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  • Welcome to Nightvale (Ms. Burrows Recommends!) – A fun story telling medium, Welcome to Nightvale is a fictional mock community radio show about a very strange community. Lots of weird, odd, outrageous stories happen on this show.
  • Freakonomics Radio – “A podcast created by the co-author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, Stephen Dubner invites listeners to explore the hidden sides of everything. And, given his almost 300 episodes on topics ranging from “Millionaires vs. Billionaires” to “How to Win a Nobel Prize,” he is well on his way to talking about everything.” (source)
  • StarTalk Radio with Neil DeGrasse Tyson – “Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about all things space: stars, planets, humans in space, and so much more. He also interviews a lot of amazing people, from Buzz Aldrin to Alan Rickman.” (source)
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class – “The title speaks for itself. Learn about people and events that are often overlooked in a typical history class.” (source)
  • We the Ppl: Politics for Those Who Can’t Vote (Young Adult) – A politics podcasts by teens, for teens. “In a world that tells us that our opinions can be disregarded because we aren’t yet adults, we have decided to take control of our own futures and stay informed. We provide the news for those who can’t vote by those who can’t vote: making sure that we’re educated and involved. Youth from around the world discuss politics for people who can’t vote on this bi-weekly podcast.”
  • Serial (Young Adult) – “Sarah Koenig tells one story, told week by week. The first season covers the true story of Adnan Syed, convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore. The problem: Adnan cannot remember what he was doing the day of the murder. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s someone claiming that he helped Adnan hide the body.” (source)
  • RadioLab (Young Adult) – “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” (source)
  • Criminal (Young Adult) – “Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Phoebe Judge explores topics from owls killing people to “How to fake your death” to the life of a police dog.” (source)
  • Revisionist History (Young Adult) – “Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.” (source)
  • This American Life (Young Adult) – “Each episode of This American Life centers around a theme, with most being journalistic at the core, but some are comedic. This podcast is hard to generalize, especially after over 600 episodes. But the amount of episodes, and it’s massive popularity, should speak for itself.” (source)
  • Youth Radio (Young Adult) – “Youth Radio is a podcast for teens, published by teens. It was created to showcase the power of young people as makers of media, technology, and community. It brings the teen perspective to issues of public concern.” (source)
  • The Moth Radio Hour Story Library (Young Adult) – “Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live. Listen to the latest episode of The Moth Radio Hour, Moth Podcast, or dip into our library of stories going back to 1997.” (source)