Whether you’re looking for a few new podcasts to listen to or you’re just getting started as a podcast listener, here are thirty-six podcasts to check out.
If you’re new to podcasts, here’s a general range of shows to start with.
- 99% Invisible: Popular podcast on how human-made objects come to be.
- Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People: Deep chats with strangers.
- Congressional Dish: Well-researched secrets of the US Congress.
- Futility Closet: Forgotten stories from history.
- Imaginary Worlds: Backstories on the worlds of science fiction.
- Lambo Goal: Business-oriented podcast about setting big goals.
- Life of the Law: In-depth stories on the law and its effects.
- Myths and Legends: Myths and folklore told in present-day sense.
- On Being: Chats with experts about big questions.
- The One You Feed: Chats on creating a life worth living.
- Radiolab: Popular podcast investigating deep stories and ideas.
- You Are Not So Smart: Research on how the mind works, focusing on bias.
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- Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Advice on happiness and good habits.
- HeroicStories: Examples of people being good to one another.
- Home of the Brave: Slice-of-life stories from around the world.
- How Do We Fix It?: Solutions for problems we all face.
- Humankind: Stories of people making the world more humane.
- Kind World: Stories of profound kindness. From WBUR in Boston.
- The Positive Impact Podcast: Chats with people making positive impacts.
- Sounds Good with Branden Harvey: Chats with happy people.
- StoryCorps: Interactive stories of humanity. As featured on NPR.
- Strangers: True stories about the people we meet.
- Us & Them: Stories from the fault lines that separate Americans.
- The Wisest: An audio search for the wisest person alive.
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- Awful Grace: Stories of people making the best of awful situations.
- Everyday Superhumans: Chats with extraordinary people in Louisiana.
- HumanCurrent: Chats with experts about complexity. I was a previous guest.
- The Looncast: A podcast of existential wonder.
- RED Podcast: The marketing podcast for influencers.
- Robot Overlordz: A podcast about the future.
- Scene on Radio: Explores the human experience of American society.
- Stride & Saunter: Genuine, thoughtful chats on a range of topics.
- This Is Berkeley: Chats with interesting people in Berkeley, California.
- Trees Are Key: All about trees,their care, and benefits. See also POY 23.
- Unwonk: A fun podcast responding to legal questions.
- Van Sounds: Well-produced travel podcast.
Here are five ways you can help the podcasts you like.
Remember: Good podcasts require time, skill, and investment to create. When you’ve found a good one, please consider returning the value in these five ways.
- Tell someone else. Spreading the word about your favorite podcasts can help them grow, and podcasts can give you a means to bond with other people.
- Subscribe. Listening through podcasts’ websites is fine, but subscribing to a podcast shows developers and other listeners what you’re paying attention to. Think of your +1 to a podcast as a vote in its favor.
- Leave a review. Similar to subscriptions, reviews in iTunes and other apps help a podcast get noticed. Reviews are also direct lines to hosts and can persuade other listeners.
- Contribute financially. Most podcasts are free, but they aren’t free to produce. If a host asks for donations, sells products, or runs ads, chip in or try their sponsors. Even USD$1 will help keep it going.
- Contact the hosts. Podcasting can seem like talking into a void. Responding to a topic of discussion or even saying hello can be a huge motivator for hosts. Ask questions, share your thoughts, or simply say thank you.
I hope you’ve found a few new podcasts to listen to. Do you have any favorites that aren’t on this list? Let me know!