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There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.More from The Big Listen »

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Anna Sale Wants To Be Uncomfortable

Discomfort is the currency of Death, Sex & Money, according to host Anna Sale. Plus, we chat with the folks behind Historically Black about everyday objects in African-American families. And Nate, our favorite kid podcaster, gives us interviewing tips.

Anna Sale Wants To Be Uncomfortable

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Valentine's Day is upon us. So we're diving into online dating trials and tribulations with The Zoo, exploring the messiness of human intimacy with The Heart and getting some sage love advice from Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond of Dear Sugar. Plus, how a podcast saved a wedding! Courtesy of Mike Carter-Conneen hide caption

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Valentine's Day Special: Love, Romance and Lost Wedding Rings

Valentine's Day is upon us. So we're diving into online dating trials and tribulations with The Zoo, exploring the messiness of human intimacy with The Heart and getting some sage love advice from Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond of Dear Sugar. Plus, how a podcast saved a wedding!

Valentine's Day Special: Love, Romance and Lost Wedding Rings

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Malcolm Gladwell Will Make You Cry

Malcolm Gladwell tells us why he tries to get people to cry during interviews. And podcaster Sam Sabin finds her Native American heritage by way of her estranged father's obituary. Plus, why Alec Baldwin has the best celebrity podcast.

Malcolm Gladwell Will Make You Cry

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We meet Lauren's Scandinavian doppelganger, then explode songs with the host of Song Exploder. Then we chat with the makers of the hit show In The Dark, and Al Letson tells us what he's listening to. Moment Fotografi/Organic Denmark hide caption

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Al Letson Reveals Errthang (Encore)

We meet Lauren's Scandinavian doppelganger, then explode songs with the host of Song Exploder. Then we chat with the makers of the hit show In The Dark, and Al Letson tells us what he's listening to.

Al Letson Reveals Errthang (Encore)

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Inauguration Special: Are Presidents Really People Too?

On inauguration weekend, we talk to two gals podcasting their way across America to D.C. Then we hit the history books with the hosts of Presidents Are People Too! and Presidential. Plus, what Ezra Klein thinks POTUS 45 should be listening to (Hint: Ezra Klein).

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Susan Orlean Loves To Cry

Author Susan Orlean tells us about podcasts that make her cry, then we have a conversation about Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race (meta!) and chat with a guy who is literally Making Gay History. Plus, did you know podcasts can save your life?

Susan Orlean Loves To Cry

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Warehouse Workers, UNITE! (Rebroadcast)

Warehouses are great places to listen to podcasts, says a former warehouse worker. Also, comedian Phoebe Robinson on whether she'd date Terry Gross. And Nate Dimeo on his favorite podcast genre.

Warehouse Workers, UNITE! (Rebroadcast)

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The Future is Podcasting

2016 brought so many great guests on The Big Listen, and this episode, we revisit our favorite segments of the year. Plus, we take a deep dive into the highest court in the land with More Perfect. And our brand new foreign correspondents give us their podcast recommendations for 2017.

The Future is Podcasting

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We nerd out with the women of Nerdette, then we get our slumber party on with the host of Sleepover, public radio's first reality show. Plus, Jesse Thorn of Bullseye tells us what he's listening to. Adam Litovitz/CBC hide caption

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Admitting You Have A Problem (Rebroadcast)

We nerd out with the women of Nerdette, then we get our slumber party on with the host of Sleepover, public radio's first reality show. Plus, Jesse Thorn of Bullseye tells us what he's listening to.

Admitting You Have A Problem (Rebroadcast)

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This week, Lauren's whole family joins the show to gab about podcasts. Then, we zoom into the future with the host of Flash Forward, and the host of the Smithsonian's new podcast tells us why Pandas maybe aren't worth all the fuss. Russ Ober (aka Big Russ) hide caption

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Oberdose (Get It?!)

This week, Lauren's whole family joins the show to gab about podcasts. Then, we zoom into the future with the host of Flash Forward, and the host of the Smithsonian's new podcast tells us why Pandas maybe aren't worth all the fuss.

Oberdose (Get It?!)

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