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Hosted by Leah-Simone Bowen, Podcast Playlist's podcast obsessed producers help you find the best podcasts out there. Each week we curate fresh, exciting and thoughtful stories to help you unearth new podcasts to add to your rotation. From true crime to comedy, from current affairs to audio fiction and everything in between. Each week we take you on a journey with lots of discoveries along the way.

Hosted by Leah-Simone Bowen, Podcast Playlist's podcast obsessed producers help you find the best podcasts out there. Each week we curate fresh, exciting and thoughtful stories to help you unearth new podcasts to add to your rotation. From true crime to comedy, from current affairs to audio fiction and everything in between. Each week we take you on a journey with lots of discoveries along the way.


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Hosted by Leah-Simone Bowen, Podcast Playlist's podcast obsessed producers help you find the best podcasts out there. Each week we curate fresh, exciting and thoughtful stories to help you unearth new podcasts to add to your rotation. From true crime to comedy, from current affairs to audio fiction and everything in between. Each week we take you on a journey with lots of discoveries along the way.




Sweet Bobby’s Alexi Mostrous on a satanic cult hoax, plus more new podcasts

Sweet Bobby host Alexi Mostrous is back with a new podcast about a satanic panic in the UK. This week, he sits down with host Leah-Simone Bowen to talk about the hoax and how its repercussions are still being felt eight years later. Plus, we’ve got more noteworthy series: from a deep dive into the fashion trend that never goes out of style, to why more fire can help save California’s sequoias, to the new CBC podcast that uncovers how a labour dispute at a northern mine turned deadly....


The hosts of Celebrity Memoir Book Club share their top reads

Splashed on magazine covers, all over Instagram feeds, and getting clicks on TMZ, celebrity gossip is a steady presence. But fame and fortune have their downsides, and from the experiences of stars from Marilyn Monroe to Britney Spears, it's clear there's a dark side to the gossip mill. So, what if there was an ethical way to satisfy our curiosity about the lifestyles of the rich and famous? Comedians Ashley Hamilton and Claire Parker created a podcast to do just that. In Celebrity Memoir...


Unladylike's Cristen Conger on intersectionality, the rise of podcasting, and going from co-host to sole host

The podcast Unladylike explores how being a woman impacts every aspect of lived experience – from career, to choosing birth control, to medical care, to which beauty standards to buy into. This week, Unladylike creator and host Cristen Conger opens up. She shares how she accidentally found herself in podcasting, how she approaches intersectionality, and how the frustration of having to continually fight for her idea (and some fan encouragement) drove her to create Unladylike. Cristen also...


Adam Conover talks working with Barack Obama, interviewing philosophers, and shares his favourite podcasts

Adam Conover has made his career in comedy. Now, on his podcast Factually, he interviews some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Every week, the show features a different expert – from scientists to authors to philosophers and journalists – and invites them to dive deep on fascinating topics. This week, Adam joins Leah-Simone Bowen to share how the show came about, what it was like to work with Barack Obama, and his tip for conversing with intimidatingly well-read folks and asking them...


Lauren Ober on getting an autism diagnosis in her 40s, and other great new podcasts

This week on Podcast Playlist, we listen to the latest and greatest in new podcasts. Lauren Ober has worked in podcasting for 20 years, making award-winning shows about other people’s stories. But her latest series is all about a breakthrough moment in her own life: In her 40s, Lauren learned that she is autistic. Her show The Loudest Girl in the World explores what this new revelation has meant to her. She’ll join us to talk about the show. Plus, Frank Dumis was nervous when he signed up...


A murder at sea caught on video, meeting the victims of The Blackout Ripper, and other true crime stories

On the water, international boundaries – and legal jurisdictions – are murky. And, when journalist Ian Urbina was handed video evidence of murder at sea, he learned that pirates are making the most of that lawlessness and wreaking terror. This week we’re highlighting engrossing stories about crime. How an investigation into sexual assault allegations against director Bryan Singer was botched by editors at Esquire magazine, a look at the victims of a WWII serial killer, and a conversation...


Our Halloween Spooktacular is back with frightfully good stories to freak you out

Every winter, Chuck and his family rented a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina's Valle Crucis. One year, he and his uncle drove to town – a trip they'd made countless times before – only this time, they were stalked by an unwanted presence. Out of the darkness, all they could discern were the red eyes chasing them down, so they fled for their lives. As the years passed, Chuck is haunted by what he saw that night ... the demon dog. Spooky season is upon us and, this week, we've got...


Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg share marriage tips from their latest series, Romance Road Test

This week’s guest curators have never met a self-help method they wouldn’t try. In their podcast, By The Book, Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg have made a name for themselves living by the rules of a different self-help book. Now, for their new series, they’re getting even more personal. For Romance Road Test, every week for 15 weeks, Kristen and Jolenta each tried out a new strategy for revitalizing their relationships with their partners — with their tape recorders running. This...


Stories of people true crime leaves out, a podcast about the porn industry and a series on the rise of the Williams sisters

It's our monthly New and Notable episode for October, and this month we’ve got intriguing new podcasts and exclusive interviews with some of their creators. True crime is one of the most popular podcast genres, but the stories we hear don’t often centre the victims or the people left in the wake of tragedy. That’s what the new podcast Media Circus with Kim Goldman aims to change. The course of Goldman’s life changed when her brother, Ron Goldman, was murdered alongside OJ Simpson’s ex wife,...


Scammers, Hustlers, Grifters and Thieves

From Inventing Anna to The Tinder Swindler, tales of scammers and grifters on streaming platforms have captured people’s attention in a big way. Now, podcasts are following suit. In the 1990s, the world was transfixed by the legal troubles of Heidi Fleiss. Known as a madam to the stars, Fleiss was reportedly clearing around $300,000 a week until her arrest in 1993. The podcast HeidiWorld: The Heidi Fleiss Story gives listeners a deeper look at her life and upbringing. Hear why she learned...


ICYMI host Rachelle Hampton talks internet culture, her search for a new co-host and what she’s listening to

From cinnamon toast shrimp to why Black TikTok creators went on strike, the podcast ICYMI stays on top of the latest trending Internet shenanigans so you don’t have to go Googling for yourself. This week ICYMI host Rachelle Hampton joins Leah-Simone Bowen to talk about the challenges of being online all the time, why she tries to cover not only what everyone’s talking about but also what isn’t being discussed, and what internet culture says about us in a time where the line between our...


Get ready to laugh with these great comedy podcasts

Who needs a laugh? You don’t have to look far to find one. This week we’ve got a lineup of podcast picks that will make you giggle, groan and guffaw. Sometimes the cringiest moments become the funniest stories. That’s the case for Felicia, who broke her rule of not dating coworkers only to experience a date so bad, so unbelievable, that she’d go on to share it on the CBC podcast True Dating Stories. Plus, is there anything more incredible than what people choose to share on the internet? The...

Fresh new podcasts for fall

An investigation into what led a couple to the fringes, the ongoing work to reverse racial segregation in U.S. schools, and a recommendation podcast that’s offering up undiscovered gems. This week we’re introducing you to these stories and more … plus we’re joined by some special guests. When Dan Pierce was looking for an idea for a new documentary, a story he’d read in the news immediately came to mind. In the new CBC podcast Pressure Cooker, Dan is joined by journalists to unpack the...


FLASHBACK: True crime and mysteries from the 19th century to today

Content warning: This episode contains stories featuring violence, including domestic and sexual violence, and upsetting details. Please take care while listening. Today we're sharing one of our favourite episodes from last November. Our latest playlist of stellar true crime podcasts takes us from 17th century London to present day Toronto. From the past: you've probably heard of the notorious murderer Jack the Ripper, whose true identity we're likely never to know. But what we do have is a...


FLASHBACK: All our old hosts return to celebrate 300 episodes of Podcast Playlist!

Today we're revisiting our 300th episode, which first aired in April. This is a very special edition of our show: Episode 300! To mark the occasion, we’ve brought back all five former hosts. We'll get updates on what they've been up to lately, reminisce just a little, and hear some samples of what they're listening to these days. Today, podcasts curated by Sean Rameswaram, Matt Galloway, Lindsay Michael, Nana aba Duncan and Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Our former hosts are all doing great things....


FLASHBACK: Why is everything so expensive? Podcasts about money and personal finance

This week we're sharing one of our favourite episodes from March. A lot of us have money on our minds lately. It’s hard not to. Groceries seem to cost more with every trip, interest rates and rents are rising, and for many, being able to afford a house is completely out of reach. So this week, to help us understand why things feel so expensive right now, and how it's affecting us, we're listening to podcasts about money and personal finance. Featuring: Death, Sex & Money | Bad With Money |...


From true crime to dad jokes, new shows to add to your listening queue

New and Notable: August 2022 Edition. We're sharing high profile crime stories told from the perspective of the journalists who covered them, an investigation into the secrets behind the multi-billion dollar porn industry, and an ode to scent. Featuring: True Crime Byline: "True Crime is one of the most popular genres in podcasting. Every year big studios release dozens of high production series about gruesome crimes and real-life scams. But before those stories become podcasts, most of the...


Recommendation Chain: The Final Link

This week on Podcast Playlist, great podcasters share their fave shows! We’re back with Part 5 of our Recommendation Chain series. When Ian Coss got married, it seemed like every other married couple in his family had gotten divorced. On his podcast Forever is a Long Time, he speaks with his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to explore what it means to love, and whether there's value in a lifetime commitment. Then, we’ll visit the "Mining City" of Butte, Montana – home of one of the...


6 saucy podcasts on Shakespeare

This week we're sharing one of our fave episodes from July 2016. William Shakespeare is perhaps the most prolific, controversial, and creative writer in English history. But, as popular as he is, it's still surprising just how many podcasts there are about the Bard. Perhaps our ongoing fascination with him is because his work is still being explored and interpreted in fresh ways. For example: what do Helen Keller, Sigmund Freud and Malcolm X have in common? They all believed Shakespeare was...


The best new releases from CBC Podcasts

For a lot of creators, output slows down over the summer months. But not CBC Podcasts! Today we share some of their newest releases. The Kill List is a six-part series hosted by Mary Lynk that centres around the death of human rights activist Karima Baloch. When Baloch was found drowned off the shores of Toronto, an investigation into her mysterious death led all the way back to Pakistan, the country she had recently fled. Leah speaks with The Kill List's host Mary Lynk to find out why she...