Best Non-news Public Radio Programs
Ranking was super hard. Podcasts don't count.
- 1.Radio LabGets top billing because it's just so high quality.
- 2.Wait. Wait. Don't Tell Me...I ❤️ Paula.
- 3.This American LifeThe craziest, most interesting stories ever told have been told on this show in the best way.
- 4.Exploring Musicwith Bill McGlaughlin. This show has made me weep multiple times.
- 5.Fresh AirHands down best interview show. Interesting even when boring guests are on. LONG LIVE QUEEN TERRY
- 6.A Prairie Home CompainionEven knowing what this is doubles my old man points score. But it is an absolute American icon. Baseball, Apple Pie, Mr. Rodgers, A Prairie Home Companion
- 7.Performance TodayMy favorite radio voice is Fred Child (Sorry Ira and Innskeep). I'm on the waiting list (which I was told is years long) for the 'Piano Puzzler' which I am scary good at (it's almost always Brahms, Beethoven, or Chopin and if it's not it's something easy like Stravinsky).
- 8.Car TalkRIP... The reruns are still great.
- 9.What'd ya Know?This show would make the list by its URL alone (notmuch.com). I was lucky enough to make a live taping when I lived in Wisconsin. Host Michael Feldman is of a dying breed of American dry-humor a la Letterman. Must be a Midwest thing.
- 10.Here's The ThingOne of the greatest moments of my life is realizing that Alec Baldwin works at WNYC. Also he hosts two shows. And it is NOT an SNL sketch. His show is entertaining enough just listening to him on Public Radio, and if you can get past how ridiculous and at times pretentious he sounds, his interviews with celebrities are fantastic, candid, and personal. See his interview with Kris Kardashian Jenner to see what I mean. Also the Jerry Seinfeld is great.
- 11.TED Radio HourWell done and far more than a "Best of TED" show.
- 12.Ask Me AnotherGeekiest show on radio. "Adorable" comes to mind.
- 13.On BeingA lesser known weekly show that has a host with probably the best female radio voice. Broad range of obtuse topics covered.