Since we get asked so much about our favorite podcasts, I decided to share my iTunes playlist. These are all shows I listen to pretty much weekly. Or I save them up and mainline them. Podcasting is still an emerging media, so much so that WordPress is telling me that “podcast” is a misspelling. Listening to other podcasts is good for everybody who chooses this conduit to get their message out to the world. It’s pretty cool when you think about it. Anyone can do a show and broadcast it out to any place on the planet with an Internet connection. What a time to be alive! So thanks for the support and please share your thoughts on your favorite shows below.
Before the playlist, I should say that I do in fact listen to the other HSW.com podcasts as much as I can. They’re all stellar and if you haven’t checked them out you should. There’s a lot of smart and talented folks in this office.
And now, the playlist (not ranked):
This American Life — the best one out there and #1 for a good reason. Ira Glass and company have a tight show that’s always an interesting listen. He’s the Godfather.
The Moth — live storytelling sessions from regular folks taped in different spots around the country. Excellent show, it can really knock your socks off at times.
Creative Screenwriting Magazine — if you’re a closet screenwriter like me, or just a regular old film buff, you have to subscribe to this show. Long, insightful interviews with writers and directors. They’re more like film school lectures.
Marc Maron’s WTF — more insightful interviews from veteran comedian Marc Maron. He’s funny and the “interview” is more like you’re sitting in on a great conversation.
The Sound of Young America — we went to a live show version of Jesse Thorn’s podcast in New York and it was one of the most fun evenings I’ve had in quite a while. We met Jesse after and I’ve since become a big fan of his show. Great interviews, Jesse is a natural broadcaster and his Maximum Fun ethos is something I’m way down with.
Judge John Hodgman — anything John does I find pretty hysterical. This one finds Judge Hodgman presiding over mundane disputes between couples, friends, roommates, etc. Some people have remarked poorly about the quality, but I actually enjoy the lo-fi goodness. So should you.
The Onion Radio News and The Onion News Network – the Radio News is audio, the News Network video. Not much needs to be said here, it’s America’s Finest News Source doing their thing. Always funny.
The Ricky Gervais Podcast – one of the funniest people on the planet. Gervais and Stephen Merchant basically just pick the brain of dimwitted Karl Pilkington, and somehow it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.
Pod F. Tompkast — comedian Paul F. Tompkins show is slightly off kilter, just like him, and that’s a beautiful thing. It’s a mix of different kinds of comedy, so you never know what you’re gonna get. Another plus.
So that’s that. Chime in with your favorites here in the comments or over at Facebook.