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The Big Listen

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There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.

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There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.

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244 Ratings
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Miss you

By Kristen M. RN - Aug 12 2019
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What happened? Where’d y’all go?

Thank you for this podcast

By learningtowalk - Dec 05 2018
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Wonderul podcast. I'm learning so much.

iTunes Ratings

244 Ratings
Average Ratings
183
34
11
4
12

Miss you

By Kristen M. RN - Aug 12 2019
Read more
What happened? Where’d y’all go?

Thank you for this podcast

By learningtowalk - Dec 05 2018
Read more
Wonderul podcast. I'm learning so much.
Cover image of The Big Listen

The Big Listen

Updated 9 days ago

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There are tens of thousands of podcasts out there. So how do you know what to listen to? On The Big Listen — THE broadcast about podcasts from WAMU and NPR — host Lauren Ober introduces you to podcasts you might not have ever heard of, and gives you the inside scoop on shows you already love. Through interviews, listener recommendations, show snippets and more, The Big Listen helps you curate your perfect playlist.

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Musicians Tegan and Sara are podcast obsessives. This episode, we take a peek at their extensive playlist and hear about their own idea for a podcast. Also, the hosts of the LGBTQ show Nancy share their funny and tragic coming out stories. And the Pakistani-American host of Beginner walks us through all the things she never learned as a immigrant, like biking and swimming. Plus: saving podcasts for posterity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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