(Closed) Good Podcasts to listen to?

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Bumble bee

Serial — season 1!  That one has been around a while but it’s so good – was the first one I ever listened to and I was hooked!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Serial is a must if you’re into true crime! Season one was sooooo good and then Undisclosed is a super good one to listen to after you’ve finished Serial. Undisclosed goes a little deeper into all the evidence from the case.

I’m also super into Reply All – its a little more techy and each episode is a completely different story.

You should also check out Homecoming – I’ve just gotten into it recently and its super well done. This one is completely fiction and is more of a audiobook type podcast (first one like this I’ve listened to) Ross from friends is one of the voices and he does and awesome job.

There are a ton more that I just can’t think of right now. What type of books/shows do you enjoy? That usually might help me think of others than may interest you!

 

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Bumble bee

These are my current obsessions:

The Black Tapes- it’s a fictional horror/mystery podcast .  It just started its last and final season and it is addicting. These same folks also did another mystery type podcast called Rabbits which had me absolutely enthralled.

My Dad wrote a porno- this is laugh until you cry funny in my book. It’s about a guy who discovers his dad wrote some erotic fiction and he reads it to two of his comedian friends. It’s the farthest thing from erotica but it’s so funny. The people reacting as they’re listening cracks me up.

I have also started looking for podcasts based on shows I used to watch growing up and I have found those really enjoyable. I recently listened to How Rude, an episode by episode deconstruction and discussion of Full House as well as Go Bayside which takes a similar approach to Saved by the Bell.

If you’re into true crime, I have enjoyed Up and Vanished as well as Serial. 

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kmmq72 :  I downloaded an app called Stitcher and it has a treasure trove of podcasts. It also has the option to make episodes available offline. I add them to the listen later section of the app while I am connected to wifi and can listen at work without using my data. I believe ITunes also offers a lot of free podcasts but don’t quote me on that as I am an Android user.

ETA: as far as what a podcast is, it really depends. Some are like audio books, others like radio plays and others are interview podcasts where there are weekly guests. One that I listen to is just one guy speaking on a particular subject. There is a wide variety of formats out there

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Every podcast I’ve listened to is completely free – usually they have advertisments as kind of a commerical break so I believe thats how they make money. If you have an iphone you can download/listen on the podcasts app (thats how I listen). Recently spotify also added podcasts so you could also listen there.

Some podcasts are more like a radio show where they do interviews, some are people reading from a script almost like a tv show. There is honestly sooo many different kinds.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m not super into true crime shows but I LOVE true crime podcasts. With you being a podcast newbie I would definitely recommend starting with serial – you’ll get hooked! I also find quite a few podcasts I’ve listened to actually recommend other podcasts and thats almost always how I’ve found new ones to try out.

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pussinboots83 :  My Dad Wrote a Porno makes me laugh way too hard for the office. 😂

For everyone that listened to Serial, S-town is from the same production group and interesting.

Beautiful/Anonymous is what I am currently working through. People call in and get an hour to talk to the host about anything. So much unexpected neat stuff.

Love and Radio and Love Me are both great. They are similar in format and tell stories of love, but it’s not always the traditional definition of love. You’ll need tissues sometimes. 

Mortified and Adults Read Things They Wrote as Kids are hilarious. People read out of their childhood diaries. 

Criminal is awesome too. It talks about crimes but again, not in the traditional definition. Sometimes you really don’t see the things as “crime” .it makes you think about your own morals. Kind of neat and each episode is only about 20 minutes. 

Let’s Not Panic is aboiut a couple who overlands and is interesting and really funny. 

Mystery Show was only one season, but it was great. She solves mysteries, but not crime. Like how Britney Spears got a certain book. Hard to explain, but such a fun one. 

Allegedly is so funny. Crass, but really really funny. They tell stories of life in Hollywood. 

 

Can you tell I spend my days in headphones?

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MammaPants :  yeah, My Dad wrote a porno might be more suited for the commute because there were some moments where I laughed until I couldn’t breathe.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - UK

The Guilty Feminist – This one is hilarious.

Awesome Etiquette – Very good talk show about modern day etiquette (more interesting then it might sound)

Kermode and Mayo Film Reviews – Great for upcoming movie reviews

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk – For in depth news reporting

 

All can be found on ITunes for free.

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Blushing bee
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kmmq72 :  I get all my podcasts from Apple podcasts – you can subscribe to ongoing series and then they upload automatically which is nice.

Some podcasts are totally standalone, and many are interviews or discussions about a certain topic with 2 or more people talking to each other.  Some are more like stories – like a fiction book broken into chapters – but I have never listened to one like that.  There are also some (like some NPR podcasts) that are basically rebroadcasts of radio segments.

I LOVE podcasts, and listen to them on and off all day – on the bus, at work when I’m doing something mindless like data entry, in the car, falling asleep at night.  

Here’s a list of a few of my favorites:

1)  Up First (NPR) and The Daily (NYT).  Both of these are short (15-ish minutes) and there’s a new episode every weekday.  They’re a summary of the news of the day.  I love to listen to these on the bus to get up to speed on what’s happening in the world.

2)  NPR Politics.  Politics for non-politics people.  Easy to understand.  Does have a liberal-ish slant (it is NPR after all) but they strive to be non-partisan.

3)  Who Weekly.  Hilarious discussion by 2 pop-culture writers about “whos” (D-list celebrities).  Laugh-out-loud funny.

4)  Serial.  Enough said.  

5)  S*Town.  Fascinating story – hard to describe, but from the Serial people.

6)  Up and Vanished.  True crime that gets solved as the podcast is in the middle of their investigation.  The actual case is still going on in real time.

7)  Anything from previously.tv podcasts.  I’m a TV junkie so I looooooooooove these.  Their flagship podcast is Extra Hot Great, and they have a TON of show-specific podcasts.  A couple of my faves are The Inner Circle (about MTV’s The Challenge) and Little House on the Podcast (an episode by episode recap – very funny).

8)  Criminal.  Short, human interest stories.

9)  Reply All.  Very cool stories “about the internet.”  Listen to the 2-parter about the scam Indian tech support company – fascinating.

And I saved the best for last.

10)  In the Dark.  An investigation into the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989.  The case actually got solved just as the podcast was ending, but that’s not why it’s so good.  The reporting is just astounding.  There’s one episode that was so chilling that I actually caught myself holding my breath, just frozen waiting to hear what was going to happen.  It’s literally the best thing I’ve ever listened to. 

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Blushing bee
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MammaPants :  OMG Mystery Show was amazing.  I was SO SAD that there were no more seasons.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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ohitsheragain :  I know! She said there would be a second season. I feel so let down. Starlee has worked on some other podcasts I listen to, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head. I think they have been in connection with This American Life (which is also good!).

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