Podcasts Featured on The PDS

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Creation Date September 10th, 2019
Updated Date Updated December 30th, 2020
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All of these shows have been recommended as discoveries on the PDS.
  1. Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
  2. Welcome to Hawthorne Manor. As our newest arrival, the caretaker himself (Keegan-Michael Key) will be providing a daily tour and introduction to another guest. Please remember to wear headphones throughout your stay. And make yourself at home. After all, this is it!A production of iHeartRadio, Blumhouse Television, and Grim & Mild from Aaron Mahnke.
  3. True horror stories written by those that made it out alive. First person accounts narrated and produced by Andrew Tate in an anthology of terror and suspense.
  4. You’ve heard of haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, haunted islands...but do you know how a normal place can become a paranormal minefield? Every haunted place on earth has a frightening, real backstory. Every Thursday, we take you on an audio tour of a new haunted place, and its haunted history! Subscribe for free on Spotify to listen our Urban Legends bonus series every Tuesday.
  5. More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults. But where the public’s view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
  6. There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.
  7. Break A Wish is a podcast where all your dreams come true but with terrible ironic consequences. On each episode, host Maddox Campbell sits down with two guests and one magic wish. The panel breaks down the wish from every angle while trying to come up with the perfect ironic cost. Our goal is a come up with a cost that will make it a gut wrenchingly difficult choice whether you would accept this wish knowing its cost. Then we ask our panelists and our audience if they would.
  8. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and listening to the Hypotheticast made all the difference." - Robert Frost
  9. A podcast about the automation of everything. Host Jennifer Strong and the team at MIT Technology Review look at what it means to entrust artificial intelligence with our most sensitive decisions.Algorithms decide who receives social services, goes to jail, gets into college, qualifies for loans, or lands a job. We also look to AI to read and interpret our emotions, determining whether we’re happy, sad, angry, distracted… or even a threat. Tech Review’s editors and reporters explore the impact of artificial intelligence on the way our future will work.
  10. Profane, insane, and 100% primo science, Petri Dish is a no-BS podcast that explores the wildest subjects in modern science with clarity and evil joy. Hosted by Sean Allen, a Nanoparticle/Immunology Researcher, and Nathan Allen, his "screenwriter" brother, Petri Dish fuses hard science with a freewheeling and madcap conversational style. Cannabinoids, Plague, Cats, the dreaded Candiru, and the even more dreaded Covid-19: all these and more are dissected with intellect and irreverence, dropping every week. So reject ignorance. Join the Scientific Revolution. Join Petri Dish.
  11. A comedy podcast that takes a brief look at this week in history, news, entertainment and more.
  12. A comedy song-writing podcast. 3 friends get together to write a new hit every week. Prepare for laughs and madness. If you want even more DING content you can find us on social media @dingfloob or email us at dingfloob@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you! (Includes some adult themes) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  13. Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Lost Trail” is an epic quest that takes place in the Louisiana bayou. Following the events of Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night,” Logan (Richard Armitage) returns to New Orleans in search of redemption, only to discover that his ex-lover, Maureen is nowhere to be found. And she's not the only one. Dozens of humans and mutants have gone missing, including the mother of a teenage boy, Marcus Baptiste. With Weapon X in close pursuit, Logan and Marcus must team up and follow a trail of clues that leads them deep into the gothic heart of the bayou, where they encounter biker gangs, Cajun thieves and a world of wonders that defies explanation. It is here that they find Greenhaven -- a refuge run by a powerful mutant named Jason Wyngarde. Award-winning comic book author Ben Percy (“The Dark Net,” “Red Moon”), director/sound designer Brendan Baker (“Wolverine: The Long Night”) and associate director/sound designer Chloe Prasinos (“Wolverine: The Long Night”) will return for the series, produced by Daniel Fink and Chloe Wilson of Marvel and Jenny Radelet Mast of Stitcher. Learn more at wolverinepodcast.com. Season 1 now available wherever you get your podcasts.
  14. The podcast about chain restaurants. Comedians Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger review fast food/sit-down chains and generally argue about food/everything.
