Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries. Subscribe to Fresh Air Plus! You'll be supporting the unique show you can't get enough of - and you can listen sponsor-free. Learn more at plus.npr.org/freshair
Release date: 2023-03-04
1. Terry, please break out of your bubble - Nobody can argue with Terry’s excellent interview skills, but my god this show’s liberal bias has gotten so laughingly transparent and uninteresting. Could you at least TRY to show diverse points of views sometimes? And Terry, Covid has clearly made you so scared of the world and ironically insular. This show has completely gone off the rails.
2. Fresh? - I used to look forward to this show and now each time I click to see the latest episode I’m filled with dread as I assume that it’s yet another episode about Trump, not exactly a ground breaking subject. It used to be fresh topics that were unusual and interesting and now it’s just basically a show on MSNBC…and I’m a liberal!
3. good content, distracting side sounds - Occasionally, there is a guest who badly needs to drink water. You can hear all of the spit in their mouth when they talk. I really wish NPR in general will get better about editing these slobber sounds out of there podcasts. It makes it really, really difficult to focus on what the person is saying.
4. Sad... - It is sad that they introduced a subscription option, and now everything they've released since then, you can only access by subscription. I greatly enjoyed FRESH AIR...Free, intelligent content from National Public Radio. Sadly, I cannot afford a subscription, so unfortunately I will no longer have access to National Public Radio.... doesn't seem right!
5. Interview with Rosie Perez - Listening to Perez tell us of her family, and her life’s self-work, and rise to stardom with such persistence, clarity, and honesty is all at once loving, refreshing, and inspiring. Having known in her heart all her life, that she, Rosie Perez, was meant for something greater. I think Perez has achieved a higher purpose, and inspired greatness in others too. A real human story. Wonderful interview, top of the list. Thank you.
6. Wish it were more two-sided - This program has a great array of guests, but it is tilted so far left that it’s hard to utilize as a news source unfortunately. Sample soundbite from the recent interview with Casey Newton re: Musk Twitter takeover GROSS: Hate speech has increased since Musk took over. Are you seeing that? Are you seeing examples of that? The host seems less in search of a balanced take, more out to prove a point that aligns with her preferred ingroup
7. Love Terri Gross, can be one-sided - Terri Gross is the best interviewer of all times, and should be treated as such. The show does slant toward a fairy politicized viewpoint, which I find can get in the way of more authentic and open minded exploration, which is the sort of thing I turn to the show for. The recent episode with the New York Times reporter on teenage mental illness was annoying. As though the medical terms and exploration into the issue is necessary to the extent he claimed it was in order to justify his book. When you degrade and destroy various cultural institutions that used to give people meaning, teenagers and middle-aged people and the elderly, and replace them with isolating screens, in which infinite numbers of people can bully and say horrible things about you, what do you expect will be the result? Things like religion and national pride and family projects, and larger group identity provided a sense of belonging and meaning for people of all ages. Constant disdain for such things just isolates people more and attempts to cut down anything they they felt part of in the past. The claim that the situation is a mystery that merits a book about uncovering a hidden answer lends to the absurdity of the interview.
8. BEST of the best - insightful, deep interviews - This show goes deep into whomever and whatever the topic. I’ve learned so much here. Even if I’m not familiar with a subject, Terry Gross explores so thoughtfully and with such intellectual curiosity, I always come away better informed and with respect.
Jason Weiser and Carissa Weiser tell stories from myths, legends, and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history. Some, like the stories of Aladdin, King Arthur, and Hercules are stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories you might not have heard, but really should. All the stories are sourced from world folklore, but retold for modern ears. These are stories of wizards, knights, Vikings, dragons, princesses, and kings from the time when the world beyo...
Release date: 2023-03-01
1. Favorite podcast by far - I’ve been listening to Myths and Legends for years and it never lets me down! Great stories, great narrator commentary, and such a great learning experience every week. This is the show that got me ‘into’ podcasts and basically the only one I regularly listen to (besides Scoundrel, also by the Wiesers)
2. This is an interesting podcast - I’ve never heard most of the stories on this podcast and he dose a good job at keeping as true to the facts as he can, well adding some artistic embellishment for the sake of having a satisfying story. You serenely know your legends and keep a good monotone voice that ignites the imagination, thank you for the entertaining story. Keep up the good work ( ;
3. Amazing progression - I recently found this podcast, as I recently decided to listen to podcasts on my commute to work. I never had listen to them regularly. I found this one and listened to and . I love the story of Angry Bird! I just listened to the st episode and was amazed how it sounded compared to the storytelling now! Amazing progression!! Can’t wait to get caught up lol
4. Why do you hate your own podcast? - It doesn’t feel like you enjoy talking about myths and legends at all. You drone on in a bored monotone like you’re giving a bad book report and constantly make little sarcastic comments to let the audience know how lame the story is. Cracking a couple of jokes is one thing, but it genuinely feels like you don’t even like the stories you’re telling.
5. Solid Entertainment - Long time listener, and have enjoyed every moment. I love some of the modern retellings to these tales. They’re perfect for long car rides, sharing with the kids, or to clean the house to. Jason is a great story teller, who stays true to tales message, and at the same time does a good job taking care of his audience.
6. LOVE - Saw a shirt that said “DadMan” in a Batman shape and instantly thought of you Jason I’m a huge Greek myth nerd. I love the life you bring to the characters. Personally, I see Zeus as, well, spoiled, petty, youngest child Zeus. Poseidon is kinda a stereotypical middle child. I see Hades (my personal fav, bc he’s so different than his brothers) as like a tall, dark, business man. Owning piles of diamonds and precious jewels, keeping to himself and not associating with his brothers. His only joy in his secluded life is Persephone. And yes, in a lot of tellings he kidnaps her, but there are other tellings that say that they fell in love. I choose to only look at those. It seems more realistic somehow. (Idk how it just does) LOL, I got carried away. If I let myself go off, you would have way too much to read. There’s so much I could say about King Arthur, Norse mythology, Monkey King, etc etc etc! But basically, I love the way y'all tell your stories. You make them engaging but smooth, humorous but also emotional. And I love the little morals you find and discuss at the end. I could go on, but I’ll wrap up by hoping that you know how grateful I am for you two (Jason & Carisa), for the stories you tell and spread. THANK YOU Also, every time you tell the actual stories behind classic fairytales, and make sure and tell at the beginning that the story may not be the best for children, the wheels in my head start turning. So hear me out. I know how busy y’all are, and that y’all already have a ton of podcasts you’re doing, but what if y’all did a podcast telling fairytales for children? With Carisa telling the stories? Idk, in the times I’ve heard your (Carisa) voice in ads, and in the ep of fictional that you did, and scoundrel, I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be if you had a podcast where you told fairytales. It might be a terrible idea, but think abt it? I only said .% of what I wanted to say. It’s not my fault I’m obsessed. It’s the butter cat’s fault
7. Why though ? - I see soOooOoOOoOoOoOo many commenters saying stuff like: “TOO MANY ADS! DISAPPOINTING, GREAT PODCAST BUT TOO MANY ADS BUT OTHERWISE I LOVE IT BUT TOO MANY ADS!” But like would you like the podcast or no ads cause they NEED the ad money to keep the podcast going. I personally can’t sleep without it. I don’t understand people who don’t like this.
8. WOW - I e been listening to this show for years and recently became a member love it. PLEASE redo the older Viking podcasts. I’m obsessed with this show and those are my absolute favorite episodes. I would love to hear them anew. This show has made me consider getting my masters in folklore please PLEASE do it.
The world's top authors and critics join host Gilbert Cruz and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. Where are you, Book Review Podcast?? - This ‘reimagined’ podcast is a sad, sad shadow of its former self, which was stellar. A single theme with a single guest and a host who seems to always turn the conversation back to his own limited experience (usually his words, and then we get to listen to the guest console that insecurity.) Ugh. How do these changes get approved? Did the podcasts avid following mean nothing? This new version is an unpleasant waste of time.
2. Don’t fix what wasn’t broken - Dwight Garner and Jennifer Szalai have always been such excellent voices on this podcast. I do miss Pamela Paul, John Williams, and Parul Seghal. Listening to these great thinkers round-table about books was always my favorite part of this podcast. Not sure why the new leadership felt the need to disintegrate the previous and very popular format. Is the NYT actively trying to drive away listeners? This was my favorite podcast for years. It wasn’t broken, so please stop trying to fix it.
3. Disappointed - I hate to admit that I’m very disappointed with the new format of the Book Review podcast. I have loved this podcast from the very first one I experienced! I don’t understand the premise for the change but waited anxiously for the new podcasts hoping I would continue to love them. I loved hearing from the authors, themselves, during the interviews. Not only did they share their ideas but also a wealth of information they learned in the process. I’ve picked up so many wonderful books!! Given the current format, I can learn as much, if not more, from reading the jacket. Please reconsider the changes you’ve made.
4. Awful now - This went from being my absolute favorite podcast to being pretty much unlistenable. The hour-long podcast format with author interviews and weekly critic panels has been dumped for a dull minutes of interviewing NYTs employees on uninteresting topics. New host Gilbert Cruz also seems much more interested in talking about himself than he is in asking questions. He’s just terrible. Unsubscribing until the Book Review gets its act together.
5. Formerly great, horrible now - For all the loyal listeners betrayed by the weak Re-do of this podcast, try the BBC’s “Books and Authors”. Unlike the new host here, the BBC’s host is very well-read and a fine, articulate interviewer. Gilbert Cruz doesn’t seem to have the necessary breadth of knowledge that is required. Where are the author interviews? Where are the editors discussing the books they are reading? Where is the wide-ranging discussion of publishing trends? Now this podcast is only Gilbert Cruz interviewing editors, who work for him (the Executive Editor of the Book Review), one-on -one. It’s boring and he’s clearly out of his depth. That’s what happens when the Times hires someone with a background in media and culture rather than books to head the Book Review. Here’s hoping John Williams starts a new podcast at the Washington Post. I have unfollowed this one, regretfully.
6. Disappointing - It is so disappointing that the NYT Book Review podcast is taking so long to adjust its format. Personally, I like the current format. Hopefully you’ll come up with something or someone, sooner than later. This podcast is such a disappointment after the wonderful ones by Pamela Paul and John Williams. This really isn’t up to the New York Times Standards and the past wonderful author interviews. It doesn’t look like much thought was put into this new format.
7. New format very disappointing - The new format of discussing one book with a reviewer is not at all what the podcast used to be- great interviews with authors, updates from the publishing world that were very interesting and discussions about what book reviewers were reading!!! I have searched for other book podcasts but none compare with previous format! This is not one I will follow.
8. NEW FORMAT- NOT A FAN! - I can’t figure the number of miles I walked while enjoying the previous NYT Book Review podcasts. They were a glorious mix of author interviews, book world intrigue, and round table discussions. I came away with multiple titles I couldn’t wait to embrace and an insight into authors and the publishing world I hadn’t had before. So far, I’ve waited an interminably long time for some new and improved, reimagined book review podcast, only to find a tired and stale discussion about one gossipy book, from a Times staffer. I can read the review of this book online and glean the same information. To add to my new misery this podcast seems much shorter than the previous iteration, wait, maybe for that I should be grateful.
Writer and founder of the Well-Read Black Girl book club Glory Edim is a book lover who brings readers and writers together to celebrate the written word. Expanding on the community she built in 2015, Well-Read Black Girl is the literary kickback you never knew you needed. Each week, Glory sits in deep, honest and close conversation with authors like Tarana Burke, Min Jin Lee, Anita Hill, Gabrielle Union, Elizabeth Acevedo and more. You’ll also meet WRBG Book Club members, literacy advocate...
Release date: 2022-05-17
1. Yas Glory! - I love this podcast! I’ve had the pleasure to see Glory a few times in person (pre-pandemic) and she is always a joy to watch interact with other authors. Her podcast is an extension of that work. I also love the rapid fire questions feels like the listener is getting personal with the authors. I love to listen to this podcast during my evening walk after work. Keep the content coming!
2. Encouraging - This podcast is an invitation to explore the power of books. As a young black girl, I was constantly reading and as I got older, and busier, I read less. I’ve been working on reclaiming reading from the utilitarian space I put it in.This podcast has been important in that journey. I’m happy this podcast exists and look forward to the episodes to come.
3. Low quality reading list… - Reading these books won’t make you a well read black girl. Actually the books one should read to become a well read black girl are the same books one should read to become a well read white girl, or Asian man etc.. Ethno-narcissism doesn’t make a person smart, in fact it does quite the opposite.
A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
Release date: 2023-01-01
1. Meh.. - Having a female try to lower her voice to read a story from a males point of view was cringy.. kinda like how all the empowered women would freak out if a man tried to read a woman’s story and raised his voice higher .. how one sided the world has gotten.. if your gunna be so angry about one aspect be the same about another..
2. No need to feature a man who SA’d - I am really disappointed that Sherman Alexie gave the reading in the April episode. He doesn’t deserve this platform (see articles from exposing his long history of using his fame to corner, intimidate and coerce women into sx). He also has worked to thwart the rise and success of women in the writing industry. Instead, female Indigenous writers would be a much better group to pull from. There are many that could be invited, and as listeners, we would be much the better for it.
3. Richness - Unfortunately I have never found what I have been seeking in book groups. Alas, I have found it here in The New Yorker’s Fiction podcast. Everything and much more. I even take part in the post discussion, adding my cents, agreements and disagreements. The richness comes in having such good guides to facilitate these discussions. Very rich, indeed.
4. The New Yorker:Fiction - I recently discovered TNY’s podcasts and listened to three: “Truth or Fiction,” “Waiting for Death in a Hotel,” and “Zombie.” The readings and discussions that followed offered insights and background that illuminated my experience of these literary works. The podcast is a gift because it allows me to plug into literature when I’m not able to sit still and read.
5. Sometimes you have to listen to a story - I have tried reading Carver any number of times. The fault (for not finding the work engaging) is mine: Between my own two ears the stories fall flat. After listening to this—that is, having the story read to me—I said, and nearly out loud, ‘Wow. I get it now. This is amazing.’ The commentary afterwards made it all the more enjoyable. I’ll go back to Carver now, see if I can read him properly.
6. Listening to this podcast for most of my adult life - Listening to the discussion post the reading is like sitting in on a college Lit class, and always makes me dig deeper into the material. Love Deborah Treisman, and was introduced to this podcast during my college course on short stories with Mary Gaitskill. Haven’t stopped listening since!
7. Pretty Good and One of a Kind - A unique podcast with an engaging program. My only nitpick is that Deborah can be a tad stiff with the guests. Sometimes she doesn’t meet them halfway during discussions. Other than that, I appreciate the story analyses from both parties. And I love the readings by the guest, especially if the story is a particularly good one (some of the stories can be quite a miss).
8. Makes mundane tasks magical - I recently completed a very ambitious house painting project, if it were not for this podcast I would have given up. Somehow the hours and days spent painfully perched on a ladder are remembered fondly as ‘my story time’. Thank you for filling the world and smart phones with really really good stories and thoughtful discussions.
What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read. To learn more or apply to be on the show visit whatshouldireadnextpodcast.com.
Release date: 2023-02-21
1. Book Readers Come Listen!! - If you love books or love to read, this is the podcast for you! I leave each episode with sticky notes filled with new books to put on my TBR list. Anne has such a lovely voice and I love that she lets her guests talk and explain their likes/dislikes without judgement. The episodes are shorter which allows me to stay focused and engaged. Highly recommend! Want to add a note: I’ve seen many reviews lately that Anne and this podcast has become “woke” or “political.” This really saddens me because I truly believe Anne and this podcast is trying to showcase stories for ALL people and don’t see why this is a bad thing? She and her team do such an amazing job showcasing books that aren’t just in the top Booktok or Bookstagram posts. She finds books that are meaningful and that everyone can connect with. We appreciate you, Anne!
2. My favorite “walking” podcast - I learn about so many wonderful books and reading tips listening to Anne Bogel. Since I started listening to this podcast (and then joining the Modern Mrs Darcy book club), I’ve kicked the level of my reading life up a notch — in quantity but mostly in quality and variety. I’ll actually never wonder what to read next. Thanks to Anne Bogel, I have a long, long list of enticing choices
3. The perfect podcast for voracious readers - This podcast is my go-to place for all things books and reading! My friends and family hear all about “my favorite book podcaster,” Anne Bogel, because I’m constantly talking about books I loved after I discovered them through WSIRN. Anne is thoughtful, funny, and entertaining as she helps her wide variety of guests from all walks of life find their next read. Thanks for always keeping my TBR list full!
4. Tuesday Commute Delight - I mostly work from home, except on Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, I typically have an hour drive into the office. My commute is now something I look forward to as the time when I get to listen in to book talk with Anne and her guest. I've gotten so many good ideas from this podcast on what I should read next and so enjoy listening to others talk about what they loved, and hated in books. It is a book nerd's delight! Keep up the great episodes!
5. New subscriber - I just found this podcast & have forwarded the link to half a dozen friends after having listened to - episodes. Even when the guests/recommendations aren’t for me, it’s great to hear about what drives other’s book selections. And my reading list is so much more interesting, now!
6. One of my favorite book podcast - I think I have listened to every single episode and loved % of them. I started when Covid hit and I was taking long walks everyday. Now I have to wait every week for a new episode.
Anne is warm, funny, knowledgeable and attentive. Each episode almost feels like I’m meeting with a friend and chatting about books. Even if her guests don’t always have the same taste, I always find it interesting to hear about their life, their reading life. I am always amazed at how articulate they are. I have learnt so much about books, about myself as a reader and my TBR has never been longer. Anne and this podcast have definitely expanded my reading horizons.
7. Favorite - I’ve been listening for several months now, and this is my new favorite podcast. Perfect for winding down at night, starting the day gently, or going about your day. Anne never fails to provide thoughtful recommendations specific to each reader and listeners get to benefit from the process. My reading list has grown to a delightful length thanks to this podcast.
8. Wonderful Portal into the Magical World of Books - I’m a long-time listener of What Should I Read Next and have been introduced to so many fabulous books, authors and genres over the years. While I tend to gravitate toward literary fiction, I’ve dipped my toe into romance (thank you, Emily Henry), science fiction (like Blake Crouch), non-fiction (Four Thousand Weeks was a recent hit) and more. My very favorite episodes are the ones that talk about middle grade and picture books as well as adult ones, as I have kids this age and love reflecting back on myself as a young reader. The recent episode with Charnaie Gordon that discussed diverse books for all ages was fantastic, such a treat. Also, Anne has the most lovely voice, soothing and joyful. Keep up the excellent work, WSIRN team!
Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy. New episodes every Thursday, from Symphony Space.
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. Stories Without Personal Commentary - I agree with several fellow listeners that the podcast was better before Wolitzer became host. She is fine when limiting her commentary to the story at hand but, frequently, she inserts annoying bits and bobs from her own life. I am also dismayed to see Wolitzer being permitted to have her mother pop up on the podcast sometimes, which I feel to be an inappropriate use of Wolitzer’s platform as host. The mother’s recent story was cute, but not of the caliber listeners have come to expect. It then went on to include an interview with Wolitzer’s mother during which Meg as host shamelessly continued to promote her mother’s work, as she did during a Mother’s Day segment. That, too, included a not-terribly-interesting interview of mother by daughter, during which her mother offered rather prosaic thoughts about writing, under the guise of insights. I listen for the stories, not for background about Meg — or her mother. Meg seems not to understand or care about this. (Does anyone on the Selected Shorts’ Board read these reviews?)
2. Wish Meg Wolitzer would keep herself out of it - Loved this podcast until she began hosting. I listen because I am interested in the authors and the readers — I don’t dislike Wolitzer as a writer but this series is NOT about her. It’s annoying to me to hear her insert her into it so much — enough so that I no longer subscribe.
3. What has happened? - The amount of stories that include topics of sex and children TOGETHER is extremely concerning. What on earth is happening here? There’s trillions of stories out there to choose from, yet the same weird and outright pedophilic themes keep being pushed. It seems like they’re trying very hard to normalize these sick topics. I cannot be the only person noticing this.
4. No stories here - What is this? There are only episodes and maybe a third are stories; it’s mostly interviews and discussions. I realize many hosts desperately want to make a living talking to interesting people or sharing their thoughts, but don’t deceive us by pretending this is a fiction podcast.
5. What is Happening? - I used to love Selected Shorts but now I have to skip through the host’s parts because she is SO irritating.
Lately, the stories are being replayed without any indication in the description. Are you sure you want to continue the podcast? Unless there are changes, I’ll unfollow.
6. Enjoyable, educational, fun, entertaining, and relaxing. - I have been following this Podcast quite a while. I look forward with excitement bto each new release and play it right away. I listen to this Podcast while I knit on a project such as socks, a sweater, or some such item. They go together so well. I recommend this Podcast to anyone and everyone. Enjoy
7. Used to be great - I applaud SoS for years of bringing the world brilliant short stories read by really talented people. Now I’m wondering: are there no longer any good stories? The quality has gone downhill in my opinion; I am hearing more and more “fable”-style stories that, as another reviewer observed, seem more like college or high-school English projects. And the readers for the most part deliver the stories as if they were doing cold reads. Like others, I find the protracted hosting and interviews unnecessary. So sorry! I’m going to see if I can dig up archive versions of the series from its heyday.
8. A favorite - I have been listening to the show for several years. It is beautifully and professionally performed and produced Thanks so much! One constructive criticism: please consider reducing or eliminating Meg Worlitzer’s comments/monologue the beginning of the show and in between stories. I’m sorry to day it, but They are too often boring and irrelevant .
Your poetry ritual: An immersive reading of a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Unhurried, contemplative and energizing. New episodes on Monday and Friday, about 15 minutes each. Two seasons per year, with occasional special offerings. Anchor your life with poetry.
Release date: 2022-12-22
1. Beautiful - I have never liked or understood poetry, but now I am hooked. This format and this way of reading/listening to poetry is just brilliant. It has really touched me and it is so innovative and needed for the world. It calms my body while entertains my brain. It is healing to listen to somehow. It slows everything down. I feel like poetry is slowing entering my body. I am curious on how poetry will shift things in me as I keep listening. Padraig is absolutely outstanding. His voice is calm, warm and relatable, poetic but not abstract. It is a real gift. Thank you thank you!
2. Exquisite. Thought-provoking. Perfect. - I’ve changed my morning routine. Now, instead of doom scrolling social media, I listen to stunning poems, read and thoughtfully interpreted by the incomparable Pádraig Ó Tuama. My day starts on a much brighter note and my appreciation for poetry has blossomed.
3. Inspiring - I just discovered this podcast and it feels like I found a treasure chest. The host has the perfect voice for reciting a poem and I like his choices. I greatly appreciate how he recites the poem once in the beginning and then at the end. It all feels like sitting by a fireside with a good cup of warm tea.
4. It’s a map ….. - As someone who does not believe in coincidences, and who doesn’t read or listen to a lot of poetry, it is no coincidence that Lost by David Wagoner found me today and why I think of it: not a poem but a map. With that said, it would take a whole episode by itself to explain, Sending Krista and Padraig a virtual hug for On Being and Poetry Unbound…..
5. Transformation - I love this poem! Oh my goodness. I am in search of lightening to strike me. The ‘you’ is me. My thinking is the poet is searching waiting hoping his words will come back to him. The you is him, the creative spirit that eludes us. For too long. We wait. Lightening strike me, please.
6. Best Poetry Podcast! - This poetry podcast has transformed my mornings from laborious and mundane to hours of peaceful reflection and quiet contemplation. Podraigs voice is soothing and full of emotion, he breaks the poems down so beautifully, making sure to bring out the hidden gems, while not making things overly complicated. Some poetry podcasts can be hard to follow but he makes sure to explain the complex ideas in a way anyone- even someone who has never read poetry- can understand. I look forward every week to this podcast! I hope it continues for years to come.
7. Wow! - When I read this week’s On Being newsletter, I eagerly rushed to download Poetry Unbound. I just finished listening to Lost and have no words- it is so profound, so sentient, so wise. I am full.
I can’t wait to keep listening and sharing with my community of writers, poets and friends.
Thank you Padraig O Tuama . I will be pre-ordering your book.
8. Favorite poetry podcast - This podcast is a treasure! I love that Padraig reads the poem at both the start and finish, and his insights into the poem are always very thoughtful, respectful of the poet, and fresh. As a poet myself, this podcast helps keeps me connected to a wide body of poets. I’m very grateful for it!
Do you ever get swept up in the fan theories for your favorite novel on TikTok / BookTok? Well we do, too! Book Talk for BookTok co-hosts Jac and Amy deep dive into the writing of some of BookTok's favorite novels. With their literary backgrounds, they're here to provide some novel insight (see what we did there?) to popular books on BookTok, sprinkled with a rant or two and a generous layer of humor. In season one, Jac and Amy explored Sarah J. Maas’ controversial novel, A Court of Thorns and...
Release date: 2023-02-28
1. Great way to read the books for the “first time again” aka re-read. - The analysis these ladies do each episode opens up all new ideas that I didn’t even consider. Yes I had read the books before finding this podcast but I feel with all the new theories as if I am reading these books for the first time again !
2. Liked but eventually unsubscribed - I do enjoy listening to this podcast and I understand it’s a breakdown of the books, but sometimes the going into things is way too much and I don’t think really necessary. Some things they have went into made me not like the book as much when it’s my favorite series to read. I think there’s too much of dissing characters (even though it ends up fine later), instead of just enjoying and letting the story unfold. Such as the whole conversation about Mor (SE) just being added to the book bc she needed another woman in the series, which I think is false bc Mor is more (haha) than that. Also the comparison between Rhys and Tamlin and those rants are a little much and I often disagree (which to each their own lol). I also think there’s too much nitpicking and ragging on Rhysand that I just get annoyed and bored. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Rhys stan and I know him and tamlin have a lot in common, but it’s unfair to diss him when he was just trying to keep Feyre protected/etc. He ends up being the good guy eventually, so just make the points and move on and quit going back to them and digging deep. I think there’s more dissing in the podcasts than just enjoying the story. Also, I get the misogyny stuff and everything but I just feel like that doesn’t belong in a fictional book podcast. I get it I really do, but it’s just too much for a fictional book where people read to enjoy and not hate. I know there are points to be made, but too much is too much and makes me turn the podcast off at certain points. Some things that are compared like Feyre making Rhys drink her blood by shoving his head onto her arm and comparing it to a man shoving a woman’s head down to give him head was a reach and I don’t think a good comparison at all. Sometimes the dissing and digging “deep” of the book/characters/etc is a little much. I feel as if the dissing and such makes the podcast feel more gloomy instead of exciting? It takes the fun out of the book and “BookTok”. So far in Season , I feel as if there’s too many side conversations that I forget where we are in the book and end up just skipping a lot or changing my podcast. I really wanted to like this podcast and rate it high bc I love this book series, but sadly now I’m having to unsubscribe ):
3. SE - You guys are great I loved the episode but I think y’all might have missed the mark when talking about DV this episode. I don’t think SJM was trying to set Tam up for a redemption when she decided not to have him directly lay hands on Feyre. I think the point is that DV/Abuse comes in a lot of different forms. Threats of violence (even implied), control over where someone can and can’t go, financial control, emotional abuse all followed up by love bombing and emotional manipulation which T does in ACOMAF are all a part of DV. I think the point SJM was trying to make ( or at least the way this comes across to me as a DV survivor) is that all forms of abuse take a sever toll and can cause trauma/PTSD even if there was never any physical harm done.
4. Eh - This podcast is good/okay but not great. I get that they are trying to analyze the book on a deeper level but there’s just too much of it and it kind of takes the fun out of it. I think of “booktok” as more of enjoying and discussing books at face value. I also don’t like how Feyre and Rhysand are discussed as if they aren’t flawed. They aren’t perfect and Tamlin isn’t Satan. This podcast has mostly been a way for me to just pass time sometimes but I’m not sure if I’ll be listening to season or .
5. The perfect cure for the ACOTAR hangover - I’m very late to the ACOTAR party but am so glad I’m finally here! I found this podcast through tiktok and have been hooked ever since. I’ve even got friends of mine to listen. Love the work these girls do to bring different insights on the books. I even relisten to the older episodes now that I’m caught up completely.
6. I love it!! - I first found this show on TickTok where the page had a few hundred followers. I had read the whole series by that point and wanted to talk about it so bad, but none of my friends would read it. I was hooked a few minutes into the first episode. This podcast was/is incredible! The depth in which Jac and Amy dive into the books is so well thought out and intelligent, that it makes the books so much more enjoyable. I have been listening to the graphic audio book before each season and I find myself thinking about what Jac and Amy are going to talk about when they get to this point. They have demonstrated details, big and small, that I didn’t pick up on, and presented them fluently and intelligently. Sometimes, literary podcasts are condescending. But this one feels like talking to friends. Most everything else, book related or not, is boring and surface level. But this one is the opposite. It’s engaging and entertaining and this is the first podcast I have listened to religiously. I would recommend this series to anyone who has read and enjoyed ACOTAR. Overall, the hosts and the content of this podcast is well worth any ACOTAR lovers attention and time. Jac and Amy: thank y’all so much for the time and effort you put into each episode. It has made me feel not so alone in my love for talking about the books I love! I am looking forward to the next episodes!
7. Season great, season is a struggle - The chapter-by-chapter episodes in S were great - tight narratives and flow, clear themes. They seemed to get some info not quite right (eg, who gets freed from the curse), but I think the hosts are so open to listener feedback that they seemed to revise over time. S feels like it needs more editing and direction, less off-the-cuff discussion and fewer rants. I’m on episode and it’s a struggle. I’m also wishing they did more to name the Eurocentricity and white supremacist values that are woven into the series, especially around beauty.
8. Perfection in a Podcast - This podcast is the perfect crossover of a fantastic fantasy series and in-depth literary analysis. Being in podcast form makes it a triple threat for SJ Maas fans who love consuming podcasts and want a hard-hitting look at the ACOTAR series. The hosts’ analyses don’t just cover social media trends and fan theories but are impartial reviews of the writing and themes. The juxtaposition of the feminist and Marxist lenses will make any reader think. I truly cannot wait to see what Amy and Jac cover in the future.
In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone's talking about? NPR's Book of the Day gives you today's very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast. Whether you're looking to engage with the big questions of our times – or temporarily escape from them – we've got an author who will speak to you, all genres, mood and writing styles included. Catch today's great books in 15 minutes or less.
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. The beauty of dusk episode - I like the show a lot but I wanted to bring to the attention of the producers that a comment from the author in the beauty of dusk episode was offensive to me. I am an autistic adult and the authors comment about the struggles of a parent because their kid has autism was upsetting to me. I understand that it was not meant to be offensive but the kid having autism should not be viewed as the problem or a struggle. Having autism does not make you a problem.
2. Poor substitute - NPR discontinued a fantastic weekly book podcast after . Finally they have added a new one but it is a poor substitute. I don’t know why a single author interview is selected each day instead of compiling the book-related articles across the week. Dropping an episode every day is cumbersome and annoying and doesn’t help me to catch information I might have missed. The introduction is unnecessary and shallow.
3. Great Idea for a Podcast - I don’t have time to listen to all NPR programs but often find myself on website looking up stories about books & authors. Now they appear here. So a few minutes a day & I can catch up on any stories I’ve missed. Great way to repurpose stories (I hate to say content) smile
The Prancing Pony Podcast is a weekly show about the Middle-earth legendarium of J.R.R. Tolkien, hosted - for six seasons - by Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese. As the show returns for its seventh season, Alan welcomes an all-star cast of co-hosts to join him as he explores the first part of The Return of the King! Alan and all his co-hosts are passionate Tolkien enthusiasts, and they invite listeners to enjoy their detailed exploration of Tolkien’s work, with smart but straightforward discus...
Release date: 2023-02-26
1. The finest Tolkien pub talk - Feels like meeting at the cozy corner pub to talk Tolkien with friends… and those friends are highly knowledgeable Tolkien lorehounds while remaining consistently open to new understandings and quite down-to-earth. Always anticipating each week’s new episode, as well as revisiting episodes from past seasons!
2. An awesome podcast - The Prancing Pony Podcast is the best podcast about Tolkien’s legendarium. They go in depth into his books while keeping it accessible to people who have not read all of it (though it helps to have read something by Tolkien) I was most impressed with the fact that both hosts are “word nerds” and they go through how to pronounce all of the elvish names that get people so confused.
3. Feels like “Home” - I’m new to podcasts , just started listening this fall. After watching Rings of Power on TV I found the “Wrap Up" podcast, which led me to the “Prancing Pony Podcast.“ Joy AND Rapture! As a Tolkien lover since the ’s I feel like I’m “Home” ! Through the P.P.P. I’m re-living/discovering a LOT, the P.P.P. gives me a fresh perspective. I love Alan
4. Wonderful fantasy and fun! - I’m just now discovering this podcast. Having watched Amazon’s the Rings of Power, because I am a lifelong Tolkien fan and lover of the Silmarillion, I went back and listened to the review they did, and that sent me back to the first episode of The Prancing Pony Podcast. Well done, thoroughly researched, and humorous, although serious too. Wish I had discovered it years ago. But I’ll be listening now all the way through to the end of return of the king. Highly recommended.
5. The Quintessential Tolkien Podcast - I discovered the show a couple years ago and I can tell you that my passion for Tolkiens Legendarium has been boosted mostly because of the discovery of the PPP. Being able to immerse myself in this world led by Sean and Alan has been an immense pleasure. The nonchalant nature of the back and forth of the hosts keeps a relaxed vibe that makes for easy listening. They cater to fans both new to Middle-earth and veterans of the legendarium and find a common ground for all to come, listen, relax, and discuss the hidden depths of this world.
6. A pod to make the professor proud! - Anyone who claims to love Tolkien is missing out if you’re not following this podcast. Not only is it a great product, it’s longevity mirrors the fellowship itself. Just like the fellowship it recently was broken by the absence of Shawn the Lord of the Mark. Long time co-host and still contributor. They read through the books and dive deep into Tolkien's sources and influence as a philologist. They manage to pull down interviews with all the noted Tolkien scholars, which is a great gift given to posterity. It helps a Tolkien fan feel closer to the source material thanks to these gentlemen who love the work as much as anyone. Though Shawn is greatly missed, the pod continues to please and those moments where the lord of the Mark returns are greatly anticipated by me and all long time fans of the pod. Can’t wait until Alan casts the ring into Mt. Doom. Love this pod!
7. Hilarious and thoughtful guide through the Legendarium - I found this podcast a couple of months ago and in some sense, I am thankful that I found it five years into its production as I do not have to wait a week or two between episodes and am only slowed in my listening by the speed of my reading of the next chapter. Alan and Shawn are hilarious and insightful and I was so delighted that they started with the Silmarillion (my favorite) and was surprised to learn so much more about the book I thought I already knew so well. The insights they bring from other resources and their multiple close readings of the materials is phenomenal. This has rapidly become one of my automatic go-to podcasts.
8. I feel like I grew up with these guys! - I only recently discovered this amazing podcast but it’s become my daily dog-walking audio companion. I love their randomly inserted Monty Python, music and movie quotes and episode titles mixed in with a deep affection and reverence for all things Tolkien. They keep me entertained and laughing while opening my eyes to new interpretations, to other authors and to the wider world of the Legendarium. My family already thinks I’m crazy with my Tolkien obsession. But this is a new dimension to my crazy, and I’m enjoying it! Thank you guys (and Shawn please come back!!).
Last Podcast Network presents LPN Deep Dives: Season 2 - A Court of Thorns and Roses LPN's Deep Dives makes it's much anticipated return with a brand new series! Join Natalie Jean (Some Place Under Neath) and Jackie Zebrowski (Page 7) as they titilate your earholes with their comprehensive "deep dive" style breakdowns of the popular adult fantasy novel series by Sarah J. Maas - A Court of Thorns and Roses. - Season 1 - Dune A 13-part journey down the sandy wormhole of Frank Herbert’s belov...
Release date: 2023-02-28
1. This is GIVING! - I love the ACOTAR series, so I was so excited when it landed in my feed! I actually just finished A Court of Silver Flames only days ago. Ya’ll are killing itttt!! Im loving every minute, and the excerpt readings the fellas are doing at the end are chef’s kiss, so please go on! Absolutely ridiculous. Thank you so much!
