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What Podcasts do you listen to?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Jon, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Sorrows

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    I have a thing about Cults. There's a few good podcasts on them.

    • Heavens Gate does a long detailed series about the UFO suicide cult Heavens Gate.including interviews with surviving members and family members of those who died.

    • Cults covers the history of various cults including a lot I've never heard of.

    • Coffee and Cults has more of a conversational vibe but can be interesting.

    I also like listening to crime podcasts:

    • Criminal takes you through interesting cases and interviews interesting people. They recently did one called The Palace of Justice. Where they interviewed the last surviving prosecutor of the Nurmberg Trials.

    • Case Files. Basically the same thing but with a guy with a soothing Australian accent.

    • Colour Me Dead true crime podcast goes details the cases of serial killers.

    • Serial Killers same thing.

    Finally Our Fake History a really interesting podcast about the truth behind semi historical figures and events and how they grew to their current (often inaccurate) modern perceptions. People such as Anastasia, Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and places like Atlantis.
     
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    I'll echo Our Fake History, but I've recently binged my way through all of Reply All, a show about weird things happening on, or because of the internet.

    There's a lot of different topics, most of which are very well researched, presented by two likeable hosts. For instance, they did a thing about a woman getting weird, inexplicable phone calls (#104), how and why Livejournal got taken over by Russians (#100), Girl Scouts in an internment camp in China (#28), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (#43), and an interview with the dude who accidentally invented popup ads (#3).

    They also sometimes do segments about explaining weird tweets (Yes Yes No), talking about stories from listeners about emails they wanted to write ages ago but never got around to (Email Debt Forgiveness Day), and more.

    From the same company, also interesting is Without Fail, hosted by the company's CEO Alex Blumberg, which is a series of interviews with people who've been stupidly succesful, talking about what worked and what didn't. Examples are with the guy who designed Apple Stores, the guy who brought internet to America's schools, and the guy who created - and was then fired from - Groupon.
     
  3. Halt

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    Recently started listening to War Stories. It's a narrative audio that mixes dramatic readings of personal accounts of war and weaves it into a narrative over the course of a series to discuss the evolution of warfare. First part deals with World War 1 / World War 2 and how tanks have changed. It's a good mix of entertaining and informative, especially for those who have an interest in military history.
     
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    @MattSilver I realise I'm two years late, but fuck you. :D

    As for recommendations, I'd heartily recommend My Dad Wrote a Porno for the sheer sillyness of it all.
     
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    I've been listening mostly to historical podcasts of late.

    Recent ones I'd recommend: Maddow's Bag Man was pretty good, as are Slate's two seasons of Slow Burn, especially if you're into tawdry recent history (Spiro Agnew/Corruption, Richard Nixon/Watergate, Clinton/Lewinsky).
     
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    So, I generally listen to news/politics/investing podcasts with some science/tech, history, and literature thrown in there.

    The Daily: This is, by far, my favorite podcast. It is by the New York Times and provides an excellent summary and analysis of the major events of the last day or two along with some more long form stories. Obviously, it is left leaning, but they make a point to bring up issues with both sides.

    BBC World News Podcast: Twice daily news podcast over major world issues. It is the BBC, so generally neutral and provides an excellent overview of the day's news.

    Animal Spirits: This is an investing podcast with Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson. They cover a variety of investing topics with some interesting commentary and analysis. They also provide some excellent book recommendations on the subject.

    Bigger Pockets: This is another investing podcast by the Bigger Pockets network, which is a social network for real estate investors. The podcast covers a variety of investing topics with an eye towards real estate and house hacking.

    Freakonomics: Covers topics in economics. Usually some interesting stories about how the economy works with interesting case studies and interviews.

    Planet Money: Planet Money covers the economy and business and the episodes explain various topics therein. Sometimes they are tangentially related, but are always interesting.

    The Indicator: Short, 10 minute-ish episodes from the same folks at planet money, that cover some interesting global issues related (sometimes tangentially) on economics, investing and business.

    Anatomy of Next: This is a science podcast that covers current, and emerging topics. Usually they have a set topic for a season. The current is Mars and how it might be colonized. It can be a little speculative, but the topics and especially the interviews are extremely interesting.
     
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    I listen to the Tony Kornheiser Show. It's nominally a sports show but I think most of the audience prefers just listening to the nonsense about the lives of Tony & company.
     
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    I'll second Bag Man, which tells a pretty incredible story with a lot of relevance to the current moment and I'd never heard of.
     
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    Don't know if it's been recommended before, but I'll say the Magnus Archives.

    Link: http://rustyquill.com/the-magnus-archives/

    I've found myself kind of burned out on my regular choices of entertainment lately and dug around a bit. This is described as a horror short story series. I've only listened to a few episodes so far out of more than 100 available, but I've got to say, the creeps are great. The short story format is very well suited to scary stories.
     
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    Last Podcast on the Left: Serial killers, folklore, aliens, cults, dark history, creepypasta. With nearly 400 eps on these topics, I'm actually surprised it hasn't been brought up here before. Very entertaining trio of hosts, one of which is very much a man of a 1,000 voices so he roleplays the killers' mentality quite hilariously. 100% my favorite podcast.

    My Favorite Murder: A couple of platonic girlfriends discussing the macabre together and their favorite murders of the week. Too bad they're both married. Includes one anecdote per episode of listeners' stories of near-misses. Some of them are really unnerving because these are people that would have certainly been victims of a horrible murder if not for a random whim of fate.

    Role Playing Public Radio (RPPR): DnD and tabletop gaming-centered. Strategies, advise for hosting, and generally hilarious anecdotes. Haven't listened to this one in forever, but it was the first podcast I ever heard and their Charlie Chaplin incident alone is worth a listen.

    I also vouch for "Welcome to the Night Vale" and "The Adventure Zone" like others have so far.
    *"Welcome to Night Vale" is more of a background noise podcast to me. It's not that great but it's good for passing time!
    *"The Adventure Zone" is the only podcast by the McElroy brothers I have listened to, but it's a delight. It didn't really hold my interest after they completed the Balance arc, but I can always go back to it and listen to it again while still enjoying it. Plus the internet has put out some amazing fanvids (warning: massive spoilers, don't click if you haven't finished Balance) of certain scenes. Also the McElroys put out their own trailer (this one is spoiler-safe) for Balance that is entertaining all on its own.
     
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