on. Get ready for an immersive listening experience and don’t forget those earphones!

The stories range from funny to dark, but every single one of them is guaranteed to keep you absorbed.

9. Wolverine: The Long Night

wolverine the long night

If you’re a fan of everything Marvel – from Spider-Man to The X-Men – you’re not likely to miss this. Surely the late Stan Lee’s legacy lives on, God rest his beautiful soul.

The Long Night is an intriguing and creepy twist in the Wolverine anthology that doesn’t get old. Here, Wolverine is the main suspect to a series of ruthless murders.

If that doesn’t interest you at all, I don’t know what will. All the action and suspense strictly for your ears only.

10. 99% Invisible

99% invisible

Indulge your inquisitive mind in this podcast. 99% Invisible is all about architecture, design, and history.

Get to know the how and why of things around you. From the first straw to blue jeans, there’s always a thing or two to learn.

Get more insight with each chock-full episode.

11. TED Talks Daily

TED talks daily

It’s one of the most popular podcasts of all time. Listen to innovators and experts around the world share insights on a wide array of topics.

TED Talks Daily takes you into a nonstop journey of learning and discovery.

It’s food for your brain, running less than 20 minutes per episode. Perfect for your daily commute.

If you want fresh ideas on the go, get TED Talks Daily on your playlist.

12. Caliphate


The New York Times has created a new masterpiece in a podcast.

This bold audio documentary couldn’t be more relevant today. While the world around us grapples with terrorism on all sides, this podcast tries to understand the heart of it.

Rukmini Callimachi of the NYT and Andy Mills of Radiolab pair up in this excellent serial.

The podcast delves deeper into the core of ISIS. Listen to exclusive interviews.

Feel the dangers of being a journalist in the front lines. Get intrigued.

Finally, get so engrossed into the podcast that you could see it with your mind’s eye.

The podcast aims to seek answers to questions like, “Who are we really fighting?”

It’s truly an eye-opening podcast for this day and age.

13. Personal Best

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Personal Best allows you to nibble on small stories and is hosted by Rob Norman and Andrew Norton. The podcast stays true to its name – helping people achieve their personal best.

Some people have huge long-term goals. But all have seemingly trivial goals.

Personal Best picks out people with these small relatable ones. It then suggests and documents the step by step process of attaining and conquering these goals.

At the end of the day, no matter how small or silly the goal, to achieve it is still winning. There are no small successes.

Every victory is grand and sweet. And this is what this podcast is all about.

Take part in other people’s journey to their personal best. You might achieve one of your own along the way.

14. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

getting curious with jonathan van ness

Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones star Jonathan Van Ness has been doing this podcast since 2015.

And it’s still fresh in 2018. There’s a lot of topics you can just hop into anytime.

In this podcast, he talks about things that spark his curiosity. Join him as he rambles on the Jonathan way with credible guests to get him back on track every now and then.

Jonathan’s nimble and I-don’t-give-a-sh*t attitude will make your day. If you’re already a fan of this bubbly character, there’s no reason not to follow his podcast.

If not, there’s no reason not to check it out. Believe me, it’s a great way to learn something and to de-stress at the end of the day.

15. Where Should We Begin?

where should we begin

If there’s an issue about love and sex, who you gonna call? Esther Perel!

Love and sex are topics that would never get outdated – whether it’s 1998 or 2028; they’re a part of our lives.

Perel, a renowned psychotherapist and “love expert,” lets you listen in on her therapy sessions with anonymous couples.

The details could get intimate and sensitive, so don’t be surprised to hear real and raw emotions.

This love guru asks questions and gives expert advice to the couples to help them reconnect. You’d want to take home some for free.

The issues are as real as it gets. Listeners could totally learn from this honest and eye-opening podcast.

Podcasts have never been handier to have around. They either help us practically or at least make us focus and tune in to something else other than our toxic thoughts or surroundings.

So before this year’s over, let these podcasts help you redefine 2018, and maybe give you a boost for the coming year too!

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