How to cite a podcast in MLA

MLA podcast citation

To cite a podcast in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Contributor(s) name, label: Give the last name and name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John) of the primary contributor(s). End with their contribution label preceded by a comma (e. g. Watson, John, director.). When given after the title give the label first followed by the name in normal order (e.g. directed by John Watson).
  2. Title of the podcast episode: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Title of the podcast series: Container titles are italicized and followed by a comma.
  4. Production studio: Always use the abbreviated version, e.g: MIT P for MIT Press or Oxford UP for Oxford University Press.
  5. Date of release: Give the day, month and year of publication. All months, excluding June and July, are abbreviated as three letters (e.g. 9 Aug. 2019.)
  6. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a podcast in MLA style 8th edition:

Contributor(s) name, label. "Title of the podcast episode." Title of the podcast series, Production studio, Date of release, URL.

Take a look at our workd cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:

Examples

A podcast series with one producer

Roy, Rohan Deb, producer. "Decolonise science: time to end another imperial era." In Depth, Out Loud, The Conversation, 27 June 2018, theconversation.com/decolonise-science-time-to-end-another-imperial-era-podcast-98909.

A podcast series with one speaker

Mars, Roman, speaker. "Sound and Health: Cities." 99% Invisible, 99pi, 16 May 2019, 99percentinvisible.org/episode/sound-and-health-cities/.

MLA in-text citation of a podcast

Audio-visual material uses the specific time of the audio/video for in-text citations.

(Last name time) or (Short form of title time).

Examples

A podcast series with one speaker

The description of how sound is related to health resonates with direct evidence (Mars 00:15:43-00:17:20).

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