Grow your Portland knowledge with these local podcasts

The hosts of these 26 local podcasts are here to share their knowledge (and opinions) with the world.

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Whether you want to learn more about a local topic, hear someone else’s perspective, or simply take a break from the world around you, these Portland podcasts offer insight into everything from sports and real estate to music and food. Just put on your headphones and hit that play button.

News

“Let’s Talk Portland”
Host Gary Bloxom interviews local newsmakers, authors, artists, and experts on everything from health to technology.

“Think Out Loud”
Oregon Public Broadcasting’s daily podcast covers topics like politics, music, sports, books, the environment, and global issues through a PNW lens.

“Beat Check with The Oregonian”
Take a deeper dive into current headlines from across the state with episodes hosted by journalists Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Gosia Wozniacka, Elliot Njus, and Therese Bottomly every Monday.

“City Cast Portland”
Hosted by locals, for locals, this daily podcast aims to build listeners’ relationships with their city by breaking down current events and attempting to answer tough questions from a Portland perspective.

Business

“Portland, Oregon, startup news - Silicon Florist”
Like a bouquet of roses for your ears, this podcast puts all the week’s news in the local startup community into one short, digestible briefing.

“Voice of Portland”
Local business and civic leaders will share their ideas on how Portland’s business scene can be improved in this new podcast production.

“The Portland Real Estate Podcast”
Realtors Steve Nassar and Joe Fustolo share insight into the local housing market, invite experts to share their perspectives, and unpack often complicated concepts.

“PDX Executive Podcast”
Hear from inspiring Portlanders and Oregonians, like the founder of Eight Seconds Rodeo, the president and GM of the Hillsboro Hops, and the state treasurer.

Arts

“Portland at the Movies”
From “Halloweentown” to “Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling,” expand your knowledge of flicks filmed locally with the help of three hosts, including Brian “The Unipiper” Kidd.

“A Mid Portland Night Scene”
Portland sisters Kanda and Gabie bring their “theatrical upbringings as Black Queer Femmes” to bear on this podcast covering local stage productions.

“The Haute Garbage Podcast”
Take a break between listening to new EPs and check out this long-running podcast about (mostly) music.

Education

“Rescue Radio by Portland Mountain Rescue”
This nonprofit, volunteer search and rescue organization shares stories about rescues carried out locally and around the world, as well as tips on safely exploring the outdoors.

Food

“Right at the Fork”
Maybe don’t listen to this if you’re hungry (or do, it might help you figure out where to eat). Either way, expect to hear Portland restaurant owners, chefs, and others in the food industry share their backstories and goals for the future.

“The Liquid Lifestyle with Ryan Magarian”
Quench your thirst for Portland beverage industry facts and news as the host and bartender dives into local bars, coffee shops, breweries, distilleries, restaurants, and more.

Sports

“Locked On Blazers”
Keep up with news, analysis, and insider information for all things Rip City with host Mike Richman.

“Locked On Ducks”
Lifelong Ducks fan and host Spencer McLaughlin keeps fellow Oregon fans up to speed in this daily podcast going beyond the headlines.

“Bald Faced Truth with John Canzano”
This host and longtime sports columnist has opinions in spades and is ready to dish them out alongside guest interviews, covering the Ducks, Beavers, Trail Blazers, PSU Vikings, Timbers, and more.

“Portland Timbers Podcasts”
Hear from Timbers players and get recaps of recent matches and insider scoops.

“Soccer Made in Portland”
The Oregonian/Oregon Live reporter Ryan Clarke leads this weekly podcast covering Timbers and Thorns updates and rumors.

Culture

“Peak Northwest”
Get to know destinations across Portland, Oregon, and the PNW without leaving home as hosts Jamie Hale and Vickie Connor share their regional travel experiences, from finding hidden glass floats on the coast to exploring the Hood River Fruit Loop.

“Why Tho?”
Lizzy Acker, an advice columnist for The Oregonian/Oregon Live, answers questions submitted by readers and podcast listeners — and no topic is off the table.

“Transpositive PDX”
Explore Portland’s trans and gender queer communities with episodes highlighting local activism, arts, and conversations happening locally and beyond.

“PDX Sucks”
Despite its name, this well-established (albeit infrequent) podcast isn’t a nonstop bash on Portland — rather, it’s an honest, unfiltered, often comical review of everyday life from the perspective of host Robert Wagner.

“Funemployment Radio”
With a library of daily episodes stretching back to 2009, this show documents the lives of radio veterans and Portland residents Greg Nibler and Sarah X. Dylan, and includes interviews with special guests — all to help listeners “take a break from the problems in their lives.”

Narratives

“Relative Fiction”
A palm reader upends what Nicole Georges thought she knew about her dad, igniting a journey to piece together family mysteries and confront her own sense of identity.

“The Unidentifieds”
Of Oregon’s 36 counties, 33 have cold cases involving unidentified human remains. Who were these 120 people and how can modern technology put long-unanswered questions to rest?

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