Three Common Pitfalls of Podcasting

You put a lot of effort and time into your podcast, crafting it to be the best it can be.  However, sometimes you find that your engagement might not be where you want it to be, or that your audience is more stagnant than you would like.  We’ve identified three common pitfalls for the modern podcaster, and what you can do to avoid them so that your podcast can flourish.

Three Common Pitfalls of Podcasting

1. How Active Is Your Audience?

Challenge: While you are creating and publishing content, your audience is passive and doesn’t do much beyond just listen to the episode – no reviews, nothing on social media, etc.

Solution: Activate your community.

While your podcast exists to inform and entertain, you can also make it a conversation. Actively invite your listeners to answer questions or submit things they’d like to hear about on your podcast, and make a point of mentioning their questions or topics in your next shows.  By responding to them in your podcast, they’ll see that you’re really listening, and looking to make your podcast more collaborative.

Think about the “why” behind your podcast and how this relates to building a community. Create reasons why listeners would want to engage and be part of the community as active participants. Make it easy for them to do, for example taking comments various ways and even having a podcast voice mail where they can leave messages or occasional live streams where they can chat or call.

The same thing goes for your social media channels.  While having these accounts allows you to spread the word about your new episodes and content, they also allow you to connect with your listeners and fellow podcasters.  Post fun pictures, jokes, questions, or other pieces of content that invite interaction. Social media feeds in which you post nothing but updates about your latest episodes create the atmosphere of an account that’s strictly for updates and nothing more.  By posting content that asks questions or invites interactions from other users, you show that you are a podcaster that truly wants engagement and a good experience for the listeners.

We’ve spoken of this before in one of our articles giving tips on podcast promotion, but keep in mind that first impressions are crucial.  Your social media channels make you the public face for your podcast, so how you handle interactions and conversations on these platforms will color how potential listeners think of your content. 

2. Where Is Your Audience Located Online?

Challenge: You’re spending more time than you’d like on crafting posts for social media, which is detrimental to your content. You may not be spending enough time on your actual content: your podcast

Solution: Consider what your personal bandwidth is and where your listeners engage most online. This is different for different podcast audiences.  There comes a point in which you need to take a step back and take into consideration what social media accounts you prefer working with, which ones can be automated, and how you might need to adjust your posting schedule to balance efforts.

Previously, we’ve published content regarding the best times to publish on the top social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and the amount of times you should be posting per day.  While keeping these things in mind, we definitely recommend post-scheduling tools like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite for Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.  These tools allow you to schedule posts so you can prep your podcast’s social media for the week (or even the month) and not worry about having to go in and type out new posts every morning. Some will even automate repurposing content for you.

Podbean also has built-in social share tools that automatically push posts to various social media platforms, and other sites like WordPress offer similar automatic sharing tools.  Explore your chosen platforms, and investigate the settings to see where you can automatically cross-post and push to other platforms when you post to your main ones.

In cutting down your social media channels (or converting where you can to automatic posting), do ensure that you still take the time to check interactions on your main platforms. By focusing efforts, you can actually free up more time for meaningful interactions where you get the best results.  

3. How Do You Organize Your Content?

Challenge: Your audience varies; this week’s episode gets hundreds of views while last week’s only delivered a dozen or so.  You try to change topics to drive more people to your content, you’re not sure what method works the best.

Solution: Consistency can be what your listeners are looking for. This doesn’t mean that you need to rehash the same episode topic for the next batch of episodes, but it does mean that you need some sort of regularity within your show. It helps listeners know what to expect and to gain a sense of familiarity with your podcast.

Figure out your main areas that you cover, and turn them into segments that your listeners can come to depend on appearing in the show.  If you do a sports podcast, cover news in relation to the sports, then cover your opinions on what’s happening.  If you do a book podcast, cover new releases, industry news, and reviews. Some podcasters even name these segments (clever names that almost make listeners feel like they’re “inside your circle” can be fun) and use transitions to distinguish them and build a flow.

By segmenting your podcast episodes, you’re giving  your audience a roadmap by which they can navigate your content, and creating a level of dependability.  Your listeners will know that you’ll  have a segment on news and a segment on you and your cohosts’s opinions, for example. Some podcasters even name these segments (clever names that almost make listeners feel like they’re “inside your circle” can be fun) and use transitions to distinguish them and build a flow.

This will also help streamline your show when you record and edit it – it gives direction for you to write your shownotes, and keeps you on track if you happen to lose concentration while you’re recording.  Rather than being restrictive, episode uniformity can help you stay creative within a formula that works for you and your listeners.

Podcasting is a wild and varied form of media, with room for all sorts of podcasters and podcasting content.  What works for one podcaster might not work for another.  However, these pitfalls are something that any and every podcaster can be on the lookout for, and the solutions are methods that can be implemented by all content creators, regardless of experience or content genre.  By taking advantage of these solutions, you can ensure that your podcast takes as smooth a path as possible to your podcasting goals.

Click here to learn more about how you can engage and activate your audience in our Promote Your Podcast webinar!

Top 5 Patron Rewards

When it comes to your patrons, there are a wide variety of backer rewards that you can offer. There are specific rewards that patrons will seek out, or join your specific patron program to gain access to.  We’ve listed off 5 of the most popular patron rewards that fans look for, and what you can do to implement them in your own patron program.

1. Patron-Only Livestream

Your patron program is a great way to offer extra or behind-the-scenes content to your listeners. A patron-only livestream is the perfect place to provide that content.  Livestreams allow your listeners and patrons to interact with you in a new way by further lowering the barrier between you as the podcaster and them as the listeners.  Check out how to create a patron only livestream with Podbean by clicking this link: https://help.podbean.com/support/solutions/articles/25000022905-how-to-launch-a-patrons-only-livestream-with-podbean-livestream

With a patron-only livestream, you ensure that only those who support you and your patron program have access to these streams!  By simply setting your livestream as ‘unlisted’ in Podbean Live, no one can access the stream unless they have a link directly from you.  The livestream is not listed in the app, nor will anyone be able to enter it unless they do so through the link you send them.

The exclusivity of such an encounter – being that they are interacting directly with you via the live-chat and the call-in feature – means that more people would subscribe and donate to your patron program in order to gain access to you and your streamed content.  

2. Merchandise

Whether it be a sticker on a water bottle, a shirt to wear to your favorite comic-con, a keychain to hang off your backpack, or a pin to stick to your lanyard, people love to rep their favorite sources of entertainment.  (Or even their favorite company – Podbean loves making stickers and folks love having them, so those are a win-win in our books!)

If your listeners are subscribing to your patron account, that means that they’re willing to put money towards you and your content – meaning that they would love to rep your work outside of the internet.  Take your patron program as a way to test out merch designs, as well as get feedback and run votes for what sort of merch they’d like to see. You can also create patron-exclusive merch. 

This is also an opportunity to give out things like discount codes for your online shop, so that those who may not have received a free item from you on their tier can still have access to the wonders of your podcast merch.

3. Homemade Swag

Patrons, by and large, subscribe to you because they like you and your content, and want to help you make more.  This means that they’d appreciate any gift from you, no matter how big or small. If you find yourself as more crafty and homebrew with your patron rewards, your backers will surely love to open mail from you containing homemade gifts.

Some things we’ve seen program-runners make and send out:

  • Clay pieces (small figures to coffee cups)
  • Hand-carved stamps
  • Bookmarks
  • Patches
  • Keychains/buttons/pins

4. Services/One-On-One Time

Your patrons join your patron program because they care for you and your content. Your patrons want to hear more from you!  They may also see you and your success as a sign that you are capable of teaching them to replicate your journey to success.  

Offering services or one-on-one time with your patrons will reach to your patrons who want to learn and know more about what you do. Providing these extra services will foster deeper relationships with your patrons.  

Examples of some services to offer:

  • Voice-over tidbits (IE giving a character/word amount for your patrons to send you that you then record yourself reading for them)
  • Lessons/feedback on a patron’s work
  • One-on-one question sessions
  • Consultations

5. Exclusive “Behind the Scenes” Content

Exclusive content is one of the main reasons your patrons will join your patron program.  By including this content in your patron program, you give the followers more of what they already love: your content.  These rewards work for any tier, and can be used alongside any other gift as a way to underline the nature of your patron program.

Things to consider:

  • Early access to your content before it’s published
  • Blooper reels
  • Extended cuts/deleted scenes from your episodes
  • Commentary on past episodes/fan-favorite episodes

When it comes to you and your patrons, we know you want to give them the best experience possible with the best tools at hand.  Thanks to thing’s like Podbean Live’s unlisted mode and merchandise sites, it’s easier than ever to give back to the patrons who give so much to you.  Let us know what methods you implement over on Twitter!

Have you signed up for our Patron program yet? Learn more about it here!

Curious about our new unlisted mode for Podbean Live? Check out how to get it started here!

When should you publish your podcast?

When should you publish your podcast? Did you know that the times that you post can affect the visibility of your posts?  Or that by even adjusting the time you post your podcast can change how your listeners interact with it? There are many minute tweaks that you can do to increase visibility on your content.  One of the main things we recommend is using your various analytic tools in order to discover the best posting times for your audience.  

When should you publish your podcast?

When should you publish your podcast

Pay attention to your analytics page.  Scrolling to the bottom of your statistics page on the left of Podbean’s analytics. The Downloads By Time Of Day (GMT) chart reflects your downloads by time of day, week day.  The squares highlighted in the darkest shades of green are the days and times that you see the most interaction. You can adjust the scope of this chart by using the date selector at the top left of your analytics page.

