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Wired Podcasts of the Week

Podcast Episodes You Must Hear This Week curated by Wired Magazine.

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    Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Dec 19 2016

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates: "There’s not gonna be a happy ending to this story"

    After hundreds of hours of conversation with President Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates talks to Ezra Klein about how the Democrats became the party of non-whites, how Obama finessed the presidency, and why we must maintain a sense of tragedy in American politics. But the most insightful turns come from a more personal space: Coates unpacks his discomfort after resonating with white audiences, and why young writers should have a disciplined, ordinary personal life in order to have an extraordinary creati...more

  • 48. Winterval

    Feeling Grinchy this holiday season? You’re not alone. The Allusionist goes back into the history of the War on Christmas through the ages. Meet Mike Chubb, the man behind a miscalculated holiday economizing by the Birmingham city council, when they renamed December 25 “Winterval.” Happy Festivus to you and yours!Feeling Grinchy this holiday season? You’re not alone. The Allusionist goes back into the history of the War on Christmas through the ages. Meet Mike Chubb, the man behind a miscalculat...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Nov 28 2016

  • Chapter 1: Divine Providence

    After a felony conviction, Providence mayor Buddy Cianci resigned—and then got re-elected. Crimetown kicks off its season examining the life of Rhode Island’s most charismatic felon-in-office with a case from 40 years ago, when Cianci first developed a reputation as an anti-corruption lawyer while prosecuting famous mob boss Raymond Patriarca. Featuring Joey One-Arm, Joey Bad Way, and all the Rhode Island accents you hoped for.After a felony conviction, Providence mayor Buddy Cianci resigned—and...more

  • 6: Untethered

    This holiday weekend, 49 million Americans took to the skies. Hopefully, not one of those planes had a snake aboard. But if it did, airport wildlife managers like Rob Shevalier could save the day. Shevalier worked on airport runways, until he decided to become a falconer and save passengers from errant creatures in the air. This episode of Work in Progress also features Mohamed Alborno, a stateless person who plans to create a country for himself—online. Listen here. Credit: Slack ...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Nov 21 2016

  • LifeAfter Ep. 1

    Eight months after his wife Charlie’s death, Ross can’t stop listening to her audio recordings on social network VoiceTree. It’s the only way he can get through his day job paper-pushing at the FBI. He knows all 2,205 of the recordings by heart—until Charlie starts speaking to him through new messages. Listen here. Credit: Getty Images Eight months after his wife Charlie’s death, Ross can’t stop listening to her audio recordings on social network VoiceTree. It’s the only way he...more

  • Ep 1: No Strategy, No Plan, No Formula

    30 years ago, then-unknown Oprah Winfrey launched a talk show. This three-part series (You get an episode! You get an episode! And you get an episode!) from WBEZ Chicago traces her rise, from her competition with Phil Donahue in the early ‘80s to her openness about her weight issues to her regrets about the show’s highest-rated episode ever. Listen here. Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images 30 years ago, then-unknown Oprah Winfrey launched a talk show. This three-part series (You get...more

  • 1. MANDATORY

    In the opening scene of Homecoming, Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac awkwardly introduce themselves to each other, making small talk about a fish. Like with writer and director Eli Horowitz’s previous creations (The Silent History, The Pickle Index), Gimlet’s first foray into fiction is strange, smart, and immersive—there’s no found footage gimmick here. Instead, you’re dropped right into a psychological thriller about what happened at a military reentry facility, starring Keener, Isaac, and a d...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Nov 14 2016

  • Science of Survival Ep 07: Cliffhanger, Part 1

    On January 1, 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980, a jet carrying 29 passengers and a lot of contraband snakeskins, hit a 21,000-foot mountain in Bolivia. For decades, the crash was a mystery, and the bodies were never found—then two friends from Boston with no high-altitude mountaineering experience decided to track down the black box. Listen here. Credit: Getty Images On January 1, 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980, a jet carrying 29 passengers and a lot of contraband snakesk...more

  • A Change Is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke

    In 1964, Sam Cooke heard Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” and decided to write his own anthem. “A Change is Gonna Come” is sad, but hopeful, and offered listeners strength during a battle for racial equality 60 years ago. Hear about the impact of the anthem and the man behind it from LC Cooke, the artist’s brother—and Bettye Lavette, who sang it at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony. Listen here. Credit: Getty Images In 1964, Sam Cooke heard Bob Dylan’s “Blowin in the Wind” a...more

  • 003 | The moon and other things

    You know the story of the moon landing, but you probably don’t know what happened when it was time for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to splash down back on Earth. Cosmologist Katie Mack tells the story of her grandfather, Captain Willard Samuel Houston, who acted on classified information in order to save the lives of the first men on the moon. Listen here. Credit: Katherine Brickman You know the story of the moon landing, but you probably don’t know what happened when it was ...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Nov 07 2016

  • Antidepressants

    One in ten Americans over the age of 12 takes medication for depression. But what are the effects of messing with our seratonin levels? With her signature enthusiastic curiosity, Wendy Zukerman uses testimonials from complaining New Yorkers, frog analogies, and the Hamilton score to examine whether antidepressants—and placebos—actually work.One in ten Americans over the age of 12 takes medication for depression. But what are the effects of messing with our seratonin levels? With her signature en...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Oct 17 2016

  • #79 Boy in Photo

    The best Reply All episodes are Internet rabbit holes explored to the extreme—and “Boy in Photo” does this by going all the way to Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. In 2006, an ILX message board rallied around a photo of two girls and one lonely-looking guy, whom the message board named “Wayne.” They went on to follow the social media and lives of the characters for the next 10 years. In this episode, host PJ Vogt nervously travels to the Philadelphia suburb where he grew up to track down the real Wayn...more

  • Star Wars with Anthony Forrest

    This is the episode you’re looking for. In 1977, Anthony Forrest was the stormtrooper who first showed us the effects of a Jedi Mind Trick. In I Was There Too, Forrest talks about the difficulty of making eye contact with Alec Guinness while wearing a stormtrooper uniform and the backstory behind Fixer, Luke’s friend back at Tosche Station. Plus, his turn in The Spy Who Loved Me.This is the episode you’re looking for. In 1977, Anthony Forrest was the stormtrooper who first showed us the effects ...more

  • Cor-wrong-ct!

    The Truth offers strange, excellent fiction—and this week, there’s a selection of five pieces written and performed by funny people (including Scott Adsit, Tami Sagher, and Colin Nissan). Tune in for confessions couched in marketing buzzwords, a dangerously gibberish traffic report, and panicked, unrequited voicemails from a patient to his dentist.The Truth offers strange, excellent fiction—and this week, there’s a selection of five pieces written and performed by funny people (including Scott A...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Oct 10 2016

  • Diversification of Worry (Season 4, Episode 1)

    If you’re a fan of Reply All or Sampler or Science Vs or Heavyweight or Surprisingly Awesome or Mystery Show (RIP), then the new season of Gimlet’s very first show is an irresistible look at how the sausage is made. Gimlet Media isn’t a scrappy upstart anymore—and now that it’s become an institution of the podcasting space, the co-founders have a new set of questions: How do you deal with growth? How can they judge which shows are successful? It’s the candid panic we’ve come to expect from Start...more

  • Season 1. Part 1 - Welcome / Introduction

    In 2072, Station Supervisor E.L. Hob emerged from suspension to terraform Mars. But she finds the mission in disarray. Part space adventure, part The Office, follow Hob as she tries to get her coworkers together—and save the expedition to Mars. The series ended last week, but start at the beginning to spend a full season at Hob’s side. Listen here. Credit: Definitely Human In 2072, Station Supervisor E.L. Hob emerged from suspension to terraform Mars. But she finds the mission ...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Sep 26 2016

