De 10 beste podcast-afleveringen van 2016

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De podcast wint, en terecht, aan terrein. Dat doet die podcast stiekem al jaren, maar hij wist Het Grote Publiek de afgelopen maanden ook te porren voor z'n recordings. Gezien de keuze reuze is, en bingelistening nog niet echt een ding, bedachten onze kleega's van ELLE.com dat de mensen wel geholpen zouden zijn met een selectie állerbeste podcast-afleveringen van afgelopen jaar. En of we daarmee geholpen zijn! Zelfs zo geholpen dat ik je de selectie niet wilde onthouden. Komt-ie (pas op, in het Engels).

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Sampler

Which episode? #15, "Mother Podcast"

Listen to this if: You like true-crime shows

What's the deal? Hosted by Brittany Luse, Sampler was a compelling testament to podcast fandom. Before she announced the show was ending late in 2016, Luse spent each week compiling and dissecting moments and stories from other podcasts that she loved.

In May, Brittany spoke with Sarah Koenig, who was credited with bringing podcasts to the masses following the global success of Serial. They talk about the real-life repercussions of Serial's influence, and reflect on how someone so entrenched in the investigation of a real-life crime can enjoy all the true-crime TV, movies, and podcasts that have proliferated since. Turns out, Sarah feels kinda like Cuba Gooding Jr. does in the time since he played O.J. Simpson on American Crime Story this year.

Crybabies

Which episode? #43, R.L. Stine

Listen to this if: You were a childhood bookworm

What's the deal? When legendary author R.L. Stine—or "Bob", as he is to hosts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre—appeared on Crybabies, he shared two wonderful things. The first was an insight into how he's managed to write over 350 books (he sits down to write at around 9:30 a.m. every single day, and "quits" to walk the dog when he's got 2,000 words); the other was much more affecting.

When Stine was a child, his mother was super strict about the books and music he was allowed to bring home, so he was forced to go to the barbershop every Saturday to read his beloved comic books. That is, until a local librarian introduced him to the work of Ray Bradbury. Those books, he recalls, "just turned me into a reader." I won't spoil what happened when he eventually met Bradbury at a book festival a decade ago, but trust me: It's a story that will turn you into the embodiment of the podcast's title.

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This American Life

Which episode? #601, "Master of Her Domain…Name"

Listen to this: Even if you never want to hear the phrase "private email server" again

What's the deal? I know, I know. We're sick of hearing about those bleeping emails. But reporter Sean Cole's interview with political writer Garrett Graff is a fascinating recap of what the FBI found in their investigation into Hillary's emails: a person who is confused by technology; didn't use a desktop computer (the average State Department employee didn't have one in 2001, when Colin Powell decided to buy tens of thousands of them); and insisted on using email on the same BlackBerry she'd grown accustomed to in the early 2000s (one that stopped being produced years ago). This episode also shines a light on just how much work the antiquated governmental computer networks and systems need to do to keep up with changing technology.

The Room Where It's Happening

Which episode? #14: Alex Lacamoire

Listen to this if: You'll never be satisfied when it comes to Hamilton

What's the deal? You've memorized the songs, bought the book, and listened to the Mixtape—for Hamilton fans who can't afford to see the show (or live far away from the cities it's playing in), their experience will always be about piecing together songs, photos, and stories to create a complete image of the masterful production.

Superfans and comedy writers Travon Free and Mike Drucker aren't content with just that, though—their podcast, The Room Where It's Happening, opens up a compelling trap door into Hamilton's depths in this interview with its music supervisor, Alex Lacamoire. If you've ever noticed a hint of a musical cue repeat in different ways, or failed to put your finger on just where a specific sample or beat came from, Lac lays out all those answers in this incredible episode.

