How to Cite a Podcast

Ah, the podcast. A pretty modern way to be entertained or learn new things! Podcasts can be great sources of information for a research paper. They cover a wide range of topics, and can lead you to discussion questions you may want to address in your paper.

So how would you go about citing a podcast in your bibliography? Never fear! We have put together a quick guide below on how to cite a podcast in MLA format, APA format, and Chicago style.

To cite a podcast, you may want to include the following pieces of information:

  1. Full name of contributor (such as the narrator), or the username or name of the company who posted the content
  2. Title of the podcast
  3. Title of the episode
  4. Publisher of the podcast or where you watched it
  5. Date the podcast was posted
  6. URL of the podcast

Use the following structure to cite a podcast in MLA 8:

Last name, First name of the individual who posted the content OR the name of the company who posted it OR the username. “Title of the podcast episode.” Title of the Podcast, Name of the Publisher/Where you listened to it (only include if it is different than the author or title), Date it was posted, URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA 8:

Chang, Ailsa, host. “Why Scientists Can’t Explain All the Appeal of an Eclipse.” Morning Edition, NPR, 11 Aug. 2017. www.npr.org/2017/
08/11/542753070/scientists-can-t-explain-all-the-appeal-of-an-eclipse.

Use the following structure to create an APA citation for a podcast:

Last, F. M. (Contributor title). (Year, Month Date). Podcast episode title [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited as an APA citation:

Chang, A. (Host).  (2017, August 11). Why scientists can’t explain all the appeal of an eclipse [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2017/
08/11/542753070/scientists-can-t-explain-all-the-appeal-of-an-eclipse.

Use the following structure to cite a podcast in Chicago style format:

Last Name, First Name. “Episode Title”. Podcast Title. Podcast audio, Month Date, Year of publication. URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago style format:

Chang, Alisa. “Why Scientists Can’t Explain All the Appeal of an Eclipse”. Morning Edition. Podcast audio, August 11, 2017. http://www.npr.org/2017/
08/11/542753070/scientists-can-t-explain-all-the-appeal-of-an-eclipse.


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