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What are the best podcasts right now? Here’s our 2017 guide.

Recode’s Kara Swisher, The Verge’s Lauren Goode and 60db’s Liz Gannes share their picks — and then our listeners weigh in.

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On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode reprised one of our most popular episodes from last year, a guide to the best podcasts you should be listening to now. And this time, they were joined by 60db’s Liz Gannes, formerly of Recode.

60db is a mobile app that organizes and recommends podcasts that fit your tastes, and Gannes singled out Netflix as an example of what they’re trying to make. The comparison is especially apt because she and her colleagues also create original audio content for their users.

“There’s a lot of places in the world that don’t have their own podcasts that make great stories,” Gannes said. “We do a lot of stories with the Washington Post; they don’t have a big audio department. We do a lot of stories with the Atlantic.”

She compared 60db’s style to the New York Times’ The Daily, a breakout hit news and analysis show hosted by NYT reporter Michael Barbaro.

“We’re talking through the news with a reporter, explaining context on it and we’re bringing some of the stuff that didn’t quite get into the story — the experience.”

Below the embed there’s a roundup of some of the best podcasts you should check out. You can also find a playlist of many of the shows recommended by Too Embarrassed to Ask listeners on the 60db app.

You can listen to the new podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify (mobile only), TuneIn, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

In addition to The Daily, here’s the full list of shows discussed in this episode by Swisher, Goode, Gannes, Recode Radio producer Eric Johnson (that’s me) and our listeners:

Have questions about podcasting — or other suggestions of great podcasts — that we didn’t get to in this episode? Tweet them to @Recode with the hashtag #TooEmbarrassed, or email them to

Be sure to follow @LaurenGoode, @KaraSwisher and @Recode to be alerted when we're looking for questions about a specific topic.

If you like this show — and you need still more podcast recommendations — you should also check out our other podcasts:

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on Apple Podcasts— and if you don’t, just tweet-strafe Kara and Lauren. Tune in next Friday for another episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask!

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