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The best podcasts for true stories, books and fiction

5 months ago · "Looking for new podcasts? Here's the Telegraph's definitive guide to the finest podcasts for storytelling, interviews, literature and poetry, regularly updated with new recommendations."
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The Lapse Storytelling Podcast

By The Lapse Storytellers
See with your ears. The Lapse’s award-winning audio wonderment thrusts listeners headlong into true stories as they transpire. Whether trapped in a touring carnival, running a marathon across Antarctica, or accidentally joining a cult, experience stories as diverse as they are fascinating. Beautifully edited and rich in sound, this is The Lapse.
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The New Yorker: Poetry

By WNYC Studios and The New Yorker
Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.
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Imaginary Advice

By Imaginary Advice
A miscellany of stories, written and presented by Ross Sutherland.
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49 Re: The Moon

6 days ago

Outlook

By BBC World Service
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
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SBS True Stories

By SBS Television and Online
A five-part investigation into the untold true stories of Adelaide's gay-hate murders, told by award-winning Australian journalist, Mark Whittaker. The stories are adapted from Mark's true crime long-read which will be published online at the end of the series. Listed as iTunes Best Podcasts of 2015, SBS True Stories returns with Season Three as part of Deep Water. Commissioned and produced by Australia’s multicultural broadcaster SBS. Available online: sbs.com.au/truestories and on SoundClo...
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Audio Book Club

By Slate Magazine/Panoply
Join Slate's critics for monthly discussions of new and important books. Read the book club selections and then listen in as our critics hold lively - and sometimes heated - debates about the works. Part of the Panoply Network.
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Book Slam Podcast

By Book Slam
This is the Sony Award-winning podcast from Book Slam, London's best (only?) literary nightclub where books, music and free thinking intersect in a Bermuda triangle of no brow culture. Book Slam happens regularly at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, but this podcast gives you the opportunity to catch up on the readings and performances, plus interviews and more. Recently, Book Slam has featured such luminaries as Will Self, Adele, Plan B, William Boyd, Irvine Welsh, Simon Armitage and the Alaba...
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London Review Podcasts

By The London Review of Books
LRB-published writers read their own work, introduced by the editors of the London Review of Books. Recent podcasts have included Gillian Anderson reading Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Ingratitude’, Alan Bennett reading from his diary, Tariq Ali on his visit to North Korea and Jeremy Harding on migration. There’ll be something new every fortnight.
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The Dress in Your Head

3 months ago

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

By Marc Maron
Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day - WTF? He'll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.
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The Listening Project

By BBC Radio
Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.
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Family Influences

4 days ago

RISK!

By RISK!
If you like The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, take a walk on the wilder side with RISK! Your colorful host Kevin Allison (of the legendary comedy group The State) helms this surprisingly uncensored show where people tell jaw-dropping true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. RISK! is hilarious, heart-wrenching and remarkably real. Think you've heard it all? Fasten your seatbelt.
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Tough Love

2 days ago

Serial

By This American Life
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...
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S-Town Is Live

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StoryCorps

Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.
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What Happened To Vishal?

Vishal Mehrotra went missing in London on the day of the Royal Wedding in 1981. His body was found in a shallow grave in Sussex nine months later. 33 years on, nobody knows who took him. His father believes Vishal was taken by a VIP paedophile ring and that police covered it up. Over the next few weeks, LBC's senior reporter Tom Swarbrick examines the evidence for these claims in order to try and answer one simple question. What happened to Vishal?
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The Moth

By The Moth
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For i...
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The Moby-Dick Big Read

By Peninsula Arts
‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud,...
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The Poetry Magazine Podcast

By Poetry Foundation
The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.
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The Penguin Podcast

By Penguin Books UK
An intimate fortnightly conversation with authors and the objects that inspired their books. #PenguinPodcast
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UnFictional

By KCRW, Bob Carlson
Unbelievably true stories of chance encounters that changed the world. A pair of mail-order shoes that led to the film The Outsiders. A secret road to a California paradise. The day LA and smog first met. Stories that will stick in your head like a memory. It’s UnFictional, hosted by Bob Carlson.
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Easy French Poetry (French Today)

By French Today
Bonjour à tous and welcome to Easy French Poetry where I read some of the most Classic French Poems. I will read them twice: once slowly - so you may repeat after me - and once at a more natural reading pace. I will sometimes also talk about the life of the author, explain the vocabulary or do an analysis of the text using simple, everyday French. You will find the full text of the poems accompanied by the audio on my website FrenchToday.com as well as much more audio material such as The Ea...
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True Story Podcast

By DJ Wishbone & Niquil Cabinet
Podcast by DJ Wishbone & Niquil Cabinet
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Spark - True Stories Live

By Spark Enterprises
Connecting people through true stories. Listen to stories taken from Spark's storytelling nights across the UK, incorporating our regular nights in London, Preston, Bristol, collaborations and specials. Like what you hear? Come to an event for the full experience - full details at stories.co.uk Now in its eighth year, the Spark - True Stories Live podcast is currently produced by Elle Scott for rethinkdaily.co.uk, with the ongoing support of Joanna Yates, Dave Pickering, Charley Harrison a...
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Snap Judgment

By Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios
Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce dramatic, kick-ass radio.
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Witness

By BBC World Service
History as told by the people who were there.
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Demoted For Being Gay

19 hours ago

Selected Shorts

By Selected Shorts / Panoply
Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.
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