Ideas & Culture Podcasts


Ideas/Issues

  • Alan Watts Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Alan Watts helped interpret and popularize Asian philosophies/religions for Western audiences. These podcasts give you access to his archived talks/public lectures.
  • Big Ideas iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science. The program is produced by TVO, Canada’s largest educational broadcaster.
  • Bill Moyers Journal iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Veteran journalist Bill Moyers returns to PBS with Bill Moyers Journal, a weekly program that takes a deep look at a wide range of subjects, including politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy, and important issues facing democracy.
  • Brian Lehrer Show iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A solid public radio broad/podcast with excellent interviews with many important thinkers. Comes out WNYC in NYC.
  • CBC: The Best of Ideas iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A Canadian program that explores everything from culture and the arts to science and technology.
  • Common Sense with Dan Carlin iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A blend of audio commentary and news analysis by one of the leading thinkers among today’s politically independent crowd. A fiscally conservative, socially liberal approach to solving problems.
  • Commonwealth Club Radio Program iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The oldest radio program in the country — dating back to 1924 — this weekly program features some of the most prominent speakers in the country.
  • Council on Foreign Relations (Video) iTunes Feed Web Site
  • Council on Foreign Relations (Audio) iTunes Feed Web Site
    • You can get inside this elite body and hear some of what the world’s leading politicians and political thinkers have to say.
  • Deutsche Welle
    • Inspired Minds iTunes Feed Web Site
      • A collection of portraits on the world’s great thinkers.
  • Entitled Opinions (About Life and Literature) iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Hosted by Robert Harrison, a Stanford professor, this podcast is a weekly literary talk show that ranges broadly on issues related to literature, ideas, and lived experience.
  • FORA.tv Daily FORAcast
  • France Culture: Répliques iTunes Feed Web Site
    • In French, this podcast, led by the well known philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, features a panel discussion on a different cultural topic each week.
  • Get Illuminated iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Boing Boing’s editors interview creative people within fringe culture.
  • Guardian Unlimited
  • Forum with Michael Krasny iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Coming out of San Francisco, this public radio broad/podcast features excellent interviews with major cultural figures.
  • In Our Time iTunes Feed Web Site
    • On this BBC program, the best minds explore the big issues that form the intellectual agenda of our time.
  • Leonard Lopate Show iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Coming out of WNYC in New York City, this public radio podcast offers daily interviews with a diverse collection of great thinkers and talkers.
  • Morning Stories iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Presented by WGBH in Boston, this program presents “unforgettable stories by everyday people.”
  • My History Can Beat Up Your Politics iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Exactly what it sounds like; it puts current political events in a historical perspective and analyzes the history to allow us to understand our politics.
  • New York Public Library iTunes Web Site
    • An extensive collection of cultural media produced by one of the world’s great libraries.
  • NPR: Intelligence Squared iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Intelligence Squared U.S. brings Oxford-style debating to America– one motion, one moderator, three panelists for the motion and three against. Past topics have included religion in America, Hamas, and Hollywood.
  • NPR: Fresh Air iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The NPR favorite with Terry Gross.
  • NPR: Koppel on the News iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Like Nightline, but better.
  • NPR Shuffle iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A daily sampling of different NPR programming.
  • NPR Talk of the Nation Opinion Page iTunes Web Site
  • Open Source iTunes Feed Web Site
    • This daily program, hosted by Christopher Lydon, uses the internet and interactive technology to talk about the world. One of our favorites.
  • Partially Examined Life - iTunesFeedWeb Site
    • A philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it.
  • PBS Podcasts iTunes Feeds
    • This general collection gives you access to all PBS podcasts.
  • Philosophy Bites iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A British podcast featuring interviews of top philosophers and that delves into some essential philosophical questions — what is the meaning of life? what is the nature of reality? what is evil?, etc.
  • Philosophers’ Cafe Feed Web Site
    • Comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on burning issues of the day. No formal philosophy training required; real life experience desired. Come early, stay late. Presented by Simon Fraser University.
  • Public Radio Podcast Catalogue Web Site
    • This web site contains links to feeds for over 900 public radio programs available via podcast.
  • ResearchChannel iTunesWeb Site
    • Based out of the University of Washington, the Research Channel aggregates content from many universities and research institutions.
  • Salon.com Conversations iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Salon has a nice collection of audio conversations with figures from the higher echelons of the pop culture world. David Lynch, Pedro Almodóvar, Amy Sedaris, the list goes on.
  • SALT – Seminars About Long Term Thinking iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An award winning monthly speaking series hosted by Stewart Brand and organized by the Long Now Foundation, which hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s “faster/cheaper” mind set and promote “slower/better” thinking. The podcasts features many well known thinkers.
  • Start the Week iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A BBC production, Start The Week “sets the cultural agenda for the week ahead, with high-profile guests discussing the ideas behind their work in the fields of art, literature, film, science, history, society and politics.”
  • TED Talks Video iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Talks from an annual conference that brings together major thinkers and doers.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: Interviews iTunes
  • The Economist iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Audio content from one of the higher quality journals out there.
  • The New York Review of Books iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The podcast from the biweekly book review and journal of intellectual currents.
  • The New York Times Podcasts (Main) iTunes Web Site (see web site for individual feeds)
    • A fairly large collection of daily and weekly podcasts from the major US daily.
  • The New York Times – TimesTalks iTunes Feed
    • Conversations with people of note as well as NYTimes journalists and editors.
  • The New Yorker: Comment (iTunesFeed)
    • A weekly reading of the magazine’s well-known “Comment” essay.
  • The Sound of Young America iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Interviews with important figures in the world of pop culture, arts, literature and comedy. A highly-regarded podcast.
  • This American Life iTunes Feed Web Site
    • First-person stories and short fiction from the award-winning show hosted by Ira Glass.
  • To the Best of Our Knowledge iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Interviews with nationally and internationally-known guests with a passion for ideas.
  • Yesterday is Gone iTunes Feed Web Site
    • “Yesterday Is Gone” is Charles Binder’s personal perspective about politics, art, science, health, the past, the present, and what will probably happen…now that Yesterday Is Gone.

