New to podcasts? Now is a great time to find something great for binge-listening!
Our librarians compiled some of the most popular podcasts in a variety of genres below. Some podcasts may be explicit. Check with your chosen podcast listening app or website for ratings and episode descriptions. All summaries are adapted from the podcast’s “About” section. Click the links provided for more information and ways to listen.
How does this work?
All podcasts are free and can be listened to in a browser on your computer, or through an App on your device. To listen on your computer, you can do a web search for the podcast title and listen directly through the podcast’s own website. Many of the Apps listed below also allow you to listen in your browser. To listen in an App, download one of the following Apps (or another you prefer) to your device, then search for podcasts by title or browse by genre. Be sure to connect to WiFi or download the podcast episode before listening to avoid mobile data usage.
Apps to Use
Apple Podcasts: Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Google Podcasts: Available for Android or iOS.
iHeartRadio: The free iHeartRadio app is available on over 200 platforms, including Web, iOS, Android, Alexa, automobiles and more.
PlayerFM: Play podcasts at your convenience, even when you’re offline. iOS and Android.
Radio Public: Available on iPhone, Android, and web.
Spotify: Available on wide variety of devices. Offline listening is for paid subscribers only.
Stitcher: iOS only. Can create playlists and listen to them offline.
Onto the Content!
All About Books: A weekly NET Radio book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach, Director of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE.
Anything But Silent: Buzzing, creative, brave. Places of sanctuary, freedom, and the unexpected. Libraries don’t just keep our stories safe; they’re where new stories begin. Meet the people around the world making amazing things happen in them in our podcast, Anything But Silent.
Books and Boba: Books & Boba is a book club and podcast dedicated to spotlighting books written by authors of Asian descent.
The Book Review (NYT): The podcast that takes you inside the literary world.
iFanboy: You want comic book podcasts, you got them. If you’re a visual person and video podcasts are your bag, there is iFanboy, with new episodes every Wednesday. If you’re strictly into the whole audio thing, there are new episodes of the Pick of the Week Podcast every Sunday. iFanboy’s got podcasts to delight and tantalize the senses!
Levar Burton Reads: The Best Short Fiction, Handpicked by the Best Voice in Podcasting.
Read or Dead: Read or Dead is a bi-weekly mystery fiction podcast dedicated to the worlds of mystery and thriller literature.
SFF Yeah!: SFF Yeah! is a biweekly fantasy and science fiction podcast dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.
Comedy & Entertainment
Anna Faris is Unqualified: Relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard: Welcome to the Armchair Expert, a cast that celebrates the messiness of being human.
Dolly Parton’s America: In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
How Did This Get Made?: Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s amazing? Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas want to hear about it! We’ll watch it with our funniest friends, and report back to you with the results.
Questlove Supreme: Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver.
The Read: Join Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé.
WTF with Marc Maron: WTF with Marc Maron features revelatory conversations with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and President Barack Obama.
Alice Isn’t Dead: 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.
GlitterShip: GlitterShip is a science fiction and fantasy podcast devoted to publishing audio versions of LGBTQ stories from authors of all backgrounds.
Hello From the Magic Tavern: Hello! I’m Arnie. I fell through a magical portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found myself in a strange magical land called Foon. I’m still somehow getting a weak wi-fi signal so I host a weekly podcast, interviewing creatures, wizards, and adventurers.
Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night: Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye. Featuring Richard Armitage as Wolverine.
The Once and Future Nerd: A serialized audiodrama podcast about three teenagers from modern-day Pennsylvania who find themselves trapped in a High Fantasy world full of powerful magic and feudal intrigue. Will they survive their new surroundings long enough to get back home? Will their genre-awareness be an asset or a liability? And what is it like to be a rabbit?
Selected Shorts (NPR): Your favorite actors bringing great stories to life.
Welcome to Nightvale: A twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
Farm to Taber: A show about the inner guts of the food system, and what it takes to make it work sustainably, hosted by Sarah Taber.
Proof: Proof is a new podcast from America’s Test Kitchen, hosted by Bridget Lancaster. It goes beyond recipes and cooking to investigate the foods we love (such as deep-fried oreos and tiki drinks) and don’t love (like once-in-vogue celery and the meteoric rise of the grain bowl)
The Splendid Table: The Splendid Table, hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam, has been an original weekend companion, celebrating the intersection of food and life for more than two decades.
