Podcasts for Christmas 2018

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The holiday season is upon us. It’s time to rest and relax with your family. You can sit down together, grab some eggnog and watch your favorite family movie (or, even better, listen to some holiday podcasts!). We’ve selected some Christmas-themed podcasts to help you get in the spirit.

Christmas Creeps

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Christmas Creeps is year-round Christmas madness. Join hosts Joseph Wade, Johnny-5 and Mr. Bradford twice a month as they “destroy holiday movies and TV shows in search of the true meaning of Christmas”.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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This is an audiobook of the classic A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. In case you’ve somehow missed it, A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a kinder, gentler man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Many podcast apps now offer classic audiobooks too!

Tis the Podcast

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Join self-professed super Christmas nerds Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they debate and discuss an array of holiday entertainment. Every week they share their reviews, insights and witty banter about a different Christmas movie, special, or TV episode.

Advent Calendar House

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This is a salute to all holiday specials, with a special focus on Christmas specials. Every December, host Mike Westfall and friends discuss their favorite holiday TV specials and commercials.

Christmas Past

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Christmas Past is a podcast and website that celebrates Christmas nostalgia and tells the stories behind holiday traditions. Episodes are produced in a style inspired by traditional radio news pieces and include guest interviews, Christmas memories from listeners, and fascinating stories. Check out their website for even more Christmas goodies!

The Professional Santa Claus’ Podcast

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Hosted by Johnathan Burton, one of Santa’s premier helpers, the podcast is inspired by Santas throughout the world that work hard to make a difference in the lives of those they visit. Learn about their stories of how they got started, highlights of the season and the many facets of being a Santa.

Can’t Wait for Christmas

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With episodes on the 25th of each month (and an occasional bonus), you’ll enjoy the anticipation of Christmas throughout the year. Covering holiday entertainment, classics, traditions and more, always with a good laugh.

Christmas Songs, Music and Carols

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A podcast full of acoustic Christmas songs, music and carols. Perfect to set the mood while you bake cookies or on route to family get-togethers at the holidays.

Christmas Stories

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Delight in the fun and heartwarming memories of the holidays with Christmas Stories brought to you by Focus on the Family.

A Very Hallmark Christmas

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Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up in front of the tree (or TV)! It’s time for Season two of “A Very Hallmark Christmas.” Hosts Loree and Rob present to you 37 brand-new, original Hallmark holiday movies.

How to Promote Your Podcast

How to Promote Your Podcast

1. Submit your podcast to various platforms (directories and apps).

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The more places your show can be heard, the better, as you want to make it as easy as possible for listeners to find your podcast wherever they go. Start with Apple Podcasts (iTunes), Google Play and Spotify. From there, you can check out numerous other directories and apps, though many podcast apps pull from Apple Podcasts.

2. Create a website for your podcast.

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You should have a podcast website, whether one provided by your podcast host or one you create on your own. This serves as the hub for your podcast and you can provide additional information and ways to connect with listeners. By building content here, you can practice search engine optimization to be found easily.

3. Make good episode descriptions.

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Focus on making good episode descriptions with keywords that will help potential listeners find you. Think about podcast/episode titles as well (Apple podcasts are monitoring for the keyword “stuffing” so don’t artificially do this, but make titles clear and appropriate for what they’re about/what people might search).

4. Promote/share on social media.

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Create social media accounts (if you haven’t already) and build your social media community. Focus on creating community and sharing, not just posting your own things/self-promoting. Find like-minded people/communities on social media, follow them and engage. Share your episodes on social media.

5. Convert to video to share on YouTube.

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Instead of just recording the audio version, record a video or turn it into an “audiogram”. This could attract new attention from people who prefer videos or primarily use sites like YouTube. You can make this even easier by choosing a podcast hosting platform that already has an auto-share to YouTube function (such as Podbean).

6. Leverage the influence of guests.

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Inviting guests on your podcast can help broaden your audience since the fans of the guest will often listen to the podcast and may turn into regular listeners. Influential guests help build awareness for your podcast. Seek out guests and create a solid pitch for why they should come on the show. Also, make it convenient for them, treat them with respect and make it easy for them to share the show.

You can also be a guest on other podcasts. It’s a great way for new listeners to get to know you and to build a network with other podcasters.

