Have you got into podcasts yet? Listening to podcasts can expose you to stories, culture, and points of view that you might never otherwise encounter.
Charlotte residents are producing podcasts on a wide range of topics, including music, literature, current events, politics, economics and much more.
You can find some of the best ones on Queen City Podcast Network, a group of local contributors and broadcasters who are producing hours of new content every week.
We’re listing a number of Charlotte-centric podcasts (and one bonus one that is about North Carolina as a whole, but that has featured some fascinating Charlotte content.)
Podcasts are free to listen to, and easy to access. You can go to the link for each, which we’ve included below. Also, your smartphone has a podcast app, where you can subscribe to podcasts you’d like to follow.
If you haven’t started listening to Charlotte podcasts yet, you have a binge-worthy treat waiting for you. Even if you have some favorites, you’ll find more to try out in this list.
News, and General Discussion, and Local Interest
The Biscuit CLT Podcast: Matt Olin and Tim Miner, of Creative Mornings, bring their enthusiasm for the creative side of Charlotte to this podcast, which features interviews with Charlotte artists, makers, leaders and doers.
Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis: Award-winning journalist Mary C. Curtis tackles policies and politics through the lens of social justice, illuminating the issues that have been, and still are, dividing the country. After all, the world is not so black and white.
The Goh Show: Charlotte podcast veteran Andy Goh has started a podcast with issues important to him. You can expect to hear about current events, great stories, and interviews with people in the thick of it.
ManListening: What happens when one man stops talking and starts listening? Stuart Watson features the stories of strong women who bounce back. Some of those strong women include Sheri Lynch, Stuart’s long-lost sister, and Stuart’s favorite waitress at the Original Pancake House.
On Life and Meaning: Although no new episodes are being produced, there are 100 episodes with some of Charlotte’s finest minds here. Described as a podcast about “what matters most,” it featured artists, philosophers, civic leaders, consultants, executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and creators.
R&D in the QC: This podcast is the rarest of things: a civil discussion between people with different political views. It features to City Council members, Tariq Bokhari (a Republican), and Larken Egleston (a Democrat), who also happen to be friends.
The Charlotte Podcast: This general interest Charlotte podcast from Miller and John has staying power. With more than 200 episodes and going strong, it might be the most listened to podcast in Charlotte. They have covered (and keep covering) just about everything of interest in Charlotte. They describe themselves as “free of any agenda or narrative to push, other than wanting to learn more and become better citizens of Charlotte.”
Nooze Hounds: This is Queen City Nerve in podcast form. Ryan Pitkin and Justin LaFrancois, the folks behind Charlotte’s only bi-weekly alt newspaper, are joined by a collection of local guests.
Charlotte Talks: This is WFAE’s long-running Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins, in podcast form. Everything of interest to Charlotte, including politics, growth, the arts, social issues, and more, will probably show up here.
Jack of All Spades: This podcast, hosted by three friends, has featured “hidden gems” of Charlotte — and some not-so-hidden gems, like their interview with rapper Elevator Jay.
FAQ City: This podcast from WFAE answers Charlotte’s questions, and solves Charlotte’s mysteries, in bite-sized portions. Past episodes, each under 15 minutes, have answered questions like “What are those black poles popping up in Charlotte?,” “Where is the quietest spot in Mecklenburg County?”, “Is Queens University really haunted?” (yes), “What about the weird and smelly history of Charlotte’s ‘Poo Tracks.'”
Do Good Charlotte: Award-winning journalist Pamela Escobar talks with the people spreading good around the Queen City.
The Bakari Sellers Podcast: Attorney, political commentator and former South Carolina state legislator Bakari Sellers discusses current events with high profile guests.
The Carolina Desi: Gurtej Singh and Rashmili Vemula explore life as the children of Desi immigrants in today’s America.
Old North State: A deep dive into all the things you never knew about North Carolina.
Finance and Business
Advent Coworking Podcast: Entrepreneur-focused podcast, with introductions to many local small business owners.
The Power of Design: Jack Ossa, a naturalized American citizen from Columbia who became an architect and design professional with Gensler for many years, now has his own firm. His podcast explores local construction, development, real estate, architecture and more.
Dear Bernadebt Joy: Bernadette Joy and her husband paid off massive debt and, and now live debt-free. On this podcast, she talks about the lessons she learned along the way.
Mind Your Business: This podcast features the North Carolina’s biggest and most interesting business news stories.
Retail Redeveloped: Host Adam Williams talks with guests who’ve made retail and real estate history, and who are part of the real time retail changes happening today.
Charlotte Angel Connection: Learn about Charlotte’s startup culture and the investors that fuel these projects.
Arts and Fashion
Crafted With Cradle: Arts and community advocate Keith Cradle invites noteworthy Charlotte residents to discuss local issues over cocktails. Learn what’s going on in the local art world, with a special focus on community engagement.
Amplifier: WFAE’s Joni Deutsch hosts this award-winning podcast that shines a light on Charlotte’s rich music scene. Each episode includes music and conversation with a local musician.
The Carolina Shout: Fun podcast from internationally acclaimed ragtime and jazz pianist Ethan Uslan. Listen to some mind-blowing piano playing and the stories behind the music.
You May Have Seen: Local actors interviewing local actors, hosted by Brian Lafontaine, who describes himself as a “no-name-not-famous professional actor.”
Gabba Gabba Huh?: This podcast features the best of the Carolinas’ punk, alternative, hard rock and heavy metal from the past 40 years.
Charlotte Reader’s Podcast: Wade Landis talks to local writers, who read from and talk about their work.
What We Wore: Laura Vinroot Poole, owner of Capitol, explores fashion and the people that she meets through the world of fashion.
Reel Rundown: Discussion of film and TV.
