We’re having a bit of a celebration of audio this month at the library, so I wanted to get my list of our top ten podcasts online for all and sundry to enjoy. Go forth and listen!
PODCASTS FOR EVERYONE!
One of the surprises of the last few years in listening has been the rise of podcasts. Podcasts are essentially syndicated audio programs, created by all sorts of folks on all sorts of topics, available for free to listen to via the internet.
You can listen on your computer, or if you prefer to go mobile, you can download podcasts via services including iTunes, Stitcher, and Podbay and listen to them on your own devices or phones.
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe. Online at americastestkitchen.com
99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. Online at 99percentinvisible.org
TRY EPISODES 8: Free Parking, 43: The Accidental Music of Imperfect Elevators, 44: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, 72: New Old Town, or 93: Revolving Doors.
THE MEMORY PALACE
From award-winning public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, always super-great. For history buffs, fans of public radio shows like This American Life and Radio Lab. Online at thememorypalace.us
TRY EPISODES 25: I Have Not Yet Begun to Rot, 32: Gigantic, 42: What They Saw, 45: Heard, Once, or 60: 400,000 Stars.
The Moth is…a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it. Online at themoth.org
TRY EPISODES My First Day at the Yankees, Golf Clubbing, What Goes Up, Yes Means Yes? Or Mummy Was a Wild Game Hunter.
POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Online at npr.org/pchh
TRY EPISODES The Authenticity Business, Fruitvale Station and Yelling at Clouds, For Young and Old Alike, How Long is Too Long, On Endings and Road Trips.
Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Online at radiolab.org
TRY EPISODES 2.2: Musical Language, 2.5: Space, 4.1: Laughter, 10.1: Colors, 10.5: The Bad Show.
THE STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS
Who was James Armistead? What were the Bone Wars? Join Deblina and Sarah as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by HowStuffWorks.com. Online at missedinhistory.com
TRY EPISODES The Freedom Riders, The Long Winter, 13 Reasons for the American Revolution.
THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a staged production in the style of old time radio that is held monthly at the Coronet Theatre. The show has been running since March 2005. It is live audio theater. Each episode features three non-serialized segments as well as songs and commercials from fictional sponsors. Online at thrillingadventurehour.com
TRY EPISODES Beyond Belief “Hell is the Loneliest Number”, Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars “Inside Out in Outer Space”, Jefferson Reid, Ace American 1.
WAIT, WAIT, DON’T TELL ME
NPR’s weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what’s real and what we’ve made up. Online at npr.org
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE
A twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Online at commonplacebooks.com
TRY EPISODES 1: Pilot, 13: A Story About You, 19A-B: The Sandstorm, 28: Summer Reading Program, 33: Cassette.