Top Picks This Week
Making Space with Hoda Kotb
Where do you draw your strength? Join TODAY’s Hoda Kotb on a journey of self-discovery and resilience of the human spirit. Hoda hears from some of the people she admires most, and whose stories of personal triumph keep her going. Like Hoda, you’ll leave these talks stronger than when you started and inspired to make space in your own life.
This Is Critical
Fearless, sophisticated culture criticism for all generations. Nothing is off-limits, nothing dumbed down. With American culture on the rocks, we're split into fake "wars" about everything from avocados to bicycles to medical masks. It's time we took a critical lens to every facet of our shared experience. And that's what Virginia Heffernan is prepared to do.
New Day
Every week on New Day, we’ll find one new way to make life a little better. So many of us are suffering in silence. Maybe you're successful but miserable at work. Perhaps you have the perfect family on Instagram, but you're at each other's throats IRL. Maybe you can’t even put your finger on what feels weird - but you know you deserve more. Whatever it is, you’re not alone. I’m Claire Bidwell Smith, author, therapist, and grief expert. On New Day, we share easy actions you can try to keep moving forward. From waking up with more energy, to redefining balance, and making time for hobbies again, my incredible guests and I (with topics you help us identify) don't shy away from helping you answer the big question we're all asking: How can I lead a more fulfilling life?
Midnight Snack with Michelle Collins
Michelle Collins (The View, The Michelle Collins Show) joins Earwolf to riff on the week’s biggest stories on her “late night podcast.” Every Thursday, Michelle sits down with your favorite celebrities including Nicole Byer, Ben Schwartz and Bianca Del Rio for deep dive one-on-one interviews.
The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 — The Black Album
A living, breathing sonic blender of a podcast. Over eight episodes, we’ll celebrate the re-release of The Black Album (“Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters”), and the incredible band that made it. This is more than a “Making Of” look at the album. It’s the story of James, Lars, and Kirk — not just how the album got made, but why.
Mind of a Monster
Take a true look inside the mind of history’s most notorious serial killers—straight from the monsters themselves. With exclusive access to cases and commentary from professional criminal psychologist and host Dr. Michelle Ward, Mind Of A Monster brings you insight into the mind of some of the most notorious serial killers throughout history. Mind Of A Monster: Ed Kemper "The Co-Ed Killer" vs. Herbert Mullin, dives into the case of two serial killers operating at the same time in Santa Cruz, CA, and features jaw-dropping, never-before-heard audio recordings from the killers themselves. Dr. Michelle Ward speaks candidly with detectives, experts and witnesses involved in the cases to unravel the shocking investigation of the murders, and provides professional expertise on what might have led Kemper and Mullin to become two of the most notorious killers in history.Listen to Mind Of A Monster wherever you get your podcasts.
Parks and Recollection
Parks and Recreation’s Rob Lowe (actor/NFL fan) and Alan Yang (writer/director/Mouse Rat bassist) host the definitive podcast about the making of the beloved comedy series. With special guest appearances by cast and crew, Rob and Alan share their unique, behind-the-scenes insights from in front of the camera and inside the writers’ room. It’s literally the best Parks and Rec podcast in the world. Go ahead, treat yo’ self!
The Drew Barrymore Show
Known world-wide for her infectious brand of humor and positivity, host Drew Barrymore shares her undeniably relatable point of view while celebrating every part of humanity along the way. Drew’s creating a movement to march in the army of optimism with a multi-topic format, elevating, inspiring and entertaining in every segment from human interest stories to happy news to lifestyle segments and celebrity guests. Hear full episodes of The Drew Barrymore Show adapted for your ears every day.
Nothing much happens; bedtime stories to help you sleep
Having trouble sleeping?  Join Yoga and meditation teacher Kathryn Nicolai for bedtime stories where nothing much happens to help you relax and sleep peacefully. The stories are a soft landing spot for your mind. Rather than letting your brain race through the same thoughts you’ve been chasing all day, we are taking a detour to a calm and comfy place. We tell the story twice and go a bit slower the second time. Buy the book now! http://hyperurl.co/NothingMuchHappens
Southlake
Southlake, Texas, seems to have it all: stately homes, intense civic pride, and above all, terrific schools. So when a video surfaced in 2018 showing Southlake high school students chanting the N-word—and when Black residents came forward to share stories of racist harassment and bullying—the school board vowed to make changes. But the unveiling of the Cultural Competence Action Plan set off a backlash that’s consumed Southlake, fueled by a growing national crusade against critical race theory. Hosted by NBC News national reporter Mike Hixenbaugh (host of the hit podcast Do No Harm) and NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton, Southlake tells the story of how one idyllic city became the test case for a new political strategy with national repercussions.
This Land
The award-winning documentary podcast This Land is back for season 2. Host Rebecca Nagle reports on how the far right is using Native children to attack American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.
Israel Story
Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי, or go to our website: israelstory.org
X-Ray Vision
From Emmy-award winner Jason Concepcion and Crooked Media comes X-Ray Vision, a new weekly podcast that transcends pop culture and entertainment by taking listeners from Middle-earth to Waystar Royco, and everything in between. Hold on to your cape as we journey through the zeitgeist-iest (patent pending) of film, TV, and comics– guided by Jason’s one-of-a-kind analysis and expert guests. Test your fandom knowledge with panel discussions on the latest nerd news, casting, and show lore while staying tuned for deep dives into all of your favorite franchises. New episodes released weekly.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
My name is Jay Shetty, and my purpose is to make wisdom go viral. I’m fortunate to have fascinating conversations with the most insightful people in the world, and on my podcast, I’m sharing those conversation with you. New episodes Mondays and Fridays. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and please rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it. Live life today ON PURPOSE.
Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival
In this multi-part podcast, "Alchemy of Violence: Narcos, Reapers and Survival," host and Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny Joey Jones will guide you through a series of wide-ranging interviews with Ed Calderon, a former paramilitary law enforcement officer from Mexico who took on the country's ruthless drug cartels face-to-face at a time when their gruesome violence was reaching a fever pitch in 2006 and beyond. Calderon’s dangerous career south of the border, and the rampant corruption he says came with it, ultimately forced him to run for his life. It also left him with a lifetime's worth of on-the-ground experience, and a set of unique survival skills akin to a real-life McGuyver, just a few years shy of his 40th birthday. In his own words, Calderon shares intimate details on everything from his childhood and family inspiration, to the horrors he witnessed firsthand in his career, and how he’s using those experiences now to help others who might be recovering from similar traumas –a new career in what he calls his "after-life."