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Podcast Picks

Feb 7, 2017

Need more podcasts in your life? Every week in our newsletter, a member of the KUER staff (or listener!) picks a podcast that they think will make your ears happy. Don't worry if you didn't write down that one that sounded like your next audio-binge, we're on top of it - here's the running list.  Have a podcast that you'd like to recommend? Share it with us via email, and we'll send you a public radio nerd magnet!

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2017 Podcasts:

  • Mogul: The Life and death of Chris Lighty - It tells the story of the music industry executive who managed artists like LL Cool J, 50 Cent and Missy Elliott, but was tragically found dead in 2012. Recommended by Julia Ritchey, Reporter.
  • Lexicon Valley - A podcast by Slate Magazine all about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Recommended by a KUER Listener.
  • The Sharp End Each month, the Sharp End brings to life stories from the pages of Accidents in North American Climbing, the annual publication of the American Alpine Club (AAC). Recommended by Michael Toomey, Manager of Individual Giving.
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class - a podcast from How Stuff Works (they're the brains behind the popular Stuff You Should Know podcast). You'll learn about the greatest and strangest of the... stuff you missed in history class. Recommended by Brenda Miller, Listener.
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz - The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. Our staff's favorite episode explores the "Wilhelm Scream," aka the most famous scream in Hollywood. Check it out! Recommended by Zoe McGinn, RadioWest Intern.
  • The West Wing Weekly -  It's an episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows. The podcast is co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder (another often suggested podcast pick!) Recommended by Elia Miller, Listener.
  • 99% Invisible - A popular podcast about all the thought that goes into the things we don't think about, hosted by Roman Mars. They spent an episode exploring the urban grid of Salt Lake City, you can listen to that hereRecommended by Rebecca P., Listener. 
  • Between the Ears - Innovating and thought provoking features brought to you by BBC Radio 3. Our staff recommends the episode, The Mind's Eye, which explores whether or not we can tap into other people's visual imaginations. Intrigued? Recommended by Elaine Clark, RadioWest Producer.
  • The British History Podcast - The British History Podcast is a chronological telling of the story of Britain. The focus of this podcast is upon the human drama that is played out in history. Rather than providing a dry recount of dates and names, it provides a three dimensional image of what these people, places, and events were like. Recommended by Kathie Johnston, Listener.
  • Up First - NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News. Recommended by Morgan Keller, Marketing Intern.
  • Sword and Scale - Sword and Scale, which debuted in 2013, covers the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions. Recommended by Darcy M., Listener.
  • Stuff You Should Know - An award-winning podcast where the episodes cover a variety topics from the fields of: science, history, urban legends, and pop culture, with the occasional conspiracy theory thrown in for good measure. We've recommended this one before, but since it was able to convert Nicole into a podcaster, we thought we should share it again. Recommended by Nicole Nixon, Reporter.
  • Oh No Ross and Carrie - Each episode of this show deals with an investigation of a religion, fringe group, or fringe science practice. Join them as they ask tough questions, explore the nature of belief, and always find the humor in life’s biggest mysteries. Recommended by Aurelio Rodriguez, Listener.
  • Embedded - Hosted by Kelly McEvers, Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep. What does it feel like for a father in El Salvador to lie to his daughter about the bodies he saw in the street that day? What does it feel like for a nurse from rural Indiana to shoot up a powerful prescription opioid? Embedded (EMBD) takes you to where they're happening. Recommended by the KUER staff.
  • Thoroughbred Daily News Podcast - The TDN is the Wall Street Journal for the Thoroughbred industry worldwide. It is the leading daily information source for all things racing and features weekly interviews with industry personalities. Recommended by Riki S, Listener.
  • Hidden Brain - Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. Recommended by Lauren Smith, Accountant. 
  • The Productivity Show - Learn everything about time management, life hacks, productivity and getting things done (GTD). A weekly podcast that teaches you tips, techniques and habits for fighting procrastination, staying motivated, managing your email, inbox zero, eat that frog and the Pomodoro Technique. You will also find out the best way to set goals, organize your todo list, calendar and your files, folders and documents. Recommended by Polina Konuchkova, Listener.
  • What it Takes - What It Takes is a podcast featuring intimate, revealing conversations with towering figures in almost every field: music, science, sports, politics, film, technology, literature, the military and social justice. These rare interviews have been recorded over the past 25 years by The Academy of Achievement. They offer the life stories and reflections of people who have had a huge impact on the world, and insights you can apply to your own life. Recommended by Mitch Peterson, Listener.
  • Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom - Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom is a podcast about tragedy, triumph, unequal justice and actual innocence. Based on the files of the lawyers who freed them, Wrongful Conviction features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit - some of them had even been sentenced to death. These are their stories. Recommended by Megan Curtis, Listener.
  • WTF with Marc MaronFor over 20 years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. In September 2009, Marc changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring Marc's revelatory conversations with iconic personalities such as Conan O'Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and President Barack Obama. It became a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 6 million downloads each month and 250 million lifetime downloads within the first 6 years. Recommended by David Childs, Membership Assistant. 
  • Longform Podcast A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist. Recommended by Lee Hale, Reporter.
  • You Must Remember This - The podcast about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood's first century. Recommended by Morgan Keller, Marketing Intern.
  • S-Town - John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life. Recommended by the KUER staff.
  • The Moth - Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live. Listen to the latest episode of The Moth Radio Hour, Moth Podcast, or dip into our library of stories going back to 1997. Recommended by Chandler Arnold, Special Events Assistant.
  • The New Yorker Radio Hour - The New Yorker Radio Hour is a weekly program presented by the magazine's editor, David Remnick. Produced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios. Recommended by Tim Slover, Weekday Host.
  • 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. Recommended by Elaine Clark, RadioWest Producer.
  • Missing Richard Simmons - On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets. Recommended by Erik Neumann, Reporter.
  • 1947 - 1947 is a new podcast from NBC News, featuring Chuck Todd, Moderator of "Meet the Press." 1947 will feature in-depth conversations with notable figures to go beyond politics. Each episode showcases a single conversation, centered on a guest who has been invited to discuss art, culture, news and of course, politics. Recommended by Maria O'Mara, General Manager.
  • Turned Out A Punk - Damian Abraham can be many things... the singer of a critically acclaimed band, a failed VJ, a host for Vice… a parent, but certainly he is a punk music obsessive. Each week, he sits down and chats with an interesting person from the far reaching worlds of entertainment to find out how their life was changed by the discovery of a novelty genre that supposedly died out in 1978... PUNK. Recommended by Emily Anderson, News Intern.
  • Startup - A series about what it's really like to start a business. Recommended by Ja'Naye Payne, Development Director.
  • In the Dark - For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation's sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability. Recommended by Renee Bright, Marketing Coordinator. 
  • Changing our Stories - Changing Our Stories is a podcast about transformation. Forged in the Mountain West, it's a virtual campfire under the stars. Here we gather to reflect on where we came from… and imagine where we’re headed next. Recommended by Becky Youkstetter, Manager of Individual and Major Giving.
  • Diane Rehm News Podcast - Fans of the Diane Rehm Show can continue to listen to its trademark conversations with newsmakers, writers, artists and thinkers right here as Diane transitions this podcast to weekly episodes that we’ll be calling “On My Mind.” Recommended by the KUER staff.
  • Radiolab - Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder. Recommended by Bob Nelson, Reporter and All Things Considered Host.

