The 150 Best Podcasts to Enrich Your Mind

Feed your brain with great pod­casts on art, music, his­to­ry, phi­los­o­phy, plus cap­ti­vat­ing true and imag­ined sto­ries. This is a soft launch of a new page. If we’re miss­ing impor­tant pod­casts, please let us know here.

Art, Design & Fashion

99 Per­cent Invis­i­bleAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web SiteRSS — Design is every­where in our lives, per­haps most impor­tant­ly in the places where we’ve just stopped notic­ing. 99% Invis­i­ble is a week­ly explo­ration of the process and pow­er of design and archi­tec­ture. From award win­ning pro­duc­er Roman Mars.

A His­to­ry of the World in 100 ObjectsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web Site — This pod­cast uses the British Muse­um’s col­lec­tion to tell an epic his­to­ry of human­i­ty span­ning over two mil­lion years. This 100-part series is nar­rat­ed by Neil Mac­Gre­gor, Direc­tor of the British Muse­um, and was orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast on BBC Radio 4.

Arti­cles of Inter­estAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A show about what we wear. It’s a six-part series from 99% Invis­i­ble, look­ing at cloth­ing.

ArtCu­ri­ousAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Think art his­to­ry is bor­ing? Think again. It’s weird, fun­ny, mys­te­ri­ous, enthralling, and lib­er­at­ing. Join us as we cov­er the strangest sto­ries in art. Is the Mona Lisa fake? Did Van Gogh actu­al­ly kill him­self? And why were the Impres­sion­ists so great?

Art Detec­tiveAppleSpo­ti­fy — Under­stand­ing art allows us to under­stand his­to­ry: to pin it with images, and pep­per it with the faces, col­ors, dra­ma and expres­sion of its time. This series is designed to give bite-sized insights into the world of Art His­to­ry, bring­ing one image to life across 20 min­utes through dis­cus­sion with experts.

Art His­to­ry for AllAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web Site — From art lovers to art haters to art-is-just-okay-ers, Art His­to­ry for All aims to get all kinds of peo­ple think­ing about art and what it means to them. Each episode, Allyson Healey tack­les a sin­gle work of art and its his­to­ry and larg­er sig­nif­i­cance, always ask­ing the ques­tion: so what? Art His­to­ry for All takes you beyond the art his­tor­i­cal canon and helps you find the way in which art speaks to you (even if it’s nev­er spo­ken to you before).

Design Mat­tersAppleGoogle — Web Site —  Host­ed by Deb­bie Mill­man, Design Mat­ters is the world’s first pod­cast about design and an inquiry into the broad­er world of cre­ative cul­ture through wide-rang­ing con­ver­sa­tions with design­ers, writ­ers, artists, cura­tors, musi­cians, and oth­er lumi­nar­ies of con­tem­po­rary thought.

Dressed: The His­to­ry of Fash­ionAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — With over 7 bil­lion peo­ple in the world, we all have one thing in com­mon. Every day we all get dressed. Join Dressed as they explore the social and cul­tur­al his­to­ries behind the who, what, when of why we wear.

Last SeenAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web SiteRSS —  It remains the most valu­able — and con­found­ing — art heist in his­to­ry: 13 art­works stolen from Boston’s Isabel­la Stew­art Gard­ner Muse­um. Twen­ty-eight years lat­er, not a sin­gle piece in a haul worth half a bil­lion dol­lars has sur­faced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever inter­views, unprece­dent­ed access, and more than a year of inves­tiga­tive report­ing, “Last Seen” takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in his­to­ry. A joint pro­duc­tion from WBUR and The Boston Globe. Read more here.

Raw Mate­r­i­al — AppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — Raw Mate­r­i­al is an arts and cul­ture pod­cast from the San Fran­cis­co Muse­um of Mod­ern Art (SFMOMA). Each sea­son focus­es on a dif­fer­ent top­ic, fea­tur­ing voic­es of artists work­ing in all media and explor­ing the inspi­ra­tion and sto­ries behind mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art.

Record­ing ArtistsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web Site — What was it like to be a woman mak­ing art as the fem­i­nist and civ­il rights move­ments were trans­form­ing Amer­i­can soci­ety? In this first sea­son of Record­ing Artists, from the Get­ty, this pod­cast uses archival inter­views to explore the lives of six women artists—Alice Neel, Lee Kras­ner, Betye Saar, Helen Franken­thaler, Yoko Ono, and Eva Hesse. Read more here.

The Lone­ly PaletteAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The Lone­ly Palette returns art his­to­ry to the mass­es, one paint­ing at a time. Each episode, host Tamar Avishai picks a paint­ing du jour, inter­views unsus­pect­ing muse­um vis­i­tors in front of it, and then dives deeply into the object, the move­ment, the social con­text, and any­thing and every­thing else that will make it as neat to you as it is to her.

The Mod­ern Art Notes Pod­castAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web SiteRSS — A week­ly, hour-long inter­view pro­gram fea­tur­ing artists, his­to­ri­ans, authors, cura­tors and con­ser­va­tors. Pulitzer Prize-win­ning art crit­ic Sebas­t­ian Smee called The MAN Pod­cast “one of the great archives of the art of our time.”

Audio Dramas

Alice Isn’t DeadAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A truck dri­ver search­es across Amer­i­ca for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human ser­i­al mur­der­ers, towns lit­er­al­ly lost in time, and a con­spir­a­cy that goes way beyond one miss­ing woman.

Ask­ing for ItAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A queer con­tem­po­rary take of the Goldilocks tale: about love, music, and break­ing the cycle of abuse. Goldie escapes a chaot­ic child­hood only to go from a part­ner who starves her of love to a part­ner who near­ly drowns her in it, before learn­ing to be just right on her own. From CBC Pod­casts and Mer­maid Palace.

Black­outAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Acad­e­my Award win­ner Rami Malek stars in this apoc­a­lyp­tic thriller as a small-town radio DJ fight­ing to pro­tect his fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty after the pow­er grid goes down nation­wide, upend­ing mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion.

LifeAfter/The Mes­sageAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — The Mes­sage and its sequel, LifeAfter, take lis­ten­ers on jour­neys to the lim­its of tech­nol­o­gy. n The Mes­sage, an alien trans­mis­sion from decades ago becomes an urgent puz­zle with life or death con­se­quences. In LifeAfter, Ross, a low lev­el employ­ee at the FBI, spends his days con­vers­ing online with his wife Char­lie – who died eight months ago. But the tech­nol­o­gy behind this dig­i­tal res­ur­rec­tion leads Ross down a dan­ger­ous path that threat­ens his job, his own life, and maybe even the world. Win­ner of the Cannes Gold Lion.

