A week ago I complained that I couldn’t find any good podcasts, and you guys responded with a wealth of recommendations. More to my surprise, a number of irate fans of the popular Nobody Likes Onions podcast showed up. They left a bunch of nasty comments to the effect that I am a stuck-up faggot who needs hair implants etc. This is kind of funny since what I had said in a possibly ironic way was that I don’t like the top-10 podcasts, but that this was only to be expected since most people are morons and so anything with mass appeal is unlikely to be any good. I gotta say that the NLO commenters did nothing to dispel that notion.
Anyway, commenter TJ pointed out that the most authoritative top-10 list for podcasts isn’t the one at Podcast Alley, but the one at iTunes. I can only get at their top-5 list without installing their software, but here it is:
- Oprah and Eckhart’s A New Earth
- This American Life
- Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil
- Fresh Air (NPR)
- Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me (NPR)
Nos 2 and 5 have been recommended by Aard readers, which suggests that I may be wrong about top lists and morons. But let’s note that Oprah is no 1 — q.e.d.
Meanwhile, I’ve found two more podcasts that I do like: Sex is Fun about astronomy and Planetary Radio about sex. The latter has excellent sexy astronomical news coverage, marred somewhat by a hokey US “family-friendly” style of presentation. (I was really relieved when the presenter allowed himself to say “crap” in the latest episode.)
Update 13 April: Charming and intelligent NLO fans are now taunting me in the comments because my podcast is not as popular as NLO. This really hurts since I don’t even have a podcast. And of course they’re calling me a faggot again, which I gather from context is supposed to be an insult. I just wonder whom they’re hoping to attract to NLO by this behaviour!?