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Favorite Podcasts of 2017

As we unveil our favorite podcasts of 2017, it is a good time to reflect on the act of listening.

When we are mindfully aware of our senses, we are rarely speaking. We are present in time and space and listening. These are moments when we hear the sound in the background, find meaning in a song or learn to distinguish bird song in the back yard.

Podcasts create a world co-created by the listener. The best programs bring the listener in via comments or Twitter or old-fashioned, landline phone calls. The podcast is not an end to itself but part of a larger conversation.

That said, here are our favorite podcasts of 2017:

New in 2017
Magical and mischievous, Desert Oracle is everything you’d want from the high Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park.

Desert Oracle

New to us in 2017
The weekday radio show from Las Vegas covers the Silver State with topical conversations.

State of Nevada

Staying Classy in 2017
What we know about Australia is mostly due to the audio wizards down under.

Future Tense 

Antony J Funnell presents this weekly deep dive. What’s coming next is already here if you know where to look (or listen). Among the highlights: Agnotology: understanding our ignorance

Off Track

Ann Jones hosts a weekly trek into outdoor Australia.

Late Night Live

Monday-Thursday evening (10pm Australia, 3am Las Vegas) conversations spanning the globe with Phillip Adams.

Space Time

Stuart Gary presents a twice-weekly wrap-up of astronomy and exploring space news

Strike Zone Australia

Official Australian Baseball podcast from the ABL and hosted by Chris Coleman

The future of Soundcloud is murky, but what a terrific outlet for professional and amateur podcasts alike.


Edge of Sports

Larry Wilmore, Black on the Air

Le Show

Warm Regards

Wild Ambience

Twitter Shoutout: @RadioNational, @CJCau, @stuartgary, @theharryshearer, @jones_ann, @EdgeofSports, @ourwarmregards, @afropopww, @LNLonRN, @Desert_Oracle, @antonyjfunnell, @larrywilmore


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