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GREAT PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO AS YOU EXERCISE, DRIVE, IRON, FILE, COOK, FALL ASLEEP, DREAM, CLEAN, OR WALK, etc.

Updated 5-8-2021


How to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS (Alina Bradford and Mark Jansen, Digital Trends, 7-31-19)
How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know (Rowan Slaney, The Guardian)
Listen Notes (an excellent podcast search engine)


Best Podcast Directories To Help You Get More Listeners (Podcast Insights) Also useful to listeners.
CNBC podcasts
NASA podcasts
New York Times podcasts
The Atlantic podcasts
Nickelodeon podcasts (podcasts for children, Podbean)
NPR Podcast Directory
PBS podcasts
SBNation podcasts (sports)
Slate podcasts
TEDTalks podcasts
WSJ podcasts (Wall Street Journal)


SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PODCASTS

aka podcasts we, friends, or colleagues have enjoyed (and sometimes become addicted to)


1A (NPR News) Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests, framing the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.
Armchair Expert Dax Shepard and Monica Padman interview celebrities, journalists, and academics about "the messiness of being human."
The Ben Shapiro Show
Biographers International (discussions with biographers from around the country and the world)
Blank Check with Griffin and David Hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film's most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
Caliphate.Rukmini Callimachi  reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul.
Can He Do That? (Washington Post podcast about Trump, exploring the powers and limitations of the American presidency, and what happens when they're tested)
Code Switch (NPR) Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Listen to journalists of color talk about it.
Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend (weekly podcast hosted by American comedian and talk show host, with war stories from TV work)
Crazy/Genius Derek Thompson's blog (on The Atlantic) on big questions about technology, science, and culture.
The Daily (The New York Times, host Michael Barbaro) A daily news podcast and radio show episodes of which are are based on the Times' reporting of the day with interviews of journalists from the New York Times. 
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central's Podcast Network)
Darknet Diaries Explore the dark side of the Internet as Jack Rhysider takes you on a journey through the chilling world of privacy hacks, data breaches, and cyber crime, as masterful criminal hackers show us just how vulnerable we all are.
Decoder Ring: Cracking cultural mysteries (archive of 2020 shows) Each month Slate critic Willa Paskin took a cultural question, object, or habit; examined its history; and tried to figure out what it means and why it matters. Examples: Baby Shark, sad Jennifer Aniston, the rise of the horror clown.
Dolly Parton's America (NPR)
Dr. Death (Wondery) "explores what happens when a power-hungry doctor is not stopped by the people who should stop him until it is too late."
Ear Hustle (Radiotopia) The daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
Endless Thread (WBUR and Reddit) Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into Reddit's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities, collaborating with Reddit's 330 million users and over 140 thousand communities to find all kinds of jaw-dropping narratives.
Everything Is Alive (in which inanimate objects tell their life stories)
Family Secrets (IHeart Radio) Dani Shapiro and her guests explore family secrets and the lessons the truth can tell us.
The Glenn Show Lively conversations with others, especially John McWhorter (Watch two grown-ups disagree with grace).  H/T Romy Mancini
Grammar Girl's Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing
The Habitat Life on Mars, sort of. The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.
Half Size Me Heather A. Robertson, who lost 170 pounds and has maintained her weight loss since 2012, interviews real people who share their own motivational stories of weight loss and weight maintenance.
Heavyweight (Gimlet Media) Humorist Jonathan Goldstein helps people try to resolve a moment from their past. See New Yorker review.
Household Name (aka Brought to you by) Surprising stories about how the biggest, household name brands affect our lives and culture — for better or worse.
How I Built This (Guy Razz, NPR) The stories behind some of the world's best known companies: a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
The Indicator (weekdays from Planet Money) helps you make sense of what's happening today--a quick hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else.
The Intercept Adversarial journalism that holds the powerful accountable.
The Last Days of August Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.
Lit Up (a podcast about literature)
The Manual Each week an expert, artisan, or craftsman is invited for a round-table discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in their trade, the idea being to help men live a more engaged life.
The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus serve up tips on living meaningful lives with less.
Mobituaries with Mo Rocca, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past.
Modern Love (WBUR and The New York Times) Top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption.
The Moment (host Brian Koppelman). Interviews about the pivotal moments that fueled fascinating creative careers.
Moonface A fiction and drama show about a Korean American son (Joel Kim Booster) who wants to come out to his mom (Esther Moon), but can't because they don't speak the same language.
The “Moonrise” podcast, which tells a tale of nuclear brinkmanship, backroom politics, and science fiction.
Moore to the Point Russell Moore's newsletter. An evangelist on why Trump has to go. "Our country under attack."
The Moth Podcast (NPR, re-airs all new episodes of The Moth Radio Hour)
My Brother, My Brother, and Me Comedy advice from brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy.
Nancy (WNYC Studios, NPR, stories and conversations about the LGBTQ experience today, hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. Prepare to laugh and cry and laugh again.)
