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PodcastERA | A spoken word smorgasbord for your ears

Oct 25, 2017
From Serial to Startalk, Hardcore History to How Did This Get Made, the podcast medium is vast and varied and ever-growing. This month alone, the podcast Lore received a show on Amazon Prime. An adaptation of Gimlet's Homecoming is in the works (with Julia Roberts and Mr Robot's Sam Esmail attached no less). My Brother My Brother and Me had its own show on Seeso, Barack Obama appeared on Marc Maron's WTF, and actors such as Laurence Fishburne and Oscar Isaac have lent their voices to audiodramas.

In sum and substance, the medium of podcast is huge and only going more popular.
The goal of this thread is catch-all discussion and recommendations on podcasts of all kinds. A friendly place for newcomers to get into the medium and others to discuss their favorites. what they’re currently listening to, what new upcoming podcasts they’re anticipating, and hidden gems they’ve discovered.

Notable Networks
Where To Look
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Yeah, I've been waiting for this!

I picked up a couple of new shows recently:

Uncivil - It's a Gimlet show that covers some of the generally undiscussed portions of the Civil War.
Why We Eat What We Eat - It's a Gimlet show with Blue Apron, and so far it's the only food-related podcast that isn't super boring
Oct 25, 2017
History, linguistics, architecture, worldly questions, and other subjects

Hardcore History
Stuff You Should Know
99% Invisible
The Memory Palace
The Feast
The History of Rome
Flash Forward
Life of the Law
The Specialist
The Allusionist
Voices From The Ages
You Must Remember This
Stuff You Missed In History Class
Slate’s Working
Mysterious Universe
The Bowery Boys
BBC’s In Our Time
Planet Money
The History of Byzantium
Reasonably Sound
The British History Podcast
History Extra
Slate’s Whistlestop
We Have Concerns
Here Be Monsters
Revisionist History
Roam Schooled
How I Built This
The Maritime History Podcast
Rum, Rebels, and Ratbags
The History of Exploration Podcast
The Pirate History Podcast

History on Fire
Futility Closet
Inward Empire
Twilight Histories
About Buildings + Cities
Emperors of Rome
Our Fake History
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Milk Street Radio
The Rhine
Saga Thing
Giants of History
Outside Podcast
The Lonely Palette
The Land of Desire
Historically Black
Only Human
Twenty-Thousand Hertz
The Hidden History of Business
BBC's Discovery
Behind The Knife
It's About Time
Bedside Rounds
War Stories
Sound Show
Legends of Surgery
To The Best of Our Knowledge
Viking Age Podcast
When Diplomacy Fails
Ancient Warfare Magazine
Philosophy Bites
History of the Crusades
Memory Motel
Lectures In History
The Fall of Rome
The First
The Ends
BBC's The Why Factor
Reflecting History
BBC's The History Hour
Disasters From History
The Eastern Border
Ten American Presidents
Second Decade
The History of the Mongols
A History of Oil
The Bulgarian History Podcast
Migration Nation
Blueprints of War
Singing Bones
Ben Franklin's World

History of English Podcast
Wonders of the World
A History of Alexander
The Arab Spring: A History
The History of the United States
History Personified
The Almost Forgotten
The History of the Twentieth Century
God Trip
Lexicon Valley

Intelligence Squared
A Way With Words
Shots of History
History in the Making
Human Circus
The Larrikin Podcast
Stuff What You Tell Me!
How Sound
Ask Historians
The History of Literature
Killing Time
Something True
American Biography
The Secret History of Art
The Story Behind
1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries
Ice Coffee
Future Sandwich
How It Began
Medieval Death Trip
Rex Factor
The Age of Victoria
American Moments
Myths Your Teacher Hated
Engineering Word Of The Day
Part Time Genius
The Compass (BBC)
Heritage Road
The Past & The Curious
History of Witchcraft
Ideo Futures
Forgotten News
The Curbed Appeal
Fundamental Process
Farming God
Hidden History of Lost Angeles
Classical Classroom
Malicious Life
Centuries of Sound
Early and Often
The Thread
A Taste of The Past
The Fridge Light
Weird Work

Dark Histories
Interesting Things Explained Well
Why We Eat What We Eat
Jaws of Defeat
Samurai Archives
The History of Poland
The History of Egypt
Medieval History for Fun and Profit
Ridiculous History

Darius Arya Digs
Living With The Gods (BBC)
Scapegoat Cities
A Piece of Work
Flash Point History
The Podcast of Doom
The Ancient World
History Unplugged
Hardcore History: Addendum
Letters From War
On Drugs
Burnt Toast
The Age of Napoleon
The Assassination (BBC)
The Dead Ladies Show
The Constant
Intelligence Squared: Debates
All Creatures
Dig: A History Podcast
Ashes Ashes
Business Wars
We’re All Mad Here
Museum Archipelago
Buried Truths
The Field Guides
Drunk Safari
Last Stop To Nowhere
Medicine, Remixed
Let Me Google That

