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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.
Snap Judgment
Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, and dramatic radio. Hosted by Glynn Washington.
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 ...
The Moth
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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Culture Gabfest
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.
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
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.
Fresh Air
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.
Anna Sale explores the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.
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.
Love + Radio
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
Who Charted?
Howard Kremer and Natasha Leggero bring on some of your favorite comedians to discuss the top 5 songs and movies of the week. Plus, Howard, the guests and Who Charted crew each bring a new song that they recommend over all the garbage on the charts. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)
Talk Is Jericho
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!
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
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 ...
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.
Hello Internet
CGP Grey and Brady Haran talk about YouTube, life, work, whatever.
Modern Love
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.
Jalen & Jacoby
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby give the people what they want, breaking down sports and pop culture as only they can.
Channel 33
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.
The Read
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 ...
Mystery Show
A podcast about mysteries, hosted by Starlee Kine. From Gimlet.
Ideas is all about ideas \x96 programs that explore everything from culture and the arts to science and technology to social issues.
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.
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.
Alec Baldwin brings listeners into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers.
Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.
The Hub - ABC RN
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.
FT Life of a Song
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.
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.
The Watch
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.
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.
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
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.
Dear Hank and John
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).
Radio Diaries
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
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
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.
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
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.
Arts interviews, reviews, and features from WFIU Public Media from Indiana University.
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.
Ear Hustle
Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
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.
Ezra Klein gives you a chance to get inside the heads of the newsmakers and power players in politics and media. These are extended conversations with policymakers, writers, technologists, and business leaders about what they believe in and why. Look elsewhere for posturing confrontation and quick reactions to the day's news. Subscribe for the anti-soundbite.
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Here’s what happened on this week’s episode of The Crispy Noodle Podcast: Introduction — Mike is reading the Jurassic Park book; Rich saw Rob Zombie and has Madden NFL 19 Sports Sampler 2-Minute Drill: Outspoken RB Alvin Kamara believes Saints would’ve defeated Eagles last year if they faced them in the NFC Championship game Former punter Pat M ...…
Abdel Nasser Ould Ethmane is from Mauritania, a country in north-west Africa where slavery has existed for centuries. As a child he thought it was normal for a noble family like his to own slaves, but as he grew older he began to question the practice and ended up as one of the leading campaigners for abolition. He's co-founded an organisation ...…
EN - An interview on the Fault Lines radio program, airing on Radio Sputnik US, with Dialogos Radio's Michael Nevradakis discussing deteriorating Greek-Russian relations and the Turkish economic downturn. In English. Aired August 16, 2018.By (Dialogos Radio).
Mike tells us more about Godzilla Destroy All Monsters, plus he's been checking out Ultraman. 80s Mania Wrestling Returns game. Godzilla 1985. Then the main event topic of Summer movie fun including Beach Blanket Bingo, Meatballs, Vacation, One Crazy Summer, and much more!
Chad C is up early to shit on a couple movies you’ll probably never see. That’s what he does. I giggle a lot. That’s what I do. CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN NOW! Subscribe to Binge Cast on iTunes
On this episode of The Cluttered Desk Podcast, Andrew continues his mini-series on Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Timing Is Everything. The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House *** Please contact us at any of these locations: Website: Email: Twitter: @TheCDPodcast Facebook: ...…
A few weeks ago I tried a new thing in my work: I led a group of 6 other women to London, exploring a tiny scratch of the literary soil there — the footsteps of Jane Austen, CS Lewis, Dickens, Shakespeare, Chesterton, and more. It was the most gratifying and fulfilling thing I’ve done in my career in a long while. And I tried this whole beta-te ...…
Sharmadean Reid founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009 – now it is a huge global well-known business. In this episode I chat to Sharmadean about productivity and distraction. She has a brilliant Guardian column called Bossing It where she answers modern work questions. She wrote two WAH nails books, delivered global pop up nail salons for ...…
Sydney’s Sons of the East drop by to play us a few indie-folk tracks in the midst of their European tour.
