There isn’t much to say here. I have been researching podcasting for the better part of the last year and realized I had started to compile quite the list of podcasts. I went a little further and started to categorize those podcasts and expand in each category with even more content. Before I knew it, I managed to accumulate an insane list to share with you all. If you can’t find something of interest here, you may want to start re-evaluating your life.
Most of the following podcasts are actively releasing new content as of the writing of this blog post. The few that are limited series or seem to have been discontinued have it noted in the description.
A warning about content in these podcasts is well disclaimed in Conan O’Brien Needs Friend: “free from FCC regulation.” So, please take into consideration that any of these podcasts are subject to the unpredictability of freely contributed internet content without regulation. While some of these podcasts are produced by renowned organizations, many of them will contain content that is sensitive to some and most suited for a mature audience. PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
- Interview (Comedic)
- Interview (Serious)
- Listener Response
- True Crime
- Creativity & Art
- Mixed Bag
- Life, Health, and Love
- Deep & Heavy
- Myth and Folklore
- Variety Storytelling
- Horror Storytelling
- Real Life Stories
- Pop Culture
- Therapy & Psychology
- Racial Topics
- Podcasts About Podcasting (How Meta!)
- Library Staff Favs
- The Joe Rogan Experience – One of the longest running podcasts, The Joe Rogan Experience explores quite a variety including science, politics, celebrities, and fringe topics.
- SmartLess – A comedy podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett. Each show has the trio interviewing a guest celebrity and hilarity always ensues.
- Armchair Expert – Hosted by actor Dax Shepherd where he interviews various celebrities.
- Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend – Conan O’Brien takes his self-deprecating comedy to an auditory audience as he interviews various celebrities using a modified formula from his television shows.
- Under the Skin – Russell Brand’s podcast delves into social issues and politics with leading professionals in their fields.
- TED Interview – You may have watched some TED talks on the many deep and meaningful topics they tackle. TED Interview has Chris Anderson, head of TED, interviewing like-minded professionals on a wide range of topics.
- On Purpose – Jay Shetty’s podcast, On Purpose, is an attempt to “make wisdom go viral.”
- You Turn Podcast – A podcast focused on improving its listeners’ lives in many facets of life through discussions with guests and hosted by Ashley Stahl.
- The Genius Life – Max Lugavere brings professional guests on to share information on how to live a healthy life.
- My Brother, My Brother and Me – Three brothers respond to listener questions filled with humor and sibling sarcasm.
- Timesuck! – Dan Cummins’ long but fascinating podcast episodes cover an array of listener-suggested topics taking on serious issues with a twist of comedic commentary.
- Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory – The eponymous duo respond to letters sent in from their listener base.
- Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People – A uniquely formatted podcast where the host takes a call from one listener and lets them tell their story while discussing the details.
- The Peripheral – The host, Justin, collects listeners’ stories often considered taboo and shares them on the podcast. The show seems to have been discontinued but still has many episodes still available to listen to.
- The Daily Zeitgeist – A humorous news podcast that ironically labels itself a second-rate program.
- The Daily – A daily news podcast hosted by Michael Barbaro from The New York Times.
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition – Takes the content from the television show, The Daily Show, and optimizes it for listeners in a podcast format.
- Democracy Now! – One of NPR’s most popular radio shows and podcasts, Democracy Now! shares daily news on humanitarian and progressive issues in the United States.
- Casefile – An Australian true-crime podcast hosted by an anonymous man.
- Mommy Doomsday – One of several Dateline podcasts, Mommy Doomsday is a limited series podcast hosted by the renowned Keith Morrison as he explores the strange disappearance of two of Lori Vallow’s children in Rexburg, Idaho.
- Sword and Scale – The host, Mike Boudet, explores true crime stories while also interviewing criminals, witnesses, victims, and more in this long-running true-crime podcast.
- My Favorite Murder – Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark share their favorite true crime stories while also hearing stories from friends and fans.
- Criminal – An independently produced podcast hosted by Phoebe Judge where she shares “stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.”
