So you’re wondering how we pick the shows we profile on The Big Listen. Well, how’s about we shed some light on our process? First, we’re not here to be the mouthpiece for WAMU and NPR podcasts (though you may hear some of their work featured from time to time). The shows featured on The Big Listen represent a true mélange of what is out there in the podcasting world. Each week, the Big Listen team strives to feature little-known shows like Betty In The Sky With A Suitcase (a podcast made by a flight attendant while in the air!), as well as in-depth conversations with the hosts of popular shows like Death, Sex & Money and Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.

Curating the show is an art, not a science. Our guiding principle is always to provide our listeners with a peek at podcasts that we think feature vibrant voices, engaging points of view and/or novel approaches to storytelling. If you have a show to contribute to our lineup, we welcome any and all recommendations. We’re at biglisten@wamu.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Most Recent Shows

Abbi Jacobson Is A Piece Of Work

Thursday, Sep 14 2017Abbi Jacobson gets artsy with her podcast A Piece Of Work; Leila Day and Hana Baba of The Stoop dialogue about the diaspora; YouTube provocateur Dylan Marron confronts his online bullies and Kathleen Barber dishes on her debut suspense novel, Are You Sleeping. Keep reading...

36 Questions For Jonathan Groff

Thursday, Sep 07 2017Want to hear Broadway babe Jonathan Groff sing in a musical, but don’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a ticket? Then check out the delightful podcast musical, 36 Questions, in which he stars. Also on the show, we dish about drugs of all kinds with the host of CBC’s On Drugs. And we listen to some foreign language radio stories with the help of Radio Atlas. Plus, writer Jes Skolnik’s New York Times op-ed on how listening to true crime podcasts can help survivors of violence. Keep reading...

Lauren Lapkus Is Our Special Guest! (Encore)

Thursday, Aug 31 2017With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus is the perfect podcast for the actress and comedian, because she'd much prefer to play a character than be herself. Also, we ask Strangers' Lea Thau how she maintained her radical empathy by bunking with Trump supporters and rescue the host of How's Your Day from endless newspaper archives. Plus: How Rep. Keith Ellison uses a podcast to talk to his constituents (and the Congressman's spot-on Ira Glass impersonation). Keep reading...

Tavi Gevinson, Rookie Podcaster of the Year (Encore)

Thursday, Aug 24 2017The Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City produces an all-girl podcast called WGRL. So naturally we had to put aside our fear of teens to go visit. Plus, we talk tragedy and healing with the documentarian behind First Day Back. And find out why mental illness can be so dang funny from John Moe of The Hilarious World of Depression. Bonus: writer, actor and media entrepreneur Tavi Gevinson of Rookie magazine gives us her top podcast picks. Keep reading...