By reviewing this activity, you can take advantage of interaction peak times and days.  So if you see that you tend to get the most plays on Friday nights, but not so much on the weekends, you should adjust your schedule to post more on Fridays and generally avoid uploading new episodes on Saturdays and Sundays. The times listed on this chart are in GMT (which is also stated on the chart) so just be sure to make adjustments for your own time zone.  

Every podcasting audience is unique, so it’s absolutely essential to use your The Downloads By Time Of Day (GMT) to discover the posting times that most benefit your podcast. That being said, here is an excerpt pulled from our Podbean’s Big, Fat 2019 Podcast Statistics and Trends Roundup article:

“The top five time slots that have the most downloads/streams on the Podbean app are:

  1. Wed 7 pm EST
  2. Mon 8 am EST
  3. Mon 9 am EST
  4. Tue 9 am EST
  5. Mon 10 am EST

Overall, the most important time period for podcasts is Monday to Wednesday in the morning (Eastern time). Consider this when scheduling episode releases, to make sure you take advantage of having fresh podcast content available during these prime listening times. If you’re hosted with Podbean, you can check your podcast’s peak listening time slots. Your podcast might have different peak listening periods than the averages.”


We’ve also put together a variety of resources to help you get your podcast in front of as many ears as possible. Check out the following links for more resources and to register for our upcoming Promote Your Podcast webinar:

Promote Your Podcast Webinar
Promote Your Podcast – 11 More Tips And Tricks
The Best Way To Promote Your Podcast

The Rise of Skywalker Release: Recommended Star Wars Podcasts

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The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. Are you ready?

Star Wars fans might have mixed reviews of the different films, but it’s always exciting when a new one is on the horizon. Our favorite Star Wars podcasts are abuzz with news, commentary and analysis. So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or just have a casual interest, now’s the time to listen up and learn more. Get excited for The Rise of Skywalker and delve back into some Star Wars nostalgia and trivia with our recommended Podbean Star Wars podcasts.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Recommended Star Wars Podcasts on Podbean

THE NERD ROOM – A STAR WARS, MARVEL, & DC PODCAST

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A weekly podcast bringing you the latest Star Wars, Marvel, and DC news and reviews!

Hyperspace Hangout: A Star Wars Podcast

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A podcast by Star Wars fans, for Star Wars fans!!! To be a part of the show, send your transmissions to HyperspaceHangout@gmail.com | Remember – “traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops”

BLUE HARVEST: A STAR WARS PODCAST

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Will and Hawes, two long time friends, unite every week to talk about all things Star Wars.

Rogue Won: A Star Wars Podcast for Winners

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ROGUE WON: A Star Wars podcast for Winners with Johnny Grasso, Hawes Burkhardt

 Tapcaf Transmissions – A Star Wars EU Bookclub

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Reading, discussing and breaking down the books of the Star Wars Legends Expanded Universe

The Bad Motivators: A Malfunctioning Star Wars Podcast

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Three guys with a unique approach to Star Wars news and discussion.

Blah Wars: A Star Wars Podcast

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A Star Wars podcast featuring news, speculation, audio commentaries, debate and banter. Hosted by John Galantini and Jude Gay, with occasional guest presenters Bradie Tippetts and Raj Rajendran.

The Wretched Hive: Star Wars Podcast

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Just five guys talking about Star Wars…and other stuff.

The Contingency Plan: A Star Wars Podcast

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Welcome to The Contingency Plan podcast, a Star Wars literary Podcast. In the coming episodes we will deep dive into the extended universe and discuss all fun rabbit holes along the way. Thanks for joining us, and may the Force be with you! 

Dex’s Diner

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So a Jedi, an Imperial & a smuggler walk into a bar…A new Star Wars podcast hosted by @ksherwood17 @bradtheSWchief & @justsaynotojoe. Follow us on Twitter @DexsDinerPod!!!

 Star Wars Spelt Out Podcast

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Josh Chapman wants to get better at Star Wars, so he is getting people he knows on the mic to podcast and their ideas and stories. Some people know more, some people know less but all that really matters is they have something to say, it’s STAR WARS SPELT OUT.

Knights of Vader – A Star Wars Podcast (for kids)

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Star Wars flavored NPR crossed with COAST TO COAST AM – Objective analysis, passionate debate & unpretentious speculation of all Star Wars media – Join Zack, Zenger and “Force Ghost” Jim as they discuss the many facets of Star Wars!

Children of the Force – a Star Wars podcast

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Children of the Force is a podcast about Star Wars by one adult and his two kids. We discuss news, do reviews, tell jokes and have discussions about all things Star Wars.

Scruffy Looking Podcasters: A Star Wars Podcast

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A stuck-up, half-witted, Star Wars Podcast. 4 scruffy dudes on a weekly podcast covering Star Wars news and speculation. Hosts and avid Star Wars fans James Hebert, Kev Garbett, Chris Hall, and Ed Bosshart discuss Star Wars movies, shows, news, books, and more from their perspectives and have loads of fun doing it. Mature Content.