- This Paranormal Life – A weekly podcast where hosts Rory Powers and Kit Grier investigate cases surrounded with mystery and paranormal circumstance.
- Spooked! – True stories about supernatural occurrences are shared by Snap Judgment’s host, Glynn Washington.
- The Dark Histories – A podcast that focuses on some of history’s strangest mysteries and darkest stories shared by Ben Cutmore.
- And That’s Why We Drink – A terrifying and effective amalgamation of true crime and paranormal stories, And That’s Why We Drink is the paranormal podcast to keep you up at night.
- Unexplained – You won’t find answers to these unsettling stories that have never been explained.
Creativity & Art
- The Unmistakable Creative A podcast designed to help get us creatives out of our slumps. Break those creative blocks with some inspiration from this podcast.
- Sound & Vision – Host Brian Alfred travels to various studios and galleries to interview fellow creatives on their creative exploration in art and music.
- Etsy Conversations Podcast – Most people have heard of Etsy, but how many have wondered how the creators came to be? This podcast has host Ijeoma interviewing various Etsy sellers to discuss their crafts and stories.
- Creative Rebels – Hosts David Speed and Adam Brazier interview other creatives who successfully rebelled against the standard day-job norms.
- Design Matters – Touted as the longest running design podcast, Debbie Millman has been hosting Design Matters since 2005 discussing a variety of design-based topics with professionals in their fields.
- Making It – The host trio of Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett, and David Picciuto discuss each of their unique areas of creative interests and what they have been making.
- Reclaimed Audio – Another host trio, Phil Pinsky, Tim Sway, and Bill Lutes, share their very different attempts on making with reclaimed materials.
- My Disney Class – A podcast that strives to bring the art and creative inspiration of Disney to classroom and makerspace educators everywhere.
- Shop Talk Live – A podcast published by Fine Woodworking magazine where woodworking professionals discuss various subjects regarding woodwork.
- 99% Invisible – A podcast hosted by Roman Mars where he digs into the architecture and design that is often left unappreciated or unnoticed in our day-to-day lives.
- Everything is Alive – Host Ian Chillag interviews an inanimate object in each episode where the object gets to share all of the true aspects of its existence.
- The Box of Oddities – A bizarre podcast on a slew of strange topics discussed by podcast hosts Kat & Jethro Gilligan Toth.
- The Unusual History of Every Thing – Each podcast episode has hosts Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy delve into the history of a selected subject matter whether it be leprechauns or the inaccuracy of our calendars.
- This Is Actually Happening – A podcast that covers true stories full of unusual or extreme circumstances.
- The Truth – A dramatic storytelling podcast that drags its listeners through unexpected places. Headphones are recommended.
- Decoder Ring – Willa Paskin hosts this podcast on exploring cultural mysteries whether it be historical fads or unexpected societal changes.
- The Adam Savage Project – Adam Savage of Myth Busters fame created a podcast to explore his many areas of interest including celebrity interviews, maker community discussions, and answering questions from the audience. The podcast recently concluded in January of 2021 but still has hundreds of episodes available to listen to.
- Stuff To Blow Your Mind – Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick discuss the many wonders of reality.
- The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week – A podcast from Popular Science that offers questions about a wide array of subjects.
- Stuff You Should Know, or SYSK – Hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, former writers from HowStuffWorks, explore many topics to appease the inner information junkie in all of us.
Life, Health, and Love
- Mark Groves Podcast – Mark Groves is a Human Connection Specialist and shares his insight into human relationships on all levels in his podcast.
- Food Psych – Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN hosts this podcast on intuitive eating and body liberation.
- Love, Food – Podcast host Julie Duffy Dillon, RDN navigates the complexity of intuitive eating in a world of social norms.
- The Ultimate Health Podcast – Marni Wasserman and Dr. Jesse Chappus interview professionals on various health topics focused on holistic and alternative viewpoints to mainstream medical thinking.
- The School of Greatness – One of the most popular podcast series on iTunes that provides listeners with information regarding many topics to help live a better life including entrepreneurship, health, and money.
