My Current Podcast Subscriptions (Updated 1/5/2018)

After years and years of listening to podcasts, I’ve finally hit 100 subscriptions on the Pocket Casts app. According to the app, at the time I am writing this (October 25th, 2017), I have listened to 51 days, 17 hours worth of audio since August 2016 when I originally got the app. According to the app, in this amount of time, I could have gone around the world 17 times in a hot air balloon. Thanks, Pocket Casts.

I realized that while I touch on almost all of these shows at some point in my reviews, there’s plenty I listen to that others might not know about. This list will give quick synopses of each podcast I listen to, both as a sort of legend for my This Week in Podcasts posts and so you might find things that interest you.

I’ll update this post when I add new subscriptions (often) or clean out old ones (about twice a year). I cleaned out some of my subscriptions before writing this post, so it’s going to be just under 100. (An update as of 1/5/18: In trying to clean out and decrease my podcast subscriptions, I accidentally went from 88 to 106.)

Last updated: 1/5/2018
Podcast subscriptions: 106

If you’re curious about a specific podcast, I recommend typing CTRL+F so you can search for a specific podcast title instead of going through the list in its entirety. The podcasts are sorted alphabetically. The descriptions come from the shows’ websites where applicable, as indicated by the quotation marks. Each show has a link to the show’s site or a site where you can listen.

  1. 2298: “Years after an invasion nearly destroys Earth, a new society has coalesced around the only thing left: the internet. The Network makes sure Profiles eat right & stay focused but no. 24 – thanks to the sudden appearance of a mysterious bird – is finding that difficult.” This is a new serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning.

  2. 36 Questions: “In this three-part podcast musical starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, a couple attempts to bring their marriage back from the brink of divorce using 36 revealing questions designed to make strangers fall in love.” You can read my spoiler-free review of the show here and my review with spoilers hereThis podcast was one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017, and it had one of my favorite performances of 2017. It also had some of my favorite writing and episodes of 2017.

  3. 99% Invisible: 99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 150 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes (also available via RSS).” This podcast was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017, and it had some of my favorite writing of 2017. It also had one of my favorite podcast episodes of 2017.

  4. A Thousand Things to Talk About: “A database of questions and some facts to inform your discussion about them. New short podcast episodes every weekday. Long episodes occasionally. Created by Andrea Parrish, produced by Jeremiah Puhek.” This is a nonfiction podcast with episodes usually clocking in at under five minutes. You can read my review here.

  5. The Adventure Zone: “Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of … you know, kobolds or whatever in … The Adventure Zone.” This description is terrible, so I want to point out that this is a serialized actual play tabletop roleplaying game (Dungeons and Dragons, etc.) podcast that should be started from the beginning. I’ve discussed The Adventure Zone several times. The Adventure Zone was my favorite audio drama of 2017, and it had my favorite episodes of 2017. It also had some of my favorite writing of 2017.

  6. The Amelia Project: “The Amelia Project offers a very special service: Faking its clients’ deaths! Its eccentric clientele includes cult leaders, politicians and porn stars, all desperate to disappear and start over… But how long can the secrecy last? [. . .] The Amelia Project is an audio drama podcast by Imploding Fictions (NO/FR) produced in association with Open House Theatre (AT).” This is a serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  7. All Songs Considered: All Songs Considered is NPR’s music podcast.

  8. The Allusionist: “A PODCAST ABOUT LANGUAGE BY HELEN ZALTZMAN.” The Allusionist is Radiotopia’s show about all things linguistics.

  9. The Alton Browncast: The Alton Browncast is Alton Brown’s lifestyle and food podcast.

  10. ars PARADOXICA: ars PARADOXICA is a love letter to physics, fiction, and the future. It’s a disorienting journey through spacetime and the Cold War. It’s a tome of secret history you stumbled across in a library in the dead of night. It’s an award-winning serial audio drama. When an experiment in a time much like our own goes horribly awry, Dr. Sally Grissom finds herself stranded in the past and entrenched in the activities of a clandestine branch of the US government. Grissom and her team quickly learn that there’s no safety net when toying with the fundamental logic of the universe. Though time is nonlinear, our episode structure isn’t. Start at the beginning.” ars PARADOXICA had some of my favorite production work of 2017, as well as one of my favorite episodes of 2017.

  11. Artcurious: “Welcome to the ArtCurious Podcast where we explore the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in Art History. ArtCurious is art history for all of us. This isn’t like a college lecture, droning on about archaic art terminology (like chiaroscuro or contrapposto) or the importance of linear perspective (um, okay). We’re interested in the juicy stuff: did Van Gogh actually commit suicide? Was a British painter actually Jack the Ripper? And how did the CIA covertly support modern art? That’s the ArtCurious difference: we’re all about story first, shining light into unseen corners of art history. Art history is full of fascinating stories– and we want to share them to a broad audience of art lovers and art novices alike. And if you just happen to learn something along the way, that’s just gravy.”

  12. Ask Me Another: “[NPR’s] Ask Me Another brings the lively spirit and healthy competition of your favorite trivia night right to your ears. With a rotating cast of funny people, puzzle writers and VIP guests, it features the wit of host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of house musician Jonathan Coulton, and rambunctious trivia games, all played in front of a live audience.”

  13. At the Table: “Are you a fan of theatre? Do you love new plays? Well we are bringing one of the most important aspects of new works right to you, the table reading. Unlike staged readings, table readings rely entirely on the aural experience. Under the direction of Rachel Flynn, a collection of actors will meet and work through a fantastic new script, which we will then package and deliver to you! At the Table is a fantastic resource for you to discover new authors and plays, as well as listen to a wide variety of genres and topics before they make it to the stage.” You can read my review here.

  14. Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People: “1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Out’s “10 best comedians of 2015”). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he can’t hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen!” This was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017.

  15. The Big Loop: “From QRX, Michael Kim presents otherworldly stories from around the globe. Every season features six distinct episodes highlighting the strange, wonderful, and often harrowing experiences of those living on the outer edges of the known world. Parental guidance suggested.” This is a science fiction, magical realism audio drama It doesn’t need to be listened to from the beginning, as each episoede is a different story. The Big Loop had some of my favorite writing of 2017.

  16. Bite: Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. We’ll help you digest the food news du jour, explore the politics and science of what you eat and why—and deliver plenty of tasty tidbits along the way.”

  17. The Bridge: “It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge. Each watchtower sits hundreds of feet away from the Bridge, broadcasting regular traffic reports to ensure that proper safety precautions are taken. These lighthouses (for cars) are filled with a carefully selected (and very capable) crew.Watchtower 10’s necessary personnel happen to be: a generalist DJ who spends her free time relaying folklore from abandoned parts of the Bridge, her supervisor (who’s only there because he lost a bet), an unfailingly optimistic Bridge Travel Agent, and a groundskeeper who has a thing for romantic comedies. Unbeknownst to the general public (but totally knownst to each watchtower’s crew), these stations also hold a secret that could potentially destroy the world…or save it. The Bridge is a fictional serialized fantasy podcast about the monsters we fear, the monsters we can become, and the stories we leave behind.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning.

  18. The Bright Sessions: “The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients – each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.” You can hear a 1-minute audio trailer for the show hereIn 2017, the show’s creator was named one of Forbes‘s 30 Under 30 Media Luminaries. The show also had some of my favorite writing, performances, and episodes of 2017. It was, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017.

  19. Code Switch: “Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Code Switch can help. We’re all journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work we do. It’s the lives we lead. Sometimes, we’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But we’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.”

  20. Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Conversations with People Who Hate Me takes hateful conversations online and turns them into productive conversations offline. As a writer and video maker who focuses on social justice issues, Dylan Marron receives a lot of negative messages on the internet. In this new podcast he calls some of the folks who wrote them to ask one simple question: why? What follows is a complicated and sometimes hilarious navigation of two strangers getting to know each other.” This podcast was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017.

  21. The Cryptid Keeper: “What common ground do an Appalachian folklorist and a horror-savvy scream queen have? Cryptids. Come laugh, learn, and get creeped out!”

  22. DCOMedy: “Join siblings Luke and Emma, and maybe the occasional guest, as they undertake a quest together to take deep dives into every single Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM). Come along with us for one episode a month, plus some bonus episodes here and there, as we bear witness to the kind of chaos that probably has ol’ Walt rolling in his grave.”

  23. Dear Sugars: “Radically empathic advice from Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond.” Another insufficient description. This is a show I like to call “Delilah but good”–it’s an audible advice column with progressive, intersectional, empathetic ideals.

  24. Deck the Halls with Matrimony: “When love is your business, you have no business falling in love. Join the gang at Regal Bride as they battle birds and brides in this zany holiday romantic comedy! Starring Paula Deming and Keiko Agena as Emma and Jackie, the best friends in the wedding business. With Kyle Payne as Stu, Ian McQuown as Trip, and Jessica Payne as Katie. Featuring Kacie Rogers and Jesse Abbott Chin in approximately six thousand roles, and introducing Martin Thompson as Junior!” This is a serialized audio drama done in the style of one complete romantic comedy. The first episode is a self-contained story.

  25. The Doombuggies Spook Show: This is a show about the history, current events, etc. of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, with a specific focus on the Disneyland iteration of the ride.

  26. Earbud Theater: Earbud Theater is a short-form audio drama podcast that is currently airing its first serialized story. You can read my review of Earbud Theater here.

  27. EOS 10: “The stories of two maladjusted doctors and their medical team aboard an intergalactic travel hub on the edges of deep space — along with a deposed prince who’s claimed the foodcourt kitchen as his new throne.” This is a science fiction comedy serialized audio drama.

