Chicago Podcasts

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Creation Date February 10th, 2019
Updated Date Updated March 5th, 2021
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  1. Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird - UFOs, Aliens, Mysteries, the Paranormal, the Unusual, and the Unexplained. Hosts John Goforth, Brent Hand, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.
  2. A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.
  3. Bob Dylan once said, "Life is Sad, Life is a bust/All you can do is do what you must". We believe that sentiment is true at one time or another for all of us, but as a society we don't always share the feelings, thoughts and actions that accompany these moments. Sad Times has a guest each episode and we talk with him or her about how sadness manifests within him or her; what type of behavior that may surface as a result from being sad. It is my firm belief that if we could just talk a bit more about these things, we might be able to better understand each other, and perhaps feel more content in day to day life.
  4. Quiz Quiz Bang Bang is a weekly pub trivia practice podcast. For three weeks out of the month it is straight questions and answers as read by the hosts Annie and David Flora. Once a month we invite friends to join us for a live game of quiz bang trivia to add the humor, thought processes and fun. The show’s format is 4 rounds of 4 questions each with a quick-fire Bang Bang Round after Round 2. After Round 4, a final Big Bang round caps off the show with 3 questions, the answers of which are hints to one final question. Scoring would work as follows: Rds 1-4: 10 pts/correct answer; Bang Bang: 2 pts./correct answer; Final 3: no pts for the clue questions; wager up to your point total for the final question.
  5. Each episode, Dan and Jordan take a look at some clips from that day's Alex Jones Show and struggle to make sense of what they find.
  6. Chris Chicago is the founder of JamTheHype.com and is now the Radio Host for Rapzilla.com's #1 syndicated radio program, Rapzilla.com LIVE, he also hosts a top morning show in Houston, TX on 91.7 NGEN Radio. Chicago is passionate about Christian Music, especially CHH. This short podcast will shine the spotlight on artists to help bring their story and music to a worldwide audience. Subscribe to this podcast and get ready for a fun adventure as we discover new artist and new music together!
  7. This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
  8. Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format.
  9. David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and CNN bring you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.
  10. Award-winning interviews with a wide spectrum of people working in, and around, the beer industry. We balance the culture of craft beer with the businesses it supports, and examine the tenacity of its ideals.
  11. Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, where people who love music can come together.
  12. NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and test your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up.
  13. Nerdette is a weekly interview show that helps you unwind with fun conversations, inspiring ideas, and delightful recommendations. And join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month for the Nerdette Bookclub!
  14. Chicago Bears podcast featuring Chicago Tribune Bears writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell.
  15. Exclusive news and analysis from Hub Arkush and our team professional football in Chicago. Professional football served Chicago style.
  16. High Spirits Chicago is a Podcast dedicated to talking about all things GHOST. We also drink quite a bit. Hosted by CHICAGO’S VERY OWN Noelle Schmitt and Jay Steigmann.
  17. Higher Ground Chicago is dedicated to bringing you conversations with the most interesting and successful people in Chicago, hosted by Jake Graves and Allen Carter. In Season 1, we take you through the remarkable stories of 8 great Chicagoans.
  18. Chicago Blackhawks Highlights from 720 WGN Radio
  19. A Chicago native, Elysabeth has been living and breathing the arts for all of her life. Born to parents who were odd collectors and dedicated art enthusiasts, she went on to study art history and fashion in Paris and Florence. She returned to Chicago and owned an international art gallery, stretching her arts connections beyond the visual arts to all arts communities throughout the city. Having the itch to create herself, she worked in the Chicago fashion industry, designing and producing textiles in her own accessories business, while expanding her contacts into the design and fashion community. Ms. Alfano taught Graduate and Undergraduate classes in Marketing For the Visual Artists at Columbia College, and has freelanced on various arts projects, including writing art reviews and artist consulting.
  20. Dungeons, Dice, & Everything Nice is a Dungeons and Dragons (5e) podcast made by your best friends. We've got Gobliritas, needless sacrifices, and a lot of Butcher Shop workplace dynamics.
  21. “...affable, insightful film analysis since 2005."–NY Times / New + classic reviews and top 5s. Also on WBEZ Chicago.
  22. Well-known improv teacher and former Studio 312 host Jimmy Carrane explores the creative processes used to make great comedy.
  23. Wrestling with Depression is an internet radio program hosted by comedian Marty DeRosa. The show brings on other comedians, wrestlers, and performers to talk about some of the unseen sides of entertainment. About how they deal with their own sadness, depression, or other emotions that you might not expect to hear from stage and screen personalities. Don't worry though, it's not all sad, some parts are pretty funny! This is no clinical advice, and we're no doctors! What you will get are stories from real people, who have had to face depression in their own lives.
  24. Rob Southgate conducts interviews, holds roundtables, and personally discusses various aspects of new media and the business of running a business that creates content that is considered new media. Topics discussed are podcasting, blogging, content creation, vlogs, social media, marketing, and business.
  25. Tasty science with a side of baloney. Join the absurd, irreverent Dottore Balordo as he and his guests explore science.
  26. Improvised Star Trek explores the final frontier of comedy by turning Star Trek into an improv office comedy. Taking suggestions submitted on Twitter and Facebook, the cast (featuring some of Chicago’s top improvisors) creates a fully improvised episode detailing the adventures of the USS Sisyphus, a less enterprising starship. New episodes are posted every other week. To learn more about the show check out our website, facebook page, or twitter! Improvised Star Trek is fan production. Star Trek is property of CBS/Paramount.
  27. What do unqualified advice givers do? Start a podcast. What do single people do? Give relationship advice. That's how this podcast was born. Menage-a-Pod is a hilarious new podcast about dating, sex, relationships and everything in between, hosted by Gena (IG@genagrish, former HuffPo Dating Columnist) and TJ (IG@chicagocaferacer, former serial dater & wannabe comedian). In it, we tackle topics like ass pics, divorce, breadcrumbing being the Pumpkin Spice Latte of dating and what it's like to date as a single parent all within the first few episodes. Let's be honest, dating sucks. We are here to let you know that you're not alone out there and help you laugh along the way (and through the tears). Hang in there. We've got you, boo. IG@menageapodcast Twitter@MenagePod Facebook@menageapod
  28. Taking movies we used to love as kids and re-examining them in the harsh, sobering light of 2021. Leave a review and send us your recommendations to notanotherfilmpodcast@gmail.com
  29. Billy O is a producer, studio engineer, musician, and now...a podcaster. Along with his co-host and marketing extraordinaire Chris Walker, they'll be bringing you the facts and fictions from all the latest news in the music industry, and maybe even some inside knowledge as well. If you love podcasts, music, the music industry, music industry podcasts, music about podcasts, podcasts industries...you get the point...you'll be at home with us.
  30. The Hollywood Outsider is a weekly entertainment podcast where we discuss specific topics in film and TV, review current movies, interview independent filmmakers, and put our own spin on movies and television. Winner at the 2017 Podcast Awards for Best TV & Film. Subscribe & listen to a new HO every week!
  31. Veronica's Marshmallows is an award-nominated weekly podcast which investigates the cases, mysteries, and relationship dynamics on the show Veronica Mars. Whether it's your first time watching the show or your one hundredth, we hope you'll enjoy following along with us as we dive deeper into the characters and stories of this modern day noir. And rest assured first time viewers, we will not spoil any future episodes.
  32. Co-hosts Daniel Johanson and Maureen Smith sit down with different people making art, finding out how could they even
  33. Collin A. Bullock and Ron Ervin are two stand up comedians who LOVE movies, and wanna shove that in your ears!
  34. Bryan likes religion, Shannon knows nothing about religion. Two friends talk and learn about Christianity and how weird it sounds to everyone else.
  35. Triviality is a weekly pub trivia-style game show where a lack of seriousness meets a little bit of knowledge. Join our hosts every Tuesday to play along with our fast-paced game, enjoy monthly bonus episodes and mini-tournaments or simply enjoy the clash of intellect and personalities. This is TRIVIALITY. Hosted by: Ken, Matt, Neal, and Jeff.
  36. Geek out with a millennial Jock, a Gen-X Nerd and a grumpy puppet! Anthony, Imran and Rugboy deliver comic book and superhero TV and movie news, reviews and whatever they choose! New shows released every Wednesday.
  37. Join your host David Hickney as we expose the truth. The FREAK is out there
  38. Cole Knowlden, Kenyon Adamcik, and Kwamin Marshall are three comics who explore bad self-help advice and implement it in their lives
  39. Locked Into Vacancy Entertainment presents original radio plays and songs recorded before a LIVE audience at Stage773 in Chicago, IL.
  40. The Gaming Outsider Podcast is a show dedicated to video gaming of all kinds with a focus on the community. Here at The GO, we don't subscribe to just one platform, and we realize that we don't have the ability to play every game that's out there. Our goal is to discuss ours and our listener's perspectives on current and former games that we have played while keeping a positive environment.
  41. The Nonprofit Optimist podcast showcases positive change agents and talks through lessons that their small nonprofits have learned. With interviews of executive directors, founders, board members and staff leaders, we share practical advice based on real experiences working in the non-profit sector. Since most nonprofit professionals wear many hats, this is a great opportunity to learn how to grow your small nonprofit without needing to re-invent the wheel!
  42. Nick will be a dad soon; his wife is pregnant and he's trying to be useful around the house, the doctor's appointments and the day-to-day preparations. Maybe he'll be kinda useful to people who, like him, are embarking into this crazy journey full of questions and new information.
  43. A drunken Doctor Who Podcast for the end times. Featuring JB Anderton (WHO 37), Chris Buchanan (Dirty WHOers) and Sean Homrig (The TARDIS Tavern).