New York Times Book Review: Celebrating 15 Years of the Podcast (New York Times, 4-16-21) Pamela Paul, Sam Tanenhaus, and others discuss what happened behind the scenes during 15 years of the book review's podcast. Interesting.
The Nice Guys on Business Hosts Doug Sandler and Strickland Bonner focus on relationships, honesty, trust and integrity.
NPR News podcast
The NPR Politics Podcast Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail, telling you both what happened and why it matters.
On Being (Krista Tippett) What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other?
The Only One in the Room Laura Cathcart Robbins, who famously once found herself the only black woman in the room, interviews celebrities of all races, ethnicities, creeds, and nationalities who have also felt "othered."
Patient Zero (New Hampshire Public Radio) Exploring one of the most enigmatic epidemics of the 21st century: Lyme disease.
Planet Money (NPR)
People in the Shadow podcasts (Player FM roundup of podcasts on ghosts, paranormal, end times, the spooky and unexplained)
Political Gabfest (Slate, hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz) Where sharp political analysis meets informal and irreverent discussion.
Pop Culture Happy Hour Freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.
Publishers Weekly podcasts (in various categories)
Radio Diaries First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history, from teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to gospel preachers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life.
RadioLab Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich (for WNYC, New York Public Radio) combine investigative journalism and a lively narrative style to explore a strange world, from driverless cars and the U.S. nuclear chain of command to the history of football.
Redhanded, an award winning true crime podcast that offers a weekly dose of murder, wit and “WTFs” delivered with all the facts, anecdotal tangents aplenty, serious societal scrutiny and real BRITISH flavour.
Renegades: Born in the USA. A series of conversations between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music, and enduring love of America. How two feisty Brits met, got drunk, and became true crime podcasting soulmates (Aja Romano, Vox, 2-22-21) Cult hit RedHanded balances the appeal of true crime storytelling with progressive politics — and a lot of charm.
Sawbones Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy take you on a marital tour of misguided medicine through the ages.
Scattered (WNYC, NPR) Chris Garcia's dad had one dying wish: That his family scatter his ashes off the coast of Cuba. As Chris tries to do right by his dad, he sets out to uncover the truth about a man he barely knew.
The Score: Bank Robber Diaries (true crime, 5 episodes)
The Serial Killer Podcast (hosted by Thomas Wiborg-Thune, a Norwegian)
Sincerely, X (talks from speakers whose ideas deserve to be heard, but whose identities must remain hidden. The first season features a compelling program of victims, perpetrators, investigators, activists, empaths, etc.)
1619 (New York Times writer Nikole Hannah Jones) 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. See also the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. WritesTime Magazine: "Each episode demonstrates how our economy, political system and popular culture are rooted in the slave trade and built on the work of African Americans."
Spectacular Failures Big business gone bad. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time.
Storybound (Lit Hub Radio and Podglomerate) Listen to your favorite authors and writers reading some of their most impactful stories, designed with powerful and immersive sound environments.
StartUp (hosts Alex Blumberg and Lisa Chow, Gimlet Media). A show about what it’s really like to start a business.
StoryCorps (NPR, Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship.)
The Takeaway (WNYC) Daily news featuring critical conversations, live reports from the field, and listener participation.
TED Radio Hour Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human, taking us on a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
Timesuck Podcast with comedian Dan Cummins (weekly deep dives into topics ranging from true crime and the paranormal to history, conspiracy theories, and cryptozoology)
Tiny Desk Concerts (NPR Music, Audio--there's also a video version).
Unobscured with Aaron Mahnke. A serialized narrative, focusing on one topic only (for Season 1, the Salem Witch Trials; Season 2, the world of Spiritualism).
Up First (NPR) The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes.
A Very Fatal Murder (David Pascall's true-crime podcast for The Onion)
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what they've made up.
We Like Drinking (hosts Jeff Eckles, John Ruyak, and Jeff Solomon talk with professionals from the spirits industry about booze)
What a Day (Crooked Media) Akilah Hughes and Gideon Resnick bring you the top stories of the day across politics, business, economics and pop culture--what matters and how you can fix it.
The Writer Files (Kelton Reid's interviews with a broad spectrum of writers)
WTF with Marc Maron a weekly podcast and radio show hosted by stand-up comedian Marc Maron.
You Made It Weird A weekly comedy interview podcast hosted by Pete Holmes, the gatekeeper to every comedian's can of secret inner weird.
You're Wrong About Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider an event, person or phenomenon that's been miscast in the public imagination.

 

ROUND-UP REVIEWS OF PODCASTS
The best podcasts of 2019 (Digital Trends) From true crime to comedy.
The Stitcher List Weekly ranking of the most popular shows on Stitcher.
The Best History Podcasts (The Manual)
20 Best Podcast Directories (We Edit Podcasts)
The 64 Best Podcasts You Can Listen To In 2021 (Esquire)
52 Podcasts For Every Type Of Book Lover (Buzzfeed)
8 of the best podcasts for book lovers (Megan Sutton, The Manual, 4-19-18)
Fast-Lane Listening: The Best Podcasts for Road Trips (LeeAnn Whittemore, The Manual, 5-28-19)
Listen Up: These Podcasts Can Help You Get Your Life Together LeeAnn Whittemore (The Manual) recommends a few self-help podcasts.
20 Inspiring Writing Podcasts to Subscribe to Right Now (Brianna Bell, The Write Life)
Addictive and wonderful TV and cable shows (Pat McNees, blog post)

 

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