Space, medicine, psychology, futurism, and more

Startalk Radio
Science Vs
Hidden Brain
BBC's Space
60-Second Science
Science Magazine
Science for the People
Science, Sort Of
The Skeptics Guide
Science Friday
Physics Central
All In The Mind
Astronomy Cast
Ask A Spaceman
Origin Stories
Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar
Orbital Path
Warm Regards
Science Magazine
The Scientific Odyssey
BBC's The Life Scientific
Future Tense
Useful Science
Completely Optional Knowledge
Cosmic Vertigo
Up & Atom
Science Brunch
Scientists, not the Science
New Heads For New People
Science Solved It
Inquiring Minds
Mosaic Science
Science Disrupt
Novel Targets
Linear Digressions
The Future of Everything
Talking Machines
Data Stories
Relatively Prime
Main Engine Cut Off
Generation Anthropocene
Houston, We Have A Podcast
Hollywood Science
60-Second Science

The AI Podcast
Data Skeptic
Physical Attraction
The Titanium Physicists
Gravity Assist
In Defense Of Plants
Science & Futurism With Isaac Arthur
This Week In Virology
Ocean Science Radio
I Need My Space
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Investigations, exposes, interviews, and personal stories

This American Life
BBC's The Documentary
Radio Diaries
Anxious Machine
Love + Radio
Fugitive Waves
Backseat Rider
She Explores
Sounds of the Trail
This Is Actually Happening
Israel Story
Home of the Brave
Us & Them
The Sporkful
Off The Blocks
Long Haul
Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People
Saints of Somewhere
There Goes The Neighborhood
The Dirtbag Diaries
Short Cuts
Making Oprah
It's A Long Story
Strangers Abroad
The Sharp End
Rumble Strip
Everyone Else
BBC's Outlook
BBC's Witness
Inside Appalachia
Q'ed Up
Still Here
Human Race
Mascot Diaries
The Dig
Career Day
Half Hour Intern
Home: Stories From LA
The Journal
Snap Judgement
Guardian Long Reads
The Grift
Outdoor Explorer
Curious City
Scene on Radio
Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City
Let's Find Out
Everyday Bravery
Our Americana
Contact Mic
Kind World
The Leap
This Is About
The Venture
Fresh Air
Y Combinator
Vice Magazine
74 Seconds
Expat Sandwich
Story Worthy
The Lapse
The Other F Word
The Slow Melt
The Sun Also Rises
Yeah Let's Go There
True Story
Two Truths and a Lie
The Secret Room
Voices In America
Anytown, USA
The Tip Off
Road Trip Radio
The Stoop
Awful Grace
The Document
The Big Bad Wolf
The Hiss
Sea Story
Senior (Citizen)
Alone: A Love Story
Second Wave
Stories From The Eastern West
The Dark Place
Rough Translation
How Do You Sleep At Night
American Suburb
War on Waste
How's Your Day
On The Line

I'm Still Here
Written Inside
London Compass Radio
Some Noise
The Butterfly Effect
Battle Scars
Slow Radio
Out of the Blocks
Pretend Radio
Away Message
Family Ghosts
The Messenger
The Pope's Long Con
Hi-Phi Nation
The Norm
The Intersection
With Good Reason
The Promise
This Is War
The Story
This Is Normal
Spain By Mike Randolph
Speaking Over The Mountains
30 For 30
Fault Lines

Serial killers, conmen, human monsters, and other crimes

Sword and Scale
My Favorite Murder
Someone Knows Something
Actual Innocence
In The Dark
True Crime Japan
The Apex & The Abyss
Hollywood & Crime
Liar City
Up and Vanished
Suspect Convictions

Court Junkie
Crime & Precedents
Dead and Buried
Quid Pro Quo
Ponzi Supernova
Murder Under The Midnight Sun
It's About Damn Crime
Gangland Wire
The History of Organized Crime
They Walk Among Us
Dirty John
Black Hands

Sun Crime State
Small Town Dicks
Christian Underhistory
Young Charlie
A Killing on the Cape
Best Case, Worst Case
You Must Remember Manson
Bless This Mess
Thin Air
The Cleaning of John Doe
Crime In Sports
Atlanta Monster
True Crime Asia
Good Nightmare
Let’s Talk About Sects
Empty Frames
Southern Fried True Crime
Nordic True Crime
Empire of Blood
True Crime Historian
Dear Franklin Jones
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Developers talk, sites discuss, game design and more

Idle Thumbs
Giant Bombcast
Easy Allies Podcast
The Short Game
Final Games
Watch Out For Fireballs
8-4 Play
The Game Informer Show
Cheap Ass Gamer Cagcast
Check It Out, Comrade
A Life Well Wasted
Podcast Unlocked
Friends At The Table
The Adventure Zone
Top Score
Designer Notes
Gamers With Jobs
Back In My Play
Kinda Funny Podcast
PS I Love You
Daft Souls
Cane and Rinse
Nintendo Voice Chat
Dev Game Club
Vice Gaming's New Podcast
My Favorite Game
Quality Control
Bonfireside Chat
Shall We Play A Game?
The Besties
History Respawned
The Dialog Box
Let's Fight a Boss
Rather Be Playing
New Game Plus
Playable Characters
Lost Levels Club
Monster Dear Monster
Join The Party
The Crate & Crowbar
Script Lock
Art & Craft
Podcast In Space
Psychology of Video Games
Level with Emily Reese
Character Creator
Navi Tales
Dice Funk
Neo Scum
One Shot
The Polygon Show
Coffee With Butterscotch
The Cabinet
Pretentious Game Ideas
Sound of Play
The Debug Log

Cinematic breakdowns, musical analysis, episode reactions, etc.