Outward has a new monthly podcast! On the first episode, hosts Christina Cauterucci, Bryan Lowder, and New America’s Brandon Tensley—along with a smorgasbord of Slate staffers—reveal their queer roots. Does it all come down to crop tops? Then, in the debut Straight Studies segment, Slate features director Laura Bennett helps us decide if straig ...…
This week, our friend and colleague, Taffy Akner, chats with us about her viral article, "How Goop’s Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company Worth $250 Million." We trace some similarities and differences between Gwyneth and fellow mogul, Oprah, and ask why the wellness industry, ironically, can make us feel bad. Taffy helps us understand how oft ...…
Batch and Logan are coming (ew) at you with a brand new and content-heavy Small Screen Heroes. After a small Lawlapalooza discussion, the boys dissect a ton of news from San Diego Comic-Con 2018, then make their way through trailer round up with Venom and Shazam. It wouldn’t be Small Screen Heroes without some comics, so the dynamic duo cover t ...…
Episode 148: Once again, it’s a gay takeover as the gals are away, wrapping up their gigs. James kicks off this episode with a national story about a local teen who breaks herself out of a major Minnesota hospital. He's curious why there is a lack of in-town media coverage. Next, the gays take on a listener question that wants to know if the N- ...…
The new movie BlacKkKlansman is careful to let you know very early on that, yes, its story is a true one, with a few embellishments for film. And it likely does so because said story — a black man goes undercover and becomes a trusted confidant of people in the Ku Klux Klan, including David Duke himself — would be written off as preposterous if ...…
Katie and Brian revisit their trip to Ina Garten’s home on Easter morning for a lesson on slow-cooked scrambled eggs (with truffles!) and a wide-ranging conversation at her kitchen table. Between bites of breakfast, they discuss Ina's views on feminism, other celebrity chefs, and her unlikely path from White House nuclear energy expert to Food ...…
Vanessa Van Edwards (@vvanedwards) rejoins us to further discuss components of nonverbal communication. She is the lead investigator at human behavior research lab Science of People and author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. What We Discuss with Vanessa Van Edwards: What Albert Mehrabian's commonly misinterpreted 7-38-55 Ru ...…
In Episode 34 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast Liam sits down with a fellow rider at the annual Triumph Motorcycle rally the 4th episode with Rally folk if youre keeping score the man they call Morto Morto tells one of the more colourful stories from his past and how a regular saltoftheEarth kind of guy went from serving as a Unit Commander ...…
Buffy's back and Brittany's bothered by reactionary reboot rage. Natalie's been on a voyage down Schitt's Creek and she's thrown away the paddle. And always late, but better late than never: Mitch finally saw Call Me By Your Name and he does not think the level of emotional terrorism should be allowed, but he finally knows the difference betwee ...…
The day might well be approaching when humans set foot on Mars. Stephen Humphrey and a crew of authors, astronauts and Mars scholars confront the hazards and challenges of getting humans to Mars, and then of surviving - and living - on the Red Planet.
This week, Christina, Veralyn and Latifa discuss claims from Omarosa’s new Book, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and NFL’s first male cheerleaders Producer: Veralyn Williams ---- This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Gobble, a meal kit delivery service that offers delicious, healthy meals that can be made in just 15 min ...…
Despite many obstacles and challenges, Reba McEntire used the lessons she learned throughout her life to find her own unique voice and go on to become one of the best-selling female country artists of all time. Before she was the Queen of Country, Reba grew up on a ranch in Chockie, Oklahoma, a town with a population of 18. Growing up on a ranc ...…
Sean grew up in a neighborhood in which if you didn’t gamble, you didn’t belong. Bets began at a young age with friends, as they would play baseball with each other. In his early teens, a friend introduced him to a bookie, and Sean made bets on sports games right away, putting up bets of hundreds of dollars that he didn’t have. His losses would ...…
Tonight we take a look back at the career of the late Jim Neidhart, as well discuss lots of lawsuit news, someone other than WWE selling out Madison Square Garden, exciting WWE 2k19 news, and much more! We also cover RAW/Smackdown, do a small preview for NXT/Summerslam, and celebrate our own Dalton's first official wrestling with Stride!…
New York-based band Spanglish Fly are part band and part celebration with their brasstastic mix of Latin dance-funk and soul in homage to Boogaloo - that fusion of soul music, Rhythm & Blues, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms that was born in New York City in the 1960s. [See this excellent article from The Guardian for more history, and a bit of backg ...…
Matt Haig's candour about his depression and anxiety has resonated around the world
Rod and Karen discuss Rod's random thoughts, TMZ says it has footage of Nicki chasing Safaree with a knife, men have better sex with emotionally unstable women study says, Colorado school district switches to 4 day week, Joel Olsteen honored by city of Houston, Casanova attacks a woman, goat frees other goats, Denny's racism, John Gray, racist ...…
Sheryl Lee, who plays cult figure Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks is our guest. A review of Spike Lee's Blackkklansman, and a look back at 25 years of Screen Australia's Indigenous Unit.
On The Gist, autocracy isn’t always bad for an economy. But as Turkey shows, idiocy definitely is. Reality television has a reputation for uninhibited narcissism, ruthless competition, and terrible business pitches. But when Jon Murray created The Real World in 1992, he worked to make something complex and innovative, not a circus of humanity’s ...…
June Thomas, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens discuss the TV BBC and Amazon show A Very English Scandal, the HBO film The Tale, and the work of Aretha Franklin with Jody Rosen. This episode is brought to you by Coffee and Crayons, a new back-to-school podcast from Target and Slate Studios. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.…
Peter Hitchens calls in from across the pond to explain his beef with Wikipedia, among other juicy items stuck in his proper British craw.
