35 Best NPR Podcasts (National Public Radio)

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Here are 35 Best NPR Podcasts worth listening to in 2024

1. Fresh Air

Fresh Air Washington, District of Columbia, US
Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. H...osted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 47 min
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2. The NPR Politics Podcast

The NPR Politics Podcast Washington, District of Columbia, US
Every weekday, NPR's best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don't ju...st tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast . Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 18 min
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3. How I Built This with Guy Raz

How I Built This with Guy Raz Washington, District of Columbia, US
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entr...epreneurs and idealists and the movements they built.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 51 min
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4. The Indicator from Planet Money

The Indicator from Planet Money Washington, District of Columbia, US
A little show about big ideas. From the people who make Planet Money, The Indicator helps you make sense of what's happening today. It's a qui...ck hit of insight into work, business, the economy, and everything else. Listen weekday afternoons.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 9 min
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5. Up First

Up First Washington, District of Columbia, US
NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News in 10 minu...tes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Rachel Martin, Noel King and Steve Inskeep. Now available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with hosts Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 16 min
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6. Short Wave

Short Wave US
New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines - all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, usi...ng a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 3 episodes / week Avg Length 13 min
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7. Planet Money by NPR

Planet Money by NPR Washington, District of Columbia, US
Planet Money is a well-known and popular NPR podcast. If you're thinking about investing, you should learn about our economy. Planet Money's t...agline is 'The Economy Explained,' which they accomplish in an innovative, amusing, and engaging way. Planet Money could be paired with some of the more investment/stock-focused shows for a well-rounded lineup of information.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 24 min
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8. Here & Now

Here & Now Washington, District of Columbia, US
NPR and WBUR's live midday news program.
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / day Avg Length 28 min Dec 2020
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9. It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders Washington, District of Columbia, US
Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as ...he makes sense of the world through conversation.more
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6.7M 8.7M 6.7M 2 episodes / week Avg Length 32 min Jun 2017
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10. Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Chicago, Illinois, US
NPR's weekly news quiz. Have a laugh and test your knowledge with today's funniest comedians. And if you can't get enough, try our new mid...-week show, Everyone & Their Mom. Each Wednesday, host Emma Choi takes the story everyone's talking about and uses it as an excuse to hang out with culture makers, Wait Wait panelists, and hilarious new comedians.Hate free content? Try a subscription to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 1 episode / week Avg Length 46 min
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11. Consider This from NPR

Consider This from NPR US
The hosts of NPR's All Things Considered help you make sense of a major news story and what it means for you, in 15 minutes. New episodes six days... a week, Sunday through Friday.more
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6.8M 8.7M 4 episodes / week Avg Length 12 min Mar 2020
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12. Embedded

Embedded Washington, District of Columbia, US
Host Kelly McEvers takes a story from the news and goes deep. Whether that means digging into the Trump administration's past, the stories behind ...police shootings caught on video, or visiting a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic, Embedded takes you where the news is happening.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 11 episodes / quarter Avg Length 38 min Mar 2016
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13. 1A

1A Detroit, Michigan, US
Every day, 1A convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time. The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing con...text and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.more
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64.4K 71.7K 14.8K 1 episode / day Avg Length 46 min Jan 2020
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14. All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered Washington, District of Columbia, US
Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with e...merging artists, icons, and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart, and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise.more
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6.7M 393.7K 6.7M 1 episode / week Avg Length 47 min
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15. Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour Washington, District of Columbia, US
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.
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50.6K 45.9K 4 episodes / week Avg Length 23 min
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16. Code Switch

Code Switch What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast t...ackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society - from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.more
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49K 146K 1 episode / week Avg Length 36 min
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17. TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour Washington, District of Columbia, US
Exploring the biggest questions of our time with the help of the world's greatest thinkers. Host Manoush Zomorodi inspires us to learn more about ...the world, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.more
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52.8K 50.8K 1 episode / week Avg Length 46 min Apr 2018
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18. Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn New Hampshire, US
Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite cri...tics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it 'the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world.' (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)more
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27.4K 45.3K 14.4K 3 episodes / week Avg Length 40 min Jul 2013
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19. Car Talk Podcast

Car Talk Podcast Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
America's funniest auto mechanics take calls from weary car owners all over the country, and crack wise while they diagnose Dodges and dismiss Dia...hatsus. You don't have to know anything about cars to love this one hour weekly laugh fest.more
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567.2K 42.4K 2 episodes / week Avg Length 35 min
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20. Throughline

Throughline Washington, District of Columbia, US
The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can fe...el and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.more
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6.7M 20.9K 3 episodes / month Avg Length 52 min Jan 2019
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21. World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians.
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46.1K 31.5K 17.1K 5 episodes / week Avg Length 24 min
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22. Rough Translation

Rough Translation Washington, District of Columbia, US
How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversat...ions into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.more
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2.9K 7.8K 1 episode / month Avg Length 31 min Aug 2017
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23. StoryCorps

StoryCorps Toledo, Ohio, US
Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friend...ship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.more
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4.7K 4.8K 1.7K 6 episodes / quarter Avg Length 16 min Jan 2019
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24. Alt.Latino

Alt.Latino Washington, District of Columbia, US
NPR's Alt Latino is a show and podcast about Latinx arts and culture. Tune in to listen to the podcast!
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33.8K 19.6K 1 episode / week Avg Length 30 min
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25. From the Top

From the Top Toledo, Ohio, US
NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
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66.5K 3.3K 7.4K 1 episode / week Avg Length 58 min
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26. Invisibilia

Invisibilia Washington, District of Columbia, US
Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia Latin for invisible things fuses narrative storytel...ling with science that will make you see your own life differently.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 2 episodes / year Avg Length 36 min
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27. Ask Me Another

