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Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


I thought I might as well start the ball rolling on this. Please try and put a little effort into both request and recommendations. This isn't PYF.

I have two requests:

Can anyone recommend anything along the lines of Hardcore History? I'm thinking in terms of tone rather than subject matter it doesn't have to be history specifically. Something that makes me feel like I've learnt something and won't cause me to fall asleep behind the wheel.

and

Is anyone listening to Mohr Stories? I listened to the first one and was on the fence. I really like the behind the scenes stuff with regards to working actors and comedians, or anything in the entertainment industry actually, but found Mohr to be pretty annoying. Anyone have any opinions of it as an ongoing show? Alternatively anything else along these lines I should be checking out?

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Sankis
Mar 8, 2004

But I remember the fella who told me. Big lad. Arms as thick as oak trees, a stunning collection of scars, nice eye patch. A REAL therapist he was. Er wait. Maybe it was rapist?



Gravy Jones posted:


Can anyone recommend anything along the lines of Hardcore History? I'm thinking in terms of tone rather than subject matter it doesn't have to be history specifically. Something that makes me feel like I've learnt something and won't cause me to fall asleep behind the wheel.


It doesn't quite fit the second criteria, as the speaker is quite subdued, but I very much enjoyed 12 Byzantine Rulers, a 19 part podcast detailing the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire through 12 of its most influential rulers. Obviously being less than 20 parts at about 15-30 minutes a piece he wasn't able to go TOO in depth on the thousand year history of the Byzantine Empire, but the 12 rulers he chose to discuss in detail I found to be pretty entertaining and interesting. It helps that the Byzantine Empire was one of those topics that was, at least in my experience, rarely brought up in High School and only taught as part of a medieval history class in college.

It looks like the author also has another history podcast called Norman Centuries but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


Sankis posted:

It looks like the author also has another history podcast called Norman Centuries but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

This is definitely in my wheelhouse so I'll check it out. Thanks.

MadScientistWorking
Jun 23, 2010

"I was going through a time period where I was looking up weird stories involving necrophilia..."


quote:

Can anyone recommend anything along the lines of Hardcore History? I'm thinking in terms of tone rather than subject matter it doesn't have to be history specifically. Something that makes me feel like I've learnt something and won't cause me to fall asleep behind the wheel.
Monster Talk is a fun podcast. Its a podcast that talks about the history of cryptozology and monsters from a skeptical prospective.

Edward Mass
Sep 14, 2011

The Timeless Child is THE DOCTOR? Oh, for God's sake!


Top Cop

Gravy Jones posted:

Is anyone listening to Mohr Stories? I listened to the first one and was on the fence. I really like the behind the scenes stuff with regards to working actors and comedians, or anything in the entertainment industry actually, but found Mohr to be pretty annoying. Anyone have any opinions of it as an ongoing show? Alternatively anything else along these lines I should be checking out?

I'd suggest The ABC's of SNL, but there have only been two episodes, and the last one was two months ago. It's still a good listen, though.

Evil Vin
Jun 14, 2006

♪ Sing everybody "Deutsche Deutsche"
Vaya con dios amigos! ♪


Fallen Rib

MadScientistWorking posted:

Monster Talk is a fun podcast. Its a podcast that talks about the history of cryptozology and monsters from a skeptical prospective.

This sounds interesting I'm going to have to look into this.

lynch_69
Jan 21, 2001


Right now Nintendo is the Titanic slowly but inexorably heading towards the iceberg. I can't wait for the ship to start sinking. It will be awesome to behold.


I'm on a Mohr Stories jag right now... pretty good stuff. The episodes where he goes behind the scenes at SNL and the all movies he's been in are excellent - the one's where he's just bullshitting with his comedian friends are ok, nothing special.

The ABC's of SNL (all two episodes) are great too. It's great to hear what an rear end in a top hat Lorne Michaels is from multiple podcast sources.

kippa
Aug 10, 2005

Fry, it's been three days. You can't keep boogie-ing like this. You'll come down with a fever of some sort.



Evil Vin posted:

This sounds interesting I'm going to have to look into this.

Yeah I think I'm going to have to try this out too, I'm a huge Hardcore History fan but I really wish there was more of them, if Dan could clone himself a few times that'd be cool with me (and would probably make for a great debate show).

