Podcast Recommendations

I’ve been impressed by the Intercept’s podcast lately.
It seems to focus on inherent rhetorics of american politics, covert operations of the U.S. government agencies, and the increased use of privately owned corporations by those agencies.

This week’s interview with Alfred McCoy is freaking me out.

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My absolute top podcast, is The Infinite Monkey Cage, a BBC Radio 4 show about science. Every week they take a different science subject and just do a kind of panel discussion, eg, Astronauts, Human Senses, What Makes a Science a Science? was a good one. They get different guests every week, normally a couple scientists from a field related to the subject and a comedian to keep things light.

They did a great one with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and a Church of England priest as guests, and discussed the supernatural! It got slightly heated.

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First Person Podcast

Discovered this one last year when I had given up on games media, and was looking for something fresh and actually good. Those of you looking for a gaming podcast that’s a little different should check this one out. It’s hosted by a few games studies grad students. Each episode usually revolves around one game or topic in which the hosts discuss their thoughts on these things, usually from an academic perspective. The cool thing is that they do this in an accessible and fun way.

Check out their writing http://www.firstpersonscholar.com

Top Rank Magazine

Top Rank is a great podcast which focuses on the work of women from varied backgrounds in cultural, activist, and academic fields. The conversations and topics covered are great and always fun. The format is usually one topic per episode. This allows them to really explore the topics well, which are also occasionally things you have not considered.

Never read the magazine itself, but if this is what their podcast is like I’m sure the magazine is probably just as good if not better.

Radio Motherboard

The only tech podcast / publication that matters (but if Vice keeps going the way it is, that won’t last).

They don’t do any of that dumb rumor bullshit about fucking gadgets. Rather they tell stories about technology in the broad sense, from bio hacking, the future of war, to edgelords and social media, and how these things are shaping our collective future.

The Outline

Just listen to their shit. It’s all fun and informative stories and conversations.

Ok I am looking for a very specific type of podcast: a cryptid/paranormal podcast (preferably light on the ghosts and aliens though) that does NOT dissolve into vile accents as soon as the hosts start talking about something outside America. I saw Cryptid Keepers mentioned earlier in the thread and that was pretty good but I’ve finished all of it and want more. I’ve tried Last Podcast on the Left and a) bad accents and b) hated all the hosts, and I’ve tried Blurry Photos and it was ok up until someone mentioned England and the hosts started putting on awful accents and sounding as though they’d never heard human language before. Literally unlistenable.
Help me Discourse Zone, you’re my only hope.

I’m going to plug a few podcasts that I hadn’t seen mentioned here.

Kermode & Mayo’s Film Reviews is one of my favourite podcasts when the hosts are doing their own work (they’re currently not doing the show for the summer, so you’ll need to go back three weeks), with BBC radio personalities in the weird liminal space between modern podcasts and, well, radio. It’s very injoke-y at this point, but that is part of the fun. Weekly on Fridays.

Gastropod is a podcast that examines food through the lens of culture and science. It avoids quackery and tells interesting stories about different food topics, from U.S. Southern food (and all its manifest influences and political ramifications) to the world-spanning importance of butter. It doesn’t shy away from discussing the controversies, misogyny, and racism that come with food, which gives it a strong and necessary edge.

Lots of stuff I listen to has been said already.
Chapo Trap House
Delete Your Account

Comedy Button

Some I didn’t see but have enjoyed:
The Katie Halper Show
Streetfight Radio
TZM Global Radio (which just relaunched in a new round table discussion format so it’s a good time to jump on).

The Secular Buddhist

Oh and I just started Logged Off, which has been fantastic.

Oh, everyone should listen to Discourse Collective.

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Tights and Fights!

The one and only wrestling podcast my heart needs, it is basically perfect and hilarious and consistently makes my week better.

My favourite podcast is Stuff You Should Know. It’s like the wikipedia-rabbit-hole of podcasts where you end up learning about stuff you didn’t know you wanted to learn about. And it’s not scripted so it’s like listening to two guys discuss a thing. Plus Josh and Chuck are both charming and funny.

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Currently some of my favorite podcasts are:
Love & Radio - One of my overall favorite podcasts
Reply All - The most recent set of episodes about a call center trying to scam one of the hosts is hilarious
Strangers - This podcast has gotten me to completely stop working and just listening uninterrupted. There are some really great stories in this one.
99% Invisible

I’d kinda like to throw a shoutout to my professor/mentor, Scott Carrier’s podcast here: Home of the Brave. He’s been a frequent contributor to This American Life, and his podcast is a mix of selections from his career in radio, as well as new stuff where he goes out into the world and talks to people. He snuck into Afghanistan after 9/11, and was in Nepal after the earthquake, and he makes for a good listen. If you’re gonna start somewhere, start with the Najibullah in America episode.

