It’s 2018 and digital disruption has become the new normal. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen — podcasts are here to stay. What began as a niche space dominated by American indie producers has now ballooned to an international industry contested by everyone from Apple to Spotify. (It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, 46 million people listen to at least one podcast per month.)

Suffice it to say, global appetites for on-demand digital radio continue to grow; with increasingly diverse and specialised content debuting daily. Regardless of whether you’re a time poor corporate raider or relentless self-improver, 2018 is the perfect time to pick a pod (or three) and listen on the go. From the best daily briefs on global affairs to laugh-out-loud interviews with titans of industry, here are 8 podcasts worthy of our “essential listening” stamp of approval. Press play, sit back and enjoy.