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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 21, 2019

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Four of the Best Storytelling Podcasts

Four of the Best Storytelling Podcasts
Alinta Koh

When you’re finding it hard to make time to read, you can still keep your head packed full of great stories by listening to these podcasts.

1. This American Life.

This American Life is one of the most popular story-telling podcasts, and it’s easy to see why. Each weekly episode focuses on a theme, with multiple stories and anecdotes rotating within and around the concept – from ‘P.I Moms’ to ‘Doppelgangers’, each episode immerses you in a little niche world and teases out the possibilities within them.

 2. The Moth.

The Moth is another justly popular podcast, the concept being ‘true stories told without notes’ – mostly in front of a live audience.  Loosely categorized by theme, the stories are told by a mixture of novices, comedians, actors and writers, or those who just have something great to say; funny, moving, and often unexpected glimpses into people’s lives.

  3. Risk

Probably the most outlandish of these story-telling podcasts, ‘Risk’ host and creator, Kevin Allison, aims to record true stories which might not usually be told in these arenas– and are often a bit NSFW in the process. These are a mixture of stories told live, interviews, musical numbers and more.

The ‘riskiness’ of some of these stories never seems gratuitous though, more like humane. Of course, often it is just plain entertaining, or ridiculous. Even more impressive when you realize they have no budget and most of it is recorded in Kevin Allison’s apartment.

4. New Yorker: Fiction

Rediscover your favourite short stories published by the New Yorker as they are read by writers such as George Saunders, David Sedaris, Mary Gaitskill and many, many more.

Every month a writer chooses a story from the extensive New Yorker archives and to read and discuss with fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. It is wonderful to hear a short story out loud instead of in your head for once, and these writers read with such sensitivity to the text that you never regret hearing it brought to life by someone else.


Where? All of these podcasts are available to download for free through iTunes.