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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 • 483 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.

    A Random Act of Kindness

    A Random Act of Kindness

    KEXP's John Richards joins you on your journey to run with songs from KEXP favorites like Kevin Morby, Santigold, Warpaint, and more. On this mix, John shares how running helps him maintain both his physical and mental health, with the right music to keep motivated. As author and runner Christopher McDougall says, “We run when we're scared, we run when we're ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.”
    Kevin Morby - A Random Act of Kindness
    Wild Pink - Q Degraw
    Porridge Radio - The Rip
    Matthew Dear - Talking Sleep
    Dazy & Militarie Gun - Pressure Cooker
    Santigold - High Priestess
    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Blood in the Snow
    Warpaint - Champion
    Sudan Archives - Selfish Soul
    Automatic - New Beginning
    Fontaines DC - Roman Holiday
    Bodega - Thrown
    Yard Act - The Overload
    Working Men's Club - Circumference
    F!res - Into the Storm

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    • 55 min
    Running With the Hurricane

    Running With the Hurricane

    On the first episode of this season, John Richards talks about the joys of getting back into races and running with other people, but ultimately, the importance of running for yourself. Runners of all levels will feel welcome with the dynamic mix of high-energy, emotional and propulsive tracks designed to keep you running, featuring artists like Mitski, Toro y Moi and Dehd.
    Camp Cope - Running with the Hurricane
    Aeon Station - Fade
    Nation of Language - The Grey Commute
    Beach House - Once Twice Melody
    Hatchie - This Enchanted
    Mitski - The Only Heartbreaker
    Lucius - Next To Normal
    Odesza - The Last Goodbye
    Ibibio Sound Machine - Electricity
    Doss - Jumpin'
    Toro y Moi - Magazine (feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis)
    Spiritualized - The Mainline Song
    The Hunt - I Can't Stand
    Dehd - Bad Love
    Widowspeak - Everything is Simple

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Runcast with John Richards: Coming June 3

    The Runcast with John Richards: Coming June 3

    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.

    Subscribe right here, and enjoy new episodes every two weeks starting June 3, 2022.

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    • 43 sec
    The Runcast, Vol. 25 (2021 Replay)

    The Runcast, Vol. 25 (2021 Replay)

    In case you missed the announcement, The Runcast is returning, right here, on June 3rd!

    Email us at runcast@kexp.org if you have questions, feedback, or guest suggestions for the new season, launching in just ONE WEEK. Today, John stops by for a few reminders before replaying Volume 25 of the Runcast from 2021:

    In his final Runcast of the year – and KEXP's final episode of The Weekly Mix – John goes freeform to create a very personal Runcast just for you. Listen for advice, motivation, inspiration, and incredible music to power your run.

    1. The Antlers - Solstice
    2. Big Red Machine - Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)
    3. Big Red Machine - The Ghost of Cincinnati
    4. Public Service Broadcasting - Blue Heaven (feat. Andreya Casablanca)
    5. The Shivas - Undone
    6. The Parrots - You Work All Day And Then You Die
    7. Tycho & Benjamin Gibbard - Only Love
    8. Fort Romeau - Control
    9. Tycho - Pink & Blue
    10. Bad Bad Hats - Walkman
    11. Mac McCaughan - Dawn Bends
    12. Dummy - Daffodils
    13. The Violent Hearts - Everything and Nothing
    14. Lord Huron - Time to Run

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    • 1 hr
    The Runcast, Vol. 24 (2021 Replay)

    The Runcast, Vol. 24 (2021 Replay)

    In case you missed the announcement, The Runcast is returning, right here, on June 3rd!

    Email us at runcast@kexp.org if you have questions, feedback, or guest suggestions for the new season, launching in just two weeks. Today, John shares details on the new season before replaying Volume 24 of the Runcast from 2021:

    This edition of the Runcast is hosted by John Richards and powered by incredible music and quotes from the likes of Confucius, Danny Rojas from Ted Lasso, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. As Emerson said, "Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage."

    1. Bartees Strange - Going Going
    2. Dinosaur Jr - Garden
    3. TORRES - Thirstier
    4. The Joy Formidable - Chimes
    5. Film School - Superperfection
    6. Flyying Colours - Big Mess
    7. Foxing - Where the Lightning Strikes Twice
    8. Songhoy Blues - Worry
    9. Kele - Between Me and My Maker 
    10. Yves Tumor - Jackie
    11. Binki - Clay Pigeon
    12. Lala Lala - DIVER
    13. Shamir - Running
    14. Wet Leg - Chaise Longue
    15. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Cold as Weiss
    16. Geowulf - Round and Round

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    • 56 min
    Announcing "The Runcast with John Richards"

    Announcing "The Runcast with John Richards"

    Take your running shoes out of storage and start planning your next route because The Runcast is returning, right here, on June 3rd!

    With three weeks until the new episode, John shares details on this summer's series before replaying Volume 23 of the Runcast from 2021:

    John reads listeners' stories of hope amidst a pandemic, divorce, and more, showing how the runcast has inspired them, which in turn, inspires him. 

    1. Mint Julep - A Rising Sun 
    2. Efterklang - Living Other Lives
    3. Piroshka - V.O.
    4. José González - Head On
    5. Ducks Ltd. - As Big As All Outside
    6. Night Beats - New Day
    7. Ages and Ages - Light Goes Out
    8. Ora the Molecule - Die To Be A Butterfly
    9. Mumu Fresh - Work
    10. Nation of Language - Across That Fine Line
    11. Liars - Big Appetite
    12. PRONOUN -  I WANNA DIE BUT I CAN'T (CUZ I GOTTA KEEP LIVING)
    13. Split Single - Satellite
    14. Shine - Stare Into the Sun
    15. Deep Sea Diver - Stop Pretending
    16. MAN ON MAN - Stohner

    Email us at runcast@kexp.org if you have questions, feedback, or guest suggestions for this year's season of The Runcast with John Richards.

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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
483 Ratings

483 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.

olgaro79 ,

Running playlists are the best!

Such a great eclectic selection of music to help you get through whatever it is you’re doing! Love it!

typ993 ,

Sound quality has declined in last couple of months

KEXP podcasts have been sounding super-compressed in the last couple of months (June-Aug 2021), like a bad MP3 radio stream. I’ve sent my concern directly to KEXP, but haven’t heard back from them. Weird, since their radio stream doesn’t suffer from this. Really makes it hard to listen, since you know the music can sound a lot better than this.

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