  15. Allrecipes podcast, Homemade, celebrates good food, the people who make it, and the stories and traditions of beloved recipes. On the show, host Martie Duncan (author, home cook, and Next Food Network Star finalist), talks to cooks of all stripes to reveal the memories and traditions behind their favorite foods.
  16. It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.
  17. Short stories and commentary by writer/storyteller, Shannon Cason.
  18. Better With Paul is a podcast, newsletter and community for everyone who values legacy, culture and financial freedom. Each week, Paul unpacks and explores business, relationship and health lessons from the journeys of innovators, entrepreneurs and creators from the U.S., UK, Caribbean and Africa.
  19. A new podcast about scary movies for people who are too scared to ever watch them. Each week Alex Goldman, avowed horror fan, screens a scary movie for avowed scaredy cat PJ Vogt. Together, they want to find out if it’s possible to become a person who enjoys fear.
  20. What is the internet doing to us? The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose discovers what happens when our lives move online.
  21. Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.
  22. The official podcast of comedian Joe Rogan. Follow The Joe Rogan Clips show page for some of the best moments from the episodes.
  23. Let’s talk SPACE, and let’s keep it casual. Nothing too technical. Stories that inspire. As a former NASA Public Affairs Officer, let be serve as your guide. I’ll provide conversations that are both interesting and fun. Each weekly episode brings a new, fresh discussion on a variety of space topics & stories. The universe is pretty big, so there’s always something new to discover! Join me and find YOUR inner space geek on Casual Space!
  24. What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
  25. We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. A Stitcher Production.
  26. A meditative podcast about cereal from cereal eater Justin McElroy and Cerealously creator Dan Goubert.
  27. If you're on this planet, plants have a HUGE impact on your life. Whether you're a vegan, a carnivore, or somewhere in between, plants are the basis of the food you eat, the clothes your wear, and the air you breathe. We don't intend just to teach you plant facts (though we'll do plenty of that), but to give you some insight into the cool people who work with them. From the soil to the plate to the climate, dive into the anthropology of plants (get it?) and learn a little more about why you should care about the world around you from the people who care about it the most.
  28. "'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt, Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi from Gimlet.
  29. From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 
  30. Comedy and edutainment podcast discussing and breaking down a Top 10ish List every week in real time, including: Highest grossing films ever, worst U.S. presidents, deadliest animals, best-selling video games, most visited websites, deadliest cults, and much more. Plus: fun facts, trivia, hot takes, and hot dogs. 100+ episodes and counting, with new episodes every Wednesday!
  31. In a tech startup, how do you get from an idea on the back of a napkin to a fully functioning product? Code Story is a podcast featuring tech leaders, reflecting the roads they travelled and the products they created. On the show, we interview tech visionaries, digging into the critical moments of what it takes to change an industry, and build (and lead) a team that has your back.Hosted by Noah Labhart, this show is a window into the digital startup world. In their own words, tech veterans share what it feels like to create a world class product, how to recover from critical mistakes, and how to scale your solution to the masses.Their tech. Their products. Their stories.This podcast is for the founder, tech leader, CTO, CEO, developer, software architect, startup leader, disruptive visionary - or the curious minded individual, who wants to know what a builder goes through in creating world changing technology.
  32. Dave Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurants and the creator and host of Netflix’s 'Ugly Delicious,' Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and, of course, food. In ranging conversations that cover everything from the creative process to his guest’s guiltiest pleasures, Dave and a rotating cast of smart, thought-provoking guests talk about their inspirations, failures, successes, fame, and identities.
  33. In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story. “1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.
  34. We tell the weird and surprising and funny backstories around food and drink. The tales we haven’t all heard yet, the ones that have been lost, the under-told. This is not a recipe show. And this is not a show about celebrity chefs or what they like to eat. Proof goes beyond recipes and cooking to investigate the foods we love (tiki drinks) and don't love (the grain bowl); ask the big questions (where do food cravings come from?); and uncover the hidden backstories that feed your food-obsessed brain. Hosted by Bridget Lancaster. A production of America's Test Kitchen.
