A Guide to Rhode Island Podcasts and Podcasters

Celebrate International Podcast Day with one (or all!) of these Rhode Island ran or themed podcasts.
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In honor of International Podcast Day on September 30, we went ahead and rounded up some of the most interesting podcasts about the Ocean State and/or hosted by bonafide Rhode Islanders. There’s so much more out there on the airwaves than just “Crimetown!” (Though of course that’s made the list, too.) From episodes dedicated to the state’s quirkiest antics to monthly sex education updates to deep dives into the American Girl doll fandom, your ears are in for a real treat.

Are we missing someone? Email your tip to Digital Editor Kait Murray at kmurray@rimonthly.com!

The 401 Podcast

About: Join Rhode Island Sports Journalist and basketball scribe Kevin McNamara with guests from the Ocean State sports scene and beyond.

Rhody connection: McNamara is a Providence resident.

Episode length: Approx. 20-30 mins

Listen here: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher

Learn more about McNamara here: kevinmcsports.com

 

All My Relations 

About: All My Relations explores Native hosts Matika Wilbur’s (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene’s (Cherokee Nation) relationships to land, creatural relatives, and one another. Each episode invites guests to delve into different topics facing Native peoples today though joyful yet meaningful conversations.

Rhody connection: Keene is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic studies at Brown University in Providence.

Episode length: Varies, 25-60+ mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

Learn more here: allmyrelationspodcast.com

 

American Girls Pod

About: Join Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney as they explore the wild world of the American Girl fandom and revisit the beloved series book by book. In each episode, the hosts use their knowledge as professional historians along with their finely tuned instincts as amateur pop critics to dive back into the ‘90s.

RI Connection: Co-host Allison Horrocks lives in Lincoln and is a public historian who serves both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Episode length: Approx. 60 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher

 

Anchored the Podcast {currently on hiatus}

About: Anchored is “a Rhody-themed, podcast-styled, low sodium option for the Ocean State’s sea-saltiest opinions.” The bi-weekly podcast walks listeners through the back story of what’s making news in Rhode Island today.

Rhody connections: Hosts Shay and Elise are two former Rhode Island tour guides.

Episode length: Approx. 30 mins

Listen here: Apple Podcasts, Spotify

 

Around the Buoy

About: From sailboats and super yachts to wooden boats and classic cruisers, Around the Buoy tells stories of life on the water for those behind the helms.

Rhody connection: The podcast is recorded in Newport.

Episode length: Approx. 60-90 mins.

Listen here: Apple Podcasts

 

The Bartholomewtown Podcast

About: Host and local singer-songwriter/media personality Bill Bartholomew discusses politics, news, music and more on a weekly basis. Recent episodes cover the upcoming general election, Rhode Island’s recent legalization of marijuana.

Rhody connection: Bartholomew is based in Providence.

Episode length: Approx. 15 mins

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

 

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About: Marisa Bettencourt and Melissa Lacouture, the talented photographers behind M.Studios, talk their experiences in the wedding photography business — the beautiful, the bad, and the sloppy. The podcast has not updated since May 2022 (perhaps the gals went on break for wedding season?), but there are thirteen fun episodes to binge in the meant time.

Rhody connection: M. Studios is based in Newport.

Episode length: Approx. 45 mins

Listen here: Spotify, Amazon Music

 

The Chuck and Brad Podcast

About: This podcast follows the creative lives of eponymous comedians/writers/filmmakers Chuck Staton and Brad Rohrer as they discuss modern pop culture topics and the tricky landscape of being independent artists and performers. Since the podcast started in 2009, Staton and Rohrer have recorded more than 400 episodes and conducted more than 150 guest interviews.

Rhody connections: Both hosts are based in Providence, and the Creative Capital (along with Rhode Island in general) is often used as fodder for their podcast subjects.

