20 Best Non-fiction Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about non-fiction ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best non-fiction 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 Non-fiction Podcasts 2021

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

Food Non-Fiction

  • Publisher: Lillian Yang
  • Total Episodes: 76

Food Non-Fiction tells the incredible true stories behind food. We look forward to taking you on this wild food journey – through history, and around the world. Think of us as food historians, food scientists, and food journalists.

Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

  • Publisher: David Naimon, Tin House Books, KBOO 90.7FM
  • Total Episodes: 323


Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film

  • Publisher: Pure Nonfiction
  • Total Episodes: 141

If you love documentary films, hear from the top storytellers on Pure Nonfiction. Host Thom Powers is well-connected in this world as a documentary curator for the Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and SundanceNow Doc Club. He leads conversations that are frank, funny and revealing. Listen to interviews with Oscar-winning filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney, and Roger Ross Williams; as well as the directors of “Making a Murderer,” “Weiner” and “OJ: Made in America.” Often the stories behind the scenes are as dramatic as what’s on the screen. On Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @purenonfiction. Subscribe now.

Non-Fiction Book Series

  • Publisher: Jacob Flax
  • Total Episodes: 8

Series about non-fiction books that can fixed.

Nonfiction Friends

  • Publisher: Osceola Library System
  • Total Episodes: 153

Nonfiction Friends is an educational, library-based podcast that seeks to help the public learn interesting, quirky, and sometimes bizarre facts that can be found in the nonfiction section of their local library. Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/nffriendscast

The Write Hour ~ Nonfiction

  • Publisher: Joyce Glass, The Write Coach, Editor, and Speaker
  • Total Episodes: 81

How do I start writing a book? Why do I need to write a book? What is the process to write a book? What is next after I have written my book? Are you a personal development leader ready to expand your business with a book? Have your questions answered by Joyce Glass, The Write Coach For Personal Development Leaders. Learn from leaders in the publishing world and begin your writing journey or take your writing career to the next level. Dig deeper with step-by-step instructions and mini-workshops. Joyce’s strong point is breaking down the overwhelm and guides you to the next step in your journey. In every episode, she gives practical advice you can implement immediately. Join The Write Hour each week for your dose of writing motivation! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Path of Being a Non-Fiction Author

  • Publisher: Book Journeys
  • Total Episodes: 212

Weekly interviews with non-fiction authors about writing and publishing their books. Topics include overcoming writer’s block, selecting the right topic for your book, finding great book editors and cover designers, how to know if self-publishing is right for you, and other advice on how to write, publish, and promote a non-fiction book that makes a difference.


  • Publisher: DP Knudten
  • Total Episodes: 142

The NONFICTION BRAND podcast features host DP Knudten, some regular guests, and special one-off interviews with master branders, with a special focus on the much needed, but often much misunderstood realms of personal and small business branding.

Loose Canon: The Fanfiction Archive

  • Publisher: Loose Canon
  • Total Episodes: 6

Welcome to Loose Canon: The Fanfiction Archive! Each week, Breanna, Katelynn, and Malcolm dive into the world of fanfiction and analyze a unique piece that represents a specific fandom. Join us on our journey through the fanfiction archive!

Write 2B Read: Writing, Self Publishing and Book Marketing for Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers and Authors

  • Publisher: Ani Alexander
  • Total Episodes: 20

Do you have a story inside you that you want to share with the world? Do you dream seeing your name on a bestseller cover? Do you have a special message to tell? If yes, then what are you waiting for? If the reason you have not written a book yet is that you have doubts or you simply don’t know where to start, then this podcast is for you. Write 2B Read podcast is created to encourage and inspire writers to become authors. It will have very short episodes with tips, reflections and encouragement as well as longer interviews with writers, who will share their views and thoughts about writing fiction and non-fiction, self-publishing, book marketing and anything else that you should know. Listen to the podcast, get inspired, write and inspire others with your writing!

Design Nonfiction

  • Publisher: Tellart
  • Total Episodes: 2

Design Nonfiction is a documentary and podcast series of over 50 interviews with world-renowned designers and artists working with science and technology. Told through personal conversations with today’s top design practitioners, Design Nonfiction examines how design has evolved over the past twenty years and how it will be forced to further adapt in the near future. Access our whole library of video interviews at Designnonfiction.org.

Science Fiction Anonymous

  • Publisher: Science Fiction Anonymous
  • Total Episodes: 110

This podcast is all about Science Fiction, one of my favorite genres when it comes to movies or books. All I will be doing with this podcast is reading either short Sci-Fi stories or long Sci-Fi books, so kick back, relax, and enjoy! New episodes every day, Monday through Friday at 10:00 am! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/sciencefiction/support

The Nonfiction Podcast

  • Publisher: Matt Pusateri
  • Total Episodes: 21

The Nonfiction Podcast digs into the art and science of nonfiction writing. We look at one nonfiction article a week and break it down, talking with the writers about how they researched, reported, and put their stories together.


  • Publisher: Janet Perry: blogger, podcaster, nonfiction book lover
  • Total Episodes: 179

Nonfiction authors share compelling true stories & books with great ideas for living well. In addition to discussing captivating biographies & memoirs, these writers promote business & entrepreneurship, foster community-building, encourage health & wellness, strengthen home & family, and nurture personal development. Regardless of the genre, all the books we feature are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting. In the end, we save you time by curating long-standing classics, sleepers, and new releases. At Nonfiction4Life, we believe there’s something for everyone!

Perpetual Crisis – Neurotic Nonfiction with Suzy Henschel

  • Publisher: Suzy Henschel
  • Total Episodes: 21

The adventures of a crazy woman surrounded by crazy people in Los Angeles.

Excellent Excerpts: Moments in Compelling Nonfiction

  • Publisher: Doug Jones
  • Total Episodes: 6

The world is full of great, contemporary nonfiction that non-academics rarely hear about. In this podcast, I read excerpts from contemporary nonfiction works in history, politics, art, literary analysis, theology, philosophy and more in the hope of teasing you into pursuing the whole book.

Flash Nonfiction

  • Publisher: Dev Hardikar
  • Total Episodes: 2

fragments of memories, explored and untangled.

Why I Read Nonfiction with Kevin Walsh

  • Publisher: Kevin Walsh: Author, Boston TV Sports Anchor and Reporter
  • Total Episodes: 26

Join host Kevin Walsh, Author and Boston TV Sports Anchor for weekly interviews with dedicated nonfiction readers, some celebrities, other regular folks, all who share a passion for reading and sharing. It’s as much about the reader and the impact that the books have on them. Why they choose the books that they do, when they choose to read, how they go about making a book selection, and how key books stick with them for life. To learn more visit https://whyireadnonfiction.com

Nonfiction is my Lane | Podcast

  • Publisher: Host | Latrice Fowler
  • Total Episodes: 4

A literary chit-chat with seasoned nonfiction writers, sharing highlights of their humble beginnings in the nonfiction space. While breaking down the steps they’ve taken to condition themselves specifically for this genre. As well as sharing the ups and downs of creating the processes and workflows that keep it all running.

Community Report – Nonfiction Fiction

  • Publisher: Casa Bella Shadow Productions
  • Total Episodes: 5

Fictional interviews and accounts from Silver Lake, California. Half comedy, half drama, wholly entertaining.

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