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The best niche podcasts you didn’t know you needed in your life

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If you’re reading this, you might be one of those people who got into podcasts in a big way after listening to Serial.

Alternatively, you could be someone who had your favourites before then, and were excited to see the format enjoy a resurgence.

Either way, there’s every chance you’re looking forward to the coda to Serial’s second season about Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, while new podcast Dirty John may have also piqued your interest.

However, the key to a ‘good’ podcast is something which is hard to define. We’ve picked out some of the best podcasts about extremely specific subjects, and we bet at least one of them appeals just as much as those which have already become a big part of your commute.

Best for Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period, earwolf.com
The catchily-abbreviated DWITGAOATP argues its titular case with a star-studded raft of guest presenters, alongside reviews of Washington’s films and a “Denzel News” segment.

Best for Middle Eastern cuisine
The Frying Pan Diaries, fryingpanadventures.com
Yes, there are loads of food-based podcasts, but none that zone-in on Middle Eastern cuisine with quite as much precision as this one.

Best for U2
U Talkin’ U2 To Me?, earwolf.com
In which, weirdly, Parks And Recreation’s Adam Scott discusses the impact of the Irish rockers on himself and the wider world alongside Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman.

Best for US Presidents
Presidential, washingtonpost.com
In a world of political podcasts, Presidential stands out by devoting an episode to every US president in history. Who’d have thought John Quincy Adams could be interesting?

Best for nineties football
Alive And Kicking, west12media.co.uk
Presented in such minute detail that you have episode titles like “1994-95 Ewood Ecstasy”, “Collywood Closing In” and “1996-97 Bonkers Boro”.

Best for The Simpsons
Four Finger Discount, fourfingerdiscount.com.au
There are a lot of episodes in The Simpsons’ 28 seasons so far – 618, to be exact. It makes FFD’s mission to devote a podcast to every single one nothing short of exhaustive.

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