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    Podcasts Wot OTF People Are Listening To And Recommend

    Mention of the Chart Music podcast in the other thread reminds that I meant to set up a thread for Podcasts Wot OTF People Are Listening To And Recommend. Though I've put it in here because it can be about anything.

    Currently loving SMERSHPod, where John Raine (aka @MrKenShabby) and guest spend an hour going through each Bond film (in order) and discuss it. Quality ranges from good to really excellent, plus there was a fascinating sidepod on George Lazenby and this week a brilliant one with Guardian Football Weekly's Iain MacIntosh on the 1980 Flash Gordon which had me in stitches at times.

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    Guardian Football Weekly, Second Captains, In Our Time* and The Economist which is a subscription for work.

    *although Melvyn Bragg is starting to get a bit impatient and irritable.

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    I don't really listen to podcasts, but I came across Pessimists Archive this morning, and enjoyed the first episode. Plus they're short enough to not be a major time sink, which is nice (not that I can criticise others on that front given my own podcast frequently tops and hour and a half per episode).

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    Aside from the usual - infinite monkey cage, various bbc documentaries and analysis programmes, football weekly, and so on, I recently discovered Malcolm Gladwell's show Revisionist History which I'm enjoying. And somewhat obscure the Beef and Dairy Podcast which is somewhat reminiscent of the original Alan Partridge radio show in places

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    Note to self: stop using the word somewhat

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    You did somewhat overdo it in that last post.

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    Another Football Weekly and I doubt I'm the only one listening to You Must Remember This, about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood's first century. Also some NBA podcasts so I can pretend to know whats going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sits View Post
    Guardian Football Weekly, Second Captains, In Our Time* and The Economist which is a subscription for work.

    *although Melvyn Bragg is starting to get a bit impatient and irritable.

    Isn't he. Feels a bit awkward listening to, especially when one of the panel go off on a tangent he hasn't agreed to

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    The Next Picture Show. Does what it says on the tin, which is:

    A biweekly roundtable by the former editorial team of The Dissolve examining how classic films inspire and inform modern movies. Episodes take a deep dive into a classic film and its legacy in the first half, then compare and contrast that film with a modern successor in the second. Hosted and produced by Genevieve Koski, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson and Scott Tobias. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts and the Panoply Network

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    Comedy:

    Jordan, Jesse, Go
    Stop Podcasting Yourself
    Answer Me This
    My Brother My Brother And Me
    No Such Thing As A Fish
    Judge John Hodgman
    International Waters
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    Comedy Bang Bang
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    Probably Science
    Hollywood Handbook
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    Put Your Hands Together
    Sklarbro Country
    Uncle Bertie's Botanarium
    Thrilling Adventure Hour
    The Complete Woman
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    The Kevin McDonald Show

    Games:

    8-4 Play
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    Cool Games Inc
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    Gamers With Jobs
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    We Like Dota
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    Science:

    Astronomy Cast
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    Chapo Trap House
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    Tech:

    The Vergecast
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    Movies:

    Quarter to Three
    How Did This Get Made
    The Flop House
    Doug Love Movies
    Kermode and Mayo
    The Canon
    We Hate Movies

    Storytelling:

    The Truth
    Risk!
    The Moth
    Welcome To Nightvale
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    Comics:

    Two Headed Nerd
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    Other stuff:

    Oh No Ross And Carrie
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    How much time do you have GY? How do you fit all of that in?

    (Think I would have filed Infinite Monkey Cage as science with comedy in rather than comedy with science in)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excitable_Boy View Post
    Isn't he. Feels a bit awkward listening to, especially when one of the panel go off on a tangent he hasn't agreed to
    Exactly. I always enjoyed these then just over a month ago I had to stop one half way through. Felt awkward and a little bit sad.

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    I thought my podcast subscriptions were excessive until I saw GY's.

    I rather like Monster Talk, which covers folklore, monsters and cryptozoology.

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    Here's an abbreviated list with descriptions for the uninitiated/curious:

    Comedy:

    Comedy Bang Bang: Character-based improv show which regularly has amazing guests. Probably the single most indispensable podcast in my feed. Lots of in jokes, though, so maybe start with the end of year best-ofs.
    Spontaneanation: Improv show hosted by the incomparable Paul F Tompkins, with the sketch riffing off a discussion with that week's guest.

    Games:

    Crate and Crowbar: UK, largely PC focused podcasts, hosted by former PC Gamer types. Sometimes features Tom Francis, who has produced my favourite games writing.
    Idle Thumbs: Games and robot news talk show hosted by the people behind Firewatch (though the show precedes the studio's formation). They talk about game design in a really thoughtful way.

    Science:

    Astronomy Cast: Does what it says on the tin. Everything you ever wanted to know about space.
    Radiolab: Somewhat overproduced but always fascinating show about fascinating phenomena at the intersection of science and culture.

    History/General knowledge:

    99% Invisible: Ostensibly an architecture and design podcast, but really bite sized modern history lessons
    Hardcore History: Pretty much the opposite. Deep dives on big subjects.

    Movies:

    QuarterToThree: Three friends discuss a movie of the week, including a silly synopsis, and then compare lists of three best Xs in movies
    The Flop House: The best of the bad movie podcasts, at least if you're not going to watch the films. The hosts are extremely funny and have great chemistry, so you get some great extended riffs.