Tips for Live Stream Success

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We’ve gathered some of the best tips from our experiences over the past few months with Podbean Live. Whether you’re thinking about doing a live show or have already started live streaming, these can help you run successful live streams and build a larger, more engaged audience.

Set up your live stream for success

  1. Think of hot topics to cover in your live stream. What topics have you covered on your podcast that most interested listeners (highest # of downloads or most feedback)? What topics have listeners asked for? Is there a hot topic in your industry/niche right now, or a big event, product release, etc.? What’s everyone buzzing about? Is there a popular expert/guest you could have on the live stream? You can also use the live stream to make a big announcement or share some “behind the scenes” or more in-depth information.
  2. Come up with a catchy title. Once you come up with a topic that will be interesting, you need to grab listeners’ attention. Make sure the topic is clear (and easily searchable). Come up with something catchy, but not so clever that listeners won’t understand it or be able to find the live stream if they’re interested in the topic. Speaking of titles, make sure to make your nickname in Podbean Live something recognizable for your podcast, name or brand. On your home page in Podbean, you’ll see your nickname at the top left. Click the edit icon to change it.
  3. Two (or more) voices are better than one. Co-hosts or guests can make the live stream more interesting, and even encourage listeners to tune in. It’s easy for co-hosts, guests, and even listeners to call in using Podbean Live.
  4. Write an outline and prepare. Just because a live stream is a bit more spontaneous doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be well thought out. Don’t waste listeners’ time. Come up with a flow for the live show and come prepared with what you hope to cover. You might want to have extra material and ideas since you are live and things might not go as planned. Be prepared, but adaptable.
  5. Use a microphone and headphones or headset and test your audio equipment. To avoid echoing, ask all callers to use a headset as well. Here’s a video about how to use a USB mic or interface with Mac. Subscribe to the Podbean Youtube channelfor more video tutorials. Podbean also offers webinars to learn more.
  6. Be sure you have a good environment and internet connection. Try to live stream from a quiet environment where you won’t be interrupted. Test your internet connection.

Getting listeners to your live stream

  1. Schedule your live show in advance. Consider what time(s) will be best for listeners (you may even want to ask them/take a survey).
  2. Think about live streaming at a regularly scheduled time. This provides consistency and gets your listeners used to tuning in.
  3. Share your scheduled live stream on all your social media and communication channels. Under “actions” for the live show, you’ll find the share button so you can easily share to social media, via email, etc. And, don’t forget to promote your live shows in your podcast episodes! Ask listeners to follow you in the Podbean app so they will always be notified of new live shows.
  4. Encourage your followers to share too. Podbean’s live stream “engagement score” shows you a measure of how listeners are engaging with the show, and offers listeners ways to support you. One of the ways they can support you is by sharing your shows. Don’t forget to ask them to do so.
  5. Build excitement for your live streams. Don’t just share a link once and be done. Give potential listeners a hint about what will be happening or why they’d want to join. You can even build in suspense, by teasing a special announcement or guest. Ask questions and solicit listener feedback for the live stream in your social media posts.

Make your live stream awesome

  1. Consider integrating music. Podbean Live has built-in music you can use for background, intros, and interludes. Music adds atmosphere and can help with the flow of the live stream.
  2. Interact with your listeners. Thank new listeners for joining. Solicit listener comments and calls. Ask a specific question or for listeners to share an opinion on a topic you’re covering. Do a live listener “poll” or “vote”.
  3. Make it a conversation. Make sure you respond to listener comments (or assign a co-host to do so). Get a few callers on the live stream at once for a group call. Do a Q&A (respond to listener questions, ask listeners to submit questions for your guest).
  4. Minimize use of ads or promotional time in live streams. Especially while you’re building an audience, you may want to leave ads out of the live show. You can always edit ads in if you publish your live show as a podcast episode, or start adding them as you build a larger audience.
  5. Keep up a good pace. Don’t have dead air or bore listeners. This might take some time to hone, but have plenty of backup ideas and keep things moving along. Your live stream does not need to be a particular length, so if you find you don’t have enough content to keep it lively, shorten the time.
  6. Have fun with it. Podcasting is already an intimate medium. Live streaming adds another level to that intimacy and interaction. It’s a wonderful chance to have fun, try out new or more in-depth topics, experiment and create a community atmosphere. You’ll need to be adaptable, as things can change no matter how much you prepare. Have ideas in mind and don’t get stressed out. Listeners do not expect the same level of polish as they would from a podcast episode, but they like seeing your human side. Live shows can make a great blooper reel for a bonus podcast episode!
  7. Gamify it. You can even run contests or little competitions around live streams. Podbean shows listeners the level of support they’re giving to your show, including commenting, sharing, listening and sending gifts. From these actions, you see an engagement score. Take advantage of this gamification and encourage listeners to support you in the ways they prefer. This can make listening even more fun. And, you can also consider doing something such as sending top supporters podcast merch, like a sticker or pin. Or, just give them shout outs on the show.

After you’re done, analyze what worked and what didn’t. Use any listener feedback to improve. Even better, analyze results from a few live streams to test out different variables. Specifically ask listeners if they liked certain things, or if you should try something else.

Think about how you want to use live streaming in conjunction with what you’re doing with your podcast. Live streaming offers a great opportunity for listener engagement and doing new things. Think about how it might further your goals and fit into why you’re doing your podcast.

Learn more about Podbean Live and get started. It’s free and open to all podcasters!

Podcasts for Holiday Stress Relief

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While the holidays can be filled with joy and celebration, stress sometimes comes along with all the enjoyment. All the holiday merriment can also mean a packed schedule and feeling overwhelmed with obligations. And, the added pressure combined with family conflicts might mean you’re looking for some ways to relax and de-stress. We’ve got a podcast recommendation list that is just the thing. Happy holidays!

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Podcasts for Holiday Stress Relief

Meditation, Relaxation and Sleep

Happiness Spells

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Five minute lists of happy things — Increase your appreciation, positivity, gratitude and creativity. Fall asleep easily and peacefully.

Women’s Meditation Network

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Guided meditations created just for women that will inspire, calm and center you. Listen when you want to start your day with mindful intention, relieve stress or anxiety, fall asleep easier or simply tune into the wisdom of your inner voice. Each meditation is created with love to help you shine throughout all the seasons of your life. Hosted by Katie Krimitsos.

Nothing much happens; bedtime stories for grown-ups

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Bedtime stories for grownups, in which nothing much happens, you feel good and then you fall asleep.

Daily Meditation Podcast

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A Library of Meditations at Your Finger Tips. Be happy, healthy, more at peace, and sleep better as you’re greeted every morning with a daily guided meditation technique. Feel as though you’re seated next to your personal meditation teacher Mary Meckley as she takes you on a weekly journey to manage your emotions. New themes each week based on an emotion with different daily meditation techniques to manage stress triggers. You are so worth slowing down for.

Sleep With Me

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Insomnia? Mind racing at night? Worries keeping you up? Tune in for a bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and progressively gets more boring until you fall to sleep. So get in bed, press play, close your eyes, and drift off into dreamland.

The Meditation Podcast

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The Meditation Podcast creates an extraordinary meditation experience for people in their everyday lives. Founded in 2006 by husband-and-wife team Jesse & Jeane Stern, the podcast uses guided meditations, binaural beats, mindfulness, and 20+ years experience in Healing Arts. Please use headphones, and do not listen while driving or operating machinery. For our complete archive of meditations, please visit our web site or Patreon.com/theMeditationPodcast.

Guided Sleep Meditations

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Soothing guided meditations to help you relax and get to sleep at bedtime.

Holiday Fun

Tis the Podcast

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Tis the Podcast is determined to keep the Christmas Spirit alive 365 days a year! Join Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they embark on a magical journey debating and discussing different Christmas movies, specials, and television episodes each week. Please visit http://www.tisthepodcast.com for the running ranking of all the movies they review, in addition to episode show notes and contact information.

Dreamtime Hour Holiday Editions

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Holiday short stories for bedtime or while sipping hot cocoa during those cold winter nights.

Holiday Special Podcast

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Watching Holiday Specials and talking about them.

Christmas Tales

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Ghosts, lost love and what happens when the festive season is hijacked by the politically correct brigade… Christmas tales by some of the most cherished writers of our time.

Fun for the Family

The Saturday Morning Cereal bowl

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A weekly music show for the whole family.

Adventure of The Month – Kids and Children

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Every month a new adventure over few episodes

The Calm Kids Podcast

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Stories by kids, for kids to unwind and go to sleep relaxed and happy.

Reading Bug Adventures – Original Stories with Music for Kids

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Let’s Fly! Reading Bug Adventures is a story podcast for kids from The Reading Bug. Each episode is a new adventure with original songs — just hop into the Reading Bug’s magic book bag, and we’ll be transported to whatever time or place is in the books inside! Join us for action and adventure, and bring your crayons and paper so you can color your own illustrations. Reading Bug Adventures is created, written, and produced by The Reading Bug, an independent, family-owned children’s bookstore. Learn more at http://www.thereadingbug.com/adventures.

GOOD THINGS RADIO

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A lively show focusing on the good that life has to offer while going through the joys and challenges of parenthood, married life, culture, friendship and faith.

Bonus: Mindful Parenting and Family

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World with Michelle Gale

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Insightful parenting conversations with some of the leading voices in the mindfulness world.

2020 Presidential Candidates’ Podcasts

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Podcasting has made it all the way to the top…the president! Both former and current presidents and presidential candidates are sharing their messages and stories in podcast format.

