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Hosted by Leah-Simone Bowen, Podcast Playlist's podcast obsessed producers help you find the best podcasts out there. Each week we curate fresh, exciting and thoughtful stories to help you unearth new podcasts to add to your rotation. From true crime to comedy, from current affairs to audio fiction and everything in between. Each week we take you on a journey with lots of discoveries along the way.


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Hosted by Leah-Simone Bowen, Podcast Playlist's podcast obsessed producers help you find the best podcasts out there. Each week we curate fresh, exciting and thoughtful stories to help you unearth new podcasts to add to your rotation. From true crime to comedy, from current affairs to audio fiction and everything in between. Each week we take you on a journey with lots of discoveries along the way.




FLASHBACK: Dylan Marron on what we can learn from the comment section

This week on Podcast Playlist... Dylan Marron is an internet sensation. He's racked up millions of views and social media followers from his progressive-leaning viral videos. Unfortunately, with internet fame also comes internet hate. Over the years, Dylan has received many negative comments online. But instead of shying away, he decided to reach out to these people to chat. After recording phone conversations with his own detractors, one thing led to another and Conversations with People...


Articles of Interest host Avery Trufelman on fashion, punk rock and D.I.Y. podcasting

Have you ever wondered what’s behind certain items of clothing? Common styles, like kids clothes, plaid and even Hawaiian shirts are garments we see all the time, but often we don’t even begin to think about where they came from. Well, host of the show Articles of Interest Avery Trufelman is interested in exactly that. In the podcast, Avery dissects the hidden histories of the clothes we take for granted – and in the latest season she explores the rise of “preppy” clothing. She joins...


Vibe Check hosts Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones and Zach Stafford on the power of journalism, and the podcasts they love

A pop culture podcaster, a poet and a Tony award-winning journalist sit down for a chat. No, this isn’t the lead up to a joke, it’s the premise of the podcast Vibe Check. The weekly news and culture series is hosted by Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones and Zach Stafford as they make sense of what’s making headlines. Sanders is the host of Vulture’s Into It and the former host of NPR's It's Been a Minute, Jones is the author of the award-winning memoir How We Fight For Our Lives, and Stafford is not...


FLASHBACK: Feel Good Stories

This week we're pulling an episode to lift your spirits from the archives. This episode was originally released in June of 2021. Looking for a new podcast that's not dark true crime or troubling news? Back in March of 2021 we brought you a playlist full of uplifting stories — and there were plenty more good vibes where that came from. This episode we're bringing them back! Enjoy a cast of characters who will make you smile: a worm who becomes human, a mischievous AI at summer camp, and a...


Brand new releases for a brand new year

It's tempting to blame misinformation on social media, but it turns out fake news has been around for longer than you'd think. From Slate, the history podcast One Year recaps the moments that transformed politics, culture, science and religion in one year from American history. In the fourth, and latest, season the series covers 1942, a year when inflation threatened to sink America, a worker revolt changed music forever and disinformation was rampant. And, whether or not you enjoy it,...


FLASHBACK: How to live your best life, according to podcasts.

This week, an episode from the archives (which originally aired in January of 2022). Self-help doesn't need to be self-critical. Need help sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? Or have you ditched them altogether? (We support you either way.) Whatever your strategy, this time of year many of us are thinking about self-improvement. We’ve curated some of our favourite self-help and lifestyle podcasts to help guide you through whatever changes you want to make—without beating yourself up!...


Festive Podcasts for the Holidays

Snow and Christmas lights, busy malls, gifts to be wrapped, and Mariah Carey on repeat. It's that time again. The last stretch before Christmas can get really busy, but when the work is done, there's nothing better than cosying up at home with some excellent podcasts. We've got an assortment of seasonal selections to make you think, help you bask in nostalgia and learn something delightful. Santa's elves work hard building toys to bring joy to children's hearts … but have you ever thought...


The best podcasts of 2022 (as chosen by us)

The Podcast Playlist team has done a lot of listening over the past year. So today, the whole team joins Leah to give our picks for the best podcasts of 2022. Featuring: Media Circus with Kim Goldman, The Loudest Girl In The World, Best Laid Plans, Kuper Island, True Crime Byline For links and more info, head to http://cbc.ca/podcastplaylist


Sweet Bobby’s Alexi Mostrous on a satanic cult hoax, plus more new podcasts

Sweet Bobby host Alexi Mostrous is back with a new podcast about a satanic panic in the UK. This week, he sits down with host Leah-Simone Bowen to talk about the hoax and how its repercussions are still being felt eight years later. Plus, we’ve got more noteworthy series: from a deep dive into the fashion trend that never goes out of style, to why more fire can help save California’s sequoias, to the new CBC podcast that uncovers how a labour dispute at a northern mine turned deadly....


The hosts of Celebrity Memoir Book Club share their top reads

Splashed on magazine covers, all over Instagram feeds, and getting clicks on TMZ, celebrity gossip is a steady presence. But fame and fortune have their downsides, and from the experiences of stars from Marilyn Monroe to Britney Spears, it's clear there's a dark side to the gossip mill. So, what if there was an ethical way to satisfy our curiosity about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? Comedians Ashley Hamilton and Claire Parker created a podcast to do just that. In Celebrity Memoir...


