This is #trypod week – a week dedicated towards getting people to try new podcasts. I’m a podcast devotee, so I thought I’d share 5 of my favorites.

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners. It is 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. It is also often the most popular podcastin the country, with another 2.4 million people downloading each episode.

There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe.

One of my favorites – Act V:


Fun fact I played on a recent episode that aired this past October during the elections. They recorded our session and posted the video on their website. See it here:

The Memory Palace is a storytelling podcast and public radio segment about the past. It was named a finalist for a Peabody Award in 2016

A good episode to start with: Episode 101: Promise

From PRX’s Radiotopia, Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. You’ve never heard anything like it before. New installments are added monthly.

A good episode to start with – The Silver Dollar:


Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

A good episode to start with – From Tree to Shining Tree:


This weekly comedy podcast, hosted by Broadway music director Nate Patten, takes you behind the scenes of the theatre business featuring interviews with industry celebrities in New York City.

A good episode to start with – Merrily We Troll Along: