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The best podcasts for Staying up to date on cultural news.

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Who am I?

I’m a freelance writer and podcaster. I am passionate about in-depth analysis of the news and in particular arts and culture issues covering literature, music, film, history, and beyond. I am a heavy podcast listener and after years of listening, I think I know few good arts and culture podcasts to recommend.

What is my podcast playlist about?

Mainly arts and culture and being at the forefront of essential conversations about the issues that matter the most today.

The podcasts I picked and why

1. Vibe Check

Why this podcast?

Fun, in-depth, beautiful and compassionate conversations about social and cultural issues in the US touching marginalized and minority groups in particular.

Vibe Check

Vibe Check

Stitcher, & Saeed Jones, Zach Stafford, and Sam Sanders

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4.7

A weekly podcast where Sam Sanders, Saeed Jones, and Zach Stafford make sense of what’s going on in news and culture – and how it all feels. Vibe Check is your favorite group chat, come to life.

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15 Listeners

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2. Keep It!

Why this podcast?

The best arts and culture conversations in podcasting led by two brilliant, erudite and incredibly funny writers and hosts.

Keep It!

Keep It!

Crooked Media

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4.9

Wherever pop culture and politics collide, Ira Madison III and Louis Virtel are on hand to examine the gorgeous wreckage from their uniquely queer perspective. Each week, our “Princes of Pop Culture” are joined by the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Hunter Doohan, John Boyega, Connie Britton, Gabrielle Union, and Sheryl Lee Ralph to unpack the latest controversies, laude character actress appreciation, and all the shade that’s fit to throw. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

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14 Listeners

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3. Front Burner

Why this podcast?

A daily news podcast from the CBC. Essential listening for Canadians wanting to keep informed on the major national and international issues.

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5.0

Your essential daily news podcast. We take you deep into the stories shaping Canada and the world. Hosted by Jayme Poisson. Every morning, Monday to Friday.

Visit https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner for show descriptions, links, and transcripts.

Subscribe to Sounds Good: CBC's Podcast newsletter for the finest podcast recommendations and behind-the-scenes exclusives.

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7 Listeners

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4. If Books Could Kill

Why this podcast?

A newer podcast. The two hosts analyze and deconstruct the flawed and dangerous arguments behind some popular and best seller non-fiction books published in the last three decades. Funny, informative and illuminating.

If Books Could Kill

If Books Could Kill

Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

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4.8

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

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67 Listeners

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5. Stanning BTS

Why this podcast?

A well-made and researched podcast about BTS, the iconic South Korean band. The two hosts are knowledgeable, fun, respectful and full of love for the band. A must for any new or old fan.

Stanning BTS

Stanning BTS

Consequence Podcast Network

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Two ARMY best friends Kayla & Bethany discuss anything & everything having to do with the global pop sensation BTS. One of the most popular BTS ARMY podcasts in the world, Stanning BTS has been in the top 10 of Apple Podcasts Music Commentary in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia! Listen along for album reviews, music video breakdowns, concert content, all the latest news, and so much more!

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