Are you up for “Learning to Speak God from Scratch”? Faith and culture writer Jonathan Merritt joins Eric in the studio to offer lessons.
Learning to read is a process that builds cognitive skills in children. So what happens when those skills are developed through digital reading instead of books? UCLA child development expert Maryanne Wolf joins us to talk about how reading digitally affects children and adults alike, which she writes about in “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Br ...…
Having a conversation with people on the other side of the political spectrum can feel like a waste of time. And so we wall ourselves in through our friend groups and social media feeds. Justin Lee joins us to talk about strategies for actually engaging with people with whom you don’t share common ground. His book is called “Talking Across the ...…
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk NFL Training camp fights, Magic Johnson's iPhone, Melo's value, Harden's nightclub toss, plus more of your Twitter and VM's!!!
TOL E2The Other “Red Light” SyndromeIn this episode, Carlos talks about the little voices in your head telling you to stop doing what you need to do to succeed; refocusing to achieve your goals, and doing what you love.The Thinking Out Loud Podcast is brought to you by the “Carlos Creates” Patreon campaign. Become a Patron today and John our gr ...…
2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record. Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for 'The New York Times,' discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Crazy Rich Asians,' and rock critic Ken Tucker review ...…
Brian Urlacher is back again sharing details on the festivities surrounding his 1st ballot NFL Hall of Fame induction. Follow Brian on Twitter @BUrlacher54
The second episode of the fourth season “Breathe” has us wondering what will become of Jimmy’s voicemail to Mike, Nacho’s fate and how smelly Kim’s cast is getting. Yes, we raised the bar this week. CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN NOW! Subscribe to Binge Cast on iTunes
Squirt for Uncle Sam! Your emails and Hi, Thoughts!
On this week’s If Then, Will Oremus and April Glaser talk about how Google has been tracking and storing your location—even after you’ve asked it not to. Then they review some of the disturbing security news out of DEF CON, the annual hacker conference in Las Vegas, including a demonstration in which an 11-year-old managed to hack a voting mach ...…
Queen guitarist Brian May fell in love with 3D photography as a child and has since gone on to establish his own publishing company devoted to sharing stereoscopic work from the Victorian era to the present day. May's latest publication is a book by Professor Roger Taylor about the Scottish photography pioneer George Washington Wilson. May and ...…
Attorney Joanna Woolman, the director of the Child Protection Program at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Suzanne Sellers, the executive director of Families Organizing for Child Welfare Justice discuss the policies and protocols that have lead to a national rise in child-welfare placements. This segment is guest hosted by Jenna Flanagan.…
Today on the 5: After a few weeks of searching, I managed to find a way to see a 1971 movie called The Devils, which was banned in many countries at release and remains nearly impossible to own uncut. Here's a spoiler free review of the film.
The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs try to figure out what’s going on with Elon Musk and why we care (0:57), and then they discuss the downward spiral of MoviePass (21:02).
Dan Van Kirk, Allison Raskin, Tom Neenan and Sarah Morgan join host, Dave Holmes for Summer blockbuster-themed pickup lines, KFC performance art, and too many covers of "Hurt" Dan Van Kirk wants to plug his shows at the Pet-a-llama Comedy Festival and recommends the baby whale at the beach video. Allison Raskin wants to plug her podcast, Gossip ...…
Things get back to normal with Bob and Nuri back in studio again, as we're joined by author Michael W Lucas (the "W" is important... you'll hear why during the episode), returning guest Caston Thomas who has some cool new stuff going on with some old friends of ours, and comedian Jeff Horste, who has his own special about to debut on Comedy Cen ...…
From an unhealthy corporate lawyer at the age of 40 Rich decided to change his life. He switched to a 100% plant-based diet, lost 50 pounds and started exploring human potential in the worlds of ultra-endurance, wellness, mindfulness and spirituality.
Nihal Arthanayake speaks to guests including comedian Lost Voice Guy aka Lee Ridley, actor and producer John Partridge and Pussy Riot.
Edison and Zaremba put on their fancy clothes for a set with their full-tilt blues orkestra Sharky & The Count feat. members of Brooklyn's finest, Daddy Long Legs! Joined by a bevy of beautiful women, they crank out their greatest hits, take a ride down memory lane (crazy cat ladies, the Rolling Stones, and the odds of actually surviving one of ...…
The story of six Irish Missionary sisters who have now returned home. Produced by Patricia Baker.
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