I listen to a couple of the podcasts/shows from Easy Allies like the Easy Allies Podcast, Frame Trap, Tabletop Escapades, and Fiasconauts. They’re all a ton of fun thanks to the jolly crew and their ‘Love and Respect’ mantra. Newbie here so I’ll definitely have to check out the Waypoint podcast. Always need more podcasts for my daily commute.

I just started listening to Speech Bubble.

The podcast is hosted by Jace Diehl and Butch Hartman. Hartman created The Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom. They talk about cartoons and movies and even though there’s only been 3 episodes so far, I’m really enjoying this super high energy podcast.

I have a job where I get listen to podcasts for 8 hours a day while I work so I’m constantly on the lookout for new stuff to rotate into my playlist. Some of my current favs that I don’t think get enough love:

Secret History of Hollywood: narrative histories about various topics from movie history. Currently going through a series on producer Val Lewton.

Bright Sessions: people with super powers going through therapy sessions. Like a lower key Heroes before it got bad. Just started a new season.

Imaginary Worlds: a 99% Invisible-like podcast that looks at various topics related to sci-if and fantasy.

And I always gotta throw some love towards The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, even if it’s technically still a radio show even though I mostly listen to the recorded podcasts nowadays.

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I’m somewhat of an avid podcast listener. You might call it obsessive (I’m subscribed to 400), It’s such an great medium, and there’s always a new interesting one to discover. Here some of the interesting ones I learned about this month so far

Centuries of Sound - A unique history podcast that presents sounds and music from each year since 1859. Speeches, music, recordings, sounds, and more
Zealot - Think My Favorite Murder, except with cults instead of murder and Australian accents
The Crate & Crowbar - A game podcast that includes the great Tom Francis
Tumanbay - Essentially the Game of Thrones of podcast audiodramas. An epic fantasy BBC-produced series with political intrigue and medieval action
Second Wave - A compelling and eye-opening series talking with second generation Vietnamese-Americans and the post-Vietnam War effects they still feel
The Dark Place - Raw and real stories from people struggling with mental health, from depression to abuse
How Do You Sleep At Night - A fascinating series that interviews people involved in taboo/infamous activities, from a stock market manipulator to a tobacco lobbyist
The Marble Garden - A podcast that travels to different cemeteries and mausoleums to tell about the stories and lives of the deceased
Weird Work - Think Dirty Jobs, but weird and unusual jobs, like taking us into the world of Amazon’s dinosaur erotica authors
Never Seen Before - Two charming and fun hosts watch classic movies they’ve both never seen before
How’s Your Day - Other personal stories from famous and infamous days through history

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This is one of my favorite podcasts - there’s so many different perspectives on games writing out there, and it feels like each podcast jumps from one to the next each episode. The latest episode had Ashley Burch (Chloe from LiS) and Kate Dollarhypde (PoE writer), but there’s also been an episode with Emily Short (prolific IF writer) that went into the more experimental edge of games writing & narrative in VR, and another with Josh Mosquiera (D3 game director) that put a larger focus on emergent storytelling. Also among their guest list have been Alexis Kennedy (Fallen London & Sunless Sea writer), Cara Ellison (Dishonored 2 writer & games journalist), Tim Schafer (DoubleFine writer), and Meg Jayanth (80 Days writer).
You might also have noticed that there’s been a fair amount of female names in the guest list, and this is because they’ve also been noticeably committed to not just having every single episode be all guys, which is wonderful.

Check them out!

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This is right up my alley. I love game-dev interview podcasts, and I love the idea of one that specifically focuses on storytelling. Thanks for the suggestion! :smile:

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I listen to way too many podcasts due to my job. Mysterious Universe, MBMBAM, and the Flop House are my big three but I listen to lots and lots of others, most of them Maximum Fun shows, though I do listen to Waypoint Radio and Fave This (RIP Match 3).

But I listen to a ton more on an occasional to semi-occasional basis.

This sounds like my kind of gaming podcast. Love ones that have a heavy specifc focus like this, thanks for the recommend

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Lots, among them:

For Actual Play: Heroes Not Included. It’s run by a great DM and the players are really fun and funny. Still fairly new, but they already have lots of content.

Sayer - An incredible ride narrated by a powerful AI. Amazing.

Within the Wires - A beautiful an unique journey that actually moved me a great deal. I also listen to the other Nightvale Presents stuff. All so good.

Hello From the Magic Tavern - Funny podcast recorded in a magic tavern in a magical world some dude fell through a portal into from a Burger King parking lot. He interviews the inhabitants. Fun stuff.