Podcast Week: NPR and its Relatives

Podcasts have been a regular part of my life since before my daughter was born. I listen to them while I work out, in the van, when I’m cleaning, and anytime I have a minute. Music still gets high priority around here, but podcasts are a close second. I am dedicating this week to the podcasts I listen to. If you have some that you love, please chime in with a comment or two!

Find day one of podcast week here: For Starters.

Since I started yesterday with This American Life, today I’ll cover all the other NPR and related shows I like. Mind you — I don’t listen to every minute of all of these shows every week, or I’d spend all my time on podcasts. With podcasts like Serial, which tell one story over the course of many episodes, I have to listen to in order to keep up. But I can choose when that time is. That’s the beauty of the podcast — it’s not an established day and time when you have to listen. You do it when it’s convenient for you.

Last fall, you may have heard in the news about a podcast called SerialWith its reexamination of a murder trial from 1999, Serial hooked listeners from the get-go. It became the number one podcast of all time, and the producers are currently planning a second season.

Other NPR podcasts and related goodies I sometimes listen to:

StartUp: another serially-told tale, this one about an attempt to start a business.

Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me: for the true news nerd, a news and information game show

Radiolab: very similar to This American Life. One podcast on a single topic per episode. The most recent one I listened to was about the history of American football — it was fascinating.

Ask Me Another: another game show. This one is more about words. It is usually acceptable for family listening, and the kids enjoy it too. Their extras are almost never appropriate for family listening, but they give you fair warning.

A Prairie Home Companion’s News from Lake Wobegon: Garrison Keillor is an American gem and everyone should listen to him tell stories. The end.

Sunday Puzzle Podcast: this is a short little podcast from NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. It features Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, as host. This podcast features riddles and puzzles, and the kids like this one as well.

Don’t forget to tell me what you’re listening to!

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