Podcasts have gone positively gangbusters this year and for good reason. They’re the perfect way to make a lengthy drive or tedious work commute enjoyable, and there are a plethora of high-quality, entertaining ones floating around.

Here are the ones we’ve been loving.

Shameless

This pop culture podcast by Melbourne journos Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews is like an aperol spritz for your ears. Refreshing, light-hearted and just a bloody good time. Each week, they discuss the happenings of celeb-world, and also roll out a great recommendations newsletter too.

The Signal

This daily (Monday-Friday) podcast by the ABC is kind of like the Aussie version of The Daily (which we’ll go on to recommend shortly). It’s generally around the 15 minute mark, and covers a current issue or news story in more depth than the average news bulletin can allow. A great go-to for dinner table conversation.

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

A thought-provoking podcast hosted by the one and only Oprah Winfrey. Oprah interviews a variety of guests with the conversations often going beyond standard interview conversation and drifting more into the spiritual realm. Michelle Obama’s interview and Dr Phil’s interview are standouts.

The Pineapple Project

While a podcast about money may not sound very riveting, we can assure you that the Pineapple Project successfully treads the elusive line of being informative and useful, while also being enjoyable to your ears and brain too. If you want to be better at the whole money thing in 2019, listen to this podcast.

No Filter

The Mamamia Podcast Network continues to go from strength to strength. This is one of their staple shows where Mia Freedman interviews guests ranging from politicians and celebrities to lesser known authors and everyday Aussies. There’s a huge catalogue of episodes so it should keep you busy for a while!

The Cut on Tuesdays

New York Magazine and Gimlet Media have churned out a beauty with this podcast. It describes itself as being women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics, and people and serves up episodes on our relationships with pubic hair, the making of far right extremists, and gun violence – to name a few.

The Daily

’tis a podcast by the New York Times and a very good one at that. A daily 20 minute – half hour deep dive into a particular topic that will leave you armed with a heck of a lot more knowledge and context. Given that it’s an American podcast, not all topics are hugely relevant, so it’s good to skip through and see which eps pique your fancy.

How I Built This

Wanna build a biz? Listen to this podcast. The stories of huge brands and how they came to be. Hear about the humble beginnings of Lululemon, Airbnb, Instagram and Wholefoods and be inspired AF.

The Skinny Confidential: Him and Her

This was a random, and surprisingly enjoyable find. Hosts Lauryn Evarts Bosstick and Michael Bosstickchat to a broad range of interview subjects and also do some solo episodes too. There’s a lot of stuff about brand building, how successful people got to where there are now, health, sex and beauty advice. A fruit salad of podcast-y goodness.

You Beauty

Beware, this podcast will have a negative effect on your bank balance. Another gem from the Mamamia Network, hosts Leigh Campbell and Kelly McCarren chat about the products they’re loving, the answers to listener beauty questions and, once a week, Leigh goes through the beauty bag of a celeb to see what they’re using. Their Facebook group is also a trove of useful beauty tips and product recommendations.