Podcasts & Radio

Podcasts have taken over the world in the last few years as a form of information sharing and storytelling. There’s a podcast for everybody! They’re easy to put on in the background while you’re cleaning, working, or gardening. You can essentially listen to a podcast the same way you would a radio station. Below are a list of platforms that you can listen to both music and podcasts. Some of these are websites and some are in app form via your mobile device (or perhaps even Google and Alexa?) Most have a free subscription but offer “premium” status if you’re into that sort of thing. Check out the links below.

Disclaimer: Please remember that some shows may contain mature or graphic listening content.

How to Listen

What are your librarians listening to? Staff picks!

Trending Podcasts

  1. The Fertile Void
    “Travel the realms of betwixt and between, on the threshold that is the fertile void. Through original stories, interviews, and sonic landscapes, we’ll traverse philosophy, psychology, religion and spirituality, biology, ritual, architecture, mythology, art and music, and beyond.”
  2. Urban Homestead
    “The Urban Homestead is a family operated and highly productive city farm. Through sustainable lifestyle choices, the Urban Homestead has become a successful, real-life working model for sustainable agriculture and self-reliant living in a metropolis.”
  3. Literally! With Rob Lowe
    “This is literally a podcast where people I love, admire, and know well will be in a safe space to really let their hair down (assuming they have any). I will cover the thoughtful to the extremely random. So join me and my guests form the world of movies, TV, sports, music, and culture for fun, wide-ranging, free-wheeling conversations.”
  4. Behind the Bastards
    “There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators, and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.”
  5. FiveThirtyEightPolitics
    “Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team cover the latest in politics, tracking the issues and game-changers every week.”
  6. Beyond Gender
    “Interviews that explore the experiences of different trans people. A new episode every other Thursday.”

History

  • American History Tellers
  • Burnt Toast
  • How to Take Over the World
  • The New York Public Library Podcast
  • Our Fake History
  • Philosophize This!
  • The Rest of the Story
  • Revisionist History
  • Ridiculous History
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class

News & Politics

  • BBC Global News
  • The Brilliant Idiots
  • The Gist
  • NPR Politics
  • PBS News Hour
  • Pod Save America
  • Skimm This
  • Today, Explained
  • The Takeaway
  • The Weeds

True Crime

  • Court Junkie
  • Creepy Caffeine
  • Criminology
  • Gangster Capitalism
  • Mens Rea
  • Morbidology
  • Morning Cup of Murder
  • My Favorite Murder
  • Obscura
  • Swindled
  • Up and Vanished

Education

  • Brain Science
  • Discovery – BBC
  • EconTalk
  • Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
  • The Knowledge Project
  • Listen Money Matters
  • On Being
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Ted Talks Daily
  • This American Life
  • The Tim Ferriss Show

Comedy & Pop Culture

  • Binge Mode
  • Call Her Daddy
  • Comedy Bang Bang
  • Cool Playlist
  • Doughboys
  • Entry Level
  • The Good Place
  • Sip on This
  • Song Exploder
  • The Watch
  • WTF with Marc Maron
  • You Made it Weird

Kids & Family

  • But Why?
  • Ear Snacks
  • Eleanor Amplified
  • Flyest Fables
  • KiDNuZ
  • The Past and the Curious
  • Smash Boom Best
  • Story Time
  • Tumble
  • The Two Princes
  • Welcome to Night Vale
  • What if World
  • Wow in the World NPR

Science, Medicine, & Technology

  • 2 Docs Talk
  • BBC Science
  • The Doctor Paradox
  • Flash Forward
  • The Future of Healthcare
  • Healthsounds
  • Hidden Brain NPR
  • How to Do Everything
  • Invisibilia NPR
  • Main Engine Cut Off
  • Naked Scientists
  • Only Human
  • Radiolab
  • Science Friday
  • Scientific Theory
  • The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe
  • StarTalk with Neil Degrasse Tyson

For Women

  • #girlboss
  • 2 Dope Queens
  • Black Girl Nerds
  • Dear Sugar
  • Encyclopedia Wommanica
  • The High Low
  • The History Chicks
  • Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Nerdette
  • She Did it Her Way
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You
  • Terrible, Thanks for Asking
  • Unladylike
  • Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham

Storytelling & Everything Else

  • 30 for 30
  • Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
  • Ear Hustle
  • Everything is Alive
  • The Habitat
  • Heavyweight
  • Hello From the Magic Tavern
  • Household Name
  • LeVar Burton Reads
  • Limetown
  • Lore
  • Love and Radio
  • Modern Love
  • The Mortified Podcast
  • The Moth
  • Noble Blood
  • The Other Stories
  • Over My Dead Body
  • Selected Shorts
  • Storycorps
  • Timesuck