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

Munching Mini Eggs With Ronna & Beverly

Thursday, Apr 13 2017This week on The Big Listen, we talk Passover & Easter candy with America's favorite Jewish mothers, Ronna & Beverly. We also pet a lot of hypothetical dogs with the co-host of Can I Pet Your Dog?, and peer beyond prison bars with writer Alex Kotlowitz from Written Inside. Plus: bestselling author Pamela Druckerman uses podcasts as Xanax. Keep reading...

The Ronna & Beverly Passover Special!

Monday, Apr 10 2017In our special Passover bonus episode, Ronna Glickman and Beverly Ginsburg — America’s favorite middle-aged Jewish women — drop by the Big Listen HQ to gab about Liam Neeson, Canadian geography and the Jews’ exodus from Egypt. Ronna and Beverly are the hosts of the eponymous podcast and are the creation of comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. Keep reading...

Oprah Says: You Get A Podcast! (Encore)

Thursday, Apr 06 2017Most producers want to keep you awake; we talk to a podcaster bent on putting listeners to sleep. Then, we interview Oprah! Just kidding. But we check out a podcast that did, Making Oprah from WBEZ! Plus, we discover salacious sex columnist Dan Savage's vanilla tastes in podcasts. Keep reading!

Gillian Jacobs Gets Squeaky Clean With Podcasts

Saturday, Apr 01 2017Actress Gillian Jacobs lets us in on what podcasts she listens to when she's in the shower. Then we head out to sea to learn about cargo ships with Containers' Alexis Madrigal, and we tickle the ivories with some of piano's greatest young stars with The Competition. And we get fizzy with the hosts of the heavily carbonated Seltzer Death Match. Keep reading...