We’re now almost halfway through 2017, and trying to make sense of the daily news has become a skill unto itself. The post-Serial transformation of podcasting from niche to mainstream is old news at this point, but in this era of uncertainty and flux, the role of online broadcasting has become more prominent than ever. Between the wave of new bite-sized morning update shows, designed to keep up with the frenetic pace of news coming out of the Trump administration, and the liberal behemoth that is Crooked Media, it’s a great time to be a politically-minded podcast listener. And if you’d rather avoid reality entirely with some rich, atmospheric storytelling or true-crime thrills, you’re covered.
Here are the 10 best podcasts of 2017, so far. There’s no overlap from our list of The 25 Essential Podcasts of 2016, but most of those are still running and still essential.