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Investigative Reporting, Storytelling, Personal InterviewsCategoryRecommended by...Politics, Social Commentary, JusticeAboutRecommended by...History, Psychology & CultureAboutRecommended by...Crime/Scary/Mystery/ThrillerAboutRecommended by...ComedyAboutRecommended by...Books, Movies, Music, Pop CultureAboutOtherAboutRecommended by...
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SerialInvestigative Journalism:
Season One is the most listened to podcast of all time, but Season Two is also worth listening to IMO
CeleteCode SwitchRace Relations/Current Events:
Should be required listening for every person trying to understand America today.
CeleteFreakonomics Radio
WNYC Studios
Legit. Makes me feel like I know things about stuff even if I don't know anything about anything.CeleteWelcome to Night ValeMystery/science fiction and more! Great storytellingRae Richards2 Dope Queens
WNYC
Hilarious. Comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams banter and have their favorite comedians on the show as well as interviewsCelete, Rae, Elizabeth MarikLeVar Burton Reads
Stitcher Radio
READING RAINBOW FOR ADULTS! Levar Burtron reads his favorite short stories to you like the best bedtime stories ever.RadioLab
WNYC Studios
Anything and Everything. They have podcasts and a wide range of interesting topics, worth perusing and finding something that strikes your fancyCelete
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S-TownI mean - if you're listening to podcasts, I'm sure this came to your attention. I listened and still kind of wish I hadn't. Journalistic gray area ahead, proceed with caution.CeletePod Save AmericaIn depth analysis of the current state of politics - by raging liberals, you've been warnedCeleteStuff You Should Know
HowStuffWorks
Another one that makes me feel like I know stuffCeleteUnsolved Murder MysteriesJason PaganThe Read
Kid Fury & Crissle
Hot mess of current pop culture events with all of the shadeElaine supports thisBook RiotA podcast about books, book reviews, what's new in the book world, all things bibliophileMore Perfect
WNYC Studios
Tells stories and history about the Supreme Court, the 9 justices, and how it has evolved over time
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Reveal Journalists chase down stories that often are forgotten about or lost in the 24 hr news cycle and go in depth to reveal the truth behind themCeleteThe Daily: NY TimesShort stories each day pertaining to the day's news.CeleteRevisionist History
Malcolm Gladwell
LOVE LOVE LOVE, takes history and turns it upside down. I don't always agree with the conclusions or the logic, but it ALWAYS makes me thinkCeleteArchive 81Jason PaganWTF with Marc MaroncomedyThe CanonMovies that are canon-worthyRae RichardsWeekly InfusionHosted by Dr. Drew and Dr. Bruce - all about medicine and science. Topics range from addition medicine, concepts of modern day health care, phychology, and the bridge between science and emotions.
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The MothPersonal Stories told at live readings in cities around the worldCeleteUp First: NPRShort 10 min overview of the day's newsCeleteInvisibilia
NPR
Modern Psychology
Super fascinating stories about personality, emotions, beliefs, and human behavior
CeleteSerial KillersJason PaganSooo Many White Guys
Phoebe Williams
She only has 1 token white guy on per season to speak for all white guys. The rest are women/PoC talking about life I think?You Must Remember ThisIt covers old Hollywood stories about actors/directors/films but also a lot of history and a bit of politics.Kate MacleanThe First 40 MilesHikingRae Richards
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This American LifeIconic. Radio (podcasting) at it's finest. Stories about life, usually worth listening toCeletePolitically Reactive: W. Kamao Bell & Hari KondaboluThese two. Sometimes good, sometimes cringe-worthy will all the dad jokes and awkward conversations - hit or miss for meCeleteHidden Brain
NPR
How we understand and interact with the world around us with science and storytellingCeleteLoreJason PaganYou Made It Weird with Pete HolmesPod with guests about comedy, love and where do we go after we die. Episodes run for 90 minutes up to 120 minutesLove & RadioInterviews in radio and danceKaycee Ng'enoFriendshippingAdviceBethany Powell