    Storytelling:

    The Moth: True stories told without notes is how it's pitched. Usually some combination of funny and heartbreaking, but always gripping.
    Welcome To Nightvale: Probably the most famous/popular of the fiction podcasts. Praire Home Companion meets Lovecraft, basically. Possibly running out of steam after 90 episodes, but they've got a bunch of spin-offs in the works (not to mention things like Limetown and The Message which took inspiration from them and Serial).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad hoc View Post
    How much time do you have GY? How do you fit all of that in?
    In practice I don't. Maybe half of the podcasts are must listens every episode. Maybe another quarter get listened to weeks later on long journeys or days off. And the remainder I see from the episode description I'm never going to listen to.

    But in general I do listen to podcasts more or less non-stop when I'm not working or sleeping. I take my headphones everywhere.

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    All comedy.

    The Bugle - not as good without John Oliver, but I like Andy Zaltzmann solo and usually make it along to one of his London gigs each year. With a rotating cast of co-presenters, it's more hit and miss than before, however still worth the time invested.

    Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcasts - I can take or leave Herring, but his Rolodex serves up some genuinely interesting guests. The recent Paul Merton one was instructive as well as funny and left me with a deeper understanding and respect for him. Generally speaking the bigger the name, the more Herring reins his silliness in, so I tend to skip many of the lower-profile episodes.

    The Adam Buxton Podcasts: another host that may divide opinion, but I'm on board - and again, he's able to attract some fascinating people to chat to.


    Used to check out the Bigmouth music & arts pod hosted by Andrew Harrison, ex of The Word magazine, but haven't kept up with it recently. It was a little circlejerky.
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    Huh. Don't know how the Bugle got left off my list. That's definitely a must listen, even without Oliver.

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    We're recording our 100th podcast tomorrow. No idea what subject it'll be yet, and that's with us taking a summer recess from The Football and all. We're planning a second one called Goodnight Sweetcast too, in which we watch an episode of Goodnight Sweetheart each week and discuss its frankly troubling bigamist themes whilst drunk.

    Football-wise, another shout for GFW. I also listen to The Game (although some of the guests - notably some of the ex-pros - grind my gears somewhat, The Blizzard (though they can be a little dry for my taste), The Sound of Football and Football Fives.

    Non-football-wise, This American Life has gone off the boil over the last couple of years or so, I rather think, though Radiolab is still okay when they pull their fingers out, and TEDTalks are the only ones that I actually listen to.

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    I liked Herring until the car crash podcast he did interviewing Stephen Merchant. Genuinely uncomfortable listening, he just didn't know how to rein it in.

    GY, did you listen to the recent four-part podcast interviewing Sid Meier? (I'm assuming it was one of the ones on your list) Cracking stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusoe View Post
    I liked Herring until the car crash podcast he did interviewing Stephen Merchant. Genuinely uncomfortable listening, he just didn't know how to rein it in.
    I never clicked to download that one. Its reputation preceded it.

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    I didn't post my full list - Guardian Football Weekly obviously, the Burnley FC pod No Nay Never, wrestling pods* Cheap Heat, Wrestling with Bruce Prichard and The Masked Man Show (though I often skip the first two unless the subjects are interesting) and Pod Save America, hosted by three ex-Obama staffers. (Used to be called Keeping It 1600 when on The Ringer.) Occasionally Film Sack if the movie under discussion is interesting, too.

    I didn't get on with the The Infinite Monkey Cage - the comedians often seem to be there to do Their Gags as opposed to actually contribute to the subject. I mean, I could probably talk about Astrophysics at the same level as Shappi Bloody Khorsandi. I sacked off the Football Ramble for much the same reasons, once the Dean Windass Hall of Fame was dropped it was pretty much little insight + plus lots of media whoring = dull.


    *Yes, I like wrestling. I have hidden shallows.

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    I lasted about five minutes into one episode of Football Ramble before conceding on that. I find its popularity absolutely baffling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Plissken View Post
    I didn't get on with the The Infinite Monkey Cage - the comedians often seem to be there to do Their Gags as opposed to actually contribute to the subject. I mean, I could probably talk about Astrophysics at the same level as Shappi Bloody Khorsandi. I sacked off the Football Ramble for much the same reasons, once the Dean Windass Hall of Fame was dropped it was pretty much little insight + plus lots of media whoring = dull.
    Oh, thank god, I thought I was the only one who couldn't get on with these. Both for the same reason, too. The Football Ramble just felt like a stream of in-jokes with little content - Football Weekly can have its moments but there's usually decent discussion on there as well.

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    Mind you, I think I'm the anti-GY. I cut back my previous listening so now it's just Football Weekly and an irregular ambient/drone podcast called Headphone Commute.

    I ended up binning Welcome To Night Vale, Limetown, The Kitchen Cabinet (R4 cooking panel discussion chaired by Jay Rayner), now I just dip occasionally into specific episodes of podcasts. Going to give the Smershpod with Iain Macintosh that was recommended upthread a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My Name Is Ian View Post
    I lasted about five minutes into one episode of Football Ramble before conceding on that. I find its popularity absolutely baffling.
    Same for me with Nightvale. And I did about 15 minutes of Oh No Ross and Carrie before I actually started plotting their deaths.

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