The Best NPR Podcasts To Listen To


NPR podcasts are amongst the most downloaded episodes in all of iTunes. In fact, you most likely will find an NPR podcast on the top of the charts in every category. An early adopter of the podcasting platform, NPR has been able to maintain a quality and consistency that to date has not been mirrored. While NPR podcasts currently contain a stable of over 30 shows, the ones listed below are considered their best.

NPR Podcasts, The Best of the Best

How I Built This
How I Built This
Started in 2016, How I Built This is a business based podcast hosted by Guy Raz. If you love stories of entrepreneurs and their road to success, this is the podcast for you. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands.

Listen to How I Built This

Fresh Air

Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.

Listen to Fresh Air

Up First
Up First Podcast
NPR’s Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET.

Listen to Up First


Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

Listen to Invisibilia

Planet Money
Planet Money Podcast
The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

Listen to Planet Money

Hidden Brain
NPR Podcasts Hidden Brain
The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

Listen to Hidden Brain

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About Author

Orlando Rios is the author of Podcasting Pro Basics, The Podcast Book and producer/host of the Total Human Optimization Podcast, Aubrey Marcus Podcast, and the Industrial Strength Show. He has over 400 hours of podcast producing & editing experience and over 4 million episode downloads to his name.

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