Best documentaries podcasts we could find (Updated July 2018)
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Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,500 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. A wealth of life, ideas and experiences are on offer - but most importantly - stories. Winner of over 150 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world o ...
 
Newstalk 106-108 FM features many documentaries from the plight of the Malawi people to video documentaries on Aurora Borealis.
 
Newstalk 106-108 FM features many documentaries from the plight of the Malawi people to video documentaries on Aurora Borealis.
 
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Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
Every week, WNYC tells you about the best documentaries as they become available on screens of any size. Our hosts are Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen, co-founders of the Pure Nonfiction podcast and the DOC NYC festival, the largest non-fiction film festival in the U.S. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, 2 Dope Queens, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media and many more.
 
The documentary unit of APM Reports (formerly American RadioWorks) has produced more than 140 programs on topics such as health, history, education and justice.
 
The Documentary Photographer Podcast - Putting Life in the Frame. A podcast about how to create meaningful documentary photographs
 
A six part series about Irish Experimental Music. Ireland is home to a variety of underground music scenes, from electro acoustic, to new music to noise to free improv. I've interviewed dozens of Irish experimental musicians who are pushing the boundaries of what music is and can be. This series takes you on a tour of the fringes of music, and introduces you to a world of new sounds. It focuses in particular on circuit bending, chiptune, electroacoustic and collaborative music.
 
Al Jazeera's landmark documentaries seek to engage, inform and inspire with a wide range of stories from around the world.
 
All the BBC World Service music podcasts gathered into one place. New documentaries will be added intermittently. Only available in the UK.
 
Documentaries from across the Al Jazeera Network.
 
Podcast by Serial Killer Documentary Podcast
 
The best conspiracy documentary films all in one place.
 
BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2010.
 
Podcast by UnHerd Audio Documentaries
 
The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2008.
 
The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2014.
 
An archive of all of The Australian's award-winning collection of investigative and narrative podcasts.
 
The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2007.
 
The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2009.
 
The BBC World Services wide range of documentaries from 2012.
 
The BBC World Services wide range of documentaries from 2013.
 
The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2015.
 
RTE Documentary on One's recent posts to audioboom.com
 
Podcast by Let's Talk Documentaries
 
The BBC World Service's wide range of documentaries from 2011.
 
The Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage podcast is where Canadian history, literature and culture await you. Each month, we will showcase treasures from our vaults, guide you through our many services and introduce you to the people who acquire, safeguard and make known Canada’s documentary heritage.
 
We're pulling back the curtain on all of our filmmaking secrets in the ultimate "how to" series. From the latest tech and coolest equipment in action, to the tricks of great sound and the chaos of the cutting room, it's all here. Whether you're looking for practical tips to make the most of your footage or just some pure filmmaking awesomeness, this is the series for you.
 
If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for the Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. Listen to interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney, and Roger Ross Williams; as well as the directors of “Making a Murderer,” “Weiner” and “OJ: Made in America.” Often the ...
 
Documentaries produced by Marine Corps Combat Correspondents from MarinesTV and around the fleet.
 
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A place for Vimeo's documentaries including full documentaries, single chapters, or extended trailers, over 3 minutes in length.
 
If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for the Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. Listen to interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney, and Roger Ross Williams; as well as the directors of “Making a Murderer,” “Weiner” and “OJ: Made in America.” Often the ...
 
SunsetCast Media System
 
Audio documentaries and stories hand-crafted by award winners Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister.
 
Midwest Radio offers a wide range of documentaries and other factual programmes on a regular basis. This podcast offers you the chance to listen again to the Broadcast produced by Midwest radio.
 
Interviews with documentary photographers from across the globe who have documented stories local to them
 
Two Johns discuss articles from the titular weeklies and other periodicals, streaming docs, current albums of note, and short novels chosen using internal metrics.
 
Documentaries from across the Al Jazeera Network.
 
Intro – Hi, my names Kyle Aitken and this is a short documentary about the problems of Cyber Security at work.Interview 1 – Hello my names Neil Martin, I don’t know wither that’s the first thing I shouldn’t be saying, given the fact were talking about security. But since you don’t know where I am or where I live, we should be ok at that level. I work as an internet and security specialist, em, I work in mainly the financial sector, but also in various other business areas. Em, I specialize i ...
 