Home­com­ingAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Home­com­ing cen­ters on a case­work­er at an exper­i­men­tal facil­i­ty, her ambi­tious super­vi­sor, and a sol­dier eager to rejoin civil­ian life — pre­sent­ed in an enig­mat­ic col­lage of tele­phone calls, ther­a­py ses­sions, and over­heard con­ver­sa­tions. Star­ring Cather­ine Keen­er, Oscar Isaac, David Schwim­mer, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Michael Cera, Mer­cedes Ruehl, Alia Shawkat, Chris Geth­ard, and Spike Jonze.

Lime­townAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The premise: Ten years ago, over three hun­dred men, women and chil­dren dis­ap­peared from a small town in Ten­nessee, nev­er to be heard from again. In this pod­cast, Amer­i­can Pub­lic Radio reporter Lia Had­dock asks the ques­tion once more, “What hap­pened to the peo­ple of Lime­town?”

Moth­er­hack­erAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The plot: Bridget’s life is a series of dropped calls. With a gift for gab, an ex-hus­band in rehab, and down to her last dol­lar, Bridget’s life takes a des­per­ate turn when she starts vish­ing over the phone for a shady iden­ti­ty theft ring in order to sup­port her fam­i­ly.

Pas­sen­ger ListAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Atlantic Flight 702 has dis­ap­peared mid-flight between Lon­don and New York with 256 pas­sen­gers on board. Kaitlin Le (Kel­ly Marie Tran), a col­lege stu­dent whose twin broth­er van­ished with the flight, is deter­mined to uncov­er the truth.

San­draAppleSpo­ti­fy — Web Site — Co-stars Kris­ten Wiig, Alia Shawkat, and Ethan Hawke. Here’s the plot: Helen’s always dreamed of ditch­ing her home­town, so when she lands a job at the com­pa­ny that makes San­dra, every­one’s favorite A.I., she fig­ures it’s the next-best thing. But work­ing behind the cur­tain isn’t quite the escape from real­i­ty that Helen expect­ed.

The Angel of VineAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A present day jour­nal­ist uncov­ers the audio tapes of a 1950s pri­vate eye who cracked the great­est unsolved mur­der mys­tery Hol­ly­wood has ever known… and didn’t tell a soul. Star­ring Joe Man­ganiel­lo, Alfred Moli­na, Con­stance Zim­mer, Alan Tudyk, Camil­la Lud­ding­ton, and more.

The Bright Ses­sionsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A sci­ence fic­tion pod­cast that fol­lows a group of ther­a­py patients. But these are not your typ­i­cal patients — each has a unique super­nat­ur­al abil­i­ty. The show doc­u­ments their strug­gles and dis­cov­er­ies as well as the moti­va­tions of their mys­te­ri­ous ther­a­pist, Dr. Bright.

The Orbit­ing Human Cir­cusAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Dis­cov­er a won­drous­ly sur­re­al world of mag­ic, music, and mys­tery. This immer­sive, cin­e­mat­ic audio spec­ta­cle fol­lows the adven­tures of a lone­ly, stage-struck jan­i­tor who is drawn into the larg­er-than-life uni­verse of the Orbit­ing Human Cir­cus, a fan­tas­ti­cal, wild­ly pop­u­lar radio show broad­cast from the top of the Eif­fel Tow­er. WNYC Stu­dios presents a spe­cial director’s cut of this joy­ous, mov­ing break from real­i­ty. Star­ring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Rob­bins, Drew Callan­der, Susan­nah Flood, and fea­tur­ing Mandy Patinkin and Char­lie Day.

The TruthAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The Truth makes movies for your ears. They’re short sto­ries that are some­times dark, some­times fun­ny, and always intrigu­ing. Every sto­ry is dif­fer­ent, but they all take you to unex­pect­ed places using only sound. If you’re new, some good start­ing places are: Sil­vi­a’s Blood, That’s Democ­ra­cy, Moon Graf­fi­ti, Tape Delay, or what­ev­er’s most recent. Lis­ten­ing with head­phones is encour­aged!

The WalkAppleSpo­ti­fy — “Dystopi­an thriller, The Walk, is a tale of mis­tak­en iden­ti­ty, ter­ror­ism, and a life-or-death mis­sion to walk across Scot­land. But the for­mat of this sto­ry is — unusu­al. The Walk is an immer­sive fic­tion pod­cast, and the cre­ators want you to lis­ten to it while walk­ing. It begins with a ter­ror­ist attack at a train sta­tion; you are the pro­tag­o­nist, known only as Walk­er, and the police think you’re a mem­ber of a shad­owy ter­ror group called The Burn.” “Author Nao­mi Alder­man, whose lat­est nov­el was a best­seller called The Pow­er, is the cre­ator of The Walk.”

We’re AliveAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — An award-win­ing audio dra­ma, orig­i­nal­ly released in pod­cast form. Its sto­ry fol­lows a large group of sur­vivors of a zom­bie apoc­a­lypse in down­town Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia.

Wel­come to Night ValeAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Twice-month­ly com­mu­ni­ty updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry is true. Turn on your radio and hide. Nev­er lis­tened before? It’s an ongo­ing radio show. Start with the cur­rent episode, and you’ll catch on in no time.

Wolf 359AppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — A sci­ence fic­tion pod­cast cre­at­ed by Gabriel Urbina. Fol­low­ing in the tra­di­tion of Gold­en Age radio dra­mas, Wolf 359 tells the sto­ry of a dys­func­tion­al space sta­tion crew orbit­ing the star Wolf 359 on a deep space sur­vey mis­sion.

Audio Reads: Fiction & Non-Fiction

LeVar Bur­ton ReadsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The best short fic­tion, hand­picked by the best voice in pod­cast­ing. In every episode, host LeVar Bur­ton (Roots, Read­ing Rain­bow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your dai­ly life, and dive into a great sto­ry. LeVar’s nar­ra­tion blends with gor­geous sound­scapes to bring sto­ries by Neil Gaiman, Haru­ki Muraka­mi, Octavia But­ler, Ray Brad­bury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath.

New York­er Fic­tion Pod­castApple — Web Site — This pod­cast fea­tures read­ings of clas­sic fic­tion pub­lished in The New York­er.

Select­ed ShortsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — Great actors read great fic­tion in front of a live audi­ence.

