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Best Stories podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best Stories podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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From creator Jon Grilz, a collection of the most famous and disturbing creepypastas and urban legends in the world. Listener discretion is advised. Stories requests can be made on twitter @creepypod or via email at creepypod@gmail.com
 
Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (as well as a TV show and book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
 
Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.
 
Traditional fairy tales aren’t exactly suitable for kids. Women vomit spiders. Children get eaten. There’s even murder! Every Wednesday, we take you through the twists and turns of the dark origins of your favorite pieces of folklore. To listen to the full Tales catalog for free, be sure to subscribe on Spotify!
 
Family Secrets. We all have them. And while the discovery of family secrets can initially be terrifying or traumatic, often these discoveries have the power to liberate, heal, and even uplift us. Join Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of the memoir Inheritance, and her guests as they explore astonishing family secrets and uncover the extraordinary lessons the truth can teach us.
 
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! T ...
 
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.
 
The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...
 
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
THE TRUTH makes movies for your ears. They're short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Every story is different, but they all take you to unexpected places using only sound. If you're new, some good starting places are: Silvia's Blood, That's Democracy, Moon Graffiti, Tape Delay, or whatever's most recent. Listening with headphones is encouraged! We're a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
 
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.
 
Nolira is an agronomist tasked with establishing agriculture in a new solar system, but when she wakes up on a now- empty colony ship, the whole of her plan disappears. The ship has been set adrift, with numerous mission-critical problems requiring immediate attendance outside of her area of expertise. Nolira is aided by the ship’s malfunctioning AI, which acts as her confidant and companion during the fight for survival.
 
Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.
 
What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia ...
 
These aren't the stories your mother used to tell you ... no, these are The Other Stories. The Other Stories is a weekly short story podcast. A modern take on The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits. Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF stories delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning.
 
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
 
Turn off the lights, get into bed and plug in your earphones. It's time for a creepy bedtime story. For the discerning horror fan, we cover the most chilling cases from around the world. From the paranormal to the supernatural, unsolved mysteries and strange deaths to cryptids, conspiracy theories and the most disturbing of true crimes, all told in a unique and creepy way. Join us every week for a new scary story. bedtime.stories@outlook.com
 
Having trouble sleeping? Join Yoga and meditation teacher Kathryn Nicolai for bedtime stories where nothing much happens to help you relax and sleep peacefully. The stories are a soft landing spot for your mind. Rather than letting your brain race through the same thoughts you’ve been chasing all day, we are taking a detour to a calm and comfy place. We tell the story twice and go a bit slower the second time.
 
When the stakes are life and death, you'd be surprised at the lengths you’d go to survive. Pain, hunger, and fear can seem like paralyzing obstacles, but in the face of real danger, they’re actually what keeps us alive. ​Every week, we'll follow a different survivor's visceral and inspiring fight for life, and examine how the trauma impacted them forever. ​These are the stories of what happens when the human self-preservation instinct is pushed to its limit, through the eyes of the world's m ...
 
On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.
 
“Make your statement, face your fear.” A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join Jonathan Sims as he explores the archive, but be be warned, as he looks into its depths something starts to look back… New episodes every Thursday produced by Rusty Quill, featuring guest actors, short stories, serial plots and more.
 
Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.
 
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 informa ...
 
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In this episode, Rich - Bedtime Stories' narrator - shares some of his weird and wonderful experiences with the "paranormal".ABOUT THE PODCASTTurn off the lights, get into bed and plug in your earphones. It's time for a creepy bedtime story. For the discerning horror fan, we cover the most chilling cases throughout history. From the paranormal to t…
 
Being a normal guy in a world of superheroes, it’s tough to feel like the hero of even your own story, but if you can find love your story could surpass them all. Written by Richard Reynolds Narrated by Persephone Rose Edited by Karl Hughes With music by Dee Yan-Key and Thom Robson And sound effects provided by Free Music Archive and Freesound.org …
 
