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Published: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:53:41 -0800

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Two people talking about things. I need more podcasts!

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:53:41 -0800

I need more podcasts. Specifically, I need more of a particular type of podcast. Two/three regular podcasts hosts, no interviews, talking about things. Not humor/shoot-the-shit type podcasts however. Examples inside! I listen to a lot of podcasts. I can't believe I'm asking for more. But I've come to realize there's a type of podcast that I really enjoy. It has quality audio and editing (this is super important... if it sounds like it's recorded over skype i'm out), has 2-3 regular hosts, is not an interview show, and actually has a general theme/topic for each episode. It's a podcast where humor is not the focus. Obviously the funny bit here and there is welcome, but it is not the goal. I strongly prefer consistent hosts because I like getting to know them and their quirks. The odd interview is ok if it aligns with the topic, but it needs to be more about the hosts and not at all "On this show we talk to XYZ about their new book/podcast/tvshow/whatever".

Topics: Basically anything that is not politics or religion, but podcasts are my escape from reality so anything that is designed to provoke uncomfortable feelings because XYZ is horrible I'm not into. I work in tech and have tended to lean that way for topics, but other things like sports, law, cars, animals, food, medical, etc... any random niche I could learn about is fair game! (but please no more apple-news... I get enough of that already!)

A list of podcasts I already listen to that fall into this category:

* Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP)
* Analog(ue)
* Grumpy Old Geeks
* Cortex
* Upgrade
* Sawbones
* Gastropod
* How Stuff Works
* Part Time Genius
* Hello Internet (this is on the blurry edge of my requirements but I love it, so...)

Podcasts that are too random/humor focused (I'll admit it's a fuzzy line):

* Do By Friday
* No Such Thing As A Fish

Thanks all - looking forward to any suggestions!

French Audiobooks & Podcasts Online (USA)

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:59:57 -0800

I am studying French (in the USA), and would like to listen to some contemporary audiobooks and podcasts on my iPhone. Where can I find them online? My French is at an intermediate/B1 level. Currently, I use Overdrive to listen to audiobooks, but my library has no fiction in French. I use iTunes for podcasts, but currently can only find very few podcasts in French, and the ones I do find are specifically for French language learners, like Journal en francais facile (which I love, but its daily episodes are only 10~ min long). I have looked into Audible, but since it is so expensive, I am hoping to find more options out there.

I would prefer contemporary, fun, exciting stories -- essentially, page turners. They need to be entirely in French, because I get distracted by frequent breaks between English and French, like in Coffee Break French.

My French is at an intermediate/B1 level. It's OK if the content is a bit above my fluency level, but hopefully they it won't be so sophisticated that it's impenetrable to me.

I'm especially interested in French-language YA, ghost stories, and thrillers/mysteries.

Help me find podcast episode about jobs that can't be more efficient.

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:24:13 -0800

I'm looking for a specific episode of a podcast which contained a comment about how certain industries - medicine and education - for example, can't always be made more efficient or productive. I believe that the episode was from Freakonomics or Planet Money, but I can't seem to find in my googling of their transcripts. The examples were that in medicine having a doctor examine more patients doesn't increase the care that each individual patient gets, and that in education if you increase the number of students int he classroom the students aren't individually learning more. Another part of this idea was that if society embraced the idea that these aspects of life are going to get more expensive as time goes on then we can plan for those expenses and not be shocked by the cost down the road.

Listening that makes my mind/soul expand?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:31:58 -0800

Recommendations for mind blowing lectures/convos with iconoclasts? I like long form, academic, original, quirky, captivating lectures, conversations, or podcasts with iconoclasts on interesting subjects. I enjoy Alan Watts lectures, Joe Rogan (if he's talking to someone really interesting), some Hardcore History, the Feynman lectures. I want to feel my mind/soul expand :-) while listening.

What I'm not interested in is shorter form, more mainstream listening like TEDTalks, Philosophy Bites, How It Works, Revisionist History, etc.

