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20 Art and Culture Podcast Episodes You Should Hear

3 months ago · "There’s a wonderful world of listening to explore these days with the rise of podcasts (including here on Hyperallergic). Whether you already have your favorite shows or have yet to delve into the medium, here are 20 recommendations (in no particular order) for podcast episodes to check out. The intention is to focus not on art podcasts, but on shows with a broad range of cultural interests that, through their distinct perspectives, help reveal art’s context in the world."
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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 Bowery Boys: New York City History

By Bowery Boys Media
New York City history is America's history. It's the hometown of the world, and most people know the city's familiar landmarks, buildings and streets. Why not look a little closer and have fun while doing it?
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Raw Material

By SFMOMA
Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.
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Stuff You Missed in History Class

By HowStuffWorks
Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
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The Tunguska Event

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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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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

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen

The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI, is a smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt introduces the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life. Produced in association with Slate.
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Monocle 24: The Urbanist

By Monocle
With an influential audience of city mayors, urban planners and architects, this is Monocle’s guide to making better cities, be it new technology, state-of-the-art subways or compact apartments.
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Imaginary Worlds

By Eric Molinsky
Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres -- how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief. These are the backstories to our stories.
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Gathering the Magic

5 days ago

Planet Money

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.
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Freakonomics Radio

By Stephen J. Dubner and WNYC Studios
In their books "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics" and "Think Like a Freak", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner explore "the hidden side of everything," telling stories about cheating schoolteachers and eating champions while teaching us all to think a bit more creatively, rationally, and productively. The Freakonomics Radio podcast, hosted by Dubner, carries on that tradition with weekly episodes. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.
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In Our Time

By BBC Radio 4
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
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Montesquieu

5 days ago

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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The Allusionist

By Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia
Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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80. Warm Front

2 days ago

Radiolab

By WNYC Studios
View the Episode Archive » Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes | RSS. #smartbinge Radiolab podcasts
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Here Be Monsters

By Jeff Emtman and Bethany Denton
The Podcast about the Unknown
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HBM100: Faraway Minds

12 days ago

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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BackStory

By BackStory, Panoply
BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
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The Organist

By KCRW, Andrew Leland
The Organist podcast is a bi-weekly experimental arts-and-culture program hosted and distributed by KCRW. Edited by the award-winning monthly magazine, Believer , published in San Francisco by McSweeney's , it includes reported stories, interviews, comic radio drama, reviews, and more. The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, ...
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