How to Cite a Podcast: MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles

How to cite a podcast

Looking to cite a podcast for a paper, presentation, or professional article? You're in luck. Citing podcasts is relatively simple and straightforward.

In this post, I'll show you how to cite a podcast in 3 different formats.

How to cite a podcast in MLA format

If you're like me, you love listening to podcasts. They're a great way to stay entertained while you're doing chores or commuting to work. But if you're a student, you also know that citing podcasts in your research papers can be a bit tricky.

Here's a quick guide on how to cite a podcast in MLA format.

First, you'll need to gather the following information:

  • The name of the podcast
  • The name of the episode (if applicable)
  • The name of the host(s)
  • The date the podcast was published
  • The URL of the podcast

Once you have that information, you can cite the podcast in MLA format like this:

Podcast name. Episode name (if applicable). Hosted by Host name(s). Date published. URL.

For example:

Freakonomics Radio. "The Fermi Paradox." Hosted by Stephen Dubner. 4 Dec. 2017.

How to cite a podcast in APA format

If you're writing a paper in APA format, you may need to cite a podcast. Here's how:

First, you'll need to find the podcast's URL. Go to the website where the podcast is hosted and look for the episode you want to cite. Copy the URL from the address bar.

Next, you'll need to format the URL as a citation. Here's the basic format:

Author, A. A. (Date of publication). Title of podcast [Podcast]. URL

For example:

Gibson, J. (2018, May 15). The history of the world in 100 objects [Podcast].

If you can't find an author listed for the podcast, you can use the name of the podcast as the author.

For example:

Stuff You Should Know. (2018, May 15). The history of the world in 100 objects [Podcast].

How to cite a podcast in Chicago style

The good news is that citing a podcast in Chicago style is relatively simple.

First, you'll need to find the podcast episode you want to cite. Make sure to include the name of the podcast, the episode title, the date it was published, and the URL.

Next, you'll need to format your citation. In Chicago style, citations are typically listed in a bibliography at the end of the paper. Each citation should be listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name.

Here's the format of how to cite a podcast episode in Chicago style:

Last Name, First Name. "Episode Title." Podcast Name, Date Published. URL.

Here's an example:

Friedman, George, Episode: "The Storm Before the Calm", The Daily, January 2, 2018,

For more help with citing sources in in this style, check out the Chicago Manual of Style website.

Can I just cite any podcast in my paper?

You've probably been told by a teacher or professor that you can't use a podcast as a source for a paper or essay. While it's true that not all podcasts are created equal. There are certainly some that can be used as credible sources. Especially if they're well researched and produced by experts in the field.

It's important to consider the same criteria as for any other type of source. Accuracy, authority, and objectivity. Is the information in the podcast correct? Is the person who created the podcast an expert on the subject? And is the podcast free of prejudice?

If you can answer "Yes" to all these questions, you've found a podcast that can be used as a credible source for your paper. Be sure to quote it correctly in your paper so your reader knows where you got your information from.

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