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33 Podcasts | by Adam Tratt

This American Life

This American Life

Personal Journals, Society & Culture

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
How I Built This with Guy Raz

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Business

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. <em>How I Built This</em> weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
Planet Money

Planet Money

Business, News & Politics

The economy explained. 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.
Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

Society & Culture

<p>Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the&nbsp;<em>Freakonomics</em>&nbsp;books. Each week,&nbsp;<em>Freakonomics Radio</em>&nbsp;tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) —&nbsp;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. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.”&nbsp;</p>
Crimetown

Crimetown

News & Politics, Government & Organizations

Crazy/Genius

Crazy/Genius

Technology, Society & Culture

Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): unbreak the internet.
S-Town

S-Town

Personal Journals, Society & Culture

S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, 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.
The Moth

The Moth

Performing Arts, Arts

Slow Burn

Slow Burn

History, Society & Culture

Fresh Air

Fresh Air

Arts, TV & Film

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.
The Old Ones with Mike Birbiglia

The Old Ones with Mike Birbiglia

Comedy, TV & Film

In celebration of his new Broadway show The New One, Mike Birbiglia discusses great shows, comedy albums, movies, and more with some old friends.
The Habitat

The Habitat

Science & Medicine, Technology

On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

Business, Society & Culture

Last Seen

Last Seen

Society & Culture

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.
Conviction

Conviction

Society & Culture, News & Politics

Manuel Gomez is a detective straight out of a detective novel. He carries a pen that’s really a knife, wears a watch that’s really a camera, adores Sherlock Holmes and Miami Vice. But the cases Gomez takes on are all too real: cases of young men in New York City who say they’ve been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. In the first season of Conviction, reporter Saki Knafo follows Gomez as he tackles the biggest case of his career—and along the way, Saki explores big questions about criminal justice in America. This story is the first in Gimlet Media’s Conviction series, which will feature a new piece of investigative reporting each season. This show includes strong language and descriptions of violence, and may not be appropriate for sensitive listeners.
Blackout

Blackout

Arts

Set in small-town New Hampshire, a radio DJ (Rami Malek) fights to protect his family and community after the power grid goes down nationwide, upending modern civilization. BLACKOUT is executive produced by Rami Malek and produced by QCode and Endeavor Audio. Created and written by Scott Conroy. BLACKOUT is presented by Sonos.
16 Minutes News by a16z

16 Minutes News by a16z

Technology, Science

Revisionist History

Revisionist History

Society & Culture

StartUp Podcast

StartUp Podcast

Careers, Business

A series about what it's really like to start a business.
Radiolab

Radiolab

Natural Sciences, Science & Medicine

View the Episode Archive » Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes | RSS. #smartbinge Radiolab podcasts
30 For 30 Podcasts

30 For 30 Podcasts

Sports & Recreation

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.
FRONTLINE: Film Audio Track | PBS

FRONTLINE: Film Audio Track | PBS

TV & Film

America's premier investigative documentary series since 1983. We answer only to you. FRONTLINE presents audio versions of select full-length episodes for listening on the go. Want more full-length FRONTLINE Audiocasts? Please leave a review and let us know what you think.
Limetown

Limetown

TV & Film

Kamm P.5 Cover art photo provided by Vanessa Ives on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@vanessaives
Serial

Serial

News & Politics

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, 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. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.
TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour

Technology, Society & Culture

Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The <em>TED Radio Hour</em> is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
Invisibilia

Invisibilia

Science & Medicine, Society & Culture

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.
Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

Music

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
American Scandal

American Scandal

History, Society & Culture

<p>Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.</p><p>Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls.&nbsp;And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught.&nbsp;Hosted by Lindsay Graham.</p><p><br></p>
We Came to Win

We Came to Win

Sports & Recreation, Society & Culture

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. Like, how did one player become a God, and a villain, after breaking the rules? How did the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup save English soccer from falling apart? And how did one player turn a free-kick into an act of protest? This series from Gimlet Media is an homage to the triumph and heartbreak, victory and defeat that we all experience from soccer (or football, or futbol, or whatever you call it). And it reminds us that so much of what we love about the beautiful game happens off the pitch.
Rough Translation

Rough Translation

News & Politics

How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.
36 Questions – The Podcast Musical

36 Questions – The Podcast Musical

Performing Arts, Arts

Hear what The New York Times calls "the future of musicals"... 36 Questions, a three-part podcast musical starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. 36 Questions is produced by Two-Up, the producers of Limetown and The Wilderness. Thank you for listening.
The Dropout

The Dropout

News & Politics

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" find herself facing criminal charges -- to which she pleaded not guilty -- and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You'll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story. New episodes post Wednesdays.
Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

Society & Culture

When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America's most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel's own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations. Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story. In this eight-part documentary series, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, the great grand daughters of George Hodel, take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here? Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNTs limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
This American Life

This American Life

Personal Journals, Society & Culture

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
Revisionist History

Revisionist History

Society & Culture

How I Built This with Guy Raz

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Business

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. <em>How I Built This</em> weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
StartUp Podcast

StartUp Podcast

Careers, Business

A series about what it's really like to start a business.
Planet Money

Planet Money

Business, News & Politics

The economy explained. 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.
Radiolab

Radiolab

Natural Sciences, Science & Medicine

View the Episode Archive » Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes | RSS. #smartbinge Radiolab podcasts
Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio

Society & Culture

<p>Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the&nbsp;<em>Freakonomics</em>&nbsp;books. Each week,&nbsp;<em>Freakonomics Radio</em>&nbsp;tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) —&nbsp;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. Special features include series like “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” as well as a live game show, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.”&nbsp;</p>
30 For 30 Podcasts

30 For 30 Podcasts

Sports & Recreation

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.
Crimetown

Crimetown

News & Politics, Government & Organizations

FRONTLINE: Film Audio Track | PBS

FRONTLINE: Film Audio Track | PBS

TV & Film

America's premier investigative documentary series since 1983. We answer only to you. FRONTLINE presents audio versions of select full-length episodes for listening on the go. Want more full-length FRONTLINE Audiocasts? Please leave a review and let us know what you think.
Crazy/Genius

Crazy/Genius

Technology, Society & Culture

Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): unbreak the internet.
Limetown

Limetown

TV & Film

Kamm P.5 Cover art photo provided by Vanessa Ives on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@vanessaives
S-Town

S-Town

Personal Journals, Society & Culture

S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, 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.
Serial

Serial

News & Politics

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, 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. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.
The Moth

The Moth

Performing Arts, Arts

TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour

Technology, Society & Culture

Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The <em>TED Radio Hour</em> is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
Slow Burn

Slow Burn

History, Society & Culture

Invisibilia

Invisibilia

Science & Medicine, Society & Culture

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.
Fresh Air

Fresh Air

Arts, TV & Film

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.
Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio

Music

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
The Old Ones with Mike Birbiglia

The Old Ones with Mike Birbiglia

Comedy, TV & Film

In celebration of his new Broadway show The New One, Mike Birbiglia discusses great shows, comedy albums, movies, and more with some old friends.
American Scandal

American Scandal

History, Society & Culture

<p>Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.</p><p>Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls.&nbsp;And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught.&nbsp;Hosted by Lindsay Graham.</p><p><br></p>
The Habitat

The Habitat

Science & Medicine, Technology

On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.
We Came to Win

We Came to Win

Sports & Recreation, Society & Culture

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. Like, how did one player become a God, and a villain, after breaking the rules? How did the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup save English soccer from falling apart? And how did one player turn a free-kick into an act of protest? This series from Gimlet Media is an homage to the triumph and heartbreak, victory and defeat that we all experience from soccer (or football, or futbol, or whatever you call it). And it reminds us that so much of what we love about the beautiful game happens off the pitch.
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson

Business, Society & Culture

Rough Translation

Rough Translation

News & Politics

How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.
Last Seen

Last Seen

Society & Culture

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.
36 Questions – The Podcast Musical

36 Questions – The Podcast Musical

Performing Arts, Arts

Hear what The New York Times calls "the future of musicals"... 36 Questions, a three-part podcast musical starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. 36 Questions is produced by Two-Up, the producers of Limetown and The Wilderness. Thank you for listening.
Conviction

Conviction

Society & Culture, News & Politics

Manuel Gomez is a detective straight out of a detective novel. He carries a pen that’s really a knife, wears a watch that’s really a camera, adores Sherlock Holmes and Miami Vice. But the cases Gomez takes on are all too real: cases of young men in New York City who say they’ve been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. In the first season of Conviction, reporter Saki Knafo follows Gomez as he tackles the biggest case of his career—and along the way, Saki explores big questions about criminal justice in America. This story is the first in Gimlet Media’s Conviction series, which will feature a new piece of investigative reporting each season. This show includes strong language and descriptions of violence, and may not be appropriate for sensitive listeners.
The Dropout

The Dropout

News & Politics

Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" find herself facing criminal charges -- to which she pleaded not guilty -- and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You'll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story. New episodes post Wednesdays.
Blackout

Blackout

Arts

Set in small-town New Hampshire, a radio DJ (Rami Malek) fights to protect his family and community after the power grid goes down nationwide, upending modern civilization. BLACKOUT is executive produced by Rami Malek and produced by QCode and Endeavor Audio. Created and written by Scott Conroy. BLACKOUT is presented by Sonos.
Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

Society & Culture

When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America's most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel's own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations. Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story. In this eight-part documentary series, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, the great grand daughters of George Hodel, take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here? Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNTs limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
16 Minutes News by a16z

16 Minutes News by a16z

Technology, Science