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The Guardian Listen to This

A series exploring the wide open world of podcasts. Guardian staff will share our favourite shows, tell you why they're great, recommend episodes, and sometimes even interview the host(s).

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    The Guardian Listen to This

    Aug 15 2016

  • Reckless Rhetoric

    The FiveThirtyEight Elections show explains why this is the perfect year for a third-party candidate, while On the Media explores what could happen if a viable third party ever took root in the US political landscape. They also examine how so-called strategic voting could shake things up in the coming election. Speaking of the upcoming election, the New York Times has launched its own election podcast called The Run-Up. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, the show, which will drop episodes twice a week, ...more

  • Magic Lessons Ep 203: "Know the Taste of Failure" featuring Michael Ian Black

    The Guestlist got rapper – and once upon a time Secret Skin podcaster – Open Mike Eagle to talk about his own psychological profile and how he uses his educational background in his songwriting. Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Magic Lessons, asked comedian and How to Be Amazing podcaster Michael Ian Black to coach an up-and-coming improv comedy performer on how to create a compelling one-man show.

  • It's Unskew Season: 8/8/16

    The FiveThirtyEight Elections show explains why this is the perfect year for a third-party candidate, while On the Media explores what could happen if a viable third party ever took root in the US political landscape. They also examine how so-called strategic voting could shake things up in the coming election. Speaking of the upcoming election, the New York Times has launched its own election podcast called The Run-Up. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, the show, which will drop episodes twice a week, ...more

  • Hope: Nicolas Flamel (Book 1, Chapter 13)

    The Worst Bestsellers, the auditory book fair hosted by a librarian and a writer, opened up its collection of books by RL Stein, the teen-friendly horror master, including Goosebumps and Fear Street. Turns out they may not be as good as you remember. The Penumbra Podcast, a storytelling show that gives classic tales a head-spinning twist, released an entertaining intergalactic whodunit. Over on Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, a podcast that – as its name implies – treats JK Rowling’s fictions ...more

  • 38: Open Mike Eagle and Mick Foley

    The Guestlist got rapper – and once upon a time Secret Skin podcaster – Open Mike Eagle to talk about his own psychological profile and how he uses his educational background in his songwriting. Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Magic Lessons, asked comedian and How to Be Amazing podcaster Michael Ian Black to coach an up-and-coming improv comedy performer on how to create a compelling one-man show.

  • What Are You Waiting For?

    Whether you’re waiting for a Predator showing, a cronut, a ramen burger, or a brunch reservation (or something non-food-related), Freakonomics looked at the psychology of standing in line.

  • The Guardian Listen to This

    Aug 08 2016

  • TS246: DNC, RNC, Scott Adams, Out Olympic Athletes, Guest Emily Osment

    Throwing Shade looked at the number of openly gay athletes competing in the games. In her self-titled podcast, Katie Couric talked to Bob Costas, AKA the American voice of the Olympic Games. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir headed to Rio for their uproarious coverage of the Olympic Games and How to Do Everything released the only guide to the Olympics you will need, with a little help from Patrick Stewart.

  • The Only Olympics Guide You'll Ever Need

    Throwing Shade looked at the number of openly gay athletes competing in the games. In her self-titled podcast, Katie Couric talked to Bob Costas, AKA the American voice of the Olympic Games. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir headed to Rio for their uproarious coverage of the Olympic Games and How to Do Everything released the only guide to the Olympics you will need, with a little help from Patrick Stewart.

  • Episode 26 w/ Snoop Dogg (Part 2)

    Drink Champs hasn’t been around that long (it just launched in March) but it has become mandatory listening for hip-hop fans and a podcast proving ground for rappers willing to risk being drunk on the air. Hosted by DJ EFN and NORE (aka Noreaga, of the Queens crew Capone-N-Noreaga), the show sounds like a cocktail of Another Round, Bodega Boys, and a Hot 97 roundtable. It has already landed candid (or drunken) interviews with 50 Cent, 2 Chainz, Talib Kweli, Ja Rule and Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon. Th...more

  • Ep. 3: Experiencing Rio and Olympic magic

    Throwing Shade looked at the number of openly gay athletes competing in the games. In her self-titled podcast, Katie Couric talked to Bob Costas, AKA the American voice of the Olympic Games. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir headed to Rio for their uproarious coverage of the Olympic Games and How to Do Everything released the only guide to the Olympics you will need, with a little help from Patrick Stewart.

