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NPR Podcast Directory
Browse by topic or explore featured podcasts from National Public Radio. Arts, Business, Comedy, Health, Music and more…


BBC: The 25 culture podcasts that will blow your mind
Whether you’re a fully-fledged culture vulture or a novice, these podcasts will enrich your life, as recommended by our team and BBC Culture readers. 


The New Yorker Best Podcasts of 2020

"The podcasts that stood out to me most this year, not surprisingly, were those that transported me—especially when they made me laugh. I also appreciated shows that gave me useful information in a form I could stand." -Sarah larson, staff writer of The New Yorker.


CULTURE: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019 The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year
The Atlantic December 27, 2019
The scales have finally tipped: As of 2019, more than half of all teens and adults in the U.S. have listened to at least one podcast, according to one consumer survey. It has been a time of tremendous growth for the medium. Oscar and Tony Award winners performed in audio dramas. More shows moved away from the traditional weekly model, with some publishing once or even twice a day and others being released as binge-ready collections.


13 True-Crime Podcasts 

Trying to pick a new true-crime podcast is like selecting a frozen yogurt flavor at a 16 Handles shop—but worse. Here are a few suggestions to help overcome the selection paralysis.


NASA at Home Podcasts

Learn about the universe from some of the people who study and map it.


27 Funny and Comedy Podcasts: These funny podcasts are full of humor. A good joke or funny statement can actually combat mood disorders. It seems that laughter can really be the best medicine when you are feeling bad, mentally. Laughter and fun are powerful agents in alleviating the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and other conditions.


Comedy Podcasts: Various comedy podcasts for every type of humor.


Radio Plays

Voicescapes Audio Theater

VoiceScapes is a modern day audio theater company formed in 2012 and made up of award-winning professional sound engineers, actors, writers and producers. They perform short, contemporary original plays, both comedy and drama, complete with music and recorded sound effects.


Old Time Radio Plays

Here you will find some of the most popular radio programs of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Before television, radio provided entertainment by presenting radio plays and programs of mystery, intrigue, and comedy.