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Old 10-19-2018, 05:43 PM
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Has anyone here been listening to Season 3 of Serial? Because it's really great.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:32 PM
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Has anyone here been listening to Season 3 of Serial? Because it's really great.
I love it, but it takes me a while to get through the episodes. This is not because of any problem with the show, but instead just because the criminal justice system is so bad in the US that I have to take breaks for a while when I get too frustrated or depressed.

I'm sure this is not an original opinion, but I also think that by offering a close examination of how the criminal justice works (or, more often, doesn't work) on the ground, this season is serving as a kind of penance for the worst excesses of the first season's true crime format...
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:31 PM
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That's actually not too far from what the producers said the reason for this focus was, since it's not particularly serial, the story
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Old 10-24-2018, 03:27 AM
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I love it, but it takes me a while to get through the episodes. This is not because of any problem with the show, but instead just because the criminal justice system is so bad in the US that I have to take breaks for a while when I get too frustrated or depressed.

I'm sure this is not an original opinion, but I also think that by offering a close examination of how the criminal justice works (or, more often, doesn't work) on the ground, this season is serving as a kind of penance for the worst excesses of the first season's true crime format...
Absolutely agreed. After finishing the latest episode, I couldn't help but marvel at the fact that the entire US isn't already in open revolt.
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:33 PM
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This just a general problem I have with crowd funded podcasts and not one in particular. I know they want more to buy things they need, but whenever a podcast has tiers that make the listener more or less important depending on how much they give, it feels shitty. The hosts can be talking about the evils of capitalism, then a minute later say that the topic of this week’s show was from a supporter who payed a certain amount of money to get their idea heard. Doesn’t matter if the topic is bad or not conducive to a good discussion, the donor lobbied for it with their money, and money equals influence and worth.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:46 AM
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Oh daaaaaang, Thrilling Adventure Hour is coming back!

It's going to get two new episodes a month, in studio rather than live, with new segments as well as returning classics/actors.
It’s tooooodaaaaaay!

Unsurprisingly It’s leading off with a double-feature or Beyond Belief and Sparks Nevada.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:11 AM
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This just a general problem I have with crowd funded podcasts and not one in particular. I know they want more to buy things they need, but whenever a podcast has tiers that make the listener more or less important depending on how much they give, it feels shitty. The hosts can be talking about the evils of capitalism, then a minute later say that the topic of this week’s show was from a supporter who payed a certain amount of money to get their idea heard. Doesn’t matter if the topic is bad or not conducive to a good discussion, the donor lobbied for it with their money, and money equals influence and worth.
Speaking as a person who runs a modestly successful crowdfunded podcast, I am incredibly thankful for the people who literally throw money at me for nothing more than the modest reward I can give for a spare-time hobby that hundreds of people listen to every day. It is amazing to me that so many people listen to me talk with my friend. It's equally amazing anyone wants to pay me enough money so that I will say "Thank you" to them on my podcast and make a joke about their name, but there are dozens of people who do, and it's literally the easiest reward to offer after following a person on Twitter. It also tells people we view them as a community, and reinforces that we want that community to know we care about them.

I can assure you that neither my co-host or myself have any illusion about becoming "professional podcasters" and living solely off the sweet sweet fat of listeners' $1-$10 monthly Patreon contributions. However, it is incredibly helpful that the few thousand dollars that we earned this year helped us to cover our hosting fees, upgrade our recording room with acoustic foam, gave us the money to go to a con and promote a podcast, and pays for our lunches on the 1-2 times a month we have a 12-hour recording day. Next year, we may be able to save up for another con visit or new microphones (or both, if we can manage to grow). We're also ethical people, so we get to pay taxes (at a contractor/W-9 rate in the US) on the money we earn, which cuts into our gross income substantially.

At this point, we've been successful enough also get a luxurious $40 or so a month each that are our "podcast profits." This money is ours to do with as we please, but given that it takes us approximately 5-10 hours of reading a book, taking notes, recording a discussion, and editing that discussion into a quality 60-90 minute product, we try not to think about it as wages. We produce 4-5 episodes a month that are 60-90 minutes long, so if you do the math (which I haven't) my hourly rate on our podcast falls well below the minimum wage in the US.

