Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon — the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But behind his cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness.
When to tune in: Scrooge has a new name this season. It’s Ove, and he’s got a new story to match.
This is the story of an idle aristocratic plant enthusiast who sets out on an ambitious voyage to the Boiling Ocean — and beyond — to restore the good name of his long-lost Uncle Bertie, the disgraced botanist, and destroy pleasure once and for all!
When to tune in: If you want to make that car ride seems like some kind of Odyssey-worthy adventure, this is the podcast to listen to.
“I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at nerdist.com. This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don’t, I’m sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the Reviews section because that’s how the Internet works.”
When to tune in: If you need a little Chris Hardwick in your life (which we all should), then listen away — not to mention his celeb guests like Anna Kendrick and John Stamos.
Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true-crime stories. Each episode, the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, ’cause Karen and Georgia are dying to discuss death.
“Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season. Each season, we follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. We won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us.”
Fueled by a powerful curiosity — and by a need to see, feel and hear, firsthand and close-up — Michael Crichton’s journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling — swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels — an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world.
When to tune in: If you’re a fan of Michael Crichton, this audiobook will give you a whole new perspective on his writing.
Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny have created an important political radio show that balances humor and unreported news. At a time when media conglomerates dominate the airwaves, independent media like Citizen Radio is vital to national discourse.
When to tune in: If you need news updates from someone other than your nasally Uncle Jerry, who loves the good old days.
A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.
In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had — in reality — only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns.
Imagine if your dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened — but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this brand-new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.
When to tune in: Families are weird. Don’t worry, it’s not just yours. This podcast is sure to make you feel better.
You may think you know this story. There’s a young queen about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle shrouded in thorns; and a princess cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.
But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero if a princess needs rescuing.
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the sheriff’s secret police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers and cultural events.
When to tune in: That isn’t Santa on your roof… These stories will have you itching to leave the lights on.
It’s a story you think you know: the age-old tale of “star-cross’d lovers”; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It’s a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture and so frequently retold. Yet nothing captures the spark, the possibility and the surprise of Shakespeare’s work quite like this….
When to tune in: You aren’t in middle school anymore, which mean you will probably, actually, really like and appreciate this novel.
Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun!