I've been laid low all day with a cold. To entertain myself while unable to read, I've listened to podcasts, and when I ran out of shows I subscribe to I started checking out Podcast Alley's top-10. Unfortunately, most people being morons after all, the top-10 aren't any good. Take it from me: you needn't really bother with Keith and the Girl, Red Bar Radio or Nobody Likes Onions.
So, Dear Reader, you clearly aren't a moron: in aggregate, Aard's readers should be a much better authority than the unwashed masses when it comes to podcasts. Please tell me your favourite podcasts with a sentence or two explaining what they're about, and I'll list them here. I'll start off with my own favourites.
- Escape Pod. Science fiction short stories.
- Podcastle. Fantasy short stories.
- Digital Planet. Global news about how digital communication tech changes society.
- Skeptic's Guide to the Universe. Skeptical and scientific news and interviews.
- Skepticality. Skeptical and scientific news and interviews.
- Zooterkin at the JREF forum recommends browsing through the BBC podcasts. "Quite a range of programmes, from comedy to current affairs to sport to science to film reviews. Some even have some sceptical content, most notably the topical comedy programme, The Now Show, which often has digs at such topics as 'Dr' Gillian McKeith."
- SnorkfrÃ¶ken directs us to the mind-altering Psychedelic Salon
- The Brummell suggests Variant Frequencies for more sf short fiction,
- Logically Critical for an archive of good skeptical programs,
- Quirks and Quarks for more science news and interviews,
- Savage Love for sex advice and discussion,
- The Economist: "World news, primarily from a business / economics perspective, but it's the best source I've found for political news about parts of the world I've never visited",
- Nature, and
- EDK points out two good comedy shows, Never Not Funny and The 40 Year Old Boy.
- Barn Owl suggests a good leftie politics show, Democracy Now.
- M.o.a. Tech Guy has an archaeopodcast for us, Stone Pages Archeo News.
- Anne-Marie recommends the Naked Scientist podcast.
- In the opposite vein I can't get enough of the evolution feed from SermonAudio.com. It is some of the funniest stuff a science minded individual can listen to. Real fire and brimstone stuff.
- I am also a big fan of video games and I like the CAGcast, 1upYours ,and GFW Radio.
- A great film podcast is Movies You Should See.
- I just recently started listening to Ask Mr. Biggs, which is really addictive. It uses the callers audio from radio call in shows edited together with a new fake radio show, with hilarious results. Definitely check it out.
- I also have been listening to The Moth Podcast which is a live to tape monologue show that has some really interesting stories.
- If you don't listen to NPR on the radio, you should at least be listening to their podcasts. This American Life is a MUST.
- Also, there are a whole bunch of really interesting lecture series available on iTunes U. I have been listening to IB 31: Animal Behavior - Spring 2008 which is done through UC Berkley and I really recommend that one if you want to get a more advanced understanding of what evolution has done.
- This thread lists many of my favorites... http://forums.randi.org/showthread.p...hlight=podcast
- Slate's Explainer Podcast. http://www.slate.com/podcast/id/2129874/
- Seminars About Long Term Thinking. http://www.longnow.org/projects/seminars/SALT.xml
- X Minus One. 50s science fiction radio drama.
- Vegas Vic's Tiki Lounge
- The Presiflager's Podcast
- The Quackcast
- Ben Goldacre
- Point of Inquiry, CFI's podcast with great interviews. http://www.pointofinquiry.org/
- Skeptoid. http://skeptoid.com/
- Astronomy Cast. http://www.astronomycast.com/
- Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (weekly news quiz)
- Car Talk (even if you don't have a car).
- PRI's Fair Game. A weekdaily funny-ironic news program.
- This week in science
- Atheist Experience
- Atheist Viewpoint
- NPR's Science Friday shorts
- Scientific American podcast
- Humanist Network News
- Reasonable Doubts
- Reason Driven Podcast
- Infidel Guy
- Rational Response Squad
- Sex is Fun from greatsexgames.com, very gabby
- Feast of Fools (Gay Fun Show). gabby and hilarious.
- Truth Driven Thinking
- LSAT logic in every day life
- Logically Critical
- TED Talks
- Polyamory Weekly
- SGU 5x5
- Addicted to Race
- RH Reality Check
- Evolution 101
- Richard Carrier
- FreethoughtRadio's constant stream and it's now segmented podcast
- Naked Scientists
- 60 Second Science
- First Amendment Minute
- Bertrand Russel
- American Freethought
- The biblical errancy show, "Coffee, freethought & gnosis"
- Sex with Silkyshrew
- SR P1's "Spanarna" in Swedish
- Deutsche Welle's "Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten" in German
- http://www.econtalk.org/ Economics - but more from the standpoint of political philosophy (no predictions or commentary on current macroeconomics), very eclectic topics
- Since you are interested in music, you might want to check out the
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and their little tap into new Norwegian (and Scandinavian) music. This is only tracks with a few new artists and their music each week.