Relative to other podcasts we are lucky, and the stats bear that out: the "average" podcast on Patreon earns less than $50 a month in support, which is barely enough to support hosting fees. We are in the top 10%, and it's because people want the rewards we offer. Even in our case, this $500 a month (a level of support most podcast-makers will only dream of attaining) is not nearly enough for us to be considered beneficiaries of our capitalist free market when compared to the labor and expenses of our endeavor.

I want to be clear that I'm completely grateful that there are people out there supporting my hobby enough that it only costs me time and not money. That's awesome. So awesome, in fact, that after over two years of doing this (and only recently making any money at all at it) both my partner and I are excited and driven to improve the experience for our fans and "justify" our success in an incredibly niche section of a fragmented market.

I realize too that some of your complaints may rest with the political nature of the podcasts you listen to. We do have the benefit of not being an overtly political podcast (we talk about geeky books), and while we take patron requests, we only do those in special "bonus mini-casts" that are not part of our regular broadcast because we don't want our fans directing our main content. We also do not advertise on our podcast. We're probably not doing the things that irritate you about other podcasts, and that's a result of intentional choices we made that others may not make the same way.

If you're frustrated by these shout-outs and fan-driven episode topics, I would encourage you to visit the podcast's Patreon page and see how much they're actually "making" off of their fans. Also consider if they're forcing people to pay to receive content, or asking for support to cover costs. Finally, I'd ask you to consider that every person who listens to that same podcast likely has the opportunity to listen to a large library of content for free.

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Old 10-31-2018, 04:55 PM
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man, without my patrons, i wouldn't be able to do a podcast at all. it costs us a stupid amount of money to do this stuff, and even with patronage, we're still in a hole every month.

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Old 11-01-2018, 06:18 PM
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I listen to so many podcasts and watch so many youtube channels that are patron backed, I'm super thankful it exists. And I love that people can suggest ideas that way because usually they are good ideas because they are big fans who put up money for the idea.

speaking of patreon, I kind of want to listen to "talking futurama" which is a patron-only thing for "talking simpsons." Does anyone know if I sign up for it if I can just go find that season of Talking Futurama easily, or will I have to dig through the whole Patreon talking simpsons feed for it?
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:58 PM
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They've got the episodes tagged so you can download them without searching through the archive.
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Old 11-05-2018, 05:21 PM
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It’s tooooodaaaaaay!

Unsurprisingly It’s leading off with a double-feature or Beyond Belief and Sparks Nevada.
Well, Beyond Beyond Belief, which was still funny despite not having Frank and Sadie Doyle in it (though I hope they come back). It was actually really strong, though it's weird not hearing it in front of a studio audience. Also Ahmed Best was in it! And he was hilarious.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:43 PM
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“He looked like if an unbaked croissant was a guy!”
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:53 PM
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Slate's new narrative podcast Standoff, about the Ruby Ridge standoff and aftermath, seems like it's going to be a very good show for people who want more stuff like Slow Burn in their life.
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Old 11-24-2018, 02:52 PM
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Started listening to Story Break, which feels much like Cool Games Inc, except with movies instead of video games. And also without any McElroys in it. ANd also hopefully without a big ol' crap dude in it.

The first episode I listened to pitched a Bridget Jones sequel set in the post-apocalyptic future where evil Fast Food chains have conquered the desert called Earth, like a rom-com Fury Road with bug-people.

So, needless to say, I immediately hopped into this thread to mention that.
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Old 11-25-2018, 02:11 PM
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Somehow we've managed to make 10 of That Podcast We Did. Please enjoy us talking out of our asses about lightsabers and a pony game and mocking flat Earth.

