Best Society podcasts (Updated April 2018; image)
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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
 
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Snap Judgment
Weekly
 
Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce dramatic, kick-ass radio.
 
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Serial
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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episode ...
 
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The Moth
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Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For informa ...
 
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the memory palace
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the memory palace
 
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Culture Gabfest
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New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
 
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.
 
Profiles, storytelling and insightful conversations, hosted by David Remnick.
 
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Criminal
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Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
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Fresh Air
Daily
 
Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
 
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Death, Sex & Money
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Anna Sale explores the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.
 
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RISK!
Weekly
 
If you like The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, take a walk on the wilder side with RISK! Your colorful host Kevin Allison (of the legendary comedy group The State) helms this surprisingly uncensored show where people tell jaw-dropping true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. RISK! is hilarious, heart-wrenching and remarkably real. Think you've heard it all? Fasten your seatbelt.
 
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Love + Radio
Monthly
 
Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Get inside the mind of a rogue taxidermist. Find out what it’s like to experience a stroke firsthand. Or spend time with an artist who gives away her life savings every night. You’ve never heard anything like it before. Love+Radio is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Talk Is Jericho
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Recorded from all over the globe, multiple time world champion pro wrestler, lead singer of Fozzy and New York Times best-selling author Chris Jericho rocks the podcast world with "Talk Is Jericho," his unique take on all things pop culture and entertainment. Sit down with Chris as he interviews some of the biggest names in wrestling, music, television, movies, comedy, and the paranormal!! All-ages welcome. No ID required!
 
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Who Charted?
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Howard Kremer and his trusty chart keeper Kulap Vilaysack are here with the charts of the week. Learn what is hitting in music and movies, and get to know some of your favorite comedians with games like Chart Roulette.Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)
 
The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids—diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond—in front of total strangers. PS: It totally likes you. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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StoryCorps
Weekly
 
Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.
 
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! T ...
 
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Hello Internet
Monthly
 
CGP Grey and Brady Haran talk about YouTube, life, work, whatever.
 
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Modern Love
Weekly
 
Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times.
 
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Jalen & Jacoby
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Jalen Rose and David Jacoby give the people what they want, breaking down sports and pop culture as only they can.
 
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Channel 33
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If you are an avid follower of pop culture and the media landscape, Channel 33 is a must-listen. Thanks to 'The Press Box,' 'Jam Session,' 'The Big Picture,' and 'Damage Control,' you will be up to date, well educated, and armed with the smartest takes on movies, TV, celebrity culture, and all media contretemps.
 
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Mystery Show
Monthly+
 
A podcast about mysteries, hosted by Starlee Kine. From Gimlet.
 
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The Read
Weekly
 
Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)As transplants to New York City (Kid Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city.The Read is part of the L ...
 
Ideas is all about ideas \x96 programs that explore everything from culture and the arts to science and technology to social issues.
 
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What Say You?
Monthly
 
Sal Vulcano and Brian Quinn are just a couple of dudes sitting around asking each other questions about life. Join them, won't you?
 
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Heavyweight
Monthly
 
Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
 
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Desert Island Discs
Monthly+
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Kirsty Young invites her guests to share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
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Soundcheck
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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared.
 
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Strangers
Monthly
 
From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were.
 
Alec Baldwin brings listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers.
 
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The Hub - ABC RN
Daily
 
Formerly Books and Arts, The Hub is RN’s new dedicated home for arts and culture. Each week day we’ll zoom in on a specific area of art and culture, brought to you by a specialist presenter. Search The Hub for the individual podcasts.
 
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FT Life of a Song
Monthly+
 
Each month FT music critics and contributors discuss the story of a song, from its origins and early recordings through cover versions good and bad. Formerly called FT Arts.
 
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The Watch
Weekly+
 
Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.
 
It's not just crazy talk, it's Psychobabble - the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Listen each week as he and his bestie Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture scrutiny, and stories never told before.
 
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Outlook
Daily
 
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
Hank and John Green (YouTubers and etc.) answer questions, give questionable advice, and talk about Mars (the planet) and AFC Wimbledon (the 3rd tier English football club).
 
