My co-participants and I used all these fan podcasts as discussion prompts in our conversations. All the podcast descriptions come from their own profiles.

General Fandom Podcasts

Be The Serpent

A podcast by three red-headed fantasy authors talking about everything from academic mythology to dick jokes (and sometimes both at once), as well as the role of fanfiction as an integral yet oft-overlooked part of the literary conversation and in the broader cultural context. It is, obviously, a podcast of extremely deep literary merit.

Black Girl Nerds

Black Girl Nerds is an online community devoted to promoting nerdiness among Black women and people of color.

Breaking The Glass Slipper

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Podcast discussing women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Hosted by Megan Leigh, Charlotte Bond, and Lucy Hounsom. New episodes every other Thursday.

Buffering The Vampire Slayer (Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan podcast)

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Buffering the Vampire Slayer is a bi-weekly podcast in which your hosts Jenny Owen Youngs (professional musician and recreational Whedonverse aficionado) and Kristin Russo (professional writer and former goth teen) discuss Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one episode at a time. Every installment of the podcast also includes a new original song recapping each glorious Buffy episode! *wolf howl*

Fansplaining

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Every other week, Fansplaining interviews guests and covers topics related to fandom and fan culture in all its forms: how fanart intersects with official film art, the history of baseball writing, racism among Star Wars fans, Harry Styles conspiracy theories, the line between “academic conference” and “Jane Austen LARP,” how shipping impacts the entertainment industry, and more…

Imaginary Worlds

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

Our Opinions Are Correct

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Explore the meaning of science fiction, and how it’s relevant to real-life science and society. Your hosts are Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science. We take deep dives into books, movies, television, and comics that will expand your mind – and maybe change your life.

Queer As Fiction

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Queer As Fiction is a podcast where three adult women (Amanda Holland, Kirsten King & Ashly Perez) write their own fan fiction based on audience suggestions.

 

Harry Potter Fan Podcasts

Alohomora!

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A product of rigorous and excited discussion between a few MuggleNet staff members, Alohomora! was crafted to fill the void left in the aftermath of the final Harry Potter movie release. Led by the rotating voices of the podcast, fans can now re-read the books alongside thousands online and share all their new insights on the show, as well as on the companion section.

The Gayly Prophet

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The humorous, yet ruthless Harry Potter podcast of your dreams. The intersectional HP analysis you never knew you needed. Harry Potter, but make it queer.

Harry Potter And The Sacred Text

It’s the English class you didn’t know you missed and the meaningful conversations you didn’t know you craved. Join Vanessa Zoltan and Casper Turkaile as they bring thought, reflection and laughter to Harry Potter; not just as novels, but as instructive and inspirational texts that will teach us about our own lives. Relive the magic chapter by chapter as they explore themes such as commitment, revenge and forgiveness. This podcast creates time in your week to think about life’s big questions. Because reading fiction doesn’t just help us escape the world, it helps us live in it.

Pottercast

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Join PotterCast in a continuing adventure through J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. For eleven years PotterCast has remained your trusted source for discussion, celebration, and interviews with creators and actors from the Harry Potter Universe.

Reading, Writing, Rowling (have now relaunched as Potterversity: A Potter Studies Podcast with the same remit as before)

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In the hallowed halls of Potterversity, hosts Katy McDaniel (Marietta College) and Emily Strand (Mt. Carmel College and Signum University) explore the Harry Potter series and wider Wizarding World from a critical academic perspective with scholars from a variety of fields, finding new ways to read and opening new doors.

Witch, Please

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A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars

#WizardTeam

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Welcome to #WizardTeam, a Harry Pottercast for true Potterheads. Each week, we discuss the Harry Potter books, one chapter at a time. WARNING: There are feelings.

Women Of Harry Potter (an offshoot of The Sacred Text)

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Women of Harry Potter is a feminist podcast lifting up the successes and struggles of the women in our favorite book series. Join Vanessa Zoltan, Ariana Nedelman, and special guests as we bless a new character from the magical world in each episode. As we move the experiences of these women from the margins of the story to the center, we hope to learn more about the text, ourselves, and the people around us.

 

Doctor Who Fan Podcasts

Doctor Who: Verity!

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Six smart women discussing Doctor Who.

Woke Doctor Who

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A podcast about race and representation in Doctor Who with an asian lady from DC and a black lady from Baltimore.