True Stories

The Best True Story Podcasts (2019)

We can get so wrapped up in our day to day lives that we sometimes forget that everyone has their own story to tell. The True Stories station on Scout FM brings together the best radio shows and podcasts to give you a glimpse into the lives of others. These compelling stories will move you, and make you remember that we're all in this together.

1. Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here.

Oct 16, 2019
Saeed Jones Talks About Sex. And Death. And Money.
Writer and poet Saeed Jones traces the joy and shame of learning about sex, mourning his mother and finally feeling financially comfortable.
2. This American Life

Oct 13, 2019
We Come From Small Places
The staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.
3. Modern Love

Oct 16, 2019
He's Going Back To His Former Wife. Sort Of.
A woman fulfills her husband's unusual dying wish.
4. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts.

Oct 16, 2019
Suzy Amis Cameron: One Meal a Day
How can committing to one plant-based meal per day help save the planet?
5. Committed

Join host Jo Piazza as she delves into the hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring stories of couples of all kinds who’ve soldiered through unimaginable circumstances, and after the longest of days, still want to wake up next to one another in the morning.

Oct 16, 2019
Life Doesn't Stop
In 2017 a doctor told Brian Wallach he might only have six months left to live. He was only 37.
6. Criminal

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

Oct 11, 2019
A Bucket, a Mop, and a Sledgehammer
After a crime occurs, or when someone dies, the police aren’t responsible for cleaning up. That’s not their job. So, who does?
7. Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Oct 15, 2019
The Gift of Time
When Karen's dad's health isn't doing well, she decides to take action.
8. The Thread With OZY

Explore history’s interlocking lives and events. Turn back the clock, one story at a time.

Jul 25, 2019
The Forgotten Giant of Women’s Basketball
Nera White dominated her sport for 15 years, and even beat the Soviets at the height of the Cold War.
9. The Moth

Oct 15, 2019
A Divorcee and A New Mother
A woman revisits her divorce, and an unexpected second pregnancy puts pressure on an already difficult marriage.
10. Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment (Storytelling, with a BEAT) mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-ass radio. Snap’s raw, musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.

Oct 10, 2019
Turncoat
An Israeli Defense solider decides to speak out about his violent actions from the past and they come back to haunt him.
11. The Bitter Southerner Podcast

The Bitter Southerner Podcast, hosted by Bitter Southerner magazine editor Chuck Reece, explores the culture and history of the American South. It is a co-production of Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Bitter Southerner magazine.

Aug 22, 2019
Welcome to Squid Country
Squidbillies follows a family of “anthropomorphic mud squids” in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.
12. Disgraceland

Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, Beck, The Rolling Stones, and many more.

Oct 15, 2019
Mad Artistry, Mental Wards, and Gaping Chest Wounds
Iggy Pop pushed rock further than anyone before him, committing to live acts of sex, sickness, and rumored suicide on stage.
13. GONE

Have you ever spent hours looking for something you simply lost? How about a hundred years? How about looking for a missing airplane? Or a vanished civilization? Every other Monday, Gone searches for everything lost.

Oct 7, 2019
The Missing Prime Minister: Harold Holt
Australia’s Prime Minister disappeared while swimming in the sea near Portsea, Victoria.
14. How I Built This

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

Oct 14, 2019
Milk Bar: Christina Tosi
For Christina Tosi, baking wasn't just a delicious childhood hobby – it was a daily creative outlet and a way to blow off steam.
15. Business Wars

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy.

Oct 16, 2019
Facebook vs Snapchat, Part 5: Stock Market Tailspin
It’s April 2017, and Mark Zuckerberg is issuing a new challenge to Snapchat.
16. Reveal

From prisons to protests, immigration to the environment, Peabody Award-winning Reveal goes deep into the pressing issues of our times.

Oct 12, 2019
Losing ground
In 1996, Eddie Wise, the son of a sharecropper, purchased a farm. Twenty years later, the USDA foreclosed.
17. Caliphate

In the war on terror, who is it that we’re really fighting? “Caliphate” follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times, on her quest to understand ISIS.

May 17, 2018
Chapter Five: The Heart
The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything.
18. 30 For 30 Podcasts

Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike.

19. Great Women of Business

The wage gap. The motherhood penalty. The glass ceiling. The stories of business savvy women who battled sexism all the way to the executive suite are both thought provoking and inspiring.

Aug 14, 2018
Estée Lauder - “Dedication”
Estée Lauder got her dedication and discipline from working in her father's hardware store. She got her inspiration from her uncle.
20. PD Stories

Law enforcement professionals join host Tom Morris Jr. (America’s Most Wanted, Live PD) to share their experiences, insights and perspective on policing.

Aug 14, 2018
FBI Profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole on Catching Killers
Retired FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole explains what it is like to get inside the mind of a killer.
21. The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew -- from pop-culture to politics from Hollywood to History.

Oct 15, 2019
On Average 15 Times a Day
On average, fifteen times a day. But for this woman... maybe a bit more.
22. The Dropout

The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye?

23. Outside Podcast

Outside's longstanding literary storytelling tradition comes to life in audio with features that will entertain, inspire, and inform listeners.

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