2016 Podcasts:

  • In Our Time - Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas. Recommended by David Childs, Membership Assistant.
  • No Such Thing as a Fish - A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Recommended by Morgan Keller, Marketing Intern. 
  • Homecoming - Homecoming centers on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to rejoin civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations. It's an innovative, immersive audio experience — a psychological thriller unfolding across the six episodes of Season One. Recommended by Whittney Evans, Reporter.
  • Strangers - Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were. Recommended by Michael Havey, Operations Manager.
  • Dirtbag Diaries - This is adventure. Climbing. Skiing. Hiking. Biking. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and his team presents stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers. Recommended by Chelsea Naughton, Underwriting Assistant.
  • NPR Politics Podcast - The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us. Recommended by Gayle Ewer, Marketing and Community Engagement Manager.
  • Skip and Shannon: Undisputed - The Skip and Shannon: Undisputed podcast. Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, and Joy Taylor discuss the biggest topics of the day. It's unscripted and unfiltered. Recommended by Tim Slover, Weekday Host.
  • Encounters - Where else on public radio programming can you hear polar bears growl, peregrine falcons cry and killer whales splash? In an ever increasingly urban world Encounters weekly program. Now in its fourth season, Encounters takes you to some of the wildest places on earth. Recommended by Erik Neumann, Reporter.
  • The Run Up - The election is over. But the story has just begun. Michael Barbaro, who has covered the last two presidential races for the Times, hosts our twice-weekly conversation about the biggest stories and surprises coming out of the campaign. Recommended by Julia Ritchey, Reporter.
  • Heavyweight - Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. Recommended by Lee Hale, Reporter.
  • 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. Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he can't hang up first, no matter what. Recommended by Faeth Alder, Underwriting Associate. 
  • How I Built This - A podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world's best known companies and brands. Recommended by Renee Bright, Marketing Coordinator.
  • Found Podcast - Have you ever found a note on the ground, maybe meant for someone else? Help Davy Rothbart solve these mysteries on the FOUND Podcast, where we explore personal stories of love, loss, hope, transformation and aspiration through the lens of lost and found notes --with the power of humor and music. Recommended by Tristin Tabish, Content Director.
  • Science Vs. - There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the new show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. Recommended by Gayle Ewer, Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. 
  • Ben Franklin's World - Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history. It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world. Each episode features a conversation with an historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history. Recommended by Elaine Clark, RadioWest Producer.
  • Revisionist History - Welcome to Revisionist History, a new podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. Each week, over the course of 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past. An event. A person. An idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance. Recommended by David Childs, Membership Assistant.
  • Pistol Shrimps Radio - Get the thrilling courtside action delivered straight to your ears by venerable sports acknowledgers Matt Gourley and Mark McConville. Recommended by Kate Hatley, Membership Assistant.
  • Death, Sex & Money - Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. Recommended by Gayle Ewer, Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. 
  • Note to Self - Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries facing anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything. Recommended by Andrea Smardon, Reporter.
  • Love + Radio - Nick van der Kolk's Love and Radio features intimate and otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Powered by Radiotopia. Recommended by Tristin Tabish, Content Director.
  • Embedded - Hosted by Kelly McEvers, Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep. What does it feel like for a father in El Salvador to lie to his daughter about the bodies he saw in the street that day? What does it feel like for a nurse from rural Indiana to shoot up a powerful prescription opioid? Embedded (EMBD) takes you to where they're happening. Recommended by John Greene, General Manager.
  • Home of the Brave - New and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier. Recommended by Ben Bombard, RadioWest Producer.
  • Stuff You Should Know - How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Recommended by Giorgio Roosta, Marketing Intern.
  • Reply All - A show about the internet. And trained rats, time travel, celebrity dogs, lovelorn phone scammers, angry flower children, workplace iguanas, and more. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet. Recommended by Doug Fabrizio, RadioWest Host.