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.

Ideas

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. Akimbo’s 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.

History

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.

Philosophy

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 Cinematical.com, 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.

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.

Recode DecodeAppleSpotifyGoogle – Kara Swisher, Silicon Valley’s well known journalist, hosts candid interviews with tech execs, politicians, celebrities and more about their big ideas and how they’re changing our world.

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 LessonsAppleGoogle – 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.

Sports

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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