Learn and be entertained while you walk, cook, knit or relax. Podcasts are the new radio and they are great!  A podcast is an audio show that is available online free of charge...like YouTube for listening. There are many topics and presenters to choose from, so search for topics such as history or classical music, literature or travel and see what you get.  On the computer or android phone, visit Stitcher, if you have an iphone you can listen to podcasts in itunes.  If you need more help getting started, then read below for a link to an indepth article about podcasts. I have also linked below to some favorite podcasts.  Clearly I have a bias toward history and folklore, but I can't imagine that anyone wouldn't love these podcasts!

What is a Podcast?

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You've probably heard the term podcast and you likely know that 'everyone' is listening to them.  But what the heck is a podcast anyway, and how do you listen to one?  Click below to visit a site with a great explanation and some tips about how to listen. Be sure to click through to their Listener's Guide to Podcasting after you read the main article.


Some Great Podcasts to Get you Started


Host Mike Duncan goes into great detail about the most fascinating revolutions in history. From the Russian Revolution to the Industrial Revolution, the Mexican and the French...the list is endless, and Mike covers them all in a well produced and very well researched podcast. As the subscribe link on Mike's site doesn't work, you may want to subscribe via Stitcher or iTunes (see above).

The History of Rome

For those that can't get enough of Mike Duncan, check out his History of Rome podcast. Mike goes into the same level of detail and displays the same quality of research and production as in his above Revolutions podcast. The learn more button below will take you directly to the first episode of this podcast, you will want to listen to this one in order. Once you click "In the Beginning" you can either listen immediately, or , click the three dots to download and save for later.  As the subscribe link on Mike's site doesn't work, you may want to subscribe via Stitcher or iTunes (see above).

Singing Bones

Singing Bones is a podcast that looks at the origin of fairy tales, the bare bones of stories that have been the basis for so much of literature, film, and pop culture. I cannot say enough about what a pleasure this podcast is to listen to, you will be utterly transported by host Claire Testoni, her storytelling and the production quality. Pour a cup of coffee or tea and sit by the fire while you listen to this one.


If you are fascinated by the smaller bits of history, the darker tales that keep you up at night, then master storyteller Aaron Mahnke will have you spellbound. Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. 

Tea & Tattle

Tea & Tattle is a weekly podcast, featuring interviews with top women authors, from internationally renowned writers, to the most exciting debut novelists. Pop the kettle on, find a comfy chair and settle down to enjoy a thoughtful, bookish chat every Tuesday. Host Miranda Mills is absolutely delightful and will have you looking forward to each episode. Be sure not to miss her interview with historian, author and documetarian Lucy Worsley!

Uncanny Japan

Thersa Matsuura is an author and American expat who has lived over  half her life in a small fishing town in Japan. Her fluency in Japanese allows her to do research into parts of the culture – legends, folktales, and superstitions – that are little known to western audiences. This is another podcast that will transport you with its storytelling power, and sounds. Thersa records each episode with the sounds of the Japanese countryside in the background...crashing waves, cicadas and more accompany her haunting tales.

Making Sense with Sam Harris

Join Sam Harris, neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events.

Hardcore History with Dan Carlin

How did a multi-hour long show that consists of nothing more than a host talking about history ever become wildly popular? It’s got something to do with Dan Carlin. He’s been called the king of long-form podcasting and “one of the greatest storytellers in the world”. His distinctive voice and style is one of the most instantly recognizable in the medium and with hundreds of millions of downloads, his shows are some of the most listened to podcasts of all time.

CBC Podcasts

For a Canadian take on podcasting be sure to visit CBC and peruse their wide variety of podcasts.  From current issues facing Canadians to Canadian history and culture there is something for everyone.

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