  • 40. Olympics

    Beef and Dairy Network also went to Rio, making sure to appeal to its fanbase by reporting on the cattle angle of the games, including the dressage rider who was disqualified from competition for riding a cow instead of a horse. Adding to the fun, Helen Zaltzman provided translation services. Zaltzman’s own show, The Allusionist, also tackled the Olympics this week.

  • 3. Bob Costas: Voice of the Olympics

    Throwing Shade looked at the number of openly gay athletes competing in the games. In her self-titled podcast, Katie Couric talked to Bob Costas, AKA the American voice of the Olympic Games. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir headed to Rio for their uproarious coverage of the Olympic Games and How to Do Everything released the only guide to the Olympics you will need, with a little help from Patrick Stewart.

  • The Guardian Listen to This

    Aug 01 2016

  • Ep 1. A Trip Through NY's Industrial Past

    If summer has kicked your wanderlust into high gear, follow along as Maggie and Adam drive to Tierra del Fuego on Let’s Not Panic. Their most recent episode had them eating their way through Austin, which may have you drooling on to your shirt while you listen. Also check out Atlas Obscura’s Escape Plan. In the Zipcar-sponsored show, the host, David Plotz, takes a guest on a surprise road trip. Unlike Kurt Braunohler’s The K Ohle, though, they end up somewhere fun like the Hudson Valley, offerin...more

  • Attachment Parenting

    Science Vs has kicked off its new season with back-to-back episodes looking at the science behind two very different topics – fracking and attachment parenting. The show uses hard science, methodical studies, expert interviews, and, you know, facts to tackle fads, controversial trends, and sacred cows (is organic food actually better?) and looks for the science behind surprising questions like Does Race Exist? Host Wendy Zukerman started the show in Australia, but has now signed on with Gimlet a...more

  • A little bit of news!

    Something is happening over at the Pitch podcast. The music show that explored everything from cover songs to the Clearmountain Pause, which is one of those things that you can never un-hear, released a tantalizing teaser this week about the show’s future. While details are still murky, hopefully it means more episodes in the near future.

  • 4: Good Job, Eventually

    If summer has kicked your wanderlust into high gear, follow along as Maggie and Adam drive to Tierra del Fuego on Let’s Not Panic. Their most recent episode had them eating their way through Austin, which may have you drooling on to your shirt while you listen. Also check out Atlas Obscura’s Escape Plan. In the Zipcar-sponsored show, the host, David Plotz, takes a guest on a surprise road trip. Unlike Kurt Braunohler’s The K Ohle, though, they end up somewhere fun like the Hudson Valley, offerin...more

  • #3 Take Action!

    The Bruce Lee Podcast looks behind the action star’s legacy to explore the philosophy that helped make him a household name. Hosted by his daughter, Shannon Lee, the show is not just a trip through Lee’s IMDB listing. It digs into his quotes, like the most recent episode which looks at his call to “take action!”, which extended far beyond action movies into his everyday life, or an early episode called Be Water, My Friend, whose title comes from a well-known quote from Lee. The mantras serve as ...more

  • Fracking

    Science Vs has kicked off its new season with back-to-back episodes looking at the science behind two very different topics – fracking and attachment parenting. The show uses hard science, methodical studies, expert interviews, and, you know, facts to tackle fads, controversial trends, and sacred cows (is organic food actually better?) and looks for the science behind surprising questions like Does Race Exist? Host Wendy Zukerman started the show in Australia, but has now signed on with Gimlet a...more

  • Snap Special - As The World Burns

    Snap Judgment has been releasing a string of shorter special episodes lately, which is a nice introduction to explore the stories featured on the show. This week’s special featured a riveting story about a man whose neighbor held him hostage in his own home as part of a militia operation. If the rise of homegrown militias strikes terror into your heart, check out As the World Burns, a story rereleased by Snap Judgment as part of the series, which is worth revisiting in these troubling times.

  • Snap Special - Texas vs. Texas

    Snap Judgment has been releasing a string of shorter special episodes lately, which is a nice introduction to explore the stories featured on the show. This week’s special featured a riveting story about a man whose neighbor held him hostage in his own home as part of a militia operation. If the rise of homegrown militias strikes terror into your heart, check out As the World Burns, a story rereleased by Snap Judgment as part of the series, which is worth revisiting in these troubling times.

  • The Guardian Listen to This

    Jul 25 2016

  • Where Are All The Protesters?

