We’ve had those moments where we’ve needed some kind of distraction.
A tough day at work, a long boring drive, or simply something else to help fill the empty time that you may have.
Podcasts have become an increasingly popular way to help fill that free time, but finding a specific topic in a podcast can feel like almost more of a chore than simply being bored!
Fortunately, there is one genre of the podcast that is perfect for almost any situation, and doesn’t necessarily need all that much thought when choosing one: A trivia podcast!
Whether it’s an icebreaker fact to help get to know other people at social events or great random information from the internet and media things, trivia is a simple, yet effective base for a good podcast.
This is probably why there are so many of this particular kind out there today!
With that in mind, we have compiled a list of some of the best and favorite trivia podcasts that you can find out there right now, from the more specific trivia topics in a given subject, or a good old-fashioned grab bag of random info to absorb for yourself!
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Starting this list with a strong contender for one of the classic trivia podcasts that have been established in the last 10 years, we have the Trivial Warfare Trivia podcast.
One of the most popular formats that many trivia podcasts have adopted is the form of the classic pub quiz, that time-honored tradition of pubs and bars around the world.
Trivial Warfare has refined its formula down to a razor’s edge and is listened to and participated in by thousands of trivia lovers across the world.
That’s right! This weekly pub quiz podcast also gives anyone the chance of being a guest on an episode of the podcast, to be grilled and trivia tested by trivia team Carmela, Ben, Chris, and Johnathan.
This is a classic trivia podcast that is one of the most consistently engaging online, especially for people who love trivia games.
Episodes are usually released twice a month, so there’s regular new content still being pumped out.
When it comes to learning new trivia or facts, one of the things that can often be frustrating for people to deal with is how that trivia is learned or presented.
Simply presenting a list of historical dates or an obscure piece of information might be enough for some, but plenty of us also have enough of that after leaving school.
For a trivia podcast to stand out from the rest, it can’t just have random information monotonously read out to you.
You’ve got to have either the personality to help carry that info with some enthusiasm, part offbeat trivia, or a script well-crafted enough to present that information in a way that isn’t just interesting but helps contextualize it too.
If that is the itch that you’ve needed scratching when it comes to trivia podcasts, then you need to take a long listen to Things I Got Wrong At Trivia.
This podcast helps create a narrative around the information presented, turning what would otherwise be a disjointed piece of evidence that would otherwise fade into irrelevancy, into a story that you can follow and remember.
They say that you should never underestimate the power of a good script when it comes to podcasts, and Things I Got Wrong At Trivia is living proof of that sentiment.
Of course, not everyone is listening to podcasts for the grand narratives on history or trivia.
Sometimes all you need is a rapid-fire podcast episode, and some bright personalities to help carry those facts.
Well, that is exactly what Trivia Time brings to the table with its podcast, providing you with quick 5 rounds of 8 questions quiz based on revolving topics, from bar trivia to history to music, to popular culture, to a connection round.
There’s even a little anagram presented at the start of every episode to get your thinking cap on before the questions even begin.
So, if you love to keep your podcasts simple and sweet, then this is the podcast that you should be tuning into!
Ask Me Another might be one of the oldest podcasts on this list, as it has been running since April 2012.
In terms of podcasts, that’s ancient!
What has probably helped this podcast survive for so long is the extensive amount of celebrity guests that have taken part in the podcast over that time, including Busy Philips amongst other frequent guests.
The energy that the presenter, Ophira Eisenberg, brings to the show probably helps matters too, presenting the information in an entertaining format, with questions from history to traffic rules and regulations being on the table (don’t worry, there are more interesting topics, we swear!)
The fact that guests can join in and help answer those questions also brings a healthy amount of audience participation into the mix, a key detail that has helped keep this show running for more than 10 years.
If you need a good offbeat trivia podcast in the background of whatever task you are doing, this is the perfect series to listen in on.
Firstly, take a moment to absorb that little trivia fact that the producers of this show snuck into that title.
That’s the level of trivia that this podcast treats its audiences to, and you haven’t even tuned into an episode yet!
The hosts of this show, Dan Anna, James, and Andy, are part of the research team that is behind many of the trivia and information featured in the hit British TV quiz show QI.
Collectively known as the QI Elves by both the original show’s presenters and its audience, these four hosts each bring the interesting fact that they have learned in the last week, and present to the others and their audience on their podcast.
The other host’s vast knowledge of trivia and other information helps stimulate conversation around the topic, creating weird tangents and fascinating deep dives that you can only get from the deep recesses of four nerd’s minds!
If you were a fan of QI, then this is the perfect trivia podcast to jump into!
Of course, we couldn’t stay away from a good trivia and pub quiz format for long!
This weekly podcast combines the trivia that you love to learn and curse for not remembering sooner with the big personalities and banter that carries any good podcast.
With episodes released on Tuesdays every week, this is a reliable source of entertainment with a massive backlog to work through as you go about your day-to-day activities.
If you love your quiz bang trivia and podcasts as seriously as a clown convention, this is the podcast for you.
This podcast is for people who desperately need to feel the validation of that one Wikipedia rabbit hole that you dove into at 2 am last night becoming useful one day.
Joking aside, this is the perfect combination of both entertainment from the presenter’s personalities clashing, combined with the very obscure facts and trivia that you happened to remember six days too late.
Only here, do you get to use that information!
If you want facts that are weird, wacky, and wonderful, then you need to tune into this podcast!
While we don’t think that a good pun in the title for a podcast is an immediate mark of high quality, it certainly helps for us!
In each episode of this podcast, the two presenters, Lauren and Julie, will take turns giving a short lesson on a piece of trivia that they learned recently. Pretty standard stuff at first glance.
However, the podcast suddenly turns from a comfortable trivia talk between two friends into an impromptu pub trivia quiz in the second half.
This is where the trivia games start as each host takes the opportunity to quiz the other on their topic of choice, to see just how much they remember.
So, every school and college student’s worst nightmare.
Only here, you get to watch other people squirm instead!
If you have a mind for quickly retaining facts, this is the podcast for you!
If you’re looking to support a fast-paced podcast whilst also getting your daily recommended dosage of details and diatribes, then you may want to consider tuning in to the podcast Podquiz.
This is the perfect podcast for people who don’t want any extra bells and whistles with their trivia game.
The hosts crack on and give you all your trivia questions in less than 20 minutes (usually), making this a very digestible show.
Podquiz has a massive library of episodes for you to catch up on, with over 900 episodes of jam-packed trivia to absorb in this rapid-fire round quiz format.
This is the perfect podcast to crack out if you want to test your knowledge, or play trivia with your friends!
So, there you have it!
With such a massive genre to pick and choose from, we hope we’ve helped you narrow down your options!