A podcast about documentaries you should watch, just as the title implies. Hosted by Adam Tod Brown, Monrok and Jess McDonald. Part of the Unpops Podcast Network. To hear all of our shows completely ad-free each week, subscribe on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/unpops
 
Documentary nerds Paco Romane and George Chen host Sup Doc! On each episode they sit down with really interesting guests (comedians, filmmakers, musicians, actors and writers) that have hand-picked the featured documentary. The results are always entertaining, authentic and funny! This isn't your run-of-the-mill comedy-interview-documentary podcast! "Sup Doc is a great idea" - Boing Boing We are also on Patreon - http://patreon.com/supdocpodcast
 
Documentary News and Interviews with Filmmakers
 
Documentary where a struggling songwriter learns from hit writers for Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney and entrepreneurs (Seth Godin). Follow this roller coaster journey of one man's attempt to make a living with his music. Hosted by Brandon Barnett.
 
Documentaries from across the Al Jazeera Network.
 
If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for the Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. Listen to interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney, and Roger Ross Williams; as well as the directors of “Making a Murderer,” “Weiner” and “OJ: Made in America.” Often the ...
 
Maine Sound Stories are rich in sound and meticulously produced to create vivid, entertaining escapades to a bygone era. Based in accurate history, Maine Sound Stories illustrate the stories of the lesser known, notorious & inglorious, or brilliant & wondrous characters and events of old. Created & produced by Sumner McKane ©
 
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Producer Brian Gallagher explores the ever-changing face of Irish society
 
Producer Brian Gallagher explores the ever-changing face of Irish society
 
A documentary exploring the experiences of seven Irish transgender people, in their own words. Produced by Maurice Kelliher and Shaun O’Boyle (aka Bureau)
 
A documentary exploring the experiences of seven Irish transgender people, in their own words. Produced by Maurice Kelliher and Shaun O’Boyle (aka Bureau)
 
The documentary "Far From the Tree," based on the award-winning book by Andrew Solomon, explores the dynamics in families when kids turn out different from their parents' expectations. Filmmaker Rachel Dretzin profiles families encountering cases of Down's Syndrome, autism, dwarfism and incarceration. — Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen For mo ...…
 
The US is the home of the perfect Hollywood smile, but in one of the world’s richest countries tens of millions of people struggle to pay for a dentist. Natalia Guerrero goes on a dental voyage of discovery across America to investigate the relationship between cavities and cash.
 
There’s an unlikely election campaign underway in the American state of Kansas where several teenagers have joined the race to be Governor. Kansas is the only place in the US with no lower age limit on running for the state’s top job and the youngsters say they want to energise other young people and boost youth involvement in politics. They co ...…
 
Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Kathleen Horvath are only a few of the champions who came out of Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. Bollettieri ran a controversial program taking kids at a young age to live away from their parents, but he turned out more champions than any other coach. The new Showtime documentary “Love Means Zero” ...…
 
Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Kathleen Horvath are only a few of the champions who came out of Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. Bollettieri ran a controversial program taking kids at a young age to live away from their parents, but he turned out more champions than any other coach. The new Showtime documentary “Love Means Zero” ...…
 
Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Kathleen Horvath are only a few of the champions who came out of Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. Bollettieri ran a controversial program taking kids at a young age to live away from their parents, but he turned out more champions than any other coach. The new Showtime documentary “Love Means Zero” ...…
 
The Riverchapel Ladies Group go on a Golden Years holiday to Westport, Co. Mayo. They dance, pray, sing, give out about each other and the hotel, post stuff on Facebook, hold starfish, keep each other company and chase the latest toy craze. Nathan is a young man with dreadlocks who Just before Christmas one year, decided to go with them…
 
Luis Fajardo examines a controversial plan to create privatised cities in the impoverished Central American country of Honduras. Nearly a decade ago a US star economist, Paul Romer, proposed “charter cities” as a model for developing countries to escape poverty and violence; new cities with Western-style institutions and laws, to be built and m ...…
 
Young Taiwanese entrepreneurs working in a start-up hub are offered attractive sweeteners. But this isn’t in California or even Taipei, it’s on the outskirts of Shanghai. The People’s Republic of China is setting its sights on Taiwan’s youth by encouraging them to relocate to the ‘mainland’.
 
From papal stools to singing priests to a youth mass, all part of the papal visit to Ireland in 1979. This documentary celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland. Over 2.5 million people attended seven events over two and half days. The visit marked the centenary of the reputed apparitions at the Shrine of Knock.…
 
Liliane Lijn explores the work of postwar French artist Yves Klein, famous for patenting ultramarine blue and jumping from a window in the suburbs of Paris. Leap into the Void!
 
