Playlists from the Nieman Lab, Radiotopia & more

Five things to hear this week

The news being what it is these days, most people we know seem to be opting either for total media immersion or for focusing on other things. This week’s playlists offer great listening for both camps, with collections that explore historical footnotes, the future of news, American presidents, and contemporary US culture — along with a Valentine’s playlist that’s got something for even the least romantically-inclined among us.


Radiotopia In Love

Love, dating, and relationship episodes from The Heart, Radio Diaries, Strangers, Mortified, Criminal, The Allusionist, Song Exploder, Love + Radio, The Truth, The Memory Palace, and The Kitchen Sisters. From our friends at Radiotopia, from PRX — a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts.



Nieman Lab’s Future of News

How does a journalist bring to light stories of atrocity in Syria? How does Terry Gross of Fresh Air get her subjects to say such revealing things on air? How do journalists decide what gets to be “news?” And how, how does any of this work make money? From the team at the Nieman Lab, a collaborative effort to figure out the future of journalism.



Get to Know Yourself, America

A glimpse into a few all-American obsessions: sex, money, race, and politics. From the creators of Mash-Up Americans, a show about the tangle of culture, race, religion and identity.



Human Footnotes

Footnoting History’s motto is “The best stories are in the footnotes.” Their selections span in region from Africa to North America and in time from the ancient to the twentieth century, so this playlist will introduce you to some historical figures you wish you discovered sooner. From the creators of Footnoting History, a podcast dedicated to overlooked, unknown, and exciting stories from history.



American Presidents

In honor of Presidents’ Day, a RadioPublic-curated collection of starter episodes from presidential podcasts.


The backstory: Every week at RadioPublic, we highlight a new set of hand-curated #PodcastPlaylists — think old-school mix tape, but for podcast episodes. Some share a theme, and others are a selection of favorites from tastemakers like authors, podcast hosts, and publications. Want to be the first to hear when new playlists are available? Join our mailing list below.

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