How To Receive Slate Podcasts

Slate's audio offerings.
May 20 2011 2:49 PM

Slate's Podcasting Guide

Load Slate onto your phone or MP3 player.

We'll start with a complete list of Slate's regular podcasts, and the links you'll need to download, play, or subscribe to them. If you'd like a more comprehensive podcasting tutorial, scroll down.


Slate's Daily Podcast

Slate's Daily Podcast: All of Slate's regular podcasts along with special features.
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Slate's Political Gabfest Podcast

Slate's Political Gabfest: A weekly discussion of politics with Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz (posts on Fridays).
Subscribe in iTunesRSS Feed Gabfest Show Page Play Now

Slate's Culture Gabfest Podcast

Slate's Culture Gabfest: A weekly debate over culture both high and low with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner (posts on Wednesdays). 
Subscribe in iTunesRSS Feed Culturefest Show Page Play Now

Slate's Hang Up and Listen Sports Podcast

Slate's Hang Up and Listen: A weekly sports podcast with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca (posts on Mondays). 
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Slate's Spoiler Specials Podcast

Slate's Spoiler Specials: Dana Stevens and her guests discuss plot twists, surprise endings, and everything else you can't reveal in a movie review (several times a month).
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Slate's Audio Book Club Podcast

Slate's Audio Book Club: A monthly discussion of current and classic books.
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Slate's DoubleX Podcast

DoubleX Podcasts: A discussion of issues affecting women, featuring the editors of Slate's DoubleX section (posts most Thursdays).
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Slate Presents Lexicon Valley: A podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages. Hosted by Bob Garfield and producer Mike Vuolo.
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Slate's Live at Politics & Prose: Readings and discussions featuring today's best authors in appearances at the famed Washington, D.C, bookstore.
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The Root Podcast

The Root Podcasts: Regular podcasts from Slate's sister site The Root.

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Slate's Negotiation Academy: A series of short podcasts that reveal the secrets of everyday haggling, whether you’re negotiating in the board room or your child’s bedroom.
Subscribe in iTunesRSS Feed ∙  Negotiation Academy home pagePlay Now


Slate's The Afterword: June Thomas interviews the authors of new nonfiction books.
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Slate's Manners for the Digital Age Podcast

Manners for the Digital Age: Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe navigate the intersection of etiquette and technology (posts on Mondays).
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Slate's Poetry Podcast

Slate Poetry Podcast: A weekly poem, usually read by the author.

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Slate V's Videocast


Simply put, podcasting allows you to receive prerecorded audio programs on your mobile device, computer, or MP3 player automatically. You decide which programs you'd like to get—they range from amateur audioblogs to professional radio programs—and then "subscribe" (for free) to those feeds. Your podcasting software will check periodically for any new audio files that become available and download those files to your device. You can then carry hours of your favorite audio programming in your pocket to help you through your commute, your work-out, your errands, or your downtime.

(NOTE: Podcasting is designed for use with broadband Internet connections. Dial-up connections are too slow to download the large audio files.)

Here's a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Choose Your Podcasting Software
If you already use Apple's free iTunes software (for Windows or Mac, Version 4.9 or later), just look for the podcasts section of the iTunes Music Store. The software now supports one-click subscriptions to a growing number of free podcasts (here are the iTunes links for Slate's podcast home page, and our  Daily Podcast).

You can also download and/or stream podcasts directly to your mobile device without having to sync it with a computer. These apps generally allow you to choose shows from a directory or import your own shows using RSS feeds. For starters, Slate podcasts are available in our iPhone and iPad apps. Other iPhone podcasting apps include Downcast, Podcaster, AudioPress, and Stitcher (which also makes Android and BlackBerry versions  and allows you to stream audio files over a standard cellphone connection).

For Android phones, many people use Google Listen and BeyondPod. And BlackBerry has its own podcasting app, as well as many third-party choices.

You can also use the RSS feeds for any of the podcasts listed above to have the latest episodes sent directly to your favorite RSS reader or other RSS-compatible software.

Step 2: Choose Your Feeds
The apps and programs mentioned above include directories of podcasts, and the lists get longer by the day. One helpful list for discovering new podcasts is the iTunes Top 200 Podcasts. Here are some podcasters you might like: American Public Media, the BBC, Grammar Girl, the Guardian, KCRW, Maximum Fun, The Moth, the New York TimesThe New Yorker, NPR, On Point,  On the Media, PRI,  TEDTalks,  WBEZ, WNYC.

Step 3: Subscribe
Again, if you're using iTunes, you can find all of Slate's podcasts here  (or search for "Slate" within the iTunes Music Store), and then simply click "Subscribe." You can also manually paste a podcast feed's URL—also called the RSS or XML feed—into most programs (in iTunes, just open the "Subscribe to Podcast" section of the "Advanced" menu). For example, here's Slate's Daily Podcast:

And after you've given podcasting a try, send your thoughts or comments to (Email you send may be quoted unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)


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