  28. Every Day is Halloween: “Do you really love All Hallows’ Eve? Well you’re in luck! Because here, EVERY DAY IS HALLOWEEN! This is a monthly podcast that gets you into the spirit all year long. You can expect horror film and television reviews, clips from your favorite Halloween specials, spooky vintage music, new frightening mixes, pumpkin beer reviews, scary and kooky video game reviews, streams and screams! Just about any and everything that makes you feel as if it is October 31st again and again! Welcome to the new home for all your Halloween & Horror needs!”

  29. Everything is Interesting: “Through the lens of science, hosts Kira Klingenberg & Keera Lindenberg (yes, really) explore surprisingly fascinating topics — like hive minds, sea monkeys, and lactose intolerance — in a way that everyone, despite their inherent level of nerdy-ness, can enjoy.” Full disclosure: I know one of the hosts. Yes, those are really their names.

  30. The Fall of the House of Sunshine: “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF SUNSHINE is a serialized comedy musical podcast. It was co-created by Matt Roi Berger and Jonathan A. Goldberg. Season 1 is 12 episodes and is availible now. As is our soundtrack! Season 2 will be coming in 2018. SUMMARY: Brushee Sunshine is the host of the children’s’ tooth cleanliness show – The Sunshine Smile Hour. But suddenly he’s murdered via bullets fired through a rip in space time. Detective Dankent is called in to help solve the mystery. The suspects: Flosso, Brushee’s older brother who was relegated to second banana; Braceletta, the buxom beauty with the braces on her legs and her teeth and also fiance to Brushee; Elsa, Bracletta’s assistant who acts like a loyal dog. And that’s only the beginning. Join us as we take an audio adventure of musical proportions.” This is a serialized audio drama that is exactly as strange as it seems (and should be started at the beginning), and it was one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017. You can read my review here.

  31. Family Ghosts: “Every house is haunted. In each episode of “Family Ghosts,” we’ll investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace…these specters cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. But we are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly.” This podcast is nonfiction.

  32. The Far Meridian: “The Far Meridian tells the story of Peri, an agoraphobic young woman, whose home starts to show up in a new location every day, spurring on a search for her missing brother. Though life is a long, meandering path with many branches, our story moves in a straight line. Start at the beginning.” This podcast had my favorite production work of 2017.

  33. The Ghost Radio Project: “The Ghost Radio Project is a scripted, immersive story podcast with a large ensemble cast recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nearly a decade after the economic, social, and ecological breakdown known as the Collapse, nine pirate radio deejays move together through a post-Capitalism era in the southwestern United States, clinging to one another for survival. Due to the hard-line segregation between civilians living in government-run cities and those who remain outside the system, the region beyond the State’s boundaries has become a desolate, impoverished place, now called the Outlands by most everyone who tries to make a life there. Together, the nine form Ghost Radio, a mobile station carried from one frequency to the next as they tear their way through the bright, arid lands of West Texas.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning. It was one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017, and it had one of my favorite performances of 2017.

  34. Girl in Space: “Abandoned on a dying ship in the farthest reaches of known space, a young scientist fights for survival (and patience with the on-board A.I.). Who is she? No one knows. But a lot of dangerous entities really want to find out. Listen biweekly as the story unfolds for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.” This is a science fiction serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning.

  35. Grammar Girl: “Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Mignon Fogarty is the creator and host of Grammar Girl. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.”

  36. Greater Boston: “Greater Boston is a bi-monthly full-cast audio drama set in the Boston metro area, blending the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical. It all begins with the death of Leon Stamatis, a man so enamored of predictability that the least hint of uncertainty makes life unbearable. But by leaving the world, he has irrevocably changed it.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning. It was one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017 and had one of my favorite episodes of 2017. It also had some of my favorite production work of 2017You can read about why you should be listening to Greater Boston here.

  37. The Halloween Haunt: “A short audio program celebrating our creepiest holiday. Hosted by the Halloween Haunter. History, customs, traditions, as well as spooky stories and poems.”

  38. The Heart: “The Heart is an audio art project about intimacy and humanity. Founded in Kaitlin Prest’s bedroom in 2014, The Heart is comprised of a community of badass writers, radio makers and artists who make personal documentary work about their bodies and their loves. In 2017, The Heart was named a Peabody Award Finalist.” This podcast was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017, and it had some of my favorite writing and production of 2017.

  39. Heaven’s Gate: “In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question…‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe – tell their story. Hosted by Glynn Washington of Snap Judgment.”

  40. Hello from the Magic Tavern: “Hello! I’m Arnie. I fell through a magical dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found myself in a strange magical land called “Foon.” I’m still somehow getting a weak wi-fi signal from the Burger King so I host a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur, interviewing monsters, wizards and adventurers.” Another bad description. This is a long-form serialized improv comedy high-fantasy fiction podcast, which sounds terrible, but it’s actually really great.