Books & Language

A Way with WordsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A fun and fun­ny radio show and pod­cast about lan­guage. Co-hosts Martha Bar­nette and Grant Bar­rett talk with callers from around the world about lin­guis­tics, slang, new words, jokes, rid­dles, word games, gram­mar, old say­ings, word ori­gins, region­al dialects, fam­i­ly expres­sions, books, lit­er­a­ture, folk­lore, and speak­ing and writ­ing well.

Lex­i­con Val­ley - AppleSpo­ti­fy — RSS — A show about lan­guage, from pet peeves, syn­tax, and ety­mol­o­gy to neu­rolin­guis­tics and the death of lan­guages. Host­ed by lin­guist John McWhort­er.

Lit­er­a­ture and His­to­ryAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — A pod­cast cov­er­ing Anglo­phone lit­er­a­ture and its roots, from ancient times to the present! Each episode cov­ers an influ­en­tial work of world lit­er­a­ture, fea­tur­ing sum­maries of the texts, his­tor­i­cal analy­sis of the cul­tures that pro­duced them, and some orig­i­nal music and goofi­ness thrown in to keep you enter­tained.

The Allu­sion­istAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The Allu­sion­ist scratch­es the sur­face of why we say the things we say. Eng­lish is a big messy mutt of a lan­guage, formed by mil­i­tary inva­sion after mil­i­tary inva­sion, plus count­less tiny idio­syn­crat­ic deci­sions made by its users along the way. The Allu­sion­ist is the lat­est from award-win­ning host Helen Zaltz­man. Based in Lon­don, UK.

The His­to­ry of Eng­lish Pod­castAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — A chrono­log­i­cal his­to­ry of the Eng­lish lan­guage exam­ined through the lens of his­tor­i­cal events that shaped the devel­op­ment and spread of the lan­guage from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

The Pen­guin Pod­castAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — The Pen­guin Pod­cast fea­tures con­ver­sa­tions with some our of lead­ing authors and cre­ative thinkers, as we seek to under­stand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the inter­view a hand­ful of objects that have inspired their work. Recent guests include Noam Chom­sky, Paul McCart­ney, William Gib­son, Arund­hati Roy and more.


Against the Rules with Michael LewisAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS —  Jour­nal­ist and best­selling author Michael Lewis (Liar’s Pok­er, Mon­ey­ball) takes a sear­ing look at what’s hap­pened to fair­ness. It feels like there’s less of it every day—whether it comes to lend­ing prac­tices, col­lege admis­sions, pro­fes­sion­al sports, or psy­cho­log­i­cal well-being. Who are the peo­ple try­ing to lev­el the play­ing field, and are they mak­ing an impact? Lewis inter­views ref­er­ees (Sea­son 1) and coach­es (Sea­son 2) from many walks of life, bring­ing his trade­mark insight and wry humor to their sto­ries of (in)equality today.

Akim­boAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Akim­bo is an ancient word, from the bend in the riv­er or the bend in an archer’s bow. It’s become a sym­bol for strength, a pos­ture of pos­si­bil­i­ty, the idea that when we stand tall, arms bent, look­ing right at it, we can make a dif­fer­ence. Seth God­in’s Akim­bo is a pod­cast about our cul­ture and about how we can change it. About see­ing what’s hap­pen­ing and choos­ing to do some­thing. The cul­ture is real, but it can be changed. You can bend it.

Ben­ja­men Walk­er’s The­o­ry of Every­thingAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The­o­ry of Every­thing plunges lis­ten­ers into a whirl of jour­nal­ism, fic­tion, art, inter­views, and the occa­sion­al explod­ing pipe dream. Host Ben­ja­men Walk­er con­nects the dots in a hyper-con­nect­ed world, fea­tur­ing con­ver­sa­tions with philoso­phers, friends, and the occa­sion­al too-good-to-be-real guest.

Com­plex­i­tyAppleGoogleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Far-reach­ing con­ver­sa­tions with a world­wide net­work of sci­en­tists and math­e­mati­cians, philoso­phers and artists devel­op­ing new frame­works to explain our uni­verse’s deep­est mys­ter­ies. Cre­at­ed by the San­ta Fe Insti­tute.

Enti­tled Opin­ionsAppleGoogleWeb Site — Enti­tled Opin­ions is a lit­er­ary talk show on Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Radio, KZSU, in which Pro­fes­sor Robert Har­ri­son inter­views guests about issues that range from lit­er­a­ture and phi­los­o­phy to pol­i­tics and sports. Read more here.

Flash For­wardAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — A show about pos­si­ble (and not so pos­si­ble) future sce­nar­ios. What would the war­ran­ty on a sex robot look like? How would diplo­ma­cy work if we couldn’t lie? Host­ed and pro­duced by award win­ning sci­ence jour­nal­ist Rose Eveleth, each episode com­bines audio dra­ma and jour­nal­ism to go deep on poten­tial tomor­rows, and uncov­ers what those futures might real­ly be like.

Freako­nom­ics RadioAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — Dis­cov­er the hid­den side of every­thing with Stephen J. Dub­n­er, co-author of the Freako­nom­ics books. Each week, Freako­nom­ics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you nev­er thought you want­ed to know (but do) — from the eco­nom­ics of sleep to how to become great at just about any­thing. Dub­n­er speaks with Nobel lau­re­ates and provo­ca­teurs, intel­lec­tu­als and entre­pre­neurs, and var­i­ous oth­er under­achiev­ers.

Fresh AirAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — 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.

Here’s the ThingAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — Alec Bald­win takes lis­ten­ers into the lives of artists, pol­i­cy mak­ers and per­form­ers. Alec side­steps the pre­dictable by going inside the dress­ing rooms, apart­ments, and offices of peo­ple we want to under­stand bet­ter: Ira Glass, Pat­ti Smith, David Brooks, Roz Chast, Chris Rock and oth­ers.

Hid­den BrainAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — NPR’s Shankar Vedan­tam uses sci­ence and sto­ry­telling to reveal the uncon­scious pat­terns that dri­ve human behav­ior, shape our choic­es and direct our rela­tion­ships.

Imag­i­nary WorldsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteSound­Cloud — A bi-week­ly pod­cast about sci­ence fic­tion and oth­er fan­ta­sy gen­res. Host Eric Molin­sky talks with nov­el­ists, screen­writ­ers, com­ic book artists, film­mak­ers, and game design­ers about their craft of cre­at­ing fic­tion­al worlds. The show also looks at the fan expe­ri­ence, explor­ing what makes us sus­pend our dis­be­lief, and what hap­pens when that spell is bro­ken.

