Podcast Central

Whether you’re working out, making dinner, or going to work, everyone has time for podcasts in their life! I’ve fallen in love with this medium over the last year, and wanted to provide a resource to help people decide podcasts they’ll love. I highly recommend every podcast on this list and would be happy to help you find one just perfect for you. Happy listening!

Jewish:
Fault Lines (Jewish Daily Forward)
– Balanced conversations on Israel and the Jewish community between lefty Peter Beinart and center-right analyst Daniel Gordis.
Israel Story (PRX) – True stories from ordinary Israelis about the complexities, beauty, and values of the state of Israel
Judaism Unbound – For the people who love to dream big about the future of Judaism and the Jewish community, this is for you
On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah (Union for Reform Judaism) – Gain a little perspective on each week’s Torah portion from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the URJ
Promised Podcast (TLV 1) – Weekly show about the big, and sometimes unknown, challenges happening in Israel
Really Interesting Jews – Interview show with, like the title says, really interesting Jews and the work their doing in the community
Stories We Tell (Union for Reform Judaism)
– Gain a nugget of Jewish wisdom from these short and interesting stories
Unorthodox (Tablet Magazine) – Get the “news of the Jews” and awesome interviews from this fun and delightful trio of Jewish hosts
It’s Who You Know
– Understand the ins and outs of the Jewish community through interviews with Jewish professionals making the big decisions

Politics:
Ezra Klein Show (Vox) – In depth and fascinating interviews with some of the most influential and smart people in the world
FiveThirtyEight Politics (FiveThirtyEight) – Weekly (with regular surprise episodes) that examines politics by the numbers
Pod Save America (Crooked Media) – Hilarious and inspiring analysis of US politics with a bunch of former Obama staffers
The Weeds (Vox) – This is necessary listening for anyone wanting to better understand the policies going through Washington right now
The Axe Files (CNN) – Awesome interviews with leading political and societal figures, all hosted by former Obama advisor David Axelrod
Lovett Or Leave It (Crooked Media) – Jon Lovett, a former Obama staffer, combines politics, improv, and games in a hilarious weekly show
Politically Reactive – Two hilarious comedians, W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, help us navigate the US in the age of Trump…with some help from their guests

Series:
Bronzeville
– In an audio theater series, follow stories of love, murder, gambling, and trust in a self-sustaining Black community in Chicago during the 1940s
Other: Mixed Race in America (Washington Post) – 5 episode series on the good, bad, and ugly stories of mixed race people in the United States
Presidential (Washington Post) – Episode by episode analysis of each US president that was produced in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
– Fascinating look at things in history we’ve forgotten about and how we can reinterpret them
S-Town – From the creators of Serial, an incredible story of murder, love, suicide, and mystery in a small, Southern town
West Wing Weekly – Hilarious and in depth analysis (with awesome guests) of every episode of the incredible TV show, The West Wing
74 Seconds – This is the behind the scenes story of the murder of Philando Castile in Minnesota on July 6, 2017
Constitutional (Washington Post) – An in-depth analysis into the US Constitution, including its creation and impact on people and the country

Social Justice:
Code Swith (NPR) – Topic based series exploring all of the successes, controversies, and tragedies of race in the United States
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media) – Hosted by BLM activist DeRay Mckesson, an inspiring look at politics, social justice, and community organizing in the time of Trump
Prophetic Resistance Podcast – These awesome interviews provide us with the spiritual filling to stand up as part of the resistance
Ear Hustle
 – Listen to difficult and honest conversations from inmates at San Quentin State Prison in the Bay Area and learn about real life behind bars
Mash-Up Americans – Two fun hosts explore everything culture, identity, and “what makes us who we are”

Society & Culture:
2 Dope Queens (WNYC) – Hilarious comedy show with two literally dope queens, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson
Death, Sex, & Money – Conversations with famous people and “regular people” about the big and tough questions in our lives
Happier with Grethen Rubin – Tips and tricks on how to live a happier, healthier, and more productive life
Hidden Brain (NPR) – Fascinating examination of all of things our brains do that make us ask “why?!?”
Modern Love (New York Times; WBUR) – Stories of love, hope, and relationships as read by some pretty famous people
New Yorker Radio Hour – Weekly interviews, analysis, and other segments about the interesting things happening in the world
The Nod (Gimlet) – Coming from the best friends who gave us “For Colored Nerds”, this podcast explores all of the complicated and beautiful dimensions of being Black
On Being with Krista Tippett – A phenomenal exploration of life and all of the important things that we don’t usually make time to think about
Still Processing (New York Times) – Hilarious and insightful exploration of everything happening the world from two Black culture writers at the NYT
TED Radio Hour – Themed episodes that provide a compilation of TED talks and additional analysis from speakers
Another Round (Buzzfeed)
– Hilarious and insightful conversations on politics, gender, race, and pop culture from two awesome hosts
Campfires & Color Wars – Jump back to your time at summer camp with reflections and stories from people of all backgrounds and careers
Black On The Air – Larry Wilmore is back as he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews fascinating guests from all over the map
Radio Atlantic – Explore politics, culture, and more as the hosts take the issues of the extremely insightful Atlantic magazine and put it into a podcast
Sincerely X (TED) – For a variety of reasons, some stories must be told with the identities of the story-teller kept hidden; and these are those stories

Sports:
30 For 30 (ESPN) – In-depth audio documentaries behind some of the craziest, most fascinating stories in the sports world
The Ringer NBA Show (The Ringer) – All-Star discussion of all things happening in the wild world of the NBA
The Secret to Victory (Gimlet & Gatorade) – Personal interviews with some of the best athletes in the world and how they use defeat as motivation to succeed again