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Best Documentaries podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best Documentaries podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more
 
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Seriously…
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,700 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. A wealth of life, ideas and experiences are on offer - but most importantly - stories. Winner of over 150 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world o ...
 
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Short Cuts
Monthly
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
 
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Earshot - ABC RN
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Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.
 
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Rough Translation
Monthly
 
How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.
 
On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets. Li ...
 
We humans could have a bright future ahead of us that lasts billions of years. But we have to survive the next 200 years first. Join Josh Clark of Stuff You Should Know for a 10-episode deep dive that explores the future of humanity and finds dangers we have never encountered before lurking just ahead. And if we humans are alone in the universe, if we don't survive intelligent life dies out with us too.
 
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The Dream
Monthly
 
What if we told you that with zero experience and only a few hundred dollars down, this podcast could change your life? Well, we’d be lying. This season on The Dream, Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission. Join us as we trace the path of get-rich schemes from Jane’s roots in rural Michigan all the way to the White House.
 
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Making Beyoncé
Monthly
 
WBEZ presents Making Beyoncé, a new 3-part podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global music icon.
 
Showcase, from PRX’s Radiotopia, features original podcast series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world.
 
The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers). "The Kitchen Sisters have done some of best radio stories ever broadcast ...
 
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Dateline NBC
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Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.
 
Every week, WNYC tells you about the best documentaries as they become available on screens of any size. Our hosts are Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, co-founders of the Pure Nonfiction podcast and the DOC NYC festival, the largest non-fiction film festival in the U.S. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, 2 Dope Queens, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more.
 
Newstalk features documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects, from the plight of the Malawi people to the Aurora Borealis, and everything in between.
 
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A Point of View
Weekly
 
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
 
Bundyville: The Remnant, a co-production between Longreads and OPB, explores the world beyond the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired. This series investigates extremist violence that results from the conspiracy theories of the anti-government movement, who is inspiring that violence and who stands to benefit.
 
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
Something Was Wrong is an Iris Award Winning immersive storytelling docuseries podcast about the discovery, trauma and recovery from emotionally (and otherwise) abusive relationships. Season Three - The Bishops - The Bishops were best friends with the O'Briens and Johnsons until they learned, something was wrong. The Bishops - Ted, Victoria, Brad, daughter/sister and CJ (Wife to Brad) The O'Briens - Kurt, Patty, Older son, older daughter, three triplets. The Johnsons - Mr & Mrs Johnson Seaso ...
 
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Scene on Radio
Monthly
 
Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Recent many-part series include Seeing White, looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy, and *MEN, *exploring the past and present of sexism and patriarchy. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and is distributed by PRX.
 
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Latino USA
Weekly+
 
Latino USA offers insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.
 
Pretend Radio is a documentary-style podcast about real people pretending to be someone else. I interview con artists, snake oil salesmen, undercover FBI agents—pretty much anyone living a lie.
 
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Room 20
Monthly+
 
The sign above his hospital bed called him Sixty-Six Garage. For more than 15 years, he would lay there unidentified and unconscious. Or so, everyone believed. From L.A. Times Studios and the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Room 20,” a story about the search for a man’s identity and the truth about his accident. Investigative reporter Joanne Faryon’s two-year journey is filled with twists and turns. Now, she'll finally reveal who Garage really is. But one i ...
 
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74 Seconds
Monthly
 
74 Seconds tells the story of a July 2016 traffic stop that ended with the world watching a man die, live on their phones. This is the story of that man, Philando Castile, and the officer who is about to go on trial for his death, Jeronimo Yanez. Through comprehensive reporting, MPR News examines this intersection of race, policing, justice and safety in America. A lot can happen in 74 seconds.
 
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The City
Monthly
 
True stories about how power works in urban America. We investigate people in power, the consequences their actions have for a city’s most vulnerable residents, and what a power struggle in one city reveals about the challenges facing all cities.
 
The Story is our podcast dedicated to our finest audio documentaries, investigations, and long form stories. Subscribe to the podcast to get new episodes in your feed.
 
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Re:sound
Monthly
 
The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work.
 
Newstalk features documentaries covering a wide variety of subjects, from the plight of the Malawi people to the Aurora Borealis, and everything in between.
 
The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.
 
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Sound Matters
Daily+
 
Bang & Olufsen presents Sound Matters: a series of podcasts looking at – and listening to – all the sounds of the world around us. Forthcoming instalments will investigate all kinds of sounds that happen in our noisy cosmos, how we listen to them, the stories we tell about them, and all the ideas, inventions, discoveries, possibilities and ideas that live in the realm of the audible. Written and produced by Tim Hinman and supported by Bang & Olufsen.
 
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Bag Man
Monthly
 
Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day. There’s intrigue. Corruption. Envelopes of cash delivered to the White House. It’s a story that’s not ...
 
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Longreads
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Interviews, essays, reporting and discussion from the home of the best longform stories on the web.
 
Documentaries. We all love them. They educate, manipulate and enlighten us to the world. A good documentary can get everyone talking, and on this podcast, bad documentaries can do that too. The Documenteers podcast features a guy named Bob Sham, and a revolving cast of enthusiasts, discussing a myriad of documentary topics. True crime, nature, sports, music, history, the classics and more. The hosts give heartfelt analysis that is never too serious. Sometimes real emotions actually occur. Do ...
 
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Ephemeral
Monthly+
 
The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”
 
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Us & Them
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We tell stories from the fault lines that separate Americans. Peabody Award-winning public radio producer Trey Kay listens to people on both sides of the divide.
 
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The Dream
Monthly
 
What if we told you that with zero experience and only a few hundred dollars down, this podcast could change your life? Well, we’d be lying. This season on The Dream, Jane Marie dives into the world of pyramid schemes, multi-level marketing, and all the other businesses that require their members to recruit their nearest and dearest in hopes of a commission. Join us as we trace the path of get-rich schemes from Jane’s roots in rural Michigan all the way to the White House.
 
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Heaven's Gate
Monthly
 
In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question...‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe - tell their story. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment.
 
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Wildfire
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On September 2nd 2017, just east of Portland, Oregon, 150 hikers were trapped behind a wall of flames created by one mistake, one that would lead to immense fear and loss. Wildfire, a podcast from REI Co-op, investigates the causes and repercussions of this devastating wildfire.
 
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Aftereffect
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In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect is Arnaldo’s story – a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints – and asks the question: How did Arnaldo’s life go so wrong? Aftereffect by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others. © WNYC Studios
 
An archive of all of The Australian's award-winning collection of investigative and narrative podcasts.
 
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The Document
Monthly
 
The Document is KCRW's new kind of mashup of documentaries and radio - telling addictive, real life, right now stories.
 
Adrian Goldberg presents cutting edge investigative journalism, as well as taking on listeners' campaigns and consumer issues
 
An audio diary about the production of the ambitious documentary video series, This is Not a Conspiracy Theory.
 
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Natural Disasters
Weekly
 
Tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes...these are real-life monsters. We like to think we’re prepared for a catastrophe. But time and time again, Mother Nature proves us wrong. Each week, Natural Disasters examines the earth’s biggest catastrophes that took countless lives, destroyed communities, and toppled civilizations. Natural Disasters is a Parcast Original with new episodes released every Thursday.
 
Radio essays, reportage, appreciations, memory pieces, poetry, travel writing and personal accounts.
 
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Up from the Grave
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This is CNN's first ever original audio immersion 3-D podcast. Up from the Grave tells the story of one of the deadliest fires in Arkansas's history. That fire extinguished the lives of 21 boys-48 barely escaped-after being padlocked inside their dorm room at a reform school. 60 years later, through comprehensive reporting, bombshell interviews of experts, one survivor and three sisters who lost their brothers in the fire---CNN examines what happened that dreadful night, and in the days foll ...
 
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STORYCAST
Monthly+
 
A series of podcast documentaries from Sky News, telling compelling and unheard real life stories from around the UK.
 
Historic Royal Palaces, in association with Rusty Quill present: Outliers - Stories from the edge of history. Enjoy a selection of stories from award-winning contemporary writers as they reveal the people hiding in the shadows of real events at some of the greatest palaces ever built.
 
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Believable
Monthly
 
Believable is a podcast from Narratively about how our stories define who we are. In each episode, we dive into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict, and different perspectives about the truth collide.
 
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In this Dateline classic, Keith Morrison reports on one man's extraordinary journey through the courts in upstate New York and his children who stood by him to the end. Originally aired on NBC on December 12, 2016.
 
In this episode: Gangsta rap becomes a huge money maker. Civil rights activist C. Delores Tucker and conservative culture warrior Bill Bennett launch a crusade against offensive lyrics. And hip-hop divides black leaders along generational and gender lines. Slate Plus members get bonus episodes of Slow Burn and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now ...…
 
The Australian education system both values and devalues languages other than English. So schools play a crucial role in contributing to a multilingual Australia — or do they?By ABC Radio National
 
When does a prank call go too far? When it leads to sexual abuse and thousands of dollars worth of destruction. PrankNet The punks at Pranknet are believed to be responsible for tens of thousands of dollars worth in damages. They often called restaurants making employees set off sprinklers systems and fire alarms. Sometimes they would even call ...…
 
Eleanor Cobham has always got what she wanted; a new dress, a place at court, somebody else’s husband. But not now. In her desperation to conceive an heir, she turns to witchcraft and is soon embroiled in its throes. As she comes face to face with the dangerous side of power, will she learn if she can control the turn of fortune’s wheel? Rememb ...…
 
From a broken-hearted granddaughter's search for understanding to a collective conversation around desire - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about desire, love and heartbreak.ROW-cubProduced by Neena PathakTexts I've Sent The GovernmentFeaturing John-Luke Roberts and River HallFalckensteinscredoProduced by Phil Sm ...…
 
Life in darkness, miners speak of life below ground dealing with explosives, accidents on the job, workplace strikes and real fact of those who die in the mines. The lack of death inquest and frustration with management. The Ashington Colliery mine created many jobs as well as stories and folk songs, which we hear in this documentary. (1978)…
 
Over the last two years, reporter Sarah Fuss Kessler has been following the story of a Latina high school teacher in the farming town of Merced, California. The teacher reported being sexually harassed by a white basketball coach at her high school. What followed would shake up the entire school district. Latino USA sat down with Sarah to talk ...…
 
A Pennsylvania man is convinced he has a target on his back during his messy divorce. Soon after, he is found stabbed to death and his friends and family realize he was right all along in predicting his own gruesome murder. Andrea Canning reports on the case that had this small town in fear. Originally aired on NBC on November 15, 2019.…
 
Longreads Contributing Editor Danielle Jackson speaks with writer and creator of the Writing Our Lives workshop Vanessa Martir about Writing The Mother Wound, a series of essays they co-produced on mothering. The two also share excerpts from the series, read by their authors. This episode is a production of Longreads and Charts & Leisure, produ ...…
 
Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young ...…
 
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Thank you Wondery for sponsoring this special preview! Subscribe to Detective Trapp on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now.
 
