Recommend me a (non-gaming) podcast

Two of my favorite podcasts are https://talkpython.fm/ and https://pythonbytes.fm/.

Talk Python to Me is a longer interview style podcast where the host, Michael, interviews someone in the community about how they got into what they are doing and typically a cool book/module/framework that they are involved with. I've had quite a few "I have this problem I need to solve. Oh wait, didn't I heard something about this on TPTM?" moments.

Python Bytes is a collaboration between the host from TPTM and Brian Okken, host of https://testandcode.com/ podcast which is also handy but more specific to testing than the general language stuff, where they find interesting news bits about going ons in the Python community to cover. It's a lot quicker, hence byte, but still tends to lead to lots of follow up reading on interesting topics.

For those with less of a programming bent, The Infinite Monkey Cage is also fantastic!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00... The wikipedia summary does a great job: The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC Radio 4 comedy and popular science series. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, The Independent described it as a "witty and irreverent look at the world according to science". It is witty and it is indeed irreverent.

This weeks episode of Criminal, Homewrecker, is a doozy. If you want to see a peek of the internet dehumanizing people you don't agree with and the dangers of vigilante justice the way Black Mirror predicts, get ready. Oof.

I Saw That Years Ago - Before INCEPTION, Christopher Plummer and Dennis Quaid found themselves in a .... DREAMSCAPE

http://istya.libsyn.com/ep-208-dream...

I Saw That Years Ago - Billy Zane is a muscly ghost in... THE PHANTOM

Listen http://istya.libsyn.com/ep-209-the-p...

Pretty good new podcast from NPR called Throughline.

Kind of a deeper dive into moments in history.

The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Three episodes in so far and I'm really digging it.

Throughline is great!
Conviction is great!

I have a very difficult time listening to podcasts about police corruption and various other forms of human rights violations. Stories about falsely imprisoned folks make me burn with anger and frustration. I’ve listened to quite a few of these.

Conviction is interesting because of the many nuances in the details of the story. I completely identify with the mother in this story.

Spoiler:

The decision to never accept a plea deal when you know that you’re innocent, but then spend years in jail while waiting for a fair trial... ugh.

I loved Conviction. I burned through that in a couple of days.

Haha. I burned through it in less than 10 hours. My job had me drive for 5 hours, swap trailers with another driver and then drive back to where I started. I kind of cheated though. I skipped past the sponsors and the redundant parts of each episode. There was a predictable pattern to how the show was laid out.

I've been really enjoying Farm to Taber, which is a podcast about uh, farming by Sarah Taber. But it's more than that; it's about history and sociology and psychology and economics and poop! It's highly recommended, particularly since it's about a subject that doesn't get a lot of attention normally.

Also, the latest episode of Criminal is horrific.

kazooka wrote:

Also, the latest episode of Criminal is horrific.

I didn’t make it past the three minute mark before I noped out. Can’t do it!

After listening to the conference from a few weeks ago, I started listening to the star trek podcast, Greatest Generation. Was really hooked through their reviews of TNG season 1-2. Kind of got a bit stale. But maybe binging them wasn't a great idea? Anyway, the hosts are humorous and still know their trek, so it's a fun listen.

PaladinTom wrote:

Pretty good new podcast from NPR called Throughline.

Kind of a deeper dive into moments in history.

The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.

Three episodes in so far and I'm really digging it.

Super interesting. Thanks for the recommendation!

Not sure if this has been mentioned but To Live and Die in LA is a really interesting true crime podcast that's being produced as new leads and theories are being discovered.

I Saw That Years Ago - Tom Cruise looks like a monkey humping a football in...DAYS OF THUNDER

http://istya.libsyn.com/ep-210-days-...

kazooka wrote:

Also, the latest episode of Criminal is horrific.

The one titled "Baby Snatcher"? It was hard to listen to for sure.

My favorite popcast of all time is Thirty Twenty Ten, which explores what happened in pop culture 30 years ago, 20 years ago, and 10 years ago. The hosts are engaging, knowledgeable, professional and very fun.

Juck yeah! Season 3 of Mission to Zyxx kicked off today.

I thought the first two seasons were some of the funniest and well-produced and sound designed podcasts I had ever heard and they just blew me away with the first episode of season three. They re-recorded their theme song and leitmotifs with a 52-piece orchestra that would make John Williams proud.

If you like Star Wars and like to laugh, give it a try.

I Saw That Years AGo - Van Damme! Lundgren! Baby oil! It's....UNIVERSAL SOLDIER

http://istya.libsyn.com/ep-211-unive...

OG_slinger wrote:

Juck yeah! Season 3 of Mission to Zyxx kicked off today.

I thought the first two seasons were some of the funniest and well-produced and sound designed podcasts I had ever heard and they just blew me away with the first episode of season three. They re-recorded their theme song and leitmotifs with a 52-piece orchestra that would make John Williams proud.

If you like Star Wars and like to laugh, give it a try.

Sounds interesting, subscribed.

The Trump Inc podcast is very, very good.

I Saw That Years AGo - Come out to play with..THE WARRIORS

http://istya.libsyn.com/ep-213-the-w...

Holy sh*t! This week's Reply All solved a mystery for me.

I thought it was random, but it turns out that the (also awesome) podcast 99% Invisible somehow crashes my car's entertainment system when I stream it over bluetooth from my phone.

Think it is the percent sign in the title that your car can't handle for some reason?

LeapingGnome wrote:

Think it is the percent sign in the title that your car can't handle for some reason?

Spoiler:

According to the show, it is only the % sign followed by a capital I. They couldn't get it to crash using any other combo.

Robert Evans (the other one) of the excellent Behind the Bastards has a new limited series podcast called It Could Happen Here. Evans uses his experience as a war correspondent to examine the possibility of a new Civil War erupting in the United States. Each episode examines a different facet of the potential turmoil and the variables leading to it, and are prefaced by short narrative pieces of what daily life in America would be like.

The picture he paints is frighteningly plausible. I'm not 100% sold that this is an inevitability, but this is also one of the rare podcasts that I feel is incredibly important in the current political climate.

The Ballad Of Billy Balls

Rebecca is such an interesting and passionate character that at first I was suspicious that this was a fictional story pretending to be real. But it’s real.

If you are a fan of the late 70s, early 80s New York punk scene then this is for you. They even interview Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys at one point.

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edit: “It Could Happen Here” is really good. It’s also terrifying and nightmare inducing.

Probably about time to (re?) highlight to all the colonial commoners and non-members of the Church of Wittertainment out there, the wonderful "Kermode and Mayo's Film Review" which is notionally a weekly film review podcast in the same way that the conference call is a game review podcast, which is as accurate or not as opinions on whether or not Jaws is a film about a shark.

Also, although the feed does ostensibly contain game related content, and I don't think these specific pods are in a separate RSS, the weekly 'waypoints' podcast from friend of the site Rob Zacny and friends is a great listen and hits a variety of entertainment, literature and socio-political topics (overall feed info can be found here )

Oh, and hello to Jason Isaacs

I can't figure out why they dump everything into a single feed over at Waypoint.

I think part of it is they are never sure if a particular idea is going to go anywhere, so it never gets its own ... like, will there actually be more Lore Reasons? If Rob goes on holiday, will there be a Waypoints? Or next week will there be a new test called Natalie Interviews Pokemon? Plus things like ITunes tend to make it a pain to split feeds once you've started due to their numbering system.

Might also be concerns about splitting the audience? Honestly, I was a bit surprised that they even started the second feed for TV and movie deep dives.

Is there really any harm in it though? They are quite good about both labeling things in episode titles and show notes and billboarding up front what they'll be discussing within the episodes, so the listener gets plenty of opportunity to decide whether to download and listen or not. And really, I see no reason other than time limitations not to just listen to it all. They are far and away my favorite thing happening in podcasting right now, and I feel like they could make a discussion about paint drying into a fascinating examination of the intersection of culture and politics that I would be happy to listen to over the course of four three hour episodes or whatever (probably a conservative estimate).

Seriously, zero facetiousness there. I couldn't give two sh*ts about Kingdom Hearts, and I listened to every minute of Lore Reasons. Same goes for the Pride and Prejudice deep dive -- they spent nearly 18 hours analyzing a six hour long TV series that I've never watched, adapted from a book I've never read, and I was deeply engaged the whole time. (Also, the book is now on my Audible list and the TV series is on our Amazon queue — which, by the way, very much confused my wife. :P)

So yeah: Five star podcast, five star runtimes.