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  • Hosted by Tripp Eldredge

Looking for your next podcast obsession?

With over 900,000 podcasts and 30 million episodes available, it's nearly impossible to know where to begin.

Start Hear, hosted by Tripp Eldredge, will introduce you to local and national podcasts worth checking out.

You'll find podcasts that might be new to you, some audio clips to pique your interest, and a few other tidbits from the exploding world of podcasts, including a weekly look at what's hot across the nation.

Plus, don't miss the Start Hear Collections for more Cincinnati Public Radio podcasts, curated recommendations from Tripp, the staff and listeners of WVXU. You can make a recommendation too!

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This week on Start Hear:

TedTalks News and Politics: See the political world beyond news headlines.

Distractible: A space to have thoughtful discussions about funny, out there, or otherwise interesting stories from everyday life.

Canary: Hear from artists and performers from around the country.

This week on Start Hear:

Selected Shorts: It's story time for adults with PRI's award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen.

The Midnight Miracle: A thought-provoking podcast that uniquely blends the salon and variety show traditions while providing a glimpse into the inner lives of the hosts.

Slay Queens Podcast: Discussion of true crimes that affect the LGBTQIA+ community.

This week on Start Hear:

The Pulse: Stories at the heart of health, science and innovation. 

CounterClock: In order to tell the story of a crime, you have to turn back time.

Phantom Power: An aural exploration of the sonic arts and humanities.

This week on Start Hear:

Left, Right & Center: KCRW's weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture.

In God We Lust: A six part series about what the tabloids called "the pool boy" scandal. 

Brood X: WVXU joins with cicada expert Dr. Gene Kritsky from Mount St. Joseph University for a 10-part series.

This week on Start Hear:

Dare to Lead: Conversations with change-catalysts, culture-shifters and more than a few troublemakers. 

How Did This Get Played? Playing the very worst and weirdest games ever made. 

The Future Jam: Join us each week as we entertain novelty ideas, scoff at ridiculous new inventions, and push the limit as to how far technology will shape the future.

This week on Start Hear:

Griefcast: Funny people talking about death and grief.

The Lazy Genius: From laundry to cooking chicken to making new friends, Kendra is here to welcome you into an easier way.

Warlock Vorobock Reads: Librarian Adam Vorobock reads one fantastical, shiver-inducing tale.

This week on Start Hear:

The Ezra Klein Show: Real conversations. Ideas that matter. So many book recommendations.

Anything for Selena: In this intimate journey, Maria Garcia explores what Selena's legacy shows us about belonging in America.

Dayton Youth Radio: Stories and perspectives from Southwestern Ohio high school students participating in WYSO's Dayton Youth Radio training program.

This week on Start Hear:

Through the Cracks: Investigating gaps in our society and the people who fall through them. 

Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV: Join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the Reality Show genre one show at a time.

Leading She: Talk with executive women who are leaders in their industries, leaders of their companies, and mostly importantly...leaders of their lives.

This week on Start Hear:

Welcome to Your Fantasy: The dark and sordid history of global phenomenon Chippendales. 

MANslaughter: Intertwining stories about how one gunshot on a cold Wisconsin night in 1970 dramatically changed multiple lives. 

Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Retha Welch: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her apartment, police and prosecutors decided it was an open-and-shut case. 

This week on Start Hear:

On the Media: Your guide to examining how the media sausage is made. 

R2C2: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco talk to friends, athletes, and celebrities about the world of sports and much more. 

Unstoppable Talk: Take a look at business and technology innovators in Cincinnati and beyond.

This week on Start Hear:

Always Take Notes: A podcast for and about writers and writing.

This is Actually Happening: The uncanny, extraordinary, true stories of events that have dramatically altered the lives of ordinary people.

Communication Junkie: Professor Steven Fuller shares practical communication skills to improve your interpersonal relationships.

This week on Start Hear:

Sawbones: Dig through the annals of medical history to uncover all the odd, weird, wrong, dumb and just gross ways we've tried to fix people over the years.

FOH with Kelly Sullivan and Lillian DeVane: A weekly podcast about the restaurant industry brought to you by two service industry veterans. 

Canary: Hear from artists and performers from around the country.

This week on Start Hear:

Poog: Wellness is a trillion-dollar industry full of scams and snake oil salesmen but comedians and best friends Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak just can't get enough.

Why is this Happening? With Chris Hayes: Every week Chris Hayes asks the big questions that keep him up at night.

Hear Cincinnati: Hear journalists and reporters share the stories behind some of Cincinnati's biggest news stories.

This week on Start Hear:

Brass Taxes: Honest conversations about work and money with artists, freelancers and other nice people. 

Flash Forward: Each episode takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario. 

The Wrong Side of the Pond: D.J. Switzer and Jeremy Lance cover soccer from a very localized, yet intelligent, point of view.

This week on Start Hear:

Maintenance Phase: Wellness & weight loss, debunked & decoded. 

