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What's your favourite podcast?

Asked by Seek (34769points) December 14th, 2015

I like to listen to audiobooks and talk radio when I am trying to fall asleep. A constant voice is soothing.

Recently, I’ve come across a podcast called Competitive Erotic Fan-Fiction. It is exactly as hilarious as it sounds. If this is the new world of radio, I want more.

Being fairly new to the whole podcast-listening thing, I have no idea where to go about finding new things to listen to. Most of the things I have found out about through the grapevine are already over (Ricky Gervais’ podcast, John Oliver’s thing, whatever) so nothing new will happen. I am subscribed to NPR’s Science Friday and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me radio shows.

I like to listen to unwind, so current events stuff wouldn’t appeal – I get enough politics stress on Facebook.

What do you like?

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SavoirFaire's avatar

Here are the main podcasts that I am currently listening to:

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig (nonsense interviews)
Hidden Brain (contemporary psychology and neuroscience)
The History of English Podcast (starting with proto-Indo-European)
The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps (history of Western philosophy)
The Savage Lovecast with Dan Savage (sex and relationship advice)
Science Vs (what science says about current fads)
60 Second Science (quick explanations of interesting experimental results)
Stuff You Should Know (HowStuffWorks articles in podcast form)
Guys We Fucked (two women interviewing men they’ve had sex with)

I would also recommend the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects. It’s over now, but it was pretty interesting. And while I haven’t started listening to it yet, everyone and their mother seems to recommend Welcome to Night Vale.

CunningFox's avatar

I really like the ‘JennaJulien Podcast’. They talk about current events mostly. They’ve done two special podcasts talking about conspiracy theories that I especially love.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Thanks to this question, I actually just dived in to researching podcasts for the first time in my internet history. I have no idea why I never bothered before and I kind of regret waiting all of these years to do it, because the first one I chose to listen to got me hooked completely. It was on Radiolab and it’s called The Living Room. I can tell I’m going to enjoy a lot of what Radiolab has to offer in general.

I just wanted to share that woman’s story, though, because I found it to be extremely touching and it totally made me cry a little, and I also wanted to thank you for asking because if you hadn’t, who knows how many more years I would have gone without bothering, or if I ever would have bothered at all.

zenvelo's avatar

I listen to different podcasts at different times of the day or night.

My absolute favorite is WTF with Marc Maron.

I listen to The Writer’s Almanac every morning, usually while walking to the train or while walking for a coffee on the weekends. I listen to others, like Savage Lovecast or Ask Me Another while driving.

And I will listen to History Extra from BBC History magazine when I am in bed and want to drift off.

Others I listen to regularly are:

The Memory Palace – short history snippets about odd historical facts
Scienceology – a parody science podcast
Prairie Home Companion , News From Lake Wobegon
Poetry Off The Shelf – from Poetry Magazine
The Moth Podcast – true stories told in front of a live audience
Stuff You Missed In History Class
Car Talk
and
The New Yorker: Poetry

I like listening to poetry podcasts while walking, it can be almost a meditation.

cazzie's avatar

You know me…. so number one is Science Friday from NPR, (it can be frustrating at times, so I like listening to it live on Fridays with friends in SL), and then Wait Wait… which is great while I’m doing the dishes or laundry.

The Naked Scientist on Sunday nights in broadcast live, but you can catch on on podcast too. It’s from the BBC. I don’t always catch this one. http://www.thenakedscientists.com/

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is also a good one. http://www.theskepticsguide.org/
Great trash talk.

NDT, of course: http://www.startalkradio.net/

tinyfaery's avatar

Caustic Soda
Thank God I’m Atheist (These guys are so hilarious. They aim to be friendly and not militant.)
Sci Fri (Science news of the week.)
Stuff to Blow Your Mind (A lot like Stuff You Should Know)

I second the Skeptics Guide… and The Moth.

cookieman's avatar

Right now, my favorites are:

RadioLab
sciencey stories with a twist

The Nerdist
Chris Hardwick interviews (semi) famous nerd/geek types

WTF with Marc Maron
Marc interviews everyone from his garage.

This American Life
weekly themed short stories from npr.

Word Balloon
John Siuntress interviews comics creators.

98% Invisible
design is everywhere

cazzie's avatar

Ooops I forgot about the nerdist. I try to catch the tv show on a streaming service. Geeks who drink is fun too.

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