17 Best Spanish Podcasts (2018)

Spanish podcasts are a great way to improve your listening comprehension while doing other tasks. I listen at the gym, while out walking, and in the car. They also get me through long hours on planes and buses when I’m traveling!

Spanish Podcasts Designed for Learners

Here are some of the best Spanish podcasts designed to help you learn Spanish, with levels from beginner to advanced. All are free, although some offer helpful extras like transcripts for an additional fee.

1. LightSpeed Spanish

LeveLightspeed Spanish Podcastls: Beginner to Advanced

Accent: European Spanish

Witty discussions about fascinating aspects of Spanish culture and interviews with native speakers in nicely bite-sized 10-minute episodes. Hosted by a British/Spanish couple with great conversational chemistry. Gordon, the British half of the duo, speaks inspiringly fluent Spanish.

In the advanced podcasts, the speech is generally at less than native speed but the frequently hilarious content and challenging vocabulary more than make up for it. The discussions on Spanish insults are particularly fun. Videos are also available for many episodes.

2. Spanish Obsessed

Spanish Obsessed - Spanish podcastLevels: Beginner to Advanced

Accents: Variety of Latin American and European Spanish

This podcast is aptly named because I think I became a little obsessed with it and binge-listened to all the episodes! Hosted by Rob, who is British but speaks excellent Spanish, and his Colombian partner Liz, who has a lovely accent. Episodes are easily digestible at about 10-20 minutes. In the advanced series, the couple often interviews Spanish speakers from a variety of countries to provide exposure to different accents. Transcripts are available for a fee.

3. Notes in Spanish

Notes in Spanish podcastLevels: Beginner to Advanced

Accents: European Spanish, with some interviews in Latin American Spanish

Madrid-based podcast featuring Ben and Marina, a charming husband and wife team who discuss a wide range of topics related to Spanish culture. With the first season of the advanced podcasts, occasionally the audio quality is a little uneven, but the content is still outstanding. A long-awaited second advanced season was just released, and it’s fantastic. Additional support materials like transcripts and worksheets are available for purchase. I’ve listened to this podcast for so many years I feel as if I know Ben and Marina!

4. Notes in Spanish Gold

Notes in Spanish Gold podcast

Levels: High Intermediate to Advanced

Accents: European Spanish, with some interviews in Latin American Spanish

Another great podcast from the Notes in Spanish team featuring conversation and interviews focused on different aspects of Spanish culture, followed by English analysis of new vocabulary and grammar. The English explanations make this also appropriate for advanced intermediates.

5. Learn Spanish with La Casa Rojas

Learn Spanish with La Casa Rojas PodcastLevels: Intermediate to Advanced

Accent: Peruvian Spanish

Originally from Peru, Luis Rojas teaches Spanish in Minnesota. He speaks clearly and at just the right pace.

Rojas’ podcasts are gentle reflections on his life in the US and a variety of cultural and historical aspects of Hispanic language and culture. I especially liked the powerful integration of music and poetry into the podcasts. A very interesting and enjoyable listen.

6. Doorway to Mexico

Doorway to Mexico Spanish podcastLevels: Intermediate to Advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Follow the Baxters from California on their trip to Mexico as they encounter a wide range of conversations and situations. Each episode opens with a real-life Spanish dialogue, followed by a roundtable discussion that dives into the nuances of the most challenging passages.

The podcast is partly in English, so it might not be appropriate for advanced learners seeking an immersive program. However, the detailed explanations of common Mexican and Latin colloquialisms are incredibly useful. Any Spanish-speaking visitor to Mexico will hear these expressions constantly, yet they are unlikely to be found in any textbook.

Bonus materials such as transcripts, study guides, and extended audio are available for purchase.

7. Mexicano Slang

Mexicano Slang - Spanish podcastLevels: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

This Spanish podcast is a quick listen at only 11 episodes of three to four minutes each. Each episode introduces a new Mexican slang expression and uses it in context of a dialogue. Very fun concept and highly recommended for aficionados of Mexican Spanish. I only wish there were more episodes!

Podcasts for Native Speakers

Take your Spanish to the next level with these podcasts aimed at native speakers.

It can be hard to find engaging native podcasts. A big shout out to my amazing Spanish teacher in Mexico City for introducing me to several great Mexican podcasts included below.

8. El Gran Apagón

El Gran Apagón - Spanish podcast

Levels: High Intermediate to Advanced

Accents: European Spanish, some Latin American Spanish

On April 11, 2018, the most powerful solar flare ever recorded renders all satellites and most electrical systems unusable. Two days later, the planet plunges into complete darkness, a cataclysmic event known as El Gran Apagón (the Great Blackout).

