Podcast Library

Listen to Learn – News & Current Events

  • The Daily [New York Times] (Young Adult) – From the site: “Published at roughly 6 a.m ET Monday through Friday, the New York Times‘ daily podcast breaks down the biggest news of the day. Each episode features journalists and experts from the Times, explaining what you need to know about the story, how it was reported, and more. It’s made all the better by host Michael Barbaro, who is equal parts calming narrator, thoughtful interviewer, and empathetic listener.”
  • NPR News Now: Hourly News Summary – “Five minutes of news, on the hour, every hour. Seriously: you will get twenty-four of these podcasts every day. This is the ultimate podcast for news junkies who want to be updated on the latest stories.” (source)
  • Tech Stuff Daily (Young Adult) – From the site: “TechStuff Daily is a show that gives a snapshot of technological issues and stories and provides context. We don’t just look at what’s going on but why it’s important and what it all means.”
  • BBC Global News (Young Adult) – “Compiled highlights of various BBC news shows. Each episode is thirty minutes long and you get one in the morning and one in the evening. BBC is one of the only sources of truly global and (mostly) unbiased news, making this podcast a must-listen for any news junkie.” (source)
  • 411 Teen (Young Adult) – From the site: “Join host Dr. Liz Holifield for “411 Teen,” a locally produced program, created with teen input for a teenage audience. Guests provide insights into topics that concern adolescents. Over the last twenty years, programs have enlightened young people on countless subjects such as college admission, eating disorders, sexually transmitted disease, career planning, civic associations focusing on young people, and politics, to name but a few.”
  • Rookie Podcast (Young Adult) – From the site: “From MTV with the creators of the online Rookie magazine and spearheaded by its teen creator Tavi Gevinson. Here they interview a person of interest and have had guests such as Lorde, Janet Mock, Roxanne Gay and do a podcast version of “Ask a Grown” where teens can ask adults questions about life. Also, in the spirit of the magazine, listeners are given prompts to send in content that will be part of the podcast.”
  • Nerdette Podcast (Young Adult) – From the site: “From NPR, hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen geek out on a variety of things from books, movies, and television whether it is science or science fiction.  Recent guests have been Alex Kingston from Doctor Who, Everest climber, guide and mountaineer Melissa Arnot Reid, The Office’s star Rainn Wilson talking about bassoons, and Tom Hanks geeking out over typewriters. Each episode ends with their guest giving some “homework” that can vary from reading a specific book, listening to a song, or going outside.”

Listen to Book Reviews

  • Book Club for Kids – Real middle school students review a variety of middle-grades and young adult books! Find some new books to read!

Listen to Learn – General Knowledge/ Mix of Topics

  • 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)
  • Stuff You Should Know (Young Adult) – All sorts of informative podcasts, and they’re even sorted by topic so it’s easy to find something you’re interested in. “If your vacation takes you camping in one of the great national parks, you should never try to outrun a grizzly bear. This is just one helpful tip we learned listening to 4 Threats You Should Never Try To Outrun on the How Stuff Works podcast.” (source)

Listen to Learn – History, Politics, Economics, etc.

  • This Day in History Class – From the site: “The award-winning “Stuff You Missed in History Class” is bringing that daily history focus to the world of podcasts with a five-minute look at what happened on this day in history.”
  • 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)
  • 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.”
  • 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)

Listen to Learn – Science

  • 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)
  • RadioLab (Young Adult) – “Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” (source)
  • Brain Stuff (Young Adult)– From the site: “Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on the BrainStuff team to explore — and explain — the everyday science in the world around us.”
  • Invention (Young Adult) – From the site: ““Invention” offers an illuminating discussion of specific inventions, inventors and human history. The show tackles the big inventions and the sweeping changes they unleashed, but also the often-overlooked marvels of innovation’s history and the many surprising cascading effects. Human history is a story of inventions, and this show tells that story one invention at a time.”

Listen to Stories

  • 1001 Classic Short Stories & Tales – From the site: “Expand your horizons with this collection of hand-picked classic short stories and tales from writers like Jack London, Guy de Maupassant, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Anderson, Ambrose Bierce, and many others. These fast-paced stories are chosen for their unique flavor and suitable for all ages and tastes, and provide a window to a time when writers knew how to tell great stories using descriptive words and phrases.”
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • This American Life (Young Adult) – From the site: “This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme.” Here are episodes the hosts recommend for new listeners.
  • Snap Judgement (Young Adult)– “Described as, “storytelling with a beat,” Snap Judgment tells the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, with a great musical score to accompany it.” (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)
  • The Thrilling Adventure Hour (Young Adult) – From the site: “A NEW new time podcast in the style of OLD old-time radio, the Thrilling Adventure Hour Treasury marks the triumphant return of Sparks Nevada, Beyond Belief, and all your favorite Thrilling personas to podcast airwaves. Plus brand new Thrilling tales, new guest stars, new writers, and a bold new sound.”
  • The Truth (Young Adult) – From the site: “THE TRUTH makes movies for your ears. They’re short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Every story is different, but they all take you to unexpected places using only sound. If you’re new, some good starting places are: Silvia’s Blood, That’s Democracy, Moon Graffiti, Tape Delay, or whatever’s most recent. Listening with headphones is encouraged!”
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Family Secrets (Young Adult) – From the site: “Family Secrets. Every family has them. When Dani Shapiro accidentally stumbled upon a massive secret that had been kept from her all her life, she dove headlong into discovering everything she could about how that secret had shaped her reality and her destiny. Then she started talking with other people about their family secrets. Join Dani and her guests as they explore the power of family secrets and the ways in which discovering – and revealing – the truth can liberate us.”

Listen to Music – Music-Related Podcasts

  • Required Listening (Young Adult) – From the site: “HowStuffWorks and the GRAMMY Museum team up to give listeners exclusive access to the most amazing music artists on the planet. Each week, we’ll blow people’s minds by providing an all-access pass to the artist inner circle.”
  • The Soundtrack Show (Young Adult) – From the site: “The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV shows, video games and theater pieces of all time.”

Listen to Podcasts for Specific Interests:

  • Dressed: The History of Fashion (Young Adult) – From the site: “Fashion history is about more than pretty clothes. Dressed explores the incredibly rich and complex history behind the clothes we wear.”
  • CarStuff (Young Adult) – From the site: “Ben and Scott of CarStuff present to you the past, present and future of auto technology. Learn about cars with CarStuff.”