- The Golfer’s Journal Podcast – A podcast from The Golfer’s Journal covering all topics golf.
- 30 For 30 Podcasts – A renowned sports podcast that brings captivating stories about sports and athletes from the broad world of sports.
- The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny – Mina Kimes, an acclaimed sports journalist, discusses all things football with her friends and the occasional input from her dog, Lenny.
- Pardon My Take – A comedic sports podcast from Barstool Sports that has hosts Big Cat & PFT Commenter covering various sports topics.
- The Bill Simmons Podcast – Touted as “the most downloaded sports podcast of time,” Bill Simmons brings a variety show centered around his area of expertise—sports.
- StarTalk Radio – Famed astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson hosts his equally as famous podcast, StarTalk, with various co-hosts and guests from both the science and entertainment industries.
- Radiolab – Both a radio program and a podcast, New York’s Radiolab is a well-known and long-running series that started with a heavy focus on scientific inquiry, but has since branched out to include much more.
- The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe – A podcast that discusses scientific issues with a panel of “skeptical rogues” that approaches everything with a sense of “scientific skepticism.”
- Science Vs – A team of science-focused fact-checkers that tackle popular issues that need scientific backing or debunking.
- Nature Podcast – The official podcast of Nature journal brings its scientific professionals’ voices to listeners’ ears.
Deep & Heavy
- Griefcast – Cariad Lloyd takes a comedic approach to a very heavy topic—death.
- On the Media – An NPR podcast that takes a critical view of the media and how it impacts us from a worldwide lens.
- On Being – A radio show/podcast out of Minneapolis that asked “What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?”
- Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything – An attempt to “connect the dots” of the complex world around us through a wide variety of topics.
- Mindset Zone – A podcast that attempts to grow its listeners’ mindsets.
- The Dollop – A history podcast with a comedic approach.
- You’re Wrong About – Journalists Mike and Sarah challenge the socially prominent view of various historical topics and re-evaluate the controversial topics.
- Mobituaries – Mo Rocca of CBS News takes some of his favorite underrated people from history and shares their little-known contributions. This does seem to be a limited podcast with the last episode in early 2020.
- The Alarmist – A podcast that shares the blame behind some of history’s worst tragedies.
- Noble Blood – Dana Schwartz’s historical podcast focuses on the royal side of history and the impact that various nobles have had on their nations.
Myth and Folklore
- Myths and Legends – A podcast by Jason Weiser who shares stories from mythology and folklore from around the world.
- Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby – A host known simply as Liv shares her favorite stories from Greek and Roman Mythology.
- Mythunderstood – Paul Bianchi and Sarah Oliver take a comedic approach to sharing Paul’s love of Greek Mythology.
- Drunk Mythology – Another comedy pair shares stories in mythology while they become intoxicated.
- The Myth Legend & Lore Podcast – Siobhan Clark’s mesmerizing Irish accent drags her listeners in her tellings of mythology.
- Creepy: A Horror Podcast – A long-running podcast that shares creepypastas and urban legends from around the world.
- CreepyPodsta: The Creepypasta Podcast – A panel discussion style podcast on creepypastas.
- CreepsMcPasta Creepypasta Radio – A creepypasta podcast with a robust episode list of over 700 episodes.
- SenorGrim’s CreepyPasta/No Sleep Stories – Very short Creepypasta stories read by the eponymous Senor Grim.
- Lady MCreepsta’s NightNoise Horror Podcast – Lady MCreepsta narrates her favorite creepypastas and horror stories.
- Selected Shorts – Short stories are selected by guest hosts and performed by various famous actors and celebrities. Episodes are available for a limited time after first airing.
- 1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales – Some of history’s greatest classics are read aloud by the show’s host, John Hagadorn.
- The Writer’s Voice – The New Yorker provides a podcast where the authors of their stories read the stories that were provided in issues of The New Yorker.
- Clarkesworld Magazine – This Science Fiction & Fantasy magazine shares some of its printed short stories in a podcast format for readers and listeners to enjoy.
