All Teachable Episodes:

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    Outside/In
    September 20, 2019

    A show about the natural world and how we use it. This podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio is a beautifully produced and researched show. Each episode opens up pressing political and environmental questions, debates and issues through compelling, immersive storytelling. Especially teachable episodes   Powerline: a four-part series  This …

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    Scene on Radio
    September 20, 2019

    A podcast that asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out, capturing the sounds of life happening and telling stories that explore human experience and American society.  From the Centre for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Scene on Radio is an excellent pedagogical resource.  Episodes …

  • One from the Vaults
    September 20, 2019

    The podcast that brings you all the dirt, gossip and glamour from trans history!  One from the Vaults, created and produced by Morgan M. Page, explores trans history through episodes that focus on the dramatic, unexpected or history-changing stories of trans artists, activists, musicians and actors. This is an excellent podcast …

  • How to Read
    September 20, 2019

    Brief conversations with brilliant minds.  How to Read is a podcast for curious readers of all kinds, staging conversations with literary scholars and philosophers about their own pedagogical insights, contentions or strategies.  The tone is casual, even cozy (as tea gets poured and shared between the host and guest), but the …

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    Stories of the Land
    September 20, 2019

    Indigenous storytelling that connects indigenous stories and knowledge to time and place. Part of the Indian and Cowboy podcast network and hosted by Ryan McMahon, this podcast features a rich array of storytellers and writers, activists and artists and academics.  Each episode demonstrates the importance of this claim in particular:  Without …

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    The Heart
    September 20, 2019

    An audio art project about intimacy and humanity.  Directed by Kaitlin Prest with a team of fantastic audio-creators, The Heart is a feminist and sex-positive podcast. In a recent interview, Mitra Kaboli (Senior Producer who has been with The Heart since its beginnings) describes the craft of the show:  “We …

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    Now Here This
    September 20, 2019

    A platform for student-produced audio stories of all kinds. Now Here This features memoirs and interviews, investigative journalism and live storytelling, slam poetry, and more. “Our mission is to connect listeners with a diverse array of emotions, experiences, and ideas through stories told out loud. We believe that voices are …

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    Reply All
    September 20, 2019

    A podcast about the internet. Reply All is described by The Guardian as “an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, episodes are filled with dramatic encounters with all-things technological.  Stories can be remarkably complex, and yet the hosts’ …

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    Hi-Phi Nation
    September 20, 2019

    A show about philosophy that turns stories into ideas. Created and produced by Barry Lam, Hi-Phi Nation is “the first sound and story-driven show about philosophy.”  This podcast lends itself directly to the undergraduate philosophy classroom, providing an array of dramatic answers to the question: what happens when philosophy is translated …

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    The Henceforward
    September 20, 2019

    The henceforward is the start of the future now.  “A podcast on settler colonialism and anti-blackness on Turtle Island.  Here we seek to build mutually respectful conversations about indigenous and black life in settler societies” through attempting to talk text, transit and land.”Produced by Eve Tuck, The Henceforward is a …

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    She Does Podcast
    September 20, 2019

    Conversations with creative minds.  This is a wonderfully listenable (and teachable) podcast: beautifully produced, carefully curated.  Here’s how the podcast describes itself: Each episode centers around an intimate conversation yet digs deeper into each woman’s background, philosophy and process through artful audio documentaries soundtracked by music made by women. The show …

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    Ear Hustle
    September 20, 2019

    Ear Hustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.  Ear Hustle is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.   Each episode is beautifully crafted, framing first-person reflections and …

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    Disability After Dark
    September 20, 2019

    Shining a bright light on sex and disability.  This charming and savvy podcast, hosted by Andrew Gurza, reflects an approach to audio that Andrew describes as “self-podcasting.” In addition, its DIY flavour, combined with Andrew’s own experience as a Disability Awareness Consultant, makes it a compelling example of what we …

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    The Unmute Podcast
    September 20, 2019

    Welcome to the place where philosophy and real world issues collide.  “The Unmute experience is a philosophical hip-hop and unapologetic intellectual jazz. It’s a home-cooked meal made for the everyday citizen.”  This interview-based monthly podcast, hosted by Myisha Cherry, features a wide array of philosophers (ranging from grad students to …

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    Song Exploder
    September 20, 2019

    Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.  This is an impeccably produced podcast.  And its genre could be described as deconstructive:  each episode isolates the varied and distinct tracks that make up a multi-track …

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    How to Be a Girl
    September 20, 2019

    “Hi, I’m Marlo Mack. I’m a single mom raising a young transgender daughter. We live in Seattle. With my daughter’s help, I produce How to Be a Girl, an audio podcast about our life together and the challenges we face.” This podcast, which is award-winning and beautifully produced, lends itself …

  • Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu
    September 20, 2019

    How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you.   At times, it can be the most useful thing to bring smart and politically astute comedy into the classroom.  And this podcast makes that easily doable.  All the more useful because Kamau and …

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    PodcastRE
    September 20, 2019

    A searchable, researchable, archive of podcasting culture. This site is a fantastic interface for navigating the enormous world of outstanding audio, produced by the Department of Communication Arts and Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madisin.  They explain: PodcastRE contains links and metadata records to over 150,000 individual audio files, from …

  • Think Again: A Big Thinks Podcast
    September 20, 2019

    Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Hosted by Jason Gotts, this podcast might, every now and then, remind you of the specific vernacular of theory-boys.  But– its positives far outweigh this possibly limiting quality.  Each episode features wide-ranging, off-script conversation with a writer, artist, academic or activist.  And, as a way to …

  • The World in Words
    September 20, 2019

    Exploring all aspects of language, from linguistics and ethnography to pop culture and philosophy.  The World in Words has been creating highly teachable and engaging episodes for years.  Similar to the podcast The Allusionist, it’s worth perusing their archives to find themes or problems that you want to explore in …

  • Tape
    September 20, 2019

    A radio show about people who make radio. Each episode, hosted by Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper, features an audio-creator who reflects on their own sound design and audio-craft. Especially teachable episode      Kaitlin Prest:  an interview with the creator of award-winning podcast, The Heart.  Kaitlin explains a lot about …

  • Colour Code
    September 20, 2019

    A Podcast about Race in Canada. Hannah Sung and Denise Balkissoon from the Globe and Mail explain, “If there’s one thing Canadians avoid, it’s talking about race. This podcast is here to change that.” Especially teachable, award-winning episode     “Eggshells” is the episode that truly lends itself to teaching. …

  • HowSound
    September 20, 2019

    The backstory to great radio storytelling. This is an extraordinary podcast, in and of itself, and it’s particularly great for those of us who are fascinated by the craft of audio.  Rob Rosenthal is the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, and this is his podcast.  He often shares …

  • Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
    September 20, 2019

    Personally connecting the dots.  All of them. This is the tagline of the Radiotopia podcast Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and the tagline’s absurdist reach is partly why this is such a stunningly listenable and teachable podcast.  Benjamen brings artists and activists together with academics, often framing discussions in the …

  • The Get
    September 20, 2019

    Smart. Snark. Shade.  This is how the show describes itself: “THE GET’S CREATIVE TEAM is crew of women of color who are committed to social justice, living, and being free. We are inspired by LaVerne Cox’s concept of “possibility models” and the growing representation of marginalized voices in all forms of …

  • The Story Collider
    September 20, 2019

    Stories about Science. This is how The Story Collider describes itself:  “We believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone’s life. At The Story Collider, you’ll hear from scientists about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, but you’ll also hear …

  • This American Life
    September 19, 2019

    Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. In a lot of ways, TAL has set the stage for the golden age of podcasting.  Ira Glass’s innovations in genre have made it clear that there are endless ways to use audio to …

  • RadioLab
    September 19, 2019

    A show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. RadioLab explores the dramas of science and scientific practice, occasionally pitching its analysis in overly populist terms.  But some episodes dare to cross into truly complex territory, using “sound” to make ideas …