THE ULTIMATE CSW LISTENING GUIDE

Content created by library staff, 2017.

WHY PODCASTS?

Why not? Podcasts cover a wide range of topics: from film talk to car talk, current events, and even stories told by everyday people doing interesting things.


HOW DO I LISTEN?

You can listen to podcasts on your phone, on your tablet, or even through a browser on your laptop. There are a million ways to listen. We suggest this guide by Re/Code to get you started.

LISTEN

A Way with Words

A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well.

Boy vs. Girl: A Podcast

A podcast about gender and gender stereotypes from a self-described expert on gender issues (the boy) (Matthew Dicks) who has spent the last two decades immersed in female culture and a sociologist (the girl) (Rachel Leventhal-Weiner) who is an actual scholar with actual credentials.

BrainStuff

From the HowStuffWorks network, BrainStuff is a podcast that explores the world around us in an attempt to use science to understand everything from the internet to how scratch n sniff stickers work.

Code Switch

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. All journalists of color, sometimes, they'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But they'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic.

Hidden Brain

Helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

Invisibilia

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

IRL: Online Life Is Real Life

We walk, talk, work, LOL and even love on the Internet – but we don’t always treat it like real life. Host Veronica Belmont explores this disconnect with stories from the wilds of the Web – and gets to the bottom of online issues that affect us all.

LeVar Burton Reads

In each episode, host LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek, Roots) hand-picks a different piece of short fiction, and reads it to you.

Note to Self

Host Manoush Zomorodi talks with everyone from big names techies to elementary school teachers about the effects of technology on our lives.

RadioLab

Each episode of the Radiolab podcast is a patchwork of people, sounds, stories, society and experiences that inspire curiosity.

Serendipity

Serendipity is radio drama for the 21st century. Presented by your hosts Ann Heppermann and Martin Johnson who have their own story to tell. Serendipity is the podcast of The Sarah Awards, celebrating and rewarding the best audio fiction from around the world.

Snap Judgement

Showcases the raw opinions and storytelling skills of Public Radio Talent Quest winner Glynn Washington. Listeners are challenged to see the world through the eyes of another.

StoryCorps

At the center of each episode is a StoryCorps interview, a candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship.

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Hosts Molly Edmonds and Cristen Conger explore gender roles and highlight notable pioneering women.

TED Radio Hour

Based on the phenomenal TED Talks series, the show is hosted by Guy Raz and brings you fascinating and insightful speakers on a broad range of topics from global issues such as fighting hunger to individual journeys into the source of happiness.

The Sporkful

The Sporkful podcast is host Dan Pashman's passionate discussion of ridiculous food minutiae, debating favorties old and new and exploring new ways to eat. Dan and his guests obsess about food to learn more about people.

The Truth

Movies for your ears, featuring dramatic short stories that combine great writing with authentic-feeling performances and rich sound design.

This American Life

Touching, humorous and often unexpected vignettes of life in America. There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay.

DO YOU LISTEN TO A PODCAST YOU THINK OUR COMMUNITY WOULD LOVE?

LET US KNOW WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOU LOVE IT!

Contact us at library@csw.org and we'll add it to this list.