To be human

Stories about humans — how we think, act, do, create, and exist — are all over the podcast landscape. When a request for human interest podcasts passed through the reference desk this week, I turned to some long-time trusted shows that are excellent for both new and veteran podcast listeners.

On Being with Krista Tippett — big questions about the immensity of our lives.

Fugitive Waves — In particular, their Hidden Kitchen series of the past few months has been incredibly compelling to me. Try the episodes about George Foreman grills or wild rice harvests.

Strangers — true stories about the people we meet and the connections we make. (Of the shows I recommended here, these are probably the heaviest and most intensely emotional.)

All the links in this article will automatically open in the RadioPublic app, so download the app for iOS or Android to begin listening. And if you’re seeking more personal recommendations, send the Podcast Librarian a note and I’ll help you find something you might enjoy.

Do you listen to any human interest podcasts? Tell me what else you’d suggest for this listener in the comments.

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