A List of Podcasts For Binge Listening
In recent years the availability of video streaming from sites such as Netflix and Amazon has given rise to the trend of binge watching TV shows (Breaking Bad, Lost, 24, Orange Is The New Black, Mad Men, House of Cards, etc.). This has now carried over into Podcasting (listening to radio type shows on-demand) due to the unprecendented popularity of "Serial", a 2014 podcast that people just can't get enough of. Millions of people who had never even heard a podcast before became obsessed with Serial and binge listened to all of the episodes.
- Serial is from the creators of the hit public radio show This American Life and is hosted by producer Sarah Koenig. It investigates the real life 1999 disappearance of high school senior Hae Min Lee, and the arrest of her classmate and ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who claims he is innocent, for her murder. One new episode is released each week, hence the name "Serial".
If you have not already heard the Serial, give the first episode a try and you will be hooked:
If you have finished consuming Serial and are hungry for more podcasts to binge on, here's a list for you:
- This American Life - Since 1995, this award winning non-fiction public radio show produced by Ira Glass has explored weekly themes in a journalistic way.
- RadioLab - A public radio show about curiosity. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich use mind-bending story-telling and a sense of humor to ask big questions and blur the boundaries between science, philosophy, and human experience.
- The Moth - True stories told live by real people.
- StoryCorps - A nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
- Love + Radio - Each episode of Love and Radio consists of a mixture of fact and fiction, presented in a series of interviews and stories related to a theme (past themes have included ghosts, secrets, fights, and online dating).
- The Sporkful - An award-nominated food podcast, which "...isn't for foodies, it's for eaters". Each episode covers a very specific issue, whether it's the ideal shape for tortilla chips, best practices in butter-to-pancake application, or barriers to structural integrity in sandwich engineering.
- Freakonomics - An offshoot of the best selling book by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, about "the hidden side of everything" (cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, etc.)
- Why You're Wrong - Topics such as Why you shouldn't be afraid of sharks?, Does chicken soup work as a cold remedy?, and Why don't hugely successful movies make money?
- Criminal - True crime stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
- True Story - Regular people telling short stories at themed parties in living rooms across the country. All stories are true and performed live, without notes.
- Porchlight Storytelling Series - Each week Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick pick a theme and invite six people to tell a 10 minute story without any notes or memorization.
- The Stanford Storytelling Project - Explores how to deepen our lives through our own storytelling, with a mission to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, and empower students to create and perform their own stories.
- Here Be Monsters - A show about the unknown, with topics such as science, death, religion, politics, and medicine.
- WTF with Marc Maron - Interviews comedians and funny people such as Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin, Artie Lange, Will Ferrell, Dane Cook, Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis, Russell Brand, Whitney Cummings, Johnny Knoxville, and hundreds more.
- Stuff You Should Know - A podcast from the site HowStuffWorks.com, explaining a wide range of topics such as How Fire Breathing Works, What's The Deal With Crop Circles?, and How Temper Tantrums Work.
- Welcome to Night Vale - Twice-monthly community updates for the fictional small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
- Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything - A show about our modern world.
- The Memory Palace - A historical trivia podcast hosted by Nate DiMeo. Topics include: serial imposter Stanley Clifford Weyman, PT Barnum's "Natural Curiosity", the Mad Gasser and mass hysteria, Halley's Comet, and more.
- 99% Invisible - 99% Invisible is a tiny radio show by Roman Mars about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.
- On the Media - For one hour a week since 2001, this show tries to lift the veil from the process of "making media," especially news media, because it's through that lens that we see the world and the world sees us.
- Planet Money - Interesting true stories relating to money.
- True Murder - Each week author Dan Zupansky interviews fellow crime writers about their books about the most famous killers of all time such Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy.
- Sword & Scale - Covers the dark underworld of crime and the criminal justice system's response to it.
- The NoSleep Podcast - A horror podcast is intended to frighten and disturb you. The content comes from a section of Reddit.com dedicated to fictional, terrifying stories.
- Old Time Radio Shows - While not technically podcasts, this site offers over 25,000 free episodes from hundreds of radio shows from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s: Sherlock Holmes, Gunsmoke, Burns & Allen, Dick Tracy, Tarzan, Philip Marlowe and more.
- Knifepoint Horror - From author Soren Narnia. Tales of supernatural suspense with a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them.
- StartUp - Similar in style to the serialized nature of Serial, StartUp is an offshoot of This American Life, hosted This American Life reporter Alex Blumberg, and follows his adventures as he starts his own podcasting business.
- Strangers- The gripping weekly episodes, hosted by Lea Thau, feature true stories about 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.
- NPR: TED Radio Hour Podcast - A journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Hosted by Guy Raz and based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage about topics such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.
- NPR: Snap Judgment Podcast - Executive produced by Glynn Washington, features people telling their stories, focusing on crucial life decisions. It has rich audio production, with constant background music and sound effects.
- Unfictional - A weekly program of real-life unusual stories and interesting personal documentaries, hosted and produced by Bob Carlson.
- Risk! - A live show and podcast Hosted by Kevin Allison where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public.
- Wiretap - Each week Jonathan Goldstein invites you to eavesdrop on a mix of funny, thoughtful and unpredictable stories and conversations.
- Spark London - Podcasts from Britain's first true storytelling club. Each story is true, told by the person who lived it, and under 5 minutes long.
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- Betty In The Sky With A Suitcase - Real life flight attendant Betty shares funny air travel stories from pilots, flight controllers, ground crew, passengers, and fellow flight attendants.
- Thinking Sideways - Investigating the things "we simply don't have answers to", such as real-life murders and missing person cases.
- Death Sex and Money - A podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities and regular people about relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here.
- Everything Is Stories - Wild and strange stories told by the people who experienced them.
- Talk of Shame - Embarrassing stories from embarrassed guests, hosted by Streeter Seidell.
- Fugitive Waves - Tales from remarkable people around the world — people with a mission, a purpose, a story to tell.