Books & Writing

  • Amazon Book Clips iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Lets you keep tabs on bestselling and up-and-coming authors.
  • Barnes & Noble: Meet the Writers iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A wide range of writers discuss their favorite books, influences, and the reasons they write.
  • C-Span – After Words iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Interviews with important authors of recently published hardback non-fiction.
  • Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Each day Keillor reads a short poem or two and recounts what happened on this day in history.
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing iTunes Feed Web Site
    • I think the title says it all.
  • Guardian Unlimited – Books iTunes Feed Web Site
  • NPR Books iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A collection of NPR author interviews and book reviews.
  • NPR Story of the Day iTunes Feed Web Site
  • Poetry Foundation iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A daily podcast featuring high-quality recordings of poems, interviews with poets, and poetry documentaries.
  • Random House Podcast iTunes Web Site
    • Lets listeners check out excerpts from new book releases.
  • Shakespeare-upon-iPod iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A series of 9 discussions on, and readings from, Shakespeare.
  • Simon Says iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A weekly podcast on the books and audio books from Simon & Schuster.
  • Slate Audio Book Club iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Critics discuss important and popular books.
  • The New York Times Book Review iTunes Feed Web Site
    • This fledgling podcast features the editor of the NYT Book Review speaking about newly reviewed books.
  • The New Yorker: Fiction iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Each month, a New Yorker fiction writer chooses a story from the magazine’s archives for a New Yorker Out Loud podcast.
  • The Poetic Voice iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Houghton Mifflin presents a monthly poetry podcast.
  • The Washington Post Book Review iTunes Feed Web Site
  • The Writer’s Block iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Aired on KQED in San Francisco, this weekly reading series featuring writers and performers of all stripes reading the latest short fiction, non-fiction, theater and poetry.
  • Times Online Book Podcasts iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Book podcasts from another British daily.
  • Word for Word iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Presented by American Public Media, this podcast reviews the best of the nation’s recent speeches.
  • World Book Club iTunes Feed Web Site
    • World Book Club invites the globe’s great authors to discuss their best known novel. This monthly programme, presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions by World Service listeners.

Film

  • BBC: Mark Kermode’s Film Reviews iTunes Feed Web Site
    • From the BBC, this podcast takes a no-punches-pulled look at UK cinema.
  • The Treatment iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the “treatment” to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment.

Music

For music podcasts, see this dedicated page.

Museums

  • Art Institute of Chicago Musecast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Experience the Art Institute of Chicago’s museum through the words of artists, curators, musicians, and educators.
  • Metropolitain Museum of Art iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A solid collection of podcasts from America’s finest art museum. Includes reading by well known actors.
  • MoMa iTunes Feed Web Site
    • The Museum of Modern Art gives you podcasts that let you hear artists and curators discuss modern and contemporary art.
  • MoMA Think Modern Lectures iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Offers recordings of artists, critics, scholars and writers sharing their knowledge of the museum’s art collections as well as their views on comtemporary art issues.
  • National Museums Liverpool Feed Web Site
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art iTunes Web Site
    • The museum offers multiple podcasts. They’re all centralized in iTunes, or you can find the individual rss feeds on the museum web site.
  • SFMOMA iTunes Site
    • A notably strong collection of museum podcasts.
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • The National Gallery Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Podcasts from the National Gallery art museum in London.

Sundry

  • Car Talk iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An NPR classic.
  • The New Yorker Cartoons iTunes Feed.
    • Catch animated versions of The New Yorker’s famous cartoons.


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  1. Elvis Costello: The First Ten Years Podcast | Open Culture says . . . | July 13, 2007 / 11:01 am

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  2. Neil Wanstall says . . . | July 23, 2007 / 3:41 am

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  4. Musik und Filme Downloaden - Schnell, Sicher & Gratis says . . . | July 28, 2007 / 8:34 am

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  5. The New Yorker Magazine Crosses the Digital Divide | Open Culture says . . . | July 30, 2007 / 12:16 am

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  7. Philosophy Bites | Open Culture says . . . | August 24, 2007 / 2:42 pm

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  11. Easy Ways to Go Green says . . . | December 17, 2008 / 1:14 pm

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  12. Technologie, éducation et liberté » Blog Archive » The Whole Earth Catalog Now Online says . . . | January 10, 2009 / 11:11 am

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  13. Portland Roofer says . . . | January 12, 2009 / 12:02 pm

    I know what I’ll be listening to on my commutes to jobsites. Thank you!

  14. Organic Food Man says . . . | January 20, 2009 / 1:26 am

    Thanks for the help with finding things as far as podcasts are concerned! Just have to dig around your site now to find out some healthy eating and cooking shows!

  15. Matty Byloos says . . . | January 26, 2009 / 10:40 am

    Just came back here again and found more great stuff! Was so happy to find all the Alan Watts material!

  16. Ron Ferple says . . . | February 11, 2009 / 4:11 pm

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  18. Adult Content. For Mature Thinkers Only | Open Culture says . . . | April 22, 2009 / 10:59 pm

    [...] You get the drift. This is a show that takes ideas, literature, and life seriously. It’s heady, and it doesn’t dumb things down. If you’re a faithful reader of Open Culture, you’ll find something here for you. If you take a spin through the archives, you’ll find Harrison in conversation with Orhan Pamuk (the Nobel Prize winning novelist) and Richard Rorty (one of America’s most important contemporary philosophers). You’ll also find him talking with scholars about  Vladamir Nabokov and his Lolita, World War II and the German bombing of London, the History of Psychiatry, and The Historical Jesus. Each program starts with a 10 minute (or so) monologue, and then Harrison gets down to talking with his guest for another 50. Give a listen. Let us know your thoughts. And know that Entitled Opinions (iTunes Feed Web Site) is included in our Ideas & Culture Podcast Collection. [...]

  19. Donald Raiche says . . . | May 5, 2009 / 8:48 am

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  20. Talaleu Gogo says . . . | June 8, 2009 / 11:37 pm

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  21. Philosophy for Beginners | Open Culture says . . . | July 13, 2009 / 10:10 pm

    [...] Philosophy doesn’t have to be daunting. Thanks to the Continuing Education program at Oxford University, you can ease into philosophical thinking by listening to five lectures collectively called Philosophy for Beginners. (Find them on iTunesU in audio and video). Taught by Marianne Talbot, Lecture 1 starts with a “Romp Through the History of Philosophy” and moves in a brief hour from Ancient Greece to the present. Subsequent lectures (usually running about 90 minutes) cover the following topics: logic, ethics, politics, metaphysics, epistemology, and language. For those hankering for more philosophy, I’ve listed below a series of more advanced philosophy courses and also some philosophy podcasts. (You can get more free university courses here and intelligent podcasts here). [...]

  22. Philosophy for beginners « Later On says . . . | July 14, 2009 / 1:24 pm

    [...] Posted in Daily life, Education at 2:24 pm by LeisureGuy  Dan Coleman blogs: Philosophy doesn’t have to be daunting. Thanks to the Continuing Education program at Oxford University, you can ease into philosophical thinking by listening to five lectures collectively called Philosophy for Beginners. (Find them on iTunesU in audio and video). Taught by Marianne Talbot, Lecture 1 starts with a “Romp Through the History of Philosophy” and moves in a brief hour from Ancient Greece to the present. Subsequent lectures (usually running about 90 minutes) cover the following topics: logic, ethics, politics, metaphysics, epistemology, and language. For those hankering for more philosophy, I’ve listed below a series of more advanced philosophy courses and also some philosophy podcasts. (You can get more free university courses here and intelligent podcasts here). [...]