- WNUR's This is Hell "... comprised of interviews of people who write-on, study, or have been at the heart of current (as well as some past) social, economic, and political issues."
- Skeptical Viewer: http://www.skepticalviewer.com/category/podcasts/feed/
- Not Insane Podcast: http://notinsane.libsyn.com/
- Public Lecture Podcast: These podcasts from the University of Bath's public lecture series feature leading names from the worlds of science, humanities and engineering talking about the latest research in their field. http://www.bath.ac.uk/podcast/
Awesome! I was just headed off to the gym and had already listened to every podcast on my MP3 player. Their "cardio-media" is conservative talk shows and movies too bad to be good, but not bad enough to be funny.
Hope you feel better soon.
You already hit Escape Pod, which may be the best of the science fiction podcasts. But, there are a couple of other good postcasts of various genres out there:
Variant Frequencies: http://www.variantfrequencies.com/
Similar in many ways to Escape Pod - science fiction stories read out loud, often with multiple voice actors
Logically Critical: http://www.logicallycritical.net/Welcome.html
A series of verbal essays on various topics in skeptical thinking. Note that new 'casts are not being produced, but the existing archive is quite good.
CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks: http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/
The venerable radio program in Canada podcasts their episodes, too. Science news and interviews, primarily from a Canadian perspective but plenty of international news and interviews.
Savage Love: http://podcasts.thestranger.com/savagelove/
Dan Savage, sex-advice-columnist, takes calls from people and discusses all things sexual. Who knew listening to other people describe odd fetishes could be so enlightening?
The Economist: http://audiovideo.economist.com/
World news, primarily from a business / economics perspective, but it's the best source I've found for political news about parts of the world I've never visited.
Never Not Funny, hosted by standup comic Jimmy Pardo. Title says it all.
The 40 Year Old Boy, hosted by standup comic Mike Schmidt, but whose true calling is podcasting. 20 minutes of hilarious anecdotes, told extremely well.
Democracy Now! podcasts are great:
Also known as the War and Peace Report, and as "the largest community media collaboration in the US". Features a special report on the life and legacy of M.L. King Jr. at the moment, due to the sad anniversary of his assassination.
Of course to a Swede, DN will sound like normal news, not the left wing socialist moonbat radio program that it is considered to be by many in the US.... ;-)
Hope you feel better soon!
Thanks for giving Skepticality a mention! Oh, and for a cool side note, the JREF gang, INCLUDING James Randi are call coming to Dragon*Con this year. I am the director for the new Skeptic track at the con, and we have quite an impressive line up this year! :)
Hey, Derek, great to see you stopping by! Your voice is in my handheld!
Have you come across Stone Pages Archeo News? If you can access iTunes, it's fun surfing the links other listeners of the podcast subscribed to since they don't depend on popularity with the masses.
The Naked Scientist!
Other people have already suggested several good ones.
Slate's Explainer Podcast is an incredibly informative 3 minutes on specific current issues.
A lot of the SALT talks about long term thinking are fascinating. From the blurb:
SALT - Seminars About Long Term Thinking
The series looks from many angles and backgrounds at the subject of long term thinking and responsibility. Examples of speakers in the series range from musician Brian Eno, author Bruce Sterling, anthropologist Jared Diamond, technologist Ray Kurzweil, and game creator Will Wright...
It's not a podcast, but if you like science fiction audio, go to the Internet Archive and download more episodes of X Minus One than you can handle. (Seriously, there's 134 half-hour episodes there -- you could listen for three days straight.)
This was an American radio drama that aired back in the 1950s. Full-scale, big-budget dramatizations of stories straight from the pages of Galaxy Magazine. Big-name actors, full orchestral score, and real classic golden-age SF -- Asimov, Heinlein, Bradbury, Pohl, Bester, etc. -- it's not the usual space opera and bug-eyed monsters you associate with 50s sci-fi movies. Many stories were dramatized before the magazine even hit the newsstand.
As far as music podcasts go, I'm a big fan of Vegas Vic's Tiki Lounge (your choice of feeds at the link), but I have notoriously unusual taste in music. Vic podcasts a bit infrequently these days, but you should be able to pilfer his archives as well.
I like The Presiflager's Podcast and its sister the Quackcast brought to you by Pusware LLC. lol
Also don't forget Ben Goldacre!
i like this week in science.
Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Skeptoid aka "evil skeptoid debunkatron"
This Week in Science
NPR's Science Friday shorts
Scientific American podcast
Humanist Network News
Reason Driven Podcast
Point of Inquiry
Rational Response Squad
Sex is Fun from greatsexgames.com, very gabby
Feast of Fools (Gay Fun Show). gabby and hilarious.