A Taste of the Past: Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian, takes a weekly journey through the history of food on A Taste of the Past.
Critical Role: What began in 2012 as a bunch of friends playing in each other’s living rooms has evolved into a multi-platform entertainment sensation, attracting over half million viewers every week.
Girls on Games: Weekly video game podcast with a dash of geek culture! The GoGCast features industry news, round table discussions and engaging interviews.
Rivals of Waterdeep: A D&D actual play stream from the official DND twitch channel … turned into a PODCAST!
Cabinet of Curiosities: From the creator of the hit podcast Lore comes a new, bite-sized storytelling experience. Each twice-weekly episode features two short tales that take listeners on a guided tour of the unbelievable, the unsettling, and the bizarre.
The History Chicks: Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.
The Memory Palace: The Memory Palace is a storytelling podcast and occasional radio segment created and produced Nate DiMeo in 2008. It was a finalist for a Peabody Award in 2016.
Noble Blood: Noble Blood explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between.
Our Fake History: Our Fake History is an award-winning podcast about myths people think are history and history that might be hidden in myths.
Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell: Each week for 10 weeks, Revisionist History will go back and reinterpret something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.
The Moth: Moth stories are true, as remembered by the storyteller and always told live.
Reply All: “A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” – The Guardian
This American Life: This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme.
You Are Not So Smart: A Celebration of Self Delusion: A fun exploration of the ways you and everyone else tends to develop an undeserved confidence in human perception, motivation, and behavior.
BBC Global News Podcast: The day’s top stories from BBC News.
Coronavirus: Fact Vs. Fiction with Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Join CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the latest news about the coronavirus.
Coronavirus Global Update by BBC World Service: A daily round-up on the spread of the coronavirus, with reports from affected areas, details of the latest medical information and the impact on health, business and travel.
The Daily: Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
NPR News Now: The latest news in five minutes. Updated hourly.
PBS News Hour: Listen to the complete PBS NewsHour, specially formatted as a podcast.
Race, Equity, and Social Justice
Code Switch: Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.
Ear Hustle: The daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.
The Guilty Feminist: We’re a supportive forum to discuss the big topics all 21st century feminists agree on, whilst confessing our “buts” – the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our lofty principles.
Kosher Queers: Kosher Queers is a podcast with at least two Jews and generally more than three opinions! Each week Jaz and Lulav bring you queer takes on Torah.
Latinos Who Lunch: Latinos Who Lunch is a podcast hosted by artist Favyfav and art historian Babelito. Join them as they discuss everything from pop culture and art to issues of race, gender, and class in Latinx communities.
The Nod: Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.
Pod Save the People: On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with fellow activists Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Dr. Clint Smith. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
She’s All Fat: The podcast for body positivity, radical self love, and chill vibes ONLY.
Yo, Is This Racist?: Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.
Science & Health
Hidden Brain: Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
Living on Earth: As the planet we call home faces a climate emergency, Living on Earth is your go-to source for the latest coverage of climate change, ecology, and human health.
Mayo Clinic Radio: In addition to the hour-long “Mayo Clinic Radio” program, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minutes, which include health, science and wellness information, are delivered five days a week. The hour-long programming and one minute health segments are also available by podcast shortly after broadcast.
Ologies with Alie Ward: Alie Ward, a Daytime Emmy Award-winning science correspondent, […] hosts “Ologies,” a comedic science podcast.
Science Rules with Bill Nye: Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world— one phone call at a time. He’ll tackle your curliest questions on just about anything in the universe.
TEDTalks Health: From way-new medical breakthroughs to smart daily health habits, doctors and researchers share their discoveries about medicine and well-being onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world.
In The Dark: An investigative podcast, hosted by Madeleine Baran, that has examined the cases of Jacob Wetterling and Curtis Flowers. Now reporting on the effects of COVID-19 in the Mississippi Delta.
My Favorite Murder: My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
Serial: Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season. Serial has won every major award for broadcasting, including the duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast.
Editing and formatting: Ana.