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Best WNYC podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best WNYC podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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Hosts John and Hank Green (authors and YouTubers) offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions. They bring their personal passions to each episode by sharing the week’s news from Mars (the planet) and AFC Wimbledon (the third-tier English football club). WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. © WNYC Studios
 
Introducing the lightly competitive knowledge showcase from the geniuses behind the YouTube series SciShow. Every Tuesday, join Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schulz as they try to one-up and amaze each other with weird and funny scientific research... while not getting distracted. There will be tangents about video games, music, weird smells, surprisingly deep insights about life, and of course, poop, but it always comes back to the science. WNYC Studios is a listener-supporte ...
 
The United States of Anxiety: The United States of Anxiety is a show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future. Many of the political and social arguments we’re having now started in the aftermath of the Civil War, when Americans set out to do something no one had tried before: build the world’s first multiracial democracy. The podcast gives voters the context to understand what’s at stake in this election. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other ...
 
Every Friday, Amy Walter brings you the trends in politics long before the national media picks up on them. Known as one of the smartest and most trusted journalists in Washington, D.C., Amy Walter is respected by politicians and pundits on all sides of the aisle. You may know Amy her from her work with Cook Political Report and the PBS NewsHour where she looks beyond the breaking news headlines for a deeper understanding of how Washington works, who's pulling the levers of power, and how it ...
 
BFF Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios
 
He’s the President, yet we’re still trying to answer basic questions about how his business works: What deals are happening, who they’re happening with, and if the President and his family are keeping their promise to separate the Trump Organization from the Trump White House. “Trump, Inc.” is a joint reporting project from WNYC Studios and ProPublica that digs deep into these questions. We’ll be layout out what we know, what we don’t and how you can help us fill in the gaps. WNYC Studios is ...
 
Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Nancy, Death-Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many ...
 
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. On The Anthropocene Reviewed, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, Turtles All the Way Down) reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the Thing with A ...
 
Join hosts Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos as they navigate the rough waters of adulthood with the help of hilarious adult guests like Phoebe Robinson, Jim Gaffigan and Danielle Brooks. Taxes? Ew! Asking for a raise? Yuck! Killing a mouse? No thanks. Plus: answers to all your adulting questions. Adulting is produced by WNYC Studios, home to great podcasts like Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin.
 
The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield examine threats to free speech and government transparency, cast a skeptical eye on media coverage of the week’s big stories and unravel hidden political narratives in everything we read, watch and hear. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and Here’s the ...
 
The Stakes is a show about social change, hosted by Kai Wright. We live in extreme times—a climate on the verge of crisis, an economy built on inequality and a political system that feels like it’s falling apart. So, how’d we get to this point? And what happens next? From democracy to healthcare, from pop culture to the environment, our reporters are working to understand why we live the way we do—and why it matters. Because if we can better understand the society we‘ve got, maybe we can fig ...
 
When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it.
 
Is your phone watching you? Can texting make you smarter? Are your kids real? Note to Self explores these and other essential quandaries facing anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts, including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy and many others. © WNYC Studios
 
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In the early stages of the pandemic many friendships were energized by the challenge of distance, and the novelty of apps like Houseparty and Zoom, but as pandemic fatigue sets in, does it feel like your friend circle is shrinking or changing shape? Your calls on the friends you've kept, lost, and created. *How are you?*It's become such a loaded qu…
 
On Tuesday, a huge explosion in Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 30 people and devastated some of the city, leaving hundreds wounded. People there describe a scene of utter chaos and bloodshed. The blast comes as tensions mount between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, and amid an economic implosion that has kept the city without ele…
 
As we move closer to November, we need to keep talking about what it looks like to vote during a pandemic. To keep millions of people safe amid an historic election, many are looking to mail-in ballots. The Trump Administration has been attacking the United States Postal Service and the use of mail-in ballots for the election. On Monday, the Presid…
 
Last week, we mourned the loss of Malik Abdul Basit, better known as Malik B, a hip hop artist and one the founding members of the legendary group, The Roots. He was only 47. The exact cause of Malik’s death has yet to be confirmed, but it fits into a troubling pattern of rappers, especially those from the golden age of hip-hop's early days, dying …
 
There’s a standard way the conversation on "cancel culture" goes: on the one side, male comedians and right-wingers saying cancel culture is out of control, you can't say anything anymore without getting dragged. On the other, progressive think piece writers saying cancel culture is blown way out of proportion, and is really just powerful people fi…
 
Where the United States Postal Service Stands on Mail-In Ballots Come November As we move closer to November, we need to keep talking about what it looks like to vote during a pandemic. Blast Rocks Beirut on Tuesday Amid Mounting Tensions and Economic Turmoil At least 30 people were killed with thousands injured; hospitals were overwhelmed by the n…
 
