Podcasts

At American Public Media, we make podcasts for curious listeners. Our shows explore new ideas, uncover truths and tell human stories. All of our shows are powered by you, our listeners.  Discover your next favorite podcast below.

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In the Dark

Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He’s won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And why does the justice system ignore the prosecutor’s record and keep Flowers on death row? Learn more. Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 


Terrible, Thanks for Asking®

You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author (It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too)) and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.  Learn more.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.


The Slowdown

Every weekday, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Poetry Foundation.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 

 


Decomposed

Decomposed breaks down the stories that have shaped classical music, from secrets and scandals to acts of sheer genius. Hear these stories accompanied by the symphonies, operas and other masterpieces they inspired. Hosted by Jade Simmons, a classical concert pianist and storyteller, the first season of Decomposed takes on gender expectations, Cold War propaganda and the danger of putting your personal life on the stage. Produced in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio.


The Hilarious World of Depression

A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 


The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table, hosted by award-winning food writer Francis Lam is a culinary, culture and lifestyle program that has hosted conversations about food culture, eating and cooking for more than two decades. Listeners get a modern, multicultural weekly snapshot of the food world – exploring different cultures, cuisines and ideas. You’ll hear conversations with chefs as well as home cooks and the small personal stories that come out of the expansive world of the table.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.


Brains On!

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats, and go wherever the answers take us.   Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 


Forever Ago

Forever Ago is a history show for the whole family. Every episode explores the origin of one thing – like sandwiches, video games and clocks – while teaching listeners to think critically about the past. Produced by APM and Brains On.   Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 

 


Smash Boom Best

Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and let’s you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case…teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 


Marketplace

Listen to Marketplace — anytime, anywhere. Our podcasts bring you deeper inside the stories from the economy that shape our experiences. And we also make our broadcast programs available as podcasts so you never have to miss an episode. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcasts.

 


The Uncertain Hour

The Uncertain Hour dives in to one controversial topic each season to bust long-standing myths and find the origin stories of the world we live in. Because the things we fight the most about are the things we know the least about.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 

 


Too Beautiful to Live

TBTL (Too Beautiful to Live) is a daily weekday podcast from Luke Burbank and co-host/producer Andrew Walsh. It is about life, current events, popular culture, puttering, serial boat ownership, and night pants.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 

 


Campaign ’68

The 1968 presidential election was a watershed in American politics. After dominating the political landscape for more than a generation, the Democratic Party crumbled. Richard M. Nixon was elected president and a new era of Republican conservatism was born. In Campaign ’68, we look back 50 years to this dramatic story.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 


King’s Last March

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Half a century later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that’s not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 

 


Order 9066

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten “relocation” camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.  Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 


Educate

Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn. From APM Reports.    Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.

 

 

 


Historically Black

Objects hold history. They’re evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post’s coverage of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a “people’s museum” of personal objects, family photos and more.

The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. The Washington Post and APM Reports are proud to collaborate in presenting these rich personal histories, along with hosts Keegan-Michael Key, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae and Another Round hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton.

Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.