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Title: The Bright Sessions
Type: Science fiction
Recommended by Sara Weber via her Twitter account.
We say, "Love this kind'f thing. Brill concept and one to get your teeth stuck into if you like a good series... "
Description: The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients - each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.
Links: Click here to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: Terrible, Thanks For Asking
Type: Personal narrative, non-fiction
Recommended by Lauren from the Big Listen.
She says, "Terrible, Thanks For Asking — In 2014, Nora McInerny lost her father, her husband and an unborn child in the span of a few weeks. But McInerny took her story of loss and made it into something beautiful: a podcast that confronts what grief is actually like on a more granular level. And yes, it’s OK to laugh. Crying is cool, too (which, coincidentally, is the title of her memoir)."
We say, "Moving and well made. If you want a tear-jerker, reach out for this one."
Description: You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word.
Links: subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: That’s What They Say
Type: Language, Culture
Recommended by Kelly from the in-depth flyover podcast newsletter - subscribe for a deeper dive into new and exciting podcasts State-side.
She says, "Rebecca and her co-host Anne Curzan, a professor of linguistics at the University of Michigan, tap into local expertise to share information and conversation on a topic of interest nationally. I love that.
This idea got me thinking: What are other universal conversation-starters that local podcasters could be bringing to a national audience that aren’t pop culture or politics-related? It’s been a fun thought exercise this week."
We say, "If you're interested in the chronological evolution of language and the finding out the intricacies of words and expressions, then this is a must-listen. ROFLCOPTER, etc"
Description: That's What They Say is a weekly segment on Michigan Radio that explores our changing language. University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan studies linguistics and the history of the English language. Each week she'll discuss why we say what we say with Michigan Radio Weekend Edition host Rina Miller.
Links: subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
Type: Comedy, Interview
Recommended by Stabl reader, Sam Groggan.
He says, "You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes is a great interview style podcast. It often lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. He interviews mostly comedians, but also scientists and philosophers. Every episode they talk about the guest, what they do, their thoughts on love, sex, and God. It's leads to some very in depth and thoughtful conversations."
We say, "This podcast has been a firm favourite over the years. The calibre of guests is usually first class."
Description: Everybody has secret weirdness, Pete Holmes gets comedians to share theirs.
Links: Click to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: Mash-Up Americans
Type: Non-Fiction, Culture
Recommended by Galen from the insanely good Bello Collective
He says, "My latest excuse for binge listening is that I can sew while I do it. Recently, I made a dress while listening to episode after episode of Mash-up Americans, an interview show that delves into the many ways that traditions collide and the challenges of deciding what to hold onto and what to pass on to the mash-ups who come next."
We say, "There's seems to be a lot of soul-searching going on in the States at the moment. This reflects that mood perfectly."
Description: The Mash-Up Americans is your guide to hyphen-America. Amy S. Choi and Rebecca Lehrer talk culture, identity, and what makes us who we are. Get to know yourself, America. The Mash-Up Americans is a co-production of American Public Media and Southern California Public Radio.
Links: Click to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: Song By Song
Type: Music, Tom Waits
Recommended by Stabl reader, Eric Benson.
He says, "This is probably the most grown-up podcast I’ve listened to in a while. I love that Isy Suttie - from Peep Show fame - is a guest host who brings an added dynamic to a topic I don’t know much about. Serious Music Chat (SMC), around 15 minutes per episode."
We say, "If you're a fan of Tom Wait, this is a no-brainer. But even if you aren't, this series still has something for the eternally inquisitive."
Description: Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay discuss the entire Tom Waits discography, episode by episode, song by song.
Links: Click to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: Ghosts In The Burbs
Type: Horror, Story-Telling
Recommended by Dana from the Bello Collective.
She says, "Ghosts in the Burbs. To some, October means sweaters, PSLs, and football. To me, October means sweaters, Reese’s pumpkins, and horror podcasts. My first horror binge of the season went to Ghosts in the Burbs. The subdued, slow, and realistic feel of the ongoing story was both exactly what I wanted in my listening binge and also a huge mistake which led me to locking myself in the bathroom to hang out in a safe space until my husband came home. Starting as a blog, the podcast series is read by Liz Sauer, a writer and children’s librarian in Wellesley, Massachusetts who sets out to naively just collect ghost stories of the town … without becoming a paranormal target herself."
We say, "The genius of this podcast is in its simplicity - a first-person narrative with some added sound FX. Boo!"
Description: Ghosts In The Burbs is a podcast about the ghosties living in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the suburbanites who encounter them.
Links: Click to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info..