- Lightspeed Magazine – Another Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine that shares its published material.
- Nightlight – This podcast has horror both written and performed by Black writers and actors.
- Chilling Tales for Dark Nights – A weekly horror podcast that shares several stories per episode from various authors and professional voice actors.
- The Magnus Archives – One of several varying podcasts out of Rusty Quill Ltd., The Magnus Archives is a horror anthology podcast touting five seasons of content so far.
- The Wicked Library – An award-winning horror podcast that has a whopping ten seasons of content.
Real Life Stories
- This American Life – A weekly podcast hosted by Ira Grass that airs on various radio stations and as a podcast that focuses primarily on non-fiction content.
- Here Be Monsters – A podcast by a socially anxious host, Jeff Emtman who shares his own experience on how to conquer one’s own fears.
- Ear Hustle – The podcast about daily life in the prison where they interview prisoners currently or formerly incarcerated in the American prison system.
- Conversations – A podcast based out of Australia and produced by ABC, Conversations brings truly incredible stories of people who have had amazing and sometimes horrifying experiences.
- The Mortified Podcast – A podcast that has adults share some of their most embarrassing memorabilia from childhood.
- The Popcast With Knox and Jamie – A self-aware waste of time, The Popcast has hosts Knox and Jamie discussing pop culture every week.
- How Did This Get Made? – Hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas discuss terrible movies and wonder, “How Did This Get Made?”
- The Trend Reporter – A podcast that keeps its listeners up to date on the latest trends and topics.
- Keep It – A podcast self-described as “a show about pop culture, politics, and what happens when they smack into each other at alarming speed.”
- Culture Gabfest A Slate podcast about culture.
- Reply All – A podcast from Gimlet Media about the mutually impactful effects of the internet and its users. This popular series was recently placed on indefinite hold as of February of 2021 but the almost 200 episodes are still available for your listening pleasure.
- Accidental Tech Podcast – Three self-described nerds, Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa, discuss nerdy tech topics in a collection of hundreds of episodes and counting.
- Rocket – A weekly podcast where hosts, Christina Warren, Brianna Wu, and Simone de Rochefort, have “accelerated geek conversation.” A true nerd variety podcast.
- Tech Talker – Eric Escobar takes the intimidating complexity of technology and explains it in layman’s terms for the average listener to understand.
- Clockwise – A weekly podcast where hosts Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent invite two guests and the four discuss four topics regarding technology.
- The Angie Lee Show – The self-declared “hilarious business x wellness bestie,” Ang, has made it her goal to help others find their energy.
- Business Wars – A podcast that strives to bring the truth behind the scenes of business decisions that the average person is often left unaware of.
- Dear HBR – HBR, aka Harvard Business Review, is a podcast that provides listeners with solutions for their difficulties at work.
- The BizChix – A podcast for female entrepreneurs with a variety of success stories and coaching episodes.
- Brown Ambition – A weekly podcast where successful-in-life hosts, Mandi Woodruff and Tiffany Aliche, share their tips on how to be successful through investment and career choices.
Therapy & Psychology
- Heavyweight – A seasonal podcast with host Jonathan Goldstein delving into the past of one subject per episode where he helps them come to terms with a moment they wish they could change.
- Deeply Human – A BBC podcast that helps explain why humans are the way they are.
- Therapist Uncensored – A pair of therapists, Sue Marriott LCSW, CGP, and Ann Kelley PhD, host as they bring on various professionals in neuroscience onto the show.
- ADHD reWired Podcast – Host, Eric Tivers, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with ADHD. He offers tips, stories, and strategies to help other adults with ADHD cope.
- Therapy Chat Podcast – Best described with the intro from iTunes, “Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist, Burnout Prevention Consultant and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator interviews guests to discuss holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy, counseling, coaching and healing sessions.”
- Interfaith Voices – Started by a nun after 9/11 to bring together a multi-faith panel to discuss religious matters in an attempt to inform the public on religious issues and promote dialogue across religious lines.
