Recommend me a (non-gaming) podcast

I don't see any iTunes links to single podcasts either.

General Crespin wrote:
Just thought I would bump this, as I am resubscribing to all my podcasts on my laptop (left my desktop in Texas) and this thread has been invaluable, I've also AGAIN added new shows to my list.

EDIT: Also, can I subscribe to Stuff You Missed in History Class and Stuff You Should Know outside of iTunes? I can only find an RSS link for BrainStuff.


Stuff You Missed in History and Stuff You Should Know are both also in the Zune marketplace.

Thanks!

I've also been enjoying Mysteries Abound - basically, an Aussie with a good voice reading various stories you'd find on any given day at DailyGrail.com.
Also, he does a more ... "real" science-y podcast along the same lines called Originz (with a zed). Good stuff, GREAT for falling asleep to.

'Originz,' 'Mysteries abound*' and 'Stuff you missed in history class' are great. Yay! Three new podcasts with lots of old casts to catch up on.

Edit: As a skeptic I take all the stories in 'Mysteries' with a pinch of salt but they are fun to listen to.

Higgledy wrote:

Edit: As a skeptic I take all the stories in 'Mysteries' with a pinch of salt but they are fun to listen to.

Naturally. I don't like those kinds of stories because I believe in them. I like them because they are a fun listen.
As a skeptic, they are also a GREAT exercise. When listening, it is fun to play Spot the Fallacy. It doesn't take away from the enjoyment, and sometimes adds to it.

duckilama wrote:
Higgledy wrote:

Edit: As a skeptic I take all the stories in 'Mysteries' with a pinch of salt but they are fun to listen to.

Naturally. I don't like those kinds of stories because I believe in them. I like them because they are a fun listen.
As a skeptic, they are also a GREAT exercise. When listening, it is fun to play Spot the Fallacy. It doesn't take away from the enjoyment, and sometimes adds to it.

Yes, it's great to spot the gaping holes in the stories. On the dragon episode I liked the fact that various people had real dragon skins but they all happened to get thrown out or destroyed.

I don't recall if I mentioned this here yet or not, but the NPR Live Concerts podcast is really enjoyable. They have a wide variety of generally good quality music. Best of all: it's all free!

I'm not saying anything here that hasn't been said before, but still - POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT:

TEDTalks - It's a video podcast, but I almost always just ignore the video.
The Moth - Real people telling real stories in small doses. Great for when you don't have the hour required for This American Life.
The Best Show on WFMU - Best Show Gems - Excerpts from Tom Scharpling's long-form call-in show. They're usually hilarious, and quite frequently feature interviews and segments from many leading figures of American alt-comedy.

My currently listening rotation is primarily between Electronic Explorations, Sounds of the Apocalypse (thanks for the recommendations Legion,) and MetalCast - which plays a nice range of metal. Their English isn't always the most fluent (I think they're based in Germany) which makes the news and interview sections interesting, but the song selection has been doing a great job of keeping me motivated at work.

Is space limited? Does it have to be a podcast?

Hey Lupus, I don't know if you're still looking for a good classical music podcast, but the Classical Music Spotlight podcast from classical label Naxos is worth looking into. They go way off the beaten path, and cover lots of early and modern composers, so it's not the best way to familiarize yourself with classical music's greatest hits, but if you want to broaden your horizons it's pretty awesome.

Podunk wrote:
Hey Lupus, I don't if you're still looking for a good classical music podcast, but the Classical Music Spotlight podcast from classical label Naxos is worth looking into. They go way off the beaten path, and cover lots of early and modern composers, so it's not the best way to familiarize yourself with classical music's greatest hits, but if you want to broaden your horizons it's pretty awesome.

Thanks, I'll definitely will give it a listen. I kind of burned myself out on classical not terribly long after making this thread, but I can never be sure what I'll be listening to month from now.

I know Sound Opinions has been mentioned a few times here, but I thought I'd mention that the topic on this week's podcast is videogames and music. They talk Beatles: Rock Band and RB/GH in general with some dude from Harmonix. The insight isn't anything too incredibly deep, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

(They also review the new Flaming Lips album and the quasi-new album from Gossip.)

The Bugle is absolutely fantastic. It's the only podcast other than GWJ that I refuse to miss.

Arise, thread! I command you to walk the Earth like a zombie!!

And speaking of podcasts and zombies, I ran across this little gem over the weekend: We're Alive.

Yeah, it's more serialized fiction than a straight up podcast, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an awesomely entertaining story about the survivors of a zombie outbreak complete with cliff hangers and some edge-of-your-seat action.

I really like the Engadget podcast (and their video Engadget Show). They have a fun discussion of tech. Also on the HD side I like a lot of the talk on Engadget HD.

Similarly, gdgt. From the guys who originally founded both Engadget and Gizmodo.

This Week in Tech

Fitness:
Fitcast
Strength Coach Podcast

Entertainment:
Occasionally I listen to the /Filmcast
And the Jay and Jack Lost podcast
Sword and Laser Veronica Belmont from Tekzilla (etc) and Tom Merritt from cnet. Kind of a virtual sci fi/fantasy book club, so I listen when they either have a good interview or do a book I've read or want to read.

Lots of other stuff I listen to already listed above.

Anyone found a decent classical music podcast since this thread died and resurrected? I've tried looking a few times, and nothing seems to really exist in this area. This seems a little crazy to me, since podcast is the perfect format for exploring/learning more about classical music (I'm a complete novice and find it hard to explore such a huge topic without some pro guidance). Perhaps there's just audience for it?

Lots of good links here, though.

jbz wrote:
Anyone found a decent classical music podcast since this thread died and resurrected? I've tried looking a few times, and nothing seems to really exist in this area. This seems a little crazy to me, since podcast is the perfect format for exploring/learning more about classical music (I'm a complete novice and find it hard to explore such a huge topic without some pro guidance). Perhaps there's just audience for it?

Lots of good links here, though.


While I haven't listened to these recently, I've been enjoying them off and on:
WGBH Classical Performances
Piano Puzzler
Naxos Classical Spotlight
Maestro Classical Spotlight

OG_slinger wrote:
Arise, thread! I command you to walk the Earth like a zombie!!

And speaking of podcasts and zombies, I ran across this little gem over the weekend: We're Alive.

Yeah, it's more serialized fiction than a straight up podcast, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an awesomely entertaining story about the survivors of a zombie outbreak complete with cliff hangers and some edge-of-your-seat action.

*Subscribes via iTunes.*

Here are a few I like.

Keith and the Girl = Comedy talk show kind of
Comic Geek Speak
Galatic Watercooler = scifi show
Sifi Dig = scifi show
cspan news makers
democracy now
Nearly all pendant podcasts = audio dramas of mostly comics
The Signal = FireFly show
Twit = tech show stans for this week in tech
The offical lost podcast
lost podcasting network = I skip most of the shows but like a lot of them also

Given that I reformatted a few days ago and forgot to back up my podcast library, this is awesome timing.

OG_slinger wrote:
Arise, thread! I command you to walk the Earth like a zombie!!

And speaking of podcasts and zombies, I ran across this little gem over the weekend: We're Alive.

So glad I had subscribed to this thread a while back. You have made dinner preparation an enjoyable experience, sir. I've also had an inexplicable urge to go shopping for a shotgun.

The voice acting and sound effects aren't always the greatest, but it's still a fun story. Sort of like a soap opera for guys.

Montalban wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:
Arise, thread! I command you to walk the Earth like a zombie!!

And speaking of podcasts and zombies, I ran across this little gem over the weekend: We're Alive.

So glad I had subscribed to this thread a while back. You have made dinner preparation an enjoyable experience, sir. I've also had an inexplicable urge to go shopping for a shotgun.

The voice acting and sound effects aren't always the greatest, but it's still a fun story. Sort of like a soap opera for guys.

Yeah, I went ahead and shot that link off (with credit of course) to the guys at Robot Panic/Drunken Gamers Radio. That seems like their kinda thing.

Thowky wrote:
Also if you want fiction there are plenty of podcasters who have done entire novels in podcast form. The most famous is Scott Sigler who's done some really good stuff and has podcasted 6 or 7 novels now and ended up getting a publishing deal out of it. J.C. Hutchins also put out a number of novels that were really popular (although I haven't personally listed to them myself). My personal favourite was Brave Men Run by Matthew Wayne Selznick. There are loads of others on podiobooks.com and other sites.

Can't believe I missed Podiobooks.com the first time around. OMFG.

General Crespin wrote:
Thowky wrote:
Also if you want fiction there are plenty of podcasters who have done entire novels in podcast form. The most famous is Scott Sigler who's done some really good stuff and has podcasted 6 or 7 novels now and ended up getting a publishing deal out of it. J.C. Hutchins also put out a number of novels that were really popular (although I haven't personally listed to them myself). My personal favourite was Brave Men Run by Matthew Wayne Selznick. There are loads of others on podiobooks.com and other sites.

Can't believe I missed Podiobooks.com the first time around. OMFG. :D

HOLY SH%T that is awesome! ....and I haven't even listened yet. I've been looking for a cheap way to listen to more auidobooks at work, this seems like it is the one.

Captain_Arrrg wrote:
I listen to a lot of old radio dramas from Humphrey Camardella Media Productions. My favorite is X Minus One, which was an old sci-fi program that aired on NBC and did dramatizations of works by authors such as Phillip K Dick, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

Along the radio drama line, I LOVE everything Decoder Ring Theater puts out. The Red Panda is a Toronto based (like DRT) superhero along the lines of Batman, in that he is a rich socialite who fight crime at night, but with humor. Black Jack Justice is a hard boiled crime dramady and is my favorite of the two. They've been doing a sci-fi show during the summers that is entertaining as well.

They're all about 22min, the half-hour broadcast of an era before TV, perfectly suited for a MP3 player.

Also another vote for Decoder Ring Theatre (new website). I just powered through all of their stuff the last two weeks and it's pretty awesome.

That sf show he mentions is Deck Gibson and I love that.

Deck Gibson and the Stardust Dancers! Deck Gibson and the Court of Eternity! Etc.

Here's my current list

Cthulhu
Galactic Watercooler
Overthinking It Podcast
Straight Dope
Sword and Laser
The Fringe Podcast
The Fringemunks
The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack

Hmmm... Not that long when I take the gaming 'casts out of it.

Ok so I have been listening to a novel on Podiobooks.com called "Dead Mech" by Jake Bible (I kid you not, that's his name); and to me he sounds like Mr. Gorgeous Rob Borges himself; which is awesome. I will definitely be putting a lot of hours into this sight, and throwing money towards the authors that entertain me while I work. This is just what I needed to keep my brain occupied doing mindless tasks.

Tigerbill wrote:
Ok so I have been listening to a novel on Podiobooks.com called "Dead Mech" by Jake Bible (I kid you not, that's his name); and to me he sounds like Mr. Gorgeous Rob Borges himself; which is awesome. I will definitely be putting a lot of hours into this sight, and throwing money towards the authors that entertain me while I work. This is just what I needed to keep my brain occupied doing mindless tasks.

Post more frequently so I can remember when your tagging comes that you have a crush on Rob. I'm sure we can all have some fun with that.

So Podiobooks is free? That's cool. It sounds like a good way for people to get exposure.