  41. The Hilarious World of Depression: “A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better.”

  42. Imaginary Worlds: “​​Imaginary worlds is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Eric Molinsky about sci-fi and other fantasy genres — how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief​.”

  43. InvisibiliaInvisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Hanna Rosin, Alix Spiegel, and Lulu Miller, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.”

  44. It Makes a Sound: “When was the last time you were struck by the EXTRAORDINARY in your life? What wonders are you forgetting to look for? Do you remember how things used to sound? Do you remember the music that first cracked you open and revealed to you the infinite possibilities of the universe? Do you remember Wim Faros? Deirdre Gardner remembers. She knows that the extraordinary once tread upon the green fairways of this now abandoned Golf Course Community, and she is determined to make Rosemary Hills come back to life with the sound of music. It Makes A Sound is a nine-episode serialized fiction podcast about the quest to restore what is missing, and to revive the sound of a generation.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  45. Join the Party: ” We are a collaborative storytelling and roleplaying podcast. That means four friends create a story together, chapter by chapter, that everyone from seasoned players to true beginners can enjoy. Where else can you get adventure, intrigue, magic, drama, and lots of high fives all in one place? Right here. After each episode we sit down for the Afterparty, where we break down our game and answer your questions about how to play at home. It’s a party, and you’re invited!” This is a serialized actual play Dungeons and Dragons podcasts that should be started from the beginning. It had some of my favorite production work of 2017.

  46. The Kind Rewind: “Travis and Teresa McElroy watch and review some of their favorite movies and tv shows and report back to you! Do they hold up? Would someone who’s never seen them enjoy them? What is going to become your new old favorite? Check in with The Kind Rewind and find out!”

  47. Kind World: “Kind World tells intimate stories about people whose lives have been changed by someone else. You can hear Kind World on WBUR’s Morning Edition, online, and on Kind World’s podcast. Kind World is produced by Erika Lantz.”

  48. Lake Clarity: “Five teens head up to Camp Clarity to celebrate their last summer together, but little do they know they’re about to stumble on dark secrets that surround the lake. Caves, concrete structures, and eerie coincidences are a common place around Lake Clarity. Before they know it, the teens find themselves face to face with an evil force that’s been locked away for a long time.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning.

  49. Limetown: “Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”” More bad descriptions. Limetown is a completed horror science fiction audio drama mini-series, and is one of my favorite pieces of media ever. In earlier iterations of this blog, I rated podcasts in quantities of limes as an homage to this show. Limetown also finally announced its second season, slated for a vague “2018.”

  50. The Magical History of Knox County: “Thanks for visiting our archive. We’ve collected the first few episodes hosted by Mordecai Dogwood here as a matter of historical record. The Magical History of Knox County is proud to be Central Ohio’s first and only source for magical news and events. Our show was created by Abigail Redwine. Our station tech is Ned Jones.” This is a magical realism serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning. You can read my review for its first season here.

  51. Marsfall: “Marsfall is a new science-fiction series that follows the first colonists settling on the planet Mars. Led by their fearless commander Jacki O’Rania, and assisted by the colonial artificial intelligence unit ANDI, our colonists strive to make a home on the Red Planet while exploring its deeper mysteries.” Marsfall is a serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning.

  52. The McElroy Brothers Will Be in Trolls 2: “The McElroy Brothers will be in the movie Trolls 2, even if that information is not yet possessed by Dreamworks, the company making Trolls 2. This is the story of how that happened.” Essentially, The McElorys from My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone are trying to get cameo roles in Trolls 2, and this is them documenting their attempts. The pilot for this show was one of my favorite episodes of 2017.

  53. Millennial: “Millennial is a podcast about coming of age.” Goodness, podcasts need to work on their descriptions. Millennial is a completed nonfiction podcast about coming of age in a digital world, exploring stories from host Megan Tan’s life as well as interviews with guests.” Millennial concluded its run in 2017.

  54. Misadventures By Death: “Misadventure by Death is an audio drama brought to you by Crossroad Stations Productions. Armed with nothing but his trusty recorder and a few dozen flashlights, Neil Hastbury-Rue takes up the mantle of groundskeeper at the definitely haunted, recently opened Harrison Shaw Manor Museum in the middle of the Virginian Appalachian mountains. Easy-peasy…right? Perhaps not. As Neil attempts to settle into his new home, he finds himself having to combat with supernatural shenanigans, a few less than savory fellow staff members, and good old Southern charm. What could possibly go wrong?” This is a serialized audio drama that should be started from the beginning.

