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Wait, Charlotte has podcasts? Yes! 14 worth listening to

I actually don’t mind sitting in traffic during rush hour on the way home from work. It sounds absurd, I know. You’re stuck sitting in your car with nothing to do but stare at the next car’s tail lights.

I’ve got one word for you: podcasts.

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Short answer: Yup. Long answer: Yeah, but there’s room for improvement. First of all, we need more! This city has a lot of traffic, you know.

Second, many of the local podcasts are published on an irregular basis. Whether it’s every day or every week, listeners appreciate being able to anticipate a new episode.

That said here are 14 Charlotte podcasts worth checking out:

NEWS

WFAE Talks: If you want more than the headlines and hard facts, this deeper discussion from our NPR affiliate on hot topics and people in the news is for you.

Frequency: Irregular.

Length: About 20 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcast.

Charlotte Talks: Missed it on the radio (also from WFAE)? No worries. Mike Collins hosts forums on topics interesting to Charlotteans such as politics, social issues, the environment, the arts, culture and more.

Frequency: Weekdays.

Length: 51 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcast.

Governor Pat McCrory is with us LIVE now on wfae.org, 90.7 FM or with the free WFAE app. #pubmedia #politics #information #conversation

A photo posted by Charlotte Talks (@charlottetalks) on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:12am PDT

WBT 1110 AM also has a bunch of podcasts, including Charlotte’s Weekend Morning News.

SPORTS

Crown Town Cast: Updates and commentary on Charlotte’s professional soccer team, Charlotte Independence. They play in the United Soccer League, which is kind of like Minor League baseball, but for soccer.

Frequency: Every two or three weeks.

Length: 60-90 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and online.

I’m freaking ready to record something guys. New episode of the #CrownTownCast coming your way tomorrow night.

A photo posted by Zach Hall (@crowntownguy) on Apr 27, 2015 at 3:54pm PDT

Carolina Pro Football: Carolina Panthers coverage, including interviews with coaches and sports medicine and business experts.

Frequency: Most Thursdays.

Length: 60-100 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

Others on the Carolina Panthers include C3, The Huddle Podcast (by Carolina Huddle) and Black and Blue Review.

UPDATE: There’s also a live Hornets podcast, Hive Talk Live.

BEER

Cheers Charlotte Radio: Interviews and discussion about Charlotte’s craft beer scene.

Frequency: Most Tuesdays.

Length: About 60 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and online.

Behind the scene of the @sycamorebrewing selfie. Look for episode 70 on cheerscharlotte.com

A photo posted by Cheers Charlotte (@cheersclt) on Oct 13, 2014 at 6:13pm PDT

The Craft Beercast: Four craft beer enthusiasts talking about Charlotte and national craft beer issues.

Frequency: Most Thursdays.

Length: 60-90 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and online.

LAUGHS

The Comedy Zone Podcast: Interviews with comedians across the country. Warning: This podcast is NSFW, “unless you work in a super-progressive place or in a comedy club.”

Frequency: Fridays.

Length: About 60 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and online.

The Black Guy Who Tips: Hosted by a married couple, Rod and Karen, who “enjoy ratchetness.” I like this already. TBGWT is consistently in Stitcher’s top 100 comedy podcasts.

Frequency: Almost daily.

Length: 120-150 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and online.

ZEN

The Morning Stir: Cristina Wilson (former editor of Carolina Bride at the Charlotte Observer–woot woot!)

Frequency: Daily.

Length: 10 minutes.

Available on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and online.

Tune in tomorrow for a personal episode on #themorningstir. I’m about to make a HUGE leap into the #creativelife and I’m dishing on why and why now. #podcast #lifestory #newchapter

A photo posted by The Morning Stir (@themorningstir) on Jul 8, 2015 at 8:35pm PDT

GHOSTS

Sci-Fried Eggs: From the Carolina Ghostbusters comes a podcast about sci-fi, paranormal cosplay and comics. They chat with actors, authors, and comic book artists.

Frequency: Usually weekly.

Length: Five 10-minute segments.

Available: Online.

UPDATE: Here are some other podcasts we’ve heard about:

Diabetes Connections with Stacey Simms: A podcast about diabetes and families.

QC Independent: A regular podcast from the independent radio station. Covers a lot of music, but also other interesting people and things in Charlotte.

#WeLoveCLT: Yeah, the popular speaking series also has a podcast. If you missed an event you can listen to it later.

Final Round Radio: Talking all things disc golf.

ATTENTION PODCAST NEWBIES!

Make sure to explore the world of non-Charlotte podcasts, too. Our favorites include The Moth, This American LifeTED Radio Hour, Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing and Gimlet Media’s Start Up podcast.

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Alec and Ira at the New York Public Radio Gala at Gotham Hall in 2010, by Matthew Septimus

Hardcore podcast fans should check out Cast Party, a live podcast event in cinemas tomorrow. The live stream will feature the hosts from popular podcasts Radiolab, Invisibilia, Reply All, With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus and The Truth, as well as music from The Westerlies and a performance from the Cocoon Central Dance Team. I’ve already got my tickets.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images


Jessica Capwell
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