2. Terrible podcast - avoid this epic fail - This is by far the worst thing ever put out by LPN. This pile of crap is not even close to a deep dive. Instead, you have two clueless people – Henry who claims to be a Dune fan and understand the story, and Holden, the useless mascot of LPN. If you were wondering where the creative talent lies with LPN, this proves it is not with Henry Zebrowski. He is at best manic, disjointed, stumbling, and ultimately boring. This is a real missed opportunity and an epic fail. They tried so hard to be funny and failed, that they ended up with a pathetic mess that explained nothing.
Unbinding books to get to their hearts! Ariel Bissett and Raeleen Lemay discuss the books they've read, the books they've bought, and recommend books to listeners every Sunday morning.
Release date: 2023-02-26
1. Two thumbs way up - I heard about this podcast on Ariel’s YouTube channel and scooted right over. She and Raeleen are such CHARMING hosts! They alone are responsible for getting me out of a nasty six month reading slump…oof! Ladies, thank you so much for the hilarious banter and excellent book recommendations. Listening is a pleasure!
2. Delightfully cozy! - This podcast feels like a hot cup of tea and a long hug. I love all of the book recommendations- the questions are so unique and the ladies do a marvelous job of finding something to fit the brief. I learn about so many books I never would have heard about otherwise! Ariel and Raeleen bring so much joy and thoughtfulness each week. Also excited to say I’m getting into graphic novels because Ariel is so passionate about them!
3. The only podcast I listen to consistently - I listen to podcasts every now and then, but books unbound is the only one I keep up with and listen to consistently. It just feels like you’re hanging out with friends and talking about books. I get positive, happy vibes and laugh out loud almost every episode. Sometimes I’m interested in the books, sometimes I’m not, but I always have a good, stress-free time!
4. Love, cozy, funny, friendly - I love this podcast! Sure they giggle a lot but they are clearly having such a good time! I found this podcast after picking up my first graphic novel, sheets by Brenna Thummler, whom they interview. I get so many great recommendations including graphic novels and lots to add to my TBR list. It’s light and fun and diverse. It gives me a break between heavy reads as I continue to binge old episodes to catch up.
5. Great chatty vibes - This podcast is such a vibe! I love the chatty nature of the conversation and listen/re-listen to episodes almost daily while at work. It’s a great pod to listen to while doing other tasks because it feels like you’re overhearing a conversation between best friends. Their enthusiasm for bookish things make me so happy.
6. Love this podcast!!!! - Earlier this year I binged every episode of this podcast in a matter of weeks. I couldn’t stop listening!! Now I look forward to a new episode every week and often listen on my Monday morning commute to make it more cheerful. Ariel and Raeleen are great and honestly make me feel like I’m hanging out with bookish friends. They are genuinely so passionate not just about reading but about all aspects of books in general. And I love Ariel’s tangents! I highly recommend giving this a listen if you are looking for some good book discussion and recommendations.
7. Hmmm… - They have good recommendations from time to time. However, this podcast is often cringe because Ariel has virtually no self-awareness. She talks % of the time (even when there’s a guest), and Rayleen barely gets a word in edgewise. Ariel needs a friend to sit her down and tell her that she needs to be more self-aware… And don’t get me started on what these two did with Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age during their readathon last summer…
8. My favorite podcast! - Not to be dramatic, but Books Unbound is the perfect podcast. Ariel and Raeleen are perfectly candid to where you feel like you are their third best friend chatting with them about all the books. Listening to this podcast each week, not only do I get great book recommendations, but I laugh out loud at Raeleen and Ariel’s crazy antics. I will stop gushing now, but really I could not recommend Books Unbound more to fellow book lovers.
Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.
Release date: 2023-03-05
1. It’s Coach Jim HARBAUGH, not Harbraugh. - I enjoy the M-W dictionary podcast, and benefit from learning better pronunciations; but, if you are going to embarrass someone by using their name in your example, at least pronounce their name correctly. The brothers who are football coaches share the name Harbaugh. Suggestion: Re-record the segment on schadenfreude. In , in all things, be kind.
2. Brilliant - This podcast by Merriam-Webster is the audio version of their Word of the Day email newsletter. Written to educate listeners on a fresh word every day. It covers the word’s meaning, uses over time, origins, and other fun facts about it. I really enjoy queuing a few at the beginning of my day’s feed. All of the contexts for each word makes it really easy to remember them. Even if I know the word, I can still learn something new about it. It might be one of the most useful podcasts I follow. Hosted by Peter Sokolowski the show is . out of and Ratings. Apple Podcasts only seems to have the latest episodes but through art.com I was able to find every episode back to the show’s air date on //. Since then, the show has posted a word of the day every single day including holidays for , three-minute-long episodes total. The pod has had some technical issues in the distant past but have since been cleared up including download issues, mistitled episodes, and uneven volume for intro and ads. The pod is years old, so some growing pains are expected. Ads seem to be the chief complaint among listeners, but I think they’re fine especially if you only listen to one or two a day. Similar Pods: Spectacular Vernacular, The Allusionist, and A Way with Words. For more reviews check out @themastercast on instagram and @mastercastpods on twitter
3. Good for what it is - I don’t expect much from a podcast of what amounts to a reading of an entry in the dictionary. However, Webster does give more in ways of linguistic history and related words than expected, which is cool. Fewer adds and less of a penchant for picking words that fit the social agenda of the day would be appreciated.
4. Do not let the complaints stray you away - I personally love this. I am an aspiring writer and love expanding my vocabulary. They go into every necessary detail of each word and give multiple examples and uses. It’s fantastic, I am so excited for more. Yes there is a single ad in every episode but let’s be honest here. It’s a podcast about word every day. each episode is a couple minutes long at most and the developers need revenue. Don’t listen to the complaints about ads. You’re listening to a free podcast. Learn to live with the ads. Thank you to the team of this show and please never stop!
5. Meh - I don’t care about who the Webster Dictionary company is trying to appease. As a year old blossoming writer who attended months of college after graduating from high school in , before determining college wasn’t for me, I simply want to expand my knowledge on my own. It seems I learn better that way. I have a better idea of how this world works. I just needed a way to improve my vocabulary. Let them do what they want, as long as I can learn better words to replace the less descriptive words I’m fine. Besides I spent my time reading an old non Webster dictionary and there not much different.
6. A daily dose of knowledge - Love this quick podcast to deepen and enhance my vocabulary. I only wish the first and LAST thing I heard was the word and it’s definition. My HS kids listen as well to at the very least be familiar with ACTUAL words. I especially love the History of the word. Thanks again
7. Burn calories, build vocabulary - I love to roll through a couple of these at the start of my walk. Especially appreciate the context and the word origins, which make it easier to remember the words later. I’m familiar with many of these words but I still learn a little something with each episode. Thank you, M-W!
8. The best drug out there is a steady learning experience. - I honestly can’t get enough. I find myself repeating what I thought I could have embraced more. It’s an opportunity to be enlightened. I get to know little gems about culture, history, and life that are treasures for the mind. If I didn’t pick up the word for the day immediately, it is often used shortly after on another day. I feel like I’m getting to hang out with Aristotle, Plato, and you. Thank you, Vaniar Lander
Join Becca Freeman and Olivia Muenter every Wednesday for a dose of books and banter, along with interviews with women who inspire us.
Release date: 2023-02-22
1. Pretty good - I like Becca’s and Olivia’s friendship although their careers are not relatable to me. It’s a fun podcast. But as of late, I can’t stand Olivia’s complaining about the house she bought - it’s the same complaining on Instagram stories too, where you can see how beautiful and envy-able the house is. Especially considering where they bought - Hudson valley?! They knew how much work it was going need, I just don’t get it, at least cap your complaining with being grateful to afford such a great place.
2. Great listen! - I don’t normally listen to unscripted podcasts, but this one is fantastic. Olivia and Becca have such a great dynamic, I’ve been an occasional listener for a long time but it’s a go-to for me now. I listen to every episode—even when I don’t read the book club picks, it’s just so fun to listen to their convo!!
3. Accessibility/sound - I truly love this podcast— the format, the friendship, the topics. etc. However, as a neurodivergent listener who has hearing issues, I have a hard time with the vocal fry and lack of enunciation from one of the hosts. Just something to think about. Sound/voice everything on a podcast!
4. Decent - This podcast used to be so good and now it’s okay. I don’t know where becca is getting her feedback from when she says people liked the book rec episode of others just listing books or three things of just saying random disjointed things so just wanted to chime in and say I don’t enjoy those formats. I liked the old episodes soooo much!
5. loyal listener - This is a terrific podcast. I’ve been listening for about years and was happy to see Grace move on as it seemed she’d lost some of her engagement and/or enthusiasm with the pod. Luckily, Olivia and Becca have a wonderful rapport and it’s a pleasure to listen to them chat, like old friends, about “stuff.” My only observation is that there is an overwhelming focus on books and, most especially, book writing in the past or months. I congratulate Becca on her success with her book and perhaps a little bit about books is fine, but I miss the broader discussions of a year ago. I admit to not listening as much as I used to and definitely not to the book club episode as it is not often a book I’ve read. Even the “highs” and “lows” tend to be a little too much about book writing. Happy to see some new topics in the new year - but can we stop talking about “edits.”