Webster the pony loves to prance and play, and he does NOT want to do any work, EVER. When his girl Harper needs his help to carry some salt to the market, will he be crafty enough to get out of it? Draw us a picture of what you think any of the characters in this story look like, and then tag us in it on instagram @storiespodcast! We'd love to see…
 
Lauren, a rising online video star, is about to celebrate her two-millionth subscriber when things go unexpected sideways. She discovers a corporation has taken over her channel after successfully claiming they own the copyright to her face and voice. She tries desperately to untangle how she lost the rights to her identity, which leads to...…
 
While at an unexpected stop on an around-the-world trip something happened that shook Greg’s world. It’s a secret he’s held for 36 years. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at BetterHelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. RAYCON Get 15% off your order at BuyRaycon.com/secret. PICTURES See Greg …
 
This episode features "Three Stories Conjured from Nothing" written by ShakeSpace. Published in the July 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. The text version of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/shakespace_07_20 Support us on Patreon at http://patreon.com/clarkesworld…
 
Happy fall... we mean August (when are we, exactly?)! We're talking synchronicities today, and speaking of synchronicities, Em tells us about their first round of randonauting with Allison in which they may have set their intentions to Desperate Housewives. We've got some wild and just a bit too coincidental stories from you all this month, everyth…
 
Storynory Competition! Win a signed copy of Bertie's new book, Undercover Robot. "If there was a super-intelligent and life-like robot in your class at school, what do you think would be the tell-tale sign that he/she was not human?" Send us your answer in a couple of sentences to @storynory on Twitter/FB or comp@storynory.com by August 7th 2020. G…
 
Author : Samantha Mills Narrator : Sandra Espinoza Host : Setsu Uzume Audio Producer : Peter Behravesh Discuss on Forums Previously published by Translunar Travelers Lounge. Rated PG-13. The destinies of two women — one, a soldier; the other, a princess — become intertwined in C. L. Clark’s debut, The Unbroken. This is a story about war, betrayal, …
 
This episode features "Drawing Lines Between the Stars" written by Frank Smith. Published in the August 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. The text version of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/smith_08_20 Support us on Patreon at http://patreon.com/clarkesworld…
 
“I could live with the nightmares. I could live with the panic attacks. But the thing that was tearing me apart was questioning if everything I know in my life was real at all.” Producer: Whit Missildine Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com Content/Trigger Warnings: childhood trauma, parental abuse, graph…
 
Ervina and Prefina Bangalo were born in Mbaïki, in the Central African Republic, with the back of their heads joined together. Their chances of surviving were incredibly low. By chance, Italian doctor Mariella Enoc was visiting the paediatric ward they were in. She immediately fell in love with the babies and decided to take them and their mum, Erm…
 
Sally lost her younger brother in one of the worst possible ways. The grief was almost unbearable. After his death, a friend advised her to be open to the possibility that he would come through, to try and visit her from beyond. Skeptical, Sally initially discounted her friend's advice, but what she experienced in the ensuing months was so intense …
 
Uncover the dirty dealings of history’s most badly behaved presidents in the NEW Spotify Original from Parcast, Very Presidential with Ashley Flowers. Every Tuesday through the 2020 election, Ashley shines a light on the darker side of the American presidency… From secret love affairs and all-night ragers to blackmail schemes and excessive drug use…
 
Kevin pays tribute to his late father and Jeff Simmermon, M.J. Kang and Christine share stories about testosterone, surviving assault, and parents getting divorced. Support RISK! on Patreon at Patreon.com/RISK Make a one-time donation to RISK! at PayPal.me/RISKshow Get tickets to RISK! live shows at RISK-show.com/tour Get the RISK! book at TheRISKB…
 
