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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.

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BEST FOR FERMENTATION

Fuhmentaboudit!, heritageradionetwork.org

Although primarily devoted to the art of home-brewing, this also covers gherkins, vinegar and sauerkraut with the help of a weekly guest fermenter.

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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.

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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?

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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’.

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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 biblical.

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BEST FOR THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

The 45th Podcast, 45thpod.com

With far too many developments coming out of the White House, this podcast looks in detail at aspects of Donald Trump’s Presidential tenure that you might otherwise have glossed over.

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BEST FOR #MENSWEAR

Blamo!, BlamoPod.com

Yes, the hashtag is important. Blamo! focuses on the intersection between fashion and technology through interviews with various celebrity guests.

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BEST FOR HISTORICAL MOMENTS

Revisionist History, Panoply.fm

Malcolm Gladwell re-examines historical moments and individuals in great detail, asking if the version of events we know is actually the accurate one.

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by Bobby Palmer and Tom Victor

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