As Congress works on another round of COVID-19 relief, many are looking for them to extend unemployment benefits. But there's a spate of other issues that workers should keep an eye on. On today's show, millions of Americans are unemployed and waiting for the federal government to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus relief bill. Rashad Rob…
 
For decades, doctors in the United States have performed genital surgeries on intersex children that attempt to make their bodies align more closely with common perceptions of male and female anatomies. Activists and human rights groups have widely condemned these surgeries. And even after a 2013 report from the United Nations called on countries t…
 
Millions of Americans are unemployed and waiting for the federal government to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus relief bill. Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, and Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, talks about where lawmakers are on negotiating this deal, and what they'd like to se…
 
While spending the pandemic with his 95-year-old father in New Orleans, the actor is thinking hard about family and parenthood. Are you a new listener? Welcome! Check out our starter kit, which includes some of our favorite episodes of the show. It includes profiles of people like Bill Withers and Ellen Burstyn, stories about how race and class com…
 
The New York City Board of Elections certified the results of the June 23 primary Tuesday. It comes a day after a federal judge issued an order directing Boards of Election across the state to reexamine their absentee ballot totals — to consider votes tossed out for a missing postmark. The State Board of Elections vowed to appeal that ruling. Click…
 
New York City's Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot resigned Tuesday. In recent weeks, she'd been out of the public view and hadn't been appearing at many of the mayor's briefings. In a message to her staff she said the health department would have to work closely with other agencies to prepare for an "inevitable second wave" and that there could…
 
The numbers are grim. Nearly 160,000 people have died so far from COVID-19 in the United States. Early in the pandemic, those deaths — and the virus itself — were largely concentrated in cities like New York and Seattle. But the numbers of Americans infected with the virus are on the rise in parts of the South and Midwest as well as in rural Americ…
 
At the end of June, the U.S. had 25% of the world’s confirmed coronavirus cases, despite accounting for just four percent of the global population, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University. Recently, a number of countries, that were thought to have their outbreaks under control, including Spain and Australia, have seen upticks in case…
 
The federal government let the $600 supplemental unemployment benefit expire earlier this week. We check in on Congress's negotiations, and on listeners who needed that money to get by. On today's show, lawmakers remain at an impasse over what to include in the fifth coronavirus relief bill. Emily Cochrane, reporter in the Washington bureau of The …
 
Writers Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Fetters may be the country’s most astute observers of modern romance. Fetters even wrote the definitive history of Tinder. Alec discovered their jointly written article, The ‘Dating Market’ Is Getting Worse, published in February, 2020, and knew he had to talk to them. The writers talked to historians and sociolog…
 
Since its debut in 2017, the Chinese app TikTok has become one of the fastest-growing social media tools with more than 800 million active users. The app lets users make short videos that are often shared across the Internet. But TikTok isn't all fun and games. For months now, a lot of the attention about the app has been focused on the national se…
 
Andrea Bernstein, WNYC senior editor and co-host of the WNYC/ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc. and the author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (W.W. Norton and Company, 2020), talks about a federal court filing made by the Manhattan district attorney that suggests his office is broadly investigating …
 
We’re continuing to cover back-to-school plans for districts across the country. And we’re hearing not just from teachers, but all sorts of professionals in school settings, on how they feel about returning to work. Like food service workers, bus drivers, custodians, paraeducators, school secretaries, nurses, and librarians. Lisa Adams is a media s…
 
The Mueller Report documented enough crimes and scandals in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign and in his Administration to sink the career of any President before him. But Trump called the whole thing a win. What’s more, he is now running for reëlection—something no impeached President has ever done before. How did that happen? And why? David Re…
 
On Sunday, pianist Leon Fleisher passed away at the age of 92. In the 1950s and early 60s, Fleisher was one of those classical musicians who was genuinely famous beyond classical music circles. Then disaster struck, and Fleisher was forced to reinvent himself – at least twice. His story is one for music fans (and possibly sports fans, of which Flei…
 
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy reversed course on the state's indoor gathering limits Monday, capping them at 25 people. That's down from the previous limit of 100. Murphy has threatened to rollback New Jersey's reopening process after the state's COVID-19 transmission rate reached its highest level since April. "We are at a very dangerous place," Mur…
 
On August 3rd, 2019, the border city of El Paso, Texas was forever changed. One year ago, a gunman shot and killed 23 people in a Walmart in El Paso. The gunman had written and published a white supremacist manifesto just moments before the attack. The massacre is considered to be the deadliest anti-Latino attack in modern U.S. history. The victims…
 
Are you one of the millions of Americans who has been tested for COVID-19? What did it cost? Experts have been saying since the start of this pandemic that testing for COVID-19 is a critical piece of containing the virus. And tests have become more widely available across the country over the last few months. Back in March, Congress mandated that h…
 
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