10 Podcasts Every Arts & Culture Lover Should Know

In honor of International Podcast Day, the ArtsBoston team has done a roundup of our favorite arts and culture podcasts for your listening pleasure. Perhaps these will help you prepare for National Arts and Humanities Month in October!

Pop Culture Happy Hour
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features “Monkey See” blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters.

Creative Minds Out Loud
Creative Minds Out Loud was created to give a glimpse into Massachusetts’ cultural capital; to inform, to inspire, and to share the stories of Massachusetts’ arts and culture sector. It is produced by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and is hosted by Executive Director Anita Walker.

Modern Love
Modern Love: The Podcast features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves. Join host Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones (NYT) — and fall in love at first listen. An extra #bosarts bonus is that Meghna recently interviewed playwright Joshua Harmon (Significant Other, Bad Jews) Listen here. Or buy tickets to Significant Other at SpeakEasy Stage Company.

You Must Remember This
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast about the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Check out the recent six-part series about Joan Crawford!

The Room Where It’s Happening: A Hamilton Fan Podcast
If you’re obsessed with the musical Hamilton, have the soundtrack on repeat non-stop and feel helpless without your fix, we have good news for you: you are not alone. Join hosts Travon Free (Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons) and Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) as they welcome super-fan actors, musicians, writers, and comedians on a song-by-song journey through the biggest musical of all time.

99% Invisible
Ever wonder how inflatable men came to be regular fixtures at used car lots? Curious about the origin of the fortune cookie? Want to know why Sigmund Freud opted for a couch over an armchair99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.

Fresh Air
Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. The show’s intimate conversations broadcast on more than 624 NPR stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

All Songs Considered
Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton spin new music from emerging bands and musical icons.

Tiny Desk Concerts
Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR Music feature your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk in the NPR office. Hear Wilco, Adele, Passion Pit, Tinariwen, Miguel, The xx and many more.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is a weekly, hour-long interview program featuring artists, historians, authors, curators and conservators. While the program is typically studio-based, it has taped live-audience episodes at nearly a dozen American art museums, such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

And a bonus eleventh podcast:

Stuff You Missed in History Class
Exactly what it sounds like.

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