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The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017

6 months ago · From The Atlantic.
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The Daily

By 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. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
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S-Town

By Serial & This American Life
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.
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Chapter I

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Heavyweight

By Gimlet
Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
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Embedded

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.
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The Apology Broker

5 days ago

Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty

By Gimlet
Chris Lighty was a giant in hip-hop. He managed Foxy Brown, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, 50 Cent—anyone who was anyone worked with Lighty. But in 2012 he was found dead at his home in the Bronx, a death that left the music world reeling. In this podcast miniseries from Gimlet Media and Loud Speakers Network, we tell the story of Chris Lighty, from the first breakbeat to the last heartbeat.
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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

By Audible
Step into iconic relationship therapist Esther Perel’s office and listen as 10 anonymous couples in search of insight bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their story. From infidelity, to sexlessness, to loss, it’s a space for people to be heard and understood. It’s also a place for us to listen and feel empowered in our own relationships. So.. where should we begin? New episode every Friday, starting Oct. 20th. Season 2 drops on Audible Oct. 24th.
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Reveal

By The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX
The official free download of the award-winning radio program “Reveal,” produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Hidden stories, uncovered – that's what this show is about. It takes you deep inside stories that impact your world, revealing injustice and holding the powerful accountable. The first-of-its-kind investigative program on public radio, "Reveal" is hosted by Al Letson and updated regularly.
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There Goes the Neighborhood

By WNYC Studios and KCRW
There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles is a podcast about how LA has gone from the place to chase your dreams to the least affordable cities in the country. Housing prices are soaring, developers and landlords see opportunity, and many longtime Angelenos are getting squeezed out. Is there a place for you here? Produced by KCRW and WNYC Studios. Plus, catch up on the award-winning first season of There Goes the Neighborhood, which looked at the gentrification of Brooklyn, including the integ...
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Fresh Air

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.
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John Prine

12 hours ago

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

By WNYC Studios
Radiolab's More Perfect is a series about the Supreme Court. More Perfect explores how cases deliberated inside the rarefied world of the Supreme Court affect our lives far away from the bench. Produced by WNYC Studios, home of other great podcasts such as Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio, On the Media, and Here’s the Thing.
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This American Life

By This American Life
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.
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Rough Translation

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.
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The United States of Anxiety

By WNYC Studios
The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars introduces you to people who have been battling to shape America’s political culture for decades. We profile culture warriors, past and present, who have influenced debates over race, religion, science, sexuality, gender and more. We connect those debates to real people, with real stakes in the outcome. We’re filling in the blanks – aiming to answer questions you didn’t even know you had – and we’re asking, what are you willing to fight for? WNYC S...
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The Heart

By Kaitlin Prest & Radiotopia
The Heart is an audio art project about intimacy and humanity. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
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Dream

6 months ago · transcript

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

By American Public Media
You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.
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39: Natalie

7 days ago

Invisibilia

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.
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Reply All

By Gimlet
"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.
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Love Me

By CBC Radio
Love Me is a CBC original podcast about the messiness of human relationships.
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On the Media

By WNYC Studios
The smartest, wittiest, most incisive media analysis show in the universe. The weekly one-hour podcast of NPR’s On the Media is your guide to how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, criticize media coverage of the week’s big stories, examine new technology, and unravel hidden political narratives in the media. In an age of information overload, OTM helps you dig your way out. The Peabody Award winning ...
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Using My Religion

3 days ago

Ear Hustle

By Ear Hustle & Radiotopia
Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.
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Down Low

12 days ago

Still Processing

By The New York Times
Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2018.
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We Need Bad Women

4 days ago

Strangers

By Lea Thau
From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were.
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Hi

3 months ago

Radiolab

By WNYC Studios
View the Episode Archive » Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes | RSS. #smartbinge Radiolab podcasts
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Love + Radio

By Love + Radio and Radiotopia
Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Get inside the mind of a rogue taxidermist. Find out what it’s like to experience a stroke firsthand. Or spend time with an artist who gives away her life savings every night. You’ve never heard anything like it before. Love+Radio is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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Coming Back

10 days ago

Sidedoor

By Smithsonian Institution
More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Tony Cohn sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s side door to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
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Best of the Rest

