What podcasts are you listening to?
I'm looking to check out some new podcasts to listen to. This is my current lineup of favorites:
This American Life [pretty amazing]
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me [I appreciate their brand of humor]
Savage Lovecast [I freaking love Dan Savage]
Fresh Air [Wonderful in-depth interviews]
The Moth Podcast [Hit or miss, but when the storyteller is on, it is really engaging]
Gay Street Beat [It is a new one. Still don't know what I think about it]
Rachel Maddow [It is just her show in audio format]
I've been listening to podcasts a lot recently, mainly public radio shows about various topics. I find it very relaxing to listen to a podcast compared to music or reading, especially when going to bed or unwinding after work. Recently I've been meaning to broaden my listening habits a bit as well so have been checking out podcast.com and Podcast Alley who both seem to have fairly big collections.
This American Life
Adam Buxton's Big Mixtape (unfortunately they stopped making this available through iTunes in the US D: I have to download it from the Adam and Joe LJ comm)
David Mitchell's Soapbox
The Adam and Joe BBC6 Music Show (they've been on hiatus but there are new episodes up right now from Glastonbury! )
I'm reviving this thread because I am OBSESSED with the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. I listen to it while I'm working and it's so much fun. There are seriously about 300 or so episodes and they update a few times a week, and they cover so many cool and unique topics -- from Cahokia to John Dee to the French Bourbons to the Radium Girls, and they do a pretty good job of giving each episode a lot of detail. I also like the fact that they talk about their sources too.
The most recent episode is on alchemy.
I listen to Stuff You Missed in History Class too! They have some great episodes, and I have loads to catch up on.
I also listen to This American Life, Mugglecast (because I am a HP nerd ) but my very, very favourite podcast is TOFOP. It cracks me up every week, and if you like time travel, comics, hypotheticals (what would you do if X happened in Y circumstance etc), dick/sex jokes and Australian accents, then you very well may find it amusing. The description of their last episode is "Wil and Charlie discuss how to best introduce a fetish into a relationship, confess to their lack of manliness and question the health risks of 100-year-old weed." If you listen to Walking The Room, it is in that vein of things - both Wil and Charlie from TOFOP have guested on WTR and Dave from WTR has guested on TOFOP, so that is quite indicative of the humour. I would definitely recommend it if your sense of humour swings that way.
I googled TOFOP and it sounds pretty awesome! I might have to give it a try. It kind of reminds me of an Australian Bugle. My girlfriend LOVES the Bugle (hosted by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman) and I've listened to a couple of episodes and it's hilarious, but I always forget to keep up.
I listen to a lot of comedian podcasts.
Nerdist (Chris Hardwick)
The Dork Forest (Jackie Kashian)
WTF with Marc Maron
Girl on Guy (Aisha Tyler)
The Indoor Kids (Kumail Nanjiani, this is a podcast about video gaming)
How Was Your Week (Julie Klausner)
Comedy Film Nerds (Chris Mancini, Graham Elwood)
Making It (Rikki Lindhome)
Doug Loves Movies (Doug Benson)
Judge John Hodgman
I occasionally listen to a Kevin Smith podcast if I like the guest, but not regularly.
People I WISH had a podcast:
Henry Rollins and Janeane Garofalo
My absolute faves are:
Rationally Speaking -- a skeptical/atheist podcast that is more than just the usual playing to the crowd boilerplate. Features the philosopher Massimo PIgliucci--who is great in both science and the humanities. He's also from Italy.
Radio Open Source -- the most brilliant interview program evah. I learned so much about Pakistan through this.
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I just started getting into podcasts recently. Anyone have some recommendations since the last post in this thread was in 2011?
I am obsessed with Mystery Show, where the host, Starlee Kine, solves mundane mysteries. Like the first episode was finding out what happened to a video store that was in business one day and gone the next. The mysteries are interesting, but the people she talks to along the way are super interesting and she really gets them to open up. It's lighthearted but not unserious and I adore it.
I'm interested in a lot of things, but music would probably the last thing I'd listen to because I am An Old Fart now and hopelessly Out Of Touch. Since I'm so late to the party, I don't even know where to start.
As you well know, I am a podcast-aholic Some of my favourites:
Half hour podcasts:
Sawbones is a podcast where a married couple, one of whom is a doctor, examine some of humanity's misguided medical adventures. Typically, they choose a topic (e.g., syphillis, measles, blood transfusions, lobotomy) and chart the history of the topic. It's funny and interesting.
Worst Idea of All Time is a NZ podcast where two guys decide to watch a terrible, terrible movie once a week for a year. 52 times watching a horrible movie. Over time, you hear them devolve as they try and not be completely broken down by the movies. Season One was Grown Ups 2. Season Two (which they're halfway through) is Sex And The City 2.
Stuff Mom Never Told You is like Stuff You Learned in History Class, but about womens issues (e.g., syncing periods, what happens in the brain during orgasm, Judy Blume (), trophy wives)
One hour + podcasts
The Dollop is an American history podcast, where one guy tells the story of some random, crazy, hilarious thing from America's history (e.g., Ten Cent Beer Night, Hugh Glass, history of American swimming pools) to another guy who knows nothing about the topic. It's funny as hell, and a whole new insight into US history.
Dead Author's Podcast is my recent obsession. Paul F Tompkins plays HG Wells, and does an hour of improv with another comedian who is playing a dead author (e.g., Andy Daly as L Ron Rubbard, Kristin Schaal as Tennessee Williams). Quality varies, but when it's good, it's really fucking great.
I Was There Too is a podcast where the people in the background of important scenes in cinema (e.g., bus passengers in Speed, Private Frost from Aliens, Josh Malina in A Few Good Men) are interviewed about their experiences in these movies. Very interesting if you like film stuff.
Mental Illness Happy Hour is a podcast where people are interviewed about their experiences with mental illness. It's often heavy (I only listen when the topic is important to me for this reason) but unbelievably insightful. There is a lot of focus on healing and how people come to heal from the shit they've been through. Episodes are very long, but the interview component is usually only 45 mins-1 hour of the show, and that is the only part I listen to.
Pistol Shrimps Radio is two guys from Superego commentating ladies rec basketball ... only they know nothing about basketball. It's hilarious. Folks like Colin Hanks and Tig Notaro make appearances too.
We Hate Movies is one of many, many *bad movie* podcasts. This is my personal favourite. The guys are funny and their genuine love for film comes through, even talking about movies that are awful (e.g., Space Jam, Every Which Way But Loose, The Butterfly Effect).
I listen to:
What's The Tee? Ru Paul and Michelle Visage talking crap with guests, they do love to shove sponsored links down your throat though
Helen and Ollie Answer Me This, in which listeners submit questions to Helen and Olly, all done with a dollop of wry, piss taking English humour.
Missing Richard Simmons is so good you guys. I'm glad he's not being forgotten about because he seems like an amazing person.
Oh, I missed it! I'll have to go check. I wasn't sure if you'd like it because I wasn't sure if you even knew who he is over there. I wasn't sure he wasn't a purely American phenomenon.
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I guess the police visited him in the last few days and are insisting he's fine. And maybe he is. It's just still sad.
I'm super annoyed because The Dollop guys are going to be in town in a few weeks and no one wants to go with me.
Oh yeah, he is very recognisable and well known here to people of a certain age lol. And go to The Dollop on your own! Get that car signed! I'm going to my first live podcast - My Dad Wrote A Porno - in August and I am going on my own.
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