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Radio Diaries
Monthly
 
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
 
Welcome to The Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: “public radio’s arts & leisure section.” In every episode you’ll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning etiquette questions answered; savor an emerging food trend; and hear your new favorite song. Plus, unconventional wisdom from hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam.
 
Actor/Director Michael Rapaport shares his strong, funny & offensive points of view on life, sports, music, film & everything in between on the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST
 
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.
 
The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI, is a smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt introduces the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life. Produced in association with Slate.
 
Personally connecting the dots. All of them. Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Undone
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When big news happens, the world tunes in and then moves on. But often the stories we thought were over haven’t really ended; they were the beginning of something else. Undone is a new show from Gimlet Media that digs up the surprising things that happened when we weren’t looking.
 
This podcast is about art, music and the technology that enables it. But it is also about creativity, motivation and the future of music and art. I do interviews with amazing artists and technologists, and hope to crack the surface of their practice.
 
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WFIU Arts
Weekly+
 
Arts interviews, reviews, and features from WFIU Public Media from Indiana University.
 
A lively and unpretentious look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music.
 
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Conversations
Daily
 
Spend an hour in someone else's life. 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.
 
ART FOR YOUR EAR brings you stories from some of my favorite contemporary artists. When I studied Art History, the best part was, well, the gossip. I loved finding out why artists did certain things, what was going on in their personal lives, and behind-the-scenes details about other artists they knew and worked with. This podcast is exactly that ... inside-scoop stories from the artsiest people I know. You'll hear first-hand from these talented, successful, full-time artists (who also happe ...
 
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Brands, airspace, and authenticity on this week's episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Kyle Chayka. Production by Daniel Schroeder,
 
Pierre Bienaimé has three things to know today—from Comey's memos, to new immigration rules, to Cuba minus the Castros.
 
From being the daughter of a pastor in a town of 700, to a full-time abstract painter in downtown Toronto ... Janna Watson is my guest today.
 
On today’s Gist, the retroactively classified memos of James Comey. New Yorker writer Adam Davidson says the raids on Michael Cohen’s offices signal the beginning of the end for the Trump presidency. Here’s why: Cohen is the key to learning about Trump’s personal peccadillos as well the international expansion of the Trump Organization, which D ...…
 
This week, we hear three stories from people who did not have much themselves, but looked out for others who needed some extra help.
 
More than 38 million Americans knit or crochet. Not because they crave mittens and afghans, but because they like the way knitting feels. Handwork turns out be a powerful antidote for digital overload.By webmaster@wpr.org (Wisconsin Public Radio).
 
Iconic works of art come into focus when Victoria Gardner Coates stops by to discuss "David's Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art."
 
David Bahnsen is back in the studio to continue his discussion of "Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It."
 
Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan discuss James Comey's new book A Higher Loyalty and the recent batch of Comey memos that leaked on Thursday evening. Be sure to buy tickets to our live show on May 30th in Brooklyn, NY!
 
Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald & Nate Zuercher of Judah and The Lion (“Take It All Back”) tell Mike about live shows, Florida Georgia Line, Belmont University, the Nashville “bubble,” J.J. Reddick, uniting people through music and band dynamics.By Mike.Veerman@bellmedia.ca (Mike Veerman).
 
"The past is concretised and solidified in things", writes Stella Tillyard "and they vibrate with the experience of their use".Stella tells the story of a small Italian Museum - the Museum of Deportation and Resistance - and reflects on how we remember the past.Producer: Adele Armstrong.
 
For the last 17 years, we’ve asked our service members to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the question “What are we fighting for?” is becoming increasingly difficult to answer.Phil Klay served in Iraq as a Marine, and he joins us to talk about how unclear missions are leading to a crisis of morale in our military. He writes about the topic ...…
 
From the unstoppable rise of hip-hop to the 'millennial whoop', what does today's new music sound like? And how has social media changed the relationship between artists and fans? Harriet Fitch Little, India Ross and Griselda Murray Brown discuss Drake, Cardi B and DJ Khaled - in particular 'Wild Thoughts' ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller from 201 ...…
 
This week we're talking Westworld, David Buckel, Justice League, and Wolverine: The Long Night. Show music by Reed Love and OGRE. Support the show on Patreon!
 