Gravy: Have you tried Carlin's other show, Common Sense? It's more politics than educational but I've always found it to be a pretty good listen, even as a non American.

Adept Nightingale
Feb 7, 2005




If 12 Byzantine Rulers works for you and you want something educational, you should absolutely check out The History of Rome. Up to something like 150 parts now, the host traces Roman history from its earliest origins - mostly in the 'great man' style, but with some other cultural information that's interesting.

He has a very conversational style I, at least find is pretty easy to listen to.

Peter North
Apr 23, 2003


lynch_69 posted:

I'm on a Mohr Stories jag right now... pretty good stuff. The episodes where he goes behind the scenes at SNL and the all movies he's been in are excellent - the one's where he's just bullshitting with his comedian friends are ok, nothing special.

The ABC's of SNL (all two episodes) are great too. It's great to hear what an rear end in a top hat Lorne Michaels is from multiple podcast sources.

Yeah I really just skip the ones where he's just bullshitting because other podcasts deliver the bigger and better laughs and look for episodes where he's talking about showbiz/acting. However, as of lately, Nikki Cox has been annoying the gently caress out of me with all the pounding punchlines into the ground that she does.

ClydeUmney
May 13, 2004

One can hardly ignore the Taoist implications of "Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling."



Gravy Jones posted:

Is anyone listening to Mohr Stories? I listened to the first one and was on the fence. I really like the behind the scenes stuff with regards to working actors and comedians, or anything in the entertainment industry actually, but found Mohr to be pretty annoying. Anyone have any opinions of it as an ongoing show? Alternatively anything else along these lines I should be checking out?

Have you listened to The Tobolowsky Files? It's stories about movies and life told by Stephen Tobolowsky, who's probably most famous as Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day. Tobolowsky manages to tell incredible stories about moviemaking (his episodes on Deadwood and Groundhog Day are amazing and compelling), but his best work starts as a story about one thing and becomes something incredibly different and profoundly moving. Both podcasts about Mississippi Burning are incredible for this.

Empress Theonora
Feb 19, 2001

She was a sword glinting in the depths of night, a lance of light piercing the darkness. There would be no mistakes this time.



Are there any other history podcasts like The History of Rome? I absolutely adore THOR, so I'd love it if there were some other podcast doing that sort of comprehensive, in-depth, chronological history.

Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


I really liked the ABC's of SNL. For all his faults one thing I think Kevin Smith is really good at is getting other people talking and getting good stories out of them. I hope we see (hear) more of these.

ClydeUmney posted:

Have you listened to The Tobolowsky Files? It's stories about movies and life told by Stephen Tobolowsky, who's probably most famous as Ned Ryerson from Groundhog Day.

I've heard of it but never listened. I'll check it out. Thanks for all the recommendations so far... too many podcasts too little time

Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


While the forum remains pretty small I thought I'd expand this thread to include general podcast/radio chat that doesn't fit in other threads as well. If it becomes necessary we can split it out into seperate threads in the future. But it probably won't.

Groucho Marxist
Dec 9, 2005

Do you smell what The Mauk is cooking?


Gravy Jones posted:

Is anyone listening to Mohr Stories? I listened to the first one and was on the fence. I really like the behind the scenes stuff with regards to working actors and comedians, or anything in the entertainment industry actually, but found Mohr to be pretty annoying. Anyone have any opinions of it as an ongoing show? Alternatively anything else along these lines I should be checking out?

I'm sure you're aware of it, but if you aren't for some reason, WTF with Marc Maron is right up your alley

Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


Groucho Marxist posted:

I'm sure you're aware of it, but if you aren't for some reason, WTF with Marc Maron is right up your alley

I had not and it sounds like it is. I'll add it to the list of podcasts I need to check out which, thanks to this forum is now and even dozen or so.... and it's not like I had enough to keep up to date on the ones I'm listening too now (complaining about free entertainment itt).

JFC
Oct 16, 2003

Jesus F Christ
Finger Lickin' God


Another good comedy one is The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr.

For tech news coverage TWiT.tv has a bunch of good stuff like This Week in Tech, Mac Break Weekly, Frame Rate (about TV & Movies), Windows Weekly, Tech News Today, etc.

Edit:

JFC fucked around with this message at 19:23 on Sep 22, 2011

Dicere
Oct 31, 2005
Non plaudite modo pecuniam jacite.

I am so very jazzed about a podcast forum. This is going to be awesome!

