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Ambies Awards best podcasts of 2020

Ambies Awards: These are the best podcasts of 2020

The Podcast Academy handed out last weekend the Ambies Awards, its first bid to establish an Oscars-level awards program for audio programming.

The first Ambies featured awards in 23 categories, with Wondery’s “Dying for Sex,” documenting the sexual adventures of a woman diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, winning the award for podcast of the year. 

“Wind of Change” was the night’s top winner, taking home three awards, including best host, best reporting and best nonfiction scriptwriting.

The Podcast Academy formed in early 2020, aiming to create an awards show for podcasts voted on using a system similar to the Oscars and Emmys.

Here’s the full list of 2020 Ambies awards winners:

Podcast of the Year

Dying for Sex (Wondery)

Best Business Podcast

The Heist (Center for Public Integrity)

Best Comedy Podcast

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend (Team Coco, Earwolf)

Best Documentary Podcast

I’m Not A Monster (BBC Sounds, Panorama, Frontline PBS)

Best Entertainment Podcast

Even the Rich (Wondery)

Best Fiction Podcast

Blood Ties, Season 2 (Wondery)

Best History Podcast

Driving the Green Book (Macmillan Podcasts)

Best Interview Podcast

Death, Sex & Money (WNYC Studios)

Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Podcast

Short Wave (NPR)

Best News Podcast

Today, Explained (Vox Media Podcast Network

Best Original Score and Music Supervision

Jacked: Rise of New Jack Sound – Marcelino Villalpando (Wondery, Universal Music Group)

Best Performer in Audio Fiction

The Left Right Game – Tessa Thompson (QCode)

Best Personal Growth / Spirituality Podcast

On Being with Krista Tippett (On Being Studios)

Best Podcast Host

Wind of Change – Patrick Radden Keefe (Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media, Spotify)

Best Politics or Opinion Podcast

Gaining Ground: The New Georgia (Tenderfoot TV, Crooked Media)

Best Production and Sound Design

The Left Right Game – Ryan Walsh, Matt Yocum, Will Files, Ryan Sullivan (QCode)

Best Reporting

Wind of Change – Patrick Radden Keefe (Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media, Spotify)

Best Scriptwriting, Fiction

Dirty Diana – Shana Feste, Jen Besser (QCode)

Best Scriptwriting, Nonfiction

Wind of Change – Patrick Radden Keefe (Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media, Spotify)

Best Society and Culture Podcast

Code Switch (NPR)

Best Sports Podcast

Whistleblower (Tenderfoot TV & Whistleblower Media)

Best True Crime Podcast

Dr. Death Season 2: Dr. Fata (Wondery)

Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast

Therapy for Black Girls (iHeartRadio)

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