A mysterious device shows up at the Wild Orchid, and Kamy is paranoid the city is out to get him. Everyone wants to know what’s happening in the strip club’s VIP rooms—including the courts. For bonus and behind-the-scenes content for Episode 5, visit thecitypodcast.com. Or follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecitypod/ Twitter: htt ...…
 
In 2011, former priest William Hodgson Marshall pleaded guilty to multiple counts of indecent assaults of minors and sexual assault. Matt Gallagher made a documentary about this case, but Prey isn't about what happened before Marshall's conviction: it's about what happened when a survivor took the Congregation of St. Basil to court over its fin ...…
 
Whether serving as April Fool’s trolls or “Christmas” collaborators, Phish’s affinity for communication and connection resonates on stage and beyond. This bonus episode offers additional insights and anecdotes drawn from the 90 interviews conducted for season one of Long May They Run.By C13Originals
 
In 1979, Pattie Moore, a 26-year-old designer in New York was so was so incensed by the way her colleagues ignored the needs of the elderly that she embarked on a daring piece of social research. Disguised as an 85-year-old woman, she took to the streets of America, travelling to over 100 cities, to discover the realities of being old. Her disg ...…
 
In this Dateline classic, a pilot flees after a deadly plane crash, and becomes a fugitive living a double life for decades. He tells his story to Keith Morrison. Originally aired on NBC on October 12, 2018.
 
After communism fell, the promises of western liberalism to transform central and eastern Europe were never fully realised – and now we are seeing the backlash. By Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodBy The Guardian
 
In this Dateline classic, the battle between a wife and a mistress for the heart of one man leads to a deadly car chase. Andrea Canning reports. Originally aired on NBC on October 6, 2018.
 
We examine four minutes of the film THREADS
 
On this morning’s programme, we heard: Friendly Front Door at University Hospital Waterford by Lani O’Hanlon; Steamboat by Andrew Doherty; Baby Clothes, a poem by AM Cousins; Learning to Drive by Ian Maleney; and Those Summer Nights of Long Ago at the Céilí by Catherine FoleyBy RTÉ
 
Driftnet fishing in Waterford EstuaryBy RTÉ
 
The heart-stopping day a birth mother came to visit her childBy RTÉ
 
Failing the driving test - not just once!By RTÉ
 
I love you, Doccalo. I love you so do everything I tell you. 1) subscribe to this podcast 2) recommend this podcast 3) listen to this podcast and 4) LIVE! LIVE FOREVER! Angela and Bob hit up a “True Crime” documentary and revisit the director Erin Lee Carr who you might remember directed “Mommy Dead and Dearest” which we covered waaaaaaaaaaay b ...…
 
At the end of the Second World War Churchill and Truman agree to send the Second New Zealand Division on a race to reach the city of Trieste before the Yugoslav Communist can reach. However the Yugoslav Communist do capture Trieste and a battle with the remaining German forces. A biography of General Peter Drapsin the commander of the Yugoslav ...…
 
Australian families and communities who bring up their children in more than one language take on a huge challenge. Is it worth the effort?By ABC Radio National
 
The Bishops untangle Patty's vicious web. www.somethingwaswrong.com www.skillshare.com/sww Wondery's New Hit Podcast - Bad Batch
 
The Bishops untangle Patty's vicious web. www.somethingwaswrong.com www.skillshare.com/sww Wondery's New Hit Podcast - Bad Batch
 
"Only when I wander, usually by accident, into my spam box", writes Adam Gopnik, "do I find anything resembling actual affection - prose that captures the spark of human sympathy, the language of exquisite deference, that the Enlightenment philosophers insisted was the necessary mucilage of human societies".The excessive courtesy of spam letter ...…
 
This weekend on Documentary on Newstalk, Producer Patricia Baker’s new radio documentary, Egg Money, celebrates a generation of women who worked to improve life in rural Ireland; countrywomen often stereotyped and overlooked in their roles as mothers, homemakers and farmer’s wives. These women, now aged between 70 and 90, tell their stories, an ...…
 
This weekend on Documentary on Newstalk, Producer Patricia Baker’s new radio documentary, Egg Money, celebrates a generation of women who worked to improve life in rural Ireland; countrywomen often stereotyped and overlooked in their roles as mothers, homemakers and farmer’s wives. These women, now aged between 70 and 90, tell their stories, an ...…
 
