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My Top Five Podcasts ... by Tami L.

Looking for a great new podcast to tune into?  Librarian Tami L. is here to help!  Here are five of her favorite podcasts.  Share your favorite podcast in the comments!

Backstory logo1)  BackStory with the American History Guys - BackStory is a public radio program and podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present. With its passionate, intelligent, and irreverent approach, BackStory is fun and essential listening no matter who you are. You can access BackStory through iTunes, streaming through the website, or as a radio program in select states. Also see: Stuff You Missed In History Class.Freakonomics logo

2)  Freakonomics Radio Podcast - Based on the best-selling books by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, this podcast continues to explore unusual economics. You can access the Freakonomics podcast through iTunes and streaming/RSS feed trough the website. You can also tune into short episodes when Freakonomics visits the Marketplace radio show on NPR. Also see: Stuff You Should KnowRadiolab logo

3)  RadiolabRadiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Hosts are Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.  You can access Radiolab through iTunes, streaming through website, and just recently, on over 300 radio stations including Minnesota Public Radio. AWESOME!  Also see: This American LifeThe Truth logo

4)  The Truth: Movies For Your Ears - “The Truth is fiction—we make short films without pictures. We’re a contemporary re-imagining of what audio drama is and can be, presented as a regular podcast. Our stories ask, 'what if, how come, and why not?' They may not have the answer, but they’re all looking for the truth.”  You can access The Truth through iTunes or an RSS feed through the website. Skeptoid logo

5)  Skeptoid with Brian Dunning  - "A weekly science podcast dedicated to furthering knowledge by blasting away the widespread pseudosciences that infect popular culture, and replacing them with way cooler reality” (basically, there’s a whole lotta debunking goin’ on.) “Each weekly episode focuses on a single phenomenon — an urban legend, a paranormal claim, alternative therapy, or something just plain stupid — that you've heard of, and that you probably believe in. Skeptoid attempts to expose the folly of belief in non-evidence based phenomena, and more importantly, explains the factual scientific reality. From the sublime to the startling, no topic is sacred, politically incorrect though that may be." You can access Skeptoid through iTunes, RSS feed, and streaming through the website.

Happy listening!  (Contributed by Tami L.)


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