What to Listen to While Social Distancing at Home

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Everyone knows that books and tv shows are both typical ways to pass the time. But, while you’re taking your dog (or yourself) for a walk or just taking a moment to breathe, podcasts are a perfect companion to fill the silence one may experience during social distancing. From true crime to facts you may have missed in history class, there is a podcast for everyone – down to knitting or just listening to people chew… yes, really.

Besides starting our own company podcasts, Renaissance Publishing employees offer their suggestions for podcast shows to pass the time.

Looking for something to read or watch? Check out our staff recommendations for things to watch or books to read while practicing social distancing.


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Noble Blood

iHeartMedia

Noble Blood explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. The world is full of ill-fated love affairs, bad decisions, and family drama, but for a monarch, the personal will determine the fate of nations. And when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes tend to mean blood.

KELLY MASSICOT, DIGITAL EDITOR

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On Being

A Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett.

MELANIE SPENDER, EDITOR

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Left, Right and Center

NPR

Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.

SARAH GEORGE, ART DIRECTOR

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Stuff You Should Know

iHeartRadio

If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino,
true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

ASHLEY MCLELLAN, EDITOR

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Podcast: The Ride

Forever Dog Podcasts

A show about theme parks hosted by three childless men in their thirties. Strap in as Mike Carlson, Jason Sheridan and Scott Gairdner share the WAY-too-many things they know about Disney, Universal, and beyond.

MOLLY PATTY, ART DIRECTOR

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The Dating Game Killer

Wondery

Hollywood & Crime’s new six-part series The Dating Game Killer uncovers the twisted secret life of one of America’s most prolific serial killers. When Rodney Alcala appeared as a contestant on the popular TV show, The Dating Game, he was a diagnosed sociopath and convicted child molester. He held jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a counselor at an idyllic summer camp. How did this predatory monster fool producers, employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards alike – all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast?

TOPHER BALFER, CUSTOM EDITOR

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Father Peter Finney III Homily Podcast

Ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 2010, Fr. Peter spent his first year of priesthood completing his degree in Rome and the next five years as parochial vicar of St. Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie and St. Peter Parish in Covington.

TODD MATHERNE, PUBLISHER

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Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

Team Coco Podcasts

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly podcast hosted by American comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien. It is co-hosted by O’Brien’s assistant, Sona Movsesian, and producer, Matt Gourley.

KIM SINGLETARY, EDITOR

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How I Built This with Guy Raz

NPR

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

SARAH DUCKERT, DIGITAL OPERATIONS

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Pop Culture Happy Hour

NPR

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

MEGHAN ROONEY, PRODUCTION DESIGNER

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Big Easy Spirits

Big Easy Spirits is a weekly podcast covering New Orleans-based true crime, ghost stories and the love of a cocktail.

CLAIRE SARGENT, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

LockupCULTURE, HISTORY

Drink and Learn

Join Elizabeth and bartender extraordinaire Abigail Gullo as they share booze history, culture, and a little drinking advice.

LISA LOVE, SALES MANAGER

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Invisibilia

NPR

Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

EMILY ANDRAS, PRODUCTION MANAGER

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Girls Gotta Eat

Why do guys just want to meet up with you once then stalk your Instagram forever? Should you ditch the apps and meet people in the wild? How do you get over a breakup when you feel like you’re gonna die? These are all topics discussed on Girls Gotta Eat — a hilarious podcast from Rayna Greenberg (@Rayna.Greenberg) and Ashley Hesseltine (comedian + creator of @BrosBeingBasic).

SAMANTHA SHIFF, SALES ASSOCIATE

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White Lies

NPR

In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

RICH COLLINS, NEWS EDITOR

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The Shrink Next Door

Wondery

Veteran journalist Joe Nocera had a Hamptons neighbor: Ike, therapist to celebrities and Manhattan’s elite. He had star-studded parties at the vacation house. But one summer, Joe came back to discover that Ike was gone, and the summer house next door had never belonged to Ike in the first place. It was Marty’s, a therapy patient of Ike’s who had finally broken free from Ike’s psychological domination. THE SHRINK NEXT DOOR is the story of one therapist’s psychological manipulation as he crossed lines and defrauded his patients — and he’s still out there. In partnership with Bloomberg.

JEANEL LUQUETTE, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING/EVENTS

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Office Ladies

The Office co-stars and best friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, are doing the ultimate The Office re-watch podcast for you. Each week Jenna and Angela will break down an episode of The Office and give exclusive behind the scene stories that only two people who were there, can tell you.

RACHEL WEBBER, SALES ASSOCIATE

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Stay Motivated! – The Secret To Success with CJ, Karl & Eric Thomas

From homeless, high school drop out to Entrepreneur, C.E.O. and Ph.D.! Hear first hand how Eric was able to defy the odds, and single-handedly break the negative generational cycles that plagued his family for decades. Join the conversation with ET and co-host Carlas Quinney Jr. and learn how you too can create the life you deserve.

ABBIE DUGRUISE, EVENTS MANAGER

Do you have a podcast you highly recommend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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