Best Short-Form Podcasts

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Creation Date August 1st, 2018
Updated Date Updated May 7th, 2021
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  1. NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Rachel Martin, Noel King and Steve Inskeep. Now available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with hosts Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.
  2. Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast
  3. The Network makes sure Profiles eat right & stay focused — but Profile 24 — thanks to a mysterious bird — is finding that difficult.
  4. Questions to spark conversations. 2-3 minutes every weekday and the occasional weekend deep dive.
  5. A queer, slice of life love story audio drama.
  6. Kind World is a show about how a single act of kindness can change someone's life. In each episode, hosts and reporters Yasmin Amer and Andrea Asuaje search the world for good news stories that will restore your faith in humanity. A production of WBUR.
  7. Eleven-year-old Holiday is pulled from the icy waters of Alaska with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Are her mom and dad really who they say they are? And when she begins to develop incredible abilities, she’ll soon discover she’s not alone in the world. From the Peabody award-winning creators of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel and the Peabody award-nominated Treasure Island 2020 comes Six Minutes, a mystery adventure for the whole family. Six minute episodes, twice a week, all year long…and beyond. Produced by Gen-Z Media in partnership with PRX. For more great Gen-Z shows visit http://gzmshows.com
  8. Your audio guide to thought-provoking arguments on a variety of topics, from perspectives left, right, and center. These smart, concise podcasts pack big ideas into a short amount of time and promise to challenge, inspire, and get you thinking about a range of points of view that you may or may not agree with.
  9. Escape the world every week – listen now for 10 minutes of sci-fi and fantasy. Every kind of science fiction and fantasy from epic fantasy, space opera, hilarious aliens, surreal moments, time travel romances, political espionage, and so much more! Flash fiction that fits your life and lets you explore a new world weekly. Find more including submissions on 600secondsaga.com
  10. A daily fiction podcast from Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. A different kind of zombie story... Take care of each other. Episodes expire after 24 hours, but a new one is published every day! Want to catch up on past episodes? Pledge as little as $1/month at patreon.com/mercuryradio and get the entire back catalog!
  11. Named a best new podcast of 2016 by The New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post and iTunes. Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, and guys in bars about where love, dating and sex meets technology. The show tells the stories about relationships often blurring the lines between memoir, documentary, and fiction.
  12. An American History Podcast!
  13. A monthly radio drama wherein the actor James Urbaniak navigates the darkly comedic recesses of his troubled yet charming mind. Different writer each episode. Contradictions abound!
  14. The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.
  15. The dunk that launched a sneaker war. The first woman to throw down. These and more are the stories of ESPN's podcast mini-series.
  16. A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.
  17. The Gist is on hiatus. A daily afternoon show about news, culture, and whatever else you'll be discussing with friends and family tonight.
  18. First Day Back is a documentary podcast series about people facing and trying to overcome life’s most challenging moments.  Each season, host and creator Tally Abecassis tells the story of someone attempting their own personal comeback.In 2019, First Day Back is back. On May 3rd 2017, comedian Jason Weems collapsed on stage from an asthma attack. His heart stopped beating for a full 5 minutes. Jason was lucky enough to be revived by a member of the audience.  Now the Baltimore comedian is dealing with his death the only way he knows how: by making jokes about it. Jason wants to turn these jokes into a 1 hour special that he hopes will make him a household name. For the past year, Tally Abecassis and the First Day back team have been following the life and career of Jason Weems, a man who lives and died for comedy.
  19. Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
  20. Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
  21. The latest articles from Radio Rookies Podcast
  22. the memory palace
  23. A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan and León Krauze talk to reporters, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.
  24. The Heart is an audio art project and podcast about intimacy and humanity.
  25. How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two of us -- a single mom and a six-year-old "girl with a penis" -- as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.
  26. Serendipity is radio drama for the 21st century. Presented by your hosts Ann Heppermann and Martin Johnson who have their own story to tell. Serendipity is the podcast of The Sarah Awards, celebrating and rewarding the best audio fiction from around the world. Join the revolution at thesarahawards.com.
  27. We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
  28. Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.
  29. The Message is a podcast hosted by Christian Battle Rapper/Hip-Hop artist, Angel aiming to give hope, inspiration, encouragement, and motivation while using the word of God. New episodes every month on the 7th.

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