Familiar Shapes: Filmmaker Heather Freeman explores the relationship between technology and magic. If you’re interested in history, witchcraft, magic, social media, artificial intelligence, infotech or ethics, this will be a good listen.
30G’s: Behind the scenes sports talk from NBA legends Muggsy Bogues, Earl Cureton and Charles Oakley.
WFNZ Podcast: Catch up on what you missed from Sports Radio 102.5 FM/610 AM WFNZ with this podcast.
BackYardFooty: For the soccer fan, this podcast provides a behind the scenes look into USL players’ lives.
Sports Charlotte: Award-winning Charlotte Post journalists Herb White and Ashley Mahoney explore timely topics in local sports.
9607 MLS Pod: Recorded out of South Charlotte, this soccer podcast is in its third season talking about Major League Soccer. They will be highlighting Charlotte FC content and introducing locals to the league.
The 704: Charlotte native and sports radio veteran Julian Council talks about all things Queen City sports, from the Panthers and Hornets, Knights, Checkers, soccer, and high school sports.
Under Construction: Charlotte area sports and culture. Tyrone Kirk, Rodney Richardson and Jamaal Darby talk about the Hornets, Panthers and more.
Mint City Soccer Show: A podcast by two guys who love Charlotte and love soccer.
Locked on Hornets: Daily discussion of the Charlotte Hornets. News, analysis and rumors with ESPN Radio’s Walker Mehl and DIME Magazine’s Nata Edwards.
Culture Made: This podcast explores the intersection of artist and athlete
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Calm It Down: Classical pianist and composer Chad Lawson uses music to promote a sense of calm and peace in listeners.
2 Elephants in the Room: This poscast focuses on eliminating the stigma around mental health. The hosts, Erin Steele, MA LMFT and Alicia Tetteh, MSW LCSW, are two Charlotte-based licensed clinicians.
Be Well, Sis: Charlotte doctor Cassandre Dunbar, M.D., has created this podcast with a focus on the wellness and self-care practices of women of color.
Hilliard Studio Podcast: This podcast, featuring Liz Hilliard and Lee Kennelly of Hilliard Studio Method, debuted just last month. You can expect healthy living tips, workouts, and candid conversations that are specifically suited for the time we’re in now.
Seeking the Heart: Produced by Care Ring, a local non-profit. Hosted by ED Don Jonas, Seeking the Heart gets to the bottom of community driven health care in Charlotte.
704Ward: Health, wellness and fitness in the Queen City. Hosted by Brian Mister and powered by OrthoCarolina.
What the Health? Medical Student Podcast: This podcast is created by Abby Loszko and Harish Pudukodu, UNC School of Medicine students who are based here in Charlotte with Atrium Health. Recent episodes feature conversations with representatives from the fields of Emergency Medicine, Epidemiology, Paramedicine, and Nursing, and cover a broad array of topics regarding the current health crisis’ impact on Charlotte and North Carolina. Some of these topics include support for vulnerable populations, the field of operational & disaster medicine, geriatrics, research, epidemiological modeling, Atrium’s innovative virtual hospital, and more.
Legal Drugs Podcast: Industry veteran Angela Stoyanovitch explores the pharmaceutical industry. Why do some drugs make it to market and some don’t? Why are some drugs so expensive? And what is the human effect of this industry.
Hats Off Podcast: Two clinical social workers use comedy to challenge the stigma around mental health.
Wake Up To Your Life: Colleen Odegaard, former co-host of WCNC’s Charlotte Today, is a certified life coach, and, in this podcasts, helps listeners take action to live a better life.
Work It: From WFAE, Stephanie Hale and Jill Bjers talk to people in a variety of jobs about how their work shapes their view of the world.
Relationships and Parenting
Date Night with Jake and Paige: Charlotte couple Jake and Paige Fehling entertain with their take on relationships and parenting.
Doing Divorce Right (or avoiding it altogether): Certified Divorce Specialist Jennifer Hurvitz teaches you how to have a successful marriage or successfully navigate through a divorce.
Between Love & Hate: Drée and Mo talk about love, dating, and the different ways that men and women tend to processing things.
The Birth Story: Doula and mom Heidi Snyderburn-Campbell provides high-level childbirth education, broken down into small steps.
The Charlotte Dads Group: This podcast is from The Charlotte Dads Group, a diverse group of dads in the Charlotte region who meet up in person, with and without their kids. In the podcast these hands-on dads talk about raising kids, with all the challenges and laughter that it brings.
Dad’s Happy Hour: Three dads talk about fatherhood and sports in this light-hearted podcast.
Food and Beverage
CheersCharlotte: This one is all about craft beer, homebrew, great food and good living in the Queen City!
Scallion Pancake: This podcast by two Charlotte food influencers who happen to be a couple, explores restaurants in Charlotte and around the world.
Crafted With Cradle: In each episode, Keith Cradle talks with notable Charlotte residents about current issues, over their favorite crafted cocktails. This podcast could be listed in the Arts or Local Interest categories as well.
She Says: WFAE reporter Sarah Delia hosts this investigative podcast that follows the story of a sexual assault survivor in Mecklenburg County.
The Comedy Zone Podcast: Recorded at The Comedy Zone in Charlotte, guests include A-List headlining and feature comedians from across the country.
Prime After Prime: This podcast includes frank conversations about womanhood, motherhood, and life after a career in the spotlight.
Away Message: This podcast is not produced in Charlotte, but features so much great North Carolina content that it has to be mentioned. It’s from “Our State Magazine,” and is produced by Jeremy Markovich. Each episode travels to a spot in North Carolina, often the most remote spots, and tells a fascinating story. Check out Season 2, Episode 3 to learn about the vault under Charlotte that’s full of billions of dollars.Subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap