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Current Podcasts Made by Nonprofit Organizations and Government Agencies (that aren't media focused)

Updated Feb. 2021. Some on-demand audio shows by 501(c)(3) & 501 (c)(4) organizations and governmental agencies that use podcasts as part of their communications strategy (but whose main focus or mission isn't media creation). Also see podcasts made by foundations, and podcasts about the nonprofit sector.

After the Fact

Welcome to “,” a new podcast from The Pew Charitable Trusts that brings you data and analysis on the issues that matter to you. Experts from Pew and other special guests discuss the numbers and trends shaping some of society’s biggest challenges, then go beyond the facts with nonpartisan analysis and action.

Art + Ideas | The Getty Museum

Join Jim Cuno, president of the J. Paul Getty Trust, as he talks with artists, writers, curators, and scholars about their work. Listen in as he engages these important thinkers in reflective and critical conversations about architecture, archaeology, art history, and museum exhibitions. Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Aspen Ideas to Go | The Aspen Institute

Compelling talks and conversations from the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs at the Aspen Institute. Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Audio Interference

Interference Archive is a social space, exhibition venue, and open stacks archive of movement culture, based in Brooklyn. Listen on SoundCloud.

BackStory with the American History Guys

BackStory with the American History Guys is a nationally syndicated, hour-long, weekly public radio show hosted by renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh. We're based in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore its roots in American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we turn the things Americans take for granted inside out. And we have a lot of fun. Listen on iTunes and more.

Brookings Cafeteria Podcast

A place where Brookings experts discuss ideas about and solutions for the most pressing public policy challenges, both domestically and globally. Listen on Libsyn and iTunes.

Completely Optional Knowledge

Greenpeace's show that answers questions you never knew you had. Listen on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Explain the Brain

From The Mind Science Foundation, a little show that asks big questions about our minds, with help from the boldest scientists in neuroscience and psychology. Produced and hosted by public radio reporter Audrey Quinn.

Facing Race: Stories & Voices

The "Facing Race: Stories & Voices" podcast features an array of thinkers and advocates sharing formative memories illustrating the many paths and experiences in racial justice work. Tune in here or subscribe on iTunes. This podcast was produced by Race Forward's Jay Smooth, Rebekah Spicuglia, and Chevon Drew, with interviews recorded by StoryCorps.

Fighting Poverty, Strengthening New York

Fighting Poverty, Strengthening New York, is a monthly podcast that explores the diverse work done at the Community Service Society ( In each episode, we dive into an issue affecting low-income New Yorkers in areas such as affordable housing, healthcare, and economic security. We hear from those affected, and from CSS staff striving to make NYC a more equitable and just city. David R. Jones, CSS President and CEO, leads off each podcast, then we head into the field to see first hand the important work CSS does every day. Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Flatbush + Main Podcast

Flatbush + Main is a monthly podcast dedicated to Brooklyn history. In each episode, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, historians at Brooklyn Historical Society, dive deep into Brooklyn’s past, tying it to the issues facing New Yorkers and Americans today. Every month, Flatbush + Main features: - “Histories and Ideas” with Brooklynites and scholars of Brooklyn discussing the borough’s communities, residents, built environment, and many untold stories; - “Into the Archives” exploration of documents and artifacts from BHS’s archives; and - “Voices of Brooklyn” drawn from Brooklyn Historical Society’s oral history collections, some of which date back to the 1970s. Stories will transport visitors to many of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods, some internationally-known, some less familiar. Listen on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Fortification: Standing on the Side of Love

a Podcast featuring Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director of Standing on the Side of Love interviewing movement leaders and activists. Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Interfaith Matters

A n original podcast series from The Interfaith Center of New York that explores how interfaith engagement matters to making positive social change...

Intersections Podcast

The Intersections podcast, from the Brookings Institute, where two experts discuss the angles on policy issues. Listen on Libsyn and iTunes.

Listening Tour via The END Fund

The story of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) is one that touches a wide variety of people – from recipients of sight-saving surgeries to philanthropists, scientists, advocates, implementing partners, government officials, and pharmaceutical company representatives – to name a few. It is through our collective voices that we can start to see the interconnectivities between us all.

New York Public Library Podcast

The New York Public Library Podcast features your favorite writers, artists, and thinkers in smart talks and provocative conversations. Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Origin Stories Podcast

Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation’s podcast about what it means to be human and the science behind what we know about ourselves and our origins. Listen on SoundCloud and iTunes.


PoetryNow is a weekly four-minute radio series featuring some of today’s most accomplished and innovative poets who offer an acoustically rich and reflective look into a single poem. Produced in partnership by the Poetry Foundation and WFMT. Listen on iTunes and here.




Re:Work (from the UCLA Labor Center) is a weekly radio show that brings you real stories that rethink work. It airs every Friday from 6:30 – 7pm on KPFK 90.7FM and In its first year, Re:Work is the only storytelling show in the country focused on work. Re:Work also trains community producers and students in multimedia story production. The project includes curriculum and educational tools that use stories to learn about work. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

TARGET: Zero Hunger

TARGET: Zero Hunger is a podcast featuring the people, issues and policies at the root of global food security. With the latest research and the help of farmers, development experts and decision-makers around the world, each episode sheds a light on different parts of our food systems, exploring questions like: How will growing mega cities source their food; how can forest conservation help to eradicate hunger? And how do changing diets influence the biodiversity on our planet? | Listen on Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher.

Tech Scene Chicago | Tech Month Chicago

Tech Scene Chicago with Melanie Adcock is a bi-monthly program of interviews with technology professionals and civic-tech activists in the Chicago area. Listen on MixCloud or iTunes.

The Climate Minute

The Climate Minute examines current news on global warming, climate change, renewable energy and the prospects for progress on international negotiations, carbon taxes and clean energy policy. Listen on Podbean and iTunes.

The Librarian Is In Podcast

The Librarian Is In is the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next. Every other week, Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius discuss the books they're reading, pop culture and the literary zeitgeist, and the world of libraries—and welcome special guests. Gwen is the recommendations librarian in the Readers Services unit, and Frank is the manager of Jefferson Market Library. They bring equal parts humor, passion, and knowledge to this unique look at the world of books. Listen on SoundCloud or iTunes.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson's Podcast

Subscribe for coverage and analysis of current neurology/brain research, patient and caregiver profiles, drug development strategy, pioneering nonprofit management and other topics of interest in a wide-ranging series of conversations hosted by journalist and Parkinson’s patient Dave Iverson. Listen on iTunes.

The Pop Culture Salvage Expeditions

What happens when an academic, an activist, and an artist walk into a blockbuster? The Pop-Culture Salvage Expeditions! Who says cultural studies should be dull? Let's face it, a lot of what we enjoy in our leisure time is crap produced for profit, but we enjoy it because it strikes a chord. At the core of pop culture are dreams, desires, or fears that resonate with all of us. Once we've identified and understood these deep motivations we can salvage them, putting them to other, better, and more creative uses! This is where the Center for Artistic Activism (CAA) will be posting a series of podcasts from our directors - Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert, alongside CAA Chairwoman Patricia Jerido. In each episode Patricia and the Steves will be digging through garbage looking for hidden gems; from blockbuster movies, to chain restaurants, to video games, sports matches and more. The highest grossing and best attended give us an insight into what makes these guilty pleasures so popular, and what use creative activism can make of them. At the Center for Artistic Activism we go for gold. And here, there be treasure... Listen on iTunes or Android .