Title: What If World
Type: Story-telling, Children's
Recommended by Guardian Podcasts.
They say, "Every week, Mr Eric answers a what-if question from a kid who has called in, coming up with an impromptu 15-minute story full of adventure and excitement. You never know what new characters you’ll meet or where the story will take you, and there is always a lovely lesson to learn. My son and I love it. It really is quite magical."
Description: What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Join Abacus P Grumbler, Randall Radbot, and Whendiana Joan as they help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by your questions!
Links: Click to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: The Decision
Type: Sport, Basketball
Recommended by the ever on-it Ben Cannon from the Constant Listener.
He says, "Make no mistake, The Decision is not sports radio. Even though the central premise is about passionate fandom, there is an absence of bluster. Instead the program consists largely of easy going, often erudite conversations, touching as much on the Instagram accounts of players as their history and playing style. Guests run the gamut, including podcasters, journalists, comedians, filmmakers and kind of everywhere in between. It’s this everyman take that positions the show to also serve as an entree into the sport for the uninitiated."
We say, "The concept is a little hard to take in being a soccer/football fan based in the UK - the thought of changing one's team is unthinkable - however, this is an intriguing mini-series nevertheless. Nicely produced and food-for-thought for those who watch basketball occasionally but are not yet affiliated with a team. Swish!"
Description: This is The Decision: The podcast where people try to convince host Alex Kapelman to finally abandon The Knicks, and become a fan of their favorite team. The Decision is produced by Alex Kapelman. Original music from Louis Stein, Alessio Romano, and Scott Kapelman. There will be five new episodes of the show every weekday until Tuesday, October 17, when the final episode will be released.
Links: Click to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for Alex' Soundcloud.


Title: Some Noise
Type: Documentary, History
Recommended by the awesome The Auditors.
They say, "This hard-to-define indie podcast is a thing of spectacular ambition and ravenous curiosity, presenting deeply-reported episodes that seek to understand what it means to be American. Host and producer Najib Aminy is a journalist by trade, and it shows. Pounding the pavement from mosques to wrestling rings, he is equipped with the tools of a reporter: a nose for a story, an easy rapport with people, an instinct for when to speak and when to be quiet. Interviews and actuality are cut with archival audio and Aminy's reserved narration, and though episodes are long, they aren't formless. They unfold deliberately and one must absorb them patiently (a healthy prescription for restless podcast reviewers). "
We say, "Sometime the presenter alone makes the piece worth listening to, and this is very mucht he case here. Well worth a binge."
Description: It's a show about stories and the foolish pursuit of life, clarity and context. Stories that confront, challenge and question our preconceived notions of Uncle Sam’s culture, tradition and identity. And stories that focus on the purpose of common folk—be it those who spend their Fridays in a wrestling ring or those that attend Sunday service, and ask why?
Links: Click here to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: Reply All (specific episodes)
Type: Technology, non-fiction
Recommended by Ella Watts from The Podcasters' Support Group.
She says, "Well, [I was recommended] Long Distance and Long Distance Part II from the show Reply All, and honestly it was brilliant!"
We say, "This show is a regular in our stabl of shows, f'sure. Excellent, as always from the Gimlet team, and these specials are particularly gripping and well-produced."
Description: A podcast about the internet from Gimlet Media, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman.
Links: Click here to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: The Thread with OZY
Type: History
Recommended by the Guardian.
They say, "“What makes someone kill their own hero in cold blood?” That’s the question asked by The Thread with OZY (iTunes), an addictive podcast that takes a short and snappy journey through history. “We turn back the clock one story at a time to reveal how various strands are woven together to create a historic figure, big idea or an unthinkable tragedy,” says narrator Sean Braswell.
The Thread is one of those podcasts that you can’t dip in and out of: start at the beginning, with the murder of John Lennon. Braswell keeps each episode tight, so within 20 minutes he gives enough information to hook listeners in as well as make them want to read up on the facts. "
We say, "The minutiae details is what makes this podcast fascinating. Only 6 episodes are planned but that should change once people get gripped."
Description: Explore history’s interlocking lives and events. Turn back the clock, one story at a time. Discover how various strands are woven together to create a historic figure, a big idea or an unthinkable tragedy. From OZY Media. History. Unwound.
Links: Click here to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.


Title: Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything
Type: Documentary
Recommended by Janet Levy, Stabl reader.
She says, "It's just one of those podcasts that I cannot wait to listen to every week, I love it. I particularly recommend listening to the Influencers double bill."
We say, "This podcast from Radiotopia has been on our radar for a while now. Fantastic stories scraping the surface of art and society. Nicely produced."
Description: Personally connecting the dots. All of them. Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.
Links: Click here to subscribe on iTunes, and click here for more info.