Podcast Dept.
“Caught,” Reviewed: A Podcast That Captures the Voices of Incarcerated Kids
The podcast’s subjects are still finding their way, discovering who they are, who to trust, how to act.
By Sarah LarsonAugust 20, 2018
“Slow Burn” Season 2, Reviewed: The Painful Lessons of the Clinton Impeachment
With its focus on the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment saga that it sparked, the second season of the Slate podcast explores how attitudes and perspectives have changed.
By Sarah LarsonAugust 8, 2018
“The Wilderness,” Reviewed: Can a Partisan Podcast Save the Democratic Party?
If blunt, earthy “straight talk” helped elect Donald Trump, then another kind of straight talk—wonkish, profane, and highly strategic—might help get us out of this mess.
By Sarah LarsonJuly 25, 2018
“Bikram” and the Fraught, Telling Tale of a Yoga Phenomenon
Bikram yoga is not a cult. But the story of its charismatic, and now disgraced, founder has cultish contours.
By Sarah LarsonJune 27, 2018
Why “In the Dark” May Be the Best Podcast of the Year
Shocking, but not sensationalized, the reporters’ simple quest for answers feels as suspenseful as a thriller.
By Sarah LarsonJune 1, 2018
“The Making of a Massacre” Explores the D.E.A.’s Role in a Mexican Tragedy
A new podcast from ProPublica and Audible employs both NPR-type narrative audio and a dramatic style that evokes Hollywood to tell a story of shocking cruelty.
By Sarah LarsonMay 15, 2018
“The Promise,” a Stellar Podcast About Life in Nashville’s Public Housing
Through the voices of residents, the six-part series tells the story of the transformation of a run-down development in a booming city.
By Sarah LarsonMay 3, 2018
“Alex, Inc.”: Does the ABC Sitcom About Podcasting Fear Podcasts?
Zach Braff's new TV show has been tentative in asserting itself as a sitcom about the world of audio, but it may be making progress.
By Sarah LarsonApril 27, 2018
“Trump, Inc.”: A True-Crime Podcast About the President’s Business Dealings
The premise of the podcast, a collaboration from WNYC and ProPublica, is at once straightforward and audacious.
By Sarah LarsonApril 19, 2018
“Today, Explained”: An Edgy New Vox Podcast to Compete with “The Daily”
Hosted by Sean Rameswaram, one of public radio’s rising stars, the show feels funny, knowing, and energetic—which, in this news climate, isn’t easy.
By Sarah LarsonMarch 15, 2018
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