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How to Get Your Slate Plus Podcasts

Bonus segments, exclusive series, no ads: Subscribe to the members-only podcast feed.

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Hi members! To get your ad-free podcasts and bonus audio content, follow the directions below. Click on a Quick Link to find what you need, or take our Baby Steps tutorial for a complete walk-through.

Quick Links!

Basic Explanation                 
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Podcasts FAQ
               
Step-by-Step Instructions
               iTunes
               iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (iOS)

              Android                                                  
Additional Questions

Basic Explanation

To subscribe, you’ll need to use one of our special member podcast feed URLs. You can choose the master feed, which contains the members-only versions of Slate’s most popular podcasts and some podcasts just for Plus members, or subscribe to individual shows.

The master feed

Or copy this link and manually import it into your podcast app:

(To copy and paste on most mobile devices, tap and hold your finger on the link for a few sentences. For detailed instructions, click here.)

Individual shows

Select the podcast you want from the menu below. Then copy the link that displays and import it into your podcast player.

Need more help? See our step-by-step instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What podcasts are included in the Slate Plus feed?

Currently, the Slate Plus feed includes ad-free versions of the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, The Gist, Hang Up and Listen, the DoubleX Gabfest, Lexicon Valley, Amicus, Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Working, The Moment, Slate Money, Getting In, Whistlestop, and the Audio Book Club—many with extra segments for Slate Plus members. Members also get several exclusive audio series, including the Slate Academy series, Slate Voice, the Best of Slate Podcasts, and the Slate TV Club series.

How do I get my ad-free podcasts and bonus audio content?

Subscribe to either the Slate Plus master podcast feed or the feeds for the individual shows you want by importing the URL into your podcast app.

What’s this “URL” stuff? Why can’t I just find a Slate Plus podcast feed when I search in iTunes or my podcast player?

These feeds are secret, because they’re for Slate Plus members only. Your feed URLs are unique to your Slate Plus account. Think of it as the password that gets you into the party.

Where do I get my Slate Plus podcast URLs?

What do I do with these URLs after I’ve got them?

For the master feed, if you’re on your phone, try clicking the link. Most podcast apps will automatically launch and subscribe you.

(To copy and paste on most mobile devices, tap and hold your finger on the link for a few sentences. For detailed instructions, click here.)

Can I share my URLs with my friends?

Your membership helps Slate launch new podcasting projects. Please tell people about the great stuff we’re trying in Slate Plus—but please don’t share your podcast feeds.

Clicking the master feed link didn’t work. Now what?

No biggie. You just need to manually import the URL into your podcast player.

The basic instructions are the same for your computer or phone, no matter what app you use:

  1. Copy the master feed URL to your clipboard.
  2. Add the URL in your podcast player. You’re looking for a button or menu item that says something like: “Subscribe to Podcast … ,” “Add Podcast Manually,” “Add Manually,” or “Add Feed,” or maybe just a button with a plus sign.

Below you’ll find specific instructions for how to manually import your unique URL into some of the more common podcast players.

(If you’re on a mobile device, first try clicking the master feed URL at the top of this page. Most players will automatically launch and subscribe you to the Slate Plus podcast feed.)

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Step-by-Step Instructions

To manually import your Slate Plus podcast feed on your computer:

iTunes users

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  1. Copy the feed URL from the top of this page.
  2. Select “File” from the menu bar.
    If you’re on Windows, the menus might not appear by default. Click the little book icon in the top left of the iTunes window.
  3. Select “Subscribe to Podcast …”
    If you see “Submit a Podcast,” you’re probably looking in the iTunes store rather than the menu bar.
    If you can’t find “Subscribe to Podcast …” in the File menu, you’re probably using an older version of iTunes. Try the Advanced menu.
  4. Paste your unique URL into the dialogue box.

Non-iTunes users

Not an iTunes user? The feed should work with most RSS readers, including these browser-based RSS readers:

To manually import your podcast feed on your mobile device:

iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users:

  • Podcasts app

Click the URL at the top of this page from your mobile device. You should be prompted to subscribe automatically after you click the link.

If that doesn’t work, or to subscribe to the individual show feeds:

Launch Safari (not Chrome or another browser).

Paste the link in the address bar.

Didn’t work? If you are using an older device or an older version of iOS, try one of the following:

Update your operating system and try again.

Manually install the podcast feed to iTunes on your computer (see instructions above), then sync your device to iTunes.             

Try using Downcast or another podcast app instead.

  • Stitcher

You can now access Slate Plus podcasts through Stitcher for iOS. (Stay tuned for Android access.) Search for “Slate Plus” in the app, then add the “Slate Plus Podcasts” feed to your playlist.

You will be prompted to enter subscription credentials. Use the following information:

  • Search for “Slate Plus” in the app, then add the “Slate Plus Podcasts” feed to your playlist to subscribe.
  • You will be prompted to enter subscription credentials in order to subscribe. Use the following information:
    • Loading your Stitcher credentials...

For more information on how to use the Stitcher app, visit Stitcher’s FAQ page.

  • Downcast
    Select the plus sign to add a new podcast.

Choose “Add Podcast Manually.”

Paste in your unique URL.

(We’ve shortened the URLs because that makes it easier for most users to import the URL manually. Some Downcast users report that the shorter URL doesn’t work in Downcast. If you have trouble, open the URL in a Web browser, then copy and paste the longer link that replaces it.)

  • Instacast

Select the plus sign to add a new podcast.

Select “More.”

Select “Enter URL” and paste your URL.

  • iCatcher

Select the plus sign to add a new podcast.

Select “Import Feed With URL” and paste your URL.

  • Overcast

Select the plus sign to add new podcast.

Select “Add URL.”

Android users:

  • BeyondPod

Select “Add Feed.”

Enter your URL in the field at the top, then select “Save.”

(We’ve shortened the URLs because that makes it easier for most users to import the URL manually. Some BeyondPod users report that the shorter URL doesn’t work in BeyondPod. If you have trouble, open the URL in a Web browser, then copy and paste the longer link that replaces it.)

  • DoggCatcher

Select the plus symbol to add a new podcast.

Choose “Feed RSS URL.”

Enter your URL under “RSS URL.”

  • Podkicker Pro

Choose “Add Manually.”

Paste in your URL.

Still Have Questions?

What about TuneIn Radio?

Unfortunately, it’s not currently possible to import your Slate Plus podcast feed into the TuneIn Radio player. We’re working on it.

Why isn’t there a Slate Plus version of every podcast?

It’s extra work to create two versions of each show, so we’re starting with the most popular podcasts. If you have a suggestion about which ones we should add, email us!

I need more help!

We want you to be able to listen to ad-free podcasts and bonus segments. Email us at plus@slate.com and we’ll help you out.