Podcast Dept.
“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
“Cocaine & Rhinestones,” an Addictive, Sparkling Podcast About Country Music
The host Tyler Mahan Coe’s writing—like a good country song—is provocatively zesty.
By Sarah LarsonMarch 7, 2018
“Making Obama,” and the Former President’s Chicago Years, Are a Call to Action
The new WBEZ Chicago podcast reacquaints listeners with who Obama was before he became mythologized.
By Sarah LarsonFebruary 19, 2018
“Atlanta Monster”: In Pursuit of Justice and a Hit Podcast
Payne Lindsey’s true-crime podcast on the Atlanta child murders of 1979-1981 veers between sensitivity and sensationalism.
By Sarah LarsonFebruary 12, 2018
“The Memory Palace”: History in Escapist Vignettes
If you’re in a certain mood, Nate DiMeo’s podcast is transporting, provoking gratitude for its humanistic historical lessons and its creator’s care and attention.
By Sarah LarsonJanuary 25, 2018
“Slow Burn”: What Can Watergate Teach Us?
The podcast, hosted by Slate’s Leon Neyfakh, offers a sense of political drama, hope, and the comfort of knowing that justice was served.
By Sarah LarsonJanuary 19, 2018
“Making Oprah” Illuminates the Oprah Phenomenon, and More
The podcast helps explain the woman who, this week, briefly made some members of an anxious nation feel love instead of fear.
By Sarah LarsonJanuary 12, 2018
“Heavyweight,” the Podcast That Contends with Our Regrets
In the first season, which came out last fall, the stories centered on Jonathan Goldstein and his friends and loved ones. This season, the host branched out.
By Sarah LarsonDecember 8, 2017
Escape the News with the British Podcast “In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg”
“In Our Time” feels aligned with the eternal rather than the temporal, and is therefore escapist without being junk.
By Sarah LarsonNovember 22, 2017
At Third Coast, Holding On to Public-Radio Ideals as Podcasting Booms
A conference in Chicago celebrates the splendors of audio journalism, which is flourishing in the era of podcasts even as commercial interests encroach.
By Sarah LarsonNovember 18, 2017
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