Podcasts to Listen To: Smartless and the best new podcasts of 2020

Matthew Girard
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Wellington Daily News

While many people are looking forward to the end of 2020, a bright spot this year has been the numerous new podcasts that have been released to help us stay entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few new podcasts that you might have missed.

Smartless

Featuring improvised and authentic conversations, actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett look at the lighter side of life by connecting people from all walks of life. With humor and shared experiences Bateman, Hayes and Arnett interview a "mystery" guest each episode. The twist to the show is that one of the hosts reveals his guest to the other two. Recent episodes include "Ricky Gervais," "Sarah Silverman" and "Paul McCartney."

Find it: https://smartless.simplecast.com/

Supernatural with Ashley Flowers

Facts don’t always lead to logical explanations - especially when it comes to true crime. Host Ashley Flowers takes a deep dive into the strange and surreal facts of some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences. New episodes are released each Wednesday and cover a different mystifying crime. Recent episodes include "ALIEN: Roswell," "THE UNKOWN: Paul Amadeus Dienach" and "THE UNKNOWN: Dancing Plague."

Find it: https://www.parcast.com/supernatural

Why Won’t You Date Me?

Originally comedian and "Nailed It" host Nichole Byer started this podcast to talk about her dating life, but once the pandemic hit, it turned into just a vibing podcast. Each week Byer invites a comedian, friend or ex-fling to have hilarious conversations. At the end of each episode Byer asks her guest if they would date her. Recent episodes include "Healthcare," "Serving the Full Fantasy" and "Grown-Up Breakup."

Find it: https://www.stitcher.com/show/why-wont-you-date-me

Brainwashed

Some conspiracies turn out to be true. Host Michelle Shepherd uncovers the unbelievable details of how the American government allowed psychiatric patients from Montreal to be used like lab rats in experiments where patients were administered LSD. Known as MKULTRA, Shepherd tackles the history of the CIA mind control experiment and talks to the survivors and their families about the trauma. The six-part series features 30-minute episodes.

Find it: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/listen-brainwashed-1.5734335

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