Whatever you’re into, there’s a podcast for you.
Wondering what a Bitcoin is? Love indulging in some real-life crime stories? Want to learn some dumb trivia or just hear passionate people talk about what they love? We’ve compiled the very best podcasts that you should have listened to – except maybe you didn’t know they existed… until now.
In no particular order, but with plenty of faces and voices familiar to Triple M followers, here’s our ultimate podcast list you need to get in your ears right now:
The most listened to sports podcast in Australia. Mark Howard has been an outstanding anchor on Triple M’s footy and cricket coverage as well as being the face of Ten’s BBL coverage. As an interviewer he excels in a Parkinson-esque style of knowing how to put guests at their ease and to open up as they never have before. The two series of The Howie Games have seen Ricky Ponting in tears, Greg Norman uncovered, Cathy Freeman explain why the world misunderstood her reaction to *that* win, and superstars from Mick Fanning to Kevin Pietersen and Tim Cahill. Once you’ve done this, move straight onto Howie’s The Moment, which is the same captivating sports chat but relating to seminal moments in Australian sporting history.
Triple M Cricket
Well, we would say this. But don’t take our word for it. In the First Test alone, more people listened to our daily wrap podcast of Triple M Rocks The Ashes and related clips than The Grill Team (Sydney) and Hot Breakfast (Melbourne) combined. (Both of which are also excellent Catch Up podcasts, by the way). Skull, JB, Mick Molloy, that man Howie again, Isa Guha, Gus Worland, Phil Tufnell, Graeme Swann, Sir Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Mitchell Johnson… the names say it all. Don’t miss a day with this Best Of podcast.
Trials Of The Vampire
Australia's answer to Serial (see below). Adam Shand's incredible report into one of Melbourne's most famous crimes. He uncovers the police reports and speaks to the families of those affected in the extraordinary "vampire killings". If you only listen to one podcast this summer, this is your one.
When we asked around the office for this list, this podcast came up again and again. Musicians take apart their songs are explain exactly how they were written and made. Compelling listening and brilliant insight into how your favourite artists created your favourite songs.
The boys of The Chaser started their careers (more years ago than they’d care to admit) on Triple M. Now dominating the daytime airwaves in Sydney, their unique Chaser take on the world continues with the same brand of irreverence, humour, and downright idiocy as ever.
Click here to check out their 'Extreme Vetting With The Chaser' on PodcastOne.
The podcast that got half of us into podcasts in the first place. Sarah Koenig’s extraordinary investigation into the highly flawed case of young Adnan Syed, arrested and sentenced for the killing of his ex-girlfriend. Did he do it? Koenig peels away the layers as you go on the journey towards truth with her. Storytelling at its very best. Last year, the same team brought us S-Town, another real-life crime story of a different – but no less intriguing – kind.
Motley Fool Money
The money chat for the rest of us. The Motley Fools (Scott Philips and Andrew Page) have a bitesize-yet-meaty weekly take on the big issues that affect your wallet with no bullshit. Whether you want to upgrade your portfolio or don’t know your Bitcoin from your Budget deficits, Motley Fool Money has you covered.
The Coach with Paul Roos
One of AFL's best ever coaches shares the secrets of his success and translates how to build culture and performance, speaking to experts to relate their wisdom to everyday businesses and situations. Outstanding, practical advice we can all learn from.
We Fact Up
Who invented the high five? What does o.k. stand for? These and other questions are taken on and dismantled by Dave and Redd with a special guest (the recent Hamish & Andy episode was especially good and a great place to start). Fun, funny and guaranteed to make you learn something… even if only one thing.
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Make sure the kids are out of the way, then listen to probably the funniest podcast you’ll ever hear. The premise is simple: a bloke found out his old man wrote a book of “erotic literature”. This despite the fact his dad has, at best, only passing knowledge of romance, the sexual act, or the basic biology of a woman. The full books are read out by his poor son and reacted to by his two mates. Consistently rates in the top podcasts around the world and has achieved millions of sales of the published work of Rocky Flintstone (well, if you wrote a porno, what would you call yourself?).
The Grade Cricketer
If you’ve ever played even one game of club cricket, this is a must-listen. The writing and chat from the three main protagonists is genius, while the pathetic capture of ridiculous men playing a peculiar game, just perfect.
Puka Up With Wayne Schwass
Another Triple M alumni, we are lucky to have Schwatta in our team here. Not only was he a champion footballer and outstanding member of the call team, he is one of Australia's most outspoken advocates for mental health. His frank, open and important podcast is a genuine life-changer. Have a listen and tell your friends.
The Start Cast
From Australian gaming portal Press Start, the crew discuss the big news and recent releases in the world of video games. Bang on point and very funny.
Stop The Posts
Two comics explain the weird world of Australian internet use and especially the culture on social media by humorously looking at how different outlets report the major news of the day. Like the more international Reply All, but focused on this country, it’s incisive, interesting and revealing. And bloody funny.
The Sounding Board
In their own words: bit of news, bit of sport, bit of everything. Hutchy and Triple M’s own Damian Barrett break down the hot topics of the day. With two outstanding journalists given carte blanche, you get more detail and analysis, which is just what podcasts were made for.
Recorded and produced at San Quentin prison by in-mates there, Ear Hustle busts the myths surrounding prison life. There’s nothing like it – an extraordinary listen that is disturbing, honest, entertaining and informative all at once.
T.E.A.M. Effort with Ed Kavalee
Ed welcomes new guests every week to help you lead a better life. It’s self help for people who aren’t insufferable wankers. Results may vary.
The world’s only rock and roll talkshow podcast. US-centric but fantastic, in-depth chat about the thing we all love best: rock music. Soak it in.
From the brilliant Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History is a journey through the misunderstood. Gladwell takes a story, “fact”, or person and explains how we probably got them wrong first time, rewriting history for you as he goes.
The Sporting Probe With Roy & HG
Australia’s sporting biographers came back to Triple M in 2017 and thousands catch up on the inane, hilarious hot takes on the sport around us each week with Rampaging Roy Slaven and HG Nelson.
Health Hacker with Adam MacDougall
One day former NRL star MacDougall got so mad at so-called health shakes for their high sugar content, he invented his own. The Man Shake continues to help thousands of Aussie men get in shape, meantime, Adam lends his years and years of research into the truth behind what it takes to be healthy in this snappy, brilliant podcast.
The must-listen for anyone into The Sport Of Kings. Jockey Chris Symons and Jeff Allis don't hold back on the truth behind horse racing, making this a fascinating listen - and very helpful if you're at all interesting in the punt or owning a racehorse.
Thought-provoking and life-changing talks from the world’s best orators. You’ve seen a few YouTube clips, now get proper insight in audio form. Something for everyone under the sun.
Game On Australia
Only in the world of podcasting do you get a show that brings together parenting and gaming (okay, so there’s more gaming). Dan and Pete are great mates and the chemistry shines through, as does their boundless enthusiasm.
Stuff You Should Know
Title says it all. Josh and Chuck are your guides into all the things you currently don’t know…but should.
Slate Magazine interviews everyday people about their jobs: what they do, how they do it and why. Strangely absorbing and very interesting, a grower.
The Mentor with Mark Bouris
Each episode, Bouris speaks to business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their experiences and learnings. How did they get where they are, what should they have done differently, who made them what they are? Great advice and essential listening for small and medium-sized business owners.