13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 9th Annual Shorty Awards Podcast

When Apple added the Podcast category to iTunes in 2003, no one knew how popular it would become, with hundreds of thousands of podcasts now on the air and tens of millions of listeners tuning in. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to find the best, but these nominees represent the frankest, funniest, and most informative podcasts this year.


Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Hardcore History is the political commentator Dan Carlin’s answer to all the unasked historical questions, described in details over hours on his free podcast. Topics diverge into narratives of ancient and recent historical trends, unearthing details that your high school textbooks didn’t teach you. His tone and deep interest in every topic (even …
Guys We F*****d
Never has a title suited a podcast better than GUYS WE F****D: THE ANTI SLUT-SHAMING PODCAST. Hosts Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher kiss and tell all the dirty little secrets from their sex lives (and all-things adjacent to the body parts involved) on their 1-2 hour episodes. After three years of empowering women to embrace their sexuality …
The critically-acclaimed Lore is a podcast that shares scary stories, much like one would around a campfire, except these are all from real life. Each 20-30 minute episode tells tales of spooky swamps, haunted hospitals, and ominous others, based on firsthand accounts. The show is so popular that is has nearly 5K 5-star iTunes reviews and over 4 m…
Stuff You Should Know
Ever feel like there’s a lot of stuff you wish you knew? If so, the podcast Stuff You Should Know from HowStuffWorks.com is for you. Hosts Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark explore everything from “How the Census Works” to “How Woolly Mammoths Worked.” And if you ever wanted to know “How Porta-Potties Work,” then these are your guys—explaining the fasci…
TED Radio Hour
Each week, TED Talks are delivered at TED Conferences around the world, and the TED Radio Hour brings them to 590 syndicated NPR stations and to podcasting devices everywhere. TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is an organization that believes in “Ideas worth spreading,” and one episode of the TED Radio Hour can open a li…


2 Dope Queens
WNYC Studios presents 2 Dope Queens featuring—you guessed it—two dope comedy queens. BFFs Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (who earlier this year left The Daily Show) crack jokes about current events and perform some hilarious black (girl) magic. They’ve discussed DJ Khaled snapping the birth of his baby, the many breakups of Brad Pitt, white people att…
Fresh Air with Terry Gross
NPR’s Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross, has been on the air since 1975, is syndicated on stations across the country, and is available as a daily podcast. Not only has it won a Peabody Award, but it is officially 2016’s most-downloaded podcast in the US. Gross has been credited for being one of the best interviewers on the airwaves today, politely asking pr…
Invisibilia is NPR’s podcast that “explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior—things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” It was named by The Guardian as one of the “10 best new podcasts of 2015,” and continues to grow its audience in its 2nd season. Hosts Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin, and Alix Spiegel explore the visible and invisible …
Modern Love
The New York Times love column-turned-popular-podcast, WBUR--Boston's NPR New station's Modern Love features written submissions from anyone who has a story to tell about their dance with romance. Each week, the essays are read by noteworthy personalities like Sarah Paulson, Katie Couric, and Tituss Burgess, with sidebars from the writers themselves. From h…
Reply All
We can all agree that the internet is complicated. And frustrating. And endlessly fascinating. That’s why Gimlet Media created the brilliant Reply All podcast to help explain the seemingly unexplainable things about the World Wide Web. With two years and nearly 500K listeners under their belt, hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman continue their weekly exploration…
Revisionist History
Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast explores the possibilities of what could have been by reinterpreting historical events. In true Malcolm Gladwell form, he presents things that could have been, should have been, or might have been, making his listeners rethink what they’ve already learned. From secret Pentagon studies in “Saigon, 1965” before t…

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