The Big Listen-logo

The Big Listen

NPR

There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you've you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.

There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you've you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.
More Information

Location:

United States

Networks:

NPR

Description:

There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you've you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.

Language:

English


Episodes

Denis O'Hare and the Danger of Dinner Parties

11/16/2017
More
Actor Denis O'Hare tells us about Deadly Manners and the ingredients for a dismal dinner, Liz Plank talks feminism with Divided States of Women, and Joel Werner puts numbers on the air with Sum Of All Parts. Plus: Alice Wong of Disability Visibility describes all the voices she wants to hear on the radio.

Duration: 00:50:04


Chris Gethard and the Art of Deep Listening

11/9/2017
More
Chris Gethard describes how Beautiful/Anonymous satisfies his craving for human connection. Plus: therapy with Esther Perel, poetry with Versify, and a podcaster who invites strangers to his home.

Duration: 00:50:17


Adventure Times! Podcasts Celebrating Travel and Exploration (Encore)

11/2/2017
More
We adventure with the overlanding couple behind Let's Not Panic, talk traveling while black and female with Aminatou Sow, and hear tales of survival from the Outside Podcast. Plus, a National Geographic explorer tells us her podcast picks for trekking to far-flung locales.

Duration: 00:50:03


Glynn Washington Spooked Me The H*** Out

10/26/2017
More
Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington on making Spooked and Aaron Mahnke on transforming Lore into a TV show. Plus: Spooky voices with the No Sleep podcast and old time radio horror with Murray Horwitz.

Duration: 00:50:21


JD Samson On Making Podcast Music "More Boring"

10/19/2017
More
Le Tigre's JD Samson talks composing music for podcasts, Nora McInerny says she's Terrible, Thanks For Asking, Helen Zaltzman unpacks annoying language. Plus, we check out the Potluck, a collective of Asian American podcasters.

Duration: 00:50:45


For DeRay Mckesson, It Started With A Newsletter

10/12/2017
More
DeRay Mckesson discusses going from newsletter to podcast, Uncivil tells the untold stories of the Civil War, and Trey Kay explores our divides in Us & Them. Plus: Oral history podcast Ferguson Voices.

Duration: 00:50:40


Moose On The Loose: A Canada Special (Encore)

10/5/2017
More
A REAL look at the messiness of relationships from Love Me, and of Canadian history with Canadaland's Jesse Brown. Plus: Jonathan Goldstein, the self-styled mealy-mouthed mensch behind Wiretap and now Heavyweight.

Duration: 00:50:03


Angela Rye, Queen of Sophistiratchet

9/28/2017
More
CNN political firebrand Angela Rye talks about her new podcast. Note To Self's Manoush Zomorodi helps us live in harmony with our digital devices and Slate's Dear Prudence, Mallory Ortberg, just helps us. Plus: The voices of D.C. Metro with Dallas Taylor of Twenty Thousand Hertz.

Duration: 00:50:59


Getting Invisible With Hanna Rosin & Alix Spiegel (Encore)

9/21/2017
More
Hanna Rosen and Alix Spiegel on Invisibilia's new concept album, the hosts of By The Book on living by self-help book guidance, and the creator of Celestial Blood on KPCC's bilingual radionovela. Plus: Swedish true crime podcast Spår.

Duration: 00:50:13


Abbi Jacobson Is A Piece Of Work

9/14/2017
More
Abbi Jacobson gets artsy with her podcast A Piece Of Work; Leila Day and Hana Baba of The Stoop dialogue about the diaspora; YouTube provocateur Dylan Marron confronts his online bullies and Kathleen Barber dishes on her debut suspense novel, Are You Sleeping.

Duration: 00:50:21


36 Questions for Jonathan Groff

9/7/2017
More
Broadway actor Jonathan Groff, Geoff Turner of CBC's On Drugs, Eleanor MacDowall of Radio Atlas and writer and domestic abuse survivor Jes Skolnik, who recently penned an op-ed about the healing power of true crime podcasts.