In our latest Documentary on Newstalk, producers Shaun O’Boyle and Maurice Kelliher present a programme which marks the first 10 years of Science Gallery; a game-changing public gallery space in Dublin that redefined the relationship between science, art, and culture—in ‘Science Gallery: 10 Years of Art Meets Science’.In 2008, a former car park ...…
 
In our latest Documentary on Newstalk, producers Shaun O’Boyle and Maurice Kelliher present a programme which marks the first 10 years of Science Gallery; a game-changing public gallery space in Dublin that redefined the relationship between science, art, and culture—in ‘Science Gallery: 10 Years of Art Meets Science’.In 2008, a former car park ...…
 
The unknown tale of cold war communist Poland’s unlikely love affair with electronic music. Robert Worby finds out Warsaw was a beacon of musical freedom behind the iron curtain. It was here that the remarkable Polish Radio Experimental Studio was established in 1957, and this was the first electronic music studio in the Eastern Bloc and the fo ...…
 
It has left the beige-tinted margins and become social media’s most glamorous look. But why does veganism still provoke so much anger? By George Reynolds. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpodBy The Guardian
 
First appearing on cinema screens in 1962, James Bond brings many famous names to mind - Ian Fleming, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig - the list goes on. However, Dubliner Kevin McClory is rarely a name that people connect with 007. We take a look at how one Irishman is inextricably connected to the most famous spy of them all. (2017)…
 
Our miniseries about California's Proposition 187, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times, continues with a special bonus episode. Host Gustavo Arellano speaks with the former governor of California, Republican Pete Wilson. In 1994, Pete Wilson attached himself and his re-election campaign to Prop 187. Gustavo Arellano sits down with the g ...…
 
Head of Audience Catherine Cusick, Contributing Editor Aaron Gilbreath, and visiting Nieman Foundation fellow & NYT Styles Internet culture reporter Taylor Lorenz share what they've been reading and working on. This week: [01:00] Some musings on TikTok, Vine & Instagram [03:50] ‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations (Taylo ...…
 
Carlo Gebler on the role of art in remembrance and reconciliation in Northern IrelandBy BBC Radio 3
 
“Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project” tells the story of a Philadelphia woman who recorded television non-stop accumulating 70,000 VHS tapes. Director Matt Wolf explores Stokes’ complex life. She had communist sympathies, but came into immense wealth that supported her quixotic archival mission. — Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers For more inf ...…
 
Before the Grammys, before the platinum records, before Destiny’s Child, there was just a shy girl growing up in Houston. We follow Beyoncé Knowles from the stages of local talent shows to her first crack at a record deal with the group Girls Tyme.By WBEZ Chicago
 
In the first of the three-part series "Playing Well" Chris Hawkins has an intimate conversation with the band mates of Scott Hutchison, who took his own life in May 2018.In conversation with Scott's brother Grant, drummer in Frightened Rabbit, and guitarist Andy Monaghan, Chris discovers more about the anxious child who reframed his family nick ...…
 
Chef Steven Reed is struttin’ from his viral fame. Now he tests us with a dish we hope you don’t insist that we try. Two great American veggies: corn and potatoes. How does Steven throw down with this and a microwave? Behold the heat immunity of his mighty hands. Felicia and Bob break down “Weber Cooks Creamed Corn and Potatoes” and there’s no ...…
 
Interview with SEVAN, author of Outliers S2 Episode 2, Secrets of the Bedchamber. Remember to subscribe, rate and review! Join the conversation using #OutliersPod @hrp_palaces or @therustyquill Discover the history behind Outliers - www.blog.hrp.org.uk For more from SEVAN visit www.sevangreene.com Interviewer: Alexander J Newall Introduction an ...…
 
Fatmata, Jamilatu and Alimamy all see themselves as failures. They’re young Sierra Leoneans who risked everything for the sake of a better life in Europe. Along the way, they were imprisoned and enslaved. They saw friends die. Eventually, they gave up. Now, they’re home again - facing the devastating consequences of what they did to their famil ...…
 
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