  44. A chronological review and discussion of the Batman and Detective Comics published in the 1970s. Hosted by JB Anderton, this podcast will summarize and review each issue to explore whether the comics stories have dated or still stand the test of time as well as discover what aspects we know and love of the character originated during the Bronze Age.
  45. Follow us to hear select rare recordings; music from teaching artists; and The Archives podcast, showcasing stories from the Old Town School community alongside live performances, field recordings and more from the archive at the school’s Resource Center. The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in traditions of diverse US and global communities. Visit www.oldtownschool.org for more information on classes, concerts, the Resource Center, and other programming at the Old Town School.
  46. Today's 24/7 news cycle means a lot of stupid stuff makes it way to the top, masking itself as real news. On Stupids Talking Stupid, we neglect real news to bring you the stories of "are you f*cking kidding me?" Who better to filter through the nonsense than a couple of stupid guys?
  47. A podcast about comics, fandom and exploring the creative process.
  48. Our Fair City is a campy, post-apocalyptic audio drama, produced by HartLife NFP in Chicago, IL. Learn more at www.ourfaircity.com
  49. A podcast about reality television and friendship with Jake Scheidel (@jakescheidel) and Thom Powell (@thom_not_tom)
  50. David Vox Mullen is a Recording Artist, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and now a Podcast Host. Subscribe for interesting topics and the coolest guests in pop culture.
  51. Two working actors, Dylan and Chris, take deep dives into the games they love, with a dramatic twist. Join us every week for just shy of an hour of conversation on theater, games, and life in a creative career, with some goofing for good measure.
  52. Hosted by David Musto
  53. A monthly podcast about video game characters and the people who create them.
  54. Your fitness journey is an adventure! Check in for tips, tricks, and hints to help you navigate the ins and outs of "getting in shape", no matter what that means for you! Most episodes will focus on the mental side of exercise; you can't separate your mental from for your physical health!
  55. This is the anti-bad life choice shaming podcast!! Jamie Black and Angela DeMarco have made some bad life choices. Give a listen and you can laugh, cry, learn and grow from some of the Icky Lousy Junky life choices that we all make.
  56. Finally, a podcast that studies, analyzes and celebrates women in TV. Thousands of comedies, variety shows and dramas have aired, yet the presence of strong women – both in front of and behind the camera - is an experience we need to understand better and embrace. With an eye to aligning the leadership lesson, time capsule observation or fascinating backstory of a show’s success or failure, my goal of Advanced TV Herstory is to connect the treasures of the past to the great potential of today’s TV and online platforms. Tomorrow’s success is rooted in understanding what has come before us. So gear up for a little sociology, economics, strategy, storytelling and fun.
  57. Beware the writers for they’ll eat all your cake, but they’ll leave you a beautifully written short story as an apology. Kat Ogden and Leah Lopez host this micro-podcast about writing you can have with your morning coffee.
  58. We tell the stories behind the pioneering research and pivotal breakthroughs reshaping our world. Change how you see the world. Produced out of The University of Chicago. Adweek's "Best Branded Podcast" of 2020.
  59. Can personal growth be hilarious and inspirational? We believe so, join us for new episodes each Wednesday. If you have any questions or would like to share your Jumping The Fence stories, please feel free to email us at: jumpingthefencepodcast@gmail.com Jumping the Fence is hosted by: Mary Pat Bohan - marypat.bohan@gmail.com Terry "Terrance" Opalek - www.terryopalek.com Michael Frontier - www.michaelfrontier.com Edited and Produced by: John Magallanez - jnmagall@gmail.com
  60. Southgate Media Group performs a variety of live podcasts at the Blue Box Cafe in Elgin, IL.
  61. Join us for this weekly podcast where we break down the latest geek news. We talk movies, TV, comics, music, books, video games, toys and more. Basically, if it tweaks our geeks we talk it out.
  62. Matthew Yonemura discusses his journey as a filmmaker.
  63. Hosted by “The Lady in Black” (Jayme Mattler), Midnight Matinees is Pocket Universe Productions’ horror anthology series, the first nine-episode season dramatizing the short stories of both classic and contemporary fiction writers from Lovecraft and Poe to Mary SanGiovanni and Rick Hautala. New episodes will air weekly after the premiere.
  64. Independent and creator-owned graphic novels as full-cast audio dramas. This is audio like you’ve never heard before. Welcome to AudioComics Redux.
  65. Home to the unofficial family podcast about ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Hosted by Molly (age 7), and her parents, Martha and Rob. Episode recaps, news, analysis and predications are all discussed on this weekly show. Please rate us and subscribe to help more fans find our show. Learn more, contact us, and check out our other podcasts at www.southgatemediagroup.com.
  66. A bi-weekly discussion of the bingability of various media including TV shows, podcasts, web-series, and more!