    As the Democratic national convention gets under way, keep an eye on (ear on?) Keepin’ It 1600 who delivered a series of informative, smart episodes on the Republican convention last week. BuzzFeed’s No One Knows Anything had an interesting story on the lack of protesters in Cleveland. If you prefer your politics to be lightly skewered, over on Fake the Nation, host Negin Farsad and guests help figure out which Trump is which Lannister, and finally reveal what Melania Trump has in common with My...more

  • Object Anyway

    On Revisionist History Malcolm Gladwell looked at the legacy of a philanthropist who made a very thought-out decision to give a $100m fortune to a tiny public university in New Jersey, instead of to his well-endowed alma mater. More Perfect looked at the fascinating history of race-based jury selections, including the surprising fact that US supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to sit on the high court, was adamantly opposed to any peremptory challenges during jury...more

  • Nina Garcia Is Not Judging You

    Do you know there’s no word for “excuse me” in Tamil? When Dhaya Lakshminarayanan would visit her family in India, she would say “sorry” all the time instead of the more common “stand aside!”, a choice that mystified her family. On Sarcasmic, Lakshminarayanan looks at some of the challenges of growing up bilingual and straddling two cultures. Nina Garcia is also an expert on that topic. The Project Runway judge and mentor stopped by Mash-Up Americans to talk about growing up Colombian and how be...more

  • My Little Hundred Million

    On Revisionist History Malcolm Gladwell looked at the legacy of a philanthropist who made a very thought-out decision to give a $100m fortune to a tiny public university in New Jersey, instead of to his well-endowed alma mater. More Perfect looked at the fascinating history of race-based jury selections, including the surprising fact that US supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to sit on the high court, was adamantly opposed to any peremptory challenges during jury...more

  • Ep. 19: RNC Midweek Check-in With Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer

    As the Democratic national convention gets under way, keep an eye on (ear on?) Keepin’ It 1600 who delivered a series of informative, smart episodes on the Republican convention last week. BuzzFeed’s No One Knows Anything had an interesting story on the lack of protesters in Cleveland. If you prefer your politics to be lightly skewered, over on Fake the Nation, host Negin Farsad and guests help figure out which Trump is which Lannister, and finally reveal what Melania Trump has in common with My...more

  • 3. Vote With Your Couscous (w/ Dean Obeidallah, Nato Green)

    As the Democratic national convention gets under way, keep an eye on (ear on?) Keepin’ It 1600 who delivered a series of informative, smart episodes on the Republican convention last week. BuzzFeed’s No One Knows Anything had an interesting story on the lack of protesters in Cleveland. If you prefer your politics to be lightly skewered, over on Fake the Nation, host Negin Farsad and guests help figure out which Trump is which Lannister, and finally reveal what Melania Trump has in common with My...more

  • 26 - Twenty Six Six Six

    If you skipped watching the convention on TV and instead binged on Murder, She Wrote, for six hours, you have a lot in common with the Andrew Walsh of Too Beautiful To Live. He talked about Jessica Fletcher and the death of the VCR on the daily (yes, daily) podcast he hosts with Luke Burbank. For more murder, Most Notorious! looked at the Chinatown Tong wars that wreaked havoc in New York City for more than 50 years and My Favorite Murder tackled two horrifying child killings.

  • 2168: Murder, She Pied

    If you skipped watching the convention on TV and instead binged on Murder, She Wrote, for six hours, you have a lot in common with the Andrew Walsh of Too Beautiful To Live. He talked about Jessica Fletcher and the death of the VCR on the daily (yes, daily) podcast he hosts with Luke Burbank. For more murder, Most Notorious! looked at the Chinatown Tong wars that wreaked havoc in New York City for more than 50 years and My Favorite Murder tackled two horrifying child killings.

  • #1629 - The Strange Death of José de Jesús (Part 1)

    Looking for a new mystery show? In a special two-part episode, Latino USA took a very close look at the death of José de Jesús, who died under very mysterious circumstances while in custody at a US immigration center. The show starts with his death, which was ruled a suicide, but extends far beyond the cell to address the larger issues of immigration and detention.

