Podcasts I love!

People often ask for podcast recommendations so I figured I’d write up a list of my favorites. Oh, I love podcasts so much. It’s like storytime!

News / Activism

  • Democracy Now: Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.
  • Fresh Air: the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights.
  • Free Speech Radio News: FSRN’s mission is to provide factual reports on important international and domestic news stories neglected or suppressed by the corporate press.
  • Best of the Left: (could also be filed under ‘Activism’) Really awesome round-ups of conversations about specific issues, and perhaps most importantly, an incredible resource gude for what you can do to get involved. The Ferguson episode made me weep. so hard.
  • Citizen Radio: “Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny have created an important political radio show that balances humor and unreported news. At a time when media conglomerates dominate the airwaves, independent media like Citizen Radio is vital to national discourse.” ~Noam Chomsky
  • Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions: OMFG this podcast rocks! A monthly podcast about the most popular, highest grossing, mainstream culture. How we can use all that bad stuff for good? In each episode an an academic, an activist, and an artist from the Center for Artistic Activism will navigate through flotsam and jetsam looking for treasure, applying what we learn from pop culture to artistic activism.


  • RadioLab: Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
  • The Moth: The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.
  • Snap Judgment: Amazing storytelling, with a BEAT.
  • This American Life: There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay.
  • TED Radio Hour: The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections.
  • Love + Radio: From PRX’s Radiotopia, Nick van der Kolk’s Love + Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime.


  • Sex Nerd Sandra: Sex tips, techniques & titillating tidbits from unique human beings & experts.
  • The Whorecast: Sharing stories, art, and voices of American sex workers
  • Savage Lovecast: Dan Savage being snarky and real with people about their sex+love questions.


  • 99% Invisible: 99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.


  • Planet Money: 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. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.


  • Back To Work: Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

I’ve probably missed some good ones. What are your favorite podcasts? Please share in the comments!

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