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Old 07-21-2008, 06:54 PM
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But they NEVER make new ones. And a lot of times will do one of his boring bullshit music-only episodes that I furiously delete from Itunes in a disappointed rage. But if it did have anything that resembled regularity, it'd be a real contender.
I believe the new ones are on the real radio once every month. The podcasts are just selections from the Radiolab archives.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:20 PM
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I don't listen to any podcasts ever, but I would listen to one where Tomm and I just bitched at each other about whatever.
I still think not listening to Retronauts should be a punishable offense. Maybe not, say, banning, but maybe you get a thread made about you where everyone points and laughs at you.
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Old 07-22-2008, 04:27 PM
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As much as I love it at times, Retronauts can have pacing problems and I generally only listen to it if I'm at least mildly interested in the subject. (I don't like the seemingly arbitrary points where the music comes in, and then the conversation continues on the same trend afterwards. I like the idea of music giving us a break, but it often kills the flow of the on-going conversation and generally irritates me.)
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:15 AM
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I'll toss out some other good stuff that hasn't been mentioned.

The Fantasy Focus: Baseball podcast is so good I listen everyday even though I don't play fantasy baseball. I got hooked on the FF: Football podcast last year and stuck with it because I like the hosts so much.

I also really like The BS Report with Bill Simmons. Simmons is the same guy in his podcast that he is in his columns, so you probably know if you'll like it or not already. The episodes with Adam Corolla are classic.

The Classic Tales Podcast is exactly what it sounds like--audio versions of classic short stories. The reader, BJ Harrison, has a pleasing voice and he's covered everything from H.P Lovecraft to P.G Wodehouse (and even a few authors that don't go by their initials).

I also really like In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg. This one is smart British people discussing some sort of interesting topic. Even when it's obvious I'm not educated enough to follow along, I still enjoy listening to British accents.

Finally, This Week in Science is a good podcast for people with a casual interest in science.

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Non-game related, I love CHUD--an often-times gut stabbingly funny movie podcast; a buddy a mine has realized he's incapable of driving while listening to it.
CHUD is greater than Shifty Peterson's multicolor coat. Here's a tip for anyone trying CHUD out for the first time: Start at the beginning. There are lots of inside jokes.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:19 AM
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I believe the new ones are on the real radio once every month. The podcasts are just selections from the Radiolab archives.
That makes sense. This American Life has a lot of problems getting funding to support giving out the podcasts for free. They have to ask specifically for donations to do it.

Of course I'd totally give money to WBEZ Chicago to provide it (like I do for TAL), but they don't ever ask.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:58 AM
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I got an iPod with a larger capacity for Christmas so I'm on the prowl for some new stuff.

I've already got plenty of video game themed stuff but I'm looking for a good anime podcast and some sophomoric stuff like the YuGiOh abridged version. HALP PLZ
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:18 AM
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I've recently started listening to Geeknights, a podcast featuring two nerds from RIT who talk about everything from video games to anime to science to RPGs. I like it.

The Penny Arcade podcasts are also good, but infrequent.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:32 AM
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The new season of Radio Lab has started. Get immediately.

And maybe you don't need more geek culture podcasts, but This Week In Tech is always a safe standby.

If you are into politics, first thing you should reach for is Common Sense with Dan Carlin. He's remarkably evenhanded about almost every issue and he sounds exactly like Curtis Armstrong from Better Off Dead and Terrible Thunder Lizards. Great show. And if you are still into politics, second thing you should get is Don't Worry About The Government, which is incidentally produced by me.

I've lightened up on 1UP Yours lately. I used to hate it. I think maybe when GFW Radio died, 1UY absorbed a little whiff of its escaping soul.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:09 PM
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Are you sure it isn't the return of John Davison.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:19 PM
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Are you sure it isn't the return of John Davison.
John is arguably the best thing about that podcast, and it always makes me sad when he's not there.

Shane and Garnett irritate me, but I get the feeling I'm not alone on that here, so I won't needlessly dwell on it.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:40 PM
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I'm a little surprised that the podcasts over at Maximum Fun haven't come up yet, so hey!
  • The Sound of Young America - A public radio show about things that are awesome. Jesse Thorn, America's Radio Sweetheart, interviews people about things that are specifically tailored to my tastes. Seems like it should have a smaller fanbase than it does, based on this.
  • Jordan, Jesse, GO! - Jesse and his friend Jordan screw around for an hour or two every week. Pithy description: college radio goes drive-time.
  • The Kasper Houser Comedy Podcast - might be great, but can't vouch for it myself.
  • The Sound of Young America - The College Years - Jordan and Jesse prior to Jesse's public radio success with TSOYA.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:46 PM
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I listened to the Earthbound episode today and I'm hooked. I don't think I could listen to it every day but it's really focused and well done. I'll second "Into the Score".
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:53 PM
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Other than 1up, the good video game podcasts include:
  • Giant Bomb
  • Player One Podcast
  • Gamers With Jobs

I'll also listen to the IGN podcasts or The Cagcast in a pinch. (Fun fact: Shivam has been referenced several times on IGN's Beyond and/or Game Scoop.)
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:55 PM
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i have? lord help me.
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:21 PM
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i have? lord help me.
Yeah, the big loud guy called you "the new [name]" except I don't remember what name that was. And before that you were in anecdote he was recounting. I was like, "Hey! I fake-know that guy!"
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:44 PM
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Other than 1up, the good video game podcasts include:
  • Giant Bomb
  • Player One Podcast
  • Gamers With Jobs

I'll also listen to the IGN podcasts or The Cagcast in a pinch. (Fun fact: Shivam has been referenced several times on IGN's Beyond and/or Game Scoop.)
I don't know, I like some of the guys on Giant Bomb, but I feel like it's way too much overlap for 1up Yours, and I'd rather listen to that.
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:57 PM
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The Penny Arcade podcasts are also good, but infrequent.
Sporadic. They were putting them out at a good clip a while back, but not so much now. I'd listen to one of those for every comic, easily, especially this one.

While I think I would wither and die if I listened to the whole podcast, I love the Sweater Friends summary thing Crunchgear does. Every podcast should have a shitty Flash animated counterpart. What animals would the Retronauts be?

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Old 12-31-2008, 03:32 PM
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I don't know, I like some of the guys on Giant Bomb, but I feel like it's way too much overlap for 1up Yours, and I'd rather listen to that.
Sure, those guys go to the same events, but their perspective is different. Also, both GB and 1uy are such personality-driven shows that it almost doesn't matter what games they are covering.
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[*]Gamers With Jobs
I'd listen if I wasn't eternally unemployed.

Video Game Outsiders is a fun but always LOOOONG show about three gamers. It's very much like a 1UP Yours (complete with a very long whatcha been playin') starring completely normal people instead of New Games Journalism people. It had been going downhill a lot in the past year under the weight of Michelle and John's WoW play, but creating a new podcast just for WoW stuff and moving it all over there has helped raise the bar back up to snuff. I remember recommending it to someone here on Twitter but they were heartbroken when I mentioned that they sometimes prank call GameStops around the country for fun.

Tom VS the Flash is a fun podcast though you might need to be a comic book nerd to enjoy it. Basically, a guy reads an old, pre-Crisis Flash story pretty deadpan and points out all the political incorrectness and odd stuff about it. He was reading JLA for a while, but switched to Barry Allen era Flash.

Search Engine by CBC is one of the better tech podcasts around. It very much "gets" tech stuff and internet memes without being so insider that it would be completely alien for normal radio. It was originally a CBC Radio One show that got taken off the air, but was popular enough that the host has continued the podcast completely on his own, and aside from fewer interview segments and a few less call-ins (which might be a good thing), the quality is still there.

BBC Radio 5Live has a podcast for Mark Kermode's Film Reviews segments on the Simon Mayo show. I like Kermode as a reviewer, though he obviously is following the British release calendar and so he may review films you've never heard of, or sometimes review big US films months after they were released here.

KCRW's Left, Right, & Center is US politics, without shoutyness most of the time. Sometimes it will get a bit loud, particularly when Tony Blankley and the others disagree on something that sounds suspiciously like Communism or government welfare. And the definitions might be a little out of wack for Red State America (the Centrist moderator, for example, is particularly unhappy with the idea of employment being practically a requirement for receiving medical care in our current insurance system.) But I've found that this board is very left wing so it'll probably bother nobody here.

CBC's Ideas is probably the most intellectual podcast you can find in North America until Hawking starts one. Topics range from tongue-in-cheek debates over mundane issues (Does Canada need it's own unique culture to be accepted at the big kids table of nations?) to heated philosophical discussions about serious issues (listening to John Bolton argue with Mia Farrow about whether the international community should intervene in Darfur.)

BBC Radio 4's Start the Week with Andrew Marr is a bit like the This Week in Time show mentioned above, but with a much more current bent. I don't really enjoy it too much though, as many times the topics are about things I don't care about. Broadcasting House, also from Radio 4, is a more entertaining (IMO) Sunday show that gravitates between entertainment and seriousness, with interviews and reporting segments sliced between people reading headlines out of London's Sunday papers.

The rest of my podcasts are pretty niche and a lot of them are travel related. Unless you're a cult-like follower of the Disney company or the Nevada casino business, you won't find much interest in them.
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You hear the Gamers With Jobs the other week that had ol' Jeff Green and Shawn Elliott on? Maaaaan, it was fucking torture, if only because it reminded me how much I miss those two together on a regular podcast.
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I will make an exception for that and am downloading it immediately. I would even listen to some terrible Harry Potter podcast if it had Jeff Green show up.
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Listening to the FFT episode of "Into the Score". Parish's interview with Sakimoto gets a shout out.
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Stephen Fry has a podcast. It is unsurprisingly brilliant. Look him up on iTunes.
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The voice Wil Wheaton uses for his elf in the latest Penny Arcade D&D podcast is hilarious.
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I'm a full Idle Thumbs convert now.

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Stephen Fry has a podcast. It is unsurprisingly brilliant. Look him up on iTunes.
Really? What, uh, does he talk about? I guess it doesn't really matter, does it?
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:04 PM
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Really? What, uh, does he talk about? I guess it doesn't really matter, does it?
It really doesn't. But start with the one about music and dancing. Or the one about language. Those are the really marvelous ones.
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The voice Wil Wheaton uses for his elf in the latest Penny Arcade D&D podcast is hilarious.
Those podcasts are probably the best advertising that Wizards could of done for 4e.
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The WiiSpot is my stopgap measure in my search for a good Wii podcast, although they lean too heavily onto the "hardcore" type, talking about games like MadWorld, House of the Dead and The Conduit, the whole works. But they are only two guys, so they don't realistically have the resources to try everything out there, and they're doing a nice job on what they talk about, with a good vibe going.
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I'm a full Idle Thumbs convert now.
The song last week was fantastic.

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Really? What, uh, does he talk about? I guess it doesn't really matter, does it?
Well, in the latest one he starts off by thanking his hosting company and then explaining why open source is important, and then launching into a discussion of language while apologising for the fact that he's going to sound like a twat. Oh Mr. Fry, you know I don't mind at all.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:17 PM
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The song last week was fantastic.
I was a big fan of the Ballad of John Ritticello, myself. There's even a video floating around for it somewhere.
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