Song Exploder

I Was There Too
The Next Picture Show
Film Junk
All Songs Considered
Hollywood Handbook
The Canon
Switched on Pop
The Dissolve
Kermode and Mayo
Sodajerker on Songwriting
Microphone Check
The Film Programme
F This Movie!
Star Wars Minute
Talking TV
The Vulture Podcast
Very Good TV Podcast
Boiler Room
Laser Time
Denzel Washington Is The Greatest Actor Of All Time Period
The Magic Lantern
Watching Westworld
After The End
Off Screen
The VFX Show
Based on a True Story
The Sound and The Story
One Perfect Pod
Inside Psycho
Fighting In The War Room
This Song
Meet the Composer
Faculty of Horror
Wrong Reel
Plain Zero
3 Sheets To The Wind
The Sound of Fear
Blank Check
The Rewatchables
Kill By Kill
See You Next Wednesday
The Business
Inside The Exorcist
Bloody Mary
I Think You're Interesting
The Director's Cut
Never Seen Before
Jay & Miles Xplain The X-Men
The Shining 2:37
Broken Record
The Imposter
Bears On Film
Binge Mode
Friendly Fire
The A24 Podcast
This Movie Changed Me
The Soundtrack Show
Drawn: The Story of Animation
Bad Science
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Terrifying tales, fantastical worlds, humorous adventures

The Magnus Archives
Levar Burton Read
Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children
Welcome To Night Vale
The Black Tapes
We're Alive
The Bright Sessions
Ars Paradoxica
King Falls AM
The Thrilling Adventure Hour
The Leviathan Chronicles
Within The Wires
Knifepoint Horror
Alice Isn't Dead
The Message
The Truth
The NoSleep Podcast
The Bridge
Help Me
Wolf 359
The Deep Vault
Uncanny County
The Tunnels
A New Winter
Beef and Diary Network
The Other Stories
The Behemoth
The Dark Tome
Voices In The Cold
Stray Ami
The Once and Future Nerd
Transmissions from Colony One
Lesser Gods
Radiation World
Alba Salix: Royal Physician
The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie's Botanarium
The Orphans
The Earth Collective
Lake Clarity
Public Domain Universe
Dead Oaks
The Strange Case of Starship Iris
Sight Unseen
The Earth Collective
Black Sun Dispatches
The Blood Crow Stories
Steal The Stars
The Soyuz Files
Turner Masters Memory Hospital
Girl In Space
Deadly Manners
The White Vault
Escape Pod
Our Fair City
Radio Icebox
The Black

The Big Loop
Quarter Share
Splintered Caravan
Wrong Station
No Extra Words
Children of Heaven & Earth
The Phenomenon
Jules & James
Stoney Creek
Solutions To Problems
The Walk
The Hyacinth Disaster
Dining In The Void
I Am In Eskew
Jisko Archival Records
The Monster Hunters
Station Blue
The Last Movie
Pod To Pluto
The Amelia Project
Calais 2037
Clarkesworld Magazine Podcast
The Hidden Almanac

Riffing on movies, hilarious improv, funny stories

My Brother, My Brother, and Me
The Dollop
Comedy Bang Bang
How Did This Get Made?
My Dad Wrote A Porno
The Joe Rogan Experience
Judge John Hodgman
We Hate Movies
Hello From The Magic Tavern
With Special Guest, Lauren Lapkus
Stop Podcasting Yourself
Throwing Shade
The Cracked Podcast
The Bugle
You Made It Weird
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me
The Comedy Button
Fantasy Fiction
If I Were You Show
Hound Tall
One Bad Mother
Our Debut Album
The Film Reroll
The Hilarious World of Depression
H3 Podcast
The Grandma's Virginity Podcast
You're The Expert
Sunday School Dropouts
Hard Nation
Dumb People Town
Beware & Warning
Your Kickstarter Sucks
Level Up Human
Citation Needed
The Last Podcast on the Left
Buyer Beware
Why Mommy Drinks
How It Obviously Ends

Mission To Zyxx
We're No Doctors
You're Welcome, Hollywood
We Still Like You
A Very Fatal Murder
The Reductress Minute
Never Seen It
History In Hindsight
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Weird, funny, or unique series that defy easy classification

Superhero Assembly Line
The Splendid Table
Cognitive Dissonance
Good Food
The Heroine's Journey
Bizarre States
Distorted View
80 Days
Rumor Flies
Robot or Not
Video Death Loop
Raw Material
Mike And Kyle Talk About COPS
Ranking The Kingdom
Make Dad Read Comics
Cthulhu & Friends
Robot Congress
Death: The Podcast
Random Article
The Intern
Not By Accident
Out In The Open
Better Off Dead
Not What You Think
Horizon Line
The Adventures of Memento Mori
Twice Removed
Your Last Meal
Surprisingly Nice
The Moth
Party of One
Section D
This Feels Terrible
Amusement Sparks
No Dumb Questions
The World According To Sound
Good One
Hope Chest
The Competition
This Won't Hurt A Bit
On Being
Retail Nightmares
Bay Curious
On Display
Strange Attractor
The Catapult
Library Bytegeist
Twisted Sisters
HP Lovecraft Podcast
The Librarian Is In
Mentally Yours
My Thing Can Beat Your Thing
Far From Home
Mtn Meister
Hugos There
The Season
Wild Pitch
Jacked Kirby
Very Bad Words
The Dinner Party Download
The Station Wagon
Blurry Photos
The $8 Game Show
Imaginary Capital Partners
Conservations With People Who Hate Me
Library of Things
Strange Paths
Forensic Transmissions
The Struggle Bus
The Marble Garden
Opening Arguments
Voicemail Poems
Where Should We Begin?
Yeah, That's Probably An Ad

Money For Old Rope
Headline Heroes
Fistshark Marketing
The Organist
The Caving Podcast
Plumbing The Death Star
The Podcast for Laundry
Swinging Through Spiderman
Southern Grimoire
Teen Creeps
12 Hour Day
Modern Love
Endless Thread
372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back
Ultimate Showdown
The Long Way Home
The Vocal Fries
Screw It, We're Just Gonna Talk About Spider-Man
The Firn Line
The Katchup
Grief Cast
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A list of recommended, unique, or interesting podcasts

10/26/17 - Script Lock, 60-Second Science, On The Line, Sun Crime State
11/01/17 - Some Noise, The AI Podcast, CrimeWav
11/09/17 - Psychology of Video Games, Splintered Caravan, Money For Old Rope
11/13/17 - Darius Arya Digs, Scapegoat Cities, Mission To Zyxx
11/26/17 - Battle Scars, Physical Attraction, Looted
12/10/17 - Out of the Blocks, Slow Burn, Pretend Radio
12/21/17 - The Cleaning of John Doe, Away Message, Hi-Phi Nation, On Drugs, Family Ghosts
01/03/18 - Dice Funk, Neo Scum, The Age of Napoleon, Think
01/15/18 - The Constant, Science & Futurism, Solutions To Problem
01/23/18 - Soundtracking, True Crime Asia, The Intersection
02/12/18 - A Very Fatal Murder, Swindled, Ashes Ashes
03/03/18 - I Am In Eskew, The A24 Podcast, We’re All Mad Here
03/28/18 - Museum Archipelago, Empire of Blood, Breach, DDx
04/27/18 - Drunk Safari, True Crime Historian, The Katchup
05/31/18 - Pretentious Game Ideas, Clarkesworld Magazine Podcast, Drawn: The Story of Animation
06/24/18 - SKRIM, At The Intersection, The Perfect Scam, The Art of the Score
06/29/18 - Bubble, A Momentary Pause, Murdertown
08/13/18 - Everything Is Alive, Hey Riddle Riddle, Switchbacks, Fauna
08/17/18 - Bodies, Podcast: The Ride, Household Name, Iconography
09/03/18 - Burner Phone, Causality, Cold War Conversations, Sound Africa, How To Be A Girl
09/16/18 - Dr Death, Lie Cheat & Steal, Dead Ideas, Hollywood In Color, Behind The Bastards
09/21/18 - Vertical Slice, Legends of the Old West, Heat & Light
10/09/18 - Happy Face, The Dream, The Life & Times of Video Games, The City, 600 Second Saga

