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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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36 Questions For Jonathan Groff (Encore)

Broadway actor Jonathan Groff, Geoff Turner of CBC's On Drugs, Eleanor MacDowall of Radio Atlas and writer and domestic abuse survivor Jes Skolnik, who penned an op-ed about the healing power of true crime podcasts.

36 Questions For Jonathan Groff (Encore)

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Jon Ronson Likes Porn (Stories)

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Jon Ronson Likes Porn (Stories)

Writer Jon Ronson traces The Butterfly Effect from the moment pirated porn became free on the web. Plus: The hosts of Terrestrial and Closer Than They Appear, and Jillian Bauer-Reese documents people in recovery with The Rooms Project.

Jon Ronson Likes Porn (Stories)

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Noshing On Food Podcasts with Francis Lam & Kim Severson

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Noshing On Food Podcasts with Francis Lam & Kim Severson

It's a Big Listen smörgåsbord! We'll meet Francis Lam, new host of The Splendid Table, taste chocolate with The Slow Melt and hear which food podcasts New York Times food writer Kim Severson favors. Plus: Lauren enters brunch hell with Brendan Francis Newnam.

Noshing On Food Podcasts with Francis Lam & Kim Severson

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Levar Burton Reads To You (Encore)

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Levar Burton Reads To You (Encore)

We talk to the Reading Rainbow star about his new podcast for adults, LeVar Burton Reads. Also, we dig into black culture with the hosts of The Nod, and the stories behind sports with Jody Avirgan of ESPN's 30 For 30 podcast. Plus: Ingrid Jungermann on her new feature film about a pair of true crime podcasters.

Levar Burton Reads To You (Encore)

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Denis O'Hare and the Danger of Dinner Parties

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Denis O'Hare and the Danger of Dinner Parties

Actor Denis O'Hare tells us about Deadly Manners and the ingredients for a dismal dinner, Liz Plank talks feminism with Divided States of Women, and Joel Werner puts numbers on the air with Sum Of All Parts. Plus: Alice Wong of Disability Visibility describes all the voices she wants to hear on the radio.

Denis O'Hare and the Danger of Dinner Parties

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Chris Gethard and the Art of Deep Listening

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Chris Gethard and the Art of Deep Listening

Chris Gethard describes how Beautiful/Anonymous satisfies his craving for human connection. Plus: therapy with Esther Perel, poetry with Versify, and a podcaster who invites strangers to his home.

Chris Gethard and the Art of Deep Listening

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Adventure Times! Podcasts Celebrating Travel and Exploration (Encore)

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Adventure Times! Podcasts Celebrating Travel and Exploration (Encore)

We adventure with the overlanding couple behind Let's Not Panic, talk traveling while black and female with Aminatou Sow, and hear tales of survival from the Outside Podcast. Plus, a National Geographic explorer tells us her podcast picks for trekking to far-flung locales.

Adventure Times! Podcasts Celebrating Travel and Exploration (Encore)

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Glynn Washington Spooked Me The H*** Out

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Glynn Washington Spooked Me The H*** Out

Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington on making Spooked and Aaron Mahnke on transforming Lore into a TV show. Plus: Spooky voices with the No Sleep podcast and old time radio horror with Murray Horwitz.

Glynn Washington Spooked Me The H*** Out

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JD Samson On Making Podcast Music "More Boring"

Le Tigre's JD Samson talks composing music for podcasts, Nora McInerny says she's Terrible, Thanks For Asking, Helen Zaltzman unpacks annoying language. Plus, we check out the Potluck, a collective of Asian American podcasters. Mari Juliano hide caption

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JD Samson On Making Podcast Music "More Boring"

Le Tigre's JD Samson talks composing music for podcasts, Nora McInerny says she's Terrible, Thanks For Asking, Helen Zaltzman unpacks annoying language. Plus, we check out the Potluck, a collective of Asian American podcasters.

JD Samson On Making Podcast Music "More Boring"

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For DeRay Mckesson, It Started With A Newsletter

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For DeRay Mckesson, It Started With A Newsletter

DeRay Mckesson discusses going from newsletter to podcast, Uncivil tells the untold stories of the Civil War, and Trey Kay explores our divides in Us & Them. Plus: Oral history podcast Ferguson Voices.

For DeRay Mckesson, It Started With A Newsletter

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