13 intimate interview podcasts you should subscribe to now

If you like "WTF with Marc Maron," you'll love these in-depth interview shows

By Ma'ayan Plaut
Published October 28, 2017 4:00PM (EDT)
Marc Maron: WTF Podcast With Vince Vaughn at the Belcourt Theatre on May 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty/Rick Diamond)
Marc Maron: WTF Podcast With Vince Vaughn at the Belcourt Theatre on May 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty/Rick Diamond)

Our constant curiosity compels us to query. These 13 podcasts ask questions of artists, entertainers, musicians, writers, comedians and politicians, and in the process provide perspective on how and why we create, progress and reflect upon our lives.

1. “Fresh Air”

The 30-year-running interview show is host to a daily dose of arts, culture and reflection with veteran interviewer Terry Gross guiding the conversation.

2. “All of the Above with Norman Lear”

TV pioneer Norman Lear’s newest project highlights the lives and stories of his performing arts guests -- with the occasional song.

3. “Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan”

Unexpected conversations with unexpected people, catalysed by queries from writer and speaker Dr. Christopher Ryan.

4. “Think Again”

An unconventional interview show: Current thinkers and creators are presented with clips from the Big Think archives, then see where the conversations go from there.

5. “Off Camera with Sam Jones”

Grounded in-depth conversations with actors, musicians and artists, hosted by photographer and director Sam Jones.

6. “Bookworm”

Fiction writers and poets go on the record with host Michael Silverblatt to share and discuss their writing.

7. “How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black”

Celebrities and newsmakers meet up with host Michael Ian Black to reflect on the process by which they became amazing.

8. “QUEERY with Cameron Esposito”

Comedian Cameron Esposito sits down with LGBTQ+ guests to discuss where identity, personality and upbringing intertwine with gender, sexuality and culture.

9. “Never Before with Janet Mock”

Author and trans advocate Janet Mock interviews trailblazing movers and shakers.

10. “Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young”

The framework of sharing the musical tracks, book and luxury item one would take to a desert island offers a refreshing and reflective interview with guests on this BBC Radio 4 classic.

11. “WTF with Marc Maron”

Expect a deep emotional connection with the comedians and celebrities, performers and politicians that join host Marc Maron in his garage for a chat.

12. “Death, Sex & Money”

Host Anna Sale asks the big questions that are usually avoided in passing conversations, digging deeply into her guests’ most pivotal life decisions.

13. “The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn”

Interviewer Jesse Thorn interviews famous interviewers about interviewing, in these meta conversations about career and craft.


Interviews is a part of the Arts podcast collection on RadioPublic. For more audio collections like this, check out RadioPublic’s guide. Begin listening to the most recent episodes here, or download the RadioPublic app for iOS or Android to follow the shows from any of these links.


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