74 Seconds - A investigative journalism series examining the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop
Adlandia - A series about the advertising industry, with insider interviews and discussions on its effects and the effects on it due to current issues
Ask A Spaceman - Easy-to-digest answers to space-related questions, hosted by a astrophysicist
Ask Historians - Podcast for the subreddit of the same name, interviews with historians about interesting topics like the medieval armor industry/guilds
Awful Grace - Audio soundscapes and interviews that immerse you in gripping human stories and struggles
Backseat Rider - NBC reporter turned Lyft driver interviews his various passengers about a different theme each episode
Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People - A laidback series that somehow always teases out fascinating stories and intriguing conversations from the callers
Ben Franklin's World - Topics and stories from early American history, exploring the politics, economics, culture, and both American and global influences of the era
Beware & Warning - Fun series where the host and guest go through CYOA books, riffing along the way
Centuries of Sound - A unique history podcast that presents sounds and music from each year since 1859. Speeches, music, recordings, sounds, and more
Checkpoints - Great interviews with developers about games that had impacts on their lives
Choice/Less - A series focusing on the laws, politics and personal stories of women affected by the fight for reproductive rights
Civics 101 - A welcome refresher on timely topics like what the Chief of Staff does or what Executive Orders are
Codebreaker - A "This American Life"-style series about tech-related topics and various stories
Containers - A limited series looking at how the world has been influenced by global trade
Entwined - A discussion on interconnected people, place, ideas, and stories through history
Everyone Else - An interesting series with many intriguing personal stories
Exocast - An extremely focused topic (discussion on exoplanets) that often touches on other interesting space-related areas such as binary systems
Faculty of Horror - Detailed and well-spoken discussion on horror movies
Far From Home - Reminiscent of Let's Not Panic, this road trip adventure podcast follows a team's journey from London to Mongolia during the Mongol Rally
Forensic Transmissions - Excerpts from 911 calls, police interrogations, court case testimonies, and other recordings
Fundamental Process - The history of architecture, both in style and cultural influence
Gangland Wire - Stories of midland organized crime and investigation from a retired Kansas City detective
Gravy - An intriguing series that uses the lens of Southern cuisine to explore the history, culture, socioeconomic issues, etc. of the American South
Guardian Long Reads - Great informative articles read aloud
HP Lovecraft Podcast - A podcast that covers the stories of the titular author, exploring the context and history of each, as well as the works inspired by Lovecraft and that inspired him
Hanging - An investigative journalism series following the new police investigation into a 25-year old case of a young boy found hung in a family's barn
Hard Nation - Improv political comedy from Earwolf
Headshots - A game discussion series featuring hosts with backgrounds in psychology, biomedical engineering, and game design, where they talk about current game news through a psychological lens
Heritage Road - The intriguing history of Nascar
Historium - A good history podcast reminiscent of Memory Palace in terms of storytelling cadence
History Respawned - An intriguing podcast where historians and experts examine aspects of historical games like Civ, CK2, and Far Cry Primal
History of English - A fascinating history podcast focused on the formation, development, and evolution of the english language
History on Fire - Takes an episode or two to get used to the accent, but it's great history tales.
Houston, We Have A Podcast - A space podcast straight from NASA's Johnson Space Center
How Do You Sleep At Night - A fascinating series that interviews people involved in taboo/infamous activities, from a stock market manipulator to a tobacco lobbyist
How's Your Day - Other personal stories from famous and infamous days through history
Illusion - Historical stories on swindles, cons, and "impossible things", from the Turk machine to stagecraft
Inside Appalachia - An intimate investigative look at the lives, people, and struggles of those in Appalachia, that goes beyond the stereotypes that some might have
Inside Psycho - Looking at the influences behind and behind-the-scenes tales of Hitchcock's famous film
Intelligence Squared - Compelling conversations and discussions between experts on topics such as the nature of consciousness and AI, or the Ian Fleming's vs le Carre's influences on spy fiction
Kill By Kill - A fun and funny deep dive through the Friday The 13th franchise
Lectures In History - Interesting college lectures about subjects like emerging racism in colonial America and the 1870s Moonshine Wars
Levar Burton Reads - Levar Burton reads short stories to you
Library of Things - A miniseries about London's Library of Things, a library where you borrow useful items instead of books
Longform - Discussion with journalists on the challenges, planning, and construction of their articles
Medieval Death Trip - An interesting history series that reads odd and obscure medieval documents and writings, and then discusses the surrounding history and context
Migration Nation - American history through the lens of immigrations and migrations, such as the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the creation of bourbon whiskey
Monster Dear Monster - A series that explores the history of monsters and creatures from pop culture, like the enemies in Nioh and the vampires of 30 Days of Night and Stakeland
Mortified - Hilarious stories told live
Mountain - A "This American Life"-esque podcast features stories revolving around mountaineering
Never Seen Before - Two charming and fun hosts watch classic movies they've both never seen before
Off Screen - A podcast that discusses movie screenplays
Omitted - A fascinating series that tells the stories of the unknown people in extraordinary situations. Season 1 is Titanic passengers, Season 2 is Pearl Harbor
One Perfect Pod - A decent new film discussion series, exploring new releases, cinematography, and other topics
Our Americana - A series that explores small towns across America, their histories, customs, people, and so on
Papertrail - Authors talk about their favorite books and what those works means to them
Pod Save America - The successor to Keepin’ It 1600, hosted by former Obama advisers and speechwriters
Pod Save The People - Another Crooked Media series, with a focus on activists, grassroots, and others
Pod Saves The World - Pod Saves America spinoff that delves into foreign police and the White House Situation Room, interviews with people who were there during important moments
Pomegranate - Doctors talking about and discussing medical topics, from microbiomes to medicine and disease in 1800s Sydney
Ponzi Supernova - A true crime series focused on history and investigation of Madoff's ponzi scheme
PsychTech - A series with same hosts as Headshots, discussing tech related topics and intersection with psychology (and some Black Mirror as well)
Quid Pro Quo - True crime through the lens of forensic psychology
Relatively Prime - Discussions and explorations of different fields, all connected to mathematics
Saga Thing - Podcast tackling a really cool history niche, exploring and reviewing Icelandic sagas
Scene on Radio - Journalism series examining a new topic each season, from the connections between sports and culture to race relations
Science Brunch - Science history that looks at the lives of researchers and scientists, from Charles Darwin to Jane Goodall
Second Decade - A history series focused solely on the tumultuous events and times of the 1810s
Second Wave - A compelling and eye-opening series talking with second generation Vietnamese-Americans and the post-Vietnam War effects they still feel
See Something Say Something - Personal stories about what it's like to be Muslim in America
Selects - A new show with a promising premise: short selections from interesting podcasts
She Explores - Another hiking/outdoors series, talking with women about their experiences on the trail, on the road, and related topics
Snap Judgement - Powerful engrossing gripping stories
Sounds of the Trail - Great listen if you're into hiking and the outdoors, interviews and discussions with hikers on trails about their stories and experiences
Spycast - A compelling podcast that interviews people who were part of the intelligence community in various countries, eras, and cultural contexts
Supercontext - Good discussion on film, shows, music, other mediums that delves into cultural context and other aspects besides "it is good or bad"
Tape - Essentially "Longform" for audio producers, talking with talent behind This American Life, Reply All, Planet Money, and more
The $8 Game Show - A funny and fun trivia show with silly questions and even sillier low stakes
The Age of Victoria - An interesting history series looking at the Victorian era
The Black - A horror audiodrama set among the dark depths of the sea floor
The Crate & Crowbar - A game podcast that includes the great Tom Francis
The Dark Place - Raw and real stories from people struggling with mental health, from depression to abuse
The Dig - A series that talks with experts on social topics such as race, sexuality, and class
The Document - Insider accounts behind documentary films
The Documentary - Diverse stories from BBC World Service, from following Iceland Rescue to life in post-coup Turkey
The Eastern Border - Russian/Soviet history, quite interesting due to the focus that other history podcasts haven't really explored
The Ends - A history podcast that looks at final days of places, people, ideas, etc.
The Film Reroll - A very fun podcast that reimagines movies as tabletop RPGs where dice rolls decide how the plot progresses. Often and hilariously goes off the rails of the original story
The Grandma's Virginity Podcast - An oldie but a hilarious goodie, where Justin Roiland and friends shoot the shit for an hour.
The History of the Twentieth Century - Compelling stories about events and people from the 1900s
The Lapse - Engaging personal stories brought to life with sound effects
The Leap - Gripping stories about personal transformations, and the risks and choices of those people's journeys
The Life Scientific - Always a joy to hear scientists talking about their work, from the science of polymers to the diverse behavior of algae
The Lonely Palette - An art history podcast that covers a different painting each episode
The Marble Garden - A podcast that travels to different cemeteries and mausoleums to tell about the stories and lives of the deceased
The Scientific Odyssey - A science history series that covers subjects like Galileo or astronomy in the age of medieval plagues
The Sharp End - A compelling series where survivors of climbing/outdoors accidents share their stories
The Slow Melt - Discussions of history, culture, and other topics through the angle of chocolate
The Sound of Fear - An interesting miniseries exploring the evolution of music in horror movies from the 1920s to today
The Tip Off - Talking with journalists about the behind-the-scenes efforts behind their investigative journalism stories
The Venture - A podcast discussing interesting businesses in various industries, and the people and stories behind them
The World According To Sound - A fascinating series, each 90 second episode featuring an unique sound and details about it, from blood rushing through a brain artery to ants walking around their tunnels
This Is Actually Happening - Gripping and personal stories told each episode
Tracks - A compelling thriller about a conspiracy following a plane crash
Trailblazers - A series about digital/tech companies that changed industries and culture, ie Netflix
True Crime Japan - Another series in a crowded genre taking on a fascinating niche, aka crimes and murders in Japan
Tumanbay - Essentially the Game of Thrones of podcast audiodramas. An epic fantasy BBC-produced series with political intrigue and medieval action
Twilight Histories - History (and alt histories) told through a "You are here" perspective
Two Truths and a Lie - A clever twist on the "personal stories" genre, where one of the stories is a lie
Unfictional - Some really fascinating stories and interviews, such as talking with people who serve at launch officers at nuclear missile bunkers
Voices In America - Personal stories through the lens of many different cultures throughout America
Weird Work - Think Dirty Jobs, but weird and unusual jobs, like taking us into the world of Amazon's dinosaur erotica authors
Witness - Compelling first hand accounts of those who were part of historical events, such as the Attica Prison Riot and the 1997 Mir space station incident
Word of the Day - Gold ole Merriam Webster word of the day straight to your ears
Yeah, Let's Go There - Compelling stories from individuals found worldwide, highlighting interesting tales and cultures
Zealot - Think My Favorite Murder, except with cults instead of murder and Australian accents
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Oct 25, 2017
Hey, there I am! Happy to see PodcastERA back in action. Looking forward to recommending some great stuff. I recently picked up My Favorite Murder and Pod Save The People. I'm a few weeks in to each and I'm pretty much hooked. I typically subscribe to McElroy and McElroy-adjacent stuff, but this has been a successful branching out. Thanks for putting this together!
Oct 25, 2017
Listen to a bunch of videogame related ones, but my current favorite is Magnus Archives. Can't wait till Season 3 starts.
Oct 25, 2017
Great to see you bring PodcastEra to Reset.

I'll kick off discussions: everyone loves The Adventure Zone, right?

and we're all caught up, and excited about the new arcs. Between this and my D&D sessions, I really wanted another 'real play dnd' podcast and found Cthulhu & Friends

It's a real play d20 based Lovecraftian podcast that starts in the 1950s. It's certainly not up to modern TAZ production efforts but it certainly does the trick. Trades in TAZ's whimsy for some Arkham Horror. I'm really glad it's on the OP - highly recommended!

Yeah, I've been waiting for this!

I picked up a couple of new shows recently:

Uncivil - It's a Gimlet show that covers some of the generally undiscussed portions of the Civil War.
Why We Eat What We Eat - It's a Gimlet show with Blue Apron, and so far it's the only food-related podcast that isn't super boring
oh you totally blew it dude
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Oct 25, 2017
Aight, let me get my list in:
2 Dope Queens - Jessica Williams and Phoebe Williams Comedy Joint
2.1 Seconds to Madness - College Basketball Pod
Black Astronauts Podcast - Black life and other random things
Black Men Can't Jump(In Hollywood) - Three Black men and a guest sometimes, analyze black movies or movies that feature black actors
Black on Black Cinema - Part of the TNP Pods, the three host provide great comedy while analyzing black films
Dense Pixels - Video Gaming pod of the TNP Podcast network
Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period - Exactly what you think
Double Toasted - Movies, TV, Video games, what have you
Dunc'd On Basketball - Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux talk hoops with a lot of talk about cap space
E&C's Pod of Awesomness - Edge and Christian's podcast with wrestlers and other guest
Fiyastarter Pod - Sports, Media, whatever they talk about it, just make sure not to tank
Jenkins & Jonez - More life/sports/whatever, it's hilarious
Mickstape - The only thing from Barstool that matters, Tyler and Coley are great. If you want Simpsons, Ballers, anything talk with a dash of sports I guess
MTR Network - A number of shows in this channel including Insanity Check, Unanimous Decision, DCTV/Marvel TV Pods, and plenty of premium content
Podcast Ain't Played Nobody - College Football with a robot and a writer sometimes
Road Trippin - Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson's Podcast with NBA players
Shutdown Fullcast - If you want a Cookout podcast with college football sometimes, this is it for you
So Well Spoken - Podcast from the BCT
The Black Guy Who Tips - Rod and his wife Karen talk about anything and everything
The Chicken Social - Daily life pod
The Nerdpocalypse - TNP studios main podcast, excellent with tech, media, and WTF stories
The Read - Daily Life
Three Fifs - Everything
Where's my 40 Acres - Whew....everything
Oct 25, 2017
Great to see you bring PodcastEra to Reset.