Over the last twenty years or so hundreds of mansions have appeared in the Kharian region of the Punjab. Each mansion represents a successful migration to the West – some to the UK but mostly to Norway. For three or four weeks a year the mansions are holiday homes to the returning migrants and their Norwegian born children. This is often a time ...…
 
The miraculous rescue of the 12 boys and their young football coach, trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, has been followed around the world. It was a global operation with divers from several different counties. Its chances of success or failure were finely balanced. In the end there was jubilation, tinged with some sadness. The BBC minute t ...…
 
A Documentary On One listener shares a recording he had for safe keeping. It brings listeners closer than ever to Johnny Cash on his first tour of Ireland, twelve gigs in ten days. Few people remember the very first Irish performances by the country music legend who would come to love Ireland and be loved by the Irish. (2018)…
 
The documentary “Dark Money” looks at how mysterious sources of campaign financing corrupts the political process. Filmmaker Kimberly Reed uses a case study in her home state of Montana where politicians in both parties found themselves being smeared by negative campaign ads that were difficult to trace. The film illustrates how the Supreme Cou ...…
 
Maximizing Your Doc Life with Pedram Shojai, OMD Pedram Shojai has been embodying the doc life now for years. In fact, one might argue that he was doing so even before he was making documentaries, building his life to his passions of Taoism, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and practicing Oriental medicine. A few years ago, Pedram combined these passions and ...…
 
It is thought to be the most powerful Mafia organisation in the world and yet few people have heard of it. The ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate has used the enormous wealth derived from its control of Cocaine smuggling to spread its tentacles far and wide around the world. The crime organisation began as bandits in the late 19th century in Calabria ...…
 
Whitney Houston had an angelic voice, but fought demons in her personal life. The new documentary “Whitney” explores her talents and tribulations. Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald previously directed the documentaries “Marley,” “Touching the Void,” and the Oscar-winning “One Day in September,” as well as the fiction film “The Last King of Scotland.” P ...…
 
Whitney Houston had an angelic voice, but fought demons in her personal life. The new documentary “Whitney” explores her talents and tribulations. Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald previously directed the documentaries “Marley,” “Touching the Void,” and the Oscar-winning “One Day in September,” as well as the fiction film “The Last King of Scotland.” P ...…
 
Whitney Houston had an angelic voice, but fought demons in her personal life. The new documentary “Whitney” explores her talents and tribulations. Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald previously directed the documentaries “Marley,” “Touching the Void,” and the Oscar-winning “One Day in September,” as well as the fiction film “The Last King of Scotland.” P ...…
 
Financial domination, or findom, is an increasingly popular sexual fetish revolving around money and power. In this internet-based world, submissives (subs) are known as cash slaves and pay pigs. The financial dominatrices (dommes) humiliate, manipulate, seduce or even blackmail their willing “fiscal slaves” into sending them money or gifts – m ...…
 
At the beginning of World War Two, Japanese Americans not already in the military were declared ineligible for service. The government said it doubted their loyalty. But as the war dragged on, the need for manpower grew urgent.
 
At the end of 1944, the U.S. government lifted the order barring people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Many people freed from camp faced racism and poverty as they tried to rebuild their lives.
 
Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hours later, the FBI began rounding up people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.
 
The man who built Britain’s world famous and highly regarded National Health Service, Anuerin Bevan, often known as Nye Bevan is retold by Welsh actor Michael Sheen. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the service which granted health care free at the point of delivery for every citizen in the United Kingdom. The first NHS hospital was open ...…
 
Who is the man Myles na gCopaleen? Brian O'Nolan was regarded as a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature. His novelswere written under the pen name Flann O'Brien, whilst his satirical columns were written under Myles na gCopaleen. Various friends and colleagues remember different aspects of the man. Produced by John Skehan.…
 
On episode 92 host Paco Romane chats with the lovely and talented Chad Opitz about Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist! Evil Genius is a 2018 true crime docuseries about the murder of Brian Wells, a high-profile 2003 incident often referred to as the "collar bomb" or "pizza bomber" case. It was released on Netfli ...…
 
Barely a day passes without a politician or pundit worrying over the future of work. It's a conversation that tends to focus on the future – the rise of the robots and the growth of the gig economy – rather than the current plight of workers in low-quality, low-paid and precarious jobs. And the discussion rarely stretches beyond the economic. B ...…
 
Chris Bowlby travels with Tony Harrison to Prague, to discover how one of Britain's best known poets was shaped by the cultural energy and tragedy of 1960s Czechoslovakia. Harrison reads from his Prague poems in the locations where they were written. And he relives with Czech friends stories of cafes and cartoons, sex and surveillance and the h ...…
 
In October, 2013, a four year old blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl named Maria was discovered peeping out from underneath a blanket on a Roma camp in Greece. Her discovery would prompt a wave of near hysteria around the globe. Within days, two Irish children with similar features would be taken from their Roma parents here in Ireland (2018)…
 
Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin MacDonald delivers a sensitive exploration of the troubled life of Whitney Houston in “Whitney.” With generous samplings of her music and candid interviews with her inner circle, the film helps us understand her motivations and addictions. — Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen For more information, click here to vis ...…
 
Hacking the Documentary Film Festival, Part Two It’s that time again to turn our attention to breaking down the barriers of that ever-elusive filmmaking animal that we’ve all come to respect and love, but few of us truly understand… the film festival. Last year, we ran a two-part special on the subject of the film festival for the documentary f ...…
 
For years, the so-called Islamic State has managed to attract thousands of would-be jihadis and jihadi brides to join their caliphate. The extremist propaganda, online videos and recruiters have seen thousands of people from all over the world flock to Iraq and Syria to join IS; including 850 men, women and children from the UK. The brutality o ...…
 
Separated at birth, the triplets Bobby, Eddy and David discovered each other by accident at age 19 in 1980. They became media sensations. Madonna cast them in a movie and they opened a Manhattan restaurant called triplets. Their lives took many twists and turns that are documented in the film “Three Identical Strangers.” Pure Nonfiction host Th ...…
 
Separated at birth, the triplets Bobby, Eddy and David discovered each other by accident at age 19 in 1980. They became media sensations. Madonna cast them in a movie and they opened a Manhattan restaurant called triplets. Their lives took many twists and turns that are documented in the film “Three Identical Strangers.” Pure Nonfiction host Th ...…
 
Separated at birth, the triplets Bobby, Eddy and David discovered each other by accident at age 19 in 1980. They became media sensations. Madonna cast them in a movie and they opened a Manhattan restaurant called triplets. Their lives took many twists and turns that are documented in the film “Three Identical Strangers.” Pure Nonfiction host Th ...…
 
Most people have dreamed of winning the lottery. It’s a dream that has become ever more common around the world as jackpots get bigger and lotteries more numerous. But does money really make us happy, and how much does this depend on where we live and how we spend it? To find out the BBC’s, Mike Thomson meets lottery winners from around the globe.…
 
Even today the stereotype continues that only children are selfish, spoiled and lonely – it’s the so-called “only child syndrome”. But around the world one-child families are becoming more common. So why do some parents decide to have only one child? And how much does it have to do with circumstance and economics?…
 
Emma Smith on how coverage of gender in the arts might help us understand today's debate
 
The National Health Service is the largest and the oldest single payer healthcare system in the world. It is the largest public employer in England and Scotland with around 1.5 million staff and is constantly in the political spotlight. As it reaches its 70th birthday we explore how it is viewed by those who work within it but trained in anothe ...…
 
Meet the entrepreneurs facing the toughest of tests. In three vivid stories from across the globe, we hear from individuals who have created businesses and watched them fail. Now, they are picking themselves up, dusting themselves off, and starting all over again.
 
What happens when sounds only exist inside your head? How do you cope with an internal soundtrack from which you can’t escape? We explore the mysterious world of tinnitus (a hearing problem), meet with sufferers and investigate how they live their lives accompanied by their own secret symphony. How do you learn to live with it? (2018)…
 
What does it take to become a great piano player? Pianists Billy Brown and Peter O’Brien share memories of when they started to learn to when they played piano in crowded bars with some of the greats. Ruth McGinley talks about the dedication needed to practice. However some musicians would tell you to forget the theory and just play!…
 
The documentary “Three Identical Strangers” looks at the saga of triplets who were separated at birth and accidentally met each other at age 19. Director Tim Wardle follows the twists and turns of their lives and explores the question of whether the greatest influence on a person is nature or nurture. — Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen For mo ...…
 
Hacking the Documentary Film Festival, Part One It’s that time again to turn our attention to breaking down the barriers of that ever-elusive filmmaking animal that we’ve all come to respect and love, but few of us truly understand… the film festival. Last year, we ran a two-part special on the subject of the film festival for the documentary f ...…
 
In a conservative corner of east Africa, thousands of women have gained more control over their lives thanks to seaweed. In a traditional island village there is a surprisingly high divorce rate and women have safeguarded their interests with earnings from this salty crop which has given them a much needed income and new independence. At first ...…
 
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