13 days ago

Song Exploder

By Song Exploder
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
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You Must Remember This

By Karina Longworth / Panoply
You Must Remember 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 ...
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On Being with Krista Tippett

By On Being Studios
On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at onbeing.org. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, This Movie Changed Me, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.
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The New Yorker Radio Hour

By WNYC Studios and The New Yorker
Profiles, storytelling and insightful conversations, hosted by David Remnick.
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99% Invisible

By Roman Mars
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. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org. A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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The Adventures of Memento Mori

By D.S. Moss
The Adventures of Memento Mori: A Cynic's Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die, is podcast exploring the science, mysticism, culture and mystery of death. Satirical and philosophical, the show follows host, D.S. Moss, as he attempts to reconcile his own impermanence and live a more meaningful life. Problem is, life keeps getting in the way.
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2.1 Worm @ the Core

10 days ago

Millennial

By Megan Tan & Radiotopia
A podcast series about maneuvering your 20s, captured in real time.Millennial is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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#47 Saying Goodbye

10 months ago · transcript

The Zoo

By Sophie Nikitas
Swipe right for first hand accounts of online dating -- cringeworthy, strange, and completely delightful.
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First Contact

a year ago · transcript

Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

By Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia
Personally connecting the dots. All of them. Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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Criminal

By Criminal & Radiotopia
Criminal is 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. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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Revisionist History

By Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Revisionist History is 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. From Panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
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Outside Podcast

By Outside Magazine
Live Bravely
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30 For 30 Podcasts

By ESPN, ESPN Films, 30for30
Original audio documentaries and more from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 series. We make new documentary seasons each spring and fall, and highlight conversations about the 30 for 30 films in between. Sports stories like you've never heard before. Season three, a five-part series about the complicated world of Bikram yoga and its guru BIkram Choudhary, is out now.
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30for30+ "BIKRAM"

7 days ago

How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

By Michael Ian Black
In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing. Brought to you by PRX.
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David Cross

5 days ago

Science Vs

By Gimlet
There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. This season we tackle sex addiction, nuclear war, Lyme disease, and serial killers.
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Missing Richard Simmons

By Topic / Pineapple Street Media / Stitcher
On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it ge...
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Pod Save America

By Crooked Media
Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
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StartUp Podcast

By Gimlet
A series about what it's really like to start a business.
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Dirty John

By L.A. Times | Wondery
Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.
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DTR - The Official Tinder Podcast

By Tinder / Gimlet Creative
DTR is a show about everything from opening lines, to profile pics, to dating someone out of your league. Each episode dives deep into the weird, wonderful and hilarious aspects of dating in an Internet-obsessed world. Because even though technology has made it easier to find dates, love is still as unpredictable as ever. For Season 2 of DTR, host Jane Marie (This American Life, Jezebel, The Hairpin, Cosmopolitan) is back and she’s on a mission. Joined by celebrity guests (Jason Mantzoukas,...
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IVFML

By HuffPost
Infertility affects an estimated one in eight couples, and about one in five known pregnancies ends in miscarriage. These experiences can be lonely and isolating for people going through them, and bewildering for those who want to offer support but don’t know how. Join health reporter Anna Almendrala and comedy writer Simon Ganz as they share their journey toward parenthood with frank, humorous discussions on the humiliations and hilarity of infertility, miscarriage, and IVF.
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This Is Actually Happening

By Whit Missildine
Through first person, short format storytelling with no commentary, This Is Actually Happening probes the chaotic interiors of the human experience as we find out what happens when everything changes. If you'd like to donate to the show, go to patreon.com/happening
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Every Little Thing

By Gimlet
ELT is a factual answering service. Call with your question. 833-RING-ELT. From Gimlet Media, hosted by Flora Lichtman.
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The Bill Simmons Podcast

By The Bill Simmons Podcast & The Ringer
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, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.
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Alone: A Love Story

By CBC Radio
Alone: A Love Story, is a memoir about love, the bomb, and the fallout. With raw honesty, over 10 episodes, Michelle Parise takes you along on her winding journey from lust to heartbreak, through loneliness and despair, to eventually finding the courage to face the question mark of life, alone.
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