I listen to the Grumpy Old Geeks podcast. I’ve been a subscriber for several months. Last week I decided to write Brian and Jason some listener feedback. To my surprise, they read my email on the show this week! It is on episode 132 during the “comment of the week” section. Awesome! Thanks guys!
I cut the clip of them reading my email: gog.mp3
A couple of months ago I discovered a fresh new podcast called The Truth. The show is a biweekly fictional audio drama. They call it “movies for your ears.” I learned about the show after hearing a plug on This American Life. They aired a sample skit from The Truth and I’ve been a subscriber ever since. I really like the concept. It harkens back to the old days of radio dramas, which has become a lost art.
Each episode is pretty short, at around 15 minutes in length. Many of the episodes have had a somewhat dark, borderline scary tone, but that isn’t true for all of them. It’s an enjoyable listen. The production is very well done, with top quality acting and sound effects, which is paramount. As of the time of this writing they have published 21 episodes. If you think this type of show would interest you, I recommend checking it out.
I love listening to podcasts. It’s one of my favorite mediums for learning and entertainment. I’d once written a post listing my favorite podcasts of the day. I just glanced at that post to see which shows I had listed. To my surprise, I’d written that post back in the summer of 2009. I had no idea it had been so long. It’s time to revisit this topic and give you my new current podcast lineup.
This list is in no particular order. I think that everyone would enjoy these shows. My taste is a little tech-heavy, but if that doesn’t interest you, the other shows are terrific too. My list looks a little long, but most of these podcasts are weekly productions, so keeping up isn’t as hard as it may seem. Some of these podcasts are also available as videos. I don’t watch any video podcasts. I subscribe to all of the shows below in audio format only. Enjoy!
I assume that everyone knows funny man John Hodgman. If you don’t recognize him by name, you probably remember him as a former correspondent on The Daily Show, or as “PC” in Apple’s retired “Get a Mac” ad campaign. He is quite a character. I love his intelligent wit, humor, and dry delivery.
I recently discovered that he hosts a podcast called Judge John Hodgman. It has quickly become one of my favorite shows. He positions himself as a judge between two parties who are having an unresolved dispute. He presides over cases that often petty and meaningless, but it’s John’s serious delivery and wiseass humor that propel the show. I’ve only listened to a handful of episodes thus far, but I’m now going back to the very beginning and listening to all of them.
If you’re a fan of Hodgman, you are sure to love his podcast. You should definitely tune in.
I subscribe to a lot of podcasts. Most of my subscriptions revolve around technology news, but I also listen to plenty of shows outside of that topic. My latest favorite is a show called Film Sack. Film Sack is a show by Scott Johnson of Frogpants Studios, along with some other entertaining guys. Scott is one of my favorite podcasters. He’s a great guy. I like his style and his humor. I also regularly listen to his AppSlappy and Hypothetical Help shows, which I’ve mentioned here in the past.
Film Sack is definitely an entertaining listen. Each weekly episode is entirely about a single film. The show is full of jokes and humor, so don’t expect to be too serious. It typically runs one hour per week. It’s been in production since late 2009, but I’ve only been listening for the past couple of months. I’ve been enjoying so much that I’ve been going back and downloading some of the past episodes.
Aside from the humor, I love the movie titles that they review on Film Sack. The movies they have chosen to review is part of what makes the show so great. Such films include: Swamp Thing, Superman 2, Revenge of the Nerds, 2010, The Fly, Beetlejuice, Star Trek V, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and even the ridiculously obscure Killer Klowns From Outer Space! (My brother will get a chuckle out of that last one.) Film Sack does not review new releases or any film that has recently been in theaters. It isn’t that kind of show. A lot their movie selections are ones I fondly remember watching in the 80s, and I easily relate to their nostalgic point of view. In fact, I’m going to petition Scott to record an episode about the 1987 movie Innerspace!
If you’re a movie buff, or have an appreciation for the type of movies in their show catalog, you should definitely listen to Film Sack. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
I have found a new podcast that has quickly become my favorite show to listen to. The show is called Hypothetical Help with Scott Johnson and Mark Turpin (Turpster). Scott is the American half of the duo, and Turpster is the British half. Together they dish out hypothetical advice to people who have phoned the show and left questions. As you can imagine, the topics are all over the map.
Scott and Turpster make for a very funny duo. Turpster in particular is hilarious and amazingly witty. This podcast is squarely in the comedy category. While their advice can be good at times, they make it clear that they aren’t trying to be serious in any way.
You can listen to the show on their website, or you can subscribe in iTunes. Give it a listen. As of today, they have produced 22 episodes of the weekly podcast. I look forward to many more.
My favorite video podcast is a show called Diggnation. Diggnation is a weekly show hosted by Digg.com founder Kevin Rose and his sidekick Alex Albrecht. The two have been making the show for five years now. Although they started in 2005, I became a fan far more recently, having found out about the show sometime last year in 2009.
Kevin and Alex are usually sitting on a couch, downing beers, and talking about anything that comes to mind. Within the show, they choose various stories submitted to Digg.com and discuss them. Their banter is quite addicting. I haven’t missed a show since I first started watching it. It is hilarious.
Occasionally, Diggnation is hosted live with a studio audience. They have done shows in many places, including New York City, Austin, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and even Tokyo. I’m happy to hear they are going to try to do more live shows. I wish they would come to Raleigh, NC. I would most certainly attend!
The show is pretty geeky. If that appeals to you, you’re sure to enjoy Diggnation. Check it out their website, or their YouTube channel.
I have been tossing around the idea of starting my own podcast. Would anyone listen? Over the weekend I am going to pitch the idea to my cousin Kevin of him and I doing a joint weekly video podcast. I guess the topic could be about…I don’t know! The musings of life?
I cannot predict his reaction to my idea. I guess I’ll have to see. At the very least, it wouldn’t cost us anything to start it, and there would be the added benefit of being hammered the whole time while recording it. Sounds like a winning idea! Will he bite?
One of my favorite podcasts is a show called No Agenda, starring “crackpot” Adam Curry and “buzzkill” John C. Dvorak. Together, they poke fun at the mainstream media and offer interesting insights into what is going on in the world. They are a hoot to listen to “in the morning.” The show is recorded twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday.
Some of Adam’s theories truly live up to his crackpot title. I certainly don’t subscribe to all of them. I admit that I don’t often agree with all of their political leanings either, but the dynamic of these two guys is fun to listen to. I enjoy it when they tear into the propaganda embedded in a lot of commercials and TV dramas that air today, as well as all of the celebrity media “distractions” that are thrown at the public.
John C. Dvorak is my favorite of the two, and his pet peeve of the day is always amusing. Together, their laid back, unscripted conversation-style show combined with their refusal to spoil it with sponsors makes for an enjoyable listen. Check it out.
Sometimes when I’m surfing around online, I have less of a targeted mission, and want to sit back and get lost reading interesting articles. Beyond the news sites, Wikipedia is a good place to start. It’s easy to delve into some interesting reading on topics you probably didn’t seek out to read.
Another terrific online learning destination is at HowStuffWorks.com. At HowStuffWorks, they have a plethora of fantastic articles on just about any topic you could imagine. The site is updated daily, and jam packed with articles, blogs, and podcasts. I’ve spent hours reading through their articles and blogs. There is something here for everyone.
In addition to written content, HowStuffWorks.com has a large selection of podcasts as well. I got hooked on the site after subscribing to the Stuff You Should Know podcast with Josh Clark and Charles Bryant. Their podcast is always interesting and entertaining. Those two guys play off each other very well. I also subscribe to Stuff You Missed in History Class, as well as Tech Stuff. I feel confident in recommending any of their podcasts because all of them are well produced.
Check out the site sometime when you have time to sit back and learn a thing or two.