Though they've been around since the dawn of the Internet, podcasts didn't gain a name nor a wide audience until the early 2000s. Like old pirate radio stations, these digital talk shows allowed hosts to sidestep the FCC and talk directly to a specific set of listeners. The format grew so popular that some radio networks began offering their shows as downloadable podcasts. Hop on iTunes and you'll find shows that run the gamut of topics: sports, news, politics, music, and comedy. We've widdled down the thousands of offerings to the 30 we think are the best right now. If you've been looking for a new show to rock with on your daily commute, check out the 30 best podcasts right now. 

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