Following 22 podcasts…

That’s too many, you say! Maybe so, but I really do follow 22 podcasts.

First, though, I should say that I started following a 23rd podcast today. But another one that I followed up through yesterday is no longer producing new episodes, so I have to drop it from the list. Net change: zero. So it’s still 22.

I will organize my list in Consumer Reports style: Highly Recommended, Recommended, and Not Recommended. So here are the lists, in alpha order within each category. If I have miscounted, chalk it up to being a math teacher:

Highly Recommended

  • Because Language with Daniel Midgley, Hedvig Skirgård, and Ben Ainslie
  • Five Thirty Eight with Nate Silver and team
  • Lexicon Valley with John McWhorter
  • Lingthusiasm with Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne
  • Offline with Jon Favreau
  • On the Media with Brooke Gladstone
  • Pod Save America with Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor
  • Special Sauce with Ed Levine
  • Stay Tuned with Preet with Preet Bharara
  • Subtitle with Patrick Cox
  • That’s What they Say with Anne Curzan and Rebecca Kruth
  • Unorthodox with Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick, and Liel Leibovitz
  • A Way with Words with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
  • Words for Granted with Ray Belli


  • The Allusionist with Helen Zaltzman
  • Beat the Press with Emily Rooney
  • Buffering the Vampire Slayer (just started listening to it) with Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo
  • Freakonomics with Stephen Dubner
  • Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam
  • Radio Omniglot with Simon Ager
  • Spectacular Vernacular (no new episodes) with Nicole Holliday and Ben Zimmer
  • Star Trek and the Jews with Hava and Josh
  • Understanding Train Station with Josh (not the same Josh) and Feli

Not Recommended

There is nothing in this category, as I wouldn’t still be following a podcast if I didn’t recommend it!

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