News Related Podcasts
(about every two weeks, approx. 20 minutes)
Experts analyze a pressing question from the news. Is streaming good for music? Will young musicians become extinct? Why is South Africa still so unequal? These are some of the current topics probed by The Inquiry, where experts help us understand the world a little better.
Human Interest Podcasts
(2-3 times per week, 5 minutes)
Central to the conceit of 10 Things That Scare Me, a smartly designed little podcast project by WNYC Studios, is the notion of fear as a window into the soul. Each bite-size episode, which generally plays out at around five minutes or so, features a different guest talking through their respective lists of personal fears, often going deep into discourse on a number of them. The resulting recordings are gorgeous and engaging, rich and rewarding, capable of imparting the feeling of being a little less alone in the world.
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.
Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This seven-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.
(once per month, approx. 30-45 minutes)
Desert Island Discs is a radio program broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It was first broadcast on the BBC on 29 January 1942. Each week a guest, called a 'castaway' during the program, is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island, while discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices.
(9 episodes of about 1 hour each)
In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.
(weekly during a season, 45-60 minutes)
A Gimlet Media podcast created and produced by humorist Jonathan Goldstein where he helps people try to resolve a moment from their past that they wish they could change
(weekly during a season, 30-45 minutes)
Invisibilia debuted in early 2015, and "explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior—things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions." The program's title comes from Latin, meaning "all the invisible things".
(weekly, 45-60 minutes)
This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. There is a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It is the number one podcast in America.
(weekly, 15-60 minutes)
The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first "Moth" evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York. Today, The Moth conducts eight ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members.
(approx. 30 episodes of 40-60 minutes each)
A new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.
(7 episodes of about 1 hour each)
John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
(weekly, 15-20 minutes)
Great podcast, many different guests with diverse backgrounds. Often featuring everyday people as well as brainy economists and high rollers. Often touching upon the history of business.
(bi-monthly, 20-60 minutes)
Science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each one-hour episode (posted around every two weeks) is an investigation – a patchwork of people, sounds stories and experiences centered around one big idea.
How do landfills work? How do oceans work? How do mosquitos work? Your curious mind has so many questions, but where can you find entertaining and enlightening answers? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the science behind the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos. SYSK covers lots of interesting facts about all the common things around us and how they work.
(weekly, 45-60 minutes)
A journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks form the world’s most remarkable minds.
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