Let's Listen To Other People to Distract Us From What's Happening Around Us (General Podcast Discussion Thread)


#41

I may have just started recording a new show on Thursday and launched with three episodes today…
It’s called SEX ARCHIE and I love to make it. I also made a thread in the Creative board about my personal podcast portfolio.


#42

Glad to see a bunch of my favorites get mentioned. One I have grown fond of recently is The Greatest Generation. It is two guys doing a recap and review of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They can be found at gagh.biz.


#43

It’s been mentioned already, but I came here to recommend Six Feats Under, too. Mostly because they just started their Mouse Guard campaign, a setting that I personally love. Their mouse party includes a wine mom mouse and a mouse cursed by an owl. So excited to hear where it goes.


#44

I have to second Audio Entropy, but I’m biased since I’m friends with one of the founders of it. Cosmic Call is a fun podcast that’s a bit different from most of AE’s other’s because it is a fiction podcast that tells a story set in the future, formatted like a radio show.

I also have to strongly recommend Gimlet, because it scratches my more public radio sensibilities. Gimlet has a ton of shows, a lot of them launched recently this year. Reply All is a great show that is about the Internet, but also about people. They don’t stick hard and fast to the “show about the Internet” premise, but even when they diverge from it, it’s still good.


#45

Reply All is great. Some of my favs:
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/83-voyage-into-pizzagate/
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/29-the-takeover-rebroadcast/
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/76-lost-in-a-cab/
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/74-making-friends/

Heavyweight is also great. It’s about a whiny jewish guy (important for the last episode) who revists the past with other people. I recommend the episode with Moby:
https://gimletmedia.com/episode/2-gregor/

Undone is also great but there will be only one season.
https://gimletmedia.com/undone/


#46

The Moby episode is good. Heavyweight does something similar to what Starlee Kine’s [Mystery Show] (https://gimletmedia.com/mystery-show/) did.


#47

I actually remember listening to the belt episode. Well, thanks for reminding me.


#48

There are a bunch of podcasts on the Nerdy Show network that are good fun and they don’t ever seem to get as much support as they should for how long they’ve been kicking around.

They’ve got talky talk podcasts, including their titular show that does a regular roundup of pop culture, a show which does the same from the perspective of an all-gay cast, a show wherein two middle-aged nerds from NYC catch up on what they’ve been doing each month and talk to a slew of varied guests, a Star Wars/Lucasfilm news and speculation show, an anime review and discussion show, and a book club that I don’t think has ever actually aired two episodes on back-to-back months, but is still a decent discussion when it comes around.

They’ve got roleplaying and audio drama podcasts, including their main original show, Dungeons & Doritos (not actual DnD, a unique system), Ghostbusters: Resurrection, telling the adventures of the lesser-known Central Florida Ghostbusters, other single-adventure shows with different systems each time, and The Orphans and Liberty, two really well-produced and bite-sized sci-fi audio dramas, hyphen.

They have “Art of Storytelling” shows, that revolve around a group of people working to create stories or worlds, notably including Lightning Dogs, a concept for a show/comic that aims to celebrate and elevate the best parts of the 80s era of cartoons. The idea was accidentally dreamt up while the Nerdy Show cast were recording a regular NS episode, and since then they’ve dutifully recorded every meeting they’ve had to continue building the premise, with an eventual goal of pitching it to executives. Also they have a behind-the-scenes show for Atomic Robo; forgot to mention, Brian Clevinger was one of the original Nerdy Show cast members.

They either ended or are on hiatus, but they do have a massive backlog of music-based podcasts that are great time killers.

Also they have this show called :nsfw: :tw: Friday Night Fanfiction, holy Christ don’t underestimate those warnings. They find the worst of the worst fanfics — usually erotic fics — and make a drinking game out of dramatically reading them. I used to be on that show before I got too busy and also got bored of the Australian stereotype jokes made at my expense.

Each of the shows has their good and bad bits, and I could spend a lot longer going into detail about it (like how one of the current NS hosts is the antithesis of good radio, stopping almost every conversation dead with disinterest and negativity), but overall the network has good programs, and they do a lot of hard work producing a nearly, if not daily influx of content across their various shows. Somehow the past seven or eight years of work has still barely translated into meeting their monthly bills, though; maybe because of the name.


#49

A bit of a podcast update on my end: my current work assignments involves me sitting in front of a computer all day and scan documents. This may sound boring, but you better believe it has really upped my time spent listening to podcasts! So I’ve finally go a chance to check out Friends At The Table, the tabletop RPG podcast hosted by Austin Walker and featuring a bunch of people. I’m about 12 episodes into Seasons of Hieron, and I’m really enjoying the format (this and that one tabletop RPG episode of Retsutalk makes me want to check out Dungeon World), and I’ll probably listen to other similar podcasts at some point. I’ll probably start up Adventure Zone once I’m done with MBMBaM, and perhaps Six Feats Under later.


