A Summer of New NPR Podcasts from America’s #1 Publisher

June 2017

NPR Podcasts are lighting up 2017.

This Summer, NPR podcasts are filling your road trips and vacations with five all-new titles spanning comedy to science and news for kids, and a new season of NPR’s hit podcast Invisibilia. The latter returns for its third season to tackle emotions and probe a radically new way of looking at some fundamental questions: Where do emotions come from? Can racism be cured? How is it that two people can look out the window at the exact same thing and see something completely different?

Season 3 “[blows] our minds in Invisibilia’s usual levelheaded way,” wrote The New Yorker. “[Invisibilia] feels even more confident and impressive. Its interviews, as ever, are sensitive and revealing.” 

Invisibilia, which quickly rose to #1 on the Apple Podcasts charts just after its June 1 launch, is just one podcast in NPR’s growing portfolio. As the leading podcast publisher, NPR has seen 63% YOY growth in its podcast audience, reaching 12.3M monthly U.S. listeners with nearly 90M monthly downloads (Podtrac).

Check out the summer releases below – including four named to Vulture’s “Summer 2017 Podcast Preview: The 12 Shows We Can’t Wait to Hear” – and discover why there’s never been a better time to integrate NPR podcasts into your media mix.

Invisibilia Season 3
Available now | Hear Season 3 episodes now

NPR Podcasts: InvisibiliaHow real is reality? In Season 3 of Invisibilia, award-winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin explore this very question in their weekly podcast and radio segments. This new season comes after an acclaimed Season 2, recognized as one of TIME’s 50 Best Podcasts in 2016 and averaging 3.5M downloads per episode.

Since its June 1 launch, Vox has dubbed the podcast one of its “9 can’t-miss pieces of pop culture to catch up on this weekend.” 

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Wow in the World
Available now | Hear the show now

NPR Podcasts: Wow in the WorldHeads up. Screens down. Jaws dropped. NPR’s first program for children (A5-12) and their parents illuminates the wonders of science, technology, discovery and inventions. Guy Raz, of TED Radio Hour and How I Built This, and Mindy Thomas, of The Absolutely Mindy Show, co-host the weekly program. 

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It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

Premieres June 23 | Preview the show now

NPR Politics PodcastNPR Podcasts: Sam Sanders Project fans rejoice – Sam Sanders is starting a show of this own! Twice a week, Sam brings together journalists, newsmakers and listeners to help make sense of the news. And stay tuned for the launch of the program on NPR’s weekend schedule this fall. Nick Quah described Sanders in a recent article as “endlessly warm and gifted with a strong ear for the moment.” 

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Live From The Poundstone Institute 

Premieres July 8 | Preview the show now

NPR Podcasts: Live From the Poundstone InstituteFrom the creators of Car Talk comes a new show investigating unusual, real-world theories such as the nanotechnology breakthrough that changed the ketchup experience forever. Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian and favorite Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! panelist Paula Poundstone hosts the weekly podcast, taped in front of a live audience in LA.

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What’s Good With Stretch And Bobbito

Premieres July 19 | Preview the show now

Two icons of late-night 90s radio bring their signature authenticity, edge and contagious humor to NPR this summer. Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia co-host a new culture podcast lively discussions about art, sports, music and politics. Get to know the duo in a video short, here.

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Rough Translation
Premieres August 7 | Preview the show now

NPR Podcast Rough TranslationWords and ideas take on surprising new meanings across the world, and it can be difficult to understand one another. In August, listeners will travel with NPR Foreign Correspondent Gregory Warner to the places where cultures collide and the phrasebook fails – from a Ukrainian battlefield to a Somali prison cell to an Indian yoga studio.

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With extensions across events, radio, digital and Alexa devices through NPR One, NPR’s summer programming provides brands more opportunities to align across platforms with industry-leading podcasts, a medium 85% of NPR users consider “essential listening.”*


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