Ask Me Another Washington, District of Columbia, US
Packed with trivia, comedy and celebrity guests, Ask Me Another is like an amusement park for your brain. Host Ophira Eisenberg and musician Jonathan ...Coulton take brilliant contestants on a roller coaster that'll make you laugh and scream out the answers and barely anyone throws up in a trash can.more
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28. Louder Than A Riot

Louder Than A Riot Washington, District of Columbia, US
From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that dis...proportionately impacts Black America. Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, this podcast is invested in power from all angles the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex, and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M 13 episodes / year Avg Length 45 min Sep 2020
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29. Tiny Desk Concerts - Video

Tiny Desk Concerts - Video Washington, District of Columbia, US
Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. W...atch videos from Passion Pit, The xx, Wilco, Adele, Phoenix, Tinariwen, tUnE-yArDs and many more.more
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6.7M 8.7M 6.7M Dec 2017
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30. Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts Toledo, Ohio, US
Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. Hea...r Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx, and many more.more
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6.8M 8.7M 6.7M
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31. The Students' Podcast

The Students' Podcast Washington, District of Columbia, US
Teachers and students, got something to say? Put on your headphones and get ready to hit record! The folks behind NPR's Student Podcast Challenge ...made this handy guide on how to make a podcast in the classroom. We'll talk about how to gather good sound, ask great questions and conduct smart interviews. Plus, we'll hear from the contest's judges, last year's winners and feature some pretty inspiring stories of students and teachers. It's everything you need to make an amazing podcast!more
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32. No Compromise

No Compromise Atlanta, Georgia, US
Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting. Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions ...of likes, follows, and dollars. From WAMU's Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how three brothers from the most uncompromising corner of the gun debate are turning hot-button issues into donations and controversy.more
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7 23.4K 1 episode / year Avg Length 38 min Aug 2020
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33. Believed

Believed Ann Arbor, Michigan, US
How did Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor, get away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades? Believed is an inside look at h...ow a team of women won a conviction in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. It's a story of survivors finding their power in a cultural moment when people are coming to understand how important that is. It's also an unnerving exploration of how even well-meaning adults can fail to believe.more
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56.7K 1.8K 14.3K Oct 2018
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NPR Podcasters

Top Podcasters covering NPR. Get Spreadsheet.
Podcaster Name Email Podcast Link Total Episodes
WBUR npr.org 68
WXPN Listener Supported Radio npr.org 38
Guy Raz | Wondery npr.org 31
Jesse Thorn npr.org 30
Raina Douris npr.org 2
Stephen Kallao npr.org 2
From the Top fromthetop.org 2
Oregon Public Broadcasting spreaker.com/show/opb-news 10
Wuwm 89.7 Fm - Milwaukee's Npr wuwm.com/podcast/lake-effect 10
Ktrh (ktrh-am) omny.fm/shows/the-ross-and-mckenna-conversation/playlists/podcast 9
Podnews Llc podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podnews-daily/id1325018583 7
Another Mother Runner anothermotherrunner.com/podcasts 6
Audacy omny.fm/shows/the-marc-cox-show-podcast 5
St. Louis Public Radio news.stlpublicradio.org/show/st-louis-on-the-air 5
Capradio capradio.org/news/insight/podcast 4
Connecticut Public Radio ctpublic.org/shows/disrupted 4
Kevin Kietzman kkhasissues.podbean.com 4
Kunc kunc.org/show/kuncs-colorado-edition 4
Mr. David Joshua Ferguson podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/david-ferguson6 4
Jennifer Rooks mainepublic.org/show/maine-calling 3
Wypr 88.1 Fm Baltimore omny.fm/shows/midday 3
American Public Media kqed.org/podcasts/truthbetold 2
Arik Hanson And Kevin Hunt thetalkingpointspodcast.com/episodes 2
Dale Jackson omny.fm/shows/the-dale-jackson-show 2
David Folkenflik houstonpublicmedia.org 2
Dr. Dan Peters | Parent Footprint exactlyrightmedia.com/parent-footprint 2
Gone Bridge Podcast feeds.buzzsprout.com/1467487 2
Jenny Arimoto & Mic Nguyen art19.com/shows/asian-not-asian 2
Jeremy Bagott appraisersblogs.com 2
Joe Donahue wamc.org/show/the-roundtable 2
Kjzz 91.5fm Phoenix kjzz.org/podcast/word 2
Ktla Audio Network ktla.com/podcasts/frank-buckley-interviews 2
Laist 89.3 omny.fm/shows/airtalk 2
Matthew Bunch redcircle.com/shows/this-day-in-miami-history-podcast 2
Morning Brew podpage.com/morningbrewdaily 2
Mwc kfgo.com/podcasts-news-views-with-joel-heitkamp 2
Patrick Madden omny.fm/shows/louisiana-considered 2
Pbs Newshour podbean.com/podcast-detail/3smdz-39bc1/PBS-NewsHour---World-Podcast 2
San Francisco Agency podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/getknown 2
Sanjay Parekh & Adam Walker anchor.fm/techtalkyall 2
Sloane Ortel podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/free-money-with-sloane-and-ashby/id1474707488 2
Stephen Settanni podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-comedy-advice-podcast/id1326620580 2
Texas Right To Life podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/prolifepodcast 2
The Awakening With Bishop E.w. Jackson afr.net/podcasts/the-awakening 2
Theology Central theologycentral.net/episodes 2
Wbur wbur.org/radio/programs/onpoint 2
Winifred Phillips winifredphillips.wordpress.com 2
Wmnf 88.5 Fm Tampa npr.org/podcasts/484352907/tuesday-caf-with-sen 2
Am 770 Ktth omny.fm/shows/the-jason-rantz-show 1
Andrew Applebaum podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1614481842 1
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