It’s International Podcast Day — here are 20 podcasts that will make you smarter

In the last decade or so, podcasts have gone from a niche interest to mainstream media. They've become so popular, in fact, that Monday marks International Podcast Day, which celebrates all things podcast-related, including the 14th annual People's Choice Podcast Awards.

True crime podcasts like "Serial," which premiered in 2014, became national sensations. Then there was comedian-turned-podcaster Marc Maron, whose "WTF" became popular enough for President Barack Obama to be a guest in June 2015.

According to the Pew Research Center, 32% of Americans age 12 or older have listened to at least one podcast episode per month as of 2019, up from 15% in 2014. That trend doesn't show any signs of slowing down, with the field slated to cross the $1 billion annual revenue mark in 2021.

There are tons of great podcasts on nearly any subject you can think of, but we've collected some of our favorites that are perfect for those of us always eager to learn something new, whether it's about the economy, history, or even the inner workings of Hollywood.

Here's some prime listening material for your next commute.

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