20 Best Narrative Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about narrative ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best narrative podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Narrative Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.


  • Publisher: NPR
  • Total Episodes: 70

Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.

The Civil War (1861-1865): A History Podcast

  • Publisher: Richard Youngdahl
  • Total Episodes: 364

A history podcast in which Rich & Tracy weave together a chronological narrative of the Civil War era. Visit us at www.civilwarpodcast.org

How I Built This with Guy Raz

  • Publisher: NPR
  • Total Episodes: 354

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. Order the How I Built This book at https://www.guyraz.com/

The Fall Line

  • Publisher: The Fall Line
  • Total Episodes: 94

An investigative, narrative, and revealing show primarily focused on the cold cases of Southeastern communities who experience marginalization. The Fall Line gives a platform to families—and stories— passed over by mainstream media.

Beyond Contempt True Crime

  • Publisher: Beyond Contempt True Crime
  • Total Episodes: 42

A narrative based true crime podcast. I’ll tell you stories that you’ve never heard before.


  • Publisher: HI101
  • Total Episodes: 140

Conversational history with a focus on narrative

Tenfold More Wicked

  • Publisher: Exactly Right
  • Total Episodes: 25

Take a gruesome trip through history with chilling campfire stories of true crime. It’s a unique blending of narrative nonfiction storytelling with investigative journalism, a deep dive into the lives of victims…and killers. And how they made history.


  • Publisher: Schwartz Media
  • Total Episodes: 509

A daily news show from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. Hear from the country’s best reporters, covering the news as it affects Australia. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

Epsilon Theory Podcast

  • Publisher: Ben Hunt
  • Total Episodes: 46

Epsilon Theory is an exploration of the most powerful force in our social world – narrative. See more at www.epsilontheory.com.

Background Briefing

  • Publisher: ABC Radio
  • Total Episodes: 306

Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism: Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.


  • Publisher: KSL Podcasts | Amazon
  • Total Episodes: 43

Cold is a narrative podcast series focused on missing persons cases. Investigative journalist and host Dave Cawley takes on a single story with each season. Season 1 tells of the unsolved disappearance of Susan Powell on Dec. 7, 2009. Season 2 digs into the vanishing of Joyce Yost on Aug. 10, 1985. Cold is a KSL Podcast.Bonus content, including pictures and case materials on the Cold website.Cold season 1 and 2 can be found on Amazon Music.

The Mortal Realms – A Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Podcast

  • Publisher: The Mortal Realms
  • Total Episodes: 72

A Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Narrative Podcast

The Missing and Unexplained Podcast

  • Publisher: Tyler Hooper
  • Total Episodes: 13

A narrative podcast bringing awareness to missing persons cases and exploring the unexplained.


  • Publisher: Richard MacLean Smith
  • Total Episodes: 169

Unexplained is a haunting and unsettling bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation. A story-based show mixing spoken-word narrative, history and ideas – often to terrifying effect – that explores the space between what we think of as real and what is not; where sometimes belief can be as concrete as ‘reality,’ whatever that is…More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @unexplainedpod and facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast

The Cassius Morris Show

  • Publisher: Cassius Morris
  • Total Episodes: 236

Featuring interviews with the biggest names in entertainment, music/pop culture discussion, and personal narrative segments.

The Bigger Narrative

  • Publisher: Andy Raskin
  • Total Episodes: 12

A podcast about strategic narrative

Think Like A CEO with Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

  • Publisher: Produktive
  • Total Episodes: 31

Gary Keller went from aspiring rock musician to leader of one of the most innovative companies in real estate. Think Like A CEO weaves a narrative of the business and life lessons, including developing business strategies, hiring the right people, and developing a culture that truly puts people first.


  • Publisher: iHeartRadio and Grim & Mild
  • Total Episodes: 60

History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They’ve become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season Three: Jack the Ripper

The Lucky Few

  • Publisher: the lucky few Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 125

Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support

Books of Kings

  • Publisher: Ian Huyett and Caleb Kramer
  • Total Episodes: 27

The first narrative history podcast on the Bible.

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