  35. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information on all of our programs and live events, visit themoth.org.
  36. Every week I look something up on Wikipedia and explain it to my friend David.
  37. In 2000, The White Stripes had achieved their wildest dreams: Putting out records and touring the country. But Jack and Meg White were about to find out that maybe their wildest dreams weren't wild enough. From wowing the greatest DJ of all time to being chased by the coolest record labels — Striped Season 2 follows the band as they stand on the brink of international stardom. You'll hear that story from the people who witnessed it firsthand. Hosted by music journalist Sean Cannon, Striped is a production of Third Man Records and Nevermind Media.
  38. The Florida Men on Florida Man podcast features crazy but TRUE stories from the sunshine state. FMOFM goes past the insane headlines and focuses on Florida’s history. From the nation’s wealthiest mobster to legendary heroes of the frontier, there’s one thing they all have in common, Florida. If you love Florida News and Florida History, this show is for you! New episodes air every Wednesday and are available on every major platform!
  39. Without any preparation, or really any thought at all, Steve Hely and Dave King debate the great issues of the day. Moderated by Dan Medina. Produced by Marc Carusiello.
  40. Music journalism, travel writing and experimental radio.
  41. In a major new series Danny Fortson paints a picture of Silicon Valley - how it became the most important driver of tech and society on the planet, and where the people who run it are planning on going next.Danny has been the West Coast correspondent for The Sunday Times since the beginning of 2017, covering all things technology and Silicon Valley. He also hosts the weekly Danny in the Valley podcast. Before moving to California, where he was born and raised, he spent more than a decade in London, where he grew up.You can read more of Danny's reporting from Silicon Valley by subscribing to The Times and Sunday Times at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe/
  42. The world is more mysterious than most people are comfortable imagining. We cross paths with the mystical from time to time and may not even notice it. If we do, we quickly return to our usually mundane daily existence. But what if we not only acknowledged the unknown, we investigated it and spoke with those in the know? That’s what co-hosts Scott & Forrest, and their producer Tess Pfeifle do at Astonishing Legends. With the power of the well-vetted Astonishing Research Corps, they have access to information that most folks couldn’t find. Over 75 million downloads and hundreds of thousands of listeners have shown that exploring and embracing the wonders of our world can be not only enlightening but exciting.  Welcome to Astonishing Legends!
  43. We explore the fascinating – sometimes paralyzing – world of fears and phobias, with a splash of true crime!
  44. As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.
  45. A show that's a mix of escape room puzzles and tabletop role-playing.
  46. “Truer, but also darker.” This is the real origin story behind America’s decision to go to the moon. The story we learn starts with Sputnik, then President Kennedy’s challenge, and ends with triumph: an American flag on the lunar surface. But in the 50 years that have passed since the moon landing, as presidential documents have been declassified and secret programs have been revealed, a wilder story has begun to emerge. “Moonrise,” a new Washington Post narrative mini-series, digs into the nuclear arms race of the Cold War, the transformation of American society and politics, and even the birth of science fiction, to unearth what really drove us to the moon. Join host Lillian Cunningham (of the Presidential and Constitutional podcasts) as she uncovers a story that has so much to reveal about America -- and about the dreams and nightmares of being human on this Earth.
  47. 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.
  48. Corporate crookedness. Family feuding. Hilariously half-baked decisions. Host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time, and what could have been done to avoid them. Some of these stories are shocking. Some are funny. Some are just downright sad. But each one will give you a totally new perspective on big business… and big failure. From American Public Media.
  49. If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.
  50. After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him.Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that.Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.
  51. Whether the critics hated it, audiences ignored it, or the network pulled the plug, hosts Mike and Morgan are there to make the best of bad TV. New episodes every Tuesday.
  52. Take a break from reality with a quirky couple who discusses WEIRD topics and goes on fun tangents every other Wednesday, for your amusement. We tackle strange news stories, pop culture oddities, and answer existential questions with irreverence and imagination. Won't you be weird with us? Proud members of the Podfix Network, and sponsored by McGuffin Industries.