- Bible Project – BibleProject is a website dedicated to providing biblical information through modern technology. Their podcast expands on some of their other content and gets deeper with conversations between hosts Tim and Jon.
- Hijabi Diaries – Its subtitle “Muslim women, speaking for themselves” speaks volumes. This podcast brings several Muslim women together from Indiana for them to share their otherwise unheard voices.
- Buddhism Guide – Host Karma Yeshe Rabgye separates this podcast from other Buddhist podcasts by focusing on the “way of life” rather than the philosophy or religion.
- Heart and Soul – A BBC podcast that covers topics covering many religions throughout the world.
- Be the Bridge – Latasha Morrison hosts this podcast as a voice against racial injustice.
- Floodlines – A limited podcast that covers the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and the racial disparities and racist reactions to those events.
- Code Switch – A hard-hitting podcast that attempts to bring racial topics to the table that are often avoided but are in dire need of coverage.
- Good Ancestor – An interview podcast with host Layla F. Saad where she combats racism through conversations with “change-makers & culture-shapers.”
- Intersectionality Matters – American civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw hosts this podcast that covers various topics that explore racial inequality in the United States.
- Still Processing – A New York Times podcast hosted by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham that covers many cultural topics through a queer lens.
- LGBTQ&A – A podcast with an obvious subject matter that focuses on the success stories and lives of people who identify with LGBTQ+.
- Food 4 Thot – I can’t describe it better than the iTunes description: “A multiracial mix of queer writers talk about sex, relationships, race, identity, what we like to read, and who we like to read. It’s not about food — we just really like the pun.”
- Getting Curious – You may know him as the energetic hairdresser from Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, or JVN, hosts this podcast where he interviews professionals from a variety of professional fields where they explore anything they find “curious.”
- Las Culturistas – Hosts Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang talk with guests on their professional area of interest, culture.
Local Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley
- Eau Claire Hometown Media – A collection of local community-related podcasts including emBarks’s A Dose of Dog, Northwestern Bank’s Banker with a Beer, and several more.
- Cool & Unusual Punishment – Locally famed for its year-long coverage of the Joe Luginbill controversy, Cool & Unusual Punishment covers Midwest “crime, corruption, and fascinating people.”
Podcasts About Podcasting (How Meta!)
- Podcasts We Listen To – This podcast is focused on interviewing other podcasters to help listeners get to know their favorite podcast hosts a little better.
- School of Podcasting – Not much to explain about this one. More than just a podcast, School of Podcasting has many tutorials and other resources to help would-be podcasters get launched.
- Podcasters’ Roundtable – A podcast where podcasters get to have meaningful discussion on podcast topics.
- She Podcasts – The host, Jessica, discovered a disparity in the female presence of podcast-related podcasts and knew that people needed to see the wonderful world of women in podcasts.
- The Podcast Engineering Show Another meta podcast that focuses more on the technical side of things. Chris Curran interviews podcasters on their equipment and software.
- Dewey Decibel – American Library Magazine’s podcast about all things library.
- Cyberpunk Librarian – A podcast that amalgamates two wonderfully compatible topics, libraries, and technology.
- Circulating Ideas – A podcast where they discuss innovation in libraries.
- Book Riot – Books and reading is the topic of this weekly podcast.
- Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange – A series of podcasts for librarians regarding professional development and material selection/suggestion.
Library Staff Favs
- LeVar Burton Reads – Everyone’s favorite childhood bibliophile is now reading stories for adults in his very own podcast.
- David Tennant Does a Podcast With… – Everyone’s favorite Doctor, or not, has his own podcast where he interviews various celebrities.
- Ear Biscuits – Good Mythical Morning’s Xenniels, Rhett and Link, sum the show up best in their introductory statement, “Where two lifelong friends talk about life for a long time.”
- Unf*ck Your Brain – A successful woman, Kara Loewentheil, podcasts with advice on how to cope with the struggles of succeeding as a woman.
- Hello From the Magic Tavern – Host Arnie has been teleported to the magical land of Foon and uses his mysterious WiFi access to share his interviews with Foon’s inhabitants.