Like Pod Save America But With Less Swears & Irony

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:37:12 -0800

ISO: Current events, history, and social justice podcasts appropriate for listening to with a five-year-old. I grew up listening to NPR and watching the evening network news with my parents every single day. In this current timeline we are living in, though, NPR and network news just make me incandescent with rage and I get most of my news in the form of podcasts (Crooked Media, Vox, etc...) and reading the internet. Since the internet and podcasts don't have to conform with broadcast standards, they are mostly not kid-appropriate.

My son is 5, and a pretty immature 5 even by the standards of five-year-olds. He has a history of blurting out shit he hears but doesn't understand (which I know is a standard feature of the five-year-old OS). I also don't want to, like, traumatize him with 24/7 news about school shootings or nuclear war, but I do want him to be exposed to political discourse, as well as history and social justice concepts. It doesn't have to be a specifically-for-kids podcast (though if one of those exists, that would be most excellent and I want to know all about it), but I'd like to find some things I can listen to when I'm in the car with him that aren't full of swears, sexual innuendo, and irony/sarcasm (do not get me wrong, I personally love all those things, but my kid can't deal with them without getting himself into a heap of trouble at school due to his complete lack of brain/mouth filtration or understanding of the concept of sarcasm). From a left/center-left perspective. Bonus points if it would be legitimately educational for a young child rather than just background noise that mom is listening to.

Recommend some 'chatty friends' style podcasts for me

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:20:42 -0800

For a long time I thought that I hated podcasts, but it turns out I just hate "NPR voice" and overly serious, professionally-produced podcasts like Serial or Radio Lab. Then I started listening to Another Round and Dear Prudence because I'm a fan of the people involved. I love these podcasts! They are silly, casual, unscripted, and it feels like I'm hanging out with cool friends while they talk about smart stuff. What else should I be listening to? Other podcasts that I like
- Baby Genius: This is great! Funny, feminist, hilarious friends chatting. (But I don't really think Expert Hour is funny, I usually skip that part.)
- Science For The People: It's not as funny as the others, so I tend not to listen as often, but I like the topics and the low-tech, non-scripted feel. They just call regular scientists and ask them questions.

Podcasts I tried that I don't like
- Happiness Project: the hosts are just chatting but they feel too uptight, too NPR-voice. And I can't relate to their lives or topics very often.
- Hilarious World of Depression: too scripted/produced. The host spends most of the show narrating the guest's life, interspersed with some comments from the guest, instead of having a conversation between equals.
- Anna Faris's podcast: I can't exactly say why she bothers me. But she managed to say a enough things in one episode that made me uncomfortable that I couldn't keep listening.

Bonus for feminist, queer, anti-racist, progressive voices, but the podcast doesn't have to be about political stuff. Topics I enjoy include science, science fiction, mental health, pop culture, queer stuff, history, literature. Anything EXCEPT current events. This is escapism for me, so I don't want a podcast that's just rehashing the terrible headlines of the day.

(And just in case this needs to be said: please nothing that relies on homophobic, misogynist, transphobic, racist, ableist kinds of humour. Again, this is escapism for me so I want to avoid stuff that's going to traumatize me or bum me out.)

I'm looking for weird, surreal, artsy podcasts.

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:00:34 -0800

When I google "weird podcasts" I get a lot of results for paranormal or "creepy" podcasts, but that's not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for something more avant garde. Not necessarily dark, although darkness is okay. A humorous bend is also also okay, but not required. There was a previous Ask for weird podcasts where they were looking for stories, but I'm not necessarily looking for something as structured as a story.

Here are some examples of weird things I like and I'm looking for in podcast form.

-"Off The Air," the Adult Swim show
- Many Adult Swim shows in fact, especially ones with a Tim & Eric type sensibility.
- Revolution 9 by The Beatles (so I guess Sound Collage podcasts would work).
- True Stories, the 80s David Byrne movie.

Thanks in advance!

"Matt Lieber is a weekend with good weather and no plans."

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:17:10 -0800

Some podcasts have odd credits for staff at the end of each episode. MeFi favorite, "Reply All" is the most consistent with this, as at the end of every episode, producer Matt Lieber is [something really pleasant]. I've also heard this on other podcasts--"Snap Judgement" is the example that immediately springs to mind. I get that this is a nice kind of tribute to someone who is instrumental in creating the podcast. What I want to know is, when/how did this start?

Podcasts to sleep to

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:58:24 -0800

I need 20-30 minutes of fairly boring content I can listen to, followed by another half hour of additional content while I’m actually sleeping. I can line up multiple podcasts in a queue if one episode alone isn’t long enough.

I saw this was asked in 2014, but content evolves and several of those suggestions are either no longer produced or too creepy/war-oriented for me.

I used to listen to America’s Test Kitchen and The Splendid Table for this. Sometimes I’ll do Wine for Normal People or Lexicon Valley. Can’t be anything where I’ll really care about the end of the episode.

Also nothing upsetting, what with the current events and all. I’m also not ok with sci-if or religion.

I’m familiar with Sleep with Me, but that’s not interesting enough in the pre-sleeping window. New Books Network was suggested last time, that’s too boring and unreliably produced for my taste.

Thanks in advance!

Recommend an Android podcast app that will keep shows together

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:10:42 -0800

BeyondPod is pretty good. But I like to manually select which episodes to add to my playlist. BeyondPod has a single playlist, so episodes from a bunch of shows all get added to the bottom of my playlist and I have to manually move the new episodes to put them next to other episodes from the same show. Is there a podcast app out there that will keep episodes from the same podcast together, or allow me to create multiple playlists so I can just create a playlist per show?

How can I download bbc radio from the iplayer in mp3 format?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:09:51 -0800

I have a long drive this weekend and I'd like to listen to Radio 4's production of Anansi Boys in the car. And maybe Good Omens too. But the iplayer doesn't offer these programmes for download, and my car-listening device is an ipod classic. How can I download the iplayer radio streams as mp3s? Further details:
I'm a British license-payer so as I understand it, I am not trying to do anything illegal.
I don't want to touch itunes. I use sharepod to load my ipod.
I have a smartphone but no way to connect it to my car radio.
I've found this site and tried feeding it Anansi Boys' VPID, but I'm not sure how to make use of any of the download formats it offers.
And that should give you a good idea of my tech-literacy. More exotic suggestions might well be beyond me.

Any help appreciated.

Fitness(/nutrition) podcasts?

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 14:53:23 -0800

I'm not looking for detailed instructions or routines or sets of exercises or anything along that line, but am more looking for stories/inspiration/psychology/maybe some research about fitness. For perspective and context:
I'm female and approaching 50 years old
I'm focused on getting stronger and healthier in general.
I'm not brand new to exercise, but I'm not super experienced either.
I'm overweight and would like to lose weight, but don't want to obsess about the number on the scale.

I see this question from a few months ago and that gave me some reading material, but the focus is a little different and no podcasts were mentioned.

Looking for an iOS podcast app that plays episodes sequentially

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:51:13 -0800

I want an iOS podcasting app that allows me to choose an old episode of a subscribed podcast and play that and automatically play the remaining episodes in sequential order - without me having to create a playlist. I just want to be able to tap an episode and have the app play the following episodes for hours without any intervention. The old iOS podcast app did this, but as of iOS 11, it doesn't. I tried a few other podcasting apps, but haven't found one that does it as simply as the old iOS app, or I haven't figured out how to use or configure the apps to do it. Apps I've tried that don't do this:

  • Apple - A podcast can be put in the Library to sort of do this. But the new interface is a pain to deal with.
  • Overcast - much cleaner interface than the Apple app, but in continuous play mode after you subscribe to a podcast, if you select an old episode, the next episode played jumps to the most recent ones (the problem being that old episodes are not in the unplayed list)
  • Podcast App - It can actually do it, but it has full-page ads, is extremely basic and has absolutely no configuration settings.
  • Downcast - From what I can tell, you have to create playlists.