and we're all caught up, and excited about the new arcs. Between this and my D&D sessions, I really wanted another 'real play dnd' podcast and found Cthulhu & Friends

It's a real play d20 based Lovecraftian podcast that starts in the 1950s. It's certainly not up to modern TAZ production efforts but it certainly does the trick. Trades in TAZ's whimsy for some Arkham Horror. I'm really glad it's on the OP - highly recommended!
Glad to see you here. And yeah, Cthulhu and Friends is a lot of fun, and a refreshing change from the predominately fantasy themed tabletop podcasts
Oct 25, 2017
On the edge
Good to see one of my favorite threads back, even if I didn't post in the old one. There are so many good recommendations in here and I wish I could listen to all of them.
As for a gaming related podcasts, I'd like to recommend the Easy Allies' Frame Trap podcast, hosted by Ben Moore.
Unlike the Easy Allies Podcast, Frame Trap is not necessarily focused on the weekly gaming news, but more on what games the Allies have been playing. In addition to their game impressions, Frame Trap has a segment called "hottake" where a specific topic is being discussed.

The current episode starts off with a fantastic discussion around lootboxes and how the industry is handling them.
I really want to recommend the episode because it wasn't angry and full of cynicism as one might expect, but really thoughtful instead. There is obviously a lot of frustration but it's well laid out and comes from a good place.
The Podcast is also available via RSS.
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Oct 25, 2017
Love + Radio is my favourite podcast by far.

Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything is a close second. It goes a lot of places; the 1984 episode is a masterpiece.
Oct 25, 2017
I've stayed pretty mainstream with my podcasts, but I now have a 45-min commute each way every day. So far my list is:

The Ringer NBA Show: classic NBA podcast, has multiple episodes a week with different focuses from gossip to recaps of the week in NBA.
The Last Podcast on the Left: I've almost caught up to the present, but this is my favorite crime podcast. It has covered many of the major serial killers and many paranormal/conspiracy theory/occult topics out there. All the while being genuinely hilarious!
Comedy Button: A comedy podcast that is mainly a group of friends bullshitting around week to week, but they touch on a lot of tough topics in daily life as well and are very personal. This is my comfort podcast.
Pod Save America: Bi-weekly political wrap up pod with really great guests and interviews. Basically how I keep up with politics now.
Lovett or Leave It: Same crew as Pod Save America but formatted like "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" and it has famous peeps on it most of the time.
Pod Save the People: DeRay McKesson picks up most of the gaps in the other political podcasts nicely, while also keeping me more in-tune with social justice movements.
How Did This Get Made?: A movie podcast run by Paul Scheer that is basically a podcast version of MST3K. It's funny without watching the movie they discuss, but it is even better when you do.
How I Built This: NPR podcast that interviews CEOs that founded companies. It gets a little repetitive, but it is worth it from time to time.
Revisionist History: Malcolm Gladwell in podcast form.
8-4 Play: Japanese video-game podcast, pretty casual.
EZA Podcast: General video-game podcast, more structured.

I can just about keep up with all of those on a week to week basis, but I might be able to add in some one-offs that are interesting. Any good shorter podcasts that have endings?
Oct 25, 2017
My weekly must listens are
My Favorite Murder (true crime/comedy)
Never Not Funny (talk/comedy)
Beautiful/Anonymous (talk, some comedy)
Comedy Bang Bang (comedy)
The Black Tapes (docudrama)

Other notables are
Off Book (The improvised musical podcast with Zach and Jess)
improv4humans (comedy)
Spontaneanation (comedy)
Oct 25, 2017
Sweet Jesus, that's a lot of podcasts. I hope that's just a list you had lying around.
It's two years worth of collecting and curating podcasts, and yeah, moved it over from the old GAF thread

Some personal favorites

The Magnus Archives is the best horror podcast at the moment. Nothing else comes close IMO. The quality of the writing, the unsettling tales, the narrator's acting, the intriguing lore and overarching story are all excellent.

Sayer is a sci-fi series about a morally-suspect off-world corporate research facility narrated by the facility’s AI. Blend some Umbrella-esque shenanigans, some Hal/AM-esque personality, and a mix of high concept sci-fi, sci-fi horror, and pitch black humor, and you get Sayer. A sense of growing unease and disturbing nature of the facility delivered through the detached and calm announcements (and other less-sanctioned activities) of the AI.