  55. Most Important Meal: “A breakfast podcast from Brian Hamilton and Allison Truj.”

  56. The Moth: “Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.”

  57. Mousetalgia: Mousetalgia is a podcast about all things Disney parks.

  58. My Brother, My Brother and Me: “My Brother, My Brother and Me is an advicecast for the modern era featuring three real-life brothers: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. For roughly five-sixths of an hour each week, with new episodes dropping every Monday, the brothers McElroy will answer any query sent our way, each fielding questions falling into our respective areas of expertise. We operate like a streamlined, advice-generating machine. It’s both terrifying and humbling to behold.” This was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017.

  59. Myths and Legends: “Ever wonder about the original stories behind King Arthur and his legendary knights, Robin Hood, or Aladdin? Did you know that fairy tales weren’t originally for children and are way more bizarre, ridiculous, and interesting than you ever thought possible? Maybe you’ve heard of characters like Thor, Odin, and Hercules from modern movies- stories stretching back centuries. Well, the originals that inspired the adaptations are even better. This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen. These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.”

  60. Nancy: “BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay…” This was my favorite nonfiction podcast of 2017.

  61. Note to Self: “Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything. Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries for anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age.”

  62. The Once and Future Nerd: The Once and Future Nerd is a high fantasy serialized audio drama about a group of American teenagers who find themselves transported to a fantastical realm that, while magical, is not free from societal issues and commentary. You can read my review of the show here, and you can read about why you should be listening to it hereThis podcast had some of my favorite writing of 2017.

  63. The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air: “Atop the Eiffel Tower, a lonely janitor stumbles into a series of alternately surreal and comic adventures as he becomes part of a mystery: what is the secret behind the wildly popular, bizarrely impossible live radio variety show being broadcast from the tower’s top?” The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air is a very whimsical serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  64. The Penumbra Podcast: “Depending on who you ask, the Penumbra is either the grandest railway this side of Nowhere or a twice-monthly podcast series. Each episode takes the form of a 30-50 minute radio play. The Penumbra is all about stories you recognize told in ways you won’t expect. Your femme fatale might be an homme fatale; you might find that not every haunting needs a ghost. Your criminal underworld might advertise on billboards ten miles tall, and when push comes to shove your home might have a bit more heart than you’re comfortable with. It’s never just a heist, a Western, an adventure. It’s the parts we think are still fresh about those genres — along with what we find along the tracks. And what will we find, you ask? Well… see for yourself.” The Penumbra is a sci fi noir serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  65. Philosophy Bites: “Podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics…”

  66. Point Mystic: “Point Mystic is the cult radio show of stories that defy explanation. — brought to you by a family of Paranormal Investigative Journalists: Christopher, Marguerite, Fox (and Agatha). Come with us in search of the stories behind the magic, the mystery, and the unexplained. Now on our October 31st anniversary, we are making the leap to podcast with new episodes and a selection of favorites from our story archives. Others claim it is a non-commercial art project dedicated to supporting and celebrating creativity, collaboration, and community among all kinds of artists. Conspiracy theorists believe it is both.” Point Mystic is a not-quite horror magical realism serialized audio drama.

  67. Polygon’s Quality Control: Quality Control is Polygon’s review podcast, hosted by Justin McElroy.

  68. Pop Culture Happy Hour: “Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features “Monkey See” blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters.”

  69. Potterless: “Join Mike Schubert, a 25-year-old man reading the Harry Potter series for the first time, as he sits down with HP fanatics to poke fun at plot holes, make painfully incorrect predictions, and rant about how Quidditch is the worst sport ever invented.” This podcast was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017.

  70. The Psych Central Show: “The Psych Central Show is a weekly iTunes top podcast offering candid, interesting, and in-depth looks into all things mental health and psychology. Listen in and have fun. Plus, you just might learn something! If you have 20 minutes to eavesdrop on entertaining discussions about mental health and psychology, this podcast is for you!”

  71. Radiation World: “An all original post-apocalyptic comedy audio series. In other words, everything you ever wanted. Three thousand years since nuclear devastation has razed society to nothing, humans have moved underground to eke out a meager survival while outside the wild has taken over, mutating beyond anything anyone can remember or imagine. When a group of mysterious visitors arrive on a ship, our heroes must make a quest across the wild, encountering an abundance of adventures along the way.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  72. Radio Drama Revival: “Radio Drama Revival is a bi-weekly podcast featuring the best of contemporary audio drama (work produced after the golden age of radio). We also occasionally dabble in exploring earlier audio works from a cultural/historical perspective.”

  73. Radiolab: “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Radiolab is a nonfiction science and storytelling podcast, and is usually considered a podcasting Holy Grail of a show.

  74. Radiolab Presents: More Perfect: “How does an elite group of nine people shape everything from marriage and money, to safety and sex for an entire nation? Radiolab‘s first ever spin-off series, More Perfect, dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench.”

