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JD Samson is obviously a cool musician. Look at her rock ‘n roll tattoos!

JD Samson is obviously a cool musician. Look at her rock ‘n roll tattoos!

Thursday, Oct 19 12 p.m. (ET)

JD Samson On Making Podcast Music “More Boring”

Le Tigre's JD Samson lets us in on the secret to composing music for podcasts. Nora McInerny, host of Terrible, Thanks For Asking, helps us smile through our tears. And we unpack annoying language with Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist. Plus, we check out the Potluck Podcast Collective, a group of Asian American podcasters. Keep reading...

DeRay Mckesson never goes anywhere without his trusty blue Patagonia vest.

DeRay Mckesson never goes anywhere without his trusty blue Patagonia vest.

Thursday, Oct 12 12 p.m. (ET)

For DeRay Mckesson, It Started With A Newsletter

Activist DeRay Mckesson and his blue vest stop by to chat about the origins of his activism and his first newsletter. We explore the untold stories of the Civil War with the folks behind the podcast, Uncivil. Award-winning journalist Trey Kay helps us bridge our American divides in Us & Them. And hear about a college oral history project turned podcast called Ferguson Voices. Keep reading...

Beer, hockey, politeness — Canada really does have it all. And great podcasts, too!

Beer, hockey, politeness — Canada really does have it all. And great podcasts, too!

Thursday, Oct 05 12 p.m. (ET)

Moose On The Loose: A Canada Special (Encore)

America’s hat is turning 150 years old! To celebrate Canada Day and our neighbors to the North, we talk to the women behind Love Me, a CBC podcast about the messiness of relationships, and we get a more realistic look at Canadian history with Canadaland's Jesse Brown. Then we catch up with Canadian-American hybrid Jonathan Goldstein, the self-styled mealy-mouthed mensch behind Wiretap and now Heavyweight. Plus: Native storytelling from the world's first indigenous podcast network. Keep reading...

CNN political commentator Angela Rye is not a woman you want to tangle with.

CNN political commentator Angela Rye is not a woman you want to tangle with.

Thursday, Sep 28 12 p.m. (ET)

Angela Rye, Queen of Sophistiratchet

CNN political firebrand and dyed-in-the-wool activist Angela Rye talks with us about her new podcast, On One with Angela Rye, which features in-depth conversations with black changemakers. Note To Self’s Manoush Zomorodi helps us live in harmony with our digital devices in her new book, Bored and Brilliant. We learn the finer points of giving advice from Slate’s Dear Prudence, Mallory Ortberg. Plus, we make a shocking discovery about robot voices in the D.C. Metro with Dallas Taylor of Twenty Thousand Hertz. Keep reading...

Alix Spiegel (L) and Hanna Rosin  are real life besties on the hunt for the invisible forces that shape human behavior.

Alix Spiegel (L) and Hanna Rosin are real life besties on the hunt for the invisible forces that shape human behavior.

Thursday, Sep 21 12 p.m. (ET)

Getting Invisible with Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel

What's more meta than a concept album about concepts? Not much. The women of Invisibilia explain the idea behind their third season concept album (it's like Lemonade, but with less dancing). We also delve into self-help books with the hosts of By The Book and explore the world of radionovelas with the creator of Celestial Blood/Sangre Celestial. Plus: a Swedish true crime podcast that actually uncovered a truth and helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man.

Broad City star Abbi Jacobson hanging with a Van Gogh at MoMA.

Broad City star Abbi Jacobson hanging with a Van Gogh at MoMA.

Thursday, Sep 14 12 p.m. (ET)

Abbi Jacobson Is A Piece Of Work

Abbi 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...

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