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Death, Sex & MoneyPersonal Stories about death, sex, & money. Super humanizing, humbling, and enjoyable.CeleteFiveThirtyEightPolitics: Nate SilverI'm a Nate Silver fan so this was recommended to me, but I haven't listened to it yetCeleteTED Talks DailyFascinating conversations with people who have given TED talks in the pastCeleteLimetownJason PaganComedy Bang BangPeter HendricksonSong ExploderMusicians take apart their songs and tell the story of how they were madeKaycee Ng'enoDear SugarsCheryl Strayed and Steve Almond answer listener letters with amazing advice
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Modern LovePersonal Stories about love in it's various formsCeleteThe Ezra Klein ShowThe most nerdy pod I listen to. Sometimes too wonky, sometimes interesting.TED Radio HourHIghlights TED talks - hit or miss depending on the talk CeleteAnything Ghost ShowJason PaganKermode & Mayo's Film ReviewReviews of the week's moviesKaycee Ng'enoEffectively WildBaseballPeter Hendrickson
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Off ShoreStories from HawaiiEmily HarmonIt's Been a MinuteSocial commentary and politicsRae RichardsThe Dr. Drew Podcast- topics vary greatly depending on the guest. Mostly about addiction medicine, relationships, sex, psychology, and health. Black TapesJason PaganCracked Movie ClubIn-depth looks at movies, usually organized by director. They have entire series on Christopher Nolan movies. William BlackfordMy Peace Corps StoryPeace Corps Service
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The HeartAn audio art project about intamacy and humanityStill ProcessingSocial justice and politicsRae RichardsDeviant WomenWomen in history and media who are badassRae RichardsCriminalCriminal is a podcast about crime. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.Peter Hendrickson, Kaycee Ng'eno, YousifThe Bechdel CastA podcast about the portrayal of women in movies hosted by @caitlindurante and @hamburgerphone plus special guests! New episode every Thursday!William BlackfordBill Burr's Monday Morning PodcastKaycee Ng'eno
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Fresh AirCurrent Events/Notable People
(Terry Gross is an astonishing interviewer)
CeleteWhat Trump Can Teach Us About Con LawEmily HarmonHi-Fi NationPhilosophyRae RichardsMy Favorite MurderPeter HendricksonFoodStuffhistory, science and culture behind the foods we eatElaine
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A Prairie Home Companion: News from Lake WobegonGarrison Keillor's classic tales rebroadcastedKaycee Ng'enoEar HustleStories of life inside prison, shared by those living itEmily Harmon99% InvisibilePeter HendricksonSword & ScaleKaycee Ng'enoDivided States of Womenfeminist podcast, female-runMcKenzie
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Super Soul Conversations with OprahOprah gets deep, heavy, and inspiring in her weekly podcast about life and spiritualityPod Save the World Discussions about American foreign policy with former advisors/councillors/members of government. ElaineReply AllHow the internet shapes peoplePeter HendricksonAccusedKaycee Ng'enoStuff Your Mom Never Told Youfeminist podcast, female-runMcKenzie
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The New Washington in-depth look into important players and characters in the new administation. Hosted by the man who will tickle your ears off himself, Michael Barbaro. Elizabeth MDumb People TownDumb people doing dumb thingsPeter HendricksonBlameKaycee Ng'eno
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Rough Translation Cultural topics examined through another country's lenseElizabeth MThe DollopAmerican historyPeter HendricksonUntoldKaycee Ng'eno
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The Stoop Stories and conversations on blackness in America, often compared to blackness in the African diaspora. Elizabeth MDan Carlin's Hardcore HistoryFrom ancient history and the Romans, to Russia and the Cold War. Decisive battles, war, political commentaryWilliam BlackfordTrue Crime GarageKaycee Ng'eno
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Call Your Girlfriendpodcast titles range from "So Many Moans", to "See You on the Ballot" to "New Country, Who Dis?" It's like a choose your own adventure but with women! Elizabeth M The HeartIntimacy and Humanity, often look at through sexuality Elizabeth M (credit: Alex Cotrufello)
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Foreign Affairs: UneditedJust like the magazine. You know it. You love it. It makes you look smart.Elizabeth M
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Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan British dude on American politics and news media. He's the no-bullshit political podcast host of your dreams. Elizabeth M
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