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Podcasts We Love

Posted on November 21 2018

SET 1



1 / SONG EXPLODER
/ Ever wonder how your favorite songs came to be? Check out Song Exploder. In this podcast, musicians talk about the origins of their songs. They break them down bit by bit so you can understand the story behind their creation. Song Exploder is hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.

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2 / THE HABITAT / Life on Mars may seem pretty off-putting to you, especially if you like human comforts. But, the same is not true if you're one of the folks featured in the podcast the Habitat. This podcast tells the true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet. The research done on this planet will help scientists discover how we can survive on Mars (or a similarly hostile place)—if it comes to that.

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3 / AUSTRALIAN DESIGN RADIO / One of the best ways to learn about creativity and get inspired for your own work is by listening to other designers. Australian Design Radio gives creatives the chance to have a conversation with each other on their process. They also talk about artists they love, the industry, and more. We love Australian Design Radio because it's useful and informative—and the conversations are just so entertaining.

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SET 2



 

4 / THE MONOCLE CULTURE SHOW
/ If you're wanting to stay up to date on the latest trends in culture including art, literature, film, and more, listen to the Monocle Culture Show. On this podcast, the culture editor of Monitor talks about his favorite new cultural creations. The show also features influential figures in entertainment and media, who talk about the trends they're most interested in.

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5 / STARVING ARTIST
/ If you're a starving artist, you've found your podcast. Listen to learn how you can actually make money in a creative industry. You can hear real-life stories from creatives who've figured it out. This show is a good, honest, sobering but inspiring take on how you can build a life and a living from your art.

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6 / SERIAL SEASON 3
/ Serial is heading back to court. This time, in Cleveland. A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week.

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SPECIAL / THE GRADO STORY
/ Mike Macadaan sits down with John and Jon Grado in their family home/factory in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The three cover a lot of ground from the family's rich history in the audio business to what goes into their signature sound.

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SET 3

8 / TWENTY THOUSAND HERTZ / Have you ever met anyone who was obsessed with sounds? Or, does this sound like you? If so, try listening to Twenty Thousand Hertz. This podcast discusses the world's most recognizable sounds and where they came from. This includes things like: what you hear on an airplane, the dialup internet sound, and other things you've wondered about. Pretty revealing and fascinating.

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9 / CREATIVE MORNINGS / If you want to feel like you have more creative enrichment in your life, listen to CreativeMornings. This inspiring podcast was created by Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swissmiss, who launched it as a friendly and informative event to bring together NYC's vast community of creatives. Now it's an educational and motivational podcast and you can "attend" the event from the comfort of your own Airpods.

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10 / DESIGN MATTERS / Designers don't only create products, they build artistic lives. This podcast examines those lives and offers a revealing look at how famous creatives have shaped their industries. This is one of the first podcasts created and one of the longest running. It's been on the air for more than 13 years.

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SET 4

11 / 99% INVISIBLE / Do you ever look around you and wonder—how did all this stuff I use, know, and love ever come to be? Check out 99% Invisible to learn the history behind famous designs and the thinking that led to some of the world's most beloved products. It's a podcast about invention, engineering, design, and innovation, and it's fascinating.

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12 / UP AND VANISHED, SEASON 2 / If you're a fan of the suspenseful true crime podcast, Up and Vanished is one you can't miss. Documentary filmmaker Payne Lindsey uses his podcast platform to take deep dives into unsolved murder mysteries or missing persons cases. In his first season, he investigated the murder of Tara Grinstead, a teacher in Ocilla, Georgia. He's on Season 2 and Case 2 now, and his detective work is not only interesting to listen to—but also very effective.

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13 / MISSING RICHARD SIMMONS / Richard Simmons is one of the most beloved fitness figures of all time. But, most people didn't notice when he simply disappeared in 2014. In this podcast, former friend and producer Dan Taberski sets off on a misson to find Richard Simmons and figure out what has happened to him.

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SET 5

 

 
14 / DEAR FRANKLIN JONES / Even if you don't realize it, everyone has a secret. Producer Jonathan Hirsch seems to live a normal life on the outside. But, growing up, his family had a dark buried seret: they were followers of the cult leader Franklin Jones. Hirsch goes back to explore his roots, how it became a buried story, and just who (and what) Franklin Jones was.

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15 / CREATIVE WAFFLE / Need something short to listen to when you're on-the-go? Check out Creative Waffle, a podcast that lets creatives give helpful tips, funny stories, useful advice, and more. A great regular listen for anyone immersed in the design world.

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16 / LATE NIGHTS WITH TRAV AND LOS / Two creatives, Travis and Carlos, are best friends. They sit and talk late into the night about their industry, experience, and life mysteries. Listen to this podcast for interesting insights and interviews about creativity and more.

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SET 6

 

 
17 / BUBBLE / Welcome to Fairhaven, a literal Bubble of corporate utopia set amid the wild, imp-infested Brush. The first scripted comedy series from Maximum Fun, Bubble tells a tale that is both contemporary and otherworldly, as a small band of monster killers struggles to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy.

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18 / MOGUL: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CHRIS LIGHTY / In Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty,For one of the most interesting podcasts about real life entrepreneurialism, check out Mogul. It tells the story of Chris Lighty, who co-founded Violator, a label and marketing/management company representing some of the world's best hip-hop artists. Lighty died at 44, and his death was deemed a suicide, but this podcast takes a deeper look at his story and where things went wrong.

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19 / ARMCHAIR EXPERT / A podcast that celebrates the messiness of being human.

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20 / SLOW BURN / On Slow Burn, Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 captured what it was like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

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