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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