7. Advertise on popular podcast apps.

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Podcast apps can help you grow your podcast audience by reaching passionate podcast listeners right in their favorite podcast app so that they can subscribe/download your show right away. Podbean app has banner ad spots so that people see your ads on front and center right after opening the app.

8. Cross-promote.

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Cross-promotion within other podcasts is effective. You’ll likely hear such promo spots in most of your favorite podcasts including the big ones like NPR. However, it takes a lot of time to find and contact podcasts and set this up. A more efficient method might be using one of the podcast advertising platforms such as PodAds. You’ll need to spend some money but you’ll save valuable time. You can also reach a broader range of listeners than via personal connections.

PodAds Affiliate Program Offers up to $100 Free Ad Credit to New Podcast Advertisers

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Podbean releases new PodAds affiliate program, with commissions for referring podcast advertisers and up to $100 credit to referred advertisers.

Wilmington, DE – December 10, 2018– Podbean has released a new affiliate program for their PodAds podcast advertising program. Affiliates can now earn commissions for referring potential advertisers to the PodAds program. And, Podbean will provide up to $100 of ad credit for the referred advertisers to spend on podcast advertising.

Current Podbean affiliates automatically qualify for the program. They can visit their affiliate page to get a referral link and promotional resources. New affiliates can sign up at https://www.podbean.com/affiliate. Potential advertisers should sign up via an affiliate’s link to get started with podcast advertising and receive ad credits.

PodAds is Podbean’s smart podcast advertising platform, using sophisticated technology to automatically match podcasts with advertising campaigns per the advertiser’s specifications. Campaigns can be targeted to interests and geographies (down to the city level). The ads will be dynamically served to listeners who meet the targeting criteria.

With PodAds, business owners, brands and media buyers can effortlessly start a podcast advertising campaign targeted to their ideal audience. The platform brings greater efficiency to podcast advertising as advertisers can purchase programmatically, obtaining slots in multiple podcasts to meet their goals and fit their budgets. PodAds provides detailed delivery statistics to help advertisers analyze their campaigns’ success.

Contact the Podbean Team for press inquiries or more information.

Family-Friendly Podcasts for Thanksgiving Road Trips

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The annual Thanksgiving holiday is approaching. Thanksgiving means not only delicious turkey, beautiful pumpkin pies, and family togetherness but also road trips.. 50.9 million people in the United States traveled 50 miles or more from home in 2017.

Podcasts are the perfect way to relax and enjoy your time during the long trip. What’s more, while you’re preparing the feast, waiting for food to cook, or between football games, podcasts can also provide great family entertainment. We’ve selected some family-friendly podcasts as a Thanksgiving treat. We’ve provided one list that’s fun and intriguing listening that the kids will enjoy (and parents too!) and a second list to help improve family relations, get parenting tips, and just make family life better.

Family Fun:

The Saturday Morning Cereal bowl

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The Saturday Morning Cereal bowl is a weekly, two-hour music program for the entire family to enjoy. This isn’t simply kids’ music. It’s two hours of music for all ages.

Superman Radio

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Old-timey radio at its best. The Superman Radio show and commentary.

Children Stories and Joyful Podcasts

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Audiobooks of amazing stories for kids, along with indirect parenting, lessons for kids by kids ,and life issues for adults.

Mirths and Monsters

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A lighthearted and unique look at the world’s myths and monsters.

Short & Curly

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A fun-filled ethics podcast for kids and their parents that asks those big questions. From banning candy to trusting robots, Short & Curly covers it all.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids

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Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast for kids ages 8 – 12, created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher).

Wow in the World

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Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. They’ll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

A Better Family:

Your Family Dog Podcast

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Do you have a furry family member who’s treasured by the whole family but causes trouble from time to time? This podcast offers simple solutions to common canine problems from professional dog trainers Colleen Pelar and Julie Fudge Smith.

The Adoption and Fostering Podcast

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Conversation & discussion on adopting and fostering, including interviews, key topics and personal stories.

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World with Michelle Gale

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Insightful parenting conversations with mindfulness experts. This podcast is perfect for “parents who long to be meaningfully connected to themselves and their children, even as the demands and complexities of modern life are accelerated”.

Firefly

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The Firefly Friends podcast is for special needs families and therapists. You’ll find episodes on various topics including recordings of their most popular blog posts and educational webinars.

Good Things Radio

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A lively and humorous show focusing on the good that life has to offer with Brooke Taylor. She shares her stories while going through the joys and challenges of parenthood, married life, cooking, pop culture, friendship and her Catholic faith. Additionally, you’ll find many special guests and interviews.

The Cogcast Podcast – Cog Hill Farm & Homestead

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This is a weekly homesteading and farming podcast, discussing topics like: chickens, goats, heritage breed pigs, bees, organic gardening, sustainability, and self-reliance. Get a taste of the fun and simple farm life.

Welding a Family Podcast

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An inside look into two people who are blending their families together. Join Chad and Maria as they openly share the ups and downs of combining their lives.

Coffee Cafe

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Two coffee-addicted dads rate coffee shops and talk about their crazy lives with kids. For Dads or anyone who loves to drink great coffee and laugh.

The Friend You Need

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Old friends who love to talk, Ali and Angela, discuss life and new motherhood from their homes in Las Angeles and San Francisco. The most recent episode is full of Thanksgiving tips!

U.S. Politics Podcasts to Listen to for the Midterm Elections

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November 6th, 2018 is a big day in the U.S….with important elections taking place throughout the nation. With significant races in the balance across many offices and covering many state regulations, there’s much to discuss and learn for voters and people around the world. Want to know more about the senators up for election or the key issues? Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the latest political news and views, but also to get more in-depth than mainstream news can. We’ve selected some podcasts worthy of your time heading into (and after) the midterm elections, covering a range of political viewpoints. We hope they help inform you about these complex issues and maybe even get some insights into what “the other side” thinks.

The Midpod: The Midterms Podcast

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Two moms travel the country to share stories of important and exciting congressional races in the 2018 Midterm elections.

Progressive Voices

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“Always Progressive, Always On.” On-demand progressive talk, with a rich library of podcast archives and the latest discussions on U.S. politics.

Trump Nation

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Trump supporters discussing various issues and commentary.

The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman (BradBlog.com), known for his criticism of election integrity. Originating on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles, now syndicated around the globe and covering voting rights, media reform and political corruption.

MPR News with Kerri Miller

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Host Keri Miller leads in-depth conversations on news and culture, from Minnesota and around the world. Lots of election coverage and discussion of big issues.

Libertarian

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The Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution features a weekly conversation with Hoover senior fellow Richard Epstein on the issues of the day.

The Freedom Report

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The Freedom Report is a podcast that reports on news from “a perspective of economic freedom and personal liberty”. Hosted by Austin Petersen, runner-up for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President in 2016.

Today’s Issues

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Hosted by American Family Association President Tim Wildmon, Today’s Issues airs every weekday and you can check out the archives in podcast form.

The NPR Politics Podcast

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NPR’s political reporters talk to you about the latest political news of the day and top stories of the week. Keep up with what’s happening leading into the midterms and beyond with these knowledgeable, concise episodes.

Pod Save America

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Four former aides to President Obama are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a conversation about politics, the press and the latest happenings of the Trump presidency.

Best Arts Podcasts

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Podcasts are a good way to satisfy your curiosity or passion for many subjects. Art is no exception. Whether you’re looking for something to add a little creativity to your morning commute or keep you inspired while you when you work on your own art, these podcasts are a perfect companion. Covering everything from visual arts to books, film, and fashion, here are 11 of our favorite arts podcasts:

The Business of Fashion Podcast

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The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs. It is described as “indispensable” and “an addiction” by fans.

Speaking With Joy

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A weekly podcast that explores a different theme through three pieces or great art (literary, musical, and visual). A great podcast to inspire creators or to give you a new perspective.

Film Photography Podcast

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Topics cover all film formats (from pocket-sized 110 to medium format), do-it-yourself techniques, digital technologies, motion picture film making and more.

Sunny 16 Podcast

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A show all about the love of analog photography. From cameras to film, pinholes to point and shoots; most importantly, the podcast is dedicated to the people who create amazing art with them. Hosted by Rachel, Ade and Graeme with regular guests from all over the world of analog photography, this is a fun weekly chat for photo fans.

Books in the Freezer – A Horror Fiction Podcast

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A bi-weekly book podcast dedicated to the world of horror fiction.

Fresh Art International

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The podcast collects and shares conversations, commentary, news, and views that inform and energize aspiring and experienced creative individuals working in an array of media and disciplines. Fresh Art International fulfills a commitment to promoting public access to the arts while building a free digital archive that documents the global phenomenon of contemporary cultural production.

An Unexpected Podcast: Talkin’ Tolkien

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The co-hosts delve deep into Middle Earth. Every two weeks, they gather for a book re-read, show speculation and much more for the Tolkien fans who wish to let their imaginations run far and wide.

Swish and Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast

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The podcast dissects all aspects of the Potter series, chapter by chapter. As they reread the series, they’re putting together all their knowledge from the complete canon. They also add in what they have learned from JK Rowling’s Pottermore writings, explore unknown areas with fan theories, and share some of their own theories.

The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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The Doctor Who Audio Dramas is the world’s longest running fan production of Doctor Who. Started in 1982, this series spans six Doctors, a host of companions, and over 190 stories.

The Swarm

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Two architects at the firm CICADA in New Orleans discuss architecture and design through interviewing creative entrepreneurs making positive changes in the city.

The Naked Vocalist

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The Naked Vocalist is a podcast for singers and singing teachers which shares practical information, including technique, style, health, and business.

Recommended Language-Learning Podcasts

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If you want to learn a language, podcasts are a great place to start or to complement or further your studies. Language-learning podcasts are ideal since you can increase your exposure time to the spoken language.

Whether your goal is to become fluent in a language or learn just enough for travel or to impress international clients, there’s probably a language-learning podcast that suits your needs. Additionally, podcasts aren’t limited to major world languages, and the formats go beyond recordings of traditional language courses.

Here are some podcasts we’d recommend for language learning:

Russian podcast I News in Slow Russian

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News in slow Russian for learners of Russian.

ProperRussian

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A podcast in Russian to help Russian language learners.

ChinesePod

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ChinesePod is the largest provider of Chinese audio lessons on the market. Get their free Chinese learning podcasts so you can listen and learn on-the-go.

Journey to Chinese Fluency

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A show interviewing people who have learnt Chinese from scratch to fluency. Not a language-learning podcast per se, but a great way to get ideas and inspiration.

Changing Scripts: Conversations about the Chinese language involving learners & native speakers

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Conversations with native speakers and learners of Chinese. Not a teaching podcast, but full of interesting stories about learning and using Mandarin, cultural viewpoints and experiences.

One Thing In A French Day

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A small slice of a Frenchwoman’s day — in France and in French. A fun podcast to improve your French! Regular episodes come out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Intermediate French Podcast

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Learn French in context with interesting topics designed for intermediate learners.

Easyfrench, le français facile!

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This podcast offers conversations in French on a wide range of topics, along with a list of useful words and expressions.

Rock n’ Roll English

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Learn real English in a fun way. An entertaining podcast where the host Martin talks to his friends about everything and nothing!

Real English Conversations Podcast – Listen to English Conversations

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This podcast allows English-language learners to listen to English conversations that are unscripted and natural. Learn conversational American English the way you will hear it in real life. The podcasters have another podcast (below) and additional lessons and resources on their website.

English Phrasal Verbs Podcast

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Free phrasal verb lessons to improve your English conversation skills. Phrasal verbs are an important part of being conversant in English, so this podcast will really advance your proficiency.

Speaking Brazilian Podcast

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Learn Brazilian Portuguese naturally.

¡La Vida en Español!

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Interesting 10-minute conversations in Spanish. Good practice tool for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers.

Duolingo Spanish Podcast

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True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. The podcast delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with some English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language.

Learn German by Podcast

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For students and teachers of German as a foreign language, using a new and comprehensive approach.

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German audio files with accompanying full texts.

Scary Podcasts for Halloween Fun

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Halloween is coming soon. We plan out our creative costumes and look forward to pigging out on candy. Typically, many of us watch horror movies for a dose of Halloween fear. But, we have another idea for getting yourself into the Halloween spirit. Celebrate the spookiness of October with some scary podcasts. Bringing in creepy stories, mysteries, music and sounds, these podcasts might just have you afraid to put your earbuds back on.

