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19 May 2018 @ 12:02 am
Podcast recs?  
I mentioned a while back that I finished listening to the S-Town podcast series, which was captivating and haunting and really sad.

In general, though I haven't listened to a lot of podcast shows, I think I've inadvertantly listened to some of the best around. I started with Nightvale, which is creepy and funny and wonderful. Alice Isn't Dead was good (and you have to love the logo for it), and our daughter recommended Serial and S-Town, both of which were terrific. But I'm having trouble finding other shows that seem appealing.

When I look for humor, I tend to find podcasts about 1) Dudes drinking beer and yakking, 2) Dudes getting stoned and yakking, and 3) Angry dudes. Ugh. Nightvale is humorous, but it's probably considered a drama series. The various other genres of people talking about art, TV, culture, theater, movies, books, politics, sports... meh. Actually, politics would be more likely to amp up my blood pressure, but who needs that?

So, what have YOU listened to that you really like? Do you have any podcasts to recommend?

Direst Ryl: W.B. Yeatsryl on May 19th, 2018 12:44 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about S-Town. It started off strong but by the end I felt like a voyeur examining that poor man's life. It struck me as a case of the reporter getting too close to the subject.

The only podcast that's a podcast I like is You Must Remember This about old Hollywood. The other ones I like aren't podcasts--they're old radio shows. I have Broadway Is My Beat, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and The Whistler (which I'm listening to right now) downloaded. There's a website that plays nothing but old radio shows: OTRNow. I usually end up listening to the CrimeTime channel unless one of the other ones is playing Nero Wolfe.

Edited at 2018-05-19 12:44 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 21st, 2018 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, I felt much the same about S-Town. I (perhaps naively) think it veered off into pursuing the mystery of the person out of love. Such a fascinating character, and how could it be, and what if a miscarriage of justice was happening? But in the end, I think we knew far too many things we never should have known. Still... I was deeply saddened, as was the host, and I understand some of the immensity of that loss.

Ooh, Nero Wolfe? I read several of those mysteries (and some Rex Stout) as a kid. It's funny, I'd always assumed those books (in our huge home library) belonged to my dad, but discovering that my mom is as big a Harry Bosch fan as I am tells me that they were actually hers instead. ;)

I tell you, if someone had continued to make The Hitchiker's Guide an ongoing radio series, I'd be listening to that. I have the 12 episodes burned into my memory from so many years of listening and re-listening, but damn-- what a wonderful creation!
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on May 19th, 2018 02:33 pm (UTC)

I still need to listen to S-town.

I would highly recommend 'Dear Hank and John'. Admittedly it's two dudes yakking, but it's wonderful. They advertise themselves as 'a comedy podcast about death'. But it's lovely and funny and insightful.

Also 'Delete this' from the aforementioned Hank and his wife Katherine, where they talk about Hank's tweets. It's funny. But can get too political for me, I'm so tired of the outrage cycle in general, though I think their point is that they too are tired of the outrage cycle.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 21st, 2018 04:35 pm (UTC)
S-Town was really good, as was Serial. Like, "Have to listen to the next episode NOW" good.

I'll give those podcasts a try, thanks! And on Dreamwidth, an old friend recc'd a couple that seem to include a pod series on Law & Order. I am all over that idea!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 19th, 2018 06:34 pm (UTC)
The only ones I listen to regularly are Pod Save America and Kermode & Mayo's Film Review. I've been listening to the latter for years, starting back in 2003 or 2004 when Mark Kermode was doing a short Friday segment on Mayo's weekday show. It's two dudes sitting around talking, but they aren't drunk or stoned and while they *mostly* talk about movies, there is a reason the show has been dubbed "wittertainment." If you start listening and get lost, one fan has created a wiki just for the show: http://witterpedia.net/w/index.php/Main_Page
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 21st, 2018 04:42 pm (UTC)
I give those a try. Thanks! :D
favoritebeanfavoritebean on May 21st, 2018 08:57 am (UTC)
I don't listen to too many podcasts, save the ones featured on my local NPR stations. Let's see: Radio Lab is one listen to on my way home from work that can be really cool.

I am interested in Walker, which is one you listen to while walking.

I will be flying soon, so I hope I can pick up a few podcasts to take for the long flight. I'm definitely interested tuning into Nightvale.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 21st, 2018 04:47 pm (UTC)
I look into Radio Lab, thanks!

Nightvale is so wonderfully weird/creepy/funny. It's set in its own little world, a desert town where bizarre things happen and yet many of them are not bizarre to the people who live there, which is part of the humor. I don't want to spoil it, but you get this whole perspective of being an outsider to the POV of a community of people who are such outsiders to OUR world that our normal would be ridiculous to them. "If that's how YOU think time works" is one memorable example.

"Serial" was also really good. It's about 13 episodes, and it's not humorous, but it is captivating.

Edited at 2018-05-21 04:50 pm (UTC)
Portdesertport on May 29th, 2018 07:32 am (UTC)
I have a few that are really fun and interesting!

Lore tells well-researched folk, historical and ghost stories, all of them with a pretty creepy bent. Some of them will give you actual shivers. It's fun to listen with the lights off.

There are a ton of really good history podcasts. I adore the History of English Podcast, which traces the language back way past the usual starting point of Anglo-Saxon to the very beginnings of the proto-Indo-European languages and the history of their development across Europe. I'm pretty sure you don't even get to the British Isles until at least 50 eps in. What could be a really dry lecture is so engaging I always want more.

The British History podcast is also great. It's a lively blow-by-blow of British history starting mainly from the Roman period. The podcaster is from Portland, which is kind of neat too.

A shorter one that gave me some history I never knew existed is The Norman Centuries. Instead of going into the Norman invasion of England, it chronicles the adventures of Norman guys who went mainly to Italy and became powers over there. Really interesting stuff, though the narrator is amusingly stodgy.

I have a ton more history podcasts bookmarked. It's so cool what's out there.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 6th, 2018 12:49 am (UTC)
I have been thinking about giving Lore a try, so I'll add it to my "sample" set of maybes. :D

Were you a history major in college? I somehow missed out on knowing you had this huge interest in it. You know, my daughter is double-majoring in Poly-Sci and history, so she might like some of these too!

Thanks for the recs. ♥
Port: cool brotherdesertport on June 12th, 2018 05:01 am (UTC)
Hope you and your daughter like the recs! Yeah, I love history, but it was my sis who majored in it. I did English and poli sci. History and poli sci would be such a perfect combination, though, so I'm a little jealous now. :D