'99% Invisible' wins top Discover Pods Award for 2019

Plug this and its fellow winners into your podcast app of choice, if you've not already done so: design podcast "99% Invisible," which next year celebrates its 10th anniversary, has received Best Overall Podcast from the 2019 Discover Pods Awards; across the other 18 categories, "Dolly Parton's America" scooped Best New Podcast and a runner-up spot in Music.

Long-running architecture and design show "99% Invisible" has won Best Overall Podcast from the 2019 Discover Pods Awards.

The series began in September 2010 and later played a key role in helping to establish the Radiotopia network, which provided the DPAs with another of its winners: "Ear Hustle."

Set inside a US penitentiary and recorded by its residents, in its current season "Ear Hustle" also followed an ex-convict as they seek to reintegrate after time served.

The show won the Most Innovative Podcast ("Encyclopedia Womannica" scored the runner-up position); it was named runner-up in the Society & Culture category, won by the BBC's "NB: my non-binary life."

"Swindled," the podcast about white-collar crime, con artists, and corporate evil, won out in True Crime, having been named runner-up to "99% Invisible," which nabbed Overall win; "An Arm and a Leg" was the next best True Crime show at the 2019 DPAs.

Having only debuted in October, as DPA voting began, nine-part musical journey "Dolly Parton's America" won Best New Podcast and came second in the Music category.

The album-by-album series "Dissect," whose fourth season began examining "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in November 2018 before it turned to Kenrick Lamar's "DAMN" in October 2019, was named the Best Music Podcast.

Comedy winner "Badvertising" was runner-up to "Dolly Parton's America" in the New Podcast section.

The awards' other winners were "Sports? with Katie Nolan" (Sports), "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" (News), "Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness" (Interview), "The History Chicks" (History), "Mirths and Monsters" (Kids & Family), "Office Ladies" (TV & Movies), "Curiosity Daily" (Technology & Science), "The Magnus Archives" (Audio Drama or Fiction), "Robinhood Snacks" (Business), "Potterless" (Arts), and "Sex with Emily" (Health & Fitness).

A public vote decided the winner of the People's Choice award, which went to "And That's Why We Drink: A Paranormal and True Crime Podcast."

For a full list of winners, runners up, and finalists, see awards.discoverpods.com.