  75. Reasonably Sound: “Do you enjoy sound? You’re reading a podcast description right now, so chances are good that you do. Mike Rugnetta does, too. And on Reasonably Sound, Mike will provide context, explanation and a little celebration of the complexities and awesomeness of audio, and the various cultures which surround and have grown around it. Not just for audiophiles, Reasonably Sound will be your guide to the world of sound.”

  76. Rough Translation: “How are the things we’re talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? From a Ukrainian battlefield to a Somali prison cell, an Indian yoga studio and a Syrian refugee’s first date, host Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it’s as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.” This podcast had one of my favorite episodes of 2017.

  77. Serendipity City: “Serendipity City is an actual-play podcast that takes place in a sprawling, dieselpunk metropolis with a magical underworld (literally and figuratively). Anarchists fight corrupt companies, shapeshifters fight for turf, dwarves work in the caves underneath the city, and through it all, our intrepid group of questionable heroes just wants to do the job they were hired for.” This is a serialized actual play podcast that should be listened to from the beginning.

  78. She’s in Russia: “The Cold War ended in 1991. Now its looming specter has returned to US and Russian politics and media. On this podcast two best friends — one in St. Petersburg and one in Brooklyn — address this situation the way they like best: by talking.” You can read my review of the show here.

  79. Showcase by Radiotopia: “A podcast from Radiotopia featuring original series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world. The current series, The Polybius Conspiracy, is a weekly seven-part series from Jon Frechette & Todd Luoto about a mysterious arcade game from the ’80s whose alleged existence in the Pacific Northwest is fueled by myth.” You can read my review of The Polybius Conspiracy here. Had it been advertised as an audio drama–which it is–it likely would have been one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017.

  80. Sleep With Me: “The Podcast That Puts You To Sleep | A Lulling, Droning, Boring Bedtime Story to Distract Your Racing Mind” I would explain more, but I have literally never gotten past the opening credits without falling asleep. Honestly, a highly recommended podcast.

  81. Snap Judgment: Snap Judgment is an NPR stories-on-a-theme podcast a la This American Life, but usually with much more personality than This American Life. While the stories are usually nonfiction, there are a few audio drama-type stories thrown in depending on the theme.

  82. Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked: “Spooked features true-life supernatural stories, told firsthand by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Be afraid. Created in the dark of night, by Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, and many others.”

  83. Solutions to Problems: “Solutions to Problems is a Dear Abby style podcast for the problems happening in YOUR little corner of the universe. Ever wish you knew what to do about your annoying human coworkers? Is your girlfriend acting a little robotic lately? Is your boyfriend suddenly your boyfriends? We have answers. Well, no, we don’t. But we do have 15 minutes of talking about your problems. Join us every other week for a new episode.”

  84. Song Exploder: “Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.”

  85. Spirits: “Spirits is a boozy podcast about mythology, legends, and lore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy re-tellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every two weeks, on Spirits.” This show pretty much had one of my favorite episodes of 2017. It was also one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017.

  86. The Sporkful: “We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.”

  87. Station to Station: “When Dr Miranda Quan embarks on a 10-week research cruise in the North Pacific, she expects two months of no-nonsense experiments, bad Titanic jokes and marathoning Grey’s Anatomy. Instead, her lab partner has vanished, leaving knee-deep in a mystery she has to solve with nothing but a notebook full of half-finished thoughts and a cassette tape with his last words. With a storm moving in and something sinister lurking below decks, Miranda must untangle the conspiracy surrounding her or be consumed.” This is a serialized horror audio drama. You can read my First Impressions review here. This podcast had some of my favorite production and performances of 2017.

  88. Storied: “The Storied Podcast consists of a series of tales that need to be told. Storied presents true accounts of little-known or unusual aspects of history and lore.” Full disclosure, there’s only one episode, and it’s the first of  three parts about the creation of the Haunted Mansion, and it last updated over a year ago. I’m holding onto this one out of pure naive hope that it’ll come back.

  89. The Strange Case of Starship Iris: “In 2189, Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials, but at a tremendous price. Two years later, in a distant patch of space, a mysterious explosion kills nearly the entire crew of the science vessel Starship Iris. The only survivor is Violet Liu, an intrepid, sarcastic, terrified biologist. But as Violet struggles to readjust to life after the Iris, questions abound. Was that explosion really an accident? If not, just what is going on? And why does every answer seem to get more bizarre and more dangerous? If Violet and her newfound allies want to untangle the truth, they’ll need courage, brilliance, and luck – and honestly, a couple of drinks.” This is a serialized science fiction audio drama. It’s been on hiatus for several months now but shows evidence of returning. You can read my First Impressions review hereThis podcast had some of my favorite writing and production of 2017.