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Old 11-25-2018, 04:40 PM
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I'm enjoying your podcast. It's a nice palate cleanser for the seriousTM podcasts I have in the feed so I quite appreciate hearing the two of you shoot the breeze about videogames and flat-earth weirdos.
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The newest Beef and Dairy Network ("Beefy Boy") is absolutely amazing. I would say it's a must-listen for anyone reading this.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:56 PM
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Recent podcasts of note:

Star Wars Minute is back, and they're up to Force Awakens. It's fun to hear them talking about a good movie again.

The Dear Prudence podcast recently had an episode with guests Carta Monir and Grace Lavery, making it an all-trans panel, and now I wish they were on every episode.

Song Exploder has featured a bunch of my favorite artists lately, like Janelle Monae, Decemberists, and Neko Case.

Lena Raine was on Setting the Record Queer. Always good to hear from her.

Woodland Secrets has been consistently great. When that podcast started out, I never knew if I was going to like it from episode to episode but it's always funny and interesting these days.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:27 PM
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How many episodes of The Flophouse deal with Christmas Movies? Not counting the most recent episode, the only ones I could find while browsing were Saving Christmas and Last Ounce Of Courage, and I feel like there has to have been more than that.

I mean, yes, they have a separate holiday just so they don’t have to deal with christmas movies, but I feel like Bad Holiday Films must surely outstrip Nicholas Cage movies by this point.
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Old 12-09-2018, 01:32 PM
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My wife and I went to a live recording of Stuff You Should Know for her birthday last night in Atlanta. I like the show alright but she's a big fan.

It was a cool evening, well worth checking out and good to see a couple folks making a living doing something they clearly enjoy.

Also its funny that of the three podcasts I've seen live, two have been at Center Stage in Atlanta.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:39 AM
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I guess The Retro League podcast has shut down, rather randomly... they have deleted the website all youtubes and all ways to download episodes. Which sucks because I hadn't had a chance to listen to the latest (or last!) one. Does anybody here have it and could upload it by any chance?

Also on that note, does anybody have any good reccs for other old video games podcasts (besides Retronauts of course!)
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:19 AM
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Started listening to Story Break, which feels much like Cool Games Inc, except with movies instead of video games. And also without any McElroys in it. ANd also hopefully without a big ol' crap dude in it.

The first episode I listened to pitched a Bridget Jones sequel set in the post-apocalyptic future where evil Fast Food chains have conquered the desert called Earth, like a rom-com Fury Road with bug-people.

So, needless to say, I immediately hopped into this thread to mention that.
The most recent episode pitches a Christmas Movie, inspired by Stephen Kings Storm of the Century. About the song “The Boys Are Back In Town”.

And I plainly need to stop listening to this show because every episode makes me so disappointed in reality for not making these things real.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:55 PM
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I was listening to Talking Simpsons for the last few months, but I had to stop when one of them said he wished one of his teachers was dead.

Maybe I will try the Shelbyville version of Talking Simpsons, Everything's Coming Up Simpsons, but I'm worried they might be just as offensive.
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Old 12-20-2018, 04:08 AM
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The just relentless positivity is one of the big things that Everything’s Coming Up Simpson’s has over Talking Simpsons.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:44 AM
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The just relentless positivity is one of the big things that Everything’s Coming Up Simpson’s has over Talking Simpsons.
*Quietly slides it even further up the queue*
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:51 PM
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I do not listen to Everything's Coming up Simpsons but I do follow Allie Goertz on Instagram and she's lovely there.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:52 PM
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It's A Thing is back! Tom Merritt and Molly Wood have a podcast, all's right in the world.
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Old 01-02-2019, 03:29 PM
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Seeing as I shared it on Facebook. Here is my spreadsheet o'podcasts.

I'll unlock it and if people want to add things in the recommendation tab I'd appreciate it!

Always looking for new things!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing
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I dropped a ton of podcasts from my subscriptions in 2018 (the loss of Idle Thumbs was especially heart-wrenching for me), so some of these should fill the void nicely. Thanks!
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I would certainly put some recommendations down for you, it's on "comment only" at the moment though.

Is Planet Money still going? My work computer hasn't pulled one down since July...
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