#50

Something I’ve been enjoying lately is Auto Advance Text. I met the co-hosts of this pod on the super awesome Duckfeed.tv slack (seriously, if you like those dudes I really recommend donating enough to get in there, because it’s one of the best internet communities I’ve ever been a part of), and it’s just getting off the ground. Their focus is gonna be on visual novels, but they said they’ll branch out a bit (they’re gonna do Killer 7 in their Suda51 block, for example) but they have some interesting things to say about the design of these things.


#51

I come baring podcasts that aren’t running anymore, because they ran out of subject matter!

Holy Cast! So Freaking Pod (no website, afaict) is a chapter by chapter readthrough of 50 Shades Of Grey, by LPers and streamers Cherrydoom, Churrls, and Chad! They’re very funny and they spend more time thinking about every aspect of the book than the author did. They skim through the second and third books because at that point they just wanted to escape their prison of bad sex and literal abuse.

Through them I also listened to The Chapter Titles Were So Good, a chapter by chapter readthrough of Harry Potter. It’s less a podcast now than an audiobook, and you’re able to download each chapter individually, or in audiobook format.

I liked Holy Cast more, but TCTWSG convinced me to re-read Harry Potter and I forgot how good the series actually is, so props there.


#52

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I come baring podcasts that aren’t running anymore, because they ran out of subject matter!

Holy Cast! So Freaking Pod (no website, afaict) is a chapter by chapter readthrough of 50 Shades Of Grey, by LPers and streamers Cherrydoom, Churrls, and Chad! They’re very funny and they spend more time thinking about every aspect of the book than the author did. They skim through the second and third books because at that point they just wanted to escape their prison of bad sex and literal abuse.

Through them I also listened to The Chapter Titles Were So Good, a chapter by chapter readthrough of Harry Potter. It’s less a podcast now than an audiobook, and you’re able to download each chapter individually, or in audiobook format.

I liked Holy Cast more, but TCTWSG convinced me to re-read Harry Potter and I forgot how good the series actually is, so props there.
[/quote]Both of those podcasts are extremely good. Holy Cast! is probably my favorite book podcast ever. I couldn’t make it through the episode where one of their friends was reading a chapter of the book though. It’s so bad.

TCTWSG will always make me think of a young, hot Dumbledore whenever anyone brings up Harry Potter.


#53

That was both the best and worst episode, because while it started with someone (I believe an LP superstar but I could be wrong) reading 50 shades’ first sex scene, it ends with what can only be described as the best piece of audible artistry known to history.

edit: Actually, I see a lot of people suggest The F Plus all the time, but I find them really meanspirited unless they’re talking about really vile people, like pick up artists. Are there any podcasts like that that isn’t an asshole?


#54

I love No More Whoppers and it’s become a staple of my work commute. It’s got Ray Barnholt (you know, the guy who wrote the Game Center CX episode guide on Crunk Games and is on Retronauts a lot) and his friend Alex Fraioli who runs a video game bar in Japan (well, as of now, the podcast started when he was doing teaching there and then he decided to open the bar) discussing stuff and mostly just playing funny sound drops at each other. By the time you’ve finished one episode you’ll have “I’m Alex!” and “Did I tell you I’m Italian? Let me restate that” drilled into your head. It’s funnier than it sounds. You can also send them funny stories of people doing embarrassing nerd things in a segment they call “Overnerds” (not in any way a play on another more famous podcast’s segment about overheard stuff, no sir)

Oh, and be sure to listen to episode 15 to find out where the name of the podcast came from. It’s a great story.

MST3K fans may want to listen to Movie Sign With The Mads, it’s got Trace and Frank talking movies and is quite entertaining if but a tad short at times.


#55

Honestly I’ve started feeling the same about The F Plus. Their other podcast Adjudicated Guess is much better, although they’ve only done a few episodes. Lou Reads is probably the closest in terms of subject matter, and he has a very pleasant voice.

Oh No Ross And Carrie is a lot of fun if you’re interested in learning more about alternative medicines and unconventional belief systems. They recently did a series about joining Scientology which was really interesting (and terrifying).

Alice Isn’t Dead and Within The Wires are two story-driven podcasts by the people who did Welcome to Night Vale, and in my opinion both are better than WTNV. They’re each ten episodes long and worth a listen if you like psychological horror.


#56

Guys we fucked
Two women interview guys they fucked, as a form of therapy for one of them being dumped in a “Panera Bread” whatever the fuck that is.
As well as past fucks, they interview other stand up commedians, minor celebrities, porn stars, and randoms of all ages, races, and backgrounds - such as their building superintendent. Also the advertisements are read in a hilarious manner.

Oh no Ross and Carrie
Already mentioned, but man I love this podcast

Put your hands together
Two standup comedians hosting a show of standup comedians. The election night episode is bizarre.

Read it and weep
Originally a podcast about bad books, they’ve since branched out into bad movies and television, and recently have been doing good and recent ones

Risk
Risk is amazing. Each week there is a vague theme, and each week there are new story tellers who tell true stories related to the theme. Some are heartbreaking, some are hilarious, some are violent, some are sweet, some are weird, and some are combinations of the above. Sometimes the most heartbreaking ones are also the funniest. If I could only listen to one podcast for ever, this would be the one.

The smartest man in the world proopcast
Greg proops rules.

Professor blastoff
An honourable mention because it’s finished, but loved the shit out of this podcast. Google “ mother meditation” :slight_smile:

Oh Christ I bloody well forgot about good Muslim bad Muslim! Such an amazing podcast


#57

Tragically, Professor Blastoff’s entire archives are now behind a paywall. It really bums me out as it’s my favorite podcast of all time and I still laugh out loud at the mere thought of body raps, Old Seinfeld and, of course, Name That Punky.

Just so I’m not here exclusively to lament that loss, I’ll recommend another of my favorites, Superego. It’s a show where comedians improvise a scene that then gets edited into sketch comedy gold. This show has also come to an end (although they continue to do live shows) and most of the episodes are behind a paywall, but the stuff still up on their iTunes feed is the cream of the crop, and if you want the rest you can easily get a free trial of Howl.fm which will also grant you access to the aforementioned Professor Blastoff archives. I swear this isn’t a plug for Howl, which is a kinda terrible service, it just works out that both these shows are stuck over there.

Also Movie Sign With The Mads from a few posts up is a great suggestion, I’m already in love with that show.


#58

A couple of British podcasts for you.

First, Dissecting Worlds.This podcast features a couple of friends named Kehaar and Matt diving into the societies of popular geek properties and figuring out how they work and what actually makes them tick. Laid-back overthinking fun.
Two disclaimers: firstly, I did guest on it once. Secondly, it’s broadcast as part of the “Geek Syndicate” podcast feed, which includes a bunch of other podcast - some great (like a sadly defunct issue by issue X-Men comic read), some not quite so interesting.

Secondly, Hypnogoria (formerly known as Hynobobs). Presented by the great Mr Jim Moon, this loosely horror-themed podcast features movie and book discussions, retrospectives of people’s works, readings of classic stories and more, all in a truly cosy style. This is one of my favourite podcasts and it’s got a truly immense archive - some highlights:

  • The story of Ghostwatch - a 1992 BBC “live seance” that traumatised an entire nation.
  • The Natural History of the Batman - first in an epic six part series tracing the history of the classic comics character from his earliest appearance to his modern movies.
  • Diary of a Madman - the 'cast also occasionally features classic audio from the lost vaults. This reading by Kenneth Williams of Nikolai Gogol’s short story is frankly amazing.
  • The Hunt for the Croglin Vampire - another occasional feature of the show, digging back through legends and folklore to try and find their origin. In this case it’s a famous British legend of a vampire who terrorised a house in Cumberland.

#59

The Adventure Zone is my main motivation to go to the gym for two hours a week because I put that shit on when I’m on the treadmill and then try not to bust my ass falling and laughing.

Been listening to MBMBAM in my car and Friends at the Table’s COUNTER/Weight which is off to an interesting start for me so far. Outside of that I generally listen to this and that on Max Fun; Still Buffering is interesting and so is Sawbones. I also listen to IDEOTVPod, so much so that I was the guy who sent them Level 26.

Another podcast I listen to that I didn’t see listed is Chapo Trap House, a “dirtbag Left” podcast of a few Twitter users (two of them created Carl Diggler) that is general political discourse and picking apart recent events without really being a news podcast. They’re all socialists and communists of different stripes who are somewhat united under the idea that things have to start going more left than they are now. They segue into movie reviews (like 300 and Patriot’s Day and London Has Fallen) occasionally and do live readings of weird right-wing books. The best reading series they’ve done so far is live readings of a newspaper columnist’s open (open as in it gets published as a column) yearly letters to his son Caleb where it’s a father shitty passive-aggressive weirdly written ventings of their son’s perceived faults while Caleb seems to be a pretty average kid/teen. Some of the language isn’t particularly nice but they’re entertaining and honestly the podcast has the atmosphere of your friends airing their grievances about the political climate after a few drinks.


#60

Previously-mentioned podcast The F-Plus is doing a charity marathon today for The Southern Poverty Law center. https://thefpl.us/wrote/twenty-four-terrible-hours

It’s going for 24 hours, and there’s going to be a wide variety of material on display.