  90. Strangers: “From Peabody Award-winning producer Lea Thau, “Strangers” features real people telling true stories from their lives, sponsored by KCRW in Los Angeles and part of PRX’s Radiotopia network. Lea was the Executive & Creative Director of the storytelling organization The Moth for 10 years and she created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. Ranging from the hilarious to the heartbreaking, each episode offers a unique take on the theme of “strangers”–the strangers we meet, the strangers we sometimes become, and the strange places we go. It’s about travelers, seekers, dreamers, lovers and warriors. It’s about fateful moments, bad dates, long lost friends, life-saving kindnesses, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were.”

  91. Terrible, Thanks for Asking: “You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author (It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)) and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.”

  92. Tides: “Tides is the story of Dr. Winifred Eurus, a xenobiologist trapped on an unfamiliar planet with hostile tidal forces. She must use her wits, sarcasm and intellectual curiosity to survive long enough to be rescued. But there might be more to life on this planet than she expected…” This is a new serialized audio drama that should be listened tofrom the beginning.

  93. This American Life: This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners. It is produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcastin the country, with another 2.5 million people downloading each episode.”

  94. Tiny Desk Concerts: This is just the audio version of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series.

  95. Unmapped: “In “Unmapped,” millennial travel blogger Angelina Zeppieri takes you along on her adventures, revealing hidden gems along the way. Get inside Angelina’s head as she narrates her honest thoughts and experiences throughout her global journeys.”

  96. Unplaced:Unplaced is an audio drama that tells the story of a woman who wakes up one day to find that no one can see or hear her, and everyone she knows is slowly forgetting about her. If you like your podcasts to be a mix of introspection and urban fantasy, with a dash of supernatural horror, check it out. Available now wherever you download podcasts, or you can listen below. Released biweekly.” Unplaced is a serialized science fiction thriller audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning. You can read my First Impressions review here.

  97. Victoriocity: “An unsolvable murder in an unending city. Welcome to Even Greater London. Victoriocity is a six-part detective comedy podcast, arriving 19th October.” This is a serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  98. Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!: This show is NPR’s weekly comedy news game show. Each week features a notable guest who answers questions on subjects they often know nothing about while panelists answer questions about often-ridiculous news stories.

  99. Welcome to Night Vale: “WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the 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.” Welcome to Night Vale is a serialized surrealist comedy audio drama.

  100. What’s the Frequency?: “What’s the Frequency is a “psychedelic noir” audio drama set in 1940s Los Angeles.” This is a serialized horror comedy audio drama. You can read my First Impressions review here, my interview with creator James Oliva here, and read about why you should be listening here. I affectionately call this podcast the “Podcast Problems darling of 2017.” It had some of my favorite production, performances, writing, and episodes of 2017. It was, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017, as it landed on literally every Best of 2017 list except for nonfiction.

  101. The White Vault: “Explore the far reaches of the world’s horrors in the audio drama podcast The White Vault. Follow the collected records of a repair team sent to Outpost Fristed in the vast white wastes of Svalbard and unravel what lies waiting in the ice below. This Fool and Scholar Production is intended for mature audiences.” This is a serialized horror audio drama that should be listened to the beginning.

  102. Within the Wires: “The hit audio drama Within the Wires returns September 5 with a new story told through found audio from an alternate universe. Season two, “Museum Audio Tours,” tells its story in the guise of ten audio museum guides. Over the course of a decade of worldwide exhibitions, these walkthroughs unravel the complex story of a mysterious disappearance of an artist’s mentor.Want to listen from the beginning? Season One, “Relaxation Cassettes,” takes the form of an audio course on full body relaxation issued by The Institute to you, (the listener) a nameless medical inmate. Who is this narrator? Is she relaying something more than just relaxation techniques, and is she to be trusted? And are there subliminal messages hidden within the music? As listeners move through the relaxation curriculum a deeper and more personal story unravels.” Within the Wires is a serialized audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  103. Wolf 359: WOLF 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Set on board the U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, the dysfunctional crew deals with daily life-or-death emergencies, while searching for signs of alien life and discovering there might be more to their mission than they thought. Tune into your home away from home… seven and a half light years away from Earth…” This show is a serialized science fiction audio drama. It has my favorite episode of a podcast ever, “Episode 41: Memoria” (which should only be listened in the context of the full show). Wolf 359 concluded on 12/25/2017, and you can read my spoiler-filled review of the final episode here. This podcast had some of my favorite writing and performances of 2017. It was one of my favorite audio dramas of 2017.

  104. Wonderful!: “Wonderful! is a podcast for joyful and enthusiastic people that like hearing about the passions, big and small, of other people. Each week Rachel and Griffin McElroy will talk about things they love and invite listeners to write in with their treasured items of enthusiasm. Topics may include movies, television, sports, books, drinks, eats, animals, methods of transportation, cooking implements, types of clothing, places in the world, imaginary places, fictional characters, and fonts, to name a few.” This podcast was one of my favorite nonfiction podcasts of 2017.