Episode length: Varies, 60–90+ mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher

 

Clever

About: As the website states,Clever is a podcast about the creative visionaries who shape our world and culture.” In each episode, multi-hyphenate (artist designer, maker) host Amy Devers has candid conversations with these visionaries and reveals the core details behind their creative journeys. Recent guests include artist Nancy Baker Cahill and Queer Eye star Bobby Berk.

Rhody connection: Devers is a RISD alum-turned-faculty member and currently resides in Providence.

Learn more here: cleverpodcast.com

Episode length: Approx. 60 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube, Apple Podcasts

 

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Crimetown: Season 1 {Limited series}

About: It may not be a Rhode Islander-ran or narrated operation, but we can’t skip the award-winning podcast that put Rhode Island on the map in 2016. Season one highlights Providence’s illustrious history with organized crime and corruption, and pays special attention to former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci and crime boss Raymond Patriarca. You can learn more about the famed podcast in our Rhode Island Monthly profile here.

Episode length: Approx. 30 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts

 

Design Me a House

About: In the podcast’s bimonthly episodes, architect/designer/author Katie Hutchison and textile designer/educator Dawn Oliveira share insight into home design and design for the home while also aiming to demystify and humanize the subjects. Read more about the podcast and Hutchison in our Rhode Island monthly profile here.
Rhody connections: Hutchison is a RISD graduate, and her architecture/design/photography studio is based in Warren, while Oliveira’s textile business is based in Bristol.

Episode length: Approx. 30–40 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher

 

The Detailed Diary Podcast

About: Looking for tips on how to successfully run a small business? Danielle Holleran, founder and owner of the chic and popular Details and Swirls, shares inspirational secrets, stories and more in her Detailed Diary Podcast.

Rhody connection: Holleran is Rhode Island born and raised.

Episode length: Approx. 30 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher

 

Help! I Suck at Dating with Dean, Jared &…

About: “Bachelor” franchise stars Dean Unglert and Jared Haibon are on a never-ending quest to make navigating the difficult world of dating less, well, sucky. The two regularly invite love experts, psychics and celebrities to join them in discussing and discovering the secrets to a successful relationship.

Rhody connection: Haibon grew up in Warwick and has since settled down in South County. He and wife Ashley Iaconetti (also of Bachelor fame) own and operate Audrey’s Coffee House and Lounge in South Kingstown.

Episode length: Varies, 30–60 mins

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio Podcasts

 

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How to Be a Better Person

About: How to Be a Better Person is a daily podcast that delivers quick, inspirational pieces of advice aimed towards helping listeners shape into better versions of themselves. In each episode, author Kate Hanley shares one simple thing that the listener can do in the next twenty-four hours to rise above. Read more about the podcast in our Rhode Island Monthly profile here.

Rhody connection: Hanley calls Providence home.

Episode length: Approx. 10 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher

Learn more about Hanley here: katehanley.com

 

Let’s Chat! With Chris Revill {currently on hiatus}

About: In Let’s Chat!, host Chris Revill uses his behavioral health background and pop culture obsession to explore different subcultures, often connecting with guests from the wrolds of punk rock, podcasting and more. Revill is currently taking a break from recording, but in the meantime, there are nearly 250 episodes to catch up on.

Rhody connection: Revill is a resident of Providence.

Episode length: Varies, approx. 60–90+ mins

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music

 

The Matt Allen Uncut Podcast

About: The Matt Allen Uncut podcast features longform discussions between WPRO’s Matt Allen and fascinating people in Rhode Island and beyond.

Rhody connection: Allen is based in Providence.

Episode length: Approx. 60 mins

Listen here: 997WPRO

 

Mary and Blake Media Podcasts

Mary and Blake are not a podcast, but rather a Rhode Island-based online media content company responsible for several wildly successful podcasts. A former The Rhode Show host, Mary Larsen created her first podcast, ParentCast, with husband Blake Larsen after the birth of their first child, Rhys. Realizing they were pretty good at this whole podcast thing, the couple turned the dining room of their small Providence apartment into a makeshift podcast studio. They went on to create a few more shows and Mary and Blake Media was born. Now, with more than 100,000 readers and listeners, the two has built a full-time podcast studio and employ a team to deliver quality entertainment on the regular, including:

Bridgerton with Mary and Blake

A podcast dedicated to the hit Netflix show, “Bridgerton.” 

House of the Dragon with Mary and Blake

A podcast dedicated to HBO’s smash “Game of Thrones” prequel series, “House of the Dragon.”

Outlander Cast

A show dedicated to the hit television series, “Outlander,” on Starz.

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Though it’s no longer in production, there are seventy fun episodes focused on Rhode Island events, places, food, music and more to peruse through.

Find the full list of Mary and Blake podcasts at maryandblake.com.

  

Monetize the Mic

About: Hosts Jessica Rhodes and Margy Feldhuhn are the dynamic duo behind Interview Connections, the first and leading podcast booking agency. In this podcast, Rhodes and Feldhuhn teach listeners how to get booked on podcasts as a guest, how to be a great podcast host, and hot to leverage the power of podcast interviews to grow your business.

Rhody connection: Rhodes’ and Feldhuhn’s company, Interview Connections, is based in Smithfield.

Episode length: Varies, approx. 15–60+ mins

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube

 

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Rags to Dishes

About: Max Messier Richter and Dan Cotter are former restaurant colleagues and friends who created Rags to Dishes in the middle of the pandemic to discuss issues that the hospitality industry faces and provide an inside look into what really happens in kitchens and dining rooms across the state. Read more about the podcast in our Rhode Island Monthly profile here.

Rhody connections: Both hosts currently reside in Rhode Island, and the podcast itself focuses on the Rhode Island dining scene and industry.

Episode length: Approx. 60–90 mins

Listen here: Apple Podcasts

 

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Sex Ed Debunked

About: Mother-daughter duo Christine Curley and Shannon Curley take on all the subjects you should have learned about in Sex Ed class. Each thirty-minute episode focuses on and “puts to bed” a different myth related to sex by either drawing on their own experiences or bringing in an expert. Read more about the podcast in our Rhode Island Monthly profile here.

Rhody connections: Shannon grew up in North Kingstown but now lives in Providence, while Christine still lives in North Kingstown. Christine also teaches at psychology Rhode Island College.

Episode length: Approx. 30 mins

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music

 

The Skein Scoop

About: Catch up with Lori Land and Justine from the Skein Yarn Shop in East Greenwich. In the quirky biweekly episodes, the hosts discuss knit works in progress, give inventory updates, hold giveaways, perform candy taste tests and more.

Rhody connection: Land and her shop both reside in East Greenwich.

Episode length: Approx. 60 mins

Listen here: Website, YouTube

 

Wedding Secrets Unveiled!

About: As the name suggests, Wedding Secrets Unveiled! Is a podcast that guides listeners through the craziness of wedding planning and bestows them with expert advice. Host Sara Zarrella is the owner and lead Photo-Novelist for Sara Zarrella Photography, a multi Best of Rhode Island winner.

Rhody connection: Zarrella is a native Rhode Islander, and her wedding photography business serves couples throughout the Ocean State.

Episode length: Approx. 40 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher

  

Working It Out

About: Comedian Mike Birbiglia chats with a different comedian or creator (including big names like Michael J Fox, Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore). Together, they work through original, untested material as well as occasionally uncomfortable topics.

Rhody connection: Birbiglia’s production office (along with his brother) is in Providence.

Episode length: Approx. 60 mins

Listen here: Website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher

Learn more about Birbiglia here: birbigs.com

 

Weird Island

About: A newer podcast that started in 2021, Weird Island brings listeners some of the strangest stories about and related to Rhode Island that they likely have never heard before. Host Sara Corben dives into Ocean State unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, weird historical tales and even murders.

Rhody connection: Corben is a resident of Pawtucket.

Episode length: Approx. 20 mins

Listen here: Website, Apple Podcasts