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Politically Re-Active

Which episode? #9, dream hampton

Listen to this if: You want to learn something from a genius

What's the deal? "Your favorite rapper's favorite writer," dream hampton, joined comedian besties W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu for this early episode of their wonderful pre-election show, Politically Re-Active. This episode was recorded ahead of the release of A History of the War on Drugs, a video condemning racially biased policing and mass incarceration, and narrated by Jay Z. hampton spearheaded the project in an effort to bring attention to the fact that black people continue to be punished for selling drugs, while in some states where marijuana has been legalized, white people are earning money for it.

dream's history is often boiled down to the more well-known people she's associated with (like Jay Z or her close friend Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.) so an episode like this, which focuses on her own lifelong work as an activist, writer, and filmmaker, is essential.

Making Gay History

Which episode? #8, Dear Abby

Listen to this if: You're a history buff

What's the deal? Eric Marcus begins this episode of his must-listen podcast, Making Gay History, by taking us back in time. When Abigail Van Buren began writing "Dear Abby," it was 1956 and over 100 million people read her syndicated newspaper column every day. Almost immediately after it launched, she received letters asking for advice about issues of homosexuality. The way she handled them made her an instant hero to people like Eric, and earned her mountains of hate mail from readers who disapproved of her early acceptance and warmth. Making Gay History delves into Eric's vast personal archives of interview recordings and introduces us to the voices of people—some well known, like Abby or Sylvia Rivera, and some less so, like Wendell Sayers, the first black attorney who worked in the Colorado State Attorney General's office—who informed the LGBTQ civil rights movement.

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Radio Cherry Bombe

Which episode? #79, Emma Straub and Emily Murphy

Listen to this if: You're eating alone

What's the deal? The foods we eat say a lot about us. As a fiction writer, Emma Straub uses descriptions of meals, snacks, drinks, and gastro trends to fill in the blanks of who her characters are, where they come from, what they can (or can't) afford, and how they're feeling. In this episode of Radio Cherry Bombe, Emma tells host Emily Murphy about how the character Franny Post, in her book The Vacationers, turns to food to fill both her family's stomachs and the spaces her emotions can't.

Still Processing

Which episode? #10, The Reckoning

Listen to this if: You woke up on November 9 needing to feel hopeful

What's the deal? Talking through tears, the New York Times' Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris worked through the pain, turmoil, and confusion they felt upon waking up to Donald Trump being president-elect on November 9. The episode is a testament to the power of collective processing. "We both said the only reason we got out of bed is 'cos we knew we were going to see each other," Jenna says.

Following their intro, they visit Margo Jefferson at Columbia University to conduct a very different interview than the one they'd planned to do. Jefferson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1995, talks to the Still Processing hosts about "the mythologizing of liking" presidential candidates—from the charismatic JFK to the kinda charming Jimmy Carter and the supposedly unlikeable Hillary Clinton. You'll feel grateful to bear witness to this important conversation.

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Videohead

Which episode? #5, Lance Bangs

Listen to this if: You still complain about MTV not playing music videos

What's the deal? From politics show The Stakes to roundtable discussions on Lady Problems and riotous pop culture deconstructions on Speed Dial, MTV News has produced a veritable buffet of new podcasts this year. (Disclosure: I have contributed to the site and appeared as a guest on the show North Mollywood.)

When I first heard about Videohead, a music video deep-dive interview show hosted by Daniel Ralston, I was amazed that no podcast already existed to mine the work of music video auteurs like Lance Bangs. Even if you don't know Lance, you'll have seen his work. He got his start making videos for REM, Guided by Voices, and Pavement, and has since worked on everything from Jackass to comedy specials by Chelsea Peretti and Hannibal Buress comedy specials. This episode will fill in the outlines of the pop culture that has shaped your life.

Heavyweight

Which episode? #7, Julia

Listen to this if: You're still thinking about what-ifs

What's the deal? Heavyweight is a new podcast that taps into the persistent hum in the back of your mind that is wondering how things might've been different. In this episode, we hear the familiar and affecting story of Julia's eighth grade bullying, told through 20 years of fog and memory. It's about setting wrongs right and clearing the air. Other episodes include "Tony" (about a man who messed up his chance to be a decent and present godfather to three different kids) and "Galit," which details the fears and weaknesses that unravel when host Jonathan Goldstein gets back in touch with his first ever girlfriend.