The Podbean Podcast App’s Top Podcasts of 2018

 

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2018 was another exciting year for podcasting. The popular Podbean app for Android and iOS continued seeing growth in podcasts, listeners and engagement. We’re excited to announce the top podcasts from 2018 in a number of categories. Certain topics, such as true crime and investigative shows, continue to be popular but it’s also exciting to see a diverse range of types and styles of shows doing well.

Most Popular

The top 10 podcasts by listens/plays in the Podbean app. Podbean’s top 10 most popular podcasts of 2018 were: The Joe Rogan Experience, Critical Role, Stuff You Should Know, My Favorite Murder, True Crime Garage, The Ben Shapiro Show, Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, The Adventure Zone and The Daily.

Hottest New Podcasts

These podcasts, new to the Podbean app in 2018, hit the scene with a bang, bringing in top listen to stats among new shows. The Teacher’s Pet was top on this list.

Global Influencers

These podcasts demonstrate global listener popularity. They hit the top 100 for the most number of countries. For example, the #1 Global Influencer, Stuff You Should Know, is in the top 100 for 134 different countries. The #10 Global Influencer, Welcome to Nightvale, made the top 100 for 112 countries.

Most Comments

Actively-engaged audiences help podcasts grow. We see evidence of this, as podcasts actively engaging with listeners via comments in the Podbean app show solid growth and many also show up on the most popular list. Any podcast can submit/claim their listing in the Podbean app to engage with listeners and manage comments. It’s a great way to extend the podcast into a conversation.

Highest Retention Rate

These podcasts achieved the highest four-week listener retention rate. Their retention rates are around 70%. This reflects podcasts attracting and maintaining loyal fans. Coming soon, all podcasts (hosted on Podbean or not) will be able to check out their listener retention rate on the Podbean app for free.

Top 10 in Each Category

We’ve also listed out the most popular podcasts (listens/plays in the Podbean app) for each podcast category. Check out top podcasts in “Arts”, “Business”, “Comedy”, “Education”, “Games & Hobbies”, “Government & Organizations”, “Health”, “Kids & Family”, “Music”, “News & Politics”, “Religion & Spirituality”, “Science & Medicine”, “Society & Culture”, “Sports & Recreation”, “Technology”, and “TV & Film”.

Congratulations to these podcasts and to all the podcasters who put out quality content in 2018! The Podbean team wishes you happy podcasting in 2019 and beyond.

Check out the entire list of The Podbean Podcast App’s Top Podcasts of 2018. To learn more about Podbean visit www.podbean.com. Get the Podbean podcast app in the Apple app store or Google Play store and try out all its great features for both listeners and podcasters.

Podbean Stats Upgrades: Improved Dashboard, New Stats Data for User Retention and Downloads By Time of Day, and More

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Podbean has made some exciting upgrades to our statistics platform. We’ve added some new statistics to help podcasters gain more insight into their audience and improved the user experience. Here’s a tour of all the improvements and the new dashboard:

Overview Tab

The statistics have been reorganized and simplified, to make it easy to get a quick view of the podcast’s performance and easily drill down with fewer clicks. All key stats are available under this tab now, instead of under separate tabs.

  1. User retention chart: gives a snapshot of the number of listeners from week to week. This helps you gain insight into listener loyalty (i.e. are new listeners sticking with your show, are there drop off trends?).

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2.  Trending chart: download trends for all episodes during the time period. Scroll over and click on any date to get details and examine downloads by episode on that date.

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3. Where your audience comes from: geographic stats for the time period. Map and list show the top five (worldwide countries, U.S. states and Canadian provinces). Click “view more” to view all.

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4. Downloads by time of day: a 24-hour chart by day showing your download trends. You’ll be able to get a quick view of popular download times.

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5. User agents: sources of your downloads such as Apple Podcasts, browsers, or specific podcast apps (click “view more” to see all).

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Downloads Tab

This tab provides more detail and comparisons for downloads. You can now choose a custom date range. You can look at all episodes, a specific episode, or compare episodes for the date range you choose. When looking at all episodes, you’ll also see a list of your top 10 episodes below.

Spotify Trending

If your podcast is on Spotify via Podbean’s partnership program, Spotify’s statistics can be viewed here as before.

We hope these improvements help you more easily gain better insights into your audience behavior and podcast performance. If you have any questions, contact us here or via live chat anytime.

Diverse Voices: Recommended LGBTQ podcasts

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Podcasting offers diverse voices a chance to shine and there are numerous podcasts sharing people’s conversations on gender, sexuality, politics, and many important topics for LGBTQ+ listeners and their friends and loved ones. Some podcasts explore intimate coming-out stories and may discuss topics like commitment and relationships, talking to family members, and dealing with bias. Some address viewpoints on gender equality and gay marriage, while others just have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends or explore life. We’ve selected some LGBTQ podcasts (both with LGBTQ+ hosts or characters and/or covering relevant topics) worth listening to, in different styles and from a variety of voices.

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

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Kitty and Mick are friends who love talking about pop culture. The worked together in media and instantly bonded over their love of TV, movies and more. They started this entertaining show in 2014, so you can find a big archive of fun chats about all things pop culture. The hosts especially love the way pop culture can bring people from all walks of life together.

HOMOGROUND – queer music radio (LGBTQ)

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This podcast spotlights queer (LGBTQIA) musicians and bands. It was created to bring exposure and access to non-mainstream bands, especially those in more isolated communities.

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LGBTQ&A is a weekly interview podcast that gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person’s defining moments and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate.

The Bright Sessions

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Directed and written by Lauren Shippen, The Bright Sessions is a narrative sci-fi podcast. It follows a group of therapy patients and their interactions with their mysterious therapist (Dr. Bright). Each has a supernatural ability and is dealing with personal struggles. The storyline showcases mental health and the challenges of being different or considered different by others/society.

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Best friends Kathy Tu and Tobin Low share provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. The hosts are fun and have a great time together so you may find yourself laughing over and over while crying over the many touching moments.

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

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Sit in on an hour long conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and an array of great guests from the LGBTQ+ community. QUEERY explores stories of identity, personality and the shifting culture around gender, sexuality and civil rights.

A Gay and a NonGay

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A Gay and a NonGay challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are or what you’re into, love is love. Covering a large span of topics, these two prove sexuality doesn’t need to determine friendship.

History is Gay

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History is Gay delves into the underappreciated and rarely talked about queer ladies, gents, and people of all sexualities in the unexplored corners of history.

Throwing Shade

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Throwing Shade is a political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. They deliver their own brand of hilarious fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights.

Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl

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Psychobabble is the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Each week, he and his best friend Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture analysis, and new stories.

Strange Fruit

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Strange Fruit is a weekly podcast produced by 89.3 WFPL in Louisville, KY. The hosts, community activist Jaison Gardner and University of Louisville Professor Dr. Kaila Story, examine politics and pop culture from a black gay perspective.

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.

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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.