In Our Time - AppleSpo­ti­fy — Web Site — In Our Time is a live BBC radio dis­cus­sion series explor­ing the his­to­ry of ideas, pre­sent­ed by Melvyn Bragg since Octo­ber 1998. It is one of BBC Radio 4’s most suc­cess­ful dis­cus­sion pro­grams, acknowl­edged to have “trans­formed the land­scape for seri­ous ideas at peak lis­ten­ing time.’” Read more here.

Intel­li­gence SquaredAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — The world’s lead­ing forum for debate and intel­li­gent dis­cus­sion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that mat­ter, in the com­pa­ny of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most excit­ing ora­tors.

Long­formAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Inter­views with writ­ers, jour­nal­ists, film­mak­ers, and pod­cast­ers about how they do their work. Host­ed by Aaron Lam­mer, Max Lin­sky, and Evan Ratliff.

Mak­ing Sense Pod­castAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philoso­pher, and best-sell­ing author—as he explores some of the most impor­tant ques­tions about the human mind, soci­ety, and cur­rent events.

On BeingAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Ground­break­ing Peabody Award-win­ning con­ver­sa­tion about the big ques­tions of mean­ing — spir­i­tu­al inquiry, sci­ence, social heal­ing, and the arts. Each week a new dis­cov­ery about the immen­si­ty of our lives. Host­ed by Krista Tip­pett.

Revi­sion­ist His­to­ryAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — 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.

Radi­o­labAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A two-time Peabody Award-win­ner, Radi­o­lab is an inves­ti­ga­tion told through sounds and sto­ries, and cen­tered around one big idea. In the Radi­o­lab world, infor­ma­tion sounds like music and sci­ence and cul­ture col­lide. Host­ed by Jad Abum­rad and Robert Krul­wich, the show is designed for lis­ten­ers who demand skep­ti­cism, but appre­ci­ate won­der.

Sean Car­rol­l’s Mind­scapeAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Ever want­ed to know how music affects your brain, what quan­tum mechan­ics real­ly is, or how black holes work? Do you won­der why you get emo­tion­al each time you see a cer­tain movie, or how on earth video games are designed? Then you’ve come to the right place. Each week, Sean Car­roll will host con­ver­sa­tions with some of the most inter­est­ing thinkers in the world. From neu­ro­sci­en­tists and engi­neers to authors and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­ers, Sean and his guests talk about the biggest ideas in sci­ence, phi­los­o­phy, cul­ture and much more.

Solv­ableAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — RSS —  Solv­able show­cas­es the world’s most inno­v­a­tive thinkers and their pro­posed solu­tions to the world’s most daunt­ing prob­lems. The inter­views, con­duct­ed by jour­nal­ists like Mal­colm Glad­well and Jacob Weis­berg, will launch a dia­logue that both acknowl­edges the com­plex­i­ty of the issues while inspir­ing hope that the prob­lems are, in fact, solv­able

TED Radio HourAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — TED Radio Hour inves­ti­gates the biggest ques­tions of our time with the help of the world’s great­est thinkers. Can we pre­serve our human­i­ty in the dig­i­tal age? Where does cre­ativ­i­ty come from? And what’s the secret to liv­ing longer? In each episode, host Manoush Zomoro­di explores a big idea through a series of TED Talks and orig­i­nal inter­views, inspir­ing us to learn more about the world, our com­mu­ni­ties, and most impor­tant­ly, our­selves.

The Joy of XAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Host­ed by Steven Stro­gatz, The Joy of X pod­cast opens a win­dow into the inner worlds of top-tier sci­en­tists and math­e­mati­cians while shin­ing light on uni­ver­sal themes like cre­ativ­i­ty, col­lab­o­ra­tion or nav­i­gat­ing pro­fes­sion­al chal­lenges.

The New York­er Radio HourAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site —  David Rem­nick is joined by The New Yorker’s award-win­ning writ­ers, edi­tors and artists to present a week­ly mix of pro­files, sto­ry­telling, and insight­ful con­ver­sa­tions about the issues that mat­ter.

The WildAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Chris Mor­gan takes lis­ten­ers around the world to Italy, Ger­many and his own back­yard of the Pacif­ic North­west to explore the beau­ty and won­der of the out­doors and its inhab­i­tants. From beavers to wolves to griz­zly bears we expe­ri­ence up close the resilient pow­er of nature and our rela­tion­ship with it.

WTFAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Marc Maron wel­comes come­di­ans, actors, direc­tors, writ­ers, authors, musi­cians and folks from all walks of life to his home for amaz­ing­ly reveal­ing con­ver­sa­tions. Mar­c’s prob­ing, com­pre­hen­sive inter­view style allows guests to express them­selves in ways lis­ten­ers have nev­er heard.


1619AppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — In August of 1619, a ship car­ry­ing more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the Eng­lish colony of Vir­ginia. Amer­i­ca was not yet Amer­i­ca, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the coun­try that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slav­ery that fol­lowed. On the 400th anniver­sary of this fate­ful moment, it is time to tell the sto­ry.

Back­Sto­ryAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — There’s the his­to­ry you had to learn, and the his­to­ry you want to learn — that’s where Back­Sto­ry comes in. Each week Back­Sto­ry takes a top­ic that peo­ple are talk­ing about and explores it through the lens of Amer­i­can his­to­ry. Through sto­ries, inter­views, and con­ver­sa­tions with our lis­ten­ers, Back­Sto­ry makes his­to­ry engag­ing and fun. Based at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia, it’s cre­at­ed by U.S. his­to­ri­ans Ed Ayers, Bri­an Balogh, Nathan Con­nol­ly and Joanne Free­man.

Hope, Through His­to­ryAppleSpo­ti­fy — Host­ed by Pulitzer Prize win­ning his­to­ri­an Jon Meacham, this pod­cast explores some of the most his­toric and try­ing times in Amer­i­can his­to­ry, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments and how we came through these moments a uni­fied nation. Sea­son One takes a look at crit­i­cal moments around the 1918 Flu Pan­dem­ic, the Great Depres­sion, World War II, the polio epi­dem­ic and the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis.

Rev­o­lu­tionsAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS —  A week­ly pod­cast explor­ing great polit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tions. It’s cre­at­ed by the New York Times best sell­ing author Mike Dun­can.

The Dol­lopAppleSpo­ti­fy — RSS — Come­di­ans Dave Antho­ny and Gareth Reynolds pick a sub­ject from his­to­ry and exam­ine it.

The His­to­ry of Byzan­tiumAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A pod­cast telling the sto­ry of the Roman (Byzan­tine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453.

The His­to­ry of RomeAppleSpo­ti­fy — 192 episodes trac­ing the his­to­ry of the Roman Empire, begin­ning with Aeneas’s arrival in Italy and end­ing with the exile of Romu­lus Augus­tu­lus, last Emper­or of the West­ern Roman Empire. Now com­plete!

