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Eleven local podcasts to stream now in Asheville

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Hi and good morning, Asheville. 👋 It’s Brook. Y’all already know I love movies that were filmed in and around Asheville, but did you know I love podcasts, too? While I love nothing more than a good old true crime podcast, it turns out we have a pretty fab podcast scene right here in the 828. 

Whether you’re into food, language, music, or more, there’s something in Asheville podcast land for everyone. 

🎧 Dirty Spoon 

A must-listen for every Asheville foodie, this podcast bills itself as an online journal of consumable culture that curates the latest in food, music, essays, memoirs, and interviews from chefs of all walks of life. It’s a creative pastiche of all kinds of good stuff, including meditations on service industry culture, both in Asheville and elsewhere. 

🎧 Empowered Enneagram

This entertaining + educational podcast offers tips for how to find your enneagram type and real life tips on how to maximize your type’s best characteristics. They also offer deep dives into each of the nine types. 

🎧 Enneagram + Coffee

Also dedicated to enneagram personality types, this podcast examines the nuances of enneagram types, subtypes, and wings, and offers advice tailored to types. 

🎧 Making it in Asheville 

This podcast highlights new local businesses – and discusses how older businesses have stayed open. Sarah + Tony Ubertaccio interview local entrepreneurs, business owners and creatives about their experiences here. 

🎧 Palimpsest

Embrace what haunts you. That’s the tagline for this audio drama that discusses memory, identity, and the things that haunt us. If you spook easily, proceed with caution. DYK: Palimpsest means “something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.”

🎧 Reading Aloud

A couple’s side project to explore what we talk about and how we talk about it, together. Examples include intentions, love, toxic masculinity + more. 

🎧 Se Ve Se Escucha 

Spanish for seen and heard, this podcast focuses on language justice + what it means to be a bilingual interpreter and organizer in the South. Learn about language preservation and listen to interviews with other organizers and activists.

🎧 Skillet 

If you’re interested in tasty tales of food, family + culture, this is for you. Skillet goes into the kitchens and farms of Western North Carolina and the greater South to glean stories about the food + spaces that shape us. 

🎧 Southern Songs and Stories

Joe Kendrick, Director of Programming for WNCW, hosts this podcast that explores both music and autobiographical stories as he spends time with musicians like Balsam Range, Town Mountain + the Marcus King Band.  

🎧 Talking Book 

Calling all book nerds. In addition to being a podcast, Talking Book is also a nonprofit audiobook publisher based here in Asheville with a particular focus on recording up-and-coming, independent voices in the literary community. The podcast showcases audio excerpts, interviews with writers + more. 

🎧 We Were Young 

This new podcast features stories of childhood from local + national leaders + creatives. Produced by Ashevillians Rob Gray and our very own Ali McGhee, the first episode featured restaurateur + chef Katie Button (of Cúrate and Button & Co. Bagels), and other guests include Michele Moog-Koussa (Moog Foundation), Leah Wong Ashburn (Highland Brewing), musicians Marley Caroll and Spaceman Jones + more.

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