The 20 Best Culture Podcasts

We’ve already rounded up the best comedy podcasts around, but as fall approaches and the onslaught of new series, books, and awards-buzzy films begins, we wanted to direct your attention to the podcasts that help us keep up with all that culture.

From pop music breakdowns to roundtable discussions to literary readings, here’s a guide to the most entertaining and informative podcasts that pertain to film, television, music, books, and the intersections between them. Those that made our comedy list are excluded (though How Did This Get Made and Who Charted? are still perennial favorites), but we’d like to think it’s an otherwise comprehensive roundup of your ideal commute soundtrack.