I hesitate to be the first to recommend anything political, but I can't help really liking Citizen Radio. I'd be lying if I didn't say it's for left-wing firebrands. So, if that's your thing, go for it. I haven't had the guts to try turn anyone onto it yet because they often spend the first ten minutes talking about cats or twitter or other stuff, and I feel people might be turned off when they get preachy about veganism. But they update daily, they sometimes have really awesome guests (Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn before he died, Naomi Klein), and they cover a lot of the news that cable won't touch. And I find them funny, but I could see how others might not.

Also, Skeptoid. But I think everyone knows how awesome Skeptoid is by now. If not, it's a skeptic podcast. And it's awesome.

Dicere fucked around with this message at 22:55 on Sep 22, 2011

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Oct 21, 2010




JFC posted:

Another good comedy one is The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr.

For tech news coverage TWiT.tv has a bunch of good stuff like This Week in Tech, Mac Break Weekly, Frame Rate (about TV & Movies), Windows Weekly, Tech News Today, etc.

Yeah, I have to second this. TWiT is really pretty great, and it's made up pretty much entirely of old displaced TechTV hosts (it was even originally called Revenge of The Screen Savers), and as such it's pretty awesome. The world can always use more Leo.

Also, for Tabletop RPGs and their ilk, there's always Fear The Boot. I wouldn't say it's that great as a podcast, but it's probably the highest quality tabletop RPG podcast I've ever heard. It's worth at least a listen or two, if you're into that stuff.

jyrka
Jan 21, 2005


Potato Count: 2 small potatoes


Gravy Jones posted:

Is anyone listening to Mohr Stories? I listened to the first one and was on the fence. I really like the behind the scenes stuff with regards to working actors and comedians, or anything in the entertainment industry actually, but found Mohr to be pretty annoying. Anyone have any opinions of it as an ongoing show? Alternatively anything else along these lines I should be checking out?

It's not 'funny embellished stories that happened on the set' but Wolf Den is semi-serious interviews about comedy and podcasting.

Human Tornada
Mar 3, 2005

I been wantin to see a honkey dance.


It's nearly October, does anybody have any good unsolved mystery/ghost story type podcast?

Azmet Jah
Jul 16, 2008

I love Paul Keating


Rincewind posted:

Are there any other history podcasts like The History of Rome? I absolutely adore THOR, so I'd love it if there were some other podcast doing that sort of comprehensive, in-depth, chronological history.

The Russian Rulers podcast is pretty good. It's chronological and probably sits somewhere between THOR and 12 Byzantine Rulers on the 'objective assessment' to 'biased fanboy' scale. Not that I don't appreciate 12BR but drat that dude loves him some Byzantines.

China History podcast is definitely worth a listen too, although I do tend to get lost a bit and the author obviously resents having to go through every dynasty in order.

Evil Vin
Jun 14, 2006

♪ Sing everybody "Deutsche Deutsche"
Vaya con dios amigos! ♪


Fallen Rib

Evil Vin posted:

This sounds interesting I'm going to have to look into this.

Enjoying the hell out of Monster Talk, I can't say how many hours of the show I've listened to since last Wednesday. Though it seems to really hinge on the guest to make it a good show.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011


So I recently got into Weird Things the podcast, it's...honestly I don't know how to describe it, it's literally 3 dudes hanging around talking about weird things, often with some sort of zany roleplaying 'scenario' for two of them to work through to figure out what craziness happened.

Are there any more like that? Like, just super loose, near entirely unserious looks at bizarre things without falling into either "THE ALIENS ARE COMING BECAUSE MY CRYSTAL TOLD ME TODAY IN A DREAM" or "HEH you believe in a common superstition, loving ignorant plebe!"?

CharlesWillisMaddox
Jun 6, 2007

by angerbeet


Glitterbomber posted:

So I recently got into Weird Things the podcast, it's...honestly I don't know how to describe it, it's literally 3 dudes hanging around talking about weird things, often with some sort of zany roleplaying 'scenario' for two of them to work through to figure out what craziness happened.

Are there any more like that? Like, just super loose, near entirely unserious looks at bizarre things without falling into either "THE ALIENS ARE COMING BECAUSE MY CRYSTAL TOLD ME TODAY IN A DREAM" or "HEH you believe in a common superstition, loving ignorant plebe!"?

I started listening to Caustic Soda and Weird Things around the same time. Caustic Soda is loving great, they take one subject, deadly, gross or just odd things (tanks, explosions, parasites etc) and discuss all the aspects of it, history, pop culture, in the news and the guests they have are actually interesting/funny/have some sort of knowledge in the subject, whether its just someone who is really into the subject as a hobby, or an actual expert in the field.

Plus I think at least one of them is a goon.

I need to finish listening to Weird Things, but the fact that Spiro named his billy club Lil' Fudge after his partner Fudge.

Elder Postsman
Aug 30, 2000


i used hot bot to search for "teens"



Similar to Caustic Soda (which I hadn't heard of before, and is great), is Tank Riot. 3 guys from tropical Madison, Wisconsin, who take a topic and talk about it for a while with their awesome Wisconsin accents. Their conspiracy theory episodes are great. So are the rest of them.

Teenagers
Sep 5, 2007

hail satan

I like Uhh Yeah Dude, We Hate Movies, Who Charted, and Bad Movie Podcast. I really really dislike most Earwolf stuff (especially character based poo poo), and Sick and Wrong. Pls recommend me podcasts.

Offler
Mar 27, 2010


Rincewind posted:

Are there any other history podcasts like The History of Rome? I absolutely adore THOR, so I'd love it if there were some other podcast doing that sort of comprehensive, in-depth, chronological history.

Not a podcast as such, but there are series of lectures from The Teaching Company that fit your criteria perfectly. Almost all of their history series are incredibly fascinating, and got me through hundreds of hours of boring warehouse work back in the days before podcasts were really a thing.

They are horrendously expensive though, so unless you have a whole lot of money laying around this might not be too helpful...

Comp-U-Shit
Nov 14, 2008


Can any one recommend me some sciencey or learning stuff podcasts? I've been listening to some Radiolab and Monster Talk. I really loved the Radiolab episode they had on parasites.

Any thing like that would be pretty cool

CharlesWillisMaddox
Jun 6, 2007

by angerbeet


Corn Scientist posted:

Can any one recommend me some sciencey or learning stuff podcasts? I've been listening to some Radiolab and Monster Talk. I really loved the Radiolab episode they had on parasites.

Any thing like that would be pretty cool

Most of the shows on HowStuffWorks are great.

Stuff You Should Know - By far the best one. Good hosts, they aren't experts but they write articles for HowStuffWorks, and as a result actually do research. Twice a week they have a random topic. These past weeks have been: How Sword Swallowing Works. How Family Crests Work. How Acne Works. How The Moon Works. How Casinos Work.

Stuff You Missed In History Class - Like SYSK, but with usually lesser known history. Since the start they've changed a host every few months, and they've all ranged in quality. After listening to them all I'm happy with this current two girls who host.

Brain Stuff - Really short 1-2 minute episodes, a mix of all the shows on HowStuffWorks I guess.

Stuff To Blow Your Mind - You can tell by the name what its about. Like the other shows, except this one is about amazing/fascinating things.

That's all I've heard on HowStuffWorks, others are:

Astronomy Cast is a great one for astronomy, the hosts are actually experts in the field, they can speak and carry on banter with each other and keep it interesting, even if you know jack poo poo about space. Plus their names are Pamela Gay and Fraiser Crane.

Dan Carlin's Common Sense
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

A lot of people are split on Dan Carlin, some people find his delivery annoying, but I like it. He's a really well spoken guy, smart and very good at filling a show with just him talking about whatever subject.

Common Sense is his American political show. He knows he has non-American listeners, so he tries to make it accessible to everyone. If you aren't American, but have an interest in American politics it's still pretty listenable.

Hardcore History is his irregular history podcast. History isn't his profession, but it's his passion and it REALLY shows with the quality of shows he puts out. His last few episodes were the Fall of the Roman Empire. The first five episodes according to iTunes are 7.6 hours long, and the sixth episode is FIVE AND A HALF hours long, a total of 13 hours

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011


So gonna nerd it up all over here.

Treknologic is a great podcast I've found about Star Trek. The crux of the show is a group of a couple of guys and a girl (I think one of their wives?) talk about one trek episode, basically being typical trek dorks about it nitpicking over pointless details and arguing about their magic space show, and do a trivia game at the end because trek nerds need to always prove who king nerd is. Basically it's one of those shows that works because the group has a good groove together, and they're not super spergy nerds about it, so it's more focused on 'wait why did the idea of the Borg repairing their ship freak Picard out so much, that's super normal right?' rather than 'BUT WARP 9 WAS ESTABLISHED AT EXACTLY 30.87 TIMES THE SPEED OF LIGHT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO OUT RUN THAT SHIP'. So yea, if you like Star Trek you may like this, the 'review an episode' format really helps it be engaging to non-hardcore fans, as opposed to just a bunch of dudes debating if Romulans have pon farr or not.

Are there any other active Star Trek podcasts like this in nature?

Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


I'm listening to a lot of new stuff because of this forum, Makes me wonder if we should have a seperate thread where people just make a quick post about the latest thing they listened to and what they thought. Kind of like "What Did You Just Finish?" in The Book Barn.

I guess I'll just keep it here for now.

Tobolowsky Files: Seemed a bit dry and slow at first but then I realised it's because I'm so used to listening to manic comedy. By the end it was more like a one man This American Life. I think I might listen to more of this. I always like stuff from "working" actors. People who act for a living rather and are not stars or anything.

Nerdist: Gave up after ten minutes. Didn't like the host or the tone. Just not my thing. May give it another shot some time.

The Bugle: Pretty funny so far. Only listened to a quarter an hour or so will definitely be listening to more.

Gravy Jones
Sep 13, 2003

I am not on your side


For those of you looking for brainfood you might want to check out In Our Time the podcast of the legendary Melvyn Bragg's Radio 4 show.

It's a show about the "history of ideas" with each episode being about a different subject and covering a diverse range of topics broadly catagorised as history, science, culture, religion and philosophy. It's usually Bragg and a couple of guests who are experts on the topic. Only the last couple of shows are available at any time on the main feed, but there are also archive feeds in each of the different subject areas with older shows.

It can be quite dry and for me it's one of those shows I'll only really listen to when it's a topic that interests me. But when it does crossover into an area of interest it's definitely worth a listen.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011


CharlesWillisMaddox posted:

I started listening to Caustic Soda and Weird Things around the same time. Caustic Soda is loving great, they take one subject, deadly, gross or just odd things (tanks, explosions, parasites etc) and discuss all the aspects of it, history, pop culture, in the news and the guests they have are actually interesting/funny/have some sort of knowledge in the subject, whether its just someone who is really into the subject as a hobby, or an actual expert in the field.

Plus I think at least one of them is a goon.

I need to finish listening to Weird Things, but the fact that Spiro named his billy club Lil' Fudge after his partner Fudge.

Just wanna say, finally got around to this, this show is so great. I'm gonna wind up listening to all of these drat things.

Portable Staplefrog
May 21, 2007



Human Tornada posted:

It's nearly October, does anybody have any good unsolved mystery/ghost story type podcast?

Mysterious Universe is exactly what you want.

Disinformation is great too, except they rarely ever update.

Portable Staplefrog fucked around with this message at 18:14 on Sep 30, 2011

CharlesWillisMaddox
Jun 6, 2007

by angerbeet


Portable Staplefrog posted:

Mysterious Universe is exactly what you want.

I like the show, but be warned though, you will get pissed off everytime they say "Coming up we also have (AWESOME SOUNDING SUBJECT THATS COOLER THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS EPISODE), but thats on the Plus show that you can subscribe to for $$$ a month."

Portable Staplefrog
May 21, 2007



That is unfortunately true. I think they deserve the $$$ a month.

CharlesWillisMaddox
Jun 6, 2007

by angerbeet


Portable Staplefrog posted:

That is unfortunately true. I think they deserve the $$$ a month.

If I could give money to every podcast I feel is deserving of being paid for producing their shows, I would be a poor, poor man.

CaptainPsyko
May 2, 2004

We're Gonna Run.

We're Gonna Crawl.

Kick Down Every Wall.


Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU is incredible, and I'm kind of surprised there isn't a thread for it yet. I'm not really in a position to write up an OP right now, but if nobody does in a week or so, I probably will.

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cioxx
Jul 14, 2001



Are you into writing? This podcast is really good. Lots of awesome and practical tips. You don't have to be a writer either to enjoy it. They give you some insight into the mind of writers and why they do the things they do. Writing Excuses

Buddhist Geeks if you're into the whole Buddha thing but don't like the boring parts.

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