  • The Guardian Listen to This

    Jul 18 2016

  • A Prescription for Loneliness

    For shows that put the “food” in food for thought, comedian Paul Scheer stopped by Doughboys to talk about his relationship with the Forrest Gump-themed restaurant Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. The Eat Your Kimchi podcast tackled a Japanese lingerie company that used pancakes as models and the Japanese restaurant that lets its patrons eat naked – so long as they’re young, skinny and attractive. Radio Cherry Bombe featured a panel discussion of some of the women who run the world of food, including the...more

  • Is the Internet Being Ruined?

    On Adam Ruins Everything, security expert Bruce Schneier talked about the limits of online security and the threat of big data. Over on Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner looked at the way Facebook, Google and Apple influence are decision making as he explored the question, Is the Internet Being Ruined? On KCRW’s The Organist, Nigerian-Jamaican American author and University of Washington professor Louis Chude-Sokei talked about the intersection of race, technology and robotics, including black cyborg...more

  • Episode 83: How To Be The Boss

    For shows that put the “food” in food for thought, comedian Paul Scheer stopped by Doughboys to talk about his relationship with the Forrest Gump-themed restaurant Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. The Eat Your Kimchi podcast tackled a Japanese lingerie company that used pancakes as models and the Japanese restaurant that lets its patrons eat naked – so long as they’re young, skinny and attractive. Radio Cherry Bombe featured a panel discussion of some of the women who run the world of food, including the...more

  • 2. We've Lost the Will to Emoji (w/ John Fugelsan, Benari Poulten)

    If you prefer your politics with a dose of pop culture, on The West Wing Weekly, Joshua Malina and Hrishi Hirway’s look back at the West Wing, invited FiveThirtyEight on to the show to look at the way polling is used in the television series. (Spoiler: President Bartlet always wins.) On Fake the Nation, Negin Farsad was joined by Nightly Show producer Benari Poulten and Sirius/XM host John Fugelsang for an imagined conversation between Donald Trump and supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (...more

  • 0.02: Live with FiveThirtyEight

    If you prefer your politics with a dose of pop culture, on The West Wing Weekly, Joshua Malina and Hrishi Hirway’s look back at the West Wing, invited FiveThirtyEight on to the show to look at the way polling is used in the television series. (Spoiler: President Bartlet always wins.) On Fake the Nation, Negin Farsad was joined by Nightly Show producer Benari Poulten and Sirius/XM host John Fugelsang for an imagined conversation between Donald Trump and supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (...more

  • Ep 4: Security and Big Data with Bruce Schneier

    On Adam Ruins Everything, security expert Bruce Schneier talked about the limits of online security and the threat of big data. Over on Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner looked at the way Facebook, Google and Apple influence are decision making as he explored the question, Is the Internet Being Ruined? On KCRW’s The Organist, Nigerian-Jamaican American author and University of Washington professor Louis Chude-Sokei talked about the intersection of race, technology and robotics, including black cyborg...more

  • Episode 39: The Gawker Sex-Tape Blowup, and George Saunders on Trump

    In further proof that podcasting is serious business, Katie Couric has teamed up with Earwolf for a new interview show. The sneak peek is out now with a full season coming soon. For more media news, the New Yorker Radio Hour took a look at Gawker’s ongoing legal and financial woes stemming from Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit.

  • Episode 56: Don't Shoot

    In the wake of the release of a new short film based on their episode That’s Democracy, The Truth pulled back the curtain on how they make their cinematic stories. Planet Money had a fascinating look at how heroin became the bargain drug of choice. Call Your Girlfriend released a special episode on gun violence in America with one special guest who has been directly affected by the epidemic and another working hard to stop it from spreading.

  • Footnotes: Elijah Wood

    The hilarious, yet wildly NSFWWOHP (that’s Not Safe for Work without Headphones) show My Dad Wrote A Porno has returned for its second season. The show’s first season was a chapter by chapter reading of the dirty book that host Jamie Morton’s father wrote, Belinda Blinked. Each episode featured Morton and his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine reading aloud the racy adventures of pots and pans sales director Belinda Blumenthal, and providing commentary on the ersatz plot. While the show could...more

  • Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.

    As the political environment heats up, Hillary Clinton (perhaps you’ve heard of her?) stopped by The Ezra Klein Show to help explain why Clinton the candidate can seem so different from Clinton the human being.

  • Introducing...Katie Couric

    In further proof that podcasting is serious business, Katie Couric has teamed up with Earwolf for a new interview show. The sneak peek is out now with a full season coming soon. For more media news, the New Yorker Radio Hour took a look at Gawker’s ongoing legal and financial woes stemming from Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit.