2. Heavyweight, "Galit"
This episode of this year's breakout podcast is about first love, a phenomenon that scars us all. At least, that's how it went for host Jonathan Goldstein, who combs through his own past for answers about how his first changed him. The story showcases more of its host than other episodes in the series, but Goldstein's charming detours and silly anecdotes buoy the journey and remind us to consider our own firsts, too. Despite how deep and complicated the tale is at times, it has the exact density you want in a podcast -- just the right amounts of vulnerability, tension, humor, depth, and analysis.