How to Cite a Podcast in MLA

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Published July 24, 2014. Updated October 7, 2021.

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Citing a Podcast

Podcast Citation Structure:

Host’s Last name, First name M. “Title of episode.” Title of the Program, additional contributors (if applicable), publisher, date. Website Where Podcast Was Streamed, URL (if applicable).

 

*Note: If the podcast was listened to on an app, rather than streamed online, the name of the app (e.g., iTunes app.”) can be provided at the end of citation as supplemental information.

MLA: Podcast

Podcast Citation Example:

Conger, Cristen, and Caroline Ervin. “Beyonce’s Feminism.” Stuff Mom Never Told You, HowStuffWorks, 19 Mar. 2014. iTunes app.

Podcast In-text Citation Structure: 

(Host(s) Last Name)

Podcast In-text Citation Example:

(Conger and Ervin)

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How do I cite a podcast in MLA format?

To cite a podcast in MLA style, it is important that you know some basic information such as the name of the author, name of the narrator, name of the host, title of the podcast, podcast name, date, and URL. The templates and examples for an in-text citation and works cited list entry for a podcast are provided below:

In-text citation template and example:

Citation in prose:

Author’s Surname

Egan

Parenthetical:

(Author’s Surname)

(Egan)

Works cited list entry template and example:

Author Surname, First Name. “Title of the Podcast Episode.” Narrated by Narrator’s Name. Title of the Program, hosted by Name of the Host, Date Month Year. Podcast/Publication Name, URL.

Egan, Jennifer. “Found Objects.” Narrated by Susan Choi. The Writer’s Voice: Fiction from the Magazine, hosted by Deborah Treisman, 1 July 2021. The New Yorker, www.newyorker.com/podcast/fiction/susan-choi-reads-jennifer-egan.

Note that the author’s name is given as surname followed by the first name, whereas the narrator and host’s names are in first name–surname order.

How do I cite a podcast episode in MLA format?

To cite a podcast episode in MLA style, it is important that you know some basic information such as the name of the host, title of the episode, name of the podcast, season number or the episode number (if available), publisher name, date, and URL. The templates for an in-text citation and works-cited-list entry of a podcast episode, along with examples, are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

If you want to cite a specific part, you can use a time stamp.

(Author’s Surname Time Stamp)

(Polanen 24:33)

Works-cited-list entry template and example:

Host Surname, First Name. “Title of the Episode.” Podcast Name, Episode Number, Publisher, Date Month Year, URL.

Polanen, Simone, host. “The Birth of Emojis.” Not Past It, Gimlet, 22 Sept. 2021, www.gimletmedia.com/shows/not-past-it/76h6nnb/the-birth-of-emojis.