The best podcasts of 2018

From Sandra to Mostly Lit.

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Slow Burn

A reconstruction of what it was like to live through the political upheaval of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair.

slate.com/slow-burn

Mostly Lit

An erudite and witty analysis of books, TV and films from three smart millennials.

mostly-lit.com

Flash Forward

From teleportation to fertility in space, each episode explores the possibility of a different future.

flashforwardpod.com

Sandra

A drama starring Alia Shawkat as the woman behind “Sandra”, a supposedly robotic AI assistant.

gimletmedia.com/sandra

The Lonely Palette

A documentary series aiming to return art history to the masses,
one painting at a time.

thelonelypalette.com

ZigZag

Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant explain their journeys to becoming
a new kind of tech entrepreneur.

zigzagpod.com

This is Love

A gorgeous-sounding series about all kinds of love, including love between a woman and a whale.

thisislovepodcast.com

Imaginary Advice

Always different, never boring: this podcast showcases fiction, comedy and sound art by Ross Sutherland.

imaginaryadvice.com

The Tip Off

Maeve McClenaghan explores the stories behind some of the biggest investigative journalism scoops.

acast.com/thetipoff

Radio Atlas

A fascinating way of listening to beautiful audio documentaries in other languages – with subtitles.

radioatlas.org

Caroline Crampton is a writer and podcaster. She was formerly an assistant editor at the New Statesman.

This article appears in the 05 December 2018 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas special