flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread
I listen to a LOT of podcasts. No, seriously, a ton. They make me happy when skies are grey and fabrics are blotchy. If you’re fancy enough to read a blog but not enough to download a podcast, they are free/donations happily accepted and awesome and usually update weekly.
So I’m just going to go in order down my iPod’s list and tell you what I like. Expect to see NPR a lot.
1. NPR:Ask Me Another – If you like word games, you’ll like it.
2. The Dead Authors Podcast – The premise is that H.G. Wells found a time machine at a church jumble sale and is using it to travel through time and bring back famous authors to interview. It has its ups and downs, but the ups are spectacularly funny — especially the episode with A.C.Doyle.
3. Thrilling Adventure Hour! – This one is THE BEST. Done in the style of an old-time radio show, it features amazing voice talents and hilarious writing in a wide range of serials — Tales of Moonshine Holler, Beyond Belief (the story of Frank and Sadie Doyle, high society drunks who occasionally have to pause between sips to solve paranormal problems), Colonel Tick-Tock, Captain Laserbeam, and Sparks Nevada:Marshall on Mars. Listen to it. A lot.
4. NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour – a group of witty folk discussing things. Includes an irascible curmudgeon who loves Superman and would be my husband if he weren’t gay and knew who I was. Also, introduced me to the previous two podcasts, so thanks, PCHH!
5. Porchlight Storytelling – people telling stories about their lives. Basically The Moth, but longer and has more episodes I haven’t heard yet.
6. Savage Lovecast – I’ve been listening to/reading Dan Savage’s advice since 1998 or so, when his column ran in the Long Island Press, so you’d think I’d be better at life – or at least the sexy bits. The podcast is delightful and funny and sometimes legitimately informative, although it may be information you wish you didn’t know. He is sometimes wrong, but he admits it and tries to do better, so I’m cool with that.
7. Friday Night Comedy from the BBC – They switch shows from time to time; the Now Show is the best, though if you don’t keep up with British news, it may be confuddling.
8. Judge John Hodgman – The author of ‘How to Do Everything’/that dude who played a PC in the Mac commercials acts as a completely unofficial judge to mediate ridiculous disputes. Please, someone, have a dumb argument with me so we can submit to his judgement? We will have to swear to ‘tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God or whatever’.
9. The Moth Podcast – sort of like Porchlight Storytelling, but shorter.
10. Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me – NPR news gameshow that taught me that Bill Clinton might be a brony and Martha Stewart loves SPAM.
11. Spider on the Web – Hasn’t updated in quite a while, but I’m hoping it’s because he’s busy writing? Lots of awesome back episodes to enjoy, though – Spider Robinson presents a mixture of science fiction (his own and others’) and music you almost certainly haven’t heard.
12. This American Life – if you don’t know this one, I can’t even.
14. (See? I remembered to skip that other number!) Radiolab from WNYC – stories about science, primarily, though it’s also where I learned about the time Marvel went to court to prove that the X-Men are not human. No, really.
“I’m too busy watching TV.” – Charlie, King of Grace and Beauty