  23. Philosophy Audio and Video on the Web « Cloud of Witnesses says . . . | July 15, 2009 / 7:37 pm

    [...] Philosophy doesn’t have to be daunting. Thanks to the Continuing Education program at Oxford University, you can ease into philosophical thinking by listening to five lectures collectively called Philosophy for Beginners. (Find them on iTunesU in audio and video). Taught by Marianne Talbot, Lecture 1 starts with a “Romp Through the History of Philosophy” and moves in a brief hour from Ancient Greece to the present. Subsequent lectures (usually running about 90 minutes) cover the following topics: logic, ethics, politics, metaphysics, epistemology, and language. For those hankering for more philosophy, I’ve listed below a series of more advanced philosophy courses and also some philosophy podcasts. (You can get more free university courses here and intelligent podcasts here). [...]

  24. Nobel Prize Winner Reads From His New Novel | Open Culture says . . . | August 13, 2009 / 9:45 pm

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  25. We Are as Gods | Open Culture says . . . | August 24, 2009 / 10:46 pm

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  26. Reader Podcast Picks | Open Culture says . . . | October 22, 2009 / 9:47 pm

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  27. Reader Podcast Picks | cheap SLR Blog says . . . | October 27, 2009 / 5:39 am

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  28. 10 Power Tools for Lifelong Learners | Open Culture says . . . | December 2, 2009 / 11:41 pm

    [...] Ideas & Culture Programs/Podcasts:  In this one collection, we have gathered together some of the most intellectually stimulating programs available via podcast. The programs will keep you thinking and culturally up-to-date, as will our collection of science podcasts. All can be downloaded straight to your mp3 player. [...]

  29. 10 Power Tools for Lifelong Learners | Kalooz.com says . . . | January 9, 2010 / 7:34 am

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  30. aprima says . . . | January 25, 2010 / 4:28 am

    Many thanks for this great collection of interestng links and podcasts!
    Just one remark: the URL to the music podcasts does not work (jan 25th)

    thanks.
    aprima

  31. VirginiaJim says . . . | February 16, 2010 / 8:01 am

    This Week in Virology should be on the list as the only ongoing discussion about this rapidly developing field.

  32. Deep Thinking on the Web | Open Culture says . . . | February 17, 2010 / 10:09 am

    [...] on a BBC podcast called In Our Time (iTunes – Feed - Web Site). It’s listed in our Ideas & Culture Podcast Collection, along with many other thoughtful programs that make meaningful subjects relevant to a broader, [...]

  33. John Naruwan says . . . | February 17, 2010 / 6:50 pm

    A great list, thanks! Here are some other great podcasts about history, society, and so on, for the Ideas/Issues section.

    RN Shuffle – ABC (Aus.)
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/rnshuffle/
    A discussion on ideas in science, politics, health, design and film, human behaviour, religion, etc.

    Thinking Allowed – BBC Radio 4
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/thinkingallowed/
    Thought-provoking discussion on latest social science research.

    Rear Vision – ABC (Aus.)
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/rearvision/
    Issues in society discussed from a historical perspective.

    The Forum – a world of ideas – BBC World Service
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/2009/03/000000_forum.shtml
    Three innovative thinkers from different cultures and perspectives put forward new ideas.

    The Philosopher’s Zone – ABC (Aus.)
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/
    Philosophy!

    Ockham’s Razor – ABC (Aus.)
    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ockhamsrazor/
    Science and Society

  34. Getting Smart During Your Daily Commute | Open Culture says . . . | March 8, 2010 / 10:55 pm

    [...] Ideas & Culture Programs: In this one collection, we have gathered some of the most intellectually stimulating programs, covering the worlds of thought, film, music, books, etc. These programs will keep you thinking and culturally up-to-date. Most of the programs feature new daily episodes. [...]

  35. Large list of podcasts that teach you something says . . . | December 1, 2010 / 7:08 pm

    [...] Culture: Many links to interesting podcasts and even audio texts. Concentrates on art, pop culture and media. Great. Ads [...]

  36. Culture says . . . | January 28, 2011 / 10:17 am

    Excellent list of cultural resources!

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