Truth Driven Thinking
LSAT logic in every day life
Addicted to Race
RH Reality Check
Richard Carrier **
FreethoughtRadio's constant stream and it's now segmented podcast
60 Second Science
First Amendment Minute **
Bertrand Russel **
I also listened to all the podcasts coming from freethoughtmedia.com, which included the biblical errancy show, "coffee, freethought & gnosis", and "sex with silkyshrew"
** several of these podcasts are either on hiatus or no longer in production.
I limit myself to two regular podcasts: SR P1's "Spanarna" in Swedish, and Deutsche Welle's "Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten" in German.
Economics - but more from the standpoint of political philosophy (no predictions or commentary on current macroeconomics), but very eclectic topics such as
Vermeer and Global Trade in the 17th Century
William Easterly on global poverty and aid:
Like PÃ¤r, I'm also a fan of Spanarna. I also listen to PÃ¥ minuten and Vetandets vÃ¤rld from Swedish radio.
On the Amnerican side, I listen to NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and PRI's This American Life.
Since you are interested in music, you might want to check out the Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and their little tap into new Norwegian (and Scandinavian) music. This is only tracks with a few new artists and their music each week.
Skeptical Viewer: http://www.skepticalviewer.com/category/podcasts/feed/
Not Insane Podcast: http://notinsane.libsyn.com/
I won't claim that they're disinterested recommendations.
Public Lecture Podcast: These podcasts from the University of Bath's public lecture series feature leading names from the worlds of science, humanities and engineering talking about the latest research in their field.
Some of my favorites are:
General Sir Rupert Smith: The utility of force
Professor Allan Kellehear: The history of death and dying
Steve Jones: Why creationism is wrong and evolution is right
Lord Desai: Why is poverty persistent?
Professor Jacque Lynn Foltyn: Dead sexy: The corpse is the new "porn star" of pop culture
Get a sense of humor you fu**ing douche. Nobody likes onions is probably the funniest radio/pod-show ever. Stuck up people like you is what is ruining our beloved Sweden.
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"I started checking out Podcast Alley's top-10. Unfortunately, most people being morons after all, the top-10 aren't any good. Take it from me: you needn't really bother with Keith and the Girl, Red Bar Radio or Nobody Likes Onions."
Most people who listen to podcasts use the directory in iTunes, due to the fact that iTunes is the primary podcatching software of most people. Most people being idiots, you can find This American Life along with 3-4 other podcasts, The Economist podcast, National Geographic podcast, Discovery Channel podcast, and more on the list.
I listen to SGU, Skepticality, Skeptoid, LSAT Logic, This American Life, Life of a Law Student, The Word Nerds, and Nobody Likes Onions.
You, Sir, may be quite intelligent, but have whatsoever no sense of humour. I wish you many hours of great pain.
Relax a little more on your uptight social views, And relisten to Nobody Likes Onions.
It will be worth it.
sorry the great humor of NLO and RBR isn't good enough for the humorless constipated population of sweden.
Oh, man, I wish I could be as deep, cool, intellectual, free-thinking, any-other-smug-self-satisfied-adjective as you! It must be so great (not to mention easy) to be able to buy totally into the mainstream, prevailing philosophies/trends of our time. You don't even have to think for yourself anymore! Super-cool. Darn, I totally know I didn't reach your standard for snide, ironic humor! I so fail at life; why don't I just kill myself now? If anything that strays outside of your preordained standards of "cool, witty, comedy" strikes ME as funny, then I deserve to be ostracized as the loser I am. Oh, God...I must be one of those morons that you say most people are (not you, of course--NEVER you)!
Uh, hey moron. NLO is not your average cup of tea. Just because it's not your fancy, DRINK PISS. Congrats for all of your achievements, very admirable. Great! You're not better than anyone. You'll die just like me and everyone else. Since you had enough initiative to make bad comments about NLO, then tune in to episode 296 to hear their rebuttal. I'd rather listen to them than your boring shit. Go fuck a shaved goat you science jock. Enjoy your BORING LIFE ffffaaaaaggggoooot! FUCK YOUR MOTHER AND DRINK SWEDISH CAT URINE!
OH, I forgot to ask if they have hair plugs in Sweden you balding fagggggoooot! Do they? Why don't you devote your boring studies to balding. Maybe you can find a cure and help men across the world. (Including myself) Then you wouldn't be so bitter about your hairless dome and wouldn't bash good podcasts. HA! Go figure! SKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADOOOOOOOOOOOO NIGGAAAAAAAAAA!
Now, that last comment was just moronic.
I invite you tto reconsider NLO do, it is quite humorous.
I likey the Onions.
I've got some listed here:
BBC's In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg
California Academy of Science's Science in Action
CBC's How to Think About Science
The DNA Files
Exploring Environmental History
Faraday Institute Lectures
NMSR's Science Watch
NPR's Krulwich on Science
NPR's Science Friday
The Royal Society
Sorting Out Science
Cnet.com has some good and entertaining podcasts if you're into tech. My particular favorite is Buzz Out Loud.