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The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less  

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List Rules Vote up the best podcast you can listen to in thirty minutes or less.

Finding a short podcast under 30 minutes that fits perfectly into your commute or spare time can be difficult. This list of the best short podcasts with episodes that average under 30 minutes can help you get ahead of the news, learn a bit about your favorite things, or even practice mindfulness in half-hour episodes.

Even when a podcast has "20" or "30" in their title, they rarely live within that limit, some of them stretching well over an hour.  30 Minute Runner and 30 Minute Italian both keep perfectly under 30 minutes. The 20/20 Meditate For Peace podcast also stays under 20 minutes for the most part, but for a different reason - each 20 episode course of daily meditation begins with a one-minute meditation and adds a minute a day until it finishes with a 20-minute meditation. There's a lot you can learn in a half hour, from how a song came together with Song Exploder, cool language facts from The Allusionist, and even the state of the economy on Planet Money.

Thirty minutes is also plenty of time for fun and fiction. There are several podcasts that examine popular movies a minute at a time, such as the Die Hard Minute Podcast or the Tarantino Minute Podcast, and even several scripted and short story podcasts, including Alice Isn't Dead, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, and Getting On With James Urbaniak.

Even though once in a while these podcasts have an episode that slips a touch over the half-hour limit, the majority of their episodes come in comfortably under 30 minutes. Which of these short podcasts are the best? If we forgot a great short podcast, be sure to add it to the list!

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The Daily is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: under 30 minutes

Host Michael Barbaro shares the biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world.

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Planet Money is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 5-20 minutes

The economy explained by NPR.

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Up First is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15 minutes

Hosts Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, bring the news you need to start your day.

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The Allusionist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 20-30 minutes

Host Helen Zaltzman explores language, including puns and emoji.

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Song Exploder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-20 minutes

Host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians as they take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.

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True Crime Recaps Podcast is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less
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Round the Moon: A Sequel to Fr... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 10-20 minutes

The sequel to Jules Verne's From Earth to the Moon, presented in short segments.

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First Day Back is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 20-25 minutes

Host Tally Abecassis follows stories about coming back from something that changes you.

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Life Made Simple with CarlaRae is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 5-30 minutes

Host CarlaRae shares practical tips and resources that you can implement today to find balance in your everyday life

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20 Minute Fitness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 20 minutes

The latest in fitness nutrition, tech, science, and methodology

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The Memory Palace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 10-15 minutes

Producer Nate DiMeo, shares short, surprising stories of the past.

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Things Teachers Know is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 12-25 minutes

Host Amie Santiago shares the strategies teachers use in the classroom.

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The Alien Adventures of Finn C... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 20-30 minutes

A serialized science-fiction story for kids for parents to put on when driving or before bedtime.

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Geeky Retro Nerds Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-20 minutes

Host talks about being a geek, their love for Star Wars and 80s cult classics, being a father and a husband.

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Wanna Be is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 30 minutes

Host Imrie is joined by a guest to discuss the issue that's blocking their personal or professional development.

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Ten Minutes About Your Favorit... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 12-15 minutes

Host Rob Matsushita and his guest discuss the guest's alltime favorite movie.

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Alice Isn't Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 20-25 minutes

A scripted podcast following a truck driver searching America for her long lost wife.

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20/20 Meditate For Peace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 4-25 minutes

A guided meditation course beginning with a 1-minute meditation on day 1 and adds 1 minute per day for 20 consecutive days, leading to a 20-minute meditation on day 20.

 

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30 Minute Italian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-25 minutes

Covering Italian expressions, grammar and culture.

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Everlasting Minute is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-20 minutes

Hosts David Kincannon and Jason Kirk from Podvocacy analyze the much beloved 1971 musical film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory minute by minute.

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Harry Potter Minute is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 20-30 minutes

Hosts Gary Roby and Victoria Laguna analyze the Harry Potter movies one minute at a time.

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Medicinal Moves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-20 minutes

A resource for fitness and body transformation.

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Tarantino Minute is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: under 15 minutes

Hosts Mike, Mark, and Nate discuss and analyze each of Quentin Tarantino's films one individual minute at a time.

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15 Minutes With The Doctor: Le... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-20 minutes

Host Vinay Shankar shares the stories of healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators who are growing their unique ideas.

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Writing Excuses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Podcasts With Episodes That Are 30 Minutes Or Less

Average episode length: 15-20 minutes

Hosts Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques.