Warren’s Semi-Regular Call For New Podcasts To Enjoy

August 28th, 2010 | brainjuice

I currently grab the following podcasts:

* Avant-Avant

* Broken20

* The Economist: Videography

* Electronic Explorations

* In Our Time

* KEXP Song Of The Day

* Psychedelic Salon

* Reith Lectures 2010

* TEDTalks (video)

* TouchRadio

* 3VOOR12 Viral Radio

I like music podcasts. I like video podcasts so long as they are short. I like odd things. I like learning about weird stuff. I find most science podcasts very boring or annoying. I live in Britain, so "This American Life" is useless to me (for some reason, it’s always the first one people suggest).

Recommendations? Thoughts? Shameless plugs? I’m up for them. Speak.

75 Responses to “Warren’s Semi-Regular Call For New Podcasts To Enjoy”

  1. My favorite music podcast is A Good Day for Airplay


  2. Cort & Fatboy; http://www.cortandfatboy.com/
    Geek in the City Radio; http://geekinthecity.com/
    Hamfisted Radio; http://hamfistedradio.com/

  3. The Nerdist podcast is a whole bundle of fun.

  4. This British Life?


    If you haven’t tried The Moth Podcast, you should. Really entertaining, and often hilarious, storytelling by a broad range of well-known and not-so-well-known folks – and all the stories are true. (at least, they’re supposed to be) Check out their website here: http://www.themoth.org/

  5. I love the Weird Things podcast. They take science topics as starting points, make them into scenarios, and it goes from there.

  6. Brain Science podcast — currently on hiatus, but with over 60 past episodes to enjoy

    Futures in Biotech podcast — very enjoyable

  7. http://maximumfun.org/shows/sound-young-america

  8. My current favourite podcast is “The Best Show” on WFMU. The host Tom Sharpling is hilarious.

    “Join Tom Scharpling as he journeys through the treacherous and hi-larious world of open phones, bizarre fake guests, and even more disturbing real guests. The podcast is all of the Mirth and Mayhem, but none of the Music!’

    If you listen to the show live you get the music but even without the music it is a damn sight funny.

  9. One word.


    Ignore that it’s a “science” podcast. It’s got the most creative production style ever.

  10. For comedy: Kevin Smith’s SModcast. http://www.smodcast.com/

  11. Check out the Super-Fly Podcast! They’re pretty damn funny and ramble for an hour and a half about comics, comic related shit, shit related to comics, and the general nonsense that comes with anyone associated with comics.


  12. How about a Cosmic Podcast?

    Check out our “Going Knowhere” Cosmic Book News Podcast.
    Less than an hour long.


  13. Easy.

    The Tobolowsky Files. and I know you said this american life is useless to you, but it really is more than just american. I am Canadian and couldnt love it anymore than I do, if that makes sense.

  14. You might want to try the Galactic Watercooler Cosmos arc (podcasts #188-#193)

  15. Radio Lab is my vote too. This American Life pisses me off because of all the hipsters on the show that think they’re being profound and insightful (while ambient music plays in the background), but RadioLab and On The Media are two staples of my weekly podcast consumption. RL is a little too cutesy with their editing, but if you can get past the style they’ve got some great content. Much more intelligent and exploring-mutliple-sides-of-the-argument than your average podcast.

  16. Nerdyshow.com

    Really fun/awesome free podcast, with 34, werewolves and fun for all! Brian clevinger is there too!

  17. Thinking Allowed (you may recognise from constant recommendation at the end of every In Our Time) is jolly good, talking about sociology, even if Laurie Taylor does seem to be slipping into dementia, The Bugle’s good if you can put up with Andy Zaltmann, Collings and Herrin’s good if you can put up with Andrew Collins, As It Occurs To Me is alright… ok, it’s pretty awful, but I like Richard Herring so it’s worth a try, though putting up with Dan Tetsell and Christian Riley is rather difficult. The Friday Night Comedy Podcast from Radio 4 is good, and the Now Show is finally over, which is good because it’s practically unlistenable, and we should be getting The News Quiz instead, which is quite funny. The Peacock and Gamble Podcast is very funny, albeit puerile and ridiculous, The Dave Gorman Podcast is gentler entertainment, with a good line in punning shop names, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review podcast is good, More or Less is statistical stuff, so don’t know how much value you’ll get out of that, Rum Doings is sublime, waffle from two amusing fellows, although they can be very tedious at times, Radiolab’s an interesting podcast – a sort of less dry In Our Time made in America. I also feel compelled to tell you that This American Life is very good, and eminently enjoyable even if you’re not American. Sorry if I went on a bit. Hope you enjoy.

  18. What about a comic’s podcast?

    Check out LEOG (The League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen)

  19. General Pop-Culture Ramblings: http://www.needcoffee.com/category/weekend-justice/

    Music: http://www.needcoffee.com/category/sound-board/

  20. Insightful interview with some fantastic illustrators like Drew Struzan and Brad Holland.



  21. Marc Maron’s WTF podcast is hilarious and very interesting. Maron being known in the comedy community for being hateful and unpleasant, he starts every interview apologizing to a guest for being a dick to them in the past.

    He confronts Robin Williams, Carlos aznd Mencia about stealing material. He interviews Stewart Lee in one of the latest. It avoids most of the hooting and hollering of other comedy podcasts.

    I also reccomend The Best Show, look for the ones with comedian Paul F. Tompkins. He also bring a buch of very cool and eclectic music reccomendations.

  22. I listen to a lot of CNet.com’s podcasts, though doesn’t sound like you’d be into that. Actually, sounds like our Venn diagrams of podcasts have almost no overlap.

    That said, I recommend “The Buzz Report” because A) it’s an entertaining (and short–less than 10 mins) tech news video podcast, and B) Molly Wood is a girl-next-door hottie.

    You didn’t mention movies, but I recommend “Filmspotting” if you’re into high-brow discussions of such.

    Alternately, I recommend “Filmsack” if you’re into people making fun of bad movies.

    I listen to about 10 others, but none seem to fit your criteria.

  23. I haven’t listened to it in a while, mainly because being a new parent, but I used to stream the hell out of Resonance FM’s stuff. Very eclectic mix of music shows, stories, features. Can be hit and miss, but a lot of very interesting stuff therein lies:


  24. First, the shameless plug: at http://skinner.fm (and via iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=367726315) I write a thrice weekly flash fiction podcast, Flash Pulp. (Which, really, I mentioned the last time the shout for podcasts was heard).


    Big Ideas (The Audio version) – Random lectures recorded and put out by the CBC’s little brother, TVO. Neurologists, Authors, Architects, Professors, etc. http://www.tvo.org/TVOsites/WebObjects/TvoMicrosite.woa?bigideas_podcast

    Orson Welles On The Air – sort of a mixed bag of Orson’s dramatic audio work, with the occasional episode dedicated to straight interviews. http://relicradio.com/orsonwelles/

    Today In Music History – Five minutes of daily music information. http://www.coverville.com/todayinmusichistory/

  25. Sick + Wrong – Each week, the two hosts pick 3 stories sent in by the listeners and vote out of 5 on how disturbing they are. Also emails and the ‘drunk dial’ phone line. Very popular, and up to 240 casts now. The best ones include Dee’s brother Jeff as a special guest; major highlight is episode 128, celebrating Gay Pride 08.


  26. Jonny Mugwump and the exotic pylon


    Amazing experimental sound/music podcast. The series of christmas ghost stories produced last year are especially good.

  27. one more vote for radiolab. it’s the best fucking science podcast i’ve ever come across.


  28. Marc Maron’s WTF is brilliant.

    Also; http://www.waldoandwhitey.com/ — Waldo and Whitey. This belongs to a friend. Comedic take on news grabs from around the globe. Slight bias to Australia.

  29. the selectbutton.net podcast is basically the best podcast about computer tv video games on the internet.


  30. The League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen at Spill.com
    Here’s this week’s episode:
    It was all about 80’s action movies in regards to The Expendables. They normally talk about comics, movies and TV. And Mr Ellis, they kiss your ass regularly.

  31. I host a comic book podcast called The Fanboy Buzz that I think it pretty entertaining. We actually just released Episode 19. You can find it at http://fanboybuzz.projectfanboy.com and it’s also available on iTunes.

  32. I like Stuff You Missed in History Class. It’s biased towards western history but it does include other parts of the world. As a history buff I know the vague content of most of what they talk about, but the podcast adds details I’ve missed.


    I also listen to Cadmium 2, a podcast of Cult Britannia. Every other episode reviews a Doctor Who story (they are watching them all, every single damn one, ever, in order) but every other one reviews a cult British fiction offering, from radio, film, and television. The podcasts are long, about an hour and twenty minutes each, and come out 14 times a year or so.


  33. Minnesota Public Radio has a music station that focuses on independent and high quality music. They have a Song Of The Day podcast, updates every weekday. Some are good, some are bad, some are absolute shit. If you like getting exposure to a broad spectrum of music, it’s worth a try.


    Also, RADIOLAB.


  34. If you’re interested in a movie podcast that deals with the grand Criterion Collection of films, check out The Criterion Cast.


    Three guys of different styles and accents who just geek out about movies in general. I think you’d like them a lot. And they’re a little blue as well.

  35. Comics/geek culture League of Extremely ordinary gentlemen (LEOG.

    Very funny.

  36. Shameless plug: Comics Are Go!
    We talk about comics, comic news, and pop culture gems. Our newest segment, “Tweet of the Week,” has really taken off after we became followers of your account.
    In the future we would be happy to talk about anything you find interesting.
    Thanks (and keep tweeting)!

  37. I’d recommend looking at the nominees and finalists over at the Parsec awards site – the finalists were AMAZING this year! Great speculative fiction, science, skeptical and other fun types of podcasts!


  38. I agree League of Extremely ordinary gentlemen is awesome http://my.spill.com/group/theleaguelounge

  39. Probably the best bit of podcast goodness is at http://www.cortandfatboy.com. These guys are Americans, but have a lot of very interesting things to say and a large international following. They broadcast and podcast daily, with different guests for each day, which diversifies the topics and conversations quite a bit. Give ‘em a listen.

  40. Another vote for Radiolab, it’s great.

  41. Out of curiosity, why is This American Life useless to you? If you were Alan Moore, disinterested with the world as it is and only concerned with the 500 year history of your own home town, I could see that, but Crooked Little Vein and This American Life feel like estranged siblings in the exploration of American subcultures and eccentricities.

  42. Hard to say if you’d like it until you try it: Hooting Yard, by Frank Key — a rich source of balderdash and twaddle. Writerly, in a good way. The longest running show on ResonanceFM. Not for everyone, but ought to be much better known than it is.

  43. My current favorite/obsession is Answer Me This! Questions could easily be looked up by the people who write and phone in, but the way they answer is thoroughly amusing. You also become fully endeared to all three Olly, Helen, and Martin the sound man. http://answermethispodcast.com/

    As far as more current events shows go I definitely have to recommend The Bugle. (Cannot find proper link)

  44. The Warriors Three Marvel Podcast does a great job with discussing Marvel Comics.

  45. Radiolab… love that show.

  46. The one music podcast I listen to, available through iTunes (they switched to someone else from Podhoster, so I don’t have the new link!) is the Clockwork Cabaret. Interesting stuff, and frequent mention of squid and bees.

  47. I have to plug my own podcast – http://thelabyrinthlibrary.blogspot.com/ – a book review podcast wherein I go through my library and talk about books I enjoyed. And a few that I didn’t. Once a week, usually about 10-15 minutes long, it’s good fun. Join the tens, maybe DOZENS of people who listen every week!

    My regular listening lineup is dominated by Savage Love and Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me. I used to listen to The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, but they started getting too pedantic for my tastes, so they’re on the back burner….

  48. The Low End Theory podcast is a monthly exploration of the latest in the LA Beat scene. Guys like Flying Lotus, the Gaslamp Killer, BATHS, and so on.

  49. Shamless plug: The Pod Delusion (which I sometimes contribute to).

    As well, SETI as its not a boring science podcast.

  50. Why aren’t you listening to Radiolab. Radiolab Radiolab Radiolab.

  51. I would suggest Smodcast. It is hosted by film director Kevin Smith. Its a comedy podcast that has no real agenda, but always seems to get to weird sex and scenarios.

  52. Double secret vote for The Moth and Radiolab, as suggested by other commenters.

  53. the memory palace

    falls into the category of weird facts and cool music

  54. For music, check out indiefeed.com. Single songs. Subscribe by genre – pop, alt. rock,electronica, etc. Good overview of mainstream indie stuff. Easy to skip through and explore.

  55. Best anime podcast: http://www.animeworldorder.com

    Great music and reportage: http://loveandradio.org/

  56. The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast. It’s like having two morning radio DJ’s talk about Lovecraft.

    Cthulhu Podcast. Good readings of HPL and Mythos stories, combined with period music and literature.

    Quackcast. A bit science-y, but more Penn & Teller in its heaping of ridicule on the idiots of the world.

  57. I would suggest Radiolab – it’s from NPR in the us and is a fact based program most often about science and has great sound editing… it also has a great storytelling element. If you lige factual stories with an edge to them give npr show Snap Judgement a shot too. …

  58. http://www.coolshite.net/ – film, media and general nerditry. I’m on the Coolshite West Side Team based out of Perth, Western Australia, while the main crew is in Tasmania. Essentially, the ‘casts are pop culture musings from the far side of nowhere.

  59. Sexual help line for those that think saline injections are a good idea: http://podcasts.thestranger.com/savagelove/

    I don’t speak french but I still listen to this music podcast on every occasion: http://thebrainradioshow.podomatic.com/

    Investigative journalism into the world of modern super villian reporting: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/

  60. Shamless , plugs ? on a sunday morning ? well if you insist.

    http://www.socialmediawhitenoise.com <– it really is not about social media its usually me getting ranty about privacy, piracy and technology and twitter.

    and this one

    is because I think video game podcasts should think about narrative, storyline and character not just pixels and gameplay.

    Okay some shameless plugging is done with so to offer other suggestions "Maths for Primates" does a good job of talking maths.

    my work here done is.

  61. Shameless plug: Retcast. Two pals of mine (on the other side of the world) host it, I’ve guest-appeared a few times


    About…well, anything, really, but mostly comics, movies and books. Sometimes music and events.

  62. http://kexp.org/podcasting/podcasting.asp#sonarchy

    KEXP’s Sonarchy Radio highlighting the North West’s (U.S.) avant-garde music. Lots of in-studio performances of night music. Ambient, experimental, free jazz, etc.

  63. My favorite music cast is The Casbah http://casbah.podomatic.com/ the high church of the jangly guitar. Surf, Psychedelia, blues any music genre with ‘-billy’ in its name. It’s my commute to work music.

    I’m also a fan of the podcast for Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue http://www.ruemorgueradio.com/ lots of grue themed music, interviews with authors and film-makers all from a horror perspective.

  64. Shameless Plug: HolyFuckingAwesome


    It’s a new podcast with only a couple of updates up so far, so we’re still getting the hang of it. We choose topics based on what we’re geeked out about at the moment, and tend toward the Smodcast model of things focusing on what amuses/intrigues us. We’re updating on Mondays right now, but may change that when we get deeper in.

  65. I love “hardcore history” on Itunes, if history was taught like this in school I would have really paid attention. If this podcast cost money I would pay for it. I think when you decide to pay for something you then have made choice that this is something you would miss.

  66. WNYC’s Radiolab must get a guernsey just for the number of times its been recommended. I particularly recommend the episode on Parasites if you like weird.

  67. I’m from Minnesota, USA… and essentially (besides anything new introduced to me… mostly by yourself) all I listen to is 89.3 The Current. It’s part of Minnesota Public Radio, and it’s easy to tell from the DJs that music is pretty much their life. Alternative music, but only in that they tend not to be mainstream. They play all types: underplayed classics that you could never get sick of, things I never would have been exposed to otherwise, and things that I never would have given a chance. And then there’s the surprise of having well-established artists like Bob Dylan being followed by The Roots, or The Prodigy.

    Anyway… they have a podcast. It’s a “Song of the Day” podcast, so what’s more to love than free music, right? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/podcasts/song_of_the_day/

  68. My favourite music cast to date is cbc radio 3


  69. Taking Back Wednesdays

    Something of all things kinda nerdy. Comics, Movies, games and such…

    Facebook linky below


  70. I highly recommend The Skeptoid podcast

    It’s a skeptic site in that it examines pseudoscientific claims–some obvious, some not so obvious. From the site:

    “Skeptoid is a weekly science podcast dedicated to furthering knowledge by blasting away the widespread pseudosciences that infect popular culture, and replacing them with way cooler reality.
    Each weekly episode focuses on a single phenomenon — an urban legend, a paranormal claim, alternative therapy, or something just plain stupid — that you’ve heard of, and that you probably believe in. Skeptoid attempts to expose the folly of belief in non-evidence based phenomena, and more importantly, explains the factual scientific reality.”

    I like it because it’s a reasonable length (10-15 minutes), always on time, informative, and pretty funny–he even throws in a musical every now and then.

  71. This is a shameless plug: Neon Reverb Radio.
    It’s a fledgling college radio station that we work so very hard on. We play lots of current bands mixed with some of the older classics. So any day you can hear Wavves, Television and the Crocodiles in the same set. We also play a lot of our up and coming local bands in Las Vegas, such as The Skooners, Same Sex Mary, Vitamin Overdose, Kid Meets Cougar, and so on.

    I am the music director of the show and I constantly check your blog for great new artists(ex: Zola Jesus, we played “Manifest Destiny” on podcast #42). I hope that it gets a good listening to by everyone and I’m open to receiving requests and recommendations of songs/bands that we should play.

    If you’re ever in Vegas, we air:
    Saturdays, 8-10pm
    91.5 KUNV
    Neon Reverb Radio


  72. This Is Hell


  73. I’d say Distorted View for the truly wrong, sick, and bizarre (www.distortedview.com).

    Any of the Spill.com podcasts or weekly animated video review (www.spill.com), particularly League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen, who tackle a variety of topics and guests, but hinge on comics and film. They recently had Joe R. Lansdale on, and I think it was one of their better shows:

    Also, “I Love Movies” with Doug Benson, but only if you particularly like his style of humor.

  74. I’m new to this. Here’s the website to download the Neon Reverb Radio podcasts:


  75. Not sure this is your bag. This is strange for the sake of being strange, not so much by accident. Your “bizarre” and mine may well differ, but this 3am radio show has survived, somehow, on public radio here in Berkeley/SF since I was in my teens (I’m 35 now). It’s not so much informative or witty as it is weird, but a good weird, like an unholy marriage of Videodrome meets David Lynch nightmare — aurally. It is what happens if LSD had a sound. The show is mostly a smattering of field recordings, experimental music, and drone interspersed with random samples and found sounds (think Negativland with less music), but punctuated with the stylings of weirdster guru Doug Wellman and the incomparable “Captain Hal.” It now has a podcast: http://www.kpfa.org/podcast/pod.php?show=puzzlingevidence