After releasing the Apple Music Awards early this morning, Apple is now celebrating the best podcast shows of 2021. This year, Apple Podcasts Best of 2021 features shows and creators that “gave listeners a strong sense of connection in a challenging and uncertain time. , curated by the world-class editorial staff of Apple Podcasts. “
For the “Best Show of the Year” category, Apple Podcasts awarded “A Slight Change of Plans” with Maya Shankar of Pushkin Industries and “Newcomer of the Year” award to “Anything for Selena” with Maria Garcia of WBUR and Futuro Studios.
According to Apple, “these deeply personal but universally related shows, struggle with profound change, perceptions of identity and self-worth and the importance of belonging, with thoughtful discussions that reflect the human experience.”
“2021 marked the start of a new chapter in podcasting with shows that moved us in ways never before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “We are honored to acknowledge the phenomenal creators who are redefining podcasting with this year’s best shows, and to help more listeners around the world discover, enjoy and support their inspiring work.”
In addition to Best of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Apple Podcasts recognized a curated collection of shows and episodes that “defined and reflected 2021.” Here they are:
This year’s shows according to Apple Podcasts
- A children’s book about: The podcast with Matthew Winner, for having a thoughtful, kind and thoughtful approach to explaining the great things in life – fear, failure and divorce, for example – but also activism, sharing and money for children.
- Everything goes with Emma Chamberlain, to make the listeners feel that they are her best friend, and she helped them through doubt and sadness with her unique honesty, sharp observations and genuine devotion.
- Well done with Dr. Becky, for Becky Kennedy’s soothing, affirming voice to parents everywhere, acknowledging that if this time (and parenting in general) feels tough, it’s because, that’s it.
- Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang from Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players Network, for a joyful escapist experience that takes listeners on a whimsical, fun and unforgettable journey into the beating heart of culture.
- Trouser suit policy with Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, to offer a unique approach to news and politics through graceful conversations that unpack the valid, complicated, hard differences that continue in this moment.
- Teenager therapy with Gael Aitor, Kayla Suarez, Mark Hugo and Thomas Pham to remind everyone that direct, vulnerable conversations among friends – no matter the issue – are the best medicine.
- The experiment from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios with Julia Longoria, to shed light on the notion that countries – like humans – are unfinished works in progress, and facilitate a dialogue about what it means to be a citizen.
- The Midnight Miracle from Luminary with Talib Kweli, yasiin bey and Dave Chappelle, for a completely original experience that transports listeners into the room with remarkable energy from its hosts and very special guests.
- This Land from Crooked Media with Rebecca Nagle, to examine and explain Native American experiences to recontextualize America’s understanding of its own history.
- U op?”With Jordana Abraham and Jared Fried, to explore the very real – often funny – concerns of trying to find a partner, with teasing that makes listeners return, regardless of their relationship status.
This year’s episode according to Apple Podcasts
- A friendly ghost story, about a painful, personal ghost experience exploring the complexity of human relationships, from “Invisibilia” with Yowei Shaw and Kia Miakka Natisse of NPR.
- Bubba Wallace, from Club Shay Shay of FOX Sports, which sees hosts Shannon Sharpe and Bubba Wallace, a Daytona 500 runner-up and the first African-American driver to win Rookie of the Year in a NASCAR series, discuss the intersection of sports, politics, entertainment, and humanity.
- Lovely Basterds, about a chance encounter with Paul Rudd in a movie theater that makes a former believer Jehovah’s Witness rethink his future and start a new life, from “Storytime with Seth Rogen” by Earwolf.
- How do I love someone? a nonfiction rom-com about love during the pandemic, from “WILD” with Megan Tan of LAist Studios and KPCC.
- My parents, Ellen and Tom, a clear-eyed gem of an episode that sees host Ian Coss examine divorce by interviewing his parents about how and why their marriage ended without anger or blame, from “Forever is a Long Time.”
- Body Mass Index, on BMI’s complicated history and the “obesity epidemic”, from “Maintenance Phase” with Michael Hobbes.
- The People in the Neighborhood, which investigates the murder of George Floyd through the neighbors who witnessed it, from “Still Processing” with Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris of New York Times.
- The symphony, a mesmerizing, lyrical tour featuring Kevin Hart, Questlove, Mo Amer, Bill Burr, Pras, Michelle Wolf and Jon Stewart, from “The Midnight Miracle” with Talib Kweli, yasiin bey and Dave Chappelle of Luminary.
- The unwritten rules for black TV, which traces the cyclical, uneven history of black representation on television, from “The Experiment” with Hannah Giorgis of The Atlantic and WNYC Studios.
- This strange story, about people who were completely cut off from the world when 9/11 happened, and how they worked it out, from “9/12” with Dan Taberski of Wondery and Pineapple Street Studios.
Apple Podcasts had also released new charts highlighting the most popular new shows, free channels and individual shows and channels with subscriptions launched this year in the US. Here are some of them:
Top new shows
- “We Can Do Hard Things With Glennon Doyle”
- “Mommy Doomsday” with Keith Morrison from Dateline NBC
- “The Apology Line” with Marissa Bridge from Wondery
- “Dr. Death Season 3: Miracle Man” with Laura Beil from Wondery
- “Murdaugh Murders” with Mandy Matney
Top free channels
- New York Times
- iHeartPodcast network
- Date line NBC
- Bar stool Sport
Top subscriptions – for individual shows
- “Bad Blood: The Final Chapter” with John Carreyrou
- “The Just Enough Family” with Ariel Levy
- “Are you up?” with Jordana Abraham and Jared Freid
- “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross
- “The Handoff” with Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo
Top subscriptions – for channels
- Sword and Scale
- Tenderfoot TV
As you know here at 9to5Mac we also have our own podcasts that you can listen to on Apple Podcasts:
- An hour-long weekly Apple news podcast called 9to5Mac Happy Hour released on Friday
- A short news podcast called 9to5Mac Daily with episodes released Monday through Friday
- An Apple Watch every other week called 9to5Mac Watch Time is released every other Wednesday
- A weekly tech news podcast from the developers’ perspective called Stacktrace released on Wednesday
- A podcast every other week about Apple in the company called Apple @ Work
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