The newest podcasts to get you through the winter

Comedy, history, fantasy...even a musical. Stay warm with these fabulous new podcasts.
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Off Book is the podcast that has surprised me most so far this year. A podcast that improvises an entire musical seems almost impossible to pull off. Incredibly, Off Book has managed to make an entertaining, funny and musically impressive podcast that only gets better each time you listen. In preparing this episode I had to listen to one scene from Off Book about eight times — but each time I enjoyed it more, heard new details and could hear how improvised ideas developed between cast members. This is the ONLY time that after listening to a podcast repeatedly I have wanted to hear the same excerpt again. I've just subscribed and I'm looking froward to hearing the new episodes as they come. It's a really engaging listen.

That's why Off Book is my pick of the week.

- Lindsay Michael, Co-Host, Podcast Playlist


Podcasts featured this week: 

  • Deadly Manners - A new old-time audio drama with an A-list cast. We are introduced to the Billings family and their esteemed guests. Everything is going swimmingly...until the power goes out. Starring Kristen Bell, Anna Chlumsky and LeVar Burton. Click here to listen to the full episode.

  • This is Love - Some spiders eat their young, and some eat their parents…love is never simple. From the makers of the award-winning podcast CriminalThis is Love investigates life's most persistent mystery. Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on one another. Click here to listen to the full episode.

  • Neighbors - Everyone seems inspired by fitness instructor Katherine Tisha Wilson. People describe going to her class as "going to church." Her fierceness comes at you instantly from the front of the class, but this high school dropout wasn't always confident in herself. Click here to listen to the full episode.

  • PYC Podcast- PYC is how insiders say Pyeongchang, home of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. PYC Podcast gets ultimate insiders to swap their stories, strategies and knowledge about the Games. Olympian downhiller turned broadcaster Kelly VanderBeek hosts the almost daily discussion. Click here to listen to the full episode.


Listen to the full length Canadian Broadcast Version:
Comedy, history and fantasy. Stories from the best debuts this year. 53:59

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