Romola Garai is known for her roles in films such as Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, and in The Hours, Emma and The Miniaturist on television. For her latest role she's on stage in Ella Hickson's new play, The Writer. Garai discusses playing the writer, who battles patriarchy and capitalism in her determination to create a pure art that will ch ...…
 
Award-winning costume designer Ane Crabtree discusses why the clothing she's created has been embraced by women's rights protesters around the world.
 
Our q This panel discusses Beyoncé's game-changing Coachella performance and Kendrick Lamar's monumental Pulitzer Prize win.
 
Sting and Shaggy have come together on a new island-inspired album, called 44/876. They talk about why their collaboration isn't as odd as it might seem.
 
Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, has released a picture book about the folk singer. He takes us through the essentials of Pete Seeger's music in this q gateway.
 
Bethany Hamilton, the famous surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack, discusses the new documentary about her life, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, along with her husband Adam Dirks and filmmaker Aaron Lieber. The film charts Hamilton's story from childhood to motherhood, with an emphasis on her unending motivation in the face of incredible odd ...…
 
Man Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes talks about his novel The Only Story. It tells the story of a college-aged man and a middle-aged wife and mother who fall in love and move from a London suburb to the city’s center. The novel traces their love from its inception on a tennis court to its ultimate demise. It offers a piercing account ...…
 
Holmberg's Morning Sickness - Guadalupe Squares - Friday April 20, 2018 - Today's Squares guests included DBacks Broadcaster Greg Schulte, 'Obsure Reference Brady and Birthday Boy Adolf Hitler, along with all the regular players and more.By dhutchinson@hubbardradio.com (Holmberg's Morning Sickness).
 
As a child, Sue didn’t know her desire to eat certain foods was an illness. Sue remembers hovering around candy dishes, and taking way more than her share of special holiday treats. Much like other addicts, Sue tried to keep up appearances. She did well in school and didn’t look like your stereotypical addict; she was clean-cut and while by no ...…
 
Sting and Shaggy talk about why their collaboration on a new island-inspired album isn't as odd as it might seem. Our q This music panel discuss two historic firsts in music: Beyoncé's Coachella performance and Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize win. The Decemberists' Colin Meloy presents a gateway to the music of folk singer, Pete Seeger. The Han ...…
 
In the 15 biggest cities in America, all but three mayors are white men, and none are women. Russell Berman, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Dr. Christina Greer, NYU McSilver Institute Fellow and Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, discuss the stagnant demographics of city politics. In some cities, there’s been a ...…
 
Holmberg's Morning Sickness - Entertainment Drill - Friday April 20, 2018By dhutchinson@hubbardradio.com (Holmberg's Morning Sickness).
 
In a long career in law enforcement, the former F.B.I. Director James Comey aimed to be above politics, but in the 2016 election he stepped directly into it. In his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey makes the case to America that he handled the F.B.I. investigations into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and Donald Trump’s campaign correctly, regardless ...…
 
In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. And yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, we hear from Dawn Morrison whose work focuses on Indigenous food sovereignty and Bryan Gilvesy, a long-horn cattle rancher who puts sustainability first. P ...…
 
Bears hold a powerful place in the human psyche. From early cave drawings and myths as old as language itself, to modern scientific research, the family Ursidae has captivated the imaginations of humans around the world. At the heart of our obsession are contradictions: a magnetism that draws us in and fear that pushes us away. Contributing pro ...…
 
Why were we born? Is life just a dream? What makes something wrong or right? Children often ask questions like these — sometimes to the exasperation of their parents. But children really want to know why the world is the way it is. And they want to know how we know. Maybe that's because they're open, curious and inquisitive — they're natural ph ...…
 
On the first week in her new role as presenter of World at One, journalist Sarah Montague joins Fi and Jane to talk balanced journalism, interrupting, and presenting Today.Plus Jane’s wet step, Fi’s skiing holiday and the disloyalty of mothers.
 
Friday, we’re talking about the real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder and how her story compares to the mythic American history many of us absorbed through her wildly popular series The Little House books.By dfabrizio@kuer.org (Doug Fabrizio).
 
