Best Podcasts of the Year: 2022

Podcasts are a new addition to the Common Sense Media review library this year, and we're excited to share our favorites. Some are educational, teaching us about a new subject or deepening our existing knowledge. Others are captivating, unfolding a gripping story that leaves us in wonder. And some help calm us down, offering bedtime stories to soothe anxiety. Senior Editor Laura Ordoñez, head of Podcasts and YouTube, expertly curated this year's list. What will be your next listen? Check out her favorites below, and don't miss the rest of our media picks from 2022!

Make sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2022 favorites: Movies | TV | Books | Video Games | U.K. Films

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Be Calm on Ahway Island

age 3+

Bedtime stories and meditations with positive messages.

Production company: Sheep Jam Productions (Average run time: 20 minutes)

Bearily Bear Stories

age 3+

Reimagined fairytales are more diverse and inclusive.

Production company: Independent (Average run time: 11 minutes)
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Good Morning, Good Night

age 3+

Mindfulness, affirmations, movement for morning and night.

Production company: A Kids Company About (Average run time: 5 minutes)
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Camp WeWow

age 5+

Fun, interactive STEAM podcast brings summer camp to you.

Production company: Tinkercast , Wondery (Average run time: 10 minutes)
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Mini Meditations for Kids

age 5+

Short mindfulness practices in English and Ukrainian.

Production company: The Paper Girls Show (Average run time: 5 minutes)
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Adventures of Cairo

age 6+

A thoughtful young boy learns life lessons in the big city.

Production company: Wondery , ABF Creative (Average run time: 15 minutes)
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Cuentos de Buenas Noches para Niñas Rebeldes

age 7+

Spanish podcast showcasing diverse, accomplished women.

Production company: Adonde Media , Rebel Girls (Average run time: 14 minutes)
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How We Explore

age 7+

Inspirational journeys of diverse women in STEM.

Production company: National Geographic Kids (Average run time: 12 minutes)
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The Who Was? Podcast

age 7+

A quirky and fun game show about notable historical figures.

Production company: iHeartPodcasts (Average run time: 28 minutes)
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age 9+

Step-by-step guide to creating a podcast for older kids.

Production company: Gen-Z Media , Wondery (Average run time: 5 minutes)
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Seis Minutos

age 9+

Suspenseful adventure for the whole family; light peril.

Production company: Gen-Z Media , Wondery Kids (Average run time: 6 minutes)
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Adventure in Atacama

age 10+

Audio choose-your-own-adventure about communication.

Production company: Studio Ochenta (Average run time: 8 minutes)

Canción Exploder

age 10+

Spanish-language pod goes behind the music.

Production company: Adonde Media (Average run time: 20 minutes)
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Sarah Jones Breaks It Down: A Kids News Podcast

age 10+

News pod for kids highlights media literacy; some violence.

Production company: A Kids Company About (Average run time: 9 minutes)
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age 13+

Explores how labels impact women; some mature topics.

Production company: Archewell Audio (Average run time: 55 minutes)
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Free Period

age 15+

Celeb stories of adolescence; language and mature themes.

Production company: Cadence13 (Average run time: 48 minutes)