Lea Thau

Strangers, Moth Podcast

I produce and host the podcast Strangers. I formerly created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour.

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Accidental Tech Podcast

A weekly roundup of tech news and analysis with Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa.


Alex Blumberg (This American Life) starts a podcasting company.

Where to start: How Not To Pitch a Billionaire

Back to Work

Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discuss productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

Where to start: Giant Beholder Dinosaur

The Talk Show

John Gruber (Daring Fireball) and a guest discuss Apple technology and business.

Reply All

Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt tell human stories about the internet.

Where to start: The Writing on the Wall

This Is Only a Test

Will Smith, Norm Chan, and Gary Whitta bring you the week's tech and science news.


John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin on what's wrong in the world of tech. Finished after 100 episodes, this remains an incredible tech podcast.

Where to start: The Wrong Guy


This American Life

A weekly public radio show with a variety of stories on a single theme. One of the best and most influential radio shows ever created, and the most-listend-to podcast in the world.

Where to start: The short list

The Moth

True stores told live without notes.

Where to start: Al Gore Is So Boring...

The Truth

Short films without pictures.

Where to start: Mirror Lake


Gwen Macsai remixes music, documentaries, found sound, and audio oddities from around the world.

Where to start: Best of the Best 2012

Fresh Air

A weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, typically featuring intimate conversations between a guest and Terry Gross, the greatest living interviewer.

Where to start: Maurice Sendak


A crime podcast about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle

Where to start: 695BGK

Science & Art


Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich weave stories and science into jaw-dropping documentaries.

Where to start: Emergence

99% Invisible

A tiny radio show about design, architecture, and the invisible activity that shapes our world.

Where to start: Sounds of the Artificial World

Philosophy Bites

Top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics.

Where to start: Peter Singer


Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel tell stories about the invisible forces that control human behavior.

Where to start: Fearless

After the Jump

Grace Bonney (Design*Sponge) interviews creative people and independent artists about their lives and process.

Where to start: Makeshift Society

Design Matters

Debbie Millman profiles designers, makers, writers, and educators.

Politics & Econ

Planet Money

Incredible true stories in economics.

Where to start: Libertarian Summer Camp

Intelligence Squared

Oxford-style debates on political and philosophical topics.

Where to start: Genetically engineered babies


Renowned historians bring historical perspective to current events.

Where to start: Pulling the curtain

The Memory Palace

Nate DiMeo presents short, surprising history stories.

Where to start: The Sisters Fox

Slate's Political Gabfest

Stephen Colbert's favorite political podcast.

Life of the Law

Stories about the relationship between the law and our culture.

Where to start: Games and the Law

On the Media

A weekly podcast analyzing the news media and exploring how news gets made.

Where to start: Does NPR have a liberal bias?


A daily magazine of business and economic news.


WTF with Marc Maron

Raw, engaging interviews by comedian Marc Maron featuring a new guest each episode.

Where to start: Louis C.K., Pt. 1

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

NPR's weekly current events quiz featuring an outstanding panel of comedians.

Roderick on the Line

A weekly phone call between John Roderick and Merlin Mann.

Where to start: Suit of Vomit

Comedy Bang Bang

Improvised conversations between Scott Aukerman and a rotating cast of comedians.

Where to start: Ep. 127

Professor Blastoff

Comedians Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger discuss science, philosophy, and the humanities.

Where to start: The Best of Professor Blastoff


Jenn and Trin (Cards Against Humanity) take listener questions about friendship.

Where to start: Jenn & Trin: Origins

Put Your Hands Together

Cameron Esposito hosts a comedy showcase at LA's UCB Theater.

Pop Culture & Food

The Incomparable

Discussions on geek cultural topics with Jason Snell and a panel of guests.

Where to start: Darth Vader's Office is Really Weird

The Giant Bombcast

The editors of Giant Bomb discuss video game news and reviews, and CB Radio.

Rewatch Podcast

Max Temkin and Patrick Klepek watch one episode of LOST each week.

Call Your Girlfriend

Gina Delvac, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow discuss friendship and emoji.

America's Test Kitchen

The Test Kitchen puts recipes, kitchen gadgets, and techniques to the test, and answers audience questions.

Taste of the Past

Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian, explores the history of food.

Where to start: Hot Dogs

Radio Cherry Bombe

Julia Turshen interviews women working in the food industry.

The Splendid Table

Lynne Rossetto Kasper hosts discussions with writers and personalities who share their passion for food.