What podcasts do you listen to (and why?)

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Not RPG podcasts!

I currently listen to:
  • The Weekly Planet. Irreverant, fun sci-fi/fantasy movie/TV news.
  • The Skeptics Guide to the Universe. Science news, pseudoscience debunking.
  • Startalk. Neil deGrasse Tyson's weekly astrophysics podcast, co-hosted with one of a pool of comedians.
  • The Pilot Podcast. Empire Magazine's TV podcast. British.
  • Empire Podcast. Empire Magazine's flagship movie podcast. British.
  • Empire Spoiler Specials. Covers the Marvel TV shows in depth each week at the moment. British.
  • Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4. Probably only if you're British, this one.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage. Currently between seasons. Prof Brian Cox, Robin Ince, and a panel of guests on a science topic each week. British.
  • Do The Right Thing. Also between seasons. Probably the funniest podcast I've ever heard. British.
I occasionally listen to various interview shows, but always based on the guest, so none of them regularly. But they include Marc Maron's WTF, Chris Hardwick's ID1OT, Richard Herring's RHLSTP, and The Adam Buxton Podcast.
 

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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I don't listen to podcasts.

But I do have This American Life, The Allusionist, and Ologies subscribed to on my phone so people will mistake me for a smart person if they borrow my phone.
 

Janx

Hero
No pods for me either. I don't have a commute and I can't listen to words while I'm trying to think for a living.

podcasts sound cool and all, I just don't have it in me to sit and listen to them.
 


Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
Some friends of mine used to do a wargaming podcast called Geeks of the North. They would review KS and new games. They also painted minis at the same time. Listeners were invited to do the same. I did. They abandoned the project because of covid-19 and real life.

I sometimes listen to EnWorld. The TSR one was very entertaining.

That's it.
 

p_johnston

Explorer
I don't have as much time for podcast as I used to (Less commute time over the last year for some reason). But I still make sure to keep up on a few.

Loading Ready Run Aggregate Feed: they have a few different podcast. Live play D&D, Talking about Magic, and even some movie review stuff. I listen to the general feed because I like pretty much all their stuff.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: This is my go to car trip podcast. If I need something to occupy me for most of a day I turn to this.

NPR Politics Podcast: I have to get my news somehow and NPR is one of the sources that I can actually stomach.

Constructed/Limited Resources: Magic podcasts focusing on Constructed/Limited respectively. If your into Magic you probably already know about them and if you aren't they probably won't interest you.

I also periodically brows 99% invisible and Stuff You Should Know for any topics that catch my interest but don't listen to them regularly.
 


You're Wrong About is amusing me these days. Each episode takes something that was a big media event in the past 40 years or so, and walks through how the mainstream understanding misses some key elements, and why the media narrative developed the way it did. The hosts are glib. Topics include things like the Satanic Panic, the OJ Simpson trial, the life and death of Princess Diana, the suicide of Kurt Cobain, and the Stanford Prison Experiment. That last one is fascinating, because the guy in charge lied a ton just to get publicity, and we all swallowed his BS.

Freakonomics discusses narrow economics issues from an enthusiastic layperson's perspective, like what legalizing marijuana would do, or the cost-benefit of traffic lights versus traffic circles.

Throughline is like a much more serious "You're Wrong About." Want to know the history of the Uighurs? The actual Black Panther party? How Puerto Rico got to be the way it is?

Hm, all my stuff is political or economic.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Radiolab is the only one I listen to A LOT. You learn so many different kinds of things. It is the one and only that I always recommend no matter who is asking.

This American Life is great, but usually not very happy......

Freakonomics is good, and I sometimes listen to it.

Planet Money and Motley Fool Money are both good, usually.

Just started Invisibilia, and enjoyed the ones I've heard so far.

My wife swears by Brene Brown. I'm pretty sure she's listened to most of these. The ones I have listened to have mostly been good.

A lot of people have recommended You're Wrong About and WTF and Hidden Brain. I've listened to one or two and enjoyed them.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
I find I listen to a lot of BBC World Service shows in the car via satellite radio that have podcasts, but generally only pull up the podcasts themselves to hear the rest of an episode or if I heard a teaser for one that sounded interesting.

I do listen to old time radio shows from the 30s to 60s online... but those weren't really intended to be podcasts.
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Stuff you should know and other spin offs from that are my go to. Lots of really interesting stuff. Mom and dad are fighting is another good one for parents. Then one offs like Serial
 

I also periodically brows 99% invisible
Avid 99PI listener. Also WBEZ Chicago's Curious City, answering listener questions about Chicago trivia and culture. Those two typically make up my "weekend lawnmowing listen."

Technically, they're radio programs first, but I listen to Science Friday and Sound Opinions, "The world's only Rock & Roll radio show."

Irregular listener of Two Pint PLC, since it blends education (my profession) with drinking (which my profession induces.)
Some friends of mine used to do a wargaming podcast called Geeks of the North. They would review KS and new games. They also painted minis at the same time. Listeners were invited to do the same. I did. They abandoned the project because of covid-19 and real life
That's a shame. I met them at Hayward Muskiefest right when they were getting going. Seemed like fun guys, listened to an ep or two.
 


BookTenTiger

He / Him
I love podcasts! I listen to them a lot when I'm doing chores. I used to listen while commuting, but then I bought an electric bike!

Here's what I listen to:

Comedy Bang Bang - it's a crazy improv comedy podcast that's like being let in on nonstop inside jokes. This show replaced political podcasts I used to listen to before the election of Trump.

99% Invisible - I've been listening since it was a 4-minute podcast. I always learn something new about design, architecture, or history!

Memory Palace - Maybe my favorite podcast of all time. Each episode is between 10 and 20 minutes long, and is a kind of narrative retelling of some historic event, place, or person. It's just crafted so well, and is a lovely podcast to listen to. Highly recommended!

Selected Shorts - This is a long-running Radio Show that is now two podcasts, one called "Too Hot For Radio." Both shows have actors on stage reading short fiction. I'm a big fan of short stories, and this show might as well be custom-crafted for me.

Hidden Brain - A really cool nonfiction show about our brains, focusing on psychology, sociology, and science. I always get something out of it, and I was almost on an episode once!

Snap Judgment - Storytelling with a beat. A great, great radio show / podcast about... everything. It's a mix of narrative, personal storytelling, and investigative journalism all with style. I got to see a live show once, and it was fantastic.

Imaginary Worlds - A podcast about science fiction and fantasy. It touches on a lot of my interests, and the ones about subjects I don't know a lot about (like Dr. Who) help me appreciate new subjects and genres.

The Moth - True stories told on stage without notes. The stories always stick with me. If I need to pass the time, this is the one that always transports me somewhere new.
 


I went to a few of the live Moth regional shows and dang, were they funny. Except for the one person that, had they had one of the shepherds crooks to use to yank them offstage, they would have.

My general podcast listening consists of:

The Appendix N Book Club - As anyone that has followed the What Are You Reading threads would know, I love Appendix N lit. This show does a wonderful job discussing it, with both love and criticism when due.

Hello From the Magic Tavern - Funny stuff indeed. Nowhere near caught up, but I'm working on it.

The Friendship Onion - It's Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan talking about their life experiences and friendship together. Super-wholesome stuff.

The Purple Stuff - I'm a nostalgic guy, and though some of the references they make are a hair after my time, on the whole this podcast nails it. Where else can you hear someone talk about Fireball from The Running Man and having a fit and praying for a Modulok action figure?

Bonefireside Chat - The Soulsborne series is one of my favorites, and it's surprisingly enjoyable to revisit Dark Souls 1 in all its joy and despair. Hearing how other people suffered just as much in Blighttown is reassuring.

EDIT: Removed the TTRPG-related podcasts, missed that part.
 
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Yora

Legend
Well, There's Your Problem "the podcast about engineering disasters, with slides." (Which you see only in the youtube version.)
It's three engineers with strong socialist leanings who talk about big industrial disasters and cover both the technical facts and the years of corruption and negligence that made the disasters possible in the first place. Often really bleak stories, but still a really funny show, with lots of jokes about the social and environmental evils of capitalism. Also "cars bad, trains good". Certainly an acquired taste and preaching to the faithful, but I always find them very entertaining.

From Rewatch With Love, a now completed series about rewatching and then reviewing every single James Bond movie in order, with looks ahead and back at the production history of the entire series. Also has a version on youtube that doesn't have a lot to look it, but the occasional hilarious visual joke by the editor.
Great series I really recommend to all James Bond fans.
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
There are some interesting podcasts about music and scores in movies that really examine how they change how we feel about the movies. Though I can never remember which one is which.....
 

Ryujin

Legend
Rather sadly two podcasts I would listen to regularly have effectively ended. "Odd Tonic", a podcast about weird history, weird science, and the paranormal is officially on hiatus because of the lockdown, and the economic realities contained therein, and I'm hoping it comes back. It's done by Jennifer Page (a name some here would almost certainly recognize) and Maxwell Holechek (God, but I hope I spelt Max's name right!).

Coddiwomple was a podcast out of Matt Vancil's (another possibly familiar name to folks here) Patreon. It's not the podcast of the same name, that seems to have recently started up. Matt would discuss a variety of topis including some peeks into his writing process and his works, past, present, and future. Matt closed his Patreon, a while back, and also ended his podcast.

Two Bards is the project of Scott C Brown (there's another one of those possibly familiar names) and Andy Dopieralski. It's gone rather intermittent, again owing to the realities of the Covid world, but is still running. They discuss their lives in the American Pacific Northwest, gaming (both electronic and RPG), film making, and general interest.

Why did/do I listen? They're all friends. It's a way to keep up with them and hear voices that I miss hearing, when I can't talk to them directly. A 3 hour time difference might not seem like much but when I'm up at 5:00am or earlier for work, it's more like a 6 hour difference.
 

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