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We believe that everyone who runs should have a great soundtrack. Not one curated by an algorithm, but one that’s hand-picked by a DJ who runs too. The Runcast with John Richards brings you a dynamic mix of music and inspiration to keep you company and motivate you on your run, no matter what your level.

The Runcast with John Richards KEXP

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    • 4.6 • 533 Ratings

We believe that everyone who runs should have a great soundtrack. Not one curated by an algorithm, but one that’s hand-picked by a DJ who runs too. The Runcast with John Richards brings you a dynamic mix of music and inspiration to keep you company and motivate you on your run, no matter what your level.

    The Runcast Season 3: Coming May 31

    The Runcast Season 3: Coming May 31

    Mark your calendars because The Runcast is returning! Season 3 arrives right here on May 31, 2024. 

    The new season will feature guest mixes, interviews, running motivation and inspiration, and as always, music discovery. In the meantime, you can revisit previous episodes, check out KEXP's other podcasts, or drop us a line at runcast@kexp.org.

    Subscribe now for a new episode every 2 weeks until October.

    This trailer features Salt Cathedral’s “Terminal Woes" from their self-released album Before It’s Gone.
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    • 41 sec
    Introducing "In Our Headphones"

    Introducing "In Our Headphones"

    Introducing KEXP’s newest music discovery podcast. In Our Headphones brings you five song recommendations every Monday, straight from KEXP’s DJs and Music Directors. We learn stories and insights about the artists, make connections between the music and the world around us, and get to know the diverse roster of DJs that make up the KEXP airwaves. Join hosts Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili on this never-ending journey of music discovery. 

    Search for "In Our Headphones" wherever you get your podcasts and listen to the first episode now, featuring song recommendations from Cheryl Waters.

    Questions? Contact us at headphones@kexp.org.
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    • 1 min
    Explore KEXP Podcasts!

    Explore KEXP Podcasts!

    During KEXP’s fall fund drive, discover the variety of music podcasts we produce at KEXP and hear some of our favorite clips from each one. We’re thankful to the thousands of amplifiers who already donate to KEXP, building the foundation for our community of storytelling, and we want you to join them with a one-time donation or a recurring gift!

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    • 9 min
    Running to Add Life to Your Days

    Running to Add Life to Your Days

    To close out Season 2 of The Runcast, John Richards brings you a marathon mix of 53 songs filled with hope and inspiration to get you moving. Plus, a sprinkling of quotes from famous runners like, um, Benjamin Franklin? It'll make sense once you start listening, and running...


    ODESZA - Hopeful
    George FitzGerald - Venera
    Maribou State - Blackoak
    Tycho - Time to Run
    Jungle - Dominoes
    LP Giobbi, DJ Tennis, Joseph Ashworth - All In A Dream - LP Giobbi Club Edit
    Activity - Department of Blood
    Noble Rot - Casting No Light (feat. Colin Newman)
    Genesis Owusu - Get Inspired
    Ghost of Vroom - Still Getting It Done
    Skinny Pelembe - Like a Heart Won’t Beat
    M83 - Oceans Niagara
    Lol Tolhurst x Budgie x Jacknife Lee - Los Angeles (feat. James Murphy)
    Deeper - Tele
    Shalom - Happenstance
    Jake Shears - Devil Came Down the Dance Floor (feat. Amber Martin)
    Golden Features - Flesh
    Bonobo - ATK
    LP Giobbi - Body Breathe (feat. Monogem)
    Roosevelt - Ordinary Love
    Grouplove - Hello
    Palehound - The Clutch
    Bully - Days Move Slow
    The New Pornographers - Angelcover
    Lucky Lo - I Will Always Be You
    Temple of Angels - Tangled in Joy
    Lanterns on the Lake - String Theory
    deary - Fairground
    George Clanton - I Been Young
    ODESZA & Yellow House - Heavier
    Bonobo & Jacques Greene - Fold
    LP Giobbi - Georgia
    Golden Features - Yield (feat. Rromarin)
    Barry Can't Swim - Dance of the Crab
    Edapollo - Opalescent
    Nation of Language - Too Much, Enough
    Blonde Redhead - Snowman
    Sea Lemon - Cellar
    Alaska Reid - Back to This
    Beach House - American Daughter
    Andy Bell & Masal - Tidal Love Conversation in That Familiar Golden Orchard
    Steve Mason - The People Say
    Generationals - Waking Moment
    Bombay Bicycle Club - My Big Day
    Temples - Afterlife
    Film School - Tape Rewind
    Grian Chatten - Fairlies
    Ladytron - Misery Remember Me
    Death Valley Girls - Magic Powers
    Temples - Gamma Rays
    The New Pornographers - Really Really Light
    Blondshell - Joiner
    Black Belt Eagle Scout - Don't Give Up
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    • 3 hr 28 min
    Free Your Mind and Daydream with LP Giobbi

    Free Your Mind and Daydream with LP Giobbi

    This Runcast features a guest curator! Joining John Richards on this episode is DJ, producer, musician, activist AND runner LP Giobbi. She shares insight on how running motivates and grounds her, while also motivating you to get moving and to be thankful for your body.


    LP Giobbi - Georgia
    LP Giobbi, DESIREE - All I Need (DESIREE Remix)
    Barry Can't Swim - Sunsleeper
    LP Giobbi -  Feels Just LIke It (Club Edit)
    LP Giobbi, DJ Tennis, Joseph Ashworth - All In A Dream (LP Giobbi Club Edit)
    Maribou State - Blackoak
    Edapollo - Opalescent
    Nation of Language - Too Much, Enough
    Budgie, Jacknife Lee, and Lol Tolhurst - Los Angeles (feat. James Murphy)
    Bombay Bicycle Club - My Big Day
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    • 45 min
    Running Into Purpose

    Running Into Purpose

    Songs and messages from John Richards and your favorite artists fueled with inspiration and emotion…(inspirmotion?) to keep you moving whether you run, walk, bike or just dance to The Runcast.


    Margo Cilker - Lowland Trail
    Local Natives - Just Before Morning
    Grandaddy - The Town Where I'm Livin Now
    Kristin Hersh - Ms Haha
    Elizabeth M Drummond - Crisis
    Bass Drum of Death - Find It
    James and The Cold Gun - Chewing Glass
    Tycho - Time to Run
    Barry Can't Swim - Dance of the Crab
    Deeper - Tele
    Girl Ray - Up
    Bombay Bicycle Club - My Big Day
    Ghost of Vroom - Still Getting It Done
    Small Paul - Live Along
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
533 Ratings

533 Ratings

Ant-honey ,

Fantastic

Really greatly curated. Love that the Runcast is back as it’s own thing. John is great, KEXP is great and you’ll be great as you listen.

Edit: PLEASE DONT LET THEM KILL THIS LIKE THEY DID WITH SONG OF THE DAY. In Our Headphones is the biggest swing and miss ever. Fine, but did you have to kill SOD on top of everything?!

djakob ,

John Richards is my spirit animal

I listen to the Morning Show on KEXP every single day. Mostly because John is a great DJ, but also because I know that he is an avid runner who, like many, loves music. But unlike many, he is publicly vulnerable, incredibly self-aware, and really honest with his listeners about how he feels most of the time. And that is his superpower – and it’s evident in the thought and care that goes into writing, curating and producing this podcast. I always hear something I love, something new, and something I had forgotten that I loved along the way. Thank you for this podcast!

coatedterror439 ,

a highlight of my week

I’m pretty sure it actually makes me run faster and definitely puts me in a happy place. Thank you for this podcast!

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