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

Mother’s Day Extravaganza: Pods and Broads!

Friday, May 12 2017We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with stories from all kinds of women — a single lesbian mother by choice (Not By Accident), a young woman who chose sterilization (Tie My Tubes) and a Korean mom raising a multi-racial daughter (Other: Mixed Race In America), among others. Plus, mom tributes from your favorite audio producers. And Lauren's mom guest stars! Keep reading...

Tavi Gevinson, Rookie (Podcaster) of the Year

Friday, May 05 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...

A More Perfect Podcast (Remix)

Thursday, Apr 27 2017We brush up on our Supreme Court history with the folks behind the podcast More Perfect, explore George Washington's home with Alexis Coe, the host of Presidents Are People Too! and pick up some podcast recommendations from our foreign correspondents, the Auditors. Plus: a father/son super duo who are truckers during the day and podcasters at night. Keep reading...