6. Making wednesday mornings better - For almost years now, I’ve started every Wednesday with a walk, a coffee, and BOP. If the team ever does a live show…I honestly think a brunch experience would be next-level. Do podcasts do events in the morning? iDK. It’s just a really lovely, comforting show to listen to. I really like how every episode has this consistent outline- highs and lows, latest obsessions, etc. And I think Becca & Olivia have been letting themselves get more silly which is fun and works well, since the structure of the show never lets things get too far off course. It does seem like Olivia is opening up more. I would love to hear more about the house buying experience, how she wrote her new first draft in just a year etc. She kind of sneaks these little cool details in and I’m here for it! Ugh sorry I’m nosy On that nosy note, I hope they bring back the co-host interview eps, I always love those. Especially since answers probably change year to year as life changes.
7. Obsessed - So happy to discover this podcast when they interviewed Jennifer Weiner and I have since become a loyal fan for new episodes and the “backlist” ones. Love the rapport Becca and Olivia have - so many laugh out loud moments - love the Things format, the inside publishing series and always get excited for recommendations whether books or stuff to buy.
8. My favorite podcast for walks - I loved this show with Becca and Grace, and now love what Olivia brings to the table. My favorite episodes are the “catch ups” and recaps of best products, movies, etc. Bring on the fall candle discussions! Personally I don’t like the listener voicemails and end up fast-forwarding through these - would rather hear Becca and Olivia summarize the feedback from listeners and add their commentary. Overall this is a top podcast for me!
Welcome to From the Front Porch, a weekly conversational podcast on books, small business, and life in the South, produced by The Bookshelf, an independent bookstore in Thomasville, Georgia.
Release date: 2023-02-23
1. Love the Book Recaps! - I love this podcast!! I really appreciate the episodes where they recap what they read in the last month or the books to come in the next month. It usually gives me new books to check out or affirms my interest in books I’m excited about. Definitely recommend for any book/reading lover.
2. A wonderful discovery! - I knew about The Bookshelf in Thomasville for years before I found out about this podcast run by the owner! Through the pandemic this podcast helped me reconnect to my love of reading and provided me with some of my favorite new books. I especially like the new “from the Bookshelf files” episodes where Annie and Felicia talk about running a small business!
3. Rowing on the Front porch! - Annie, I look forward to hopping on my rowing machine to listen to your podcast! I enjoy your comprehensive and insightful book reviews and all the guests ' comments and reviews as well. I frequently reference your selections at my monthly book club meetings. As a former "Speech and Theatre" college professor, I particularly enjoy the sound of your voice and your pleasant and genuine attitude. Thank you for bringing me so much joy! Thanks to you, I have loads of books waiting in the wings! Once the weather breaks here in the Midwest, I'll be taking you with me outside on walks! Jan Glover
4. Cozy and informative - This truly is a conversational podcast. Sharing books with friends, and envisioning the cozy bookstore in Thomasville, where I did pass through one day and I’d love to explore further, is a nice way to spend time. Annie’s episode about how she started her business is informative, and shows great vision. Annie and her guests are knowledgeable about many books, and make nice comparisons between them. Friendly voices!
5. I’m obsessed!!! - I learned about this podcast when Annie B. Jones was a guest of Anne Bogel on “What Should I Read Next.” Shortly thereafter, I was listening to “From the Front Porch” and loving it. In March of , after living away from my hometown for years, I moved back to the area. The Bookshelf is only about an hour away!!! I’ve already been twice and am enjoying the gift of a shelf subscription. I can’t get enough of this podcast! Annie, Olivia and Hunter often accompany me on my daily walks. Thanks for all the great book recommendations!!
6. Well rounded informative - As a male author, I found the perspectives and insights surprisingly practical, not to mention full of depth from many angles. I expected the southern billing to be too narrow in it's scope. But what I found was the southern hospitality included even me. I love that they have such a huge palette of interests and suggestions. It helps to know which books are passing the muster these days.
7. From the Front Porch - I absolutely love this podcast! I especially appreciate that Annie, Olivia, Hunter and the gang give comp titles and detailed descriptions of each book they talk about. I also like that there are different formats to the episodes. It keeps things fresh. Well done, Annie B Jones!!
8. All the small town vibes - I enjoy getting to feel like I’m part of the Thomas like community with From the Front Porch. It’s also been great to get to adopt The Bookshelf as my indie (since I don’t have one close) and keep up with what’s happening there. The book recs are great and I’m always most excited for the upcoming releases episodes each month!
Autistic artist and poet Morgan Harper Nichols creates daily episodes on how looking at life through a creative lens (if you are not creative) can you help find language for your experiences and live a more connected life. Each episode ends with a daily question that you can carry with you.
Release date: 2023-03-05
1. Short & Inspiring! - Short to the point and full of inspiration. A breath of fresh air in the podcast world that has episodes drag on and on. I love listening to this podcast and hearing Morgan’s insights. Her authentic approach, beautiful questions, and thoughtful words continue with me as I move through my day. Grateful for this!
2. Better Late Than Never - I am now getting into listening to podcast. I’ve had my opinions in the past about podcast. No need to go into that detail. Yet, I will honestly say that what I assumed about podcast, has been erased after listening to Morgan. I look forward to listening to her everyday. I have even gone as far as sharing this podcast with friends and family.
3. Wonderful and thought-provoking - This podcast is often one of the brightest and most life-affirming spots in my day. Morgan, your words are best described as life-giving. Your experiences, wisdom, stories, and poems are like a warm hug, the catharsis of truth and being understood put into words. During my divorce from an abusive ex years ago, your work got me through that time…I read your poetry when I woke up and when I laid down to sleep, and it helped me keep going when everything in me wanted to quit. Thank you for what you do - it has truly powerful impact, and I’m so thankful I get to exist in the world at the same time as you, and learn from your wisdom!
4. Perfect place to land - There is something so charmingly beautiful about Morgan’s words. No matter what I’m going through I feel like she finds and catches me and cradles me back down to earth with a kind word and a soothing cup of tea. Listening to her has become a cherished morning ritual that I believe helps me to be a little kinder, a little braver, and a little more creative as I engage with the world. May we all bear such fruits!
5. I cried…. - Her episode “ encourage verbs to help you have hope” really hit me. I had been healing from my first concussion, and was feeling rather hopeless. This episode brought me to tears and my anxiousness went right away. Her voice is soothing and coats the soul with love and comfort. I am so thankful for a podcast like this. Incredible wisdom and insight. Thank you!!!
6. Feel yourself become more thoughtful, wise - Morgan is wise, thoughtful and compassionate. In a podcast world where an obnoxious tone and toxic, sarcastic framing dominate and are celebrated, Morgan’s podcast is an antidote. These short lessons help me to remember to ground myself and to center my humanity. She helps her listeners stretch and grow by creating new habits and setting healthy intentions. I appreciate that the episodes are approachable for the every person. Morgan promotes small lifestyle changes that are doable but that transformative and yield long lasting results. This podcast is precious and has risen to be one of my favorites. It’s a must listen.
7. Exactly What I Need to Start My Day - Morgan Harper Nichols always seems to know what I’m going through! Her short encouraging messages calm my anxiety and help me when I’m starting to feel my self-esteem go down. She always sounds sincere and knows dealing with anxiety is not easy. She also has the most soothing voice!
8. Peaceful Therapy Nugget for the Day - Great way to step back and either set the tone for the day or change the mindset of it. Always helps when I am feeling overwhelmed, stressed, self conscious, or pessimistic. Encouraging without being patronizing and preaching. Just peaceful, real, soothing words that get me moving towards a better and more self aware mindset.
Currently Reading is a podcast dedicated to the love of books and reading. Two bookish friends discuss what’s on their nightstands, in their earbuds, and on their Kindles right now, in addition to books they’ve loved forever, and a variety of other readerly topics. Looking for your next great book? You'll find tons of book recommendations every week.
Release date: 2023-02-20
1. Unbeatable content for all book lovers - Thoughtful and smart podcasters who put out a great show every Monday(makes my Monday drive to work a delight) Consistent high quality reads discussed and the banter is great between these hosts. Guest hosts add their favorite reads, too. Best book podcast out there.
2. Woke Rubbish - If you enjoy woke rubbish this is the podcast for you! If you want a decent book podcast -listen to the early episodes. The change in the podcast reflects the slow, yet deliberate, effects of propaganda. They become more indoctrinated by the week. They should probably read some books about the Cultural Revolution- I recommend “Red Scarf Girl” and “Life and Death in Shanghai”
3. So much to love!! - So much to love about Currently Reading! It’s the only book podcast I’ve stuck to after dipping into many of the others out there. One thing I love is that there are no ads, apart from the one ad a month for their patreon (somehow they even make those ads entertaining and un-skippable?!). Every other podcast seems to have long sections of ads that I have to find by phone to skip. I also love the broad range of books brought to the show, from backlist to unreleased. So many of the titles are not ones I would read, but I love hearing the hosts’ thoughts anyway. Mostly, I love that the hosts truly share what they’re currently reading, and they don’t try to convince the listener that they HAVE to read that book. Thank you so much for this show, ladies! So much of my reading is now informed by you guys and my reading life is so much better for it.