Follow humanity’s fight to survive with the sci-fi audio thriller that has captivated Spain, with more than four million downloads. Short and suspenseful 10-15 minute episodes. Even includes making-of background material.

9. Sangre Celestial

Sangre Celestial Spanish podcastLevels: Intermediate to Advanced

Accents: Wide variety of Latin American Spanish

Fun radionovela with a supernatural twist that follows twins Sol and Mundo as they travel across the US and Latin America uncovering hidden family secrets and meeting long-lost siblings.

Narrated by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, this cross-border mystery consists of eight episodes and features a multicultural cast from across the Spanish-speaking world. Produced by progressive Los Angeles NPR affiliate KCRW, Sangre Celestial is the first ever bilingual radionovela podcast and is downloadable in both English and Spanish.

10.  Radio Bilingüe – Edición Semanaria

Radio Bilingüe - Edición Semanaria Spanish podcastLevels: Intermediate to Advanced

Accent: Latin American Spanish

Radio Bilingüe is the only US distributor of Spanish-language public radio programming. Its mission is to serve as a voice to empower Latinos and other underserved communities. This fourteen-minute weekly news roundup features stories relevant to the Latino community. I listen to this every week; it’s short and sweet with an interesting focus on immigration, politics, and civil rights.

11.  Así Como Suena

Así como suena - Mexican Spanish podcastLevels: High Intermediate to Advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Fascinating true stories from the Mexican capital with themes of love and hate, crime, politics, corruption, and everyday survival.

Recommended episodes include Sam Adonis: el Rudo de Trump (about an American lucha libre fighter and Trump supporter in Mexico) and Aventuras en Uber Pool (random encounters in the shared taxi service Uber Pool).

12. Radio Ambulante

Radio Ambulante - NPR Spanish podcastLevels: Intermediate to Advanced

Accents: Wide variety of Latin American Spanish

Compelling, quirky stories from Latin America and the United States. NPR’s first podcast en español and often referred to as “This Latin American Life.” Transcripts in Spanish and English available on the website.

13. Neteando con Kate y Jessica

Neteando con Kate y Jessica - Spanish podcastLevel: Advanced

Accents: Mostly Mexican with some guests from other Latin American countries

Neteando, which translates as “Telling it like it is,” features outspoken Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Mexican American celebrity reporter Jessica Maldonado. These ladies and their guests get together to dish about their lives and discuss current topics in news, entertainment, society, and culture. The witty dialogue is peppered with colorful Mexican slang and Spanglish.

14. CNN en Español

CNN en Español - Spanish language news podcastLevels: High Intermediate to Advanced

Accents: Mostly neutral Spanish, with newsreaders from Latin America and Spain

Short audio excerpts from CNN’s Spanish newscasts. Good for when you only have a few minutes to listen to a quick episode. The entertainment interviews are, well, particularly entertaining.

15. Nómadas

Nómadas - Spanish podcastLevels: High Intermediate to Advanced

Accent: European Spanish

This extraordinary podcast is a production of Radio Nacional de España (RNE) that virtually transports you to a different location in the world each week. It features the extremely high-quality, in-depth reporting you expect from public radio. Before I travel, I always check to see if there are any episodes on my planned destinations.

16. Buenos Días América

Buenos Días América - Spanish news podcastLevels: Intermediate to Advanced

Accents: Mostly neutral Latin American Spanish

Daily half-hour news podcast with a focus on US and Latin American stories. I used to listen to this daily, but it became a little boring after a while since the format rarely changes. Still worth checking out, though.

17. Algarabía Radio

Algarabía Radio - Spanish podcastLevel: Advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Algarabía, a word meaning a chaotic din or a joyful noise, is the Mexico City-based publisher of a renowned arts and culture magazine as well as the hilarious dictionaries El Chingonario and El Pendejonario. (Note: These are Amazon affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase anything using them I get a tiny commission at no extra cost to you.)

Algarabía Radio is a weekly discussion of the current magazine’s themes by its editors. Check out older episodes of the show in their previous podcast Algarabía a Cucharadas (Algarabía by the Spoonful).

Recommended for lovers of la CDMX and of Mexican culture. Note that episodes can get a little rambling and long-winded, so I tend to just listen to these on long bus rides and flights while dozing on and off. 😉


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4 Comments on “17 Best Spanish Podcasts (2018)

  1. Yes, this is an awesome way to improve language skills, I think. I’m going to be assigning more podcast listening as homework for my 11th graders when we get back from our winter holiday break. Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement.

  2. Thank you so much for this list!! I’ve been looking for a good podcast that is engaging and at my level and you offered so many options–I really appreciate it.

    • So glad you found it helpful, Val! I’m always looking for engaging content too. Native podcasts especially can be difficult to discover, which is why I created this list!

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