Nothing Much Happens: It's a simple story, in which nothing much happens, you feel good and then you fall asleep. 

Stranger than (fan) Fiction: Experience the journey into this wonderful medium of storytelling. 

This week on Start Hear:

Bunga Bunga: An eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi.

Stuff the British Stole: Throughout its reign, the British Empire stole a lot of stuff. This is a series about the not-so-polite history behind those objects.

West End Stories: Re-live the experiences of individuals who lived in the neighborhood in the late 1900's.

This week on Start Hear:

The Treatment: In-depth interviews with the most innovative and influential people working in entertainment, art, and pop culture.

The Apology Line: A story about empathy, deception and obsession.

Cincinnati Soccer Talk: The first FC Cincinnati podcast produced by fans, for the fans.

This week on Start Hear:

Script Apart: A podcast about the first-draft secrets of great movies.

Start with This: A podcast gone creativity playground designed to put your ideas in motion.

In the Know with Dr. Oh: Get the answers to your most pressing blood banking questions.

This week on Start Hear:

Your Broccoli Weekly: Journalist Diyora Shadijanova brings news stories to life to discuss and dissect the topics at hand.

Pod Save the People: Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress.

Learn from Others: Interviews with a cross-section of successful individuals so you can learn from their experiences, achievements and even their mistakes.

This week on Start Hear:

Adult ISH: Culture and advice podcast produced by those who are almost adults.

How To Be a Better Human: How To Be a Better Human looks in unexpected places for new ways to improve and show up for one another.

Inside the Writer’s Head: The Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's latest Writer-In-Residence chats about writing, reading, creativity, and more with special guests.

This week on Start Hear:

The Catch and Kill Podcast: Ronan Farrow follows stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes.

Fiasco: Host Leon Neyfakh transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of our country's most pivotal historical events.

Dead On: Two best friends, separated by oceans, explore the dirty underbelly of society.

This week on Start Hear:

Into the Zone: A podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think.

It’s a Wonderful Lie: A short-form comedy podcast that imagines the hilarious "truth" hidden in your holiday newsletters.

Bawse with a Cause: A podcast designed to explore and advance the perspectives, experiences, stories, and insights of leaders of color in the wider nonprofit sector.

This week on Start Hear:

Boom/Bust: The live trivia app 'HQ Trivia' was once the obsession of the internet, but then it all went wrong.

The Edge: A six-part documentary podcast, that investigates the cheating scandal that tarnished the Houston Astros' World Series 2017 win.

Cincinnati Magazine: an inside look at the stories and events we're working on each month.

This week on Start Hear:

Wooden Overcoats: Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family's failing funeral parlour, but one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor.

Cocaine and Rhinestones: Country music history by Tyler Mahan Coe.

The Gravel Lot: Where the real conversation about all things bike and trail-related in the Greater Cincinnati area happens.

This week on Start Hear:

Blindspot: The Road to 9/11: Bringing to light the decade-long "shadow struggle" that preceded the attacks.

Lost Notes: 1980: A collection of the greatest music stories never told.

Booklovers: Book suggestions by staff members from the Clermont County Public Library.

This week on Start Hear:

Making Space: The Female Frontier: Hear from the trailblazing women of space -- from the early days of Apollo to the next giant leap toward Mars.

Fake Doctors, Real Friends: Join Scrubs co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison for a weekly comedy podcast where they relive the hit TV show, one episode at a time.

Northern Kentucky Spotlight: Shining a light on the interesting stories our businesses create everyday and keeps you up-to-date with business news around the Cincinnati Region.

This week on Start Hear:

Outsiders: Homelessness on the West Coast is rising to crisis levels at a time of historic economic growth and prosperity. Why?

Back Issue: The stories behind formative moments in pop culture.

CincyMusic Spotlight: A weekly local music show that features a mix of the region's most talented musicians and a recap of local music news from

This week on Start Hear:

30 for 30 Podcasts: Original, high-quality sports stories in the likeness of the acclaimed 30 for 30 documentaries, but made exclusively for audio.

Bodega Boys: The Bronx's very own Desus Nice and The Kid Metro are giving you their irreverent yet hilarious takes on all things pop culture.

April Eight Songs and Stories: Each week April Eight shares her delightful audio stories and songs for kids of all ages.

This week on Start Hear:

This Podcast Will Kill You: Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be.

The Margaret Cho: Join Margaret for a series of intimate interviews.

The Good, The Bard, and the Ugly: Explore the wealth of Shakespeare-centric entertainment that can be enjoyed right from the comfort of your living room!

  This week on Start Hear:

  • Villains: Explore the most interesting, most intimidating, most undeniable movie villains in history.
  • Teenager Therapy: Five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager. Is high school really as bad as everyone says?
  • Focus on Technology: Ann Thompson reports on the latest trends in technology and their effects on medicine, safety, the environment or entertainment.