The Bow­ery BoysAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — New York City his­to­ry is Amer­i­ca’s his­to­ry. It’s the home­town of the world, and most peo­ple know the city’s famil­iar land­marks, build­ings and streets. Why not look a lit­tle clos­er and have fun while doing it? Now has 300+ episodes.

The Last ArchiveAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — A pod­cast about his­to­ry and epis­te­mol­o­gy by New York­er con­trib­u­tor and Har­vard his­to­ri­an Jill Lep­ore. It’s​ is a show about the his­to­ry of truth, and the his­tor­i­cal con­text for our cur­rent fake news, post-truth moment. It’s a show about how we know what we know, and why it seems, these days, as if we don’t know any­thing at all any­more.

This Day in Eso­teric Polit­i­cal His­to­ryAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — From a glob­al pan­dem­ic upend­ing soci­ety to an espe­cial­ly intense U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cycle, we’re liv­ing in an unprece­dent­ed time. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avir­gan, polit­i­cal his­to­ri­an Nicole Hem­mer, and spe­cial guests res­cue sto­ries from the entire­ty of U.S. polit­i­cal his­to­ry to map our jour­ney through this era. Each episode takes one moment, big or small, from that day in the past and explores how it might inform our present –– and it does so in under ten min­utes.

Through­lineAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web SiteRSS — The past is nev­er past. Every head­line has a his­to­ry. Join NPR’s Through­line every week as they go back in time to under­stand the present. These are sto­ries you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Unciv­ilAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Amer­i­ca is divid­ed, and it always has been. We’re going back to the moment when that split turned into war. This is Unciv­il: Gim­let Medi­a’s new his­to­ry pod­cast, host­ed by jour­nal­ists Jack Hitt and Chen­jerai Kumanyi­ka. We ran­sack the offi­cial ver­sion of the Civ­il War, and take on the his­to­ry you grew up with. We bring you untold sto­ries about covert oper­a­tions, cor­rup­tion, resis­tance, mutiny, coun­ter­feit­ing, ante­bel­lum drones, and so much more. And we con­nect these for­got­ten strug­gles to the polit­i­cal bat­tle­field we’re liv­ing on right now.

You’re Dead To MeAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — From the BBC. The his­to­ry pod­cast for peo­ple who don’t like his­to­ry… and those who do. Greg Jen­ner brings togeth­er the best names in com­e­dy and his­to­ry to learn and laugh about the past.

Music, TV & Film

All Songs Con­sid­ered - AppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friend­ly music bud­dies with the week’s best new music dis­cov­er­ies, includ­ing con­ver­sa­tions with emerg­ing artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can com­plete­ly change your day, with humor, heart and (some­times) a whole lot of noise. Direc­tions for use: Morn­ing com­mute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash per­sists, dis­con­tin­ue use.)

Bro­ken RecordAppleSpo­ti­fy — Web Site — Bro­ken Record is host­ed by pro­duc­er Rick Rubin, the writer Mal­colm Glad­well, and New York Times for­mer edi­tor Bruce Head­lam. It fea­tures musi­cians you love talk­ing about their life, inspi­ra­tion, and craft.

Hit ParadeAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — What makes a song a smash? Tal­ent? Luck? Tim­ing? All that—and more. Chris Molan­phy, pop-chart ana­lyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-cen­tu­ry of chart his­to­ry. Through sto­ry­telling, triv­ia and song snip­pets, Chris dis­sects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the air­waves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your mem­o­ries for­ev­er.

Mogul - AppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site- An engag­ing show about hip hop’s most icon­ic moments, told by the peo­ple who lived them.

Naked­ly Exam­ined Music — Apple — Web Site — Why do musi­cians cre­ate what they do? Why do they cre­ate in that par­tic­u­lar way? Mark Lin­sen­may­er (aka song­writer Mark Lint, and host of The Par­tial­ly Exam­ined Life) talks to song­writ­ers and com­posers about spe­cif­ic record­ings, which are played in full. They cov­er lyric mean­ings, writ­ing and record­ing tech­niques, arrange­ments, band dynam­ics, the sto­ries behind the songs, and even music the­o­ry.

Office LadiesAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — The Office co-stars and best friends, Jen­na Fis­ch­er and Angela Kin­sey, are doing the ulti­mate The Office re-watch pod­cast for you. Each week Jen­na and Angela will break down an episode of The Office and give exclu­sive behind-the-scenes sto­ries that only two peo­ple who were there, can tell you.

Pop Cul­ture Hap­py HourAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A fun and free­wheel­ing chat about the lat­est movies, tele­vi­sion, books, and music.

Pret­ty Much PopApple — Web SiteRSS — A philoso­pher, an actor/musician, and a sci-fi writer (often with enter­tain­ment indus­try guests) talk about media and how we con­sume it: TV, film, music, nov­els, games, comics, com­e­dy, the­ater, pod­casts, online video, and more. Most of what (oth­er) peo­ple like is pret­ty weird when you think about it, so think­ing about it is what they do.

Set­tling the ScoreAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Join Jon and Andy as they explore the world of film music, one score at a time. Each episode is an in-depth dis­cus­sion of a clas­sic film score: what makes it tick, how it serves the movie, and whether it’s, you know, any good. It’s a free­wheel­ing, opin­ion­at­ed con­ver­sa­tion with an ana­lyt­i­cal bent, rich­ly illus­trat­ed with musi­cal exam­ples. No exper­tise required.

Slash FilmAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — In the Slash­film­cast, hard­core geeks David Chen, Devin­dra Hardawar, and Jeff Can­na­ta debate, pon­tif­i­cate, and delve into the lat­est films, TV shows, and oth­er enter­tain­ment-relat­ed items from the past week. Week­ly guests include every­day blog­gers, web­mas­ter lumi­nar­ies, film direc­tors, and movie stars from all walks of life

Soda­jerk­er on Song­writ­ingAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — A pro­gram devot­ed to the art and craft of song­writ­ing. The show, cre­at­ed and host­ed by the UK song­writ­ing team Soda­jerk­er, fea­tures inter­views with some of the most suc­cess­ful song­writ­ers and musi­cians in the world.

Song ExploderAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — RSS — A pod­cast where musi­cians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the sto­ry of how they were made.

Sound Opin­ionsAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — The world’s only rock and roll talk show, host­ed by Jim DeRo­gatis and Greg Kot.

Sound­track­ing with Edith Bow­manAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — In a unique week­ly pod­cast, Edith Bow­man sits down with a vari­ety of film direc­tors, actors, pro­duc­ers and com­posers to talk about the music that inspired them and how they use music in their films, from their cur­rent release to key moments in their career.

Stay Free: The Sto­ry of the ClashSpo­ti­fy — The rise and fall of the punk band, The Clash, nar­rat­ed by Pub­lic Enemy’s Chuck D. Read more here.

Switched on PopAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A Vox pod­cast that reveals the secret for­mu­las that make pop songs so infec­tious. Every Tues­day, musi­col­o­gist Nate Sloan and song­writer Char­lie Hard­ing pull back the cur­tain on how pop hits work their mag­ic. You’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Talk­ing Sopra­nosAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Sopra­nos co-stars Michael Impe­ri­oli and Steve Schirri­pa host the defin­i­tive Sopra­nos re-watch pod­cast. Michael and Steve fol­low the Sopra­nos series episode by episode giv­ing fans all the inside info, behind the scenes sto­ries and lit­tle-known facts that could only come from some­one on the inside.

‘The Wire: Way Down in the Hole’AppleSpo­ti­fy — Jemele Hill and Van Lath­an recap, break­down, and ana­lyze every episode of the icon­ic HBO hit series, The Wire, start­ing from the begin­ning with sea­son one.


Hi-Phi Nation - AppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle PlayWeb Site — A phi­los­o­phy pod­cast that turns sto­ries into ideas. It begins with a sto­ry, from ordi­nary life, law, sci­ence, or cul­ture, and then trans­forms it into an exam­i­na­tion of philo­soph­i­cal ideas. The show is cre­at­ed by Bar­ry Lam, a PhD in phi­los­o­phy at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, and Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy at Vas­sar Col­lege. Read more here.

His­to­ry of Phi­los­o­phy With­out Any Gaps — AppleSpo­ti­fyRSS Feed — Peter Adam­son, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy at King’s Col­lege Lon­don, takes lis­ten­ers through the his­to­ry of phi­los­o­phy, “with­out any gaps.” The series looks at the ideas, lives and his­tor­i­cal con­text of the major philoso­phers as well as the less­er-known fig­ures of the tra­di­tion. With more than 300+ episodes, it cov­ers both west­ern and east­ern tra­di­tions. Read more here.

In Our Time: Phi­los­o­phyAppleSpo­ti­fyDown­loads — The sto­ried BBC show cov­ers every­thing from Altru­ism to Wittgen­stein, philoso­phers, the­o­ries and key themes.

Par­tial­ly Exam­ined Life - AppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Phi­los­o­phy, philoso­phers and philo­soph­i­cal texts. This pod­cast fea­tures an infor­mal round­table dis­cus­sion, with each episode loose­ly focused on a short read­ing that intro­duces at least one “big” philo­soph­i­cal ques­tion, con­cern, or idea. Recent episodes have focused on Niet­zsche, Sartre and Aldous Hux­ley, and fea­tured Fran­cis Fukuya­ma as a guest.

Phi­los­o­phy Bites — AppleSpo­ti­fy — Web SiteRSS — David Edmonds (Uehi­ro Cen­tre, Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty) and Nigel War­bur­ton (free­lance philosopher/writer) inter­view top philoso­phers on a wide range of top­ics. Two books based on the series have been pub­lished by Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press. There are over 400 pod­casts in this col­lec­tion. Read more here.

Phi­los­o­phize This!AppleSpo­ti­fyWeb — RSS — Lib­syn — Begin­ner friend­ly if lis­tened to in order! For any­one inter­est­ed in an edu­ca­tion­al pod­cast about phi­los­o­phy where you don’t need to be a grad­u­ate-lev­el philoso­pher to under­stand it. In chrono­log­i­cal order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are bro­ken down and explained. Read more here.

Very Bad Wiz­ardsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Very Bad Wiz­ards is a pod­cast fea­tur­ing a philoso­pher (Tam­ler Som­mers) and a psy­chol­o­gist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop cul­ture, and cog­ni­tive sci­ence, and who have a marked inabil­i­ty to dis­tin­guish sacred from pro­fane. Each pod­cast includes dis­cus­sions of moral phi­los­o­phy, recent work on moral psy­chol­o­gy and neu­ro­science, and the over­lap between the two.

True Stories & Storytelling

13 Min­utes to the MoonAppleSpo­ti­fy — Web Site — Epic sto­ries of Nasa’s mis­sions to the Moon. Sea­son 1: the first Moon land­ing, Apol­lo 11. Sea­son 2: the near dis­as­ter of Apol­lo 13. Pre­sen­ter: Kevin Fong. Theme music: Hans Zim­mer.

Cau­tion­ary TalesAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — We tell our chil­dren unset­tling fairy tales to teach them valu­able life lessons, but these Cau­tion­ary Tales are for the edu­ca­tion of the grown ups – and they are all true. Tim Har­ford (Finan­cial Times, BBC, author of “Messy” and “The Under­cov­er Econ­o­mist”) brings you sto­ries of awful human error, trag­ic cat­a­stro­phes, dar­ing heists and hilar­i­ous fias­cos. They’ll delight you, scare you, but also make you wis­er.

Crime­townAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A ser­i­al doc­u­men­tary pod­cast looks at how orga­nized crime has shaped par­tic­u­lar Amer­i­can cities.

Crim­i­nalAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — 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.

Ear Hus­tleAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Ear Hus­tle brings you the dai­ly real­i­ties of life inside prison shared by those liv­ing it, and sto­ries from the out­side, post-incar­cer­a­tion. The pod­cast is a part­ner­ship between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visu­al artist, and Ear­lonne Woods, for­mer­ly incar­cer­at­ed at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-found­ed with for­mer San Quentin res­i­dent Antwan Williams.

Futil­i­ty Clos­etAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — For­got­ten sto­ries from the pages of his­to­ry. Join us for sur­pris­ing and curi­ous tales from the past and chal­lenge your­self with our lat­er­al think­ing puz­zles.

Heavy­weightAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A pod­cast cre­at­ed and pro­duced by humorist Jonathan Gold­stein where he helps peo­ple try to resolve a moment from their past that they wish they could change.

HumaNa­tureAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — HumaNa­ture is the pod­cast that explores where humans and our habi­tat meet. The show tells real sto­ries about human expe­ri­ences in nature. Along the way, we’ll meet peo­ple whose encoun­ters help us reflect on our own place in the nat­ur­al world.

Invis­i­bil­iaAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Unsee­able forces con­trol human behav­ior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assump­tions. Invisibilia—Latin for invis­i­ble things—fuses nar­ra­tive sto­ry­telling with sci­ence that will make you see your own life dif­fer­ent­ly.

Mod­ern LoveAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — 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.

Mys­tery ShowAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Vot­ed the top pod­cast of the year, this pod­cast fea­tures Star­lee Kine solv­ing mys­ter­ies.

Myths and Leg­endsAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Jason Weis­er tells sto­ries from myths, leg­ends, and folk­lore that have shaped cul­tures through­out his­to­ry. Some, like the sto­ries of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Her­cules are sto­ries you think you know, but with sur­pris­ing ori­gins. Oth­ers are sto­ries you might not have heard, but real­ly should. All the sto­ries are sourced from world folk­lore, but retold for mod­ern ears.

Out­sideAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS —  Out­side’s long­stand­ing lit­er­ary sto­ry­telling tra­di­tion comes to life in audio with fea­tures that will both enter­tain and inform lis­ten­ers. The pod­cast offers a range of sto­ry for­mats, includ­ing inter­views with the biggest fig­ures in sports, adven­ture, and pol­i­tics, as well as reports from our cor­re­spon­dents in the field.

S‑TownAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — From Ser­i­al and This Amer­i­can Life, this pod­cast tells you about a man named John who despis­es his Alaba­ma town and decides to do some­thing about it. He asks Bri­an to inves­ti­gate the son of a wealthy fam­i­ly who’s alleged­ly been brag­ging that he got away with mur­der. But when some­one else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hid­den trea­sure, and an unearthing of the mys­ter­ies of one man’s life.

Ser­i­alAppleGoogleWeb Site — 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.

Snap Judg­mentAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — This pod­cast mix­es real sto­ries with killer beats to pro­duce cin­e­mat­ic, dra­mat­ic, kick-ass radio. Snap’s raw, musi­cal brand of sto­ry­telling dares lis­ten­ers to see the world through the eyes of anoth­er. Also see their spin­off pod­cast, Spooked.

Sto­ryCorpsAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — 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.

The Bal­lad of Bil­ly BallsAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — It’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Vil­lage store­front apart­ment and shoots punk musi­cian Bil­ly Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crime­town Pro­duc­er Austin Mitchell unrav­el a mys­tery of love and loss, the ten­der binds of fam­i­ly, and the sto­ries we tell our­selves just to sur­vive.

The Clear­ingAppleSpo­ti­fy — When April Bal­as­cio was 40 years old, some­thing she’d feared for decades was final­ly proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, real­ly was a mur­der­er. The Clear­ing is about what came after April called a detec­tive in 2009 to tell him about her sus­pi­cions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and even­tu­al con­vic­tion on mul­ti­ple mur­ders.

The Kitchen Sis­ters PresentAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS —  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.

The LeapAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — From a doctor’s con­tro­ver­sial LSD treat­ments to a mother’s high-risk efforts to recov­er her abduct­ed child to a punk rock pioneer’s rad­i­cal career rein­ven­tion, these are sto­ries of peo­ple mak­ing dra­mat­ic, risky changes—and the big and small deci­sions that change the course of lives. Host­ed by award­­­-win­ning jour­nal­ist Judy Camp­bell.

The Mem­o­ry PalaceAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Short, sur­pris­ing sto­ries of the past, some­times heart­break­ing, some­times hys­ter­i­cal, often a lit­tle bit of both.

The MothAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — 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.

This Amer­i­can LifeAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — A famous week­ly pub­lic radio pro­gram and pod­cast. Each week they choose a theme and put togeth­er dif­fer­ent kinds of sto­ries on that theme.

This is LoveAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — From the mak­ers of the award-win­ning pod­cast Crim­i­nal, This is Love inves­ti­gates life’s most per­sis­tent mys­tery. Sto­ries of sac­ri­fice, obses­sion, and the ways in which we bet every­thing on each oth­er.

White LiesAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was mur­dered in Sel­ma, Alaba­ma. Three men were tried and acquit­ted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years lat­er, two jour­nal­ists from Alaba­ma return to the city where it hap­pened, expose the lies that kept the mur­der from being solved and uncov­er a sto­ry about guilt and mem­o­ry that says as much about Amer­i­ca today as it does about the past.

You Must Remem­ber ThisAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site —  This is a sto­ry­telling pod­cast explor­ing the secret and/or for­got­ten his­to­ries of Hollywood’s first cen­tu­ry. It’s the brain­child and pas­sion project of Kari­na Long­worth (founder of, for­mer film crit­ic for LA Week­ly), who writes, nar­rates, records and edits each episode. It is a heav­i­ly-researched work of cre­ative non­fic­tion: nav­i­gat­ing through con­flict­ing reports, mythol­o­gy, and insti­tu­tion­al­ized spin, Kari­na tries to sort out what real­ly hap­pened behind the films, stars and scan­dals of the 20th cen­tu­ry.

Business & Economy

a16zAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — The a16z Pod­cast dis­cuss­es tech and cul­ture trends, news, and the future – espe­cial­ly as ‘soft­ware eats the world’. It fea­tures indus­try experts, busi­ness lead­ers, and oth­er inter­est­ing thinkers and voic­es from around the world. This pod­cast is pro­duced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Sil­i­con Val­ley-based ven­ture cap­i­tal firm.

Har­vard Busi­ness Review Idea­CastAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — A week­ly pod­cast fea­tur­ing the lead­ers in busi­ness and man­age­ment.

How I Built ThisAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS — From NPR. Guy Raz dives into the sto­ries behind some of the world’s best known com­pa­nies. The pod­cast weaves a nar­ra­tive jour­ney about inno­va­tors, entre­pre­neurs and idealists—and the move­ments they built.

Mar­ket­placeAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Host­ed by Kai Ryss­dal, NPR’s flag­ship pro­gram is all about pro­vid­ing con­text on the eco­nom­ic news of the day. Through sto­ries, con­ver­sa­tions and news­wor­thy num­bers, we help lis­ten­ers under­stand the eco­nom­ic world around them.

Mas­ters of ScaleAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — The best start­up advice from Sil­i­con Val­ley & beyond in a pod­cast host­ed by host Reid Hoff­man — LinkedIn cofounder, Grey­lock part­ner and leg­endary Sil­i­con Val­ley investor. The show fea­tures icon­ic CEOs — from Nike to Net­flix, Star­bucks to Slack — shar­ing the sto­ries & strate­gies that helped them grow from star­tups into glob­al brands.

Piv­otAppleSpo­ti­fy — Web Site — Kara Swish­er and NYU Pro­fes­sor Scott Gal­loway offer sharp, unfil­tered insights into the biggest sto­ries in tech, busi­ness, and pol­i­tics.

Plan­et Mon­eyAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb SiteRSS —  The econ­o­my explained by NPR. Imag­ine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the econ­o­my.” Now imag­ine that’s actu­al­ly a fun evening.

The Jour­nalAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — A Wall Street Jour­nal pod­cast on the most impor­tant sto­ries, explained through the lens of busi­ness. A pod­cast about mon­ey, busi­ness and pow­er.

Work­Life with Adam GrantAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Orga­ni­za­tion­al psy­chol­o­gist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusu­al pro­fes­sion­als to explore the sci­ence of mak­ing work not suck. From learn­ing how to love crit­i­cism to har­ness­ing the pow­er of frus­tra­tion, one thing’s for sure: You’ll nev­er see your job the same way again.

Personal Development (Including creativity)

Find­ing Mas­teryAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — RSS — Michael Ger­vais is a high per­for­mance psy­chol­o­gist. His pod­cast is built around a cen­tral goal: unpack­ing and decod­ing how the great­est per­form­ers in the world use their minds to cre­ate amaz­ing jour­neys while they pur­sue the bound­aries of human poten­tial.

Mag­ic Lessons- AppleGoogle — Web Site — Writer Eliz­a­beth Gilbert’s cre­ativ­i­ty pod­cast “fea­tures her inter­view­ing peo­ple about how they over­come the fears that are inher­ent in the cre­ative process, and call­ing up famous cre­atives to get their input.”

The Hap­pi­ness Lab with Dr. Lau­rie San­tosAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — You might think you know what it takes to lead a hap­pi­er life… more mon­ey, a bet­ter job, or Insta­gram-wor­thy vaca­tions. You’re dead wrong. Yale pro­fes­sor Dr. Lau­rie San­tos has stud­ied the sci­ence of hap­pi­ness and found that many of us do the exact oppo­site of what will tru­ly make our lives bet­ter. Based on the psy­chol­o­gy course she teach­es at Yale–the most pop­u­lar class in the university’s 300-year history–Laurie will take you through the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic research and share some sur­pris­ing and inspir­ing sto­ries that will change the way you think about hap­pi­ness.

The Jor­dan Har­bin­ger ShowAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle —  The Jor­dan Har­bin­ger Show (Apple’s Best of 2018) is where self-moti­vat­ed peo­ple, just like you, dig deep into the untapped wis­dom of the world’s sharpest minds- from leg­endary cre­ators to intel­li­gence oper­a­tives, icon­o­clas­tic writ­ers to vision­ary change-mak­ers. They bring amaz­ing sto­ries and bril­liant per­son­al­i­ties to the table, and help you demys­ti­fy what they do and how they do it.

The Moment with Bri­an Kop­pel­manAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Inter­views about the piv­otal moments that fueled fas­ci­nat­ing cre­ative careers. Host­ed by Bri­an Kop­pel­man.

The Tim Fer­riss ShowAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteYouTubeRSS — This pop­u­lar pod­cast cov­ers top­ics rang­ing from per­son­al and char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, to morn­ing rou­tines and med­i­ta­tion habits of celebri­ties, CEOs and cul­tur­al fig­ures like Neil Gaiman, Brene Brown, Michael Lewis, Aman­da Palmer, Alain de Bot­ton and more.

Unlock­ing Us with Brené BrownAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb SiteRSS — Join researcher and #1 New York Times best-sell­ing author Brené Brown as she unpacks and explores the ideas, sto­ries, expe­ri­ences, books, films, and music that reflect the uni­ver­sal expe­ri­ences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most bro­ken­heart­ed.


30 for 30AppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Orig­i­nal audio doc­u­men­taries from the mak­ers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, fea­tur­ing sto­ries from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ry­telling for sports fans and gen­er­al inter­est lis­ten­ers alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, com­pe­ti­tion, ath­leti­cism and adven­ture affect our lives and our world. Sports sto­ries like you’ve nev­er heard before.

The Bill Sim­mons Pod­castAppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Sim­mons hosts the most down­loaded sports pod­cast of all time, with a rotat­ing crew of celebri­ties, ath­letes, and media sta­ples.

We Came to WinAppleSpo­ti­fy — Every four years, peo­ple all over the world turn their eyes, ears, and hearts toward the most excit­ing sports com­pe­ti­tion on the plan­et: The World Cup. We Came to Win tells the sto­ries behind the tournament’s most mem­o­rable moments.

News & Current Events

538AppleSpo­ti­fyWeb Site — Nate Sil­ver and the FiveThir­tyEight team cov­er the lat­est in pol­i­tics, track­ing the issues and “game-chang­ers” every week.

Deep Back­ground with Noah Feld­manAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — Every sto­ry has a back­sto­ry, even in today’s 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Back­ground, Har­vard Law School pro­fes­sor and Bloomberg View colum­nist Noah Feld­man will bring togeth­er a cross-sec­tion of expert guests to explore the his­tor­i­cal, sci­en­tif­ic, legal, and cul­tur­al con­text that help us under­stand what’s real­ly going on behind the biggest sto­ries in the news.

Embed­dedAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogle — Web SiteRSS — NPR host Kel­ly McEv­ers takes a sto­ry from the news and goes deep. Whether that means dig­ging into the Trump admin­is­tra­tion’s past, the sto­ries behind police shoot­ings caught on video, or vis­it­ing a town rav­aged by the opi­oid epi­dem­ic, Embed­ded takes you where the news is hap­pen­ing.

RevealAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleWeb Site — From pris­ons to protests, immi­gra­tion to the envi­ron­ment, Peabody Award-win­ning Reveal goes deep into the press­ing issues of our times. The Atlantic says “the expe­ri­ence of each episode is akin to a spoon­ful of sug­ar, even when it’s telling a sto­ry about Richard Spencer’s cot­ton farms or a man’s final days as a hero­in addict.” Reveal is a project of The Cen­ter for Inves­tiga­tive Report­ing.

Stay Tuned with PreetApple —  Google — Spo­ti­fyWeb Site — Join for­mer U.S. Attor­ney Preet Bharara as he breaks down legal top­ics in the news and engages thought lead­ers in a pod­cast about pow­er, pol­i­cy, and jus­tice.

The CityAppleSpo­ti­fy — The City is an inves­tiga­tive pod­cast from USA TODAY that tells true sto­ries about how pow­er works in urban Amer­i­ca.

The Dai­lyAppleSpo­ti­fyGoogleRSS — From The New York Times, this is what the news should sound like. The biggest sto­ries of our time, told by the best jour­nal­ists in the world. Host­ed by Michael Bar­baro.

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