As the 2020 presidential race heats up, Podbean has put together a list of podcasts from the current presidential candidates. We pulled what we could find from the notable declared candidates, but if you know of others we invite you to contact us to add them to the list. Not all the podcasts are current, so we’ve listed the last episode date for those. We also included a few non-official podcasts covering the specific candidates.

We hope to see more presidential candidates share their messages via podcast, and updating their podcasts from the campaign trail. Of course, you can also find the presidential candidates being interviewed regularly on a wide range of podcasts and tune into podcasts covering the campaigns and elections. We’ll share a future topic with some of those podcast recommendations.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Bernie Sanders

Hear the Bern

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The current podcast by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and campaign press secretary Briahna Joy Gray “about the people, stories, and ideas that are driving this political revolution”.

The Bernie Sanders Show

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Bernie Sanders’ previous podcast, designed to help people “stay informed on the political revolution, our focus in the fight for a progressive agenda and how Bernie and others are fighting back against the Trump administration”.

Donald J. Trump

Donald J Trump Podcast

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The new official podcast of President Donald J. Trump, with commentaries, news insights, interviews, news updates and live recordings from Trump campaign rallies.

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Biden’s Briefing

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Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden looks to the news across the nation that’s sparking conversation, sharing the articles and opinions that he’s reading and might be of interest to you. Last episode: October 2018.

Cory Booker

Lift Every Voice

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U.S. Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Cory Booker talks with grassroots activists, stakeholders, and organizers who are overcoming injustices and making positive change in their communities. Lift Every Voice is dedicated to shining a light on overlooked issues of injustice and inequality and sharing inspiring stories of change. Last episode: February 2019.

Podcasts about the Candidates

Pete Buttigieg

Good Guy Pete Buttigieg

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A relatively new podcast following South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on his journey across the nation, from the “South Bend perspective”.

2020 Election: Meet The Candidates

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British host Paul Duddridge wants to talk to every candidate in the 2020 Presidential race. The show features interviews with the candidates and key players, columnists and data analysts.

Trump Watch

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Hosted by Jon Wiener, contributing editor at The Nation, this podcast explores what is happening in Trump’s White House and various opposition perspectives.

The Trump Report Podcast

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A whole show dedicated to focusing on the presidency and the Trump Administration. Join host Christian Bladt for weekly news, announcements and possible scandals surrounding President (and 2020 incumbent candidate) Trump, including news from the campaign trail.

Podcasts for Summer

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What does summer bring to mind? Perhaps you think of school holidays, lazy days by the pool or beach, road trips and adventure. Your summer may not be all ice cream and sunshine, but we’ve put together a sampling of podcasts to enjoy whether you’re relaxing on the beach or fantasizing about it while commuting to work. Hopefully, these podcasts will transport you to another place or serve as a “beach read” for your ears.

These podcasts aren’t necessarily safe for little ears, so check out our Family-Friendly Podcasts for Road Trips if you want something for the whole family. We’ve included a few different categories so you can explore new genres and find something you’ll love.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Travel and Adventure

Zero To Travel Podcast

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Hear More Amazing Travel Stories at zerototravel.com | Travel On Your Terms

The Dish Food Travel Show

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The Food Travel Podcast Uncovering The Stories Behind The World’s Most Famous (& Best!) Dishes. Join us & expert guests for tasty facts, foodie secrets and more! Your hosts are Tommo & Megsy from foodfuntravel.com

The Amateur Traveler

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Amateur Traveler is an award winning audio travel show that focuses primarily on the question: “where should you go next and what should you see, do and eat there?”. Amateur Traveler won its creator Chris Christensen a Travel&Leisure SMITTY award as the best independent travel journalist and a Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award. It is also used to teach English at Oxford University.

Be Our Guest WDW Podcast

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This award-winning podcast features Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows that focus on Disney resorts, theme parks, attractions, restaurants, dining, runDisney, vacation tips and much more. Join hosts Mike Rahlmann, Rikki Niblett, and Pam Forrester and take a fun and family-friendly dive into the world of Disney vacation planning.

Switchbacks: Our Year in the National Parks

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We spent last year exploring, hiking through, and tent camping inside all 59 U.S. national parks. Now we’re here to share our experiences, insights, and advice about our year in the national parks.

She Explores

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Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings, and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences. Hosted by Gale Straub.

True Crime and Horror

True Crime Garage

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Each week Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer.

True Crime Bullsh**

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True Crime Bullsh** is a serialized, investigative podcast exploring meticulous and enigmatic serial killer Israel Keyes. Join me on this strange, terrifying, and emotional journey, as I attempt to find the missing, understand a killer, explore the impacts of crime, and reconcile with those left behind.

Dirty John

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Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

Wine & Crime

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Wine & Crime is a true crime/comedy podcast. Join three friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents!

Campfire Radio Theater

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A Modern Audio Drama Horror Anthology… Hear the Fear!

Tacos & Tales

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A deliciously scary podcast for the taco enthusiast.