4. Just found you, and love you - What a great podcast! I was a very faithful and Anne Bogel listener, and then an Annie B. Jones listener, and in near the end, I found Sara‘s bookshelves. She mentioned currently reading. You are in my earbuds every morning as I mute the DVD that I exercise to. I am now on episode . And I have listened to December /January . Keep up the great work!
5. Friends and books - I’m so happy I found the Currently Reading podcast! I enjoy the weekly conversations with Meredith and Kaytee plus all the extra via Patreon. My favorite part is reading about a wide variety of books and getting to add both new and backlist title to my library list. The conversations flow and make me feel like I’m joining friends discussing books. I’m also here for all the strong opinions!
6. Delightful Reading Fun! - Never having listened to a podcast but facing an eight hour drive alone, I searched for a reading podcast and fell into Currently Reading in July, . I listened to hours of it and jotted down many TBR books. I have since never missed an episode and am working my way through season one! I have loved % of the books recommended and just finished, The Duke Alone which Meredith discussed a few weeks ago. It was a . book for me. I have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to listen and learn from people who love reading as both a hobby and a lifestyle!!!
7. I want more diversity - As I have grown as a person and a reader, I am finding that maybe I have outgrown this podcast. Which is fine, but I would love to see more. There are four hosts regularly now and all are white women. With the push for inclusive reading, I’d love to see inclusive hosts. Even within the Patreon it’s more white women. It leaves out conversations that could be had about books that are being recommended because they are only being read by people going through the same privilege of life. I love that every week I get new books to read, and while not all are really great and some are extremely problematic (I am looking at you Louise Penny), I think what would really help is to add to the cast of hosts with more diverse voices.
8. Reading Again Thanks to This Podcast - I discovered Meredith and Kaytee while randomly scrolling for a new podcast. I began listening…and then began reading again after too many years with a tv as my entertainment. In the last month I have read or listened to books! Meredith, Kaytee and guests are interesting, well spoken, and they truly do keep the conversation focused on “all things books”. Thank you ladies for waking up my bookish brain!
Every other week, Clara and Clare come together to talk about the books that moved us — for better or for worse.
Release date: 2023-02-15
1. Looking forward to seeing where this goes - These two are funny on TT and IG. Their humor is sharp with deep cuts. They each have vocal characteristics that are part of their personas, it’s really funny if you are a fan but might be a challenge for others. I’m here to see how they take their POVs and review classic works. This has A Lot of potential and it might take a minute to get their legs. Segments include reviewing the Good Reads notes, pretending to be Spark Notes, and “kiss, kill, or marry”.
2. Voices… ugh - I wanted to enjoy this podcast but these girls voices are hard to listen to. The valley girl and vocal fry is so awful. How they think it is appropriate for a podcast is beyond me. There could also have been a better outline, recap, discussion of the book. Overall completely lacking structure
3. [Required review title] - I randomly came across this podcast and after reading the episode description for the Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow episode, I knew I would love it as I too inadvertently fell in love with that character and I feel people aren’t talking about his perfection enough when discussing this book. I loved the hosts and I can’t wait for more episodes.
4. KMK - Expanding beyond our main characters: Dov obviously is dead to me, hated him, can like smell his cheap cologne from here in North Carolina! Yuck. Zoe is so interesting and how fun with all the nude cello playing so yeah, kiss. Loved her with Marx actually. Marry Marx every time. Although I am happy Sam went through a “hot phase” finally haha if that’s what the denim coveralls & hat phase was. Most poignant moment? Marx checking on Sam who had his sad little half shaved head omg! Both mom’s with the same name and Marx saw it as sign!? Omg! This book was great. You guys are great! Thanks for all your collective creative work. Woop p.s. yeah Sadie really held that grudge
5. Completely Torn - The content is amazing. The breakdowns and the banter I absolutely love however Clara’s voice is very distracting. It’s not even the actual sound of her voice but how she talks. I thought she was putting on just for laughs until it continued, which is unfortunate. I really want to hear what she has to say bc she’s clearly intelligent and insightful but I can’t sit through it. Clare is awesome. I absolutely love her. She’s trumped tight in talent and has a great voice. I want them both to be successful. However, I couldn’t finish the first episode no matter how hard I tried.
6. Love these two - Excellent addition to the book podcast world from two of the best follows on social media. Clara and Clare made a lot of good points I haven’t heard elsewhere on the book in the first ep. The only weak moment was reading a Goodreads review they disagreed with, which felt unnecessary to get their opinion across. Can’t wait for more.
7. Clare Brown - amazing - Oh, how I wish Clare had her own show. When I heard that she and Clara were doing a podcast together, I thought of course I would listen because I was such a huge fan of Clare on Instagram. Furthermore, I had assumed that Clara’s… unique… way of speaking was only reserved for her mock-PR TikToks. Unfortunately not. I had to pause the first episode twice on my commute because I could not bear to listen to her, and I ended up not even finishing the episode. She also kept interrupting Clare, whom I enjoy so much. It’s really a shame because you can tell that Clara is a intelligent, humorous woman, but it’s completely overshadowed by the distracting way she speaks (upturned end of every sentence in an extreme way). Anyway, stars because the premise of this podcast (unpopular opinions of popular books) is stellar— and perhaps you will be more tolerant than I am!
8. Great breakdown, delivery could use evening out - Clara and Clare are both hilarious; intelligent opinions with a feeling of girlfriends gabbing. They talked over each other too much so I didn’t get to enjoy each one’s thought before the other began. I’m not familiar with Clara’s social media work, and I hate to say this, but her voice wears on the ear. It’s very valley girl and goes UP? at END? like the WORDS? are QUESTIONS? That’s hard to listen to for minutes. Otherwise I’m excited for more book talk.
MuggleCast is your weekly ride into the Wizarding World. Our Harry Potter podcast, hosted by four life-long friends, brings its listeners entertaining and thought-provoking discussions about the universe. With each new episode we discuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts, the theme parks, the video games, the fandom, and more!
Release date: 2023-02-28
1. Addictive show if you are a Harry Potter fan - I just reread the books for probably the th time and I was sad it was over. So I found this podcast and have been listening for a few months now. Love it! Only sad moment was when I submitted a correct answer for Quizzitch and my “Harry! Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire, Michael Gambon calmly said” was not mentioned lol . I was disappointed but also that joke is very old. I will live haha. Still stars.
2. Better Late Than Never - year old here who grew up with HP, went to book release parties in costume (won a prize as Trelawney!), know the books by heart, and generally so grateful to have been part of an utterly undefeated era. Only found MuggleCast about six months ago and have been devoting all driving time since to trying to catch up! LOVE the show and all of you, thank you for what you do!!
3. Great podcast!!!! - This podcast is the greatest. I listen to it every night before I go to bed and I look forward to two days of the week: Friday because why not and Tuesday because a new episode of the amazing mugglecast! I LOVE the chapter by chapter and how it goes deep into the chapter and the entire wizarding world!
4. Yesssss listen please - I found this show just researching Harry Potter podcasts and it’s by far the best one out there! I basically can’t listen to any other! Not only have they been around forever and have a lot of deep insight; there conversations are always very interesting and you can genuinely tell they are just good people have a fun conversation about something they love! They make my work day bearable!
5. This show blew my mind - Hi there, me and my mom are very big potterheads and we are very lucky that most our family has heard of Harry Potter because if they didn’t we would just be saying gibberish to them as they would hear. Most of my friends are potterheads too, I have this friend who we call “the Asian Harry Potter” because if you just add a scar bam! Harry Potter he’s also from the Philippines so that is why we call him that. Anyway I love the podcast please don’t stop and I am excited for more! I am also in Gryffindor
6. Love - Hey yall, You guys should read the land of stories it’s an amazing fantasy book. There’s books and there based on fairytales(lousily) and normal people find themselves into the fairytale world it’s really good. There’s magic, love and adventures. The same things that HP has. And what I think is super cool about this whole thing Chris get the idea an started writing them in nd grade! He did it for a school project and I think that’s really cool! You guys should read them and give them a review I agree Emma Will write her book first! But read the land of stories.
7. Amazingly magical - Thank you for this podcast! You are all so wonderful. I found your podcast in May and have been listening every week since then. I have been a Harry Potter fan since childhood and wanted more content. I searched for a Harry Potter podcast and listened to several. Yours is the best one! (And the only one I still listen to.) I love how each member of your group has thoughtful input and you treat each other’s ideas with respect. I am a stay at home mom with two little ones. I love listening to your podcast when I go for walks or clean during nap time. Your podcast gives me a mental break from the needs of my baby and two year old. Thank you for being there for isolated moms.
8. Why do you care - This podcast is really great and I always look forward to new episodes. So it’s really sad whenever people are turned off it by ‘we don’t really want to associate ourselves with Rowling or her opinions.’ You don’t have to agree with anyone’s opinions to enjoy a podcast. I am NOT a transphobe, being non-binary myself, and I still enjoy the books. You can enjoy things no matter where you lie on the authors opinions. Also, they say that barely ever, as a disclaimer. And, why do you care? This podcast clearly is not pushing the LiBeRaL aGeNdA, (which does not exist, btw), so just give it a chance and don’t leave a star review the second you see that. It’s a politically neutral podcast. So, shut up and give it a review based on its quality, once you actually watch an episode. I hope you read this before you write your little star review about the liberal agenda. P.S.: I’m a Ravenclaw, so you should probably be listening. P.P.S: yall hypocrites saying that they can’t handle stuff that goes against your opinions when y’all immideately give the pod a star review bc they said ‘distance ourselves from Rowling’
Anxiety is deeply misunderstood. Join Russell Kennedy for a unique and powerful discussion how to truly heal your anxiety.
Release date: 2023-02-26
1. Thank you! - So happy I found Dr. Kennedy! I heard him in Mel Robbins’ pod and it was like he was speaking directly to me. So spot on. I’ve been seeing a therapist for a couple years who takes the same approach to healing anxiety. We work on integrating parts of Internal Family System (IFS). It’s wonderful to have this pod as a little companion to that to help reinforce the things we do in sessions to keep me connected to my body and out of my head during my off-weeks. % recommend!
2. Thank you! - Dr. Kennedy’s book is amazing! His weekly podcasts help me stay aware that I have alarm in my body. If I connect to that alarm, aka my younger self, and give her what she needs, love attention, reassurance etc.. I’ll be able to calm myself and stay out of rumination. It’s a practice I need to be very intentional about and Dr. Kennedy helps me stay committed. Thank you!
3. Validated after all these years - The book anxiety RX as well as this podcast has been so validating for me. The way Dr Kennedy describes and explains things is so easy to understand and just makes so much sense. He takes what has been so elusive and mysterious and helps you understand how to support yourself and heal your chronic anxiety/alarm. I highly recommend everything he’s involved in. This podcast is absolutely worth your time.
4. Truly Life changing if you suffer from anxiety! That’s no exaggeration! - Doctor Russell Kennedy’s theory on anxiety, or what he calls alarm, is absolutely legitimate!!! He helped me see and understand that the allopathic way of treatment isn’t the only way to work on anxiety. I used to think this was the case. I’ve been following his work for a while now. I’ve read and heard a lot of “tips” about anxiety, but NONE of those “tips” have had as much of an impact on me as this theory has!! Now, even if the alarm / panic attacks get to me, I understand not only what I need to do to help myself—the science behind anxiety—the next time but I’m also more relaxed about the anxiety / panic attacks overall. Meaning, his theory has given me huge amounts of hope!!! Listen to this podcast and follow his work in general if you want real advice that will work, advice that will be extremely useful!!! One of his phrases I love is: “Sensation without explanation,” which you’ll understand once you read his book!! Unequivocally I know that if I hadn’t found his theory from another podcast I listen to, I’d still be struggling way more than I am!!! I plan to keep his book—which I’ve suggested to others who suffer from anxiety—near by for the rest of my life! Let me just end this review by speaking directly to Doctor Kennedy himself. Doctor Kennedy, please keep doing what you’re doing, keep putting this extremely useful, amazing, advice out there!!! You’re the man!!
5. First time listener - I love this podcast. Like Dr. Kennedy I have suffered from my alarms going off and the dreaded over thinking syndrome for the majority of my adult life. This new revelation that what I used to call my anxiety was really connected to childhood trauma coming back out because of the need to feel loved and safe has been eye opening. I am barely starting to listen to his podcast and I am hoping that I can stop and separate the alarms and overthinking and just work in shutting down the alarms when they start to go off. I am excited and optimistic that one day I will also be successful in curing myself from all the anxiety I have dealt with the majority of my life. Love the phrase don’t listen to your thoughts after he is done with the podcast.
How should we live in this world when so much is changed? Katherine May, author of Wintering and the Electricity of Every Living Thing, asks those most intimate with the effects of these transformations: what now? How do we stay soft in a world determined to harden? How can we bear witness to suffering without being dragged into despair? How do we ride the waves of our anger, sorrow and exhaustion, and still find space for wonder, hope and joy? How can we possibly help? In a series of ...
Release date: 2023-01-06
1. The most important, underrated podcast - I’m fairly certain Katherine May is my platonic soulmate. I so enjoy having additional insight into her lovely brain, as well as the brains of her guests. I’m going through a period of wintering myself, and the best part of my days of late is my hour long walk each morning listening to this podcast. It’s become a beautiful ritual during a very dark period and I’m just so grateful it exists. More episodes, please. Many, many more.
2. A great conversation to revisit over and over - I really appreciate the space created from this podcast. I listen to these episodes many times because they are so life giving. I really like how there is this space for talking about wintering, but it is in such a way that gives wisdom insight and reflection from people who have gotten through it and seen how it is shaped their life. I don’t think there is enough conversations like this so thank you!
This is a podcast for emerging writers who want to improve the quality of their work and learn more about the publishing industry. Your one host, Bianca Marais (the bestselling author of 'The Witches of Moonshyne Manor') interviews authors, agents, editors and just about anyone and everyone who's involved in bringing a book to market. She's joined by her cohosts, literary agents Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra from P.S. Literary Agency, who read and critique query letters as well as opening pages in...
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. I love Bianca’s interviews - While Books with Hooks gets all the buzz, I want to give a shoutout to the author interviews! Bianca asks excellent questions, and I love hearing both new and established authors share their writing and publication experiences. We all have to finish our books before it’s time to query, so it’s actually the author interviews that provide me with the most benefit. Thank you for having such a well-rounded podcast.
2. Carly needs to get over herself. - I recently attended a video webinar with Carly and Cece—as advertised from this podcast— and was extremely put off by Carly’s rude, privileged response when someone asked a question about the opening pages. With unrelenting sarcasm Carly clapped her hands and said “Yay! You finally got it!” complete with a villainous (‘Im better/smarter/more successful than you) laugh. It was weird and uncomfortable. Cece panicked as she clearly read the room—without seeing our faces— and mentioned how subjective the industry is. I get agents are busy and they’ve been more than generous with their time on this podcast, but the holier than thou, white women, gate keeper attitude from Carly needs to be left in the fifties. There’s no shortage of agents to submit to with more humility, better attitudes—and sales— than Carly.
3. An Impatient Writer - I stumbled upon this podcast in an effort to get a fuller understanding of the publishing world. I’m so thankful I found it because I received that and so much more. Bianca Marais is an actual gem and her desire to help others is palpable in this podcast. Not only does she give her listeners beautiful advice (sit your butt in the chair and write!), but she gives us RESOURCES. I’m only on chapter of my novel but I’ve already written down email addresses and websites to use in the future. The only thing frustrating about this podcast is that I am not far enough along in my work to submit my query letter for review!
4. Best writing podcast there is. - Bianca, Carly, and CeCe have become my near-constant companions when I’m walking, working in the yard, or just need inspiration and motivation. I’ve been listening to them for so long I think of them as friends, and am quite sure I’ll greet them with inappropriate familiarity when and if I finally get to meet them in person. They are helpful, supportive, and just “get” writers in the best way possible.
5. This podcast helped me write again - I started listening to your podcast while doing my daily walk and after the second episode I went back to a wip that I’d put aside for over a year. Bianca, the warm-hearted author hosts and interviews engaging guests, plus Books with Hooks. Carly and CeCe are the most encouraging and informative agents I’ve ever heard. I wish I could meet you all in person. Keep up the good work!! Warmly, Vonnie Kennedy
6. Best Podcast for Writers - I’ve been listening to this podcast for over a year now and I can firmly state this is the best one for emerging writers. The host, Bianca Marais, who created this podcast and gives to the writing community so generously and provides it for free, asks insightful questions digging deep into the craft with the goal for all of us to succeed. I’m forever amazed by her dedication to lift us up and give back to the writing community while working as a published author herself. The author and industry interviews provide the specific details we need to translate their advice into actionable steps making our pursuit to publication clearer and more achievable. The additional weekly Books with Hooks segments and Q&As with literary agents, Carly Watters & Cece Lyra, allows emerging writers to analyze their own query letters and hone them into our most effective marketing tool with current and relevant advice on the status of the publishing industry. All three segments work together with the combined goal to make all of us better writers while doing it in a kind, considerate and inspiring way. I highly recommend this podcast to all emerging writers who are seeking representation and publication as well as established authors who want to further hone their craft. Start listening now!
7. Perfect for Writers who Want to Improve - This podcast has been my constant companion, coach, and guide as I’ve been getting serious about writing novels. It blends real-time coaching, incisive interviews, and a healthy dose of positive pragmatism. The three hosts are fun and lovely, and there’s no extraneous chit chat cluttering the great content. This podcast is a lifeline and a must-listen when querying, and then, at least for me, it kept being relevant and helpful as I revised and pushed through to a book deal. I feel like these hosts and their guests are my weekly welcome into a community from the lonely space of writing. I cheer for all the guests and brave authors who are involved, and I learn so much from Bianca, Carly, and Cece every week. Thank you!
8. Phenomenal. - This podcast is perfection. It has taught me and exposed me to and entertained me and countless others SO MUCH. Not to mention it has doubled my writing community with the most inspired, creative, and generous authors. Each of the three ladies has a lovely and distinct voice and personality, which makes the show even better, because I can always tell who is speaking. Every week, I look forward to Thursday morning, knowing I’ll learn something brilliant, gain perspective and motivation, laugh, and add to my TBR pile.