If you’ve never dipped your toes into the wide world of podcasts, prepare yourself for your new obsession. With a similar format to talk radio, podcasts usually include a host or hosts discussing material from news to cooking, interviewing special guests or each other, sharing stories, performing an audio play, or a delightful mishmash of all of the above. Most of the best podcasts have theme songs or background music to fill the silence, and their length can vary to suit your attention span. Some of the shortest podcasts last just 5 minutes, while others marathon for hours. And because they come in such a range of styles and subjects, you can tune in to keep your mind occupied while doing chores, prepping dinner, working out, or any mindless task.This year, a Pulitzer Prize went to a podcast for the first time in its history, validating the medium in a whole new way. The winner was This American Life, a podcast version of the hugely popular news story radio series. Our favorite podcasts of 2020 range from comedy podcasts that will have you doing a spit-take, to storytelling podcasts that transport us to another world, true crime podcasts that give listeners a chance to play amateur sleuth, stomach-grumbling cooking shows, and more. You'll find your new favorite here, too.