Duration: 00:50:17


Larenz Tate Goes Old School With Bronzeville (Encore)

8/17/2017
More
Actor Larenz Tate slides into your ears with the new fictional audio series, Bronzeville. And comedian Marina Franklin does impressions of her family. Plus, we go back to college with Chioke I'Anson and find ourselves charmed by Charm City.

Duration: 00:50:52


LeVar Burton Reads (To You)

7/20/2017
More
Kids love being read to. But what about adults? According to actor LeVar Burton, they love it, too! We talk to the Reading Rainbow star about his new podcast for adults, LeVar Burton Reads. Also, we dig into black culture with the hosts of The Nod, and we unpack the stories behind the sports with Jody Avirgan of ESPN's 30 For 30 podcast. Plus: writer and director Ingrid Jungermann on her new feature film "Women Who Kill," about a pair of true crime podcasters.

Duration: 00:50:29


Getting Invisible With Hanna Rosin And Alix Spiegel

7/13/2017
More
Invisibilia's Hanna Rosen and Alix Spiegel tell us what they listen to when they aren't making concept albums about concepts. We hear from the women of By The Book about self-help books, meet the creator of KPCC's bilingual radionovela Celestial Blood. Plus, the Swedish true crime podcast Spår.

Duration: 00:50:24


Gillian Jacobs Gets Squeaky Clean With Podcasts

7/6/2017
More
Actress Gillian Jacobs lets us in on what podcasts she listens to when she's in the shower. Then we head out to sea to learn about cargo ships with Containers' Alexis Madrigal, and we tickle the ivories with some of piano's greatest young stars with The Competition. And we get fizzy with the hosts of the heavily carbonated Seltzer Death Match.

Duration: 00:51:20


Moose On The Loose: Podcasting Canada's Sesquicentennial

6/29/2017
More
America's hat is turning 150 years old! To celebrate Canada Day and our neighbors to the North, we talk to the women behind Love Me, a CBC podcast about the messiness of relationships, and we get a more realistic look at Canadian history with Canadaland's Jesse Brown. Then we catch up with Canadian-American hybrid Jonathan Goldstein, the self-styled mealy-mouthed mensch behind Wiretap and now Heavyweight. Plus: Native storytelling from the world's first indigenous podcast network.

Duration: 00:51:11


Talking Wife Life With Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (Encore)

6/22/2017
More
Comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher host a comedy show--in real life, in a podcast and on their TV sitcom, Take My Wife. We talk about their dog, their meta lifestyle and their favorite podcasts. And we find out if the host of The New York Times' The Daily ever sleeps and learn some art history with The Lonely Palette.

Duration: 00:50:52


Tegan & Sara, Podcast Super Fans

6/15/2017
More
Musicians Tegan and Sara are podcast obsessives. This episode, we take a peek at their extensive playlist and hear about their own idea for a podcast. Also, the hosts of the LGBTQ show Nancy share their funny and tragic coming out stories. And the Pakistani-American host of Beginner walks us through all the things she never learned as a immigrant, like biking and swimming. Plus: saving podcasts for posterity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Duration: 00:50:59


The Tegan & Sara Pride Special!

6/12/2017
More
In this very special LGBTQ Pride bonus episode of The Big Listen, we talk with Canadian musical duo Tegan & Sara about the joys of air travel, the business of music and Sara's Beatles of podcasting. Plus, we chat about LGBTQ podcasts, and the twins reveal their idea for an official Tegan & Sara podcast.

Duration: 00:24:25


Katie Couric Is No One's Sweetheart (Encore)

6/8/2017
More
Pajama-wearing podcaster Katie Couric explains why she's over being America's sweetheart. And we talk Hawaii's complicated racial history with the host of Offshore. Plus, untold stories from the Middle East from the folks behind Kerning Cultures. And a senior citizen podcast club where wine plays a prominent role.

Duration: 00:51:12

See More