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Creation Date September 19th, 2019
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A list of all the podcasts recommended by our Castologists! [updated weekly]
  1. PODCASTS! People love them! And those who don’t? Well, they just haven’t been enlightened yet. But how in the heck do you figure out which ones are worth listening to? Castology, that’s how. Each episode our Castologists Liz, Nick and Zane will review some of the best (and sometimes not-so-best) podcasts around. They’ll also do the hard work and trawl the RSS feeds to find the newest podcasts that should be on your radar. Will they always agree with each other’s picks? Probably not! But hey, you’re clever, you know that’s how reviews work.
  2. Six Cold Feet is a fiction podcast about musicians in trouble written by J.M. Donellan and starring Melanie Zanetti, Jessica McGaw and Tom Yaxley.
  3. Celebrating the women who made history, only to be forgotten by it, best friends Max and Allison discuss badass heroines and villains like two kids at the back of the bus.
  4. The Aubrey Marcus Podcast is an illuminating conversation with mavens of mental health, relationship, health, business and spirituality. Aubrey Marcus is the founder of the human optimization and health empire Onnit, the New York Times bestselling author of Own the Day (covering the best practices for physical health and mental sovereignty) and Aubrey was one of the first public voices in support of psychedelics and psychedelic medicine in the podcast era. This podcast is unlike any other in the field, combining radical vulnerability with actionable philosophy. The purpose: to help YOU live the absolute most fulfilling life possible during some of the most interesting times in human history. The most popular podcast episodes on the topic of psychedelics and psychedelic medicine: Joe Rogan - #200 Choose Your Struggle with Joe Rogan Tim Ferriss - #171 Crisis, Empathy, and Growth with Tim Ferriss Duncan Trussell - #100 Dueling The Devilish Mind with Duncan Trussell The most popular podcasts on the topic of health: Paul Saladino (Carnivore MD) - #269 Why I Only Eat Meat with Dr. Paul Saladino Wim Hof - #278 Take Your F’ing Power Back with Wim Hof Shawn Stevenson - #276 Masking The Real Health Crisis with Shawn Stevenson The most popular podcasts on the topics of mindset, mental health, and spirituality have been: Jordan Peterson - #155 Truth and Responsibility with Dr. Jordan Peterson Joe Dispenza - #219 You Are Supernatural with Dr. Joe Dispenza Peter Crone - #240 Free From Your Self with Peter Crone The most popular podcasts on the topic of philosophy have been: Mark Manson - #181 Why You Should Be An Ethical Asshole with Mark Manson Robert Greene - #174 Integrating Nature & The Human with Robert Greene Ryan Holiday - #225 Stillness In The Face of Chaos with Ryan Holiday The most popular podcasts on the topic of love, sex, and relationship have been: Layla Martin - #241 Sex Your Way To Source with Layla Martin Vylana Marcus - #268 The Sound of Love with Vylana Marcus Matthew Hussey - #246 Mastering Dating, Relationships, and The Self with Matthew Hussey
  5. Start with episode 101. Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. Visit www.thebrightsessions.com for more information and additional content. Created by Lauren Shippen
  6. Meditations to help you to relax deeply, be more present and flow more easily with life. We offer a variety of guided meditations with and without music, as well as instructions for meditations you can do on your own. We wish you a peaceful mind and open heart.
  7. Welcome to psychology for the rest of us. Host Dr. Jade Wu takes the science of psychology and makes it both entertaining and relatable. Using a sympathetic ear and evidence-based research, she explains the ‘why’ behind emotions like joy, anger, fear, trust, and anxiety, and helps you better understand the relationships you form with your friends, family, coworkers, and yourself. Seeking a healthier emotional life? It’s time to bring a trained psychologist and mental health expert along for the ride.
  8. One Third of Life is the podcast to listen to when you cannot sleep; when you are so wrapped up in your own thoughts that you cannot unwind. This will be the companion to talk you to sleep. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/one-third-of-life.
  9. Who said nothing ever happens in Brisbane? Join hosts Jessica Kate and Ellen Rose as they dig up the skeletons buried in our own back yard and take you on a macabre tour around Australia’s third largest city - home to the Stefan Needle, the Brown Snake, the crushing feeling that you’re trapped in a dead-end town that you can never leave, and some of the most brutal murders in Australian history. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/murder-in-the-land-of-oz.
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    Life is hard and people are trash! but can you tell the people you meet during you week exactly what you think of them? No! You cannot! But we feel your pain and we are going to do something about it. Listen in while we say all the negative things that you have been thinking so that you don't have to. And we will do it while trying new wines and letting you know what wines you should drink with us! Your hosts and new-found friends; Andy, Geena, and Zane, have some things to get off their chests. And they are not shy about it.
  11. The true crime book Loose Units, out now through Penguin Publishing (and in bookstores everywhere), had one thing it couldn't do: it couldn't fit everything. So each week, Paul and John will sit down and delve into cases too surreal, brief or contentious to fit into the book.
  12. Created by Matt Fowler. The Veil is a new sci-fi/ horror audio-drama anthology. It is along the vein of beloved, dark, cutting-edge sci-fi series like The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Each episode contains fully immersive soundscapes, original score, star-studded cast, and each script is written by a standout team of gifted writers from all over the world. This dark and twisted audio- drama is sure to titillate the depths of your otherwise dormant imaginations and leave you questioning the very concept of reality. Tune in every other Thursday for new episodes. All 15 episodes in this season run between 20-35 mins in length.
  13. Science, pop culture and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities and scientists discuss astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the universe. Keep Looking Up! New episodes premiere Friday nights at 7pm ET.
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    A podcast all about fictional villains! Listen in any order. Each episode, hosts Joe and Tiana attempt to empathize with the most notorious fictional villains like Cruella de Vil, Kylo Ren, and Norman Bates. They attempt to find the humanity behind these characters so that we can learn to love, and respect them. Because if we can learn to connect with characters that were designed to be hated, then we might just have a chance at understanding the villains we face in our everyday lives. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nextdoorvillain/support
  15. You trust them with your life. They seem like a friend. Family, even. Anyone can fall victim to a con, and many have. What type of person intentionally tries to deceive, manipulate and eventually destroy someone with their web of lies? This Parcast Original peeks behind the masks of the most notorious Con Artists, and explores how far someone will go in order to gain money, power, and respect. New episodes are released every Wednesday.
  16. The Portal is an exploration into discovery, including conversations with thought leaders. Host Eric Weinstein, Managing Director of Thiel Capital, brings his unique expertise and diverse roster of guests for a wide range of discussions, including science, culture, business, and capitalism. The show will feature people whose lives demonstrate that portals into what we would normally consider impossible, are indeed possible.  Guests include presidential candidate Andrew Yang, NY Times bestselling author Sam Harris, and retired Navy Seal and creator of the hit business podcast Jocko Willink.
  17. Our hilariously embittered hosts, Cristyn Chandler and Jordan Jacobo, chronicle the most tumultuous, and ultimately disastrous, relationships in human history with their brand of humor and cynicism.
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    Everyone has a story about failure; even successful people. Listen to frank discussions with artists, executives, entrepreneurs, actors, entertainers, and more, about failures of all sorts and how they turned their failures into successes. AOF provides helpful advice for young people (99 and under) on how to find art in our “failures.” Guests include: William Wegman; Adam Liptak, Kevin Allison (RISK! podcast), Michael Finkel, Beri Smither, Bonin Bough, Christina Sass and Rudy Garcia Tolson, Strauss Zelnick.
  19. The podcast formerly known as IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH. Who gets to be healthy? who doesn’t? and what can we do about it? Money, education, gender, age, race—they all have something to do with it. But we’re talking about the divide between the people who’ll live long and healthy lives and those who won’t. Poor health? It isn’t random. Join Dr. Celine Gounder for fresh angles, deep research, a wide range of voices, and compassionate reporting on how we can heal the nation.
  20. This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match
  21. The podcast version of a documentary & interview series on war and inequality from the heart of Empire hosted by Abby Martin. Empire Files is donor-funded, independent and add free. Help keep us going by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/empirefiles. Follow: @EmpireFiles and @AbbyMartin Like: www.facebook.com/TheEmpireFiles
  22. You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.
  23. In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq without provocation. Most Americans supported the war—as did most politicians and intellectuals, both liberal and conservative. Today, it’s universally considered a disaster. Hosted by award-winning reporter Noreen Malone, the fifth season of Slow Burn explores the people and ideas that propelled the country into the Iraq War, and the institutions that failed to stop it. How did the Iraq catastrophe happen? And what was it like to watch America make one of its most consequential mistakes?
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    You can’t spell Game Master without “pretentious.” Well, you can, actually. But let’s pretend you can’t so I can make a point. My point is a good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as confusing as possible. Oops. I mean engaging, not confusing. More at www.GMWordoftheWeek.com
  25. Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli. For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com
  26. Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil. From corruption and fraud to Ponzi schemes and environmental disasters, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.
  27. Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences. 
  28. From the creators of Inside Psycho, Inside the Exorcist, and Inside Jaws, comes a new immersive audio biopic about the making of the original 1977 Star Wars. It was a movie made on a shoestring and dumped into a handful of movie theaters. And then it changed the world. This is the story of George Lucas and his dream. We take you inside the stories of the people who struggled to make the original classic and the people who did their very best to stop it dead. Now playing in all galaxies.
  29. Everything is Alive is an unscripted interview show in which all the subjects are inanimate objects. In each episode, a different thing tells us its life story--and everything it says is true.
