Podcast Dept.
“Embedded: Trump Stories” Explores the Skeletons in an Administration’s Closet
A new podcast series from NPR provides welcome insight and perspective on the pasts of current White House officials, rather than provoking exasperated fatigue.
By Sarah LarsonOctober 26, 2017
“Dirty John”: Journalism as Noir Entertainment
The hit true-crime podcast blends entertainment and news in powerful, sometimes unnerving ways.
By Sarah LarsonOctober 19, 2017
“More Perfect,” Where “Radiolab” Meets the Supreme Court
The spinoff podcast is sobering in its investigations of the U.S. government’s injustices, and quietly optimistic in its desire to make us understand.
By Sarah LarsonOctober 12, 2017
“Uncivil”: The Civil War Stories We Didn’t Learn in School
A valuable and bracingly interesting new podcast aims to tell a different and truer version of American Civil War history.
By Sarah LarsonOctober 5, 2017
“The Nod,” a Playful and Serious Podcast About Blackness
The new podcast from Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings is at once smart, listenable, interesting, and important.
By Sarah LarsonSeptember 28, 2017
“Origins,” a Podcast About Great Beginnings, Begins with the Oral History of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
The writer James Andrew Miller’s show tells stories from film, TV, music, and more in bountiful detail, in the words of the key players themselves.
By Sarah LarsonSeptember 15, 2017
“LBJ’s War” Lets Us Eavesdrop on a President’s Mighty Fall
Using fascinating archival audio, much of it little heard, the podcast traces the story of how Johnson went so ruinously astray in Vietnam.
By Sarah LarsonSeptember 6, 2017
LeVar Burton Reads—to Adults
The actor’s new podcast was conceived as “Reading Rainbow” for grownups. Whether you’re transported will depend on your taste—and, perhaps, on your relationship to Burton.
By Sarah LarsonAugust 31, 2017
“Nocturne,” the Podcast That Explores the Night
The show’s nocturnal mood, atmospheric and occasionally mysterious, feels just right between the hours of eleven and deepest dark.
By Sarah LarsonAugust 23, 2017
“Ear Hustle” Listens to Prisoners
In prison slang, “ear hustling” is eavesdropping, and the show covers day-to-day incarcerated life in almost tender detail.
By Sarah LarsonAugust 16, 2017
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