Storytelling and Conversations

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1A is home to the national conversation. Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests and frames the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

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1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! Theme song by Shellshag.

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

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Writer Zibby Owens, an NYC-based mom of four, interviews and chats with other writers about their work.

The Memory Motel

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Created and hosted by Moth storyteller, Terence Mickey, Memory Motel finds the drama in what we want to remember or forget.

Lauren Conrad: Asking for a Friend

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In today’s social media culture, it’s easy to look around and believe that everyone else has life figured out. But things aren’t always as they appear! Each week, fashion designer, NYT bestselling author and lifestyle expert, Lauren Conrad will host a variety of experts for candid conversations on everything from life, love, and business! Whether it’s the ideal seven-minute morning beauty regimen, how to snap that perfect IG-worthy flat lay or tips for tricking party guests into believing you’re a gourmet chef, Conrad’s guests will offer listeners tips for quickly navigating a Pinterest-obsessed world, as well as offering a healthy dose of reality. Because life isn’t always about knowing how to do everything perfectly yourself; it’s about knowing the people who do!

Conversations with People Who Hate Me

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The show where negative online interactions become positive offline phone calls. Host Dylan Marron reaches out to people who have sent him negativity online and moderates calls between strangers who have gotten into it with each other. Sometimes awkward, often political, and always fascinating, Conversations with People Who Hate Me reminds us that there’s a human on the other side of the screen. Webby Winner, Best of 2018 (Apple Podcasts), “The Timeliest Podcast” (Fast Company), Podcast Pick (USA Today & The Guardian)

Laughs

Why Didn’t They Laugh?

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An examination of Comedy, how it works, and why it sometimes doesn’t. Created and Hosted by Comedian/Pianist Owen Benjamin

Sloss and Humphries On The Road

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Two touring buffoons tell you about their thoughts and then insult you for being a muggle.

Quick Question with Soren and Daniel

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Quick Question with Soren and Daniel is a comedy podcast from the former editors of Cracked.com Soren Bowie and Daniel O’Brien. With new episodes, every week, join Soren and Daniel in answering life’s deep and also probably shallow questions.

The Absolute Peach

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Stupidly sublime comedy podcast. Blending snark and silliness, since 2007.

Pop Culture

The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews

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A weekly comedic podcast in which two massive film buffs countdown a topic from 10-1 while throwing shade at the other’s list.

Epic Film Guys

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In-depth film discussion w/ a heap of comedy since 2014. Proud member of the indie podcasting community & working hard to make a difference. Tune in, don’t be shy. #PodernFamily

Pop Culture Cosmos

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It’s our look at the latest news and trends in pop culture with our Discover Pods Awards nominated two weekly shows and bonus podcasts!

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

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We are two friends who can’t stop talking about all things Pop Culture. We are in the media, so TV is basically our life and we love to chat about it. Join us!

Podcasts for All Elite Wrestling

Many professional wrestling fans have been pining for an alternative product. For many, All Elite Wrestling is shaping up to be that change. Following up their record breaking sell out crowd performances All In and Double or Nothing, their upcoming event Fight For The Fallen is free for United States viewers through Bleacher Report with a stacked card with names such as The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody and Dustin Rhodes and the recently debuting Jon Moxley.

In honor of the upcoming Fight For The Fallen event on July 13, 2019, Podbean has selected some podcasts that cover all walks of the professional wrestling landscape. The following podcasts cover the various weekly and monthly promotions such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), AEW (All Elite Wrestling), NJPW (New Japan Pro Wrestling), Impact Wrestling, ROH (Ring Of Honor) and others, as well as interview various talents in the wrestling community.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Solomonster Sounds Off

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Established in November 2007, Solomonster Sounds Off is a weekly podcast talking all things pro wrestling. Hosted and produced by Jason Solomon, a fan of nearly 30 years, the show takes a humorous, no-nonsense approach to the biggest stories in wrestling with a mix of breaking news, recaps and analysis, listener Q&A and the popular BUY OR SELL segment. In addition, Jason has had the pleasure of interviewing WWE Hall of Famers and legendary performers, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Rob Van Dam, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Booker T, Edge, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, Demolition, Jim Ross, Mean Gene Okerlund, Tony Schiavone, Bill Apter, Billy Gunn, Bob Holly, ROH champion Jay Lethal, Lucha Underground’s Catrina and many more.
Post Wrestling
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John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Raw, SmackDown, NJPW, ROH, UFC and discuss the latest in pro wrestling news. New shows Tuesdays, Wednesdays and usually more.
What’s Wrong With Wrestling? WWE Recap show
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Andrew, Joe, and Eric host a satirical show about all things wrestling. The guys recap Raw and SmackDown, cover breaking news, rumors, play trivia and answer fan questions. “What’s Wrong With Wrestling?” was also nominated for a Webby Award in 2017 for “Best Recap” in the podcast category. New episodes air every Wednesday morning.
The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast
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Join Matt Cardona (WWE Superstar Zack Ryder) and Brian Myers (WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins) as they talk about one of their favorite hobbies, collecting wrestling toys! Each week listen to two members of Mattel’s “Elite Squad” chat about the latest news, upcoming releases, toy history, vintage collecting and much more!
The Armchair Bookers Podcast
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The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings to you a weekly episodic wrestling analysis by five avid wrestling fans. The Armchair Bookers Podcast brings you hot button topics, interviews with your favorite (Marty The Moth, The Bullet Club’s Bad Luck Fale, Gino Gambino and Chase Owens , Ref Aubrey Edwards, Casanova Valentine, Rory Gulak and Noelle Foley to name a few) names and minds from all walks of the professional wrestling industry, as well as rebookings, wrestlers of the week and more. The Armchair Bookers Podcast also brings you the most current news and events in big league wrestling and wrestling in the tri-state area.

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Smart Wrestling Fan was created by Joe Negron back in 2005. That’s all. Go have fun. Please.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents
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A lively discussion about the world of pro wrestling, hosted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Senior Writers Al Castle and Dan Murphy

Pro Wrestling Lookback
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Pro Wrestling LookBack Podcast is an opinion based pro wrestling talk show on YouTube. At The Pro Wrestling LookBack, we LookBack, breakdown & discuss Pro Wrestling events from the past. In addition to looking back at old wrestling events. We also cover most major events in current day pro wrestling. As stated PWLB is an opinion based show, our goal to deliver the perspective of Canadian fans that love professional wrestling.

Podcasts to Celebrate Pride Month 2019

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Pride Month is celebrated each year in June. All over the world, various events are held during the month as a way of recognizing the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world. June was chosen to mark the historic Stonewall Riots that happened in 1969. These riots were prompted by a raid that took place during the early morning, at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The LGBT community held a series of demonstrations to protest the raid and calling for the establishment of places that gays and lesbians could go and safely be open about their sexual orientation.

Since that time, much has changed. Yet, along with the celebration, Pride month is an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise awareness of the continued/current issues facing the community.

In honor of Pride Month 2019, Podbean has selected some podcasts representing diverse voices. Some of these podcasts explore intimate coming-out stories and may discuss topics like commitment and relationships, talking to family members, and dealing with bias. Others address viewpoints on gender equality and gay marriage, while a few of the podcasts just have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends or explore life.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Podcasts Celebrating Pride Month 2019: Diverse Voices and Views

LeGaL LGBT Podcast

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Featuring lively discussion of the latest legal news affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community here and abroad. Interviews with LGBTQ lawyers, policy wonks and activists. Our monthly LGBT Law Notes episode with Professor Art Leonard digs into three of the most important new LGBT civil rights rulings. Eric Lesh, executive director of the LGBT Bar of NY hosts.

Gayish Podcast

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Nominated for Best LGBT Podcast, we break down one gay stereotype in each episode.

Your Queer Story: An LGBT Podcast

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Learn about queer history and the stories of the LGBT community with your hosts Evan Jones & Paul Hobbs.

Out Loud: LGBT Stories of Faith

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LGBTQIA+ individuals tell their stories about faith, community, and the divine, hosted by Greg Thompson.

Lez Represent Podcast

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Hello everyone, welcome to the Lez Represent Podcast. A podcast about all things lady loving queer, LGBT representation, and everyday stories from the queer community. Because who best represents you than you. Follow us on Twitter!

Making Gay History

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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

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BFF Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

LGBTQ&A

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LGBTQ&A (recommended by The New York Times) documents modern queer and trans history. This weekly interview podcast from The Advocate gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person’s defining moments, their accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today. LGBTQ&A is hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters. This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

Homophilia

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Hosts Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey grill LGBT celebrities on what they’re loving, and who they’re loving. This queer comedy party celebrates pop culture obsessions and interrogates guests on their personal experiences with dating, sex and love.

Throwing Shade

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Throwing Shade is the political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi who deliver their fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights with hilarity and vulgarity. Spend your Thursdays with the podcast called “the perfect combination of silly, intelligent, cynical and charming” by Entertainment Weekly and “Oprah’s #1 pick” by an iTunes reviewer who is not Oprah.

The Sewers of Paris

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Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?

RuPaul: What’s The Tee with Michelle Visage

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In this podcast RuPaul and his cohost Michelle Visage discuss pop culture, advice, beauty advice and behind the scenes of their hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

HOMOGROUND – queer music radio (LGBTQ)

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Your ultimate source for queer music, spotlighting queer (LGBTQIA) musicians and bands. The podcast was created to bring exposure & access to non-mainstream bands, especially those in isolated communities. We are building a network of queer musicians & music lovers. http://www.homoground.com

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

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Sit in on an hour long-conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ family. QUEERY explores individual stories of identity, personality and the shifting cultural matrix around gender, sexuality and civil rights.