  105. Wooden Overcoats: “Rudyard Funn runs a funeral home on the island of piffling. It used to be the only one. It isn’t anymore.  Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family’s failing funeral parlour, where they get the body in the coffin in the ground on time. But one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor – the impossibly perfect Eric Chapman! With their dogsbody Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, the Funns are taking drastic steps to stay in business…” This is a kind of serialized, sitcom-style comedy audio drama that should be listened to from the beginning.

  106. Yesterday’s Chip Paper: “Fortnightly(ish) podcast delving into incredible, macabre and bizarre stories from historic newspapers. Violet and Jim are two amateur researchers based on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Violet in London and Jim in New York, and every couple of weeks or so they get together to discuss the stories, poems and letters to the editor that they’ve found in the archives. Whether it’s global headline-making stories completely forgotten today or unusual reporting of famous events, it’s always guaranteed to be downright bonkers.”

Have any podcasts you think I should add to the list? Have any questions about the shows listed above? Feel free to give me recommendations or ask questions in the comments below, in my asks on tumblr, or on twitter.

  1. You should check out We’re Alive! It’s a fairly old and long podcast, but I think it holds up, mostly.

    Is buying Pocket Casts worth it? I currently use Overcast, which is a huge upgrade from the iOS app, but I’m not sure if I should upgrade from that.



    1. Pocket Casts has absolutely been worth the purchase for me. It’s a gorgeous app that functions so smoothly. It also syncs to an account, so if you get a new phone, you don’t have to go hunt down all of your shows again. I hate paying for apps, but this one was well worth the few bucks.

      I’ll have to check that one out! I think I tried it a while ago and didn’t get hooked, but maybe it deserves more patience than I gave. Thanks for the recommendation!



  2. gdi I can barely keep up with the podcasts I’m currently subscribed to (most of which are on this list), and yet I’ve still just added about five more based on these recommendations. Thanks?

    If you’re interested in more nonfiction podcasts, I would highly recommend Crimetown, Ear Hustle, and Flash Forward.

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    1. Hahaha, I know that struggle too well. I’m curious–which shows did you add from this list? You’re welcome/I’m sorry.
      Crimetown and Ear Hustle surprisingly haven’t really meshed with me. I’ll definitely check out Flash Forward, though!



      1. I can’t be too annoyed because it usually ends with me listening to more podcasts I enjoy!

        I added/am planning to check out Ghost Radio Project, Girl in Space, Imaginary Worlds, Rough Translation, Radiotopia’s Showcase (I unsubbed after being uninterested in their first season/miniseries/whatever but the new one sounds fascinating), and Station to Station. Really impressed with Girl in Space so far!

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        1. Glad to hear it! I’m curious to see how Radiotopia is going to tackle these different stories on the same feed–I initially unsubscribed, too. I know they’re looking for more brand loyalty–the same goes for the Two-Up channel that currently has 36 Questions–but I’m not sure they’re going to find it. I honestly forgot about the Showcase feed until the Polybius story came up, and I only heard that because I’m a Polybius nerd.

          Girl is Space is so good so far. I’m glad you’re liking it! I hope you enjoy the others as well! 🙂



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  4. As an epic podcast snob, I must say that the Magnus Archive is some of the best storytelling and horror that I have ever heard.



    1. As much as it pains me to say, The Magnus Archives really started disappointing me a ways back. I don’t remember when I stopped listening (sometime around when trypophobia and bugs were the new focus, I think?), but before then, I was a HUGE fan and would talk it up whenever possible. It just started getting really monotonous while also jumping the shark a few times, at least for me. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday; I’ve been wondering if they were able to get back on track.



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  8. Amanda Costello January 24, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Hi! Was hopping down here to recommend Magnus Archive as well. I think in the middle of season 2 it did get a bit all over the place, but they really start to pull things together and ratchet up the in-universe tension around the end of season 2 (so, around episode… 70ish? if each season is 40 episodes). Season 3 kicked off this autumn, and it’s going deeper into the big picture story. Jony and Alex have said that it will be a contained 5 season story, and then end; I feel like I’m starting to see more of that structure show up as the story nears its (possible) midpoint.

    As someone who also has biiiig issues with trypophobia and body horror, I’ve felt comfortable being able to skip over an episode here and there. I know what is fun for me about horror and what is just too much! Hope you give it another try – it’s been a favorite after TANIS really lost its plot.



    1. Hmmmm, maybe it’s time to revisit it! 70 episodes, though, oof . . . I’ll have to see where I left off and then get back to it from there. Thanks for the recommendation!



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  13. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🙂
    I followed a link on twitter and stumbled onto your blog. This was hands down the best list of podcast suggestions I’ve seen in months and your comments made me subscribe to at least a dozen of those I didn’t already know (I’m subscribed to 120+ right now.)

    Cheers from Frankfurt, Germany!

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    1. Thanks so much, Dirk! I’m looking forward to listening to your podcast, and I’m so glad to help add more subscriptions to your list.



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