Awful Grace was one of my favorite finds this year. It’s a journalism/interview podcast, but rather than clean narration or into-the-mic personal stories, Awful Grace takes a different approach. While some episodes have more traditional interview accounts, many of its stories are told through carefully edited audio soundscapes: the sounds of the street, 911 calls, police scanners, ambient dialogue from pedestrians, interviews and in-the-moment comments on the street.
Oct 25, 2017
I recommend Dirty John which was listed. It's a short little series that tells the true story of a Mom who starts dating the worst guy imaginable. Told from the perspective of herself and her family. A lot of interesting stuff goes down but the less you know going in the better.
Oct 25, 2017
Aw yiss podcast thread. Listen to a lot of what's listed above, and recently started listening to some spoopy podcasts for Halloween. Spooked by Snap Judgement has been a fun listen(hoping it will get a 2nd season). Also Knifepoint Horror is a great fiction podcast that's kinda under he radar(mostly because he doesn't update that consistently). Always looking for new recommendations though I like to binge shows at work.
Oct 25, 2017
Aw yiss podcast thread. Listen to a lot of what's listed above, and recently started listening to some spoopy podcasts for Halloween. Spooked by Snap Judgement has been a fun listen(hoping it will get a 2nd season). Also Knifepoint Horror is a great fiction podcast that's kinda under he radar(mostly because he doesn't update that consistently). Always looking for new recommendations though I like to binge shows at work.
You need to check out Magnus Archives

I also really like Fairy Tales For Unwanted Children. It takes the fairy tale story structure and gives them a darker, creepier, and unease edge. The stories are consistently well-written and the narrator is very good. It's my favorite recent new audiodrama
Oct 25, 2017
I have been listening to Talking Simpsons a lot these days while rewatching the show. Up to season 4 and I have to say, I'm enjoying their 90s nostalgia talk more than the episodes discussions.
Oct 25, 2017
You need to check out Magnus Archives

I also really like Fairy Tales For Unwanted Children. It takes the fairy tale story structure and gives them a darker, creepier, and unease edge. The stories are consistently well-written and the narrator is very good. It's my favorite recent new audiodrama
I'll add those to my queue for tomorrow:) the Fairy Tales one sounds pretty interesting.
Oct 25, 2017
Cheers for porting this over baddie - ive never really listened to podcasts before but you've peaked my interest.

Might try listening to some podcasts when going out for a run - great work as always
Oct 25, 2017
I've been listening to the Magnus Archives over the past few days and have been enjoying it a lot more than I ever expected to. (It's my first fiction podcast.) I'm very curious about the overarching story that people have been hinting at.


Oct 25, 2017
I'm here to pinpoint Astonishing Legends. Shit is amazing, and the guys who host it are the chillest, funniest ever! If you are into the paranormal, this will be your thing.


Oct 25, 2017
We Hate Movies became my favorite podcast this year.

I made art and I kinda want to make an OT for it
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Oct 25, 2017
We Hate Movies became my favorite podcast this year.

I made art and I kinda want to make an OT for it
WHM is the one movie riffing podcast to hook me; none of the others like How Did This Get Made clicked with me. But I find WHM just hilarious. It's one of the few podcasts, along with MBMBAM, Magnus, Sayer, and Bracket, that I put instantly to the top of my queue when a new episode comes out
Oct 25, 2017
I listen to the following:

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Everyone knows this one. If you don't, get listening right now.
Up First: NPR podcast covering top stories in 12-13 minutes Monday-Friday.
The Greatest Generation: A episode-by-episode recap of every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (and now starting on DS9) by two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to be having a Star Trek podcast.

From the Laser Time Network:
Laser Time: Pop culture podcast covering whatever.
Talking Simpsons: Episode-by-episode recap of the series.
Thirty Twenty Ten: A look at pop culture 30 years ago, 20 years ago, and 10 years ago.
An Elm Street Nightmare: A look at each of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies
Oct 25, 2017
Kitchener, ON
Going to recommend a weekly podcast I've been seeking out of late that's put together by the actress who voices my avatar, Yeardley Smith, her Waiting for Ophelia co-star Zibby Allen (Grey's Anatomy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and two twin brother police detectives from Small Town U.S.A. (specifically the Eugene-Springfield area of Oregon)...


Each week the two detectives provide a first-hand account of a case they worked along with testimonials from other involved officers, dispatchers, forensic analysts and support personnel reinforced with audio transcripts of 9/11 calls... albeit with specific identifying details excluded so as to respect the privacy of the victims and their families. Think of a procedural like CSI minus the Hollywood embellishment. It's pretty darn riveting.


Oct 25, 2017
WHM is the one movie riffing podcast to hook me; none of the others like How Did This Get Made clicked with me. But I find WHM just hilarious. It's one of the few podcasts, along with MBMBAM, Magnus, Sayer, and Bracket, that I put instantly to the top of my queue when a new episode comes out
Think I should go ahead with the OT?

(specifically the Eugene-Springfield area of Oregon)
Whoa, there's a podcast that takes place in my hometown??
Oct 25, 2017
I listen to a TON of podcast; so many that I can't keep up with them. A few not listed so far that I enjoy at least occasionally:

  • Vox's The Weeds
  • The Story Collider
  • FiveThirtyEight Politics
  • Yo, Is This Racist?
  • The Longest Shortest Time
  • IRL: Online Life Is Real Life


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Oct 25, 2017
Here is some that I enjoy a lot.
  • Mayacast: A podcast about the Infinity the Game table top game.
  • 25 Years of Vampire the Masquerade: A podcast that goes through 25 years of VTM books.
  • Super Sentai Bros: A podcast of two brothers watching Super Sentai.