Like a trusty friend in your phone, podcasts are always there when you need them. There’s something joyous about timing your weekly routine around the release of new episodes, and about sticking in your headphones -- at work, at the gym, as you cook dinner -- and giving in to someone else’s story.
But as the medium expands to new terrains, you might find yourself in a Netflix conundrum: With such a massive number of podcasts, covering topics as broad as true crime to food to travel to My Little Pony, how do you choose what deserves a listen?
We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a guide of the best new podcasts of 2018, organized by iTunes categories and updated regularly. Whether you’re here for a good murder mystery, are interested in immersive pop-culture conversations, or want to get nerdy about science, you're sure to find something you like. Here’s a look at all of the new stuff the podcasting world has to offer (we only considered new podcasts, because holy crap there are a ton of podcasts). When you're finished, don't forget to check out our list of best movies of 2018 and best TV shows of 2018.