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Earworm: 13 Fort Worth podcasts to enlighten and entertain

These thirteen Fort Worth podcasts will help you understand the culture, civic landscape, and growth of Funkytown even more.

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Cameron Cushman, the Assistant Vice President of Innovation Ecosystems at HSC Fort Worth, interviews UNT system Chancellor Dr. Michael R. Williams for the Innovate Fort Worth podcast.

Photo courtesy of Jill Johnson/UNTHSC

Since our 2022 podcast roundup, new entrants have emerged into the Cowtown audio space. Let’s revisit some listening options.

“Somm Women Talk Wine”
Hosts Charisse Henry and Kristi Mayfield, self-described “passionistas,” talk all things wine. This podcast was heavily recommended by readers.

  • Listen: What’s up with chilled red wines and how exactly should we be feeling about them? The hosts investigate.

“Good Morning HR”
Long-time Fort Worth HR leader Mike Coffey chops it up with business leaders about the strategic, psychological, legal, and practical implications of bringing HR to the table as a business partner.

“The Impatient Entrepreneur”
Host Lauren Kwedar Cockerell interviews entrepreneurs and business owners who are chomping at the bit to make their mark on the world.

“Raising Joy”
The is the official podcast of Cook Children’s Healthcare System aims to encourage hope and resilience for local youth.

“Gears, Grease, and Gasoline”
This show defines itself as “highlighting and spotlighting the small guys and small gals out there doing those bitchin’ builds.” What’s not to love?

“Innovate Fort Worth”
Hosted by Cameron Cushman, a veteran of both the Bush administration and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Innovate Fort Worth shares the stories of the city’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors.

  • Listen: Kelly Cloud, vice president of life sciences at the Dallas Regional Chamber, explores the explosion of life science companies in DFW.

“817 Podcast”
Hosted by EJ Carrion and Ann Zadeh, this Monday morning show dissects all the big cultural and civic stories in 817.

  • Listen: Former Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Kaley Johnson came on to discuss the state of journalism in our city.

“It Has Pockets”
This new podcast hosted by Laura Lape and Abigail Bechard is dedicated to “celebrating the everyday.” Only the initial episode has dropped thus far.

“The Funky Panther”
Long-time friends and Fort Worthians Chad, Javier, and Tim sit around, tell amusing stories, and interview some notable Panther City residents.

  • Listen: Michael Ferrari Le of Ampersand Coffee fame and model-mogul Dannie Riel chop it up about tech troubles, the rise of Fort Worth, and local sports.

“Stories with Soul”
Fort Worth power couple Jamey and Melissa Ice sit down with local luminaries to discuss their journey.


In a recent episode, Fort Worth Roots chats with Public Information Officer and Engineer for the Fort Worth Fire Department, Craig Trojacek, and Public Information Officer for the Fort Worth Police Department, Buddy Calzada.

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Roots

“Fort Worth Roots”
This is an interview-style podcast highlighting musicians and some of the city’s most influential people.

  • Listen: In Episode 189, the squad explored the world of foster care and adoption around Fort Worth.

“Fueled by Spite”
Dr. James Taylor, a top chiropractor in DFW who also dabbles in real estate and development, hosts this multi-topic weekly show.

“Mad About Movies”
Three hosts from across DFW, now 763 episodes deep, break down all things cinema.

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