Unladylike's Cristen Conger on intersectionality, the rise of podcasting, and going from co-host to sole host

The podcast Unladylike explores how being a woman impacts every aspect of lived experience – from career, to choosing birth control, to medical care, to which beauty standards to buy into. This week, Unladylike creator and host Cristen Conger opens up. She shares how she accidentally found herself in podcasting, how she approaches intersectionality, and how the frustration of having to continually fight for her idea (and some fan encouragement) drove her to create Unladylike. Cristen also...


Adam Conover talks working with Barack Obama, interviewing philosophers, and shares his favourite podcasts

Adam Conover has made his career in comedy. Now, on his podcast Factually, he interviews some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Every week, the show features a different expert – from scientists to authors to philosophers and journalists – and invites them to dive deep on fascinating topics. This week, Adam joins Leah-Simone Bowen to share how the show came about, what it was like to work with Barack Obama, and his tip for conversing with intimidatingly well-read folks and asking them...


Lauren Ober on getting an autism diagnosis in her 40s, and other great new podcasts

This week on Podcast Playlist, we listen to the latest and greatest in new podcasts. Lauren Ober has worked in podcasting for 20 years, making award-winning shows about other people’s stories. But her latest series is all about a breakthrough moment in her own life: In her 40s, Lauren learned that she is autistic. Her show The Loudest Girl in the World explores what this new revelation has meant to her. She’ll join us to talk about the show. Plus, Frank Dumis was nervous when he signed up...


A murder at sea caught on video, meeting the victims of The Blackout Ripper, and other true crime stories

On the water, international boundaries – and legal jurisdictions – are murky. And, when journalist Ian Urbina was handed video evidence of murder at sea, he learned that pirates are making the most of that lawlessness and wreaking terror. This week we’re highlighting engrossing stories about crime. How an investigation into sexual assault allegations against director Bryan Singer was botched by editors at Esquire magazine, a look at the victims of a WWII serial killer, and a conversation...


Our Halloween Spooktacular is back with frightfully good stories to freak you out

Every winter, Chuck and his family rented a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina's Valle Crucis. One year, he and his uncle drove to town – a trip they'd made countless times before – only this time, they were stalked by an unwanted presence. Out of the darkness, all they could discern were the red eyes chasing them down, so they fled for their lives. As the years passed, Chuck is haunted by what he saw that night ... the demon dog. Spooky season is upon us and, this week, we've got...


Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg share marriage tips from their latest series, Romance Road Test

This week’s guest curators have never met a self-help method they wouldn’t try. In their podcast, By The Book, Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg have made a name for themselves living by the rules of a different self-help book. Now, for their new series, they’re getting even more personal. For Romance Road Test, every week for 15 weeks, Kristen and Jolenta each tried out a new strategy for revitalizing their relationships with their partners — with their tape recorders running. This...


Stories of people true crime leaves out, a podcast about the porn industry and a series on the rise of the Williams sisters

It's our monthly New and Notable episode for October, and this month we’ve got intriguing new podcasts and exclusive interviews with some of their creators. True crime is one of the most popular podcast genres, but the stories we hear don’t often centre the victims or the people left in the wake of tragedy. That’s what the new podcast Media Circus with Kim Goldman aims to change. The course of Goldman’s life changed when her brother, Ron Goldman, was murdered alongside OJ Simpson’s ex wife,...


Scammers, Hustlers, Grifters and Thieves

From Inventing Anna to The Tinder Swindler, tales of scammers and grifters on streaming platforms have captured people’s attention in a big way. Now, podcasts are following suit. In the 1990s, the world was transfixed by the legal troubles of Heidi Fleiss. Known as a madam to the stars, Fleiss was reportedly clearing around $300,000 a week until her arrest in 1993. The podcast HeidiWorld: The Heidi Fleiss Story gives listeners a deeper look at her life and upbringing. Hear why she learned...


ICYMI host Rachelle Hampton talks internet culture, her search for a new co-host and what she’s listening to

From cinnamon toast shrimp to why Black TikTok creators went on strike, the podcast ICYMI stays on top of the latest trending Internet shenanigans so you don’t have to go Googling for yourself. This week ICYMI host Rachelle Hampton joins Leah-Simone Bowen to talk about the challenges of being online all the time, why she tries to cover not only what everyone’s talking about but also what isn’t being discussed, and what internet culture says about us in a time where the line between our...


Get ready to laugh with these great comedy podcasts

Who needs a laugh? You don’t have to look far to find one. This week we’ve got a lineup of podcast picks that will make you giggle, groan and guffaw. Sometimes the cringiest moments become the funniest stories. That’s the case for Felicia, who broke her rule of not dating coworkers only to experience a date so bad, so unbelievable, that she’d go on to share it on the CBC podcast True Dating Stories. Plus, is there anything more incredible than what people choose to share on the internet? The...