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18 of the Best Podcasts Ever Made

If you're new to podcasts, or if you're looking for your new favorite show, these podcasts are the perfect place to start your journey. We've got you covered when it comes starting a new comedy, true crime, science, fiction, and documentary series.

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Serial, Criminal, Reply All, Comedy Bang Bang, 99% Invisible, Morning Cup Of Murder, Lore, My Favorite Murder, Revisionist History, S-Town, Tanis, Office Ladies, The New Yorker Radio H…
If you're new to podcasts, or if you're looking for your new favorite show, these podcasts are the perfect place to start your journey. We've got you covered when it comes starting a new comedy, true crime, science, fiction, and documentary series.

Featuring:
Serial, Criminal, Reply All, Comedy Bang Bang, 99% Invisible, Morning Cup Of Murder, Lore, My Favorite Murder, Revisionist History, S-Town, Tanis, Office Ladies, The New Yorker Radio Hour << Show Less
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S01 Episode 01: The Alibi It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
Episode 171: Sealand Today's episode begins with rock & roll and ends with royalty. When bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles were becoming popular, they weren't played much on the radio in England. The BBC controlled the airwaves at the time, and some listeners described its music offerings as "square." So aspiring DJs packed up their record collections, got in boats, and sailed past the territorial limits of the UK, where they set up pirate radio stations in the sea—sometimes on abandoned WWII sea forts. One fort was taken over by a man named Roy Bates. When his pirate radio station didn’t work out, he refused to give up the fort. He raised a flag on it and announced that he and his family would be forming their own nation. A spokesperson from Britain's Ministry of Defence said: "This is ludicrous.”

Michael Bates’ book is Principality of Sealand: Holding the Fort, and Dylan Taylor-Lehman’s book is Sealand: The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation and Its Eccentric Royal Family.

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#144 Dark Pattern This week, we discover an invisible maze, designed to trick millions of people out of their money.Justin Elliot’s TwitterPro Publica’s questionnaire for people who’ve worked at IntuitIntuit CEO’s video responseFind a Free File tax product on the IRS sitePro Publica’s reporting on Turbo TaxHere’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your TaxesTurboTax Deliberately Hid Its Free File Page From Search EnginesTurboTax and H&R Block Saw Free Tax Filing as a Threat — and Gutted ItElizabeth Warren and Other Senators Call for Refunds and Investigations of TurboTax and H&R Block
Space One of the most consistent questions we get at the show is from parents who want to know which episodes are kid-friendly and which aren’t. So today, we're releasing a separate feed, Radiolab for Kids. To kick it off, we're rerunning an all-time favorite episode: Space.
In the 60’s, space exploration was an American obsession. This hour, we chart the path from romance to increasing cynicism.
We begin with Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan, with a story about the Voyager expedition, true love, and a golden record that travels through space. And astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson explains the Coepernican Principle, and just how insignificant we are.
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687. Ben Schwartz, Horatio Sanz Ben Schwartz and Horatio Sanz join Scott for the annual tradition of starting off the New Year on Comedy Bang! Bang! They talk about weird childhood food, big plans for 2021, and exclusive spoilers for The Mandalorian &amp; Sonic the Hedgehog. Then, toy makers Skip Weller and Chaniel Leftrowbottom stop by to talk about their toy making process. Later, Shelly Driftwood returns to talk about why he&rsquo;s babysitting his neighbor Bobby Knuts from the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame. Plus, the debut of a brand new Closing Up the Plugs Bag Theme Song!
468- Alphabetical Order In much of the western world, alphabetical order is simply a default we take for granted. It’s often the one we try first -- or the one we use as a last resort when all the other ordering methods fail. It’s boring, but it works, and it’s so ingrained that it’s hard to imagine not using it. But despite its endurance for most of its history, the alphabet wasn’t initially used to order much of anything. Judith Flanders, author of A Place For Everything, a history of alphabetical order, says that in societies like ancient Rome and early medieval Europe, writing implements were still rare. So what mattered most was organizing knowledge in a way that helped you to memorize it. And that was usually much easier to do in the order you naturally came across the information, like: chronologically, or by size, or geography, or region, or hierarchically.Alphabetical Order
A Frozen Solid Cold Case Mystery - December 17 2021 - Todays True Crime December 17th: Margaret Martin Goes Missing (1938)
There are some cases that are destined to remain cold no matter how much science and technology advance. On December 17th 1938 a young, promising woman went missing and her case, despite all the advances forensics have made, remains completely frozen solid.

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Episode 185: Under the Skin If there’s one thing humans have been obsessed with over the years, it’s the risk that the most dangerous, evil things in the world might find a way inside and take control. The stories about this usually sound more like fantasy than fact, but history has a few surprises in store for us all.————————This episode of Lore was sponsored by:

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Celebrity Hometowns with Patton Oswalt For a special treat, Karen and Georgia sit down with celebrity guests to hear their stories, from hometown murders to personal accounts of mayhem to legendary family lore. Today's guest is Patton Oswalt.
Hallelujah How does genius emerge? An exploration of different types of innovation—through the lens of Elvis Costello’s extraordinary song “Deportee,” once utterly forgettable and then, through time and iteration, a work of beauty and genius. If you're looking to go deeper into the subjects on Revisionist History, visit Malcolm's collection on iBooks at http://www.apple.co/MalcolmGladwell -- iBooks will update the page every week with new recommendations. To learn more about the topics covered in this episode, visit www.RevisionistHistory.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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