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And now for your listening pleasure…Podcasts

A podcast is an online episode, sometimes of a radio or television program, that can be subscribed to or listened to or watched at your leisure. You can use your computer or mobile device. The following is a list of podcasts that are popular or have appeared on “Best of” type lists:

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The current season of Serial, a spinoff of NPR’s this American Life, allows the listener a peek into our criminal justice system, by following the machinations of the inside of Cleveland’s criminal courthouse over a year’s time. You can also still access seasons one and two.


The Best Show with Tom Scharpling:

A music, call-in and comedy show, formerly hosted by New Jersey station, WFMU.


A directory of NPR podcasts by topic. Here you will find many favorites includingThis American Life, Freakonomics Radio, Radiolab, and Science Friday.

Library of Congress podcasts:


Mystery Show A podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries.
Presidential Libraries podcasts:

Presidential Libraries podcasts.

BBC World Service podcasts:


Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner:

The New Yorker magazine podcasts:

TED Talks:

A series of global conferences on “ideas worth spreading” in the areas of technology, entertainment and design.

The World in Words:

A podcast from PRI focused on language.

Free Library of Philadelphia:

Author interviews from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

In Black America:

Podcasts from KUT, a station of the University of Texas at Austin.

Voice of America:

Material of special interest to English Language Learners.

Grammar Girl:

Tips to improve your writing.

Latino USA:

The Librarian is In: From the librarians of the New York Public Library
S-Town S-Town is the new podcast from the creators of Serial and This American Life. It is a complex true Southern tale involving a suspected murder, a suicide, horologists, and hidden treasure. While some have praised the podcast, others have deemed it exploitative of the protagonist.
Slate's monthly audio book club podcast: Talks about books from Slate.
Missing Richard Simmons About fitness guru Richard Simmons' disappearance from the public eye.
The Uncertain Hour: A spinoff from NPR's Marketplace radio program.
The Savvy Psychologist

Help from clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen
Welcome to the Night Vale Sci-fi podcasts originating in the Southwest.

30 for 30:


Stories from the world of sports from ESPN.
Everything is Alive: Interviews with inanimate objects make for surprisingly funny listening.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness : The Queer Eye star interviews a variety of interesting subjects.
The Habitat: Six strangers are enlisted by NASA to live in a MARS-like environment for a year to research the social dynamic.


Binge Mode:



A chapter by chapter recap of every Harry Potter book, with added commentary on Rowling’s plots and themes.

In the Dark: This Peabody-winning true-crime show is now in its second season.
Slow Burn: Slate writer Leon Neyfakh examines Bill Clinton’s impeachment in season two, after having re-examined Watergate in season one.
Bagman From Rachel Maddow, a thoroughly researched podcast all about the Spiro Agnew political bribery scandal.
The Perfect Scam (New!!!) AARP's podcast shares real-life stories and anti-fraud tips.
Case Closed Solved cases based on true crime titles.
News Podcasts  
The Daily Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, from The New York Times
Front Burner Top stories from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Up First Ten minutes each morning from NPR
Post Reports Daily podcast from The Washington Post
Start Here Daily evening news podcast from ABC radio
Pro Rata "Smart brevity" with a business slant
What Next Daily news and analysis from Slate

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