Holmberg's Morning Sickness - Actor/Director/Comedian Bob Saget @ Stand Up Live, In Studio - Friday April 20, 2018 - For tickets/info call 480.921.9877 or click www.standuplive.comBy dhutchinson@hubbardradio.com (Holmberg's Morning Sickness).
 
Seventy percent of North American freshwater mussel species are imperiled. Why should we care? For this week’s Please Explain, writer, veterinarian and naturalist Abbie Gascho Landis explores the mysterious lives of mussels in America’s rivers and streams. She’s the author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. This segmen ...…
 
Rob Lowe, Pranks, and DJ babey Drew joins us to talk about that mix life.
 
Holmberg's Morning Sickness - Brady Report - Friday April 20, 2018By dhutchinson@hubbardradio.com (Holmberg's Morning Sickness).
 
In 2014 Polly Weston's sister Lara died. She had just turned 22. Lara and her family had never discussed organ donation, and she wasn't on the register. But when the family were asked if they would consider donation, they said yes. Out of the tragedy of her death, medics managed to donate her organs to four women, while her eyes saved the sight ...…
 
This is the last show before Scott and I head down to Calgary for this years Calgary Expo. But before we head down have some news from the world of pop culture. SCTV Doc coming to Netflix Jack Kirby's The Eternals Star Trek: Discovery/Spock Unnatural from Image Dan Jurgens Aphrodite V from Top Cow V-Wars coming to Netflix Agent Carter Mark Hami ...…
 
Holmberg's Morning Sickness - Friday April 20, 2018By dhutchinson@hubbardradio.com (Holmberg's Morning Sickness).
 
Here it is, a series of podcasts thirty years in the making. With Ready Player One making a huge splash on the box office, I wanted to honor it by turning the clock back for this retro, in which we look at four films that are highly regarded by a whole generation of film goers. But how will we see them years later? When originally released in t ...…
 
Holmberg's Morning Sickness - Opening Break - Friday April 20, 2018By dhutchinson@hubbardradio.com (Holmberg's Morning Sickness).
 
Two unlikely men meet to swap jobs. One is a 70-year-old chimney sweep, who left school at 13, the other a professor of philosophy at UCD. The professor cleans a chimney while the sweep delivers a talk to the Philosophical Society at UCD (Broadcast 2009).
 
This week's Confession collection features Sophia's knicker nightmare, Jimbo's 'Club Call' conundrum and Hope's hotel hiccup - Do they deserve forgiveness? There's our regular look at the Parish Notice Board, a shameful amount of 'non-compliant confessions' and there's a Confession from the Crypt which is and A&E disaster.If you have a Confessi ...…
 
In a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, the killing of a 20-year-old woman upended the nation’s sense of itself Read the text version here
 
HARDtalk is in Geneva, the headquarters of the Kofi Annan Foundation which marks its tenth anniversary this year. Zeinab Badawi speaks to the former Secretary-General of the United Nations as he reaches his eightieth birthday, in front of an audience. In a career spanning six decades at the United Nations, he has held several senior positions i ...…
 
In her new book, Heroes, Villains and the Muslim Exception: Muslim and Arab Men in Australian Crime Drama (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017), Mehal Krayem, a sociologist and researcher at the University of Technology Sydney, explores the representation of Arab…
 
Think you know music? Hit Parade, the pop-chart history podcast from Slate, is rolling out a new feature. Every month, the show will test a listener contestant in a special mini episode called The Bridge. Host Chris Molanphy will invite one person onto the show to play some music trivia, and contestants have the opportunity to turn the tables o ...…
 
Many of you will remember the interview I did with Grant Gordon, who works on humanitarian policy innovation at the International Rescue Committee. That conversation received a huge response — some of you even wrote in to say it had changed your career path and you were now reorienting towards humanitarian work and crisis response. Now, Vox Med ...…
 
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with comedic actor, director, and writer Jay Chandrasekhar about returning to make a ‘Super Troopers’ sequel 17 years after the original. Chandrasekhar also discusses what it’s like being an Indian American in Hollywood, returning to his roots, and bridging the divided audiences in comedy. More from S ...…
 
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