During the late 1970’s, the inhabitants of Scotland’s largest city were subjected to a series of terrifying encounters with a hideous nocturnal entity, whose incessant twitching and animalistic grunting put the fear of God into those who encountered him. This week, we take a look at the Gurning Man of Glasgow.ABOUT THE PODCASTTurn off the lights, g…
 
The Daily Smile shares heartwarming stories from all kinds of individuals all over the globe. Host Nikki Boyer recently sat down with Emmy Award Winning host of Netflix’s hit show, Queer Eye, Karamo Brown to discuss how he’s making the best of the moment by using it as a time to support and inspire others. Karamo discusses how he looks at challenge…
 
Stories in this episode: It was a completely different house. - Efficient_Ad_9008. Not going into that forest anymore... - Knobig. Chased by strange people in the woods with a large bag... - methhead__jerry. "I suddenly realize the noise is breathing, and it is getting louder. Then it’s right on top of me." - Marshall_McCockless_. Go to dailyharves…
 
Where did things go wrong? *** Written by Michael Whitehouse and narrated by Joe Stofko *** Watch "Infection" here: youtu.be/xEj9L7Z7DCI *** Check out our reward tiers at patreon.com/creepypod *** You can also subscribe to us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creepypod *** Produced by Steve Blizin *** Title music by Alex Aldea *** Intro/Outro Nar…
 
If you are spinning like a globe, The Doctor will slow things down while a boring bard fills ye ears with nonsensical cheers. Black Joy Summit- https://black-joy-summit.heysummit.com/ Black Lives Matter. I cannot create a safe place for everyone without stopping to pause and look at what changes I need to make to support that fact. When I say “you …
 
Boy, are Christine's arms tired this week... because she's back in LA! Join us for episode 183 and an in-person recording session that we can only classify as "tipsy turvy". First Em covers a poltergeist of many names, one of which is Mary-Ellen, the Fire Spook of Caledonia Mills. Then Christine takes us to Sugar Land, Texas for the Whitaker Family…
 
While we’re in between Season 14 and 15 we have two tales which will steal you away. “The Light from Windows” written by Laura Cabral (Story starts around 00:03:55) Produced by: Jesse Cornett Cast: Narrator - Dan Zappulla, Aiden's Dad - Jesse Cornett, Noah's Mom - Nikolle Doolin, Noah's Dad - Mike DelGaudio, New Mom - Jessica McEvoy “Questions for …
 
The Recycled Orchestra run by Favio Chavez, began as a safe haven for kids living in the Cateura slum. It turned into a global phenomenon when it caught the attention of rock royalty and actual royalty around the world. Playing instruments made from the trash thrown away at the local landfill site, teenagers who once only knew the streets around th…
 
(Segment 1) Invisible People: Dennis (Homeless in Los Angeles), (2-4) The Boy Who Was Laughed At For Wanting to Work At A Hotel... Until He Founded, The Ritz Carlton, (5-6) Ilene Hall Joined the Army to Find Her Husband in the Middle of WWII, (7-8) Playing Video Games Paid For My CollegeBy Our American Stories
 
Author : Octavia Butler Narrator : Amanda Ching Host : Alasdair Stuart Audio Producers : Summer Brooks and Mat Weller Discuss on Forums This story originally appeared in the May 1987 issue of Omni (available for free here), and was previously published on Escape Pod in February 2015 Contains one curse word, one brief reference […] Source…
 
In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York. It didn't go as planned. The house became the center of a case that's referred to as “The Ghostbusters ruling.” The judicial opinion read: “as a matter of law, the house is haunted.” Our other shows are Phoebe Reads a Mystery and This is Love. Criminal is a proud memb…
 
I should really stop... *** Written by bastard_vampire and narrated by Cole Burkhardt *** Check out our reward tiers at patreon.com/creepypod *** You can also subscribe to us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/creepypod *** Produced by Steve Blizin *** Title music by Alex Aldea *** Intro/Outro Narration by Joe Stofko See acast.com/privacy for priv…
 
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