  30. LOVEVILLE HIGH is a 9-part musical podcast series! Each ten-minute episode is a self-contained love story in the fictional town of Loveville, Ohio on prom night. New love, old love, romantic love, friend love, gay and straight, cis and genderqueer. FEAT: Kathryn Allison, Harrison Chad, Troy Iwata, Gizel Jiménez, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Hailey Kilgore, Mason Alexander Park, Isaac Powell, Ryann Redmond, Conor Ryan, and Ali Stroker. Music: Eric Svejcar. Book and Lyrics: David Zellnik FOR MORE: www.lovevillehigh.com
  31. Award-winning podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show discuss the best things they've found out this week.  Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
  32. The Amelia Project is a secret agency that fakes its clients' deaths, then lets them reappear with a brand new identity! A black comedy full of secrets, twists... and cocoa. Start today with episode 1.
  33. Michael Malice brings his unique perspective–and plenty of sick burns–as he discusses everything from north Korea to American politics and culture with a bevy of guests.The newest 15 episodes are always free, but if you want access to all the archives, watch live, chat live, access to the forums, and get the show 5 days before it comes out everywhere else - you can subscribe now at gasdigitalnetwork.com and use the code YWMM to save 15% on the entire network, 2 week free trial.
  34. A Movie Commentary Podcast hosted by Joe Findlay and Todd Murray, two best friends of over 30 years who want to share the movies they loved watching growing up together (and some newer ones too). Watch along with the guy as they share trivia, personal stories and he occasional sketch.
  35. Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?
  36. Inside Acting is a weekly podcast featuring in depth, unbiased interviews with industry professionals of all callings.
  37. Hear what The New York Times calls "the future of musicals"... 36 Questions, a three-part podcast musical starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. 36 Questions is produced by Two-Up, the producers of Limetown and The Wilderness. Thank you for listening.
  38. Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He's still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters and adventurers. It's a major discovery!
  39. Meet Philge the Half Orc Barbarian, Freezo the High Elf Warlock, Halfling Rogue Bobby Pancakes and Baston Indrirovich as they quest through the magical world of Faerun and beyond. Dragon Friends is a monthly comedy show and podcast where six Australian comedians muddle their way through a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Heads up, it gets weird, quick.
  40. Deadly Manners is a 10 episode, dark comedy murder-mystery series set in the winter of 1954. It follows the events during the night of the affluent Billings family annual dinner party with their distinguished, eccentric guests. However, all is not fun and games as shortly after the party starts, a snowstorm begins to rage outside, trapping all the partygoers inside their host’s mansion. When a murderer starts killing off those in attendance, the guests must figure out who is responsible, or at least how to stay alive -- lest they be next. Deadly Manners was created by Ali Garfinkel and Alex Aldea. Deadly Manners stars Kristen Bell, Denis O'Hare, Alisha Boe, RuPaul, Anna Chlumsky, Timothy Simons, Michelle Visage, Alona Tal, David Cummings and is narrated by LeVar Burton. Artwork by Kina Lee.
  41. Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more. This is the audio version of the podcast. A video version is also available.
  42. A much loved mother, teacher and friend steps on a plane for an overseas adventure and is never seen again. Marion Barter, the former wife of Australian soccer great Johnny Warren, went missing in 1997. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are bizarre. Her daughter has never given up hope of finding her. This is her quest.
  43. Alan Watts is one of the most widely read philosophers of the 20th century. In addition to his 28 books, Alan Watts delivered hundreds of public lectures and seminars the recordings of which have been preserved in the archives of the Electronic University. Alan's eldest son Mark Watts has reviewed and cataloged these talks to prepare them for public broadcast. In 2005 Amber Star of Zencast.org created Alan Watts podcast to help disseminate these lectures to a new iPod listening generation . Today the Electronic University and Zencast.org are pleased to present the highlights of the spoken works of Alan Watts.
  44. In this “unashamedly homegrown” podcast we tell the story of our islands from the time before people arrived all the way up to the year 2000.
  45. If you like The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, take a walk on the wilder side with RISK! Your colorful host Kevin Allison (of the legendary comedy group The State) helms this surprisingly uncensored show where people tell jaw-dropping true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. RISK! is hilarious, heart-wrenching and remarkably real. Think you've heard it all? Fasten your seatbelt.
  46. Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
  47. He was born Hamish Watson, a surfie dude from Sydney – but he could morph into whatever you needed him to be. Hamish is due to be sentenced to jail in early 2019 for swindling a handful of victims out of more than $7m. But these crimes are just the final pages in a resume too thick to staple; for decades he’s duped victims in the US, Canada, Britain, Hong Kong and Australia. How did he do it? How did he evade authorities around the world for so long and what’s he done with all those tens of millions of dollars he stole?
  48. Hailed as changing the way society thinks about female sexuality, Guys We Fucked continues to pave the way toward a healthier outlook on sex. Hosted by stand-up comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, this critically acclaimed podcast will be your new best friend. Tune in every Friday to hear discussions on the most taboo kinks, interviews with revolutionaries in sexual health, cultural icons, and, occasionally, guys they’ve fucked. For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com
  49. Promoting strategies to increase healthspan, well-being, cognitive and physical performance through deeper understandings of biology.
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    Lady Parts explores the roles of women in genre cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. Combining pop culture updates, cultural commentary, and film review, these cinephiles are uncovering the good, the bad, and the feminist of genre screen storytelling.
  51. S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.