  • Ep. 28: Producing 'Pitch,' and the TV Verdict From Two Real-Life Pro Players

    To create Pitch, the new Fox series about a female MLB pitcher, showrunner Kevin Falls turned to the experts for help. Listen to how he sought out professional baseball players as actors and why the screwball became the protagonist’s signature move. Then hear from Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore, two female professional baseball players, about how accurately the show captures their own experiences growing up as the only woman on the field.To create Pitch, the new Fox series about a female MLB p...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Sep 19 2016

  • Jurassic World with Lauren Lapkus

    On I Was There Too, Matt Gourley interviews the actors who had small parts in big movies. On this installment Lauren Lapkus talks about what it was like to improvise on the set of Jurassic World, get NASA clearance, and which dinosaurs she would want to kill her character—plus, she explains what it was like to audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.On I Was There Too, Matt Gourley interviews the actors who had small parts in big movies. On this installment Lauren Lapkus talks about what it wa...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Sep 12 2016

  • Sleep Some More

    If you haven’t listened to The Truth, start now: Often dark, often funny, always strange, each episode offers an original performed short story. This week, Dan finds his college roommate’s endless chatter annoying—until the roommate is possessed by a being with extraordinary insights about all of Dan’s freshman English reading assignments. Dan uses the ominous being to his advantage—but at what cost?If you haven’t listened to The Truth, start now: Often dark, often funny, always strange, each ep...more

  • 42. The Key part I: Rosetta

    If our hard drives fail and cloud storage evaporates, how will future archaeologists decipher the endless languages that the human race uses for self-expression? Luckily, one three-inch-wide slice of electroplated nickel contains 13,000 miniscule pages of information to unlock 1,500 human languages. Listen here to learn about how the Rosetta Stone deciphered hieroglyphics, and the modern languages entrusted to the Rosetta Disk. You may not be able to read it without a 1,000-power magnifying glas...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Sep 05 2016

  • Organic food

    Should you bother to buy organic produce? What does “organic” really mean? To find out, Wendy Zukerman turns her infectious enthusiasm and curiosity to a skeptical farmer, academics, and consumers. Also featuring “Milkshake” by Kelis, Nutella, and some good bathroom euphemisms.Should you bother to buy organic produce? What does “organic” really mean? To find out, Wendy Zukerman turns her infectious enthusiasm and curiosity to a skeptical farmer, academics, and consumers. Also featuring “Mi...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Aug 29 2016

  • #74 Making Friends

    Shea hears voices. Specifically, the voices of four imaginary friends: Jas, Doc, Varena, and Aeraya. Except to Shea, they aren’t imaginary, just imagined: She has tulpas, or “intelligent companions imagined into existence.” To psychologists, this seems like dissociative personality disorder; to her fellow sci-fi and fantasy loving tulpamancers, they’re healthy, lifelong companions. If someone is happy with the voices in their head, can it be a disorder? What’s the difference between an active im...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Aug 15 2016

  • Werner Herzog Loves Cat Videos Too

    Do you use the Internet mostly for corresponding with friends, watching cat videos, and reading satirical articles about Werner Herzog? That’s funny, so does Werner Herzog! On this episode of Internet Explorer, Herzog tells BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos his theories about Harambe, his conviction that FOMO is an eternal human condition, and who, exactly, “has the right to say the Internet is the manifestation of the antichrist”—unless he’s actually a robot pretending to be Werner Herzog, which he a...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Aug 08 2016

  • 12: 3,000 Beatniks Riot In Village

    On April 9, 1961, the folk singers of Washington Square Park protested against the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to defend their right to play. Listen to Izzy Young, who led the 3,000 rioting beatniks, tell the story of that day—and hear how the same conflict between musicians and New York City government played out in 2011. Featuring excellent 1960s archival audio of outraged, heavily accented bohemian New Yorkers.On April 9, 1961, the folk singers of Washington Square Park p...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Jul 18 2016

  • Collected Stories Vol. 2: The Best of I Was There Too

    I Was There Too offers behind-the-scenes stories from the actors who made cameos in acclaimed movies. This week, host Matt Gourley whips through a highlight reel of dozens of clips: what it’s like to have Steven Spielberg become your hands in Poltergeist; the worst seat in the classroom of Dead Poets Society; why a nihilist would order lingonberry pancakes in The Big Lebowski.I Was There Too offers behind-the-scenes stories from the actors who made cameos in acclaimed movies. This week, host Mat...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Jul 11 2016

  • #033: (Pt. 1) Finding Dory / Memento

    On The Next Picture Show, writers from The Dissolve discuss a recent release alongside a classic. This week, the team talks about two very different protagonists disabled by anterograde amnesia: Leonard Shelby, from Christopher Nolan’s Memento, and Dory, from Pixar’s Finding Dory. Listen to both episodes of this two-parter to hear about how the form of Memento and the parent-child relationship in Finding Dory represent the ways we rely on memory. Listen here. Credit: Filmspotting ...more

  • #1 Dog Whistling

    This political season can make you laugh or cry—but if you’re looking to do more of the former, comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu are here to discuss the sensitive issues of this election cycle with humor. In the first episode, UC Berkeley professor Ian Haney-López joins the hosts to explain dog whistling, or how politicians use coded language—from the racism of George Wallace to Bill Clinton playing sax on The Arsenio Hall Show—to resonate with specific groups of voters. Listen here. ...more

  • Science of Survival Ep05: Under Pressure

    Who was the first crazy person to experiment with going into a submarine—and how did people figure out how to get it right? The Science of Survival series, from Outside Magazine and PRX, explores how people get through impossible situations: being frozen alive, getting struck by lightning, going without water for a week. Listen to this installment to hear about John Day, an English carpenter who built the first submarine on record in 1774, and Bavarian engineer Wilhelm Bauer, who had to win an u...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Jun 27 2016

  • Hamilton: A History

    Perplexed by America’s recent obsession with the first secretary of the treasury? You probably can’t get Hamilton tickets, but the American History Guys offer up the next best thing: a professorial look at Alexander Hamilton, from his lasting effect on the American financial system to the unlikelihood of his death by duel to how our vision of Hamilton has changed from founding plutocrat to multicultural hero.Perplexed by America’s recent obsession with the first secretary of the treasury? You pr...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Jun 20 2016

  • Allusionist 12: Pride

    On The Allusionist, host Helen Zaltzman examines the story behind a word, and in this episode, she looks at how the gay rights movement found identity in the word “pride.” So, how did the word go from meaning bravery to acceptance of self? After the Stonewall Riots in 1969, activists in New York needed a slogan. Craig Schoonmaker evokes what it was like to be an openly gay protester in the 1970s, and how far the movement—and the term “pride”—has come since then.On The Allusionist, host Helen Zal...more

  • Wired Podcasts of the Week

    Jun 13 2016

  • The Body

    Do you like true crime? Science? The Knick? The afterlife? This week, The Pulse partnered with Criminal to tell the story of what happens to our bodies when we die—in law, in lore, and in medicine. Start listening for the quest to find the brain of One-Eyed Joe, infamous horse thief from the 1800s; stay for the sonic autopsy, complete with a whirring saw. Listen here. Credit: NPR Do you like true crime? Science? The Knick? The afterlife? This week, The Pulse partnered with Crim...more

  • #67 On the Inside, Part IV

    The first three episodes of “On the Inside,” the true-crime four-part series from Gimlet’s Reply All, scratches an itch for listeners who miss season one of Serial: a conflicted reporter diligently reexamines the dubiously prosecuted murder of Dean Fawcett, for which Paul Modrowski serves a life sentence. But in the final episode, Sruthi Pinnamaneni goes beyond the guilty-innocent dichotomy and heads toward a messier truth about how we judge mental illness. And unlike Sarah Koenig, Pinnamaneni c...more