Features I'm looking for:

  • Plays all episodes of a podcast sequentially with minimum fuss.
  • No ads, or at least unobtrusive ads.
  • Free or cheap.
  • Streams the podcast, instead of automatically downloading (this is configurable in most apps).

If any of the above apps I've already tried do what I want, please enlighten me on how to configure the app to do so.

Podcasts that are lighthearted but interesting

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:18:15 -0800

I’m looking for podcasts to listen to while relaxing that are not too deep or intense, but still engaging. Nothing dealing with breaking news or heavy culture issues, emotional stories, mentally intensive thinking, activism or social justice. At the same time, not looking something for specifically humor focused, as they tend to try too hard to be high energy and zany. Prefer to not have too much cursing or crass topics.

Like – Stuff You Should Know, No Such Thing as a Fish, Car Talk, 99% invisible, Judge John Hodgman

Not looking for – TAL, The Moth (too emotional/depressing), This Week in Tech (gets into a lot of social and culture issues), Radiolab (can be mentally intense), Pop Culture Happy Hour, Comedy Bang Bang (too comedy focused and sometimes activist/social justice oriented)

Interested in, but not necessarily looking for topics like general knowledge, video games, movies, sports, technology

Thanks for your help!

find me a find/catch me a catch

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:27:35 -0800

Looking for some new podcasts to listen to; details inside. I've asked this question before a couple of times, last time in 2015, so preferably podcasts that debuted in 2016 & 2017 would be best.

What I'm looking for:
-Comedy/humor podcasts centered on a concrete theme (How Did This Get Made?, Doughboys, Dead Authors)
-Retro video games (Retronauts, HG101's Top Games, Maximum Power Up)
-Weird/occult/UFO/etc. (Mysterious Universe, Lore, Myths & Legends)
-True crime about literally anything except murder and/or sexual assault (if there's murder incidentally in it bc it's about the mafia for instance, that's fine. Preferably no sexual assault at all.)
-History of an entertainment medium, industry, etc. (You Must Remember This)
-Curated old time radio (Down These Mean Streets)

What I'm NOT looking for:
-LA Comedy Industry Dudes Chat About The World Of LA Comedy
-Loose improv
-Anything about contemporary video games
-Anything featuring the McElroy brothers
-News/current events
-Making fun of bad movies

Another call for best podcast EPISODES

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:10:18 -0800

I am not a podcast listener because I have a 10 minute bike commute and also am a terrible listener. However, I’m going to be driving for most of the next month, and would love to explore the world of podcasts. There are so many. Please recommend me the best INDIVIDUAL EPISODES of good podcasts. Anything goes, fiction, non-fiction, history, arts, tech, politics, comedy, absurdity, anything and everything else, but I have a slight preference for less chatty. I have seen this and this, but a year contains a lot of episodes, and A LOT has happened in the past year. Feel free to repeat suggestions from those two previous asks because that means I’ll be twice as likely to take the suggestion!

What is the Planet Money of Current Affairs? And History?

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 14:56:30 -0800

What is the Planet Money of Current Affairs? The podcast 'Planet Money' feels like it's aimed at intelligent people, who just so happen to have no economics background: there's plenty of explanation from first principles, explanation of consequences, etc. There's also a fair amount of personality to the tone of the podcast, as opposed to purely dry and factual. Is there anything similar for Current Affairs? And for the history that would help us understand current affairs? A podcast would be nice, but if there's another way, that would be good too. Thank you.

Need a new Podcatcher

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:18:52 -0800

I've been complaining about it for years, but the most recent round of "updates" to the iOS built-in Podcasts app has finally broken this camel's back. I need a new podcatcher, but I realize I have no idea what's out there beyond Apple's walled garden. Details inside. My criteria, in rough order of importance:

- Must be available on iOS (not buying a new phone for this)
- Must be able to reliably download, store, keep track of and play back podcasts without crashing or otherwise glitching out. (I know, I shouldn't have to say this, but given my experience with the built-in app, it seemed worth mentioning).
- An understandable UI that lets me navigate intuitively and easily see what I've got downloaded and what's available from the podcasts I'm subscribed to. (For example, not having a screen called "Listen Now" that doesn't actually have a button to start listening to any podcasts now.)
- Some semi-advanced playback controls would be nice. One of the few things I like from the last few iterations of the iOS app is the ability to listen at faster speeds and skip forward and back in 15 second increments from the lock screen.
- Some sort of personalized recommendation/discovery feature or features would be nice for when I want to find something new. Again, this is something the iOS app has, but it's just not very useful or easy to navigate if you don't already know what you want.
- I'd prefer not to deal with in-app ads, and would be willing to pay (but probably not on an on-going subscription basis) for the privilege.

Are there British podcasts I'm missing out on?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:10:21 -0800

I love podcasts. But I feel like I'm missing out on a wealth of British ones. Do you have any favorite UK podcasts or radio shows? I am a huge fan of podcasts and find them super useful to have on in the background when I work. I have a sizeable list (ranging from comedy narratives, conversational humor, trivia, interviews with creatives and comedians, to topics like history, racial issues, science, tech culture, and food. Not so much True Crime.)-- I'd say I like a balance between laughing and learning.

Some of my faves off the top of my head: My Brother My Brother and Me, Gastropod, Start Up, Invisibilia, Reply All, Ear Hustle, Oh No Ross and Carrie, The Pitch, We Got This with Mark and Hal, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Rough Translation, The Hilarious World of Depression, Wits, Flash Forward, The Sporkful, Heaven's Gate....

This list though is largely US-centric. I also love British comedy, and I feel like there must be a ton of British podcasters I'm unaware of. These are the ones I know and love (and highly recommend to other Mefites):

Definitely Human Productions-- makers of MarsCorp, The Bunker, The Infinite Bad, and The International Worldwide Global Biscuit Review Podcast.

The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast

Answer Me This

The Allusionist

The Bugle

but can you tell me others I'm missing? I'm open to traditional radio programs as well, provided they're something I can listen to in the US. Thanks!

Dance 10, Looks 3: Where we seek media about Auditions/Selection Process

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:58:11 -0800

Can you think of ANY show, documentary, movie, TV show, web series, podcast ANYTHING that has to do with an audition or selection process or competition. It doesn't matter what's being auditioned or selected or competed for: Dance, Acting, Cheerleader, Chess, whatever. Looking for things that show the selection process, but also interested in docs or movies where the subject is training/studying/practicing for a competition or audition. Fiction or Doc, it's all good. My friend is going to be laid up for for quite some time after a nasty injury. I happen to know she has a little niche fetish for shows that involve an audition, selection process, or those studying or practicing for something. So I want to compile a list or a hard drive full of shows and links to things. She told me once she saw a documentary about girls trying out for the Dallas Cowboy's Cheerleaders and she's has a weird and keen interest ever since. Suggestions can be fiction or documentary, but here's a few examples:

Example: First Position, a doc about dancers preparing for a ballet competition.

Example: Virtuosity about a piano competition.

All suggestions welcome even if it's kind of tangentially related, thank you!

Unputdownable podcasts or audio books (non fiction) please...

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:49:58 -0800

I like to listen to non fiction serialised podcasts on my commute. Favourites include Crimetown, Serial, S-Town, How to be a Girl and Up & Vanished. I could do with some recommendations for gripping non-fiction audio books or podcasts (serialised) in any genre. Crimetown has ruined me for most other things, so I'm looking for suggestions featuring captivating true stories/tales/events that will make my commute a delight again.

I do lean towards true crime or political(ish) stuff - but will give anything a go.

Massive thanks. :)

Podcasts about the design process

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:54:20 -0800

I'm looking for podcasts that feature creators talking in detail about how and why they created the things that they did. The field doesn't matter so much, but I love listening to brilliant designers/creators take things apart and talk about what works, what doesn't, and why they built things the way they did. Some examples and snowflakes below the cut. Not looking for review podcasts that boil down to buyers' guides for the latest new thing (though I am interested in smart critics dissecting the hot new thing and putting it in the context of previous hot new things). It doesn't just have to focus on great works (sometimes dissecting why something is bad can be just as interesting) but it should be focussed on actually understanding root causes, not just pointing and laughing. (For example, despite an interest in medical history, I completely bounced off of the few episodes of Sawbones that I listened to, because it felt like they spent more time saying "LOL people in the past believed stupid things about biology and medicine" and not digging into why those things fit into their world-view.)

Examples of this genre:

Designer Notes by Soren Johnson (video games)
Ludology by Ryan Sturm and Geoff Engelstein (board games)
Writing Excuses by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler,
et al. (writing)
Song Exploder by Hrishikesh Hirway (music)
Imaginary Worlds by Eric Molinsky (sci-fi and fantasy world-building)

And before I get a hundred comments suggesting Roman Mars' 99 Percent Invisible, 99PI is a great design podcast, but it's pretty much the opposite of what I'm looking for. 99PI is generally framed around "here's a cool designed thing and all the impact it had on the world" rather than "here's how and why this cool designed thing was designed in precisely the way it was".

Tips for LA Pod Fest?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:17:54 -0800

So LA Pod Fest starts tonight (for possibly the last time) and I'm attending. For anyone who's been before, I wonder if you could tell me how it works with attending specific tapings. Is it just first come-first served? I couldn't find the answer online. Other tips would be welcome too, of course. Excited for the Dollop taping tomorrow night!

Wanted: mental health/therapy podcasts and leftist history podcasts

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:28:37 -0800

I am looking for two different types of podcasts: podcasts that focus on therapy and/or mental health aspects of specific people AND podcasts that focus on leftist history. Examples and parameters inside. Mental Health podcasts

I love Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin? (NYer article here). I also enjoyed the problematic Missing Richard Simmons and S-Town. I am a therapist and enjoy listening to actual therapy sessions, so the former example is a gimme, but I also enjoy hearing intimate narratives of people's lives that skew partly around their mental health. I DO NOT like generalized lifehack-y mental health podcasts like Happier and most TED talks. I do like TAL but sometimes the episodes are dull so I haven't peeled through that stash for a long time.

Leftist History Podcasts

While I enjoy leftist podcasts like The Intercept, Jacobin, District Sentinel, Chapo and others, I think I need to take a break from the upsetting current affairs. I've really, really enjoyed Trillburne's The Age of Napoleon, which isn't explicitly leftist but focuses on race, capitalism, and colonialism. The presentation is well-written, engaging and easy to follow. I remembered very little about European history from my school days and easily absorbed most of this podcast's facts. Now that I'm all caught up on episode 10, I need something to tide me over until the next installment arrives!

Recommendations for Podcast Discovery in 2017?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 02:46:54 -0800

I am always on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to but I find that Overcast, Pocket Casts and Apple Podcasts discovery engines are very limited - Are there any other recommended avenues to explore on this in 2017? I currently subscribe to (or have listened to) most of the big ones that come up on these threads so am looking into the more obscure. I triage as they come in so that I only listen if the blurb grabs me. I listen regularly to casts on Fantasy Prem League football, Football in general, popular science, stories (TAL, Radiolab etc), Movies, Trivia (No Such Thing as a Fish etc), comedy (My Dad Wrote a Porno, Flop House) and many others