Here are 10 of our favorite podcasts to get you into the spooky holiday mood.

Scaredycast – a pod culture paranormal podcast!

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The paranormal, the unknown, the just plain weird! This podcast discusses all the latest spooky news happening in the world, with a new episode every Monday.

Real Ghost Stories Online

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This daily paranormal podcast is exactly what it sounds like: real ghost stories told by real people. These aren’t just mythical tales or spooky urban legends, but real accounts, which makes them even creepier.

Dark Verse

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This podcast’s content ranges from demented entities to gross worlds, undead recollections to philosophical and psychological possessions. You’ll experience the range from twisted, inventive imagery to unhindered terror.

We’re Alive – A “Zombie” Story of Survival

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This is a fictional zombie drama that follows the sole survivors of a deadly viral outbreak that has wiped out most of Earth. Like The Walking Dead, it’s not all rotting flesh and swords in the brain, “We’re Alive” includes emotional moments to keep the drama “alive”.

Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked

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Spooked is an 11-part series featuring short, haunting tales told by the people who lived them. It’s a Snap Judgment spinoff hosted by that show’s engaging emcee, Glynn Washington, who has plenty of unbelievable ghost stories of his own.

The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

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A monthly paranormal variety show, featuring bizarre news, odd but true facts about our strange world and a special guest every month.

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

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One of the most popular true crime podcasts running, with a huge fan base. Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.

Last Podcast on the Left

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If you’re looking for both real and fictional ghost stories, you’ll probably love this podcast. The Last Podcast on the Left covers everything from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers.

Mysteries Abound

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A podcast about mysteries from anywhere and everywhere – the unusual, the strange, the perplexing and the down-right odd.

Astonishing Legends

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If you liked Unsolved Mysteries, you’ll love this show. The hosts’ mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who’ve had close encounters with the unexplained.

We have more great recommendations…just check out the “Scary Stories” topic in the Podbean app. Happy Halloween!

New, Improved Podbean Podcast Player

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Podcasts for Education

Podcasts for Education

Many of us don’t have the time to keep learning regularly because we are years out of school and busy at work. What’s more, self-education requires the motivation to seek information through various means such as books, documentaries, and the never-ending World Wide Web. Podcasts, on the other hand, allow you to pack in self-improvement to your already busy day with the power of multi-tasking.

Here’s our list of 10 educational podcasts that are worth listening to, covering everything from education itself to language and an array of specialty subjects. Pick one or several to continue your education.

Self-Protection Essentials

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Life is precious, we should protect it carefully. So, this might be the most significant knowledge we could seek. Topics include self-protection and the most important 5 seconds of your life, the time needed to get to safety when attacked and how to not be attacked in the 1st place and protecting yourself with or without a weapon.

Stories of an Unschooling Family

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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It’s not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) The host shares ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources.

Origin of Words Podcast

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This podcast focuses on the origin of interesting words, idioms, and slang. This bilingual podcast (Chinese and English) is created by Lewis Sandler in Beijing, China.

Tes – The Education Podcast

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TES, formerly Times Education Supplement, provides resources for teachers. The Tes podcast brings you all the latest news, reviews and opinions from the world of education. Their concept is to get education leaders to talk directly to teachers.

History of Indian and Africana Philosophy

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Peter Adamson teams up with Jonardon Ganeri and Chike Jeffers to represent the philosophical traditions of India, Africa and the African diaspora.

The Ash Holes

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A weekly cigar podcast dedicated to the cigar industry and other shenanigans surrounding it. Hosted by Dan “Pastor Padron” Ledwith, Aaron Noonan and Oliver Nivaud broadcasting live from Studio 21 Podcast Cafe in Salem, NH.

Oh, That’s a Thing!

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A podcast about the real stuff in Sci-Fi movies, from a couple of fun-loving hosts.

The Fisheries Podcast

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This is a weekly podcast sharing stories of the amazing people and projects that make up the fisheries science profession. It’s told in a manner that both scientists and the public will enjoy.

Great Economists (Audio)

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This is the podcast from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this podcast, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s.

Talking Space

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A Free and Open Exchange of Ideas and Opinions on All Things Space.

Inside Education

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An Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education.