Podcasts: My Faves So Far

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Okay, so I'm not actually voting or swaying votes or anything like that. I just wanted to take a moment to cast personal votes and pass on some of my favorite podcasts. A few of these are new as well as new to me; others have been around for a decade or more. I'm in my best podcast listening mode in the car but will often walk with headphones and a podcast streaming back to back - anywhere I can somewhat concentrate on the content and get value out of it, whether it be learning something or just for pure enjoyment. But no matter how or where, here are some of my favorites.

The Nerdist Podcast
The Nerdist has been around for some time. Hosted by Chris Hardwick (whom I knew of from way back in they day on MTV), this is a super fun listen with celebrities and people you may have heard of may not have. But the point is that you get to know them, like in any good interview, and the hour (and sometimes more) you spend with host and guest leaves you minty fresh. Some of my faves have been with Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Gale Ann Hurd (producer of super awesome stuff), and Sir Ian McKellen, who's also pretty super. I put this at the top of my list only because I just happened to have finished a recent episode and it's on my mind, and I'm always excited to see who's popping in next.

Also: Imaginary Worlds Podcast

Stuff You Should Know
How do volcanoes work? How does poetry work? Where did TV dinners and TV trays come from?Do you care? You will after listening! The guys here delve into many things, fun and fantastical, but also important. My most recent favorites: how School House Rock came about, and how do head transplants work (can they even?!) I really love this podcast. This was one I subscribed to years ago and never got around to listening to, so I unsubscribed after just a few episodes. I am glad I found them again as it's both entertaining and informative.

Revisionist History
This podcast makes me feel not smart like and such. I totally had to look up what 'revisionist' meant when subscribing to this. Each week, they delve into historical events and go back and reinterpret (or revise) something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. I'm still catching up to each podcast, and their website says it would be done for ten weeks, so they very well may be over by now with the production. Yet it's worth subscribing because 1) awesome and 2) maybe, just maybe they'll do more in the future. It's pretty fascinating, even if you'd never heard the real story.

On Taking Pictures
This one is new to me but already one of my faves. Hosted by Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, the two do a terrific job of explaining away tech stuff and fun stuff, the ins and outs of photography and the business, art and artists, and much more. I am looking forward to listening to the back catalog and get into them more. I appreciate their style; it's an easy and nice listen.

Also: The Candid Frame | Photo Taco | The Honest Designers Show

 The best place for me to listen is in my car, on long drives.

The best place for me to listen is in my car, on long drives.

Strangers Podcast
Lea in Trumpland. This is the title of the most recent listen from Lea Thau, producer and award-winning journalist, and it was pretty deep. I've found each story I've been able to listen to (and there's many) fascinating. I've been sympathetic, angered, and even laughed out loud when others can't hear what I am laughing at. I think it's one of the smartest listens I have on my list, and I'm totally copying this text from the site as it aptly describes why you should be subscribing and listening right now: "Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were."

99% Invisible
Architecture, people, obscure and fascinating places and things that make up the world we live in: Roman Mars, host, has an infectious way of presenting and telling about all of these things. I'm most interested shows about architecture and how cities and things are laid out and made up, but it doesn't matter what the show is presenting: If I weren't driving and completely engrossed, Roman's voice would lull me to sleep because it's perfect to listen to. It's all that good.

Feast of Fun
Feast of Fun is my guilty pleasure. This isn't to say it's a throwaway listen; on the contrary, Mark and Fausto, hosts and husbands of the long-running and top-rated gay podcast, are a feast of fun to listen to. Mark is me, throwing out throw-away off-color jokes, and Fausto is the one that seems to take charge. But it's a great balance between the two, just as in any relationship. Topics range all over the board (which I like), from the current, scary political climate, to reviewing (and interviewing) drag queen personalities and the shows they have been on, movie reviews, and so much more. There are a few special, recurring guests I really enjoy, but I'm a big fan of when they find someone they've not met before and really get them all to discussing the matters at hand.

Okay, so what are your favorites and how do you like to listen to them? I'd love to know what your favorite podcasts are, if you have any suggestions that are similar to my current likes, or even if completely different! I'd love recommendations!

 

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