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I'm looking for good podcasts, and podcast sites. I feel I missed out on a trend here.

Ed (dali), Monday, 4 April 2005 08:06 (fourteen years ago) link

radio 4's "in our time" is podcast every week. although i haven't actually got round to podcasting it, i just download the mp3 every week.

i would like some good podcasts, too, though.

toby (tsg20), Monday, 4 April 2005 09:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay, I just started my own podcast: http://www.biglittleg.com/blog/wp-rss2.php. It's a first try, so be nice. I'm going to try to do this once a week.

Of course, I'm looking for suggestions for other podcasts as well.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Monday, 4 April 2005 14:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I've downloaded that, I'll listen on the way to work tomorrow.

Ed (dali), Monday, 4 April 2005 16:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Is a podcast like an mp3 mix or something? I haven't been following this.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 4 April 2005 16:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Basically it's a radio show or mix distributed on mp3. I thought it was a bit of a daft name really, but it's become very popular and not just for music, there seems to be some speech out there too.

Ed (dali), Monday, 4 April 2005 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Podcasts can be pretty much anything, from straightforward music to talk to art to, well, wherever you want to go with it. Try http://www.ipodder.org or http://www.podcastalley.com for more. Not strictly for ipods or the like, but they're darn convenient that way.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Monday, 4 April 2005 16:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Another couple good places to find podcasts are at PocastHost.com, or PodcastAlley.com. PodcastAlley uses a "rating system", and PodcastHost has a searchable database and aggregated text, right on the site.

Tom Simpson, Monday, 4 April 2005 16:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Those last three posts are like a dialectic at work, or something.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Monday, 4 April 2005 16:48 (fourteen years ago) link

i couldn't figure out how to work yours, guy!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 4 April 2005 17:01 (fourteen years ago) link

do i need a different kind of newsreader?

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 4 April 2005 17:01 (fourteen years ago) link


Amon (eman), Monday, 4 April 2005 17:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Grab iPodderX Lite. It'll just grab the feed when you subscribe. I'm still in the trial (and error) stage with it, but it seems to work for people. Word Press is sometimes a bit fiddly with these things (and I'm using a non-WP template which makes XML a problem to read sometimes). A new one up Sunday.

Guymauve (Guymauve), Monday, 4 April 2005 17:12 (fourteen years ago) link

This actually looks like it would be kind of fun to do, as my friends are permanently in need of Taste Correction and this would allow me to save somewhat on CDRs. But isn't bandwidth kind of prohibitively expensive? I mean, you're basically serving a gigantic MP3, right?

James.Cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 5 April 2005 15:50 (fourteen years ago) link

our club is doing podcasts soon, probably me. I'll post here when we do our first one.

Ronan (Ronan), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 11:48 (fourteen years ago) link


s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 15:18 (fourteen years ago) link

two months pass...
update, ronan?

c/n (Cozen), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 07:40 (fourteen years ago) link


The Rock n Roll Geek show.
Plays mostly the kind of rock that's not fashionabl;e at the moment plus some punk stuff but mostly talks. He's a really genuine guy and the honesty of it, the lack of shiny gloss bullshit makes it great.

mei (mei), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 08:41 (fourteen years ago) link

i can't follow the rapid-fire german enough to understand like, any single entire sentence, but annik rubens' podcast show sounds really entertaining.

Josh (Josh), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 08:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I've now made 14 podcasts, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour, in locations from Macau and Japan to Lisbon, Edinburgh and New York. Basically, everywhere I go (and I'm lucky enough to travel a lot) I mumble into an old Fujifilm F601 and make a new radio programme documenting the sounds and atmospheres of where I am.

Momus (Momus), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 08:58 (fourteen years ago) link

i know a german or two who do not look like otto dix paintings, momus

fe zaffe (fezaffe), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 09:27 (fourteen years ago) link

anyway, podcasts with a lower case p is good but rarely updated

fe zaffe (fezaffe), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 09:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Is this seriously taking off? Do people listen to these or just make them?

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 5 July 2005 13:20 (fourteen years ago) link


This is a friend of my roommate, i haven't listened to a lot of it but what I heard was terrifically hilarious, fun and vulgar.

-rainbow bum- (-rainbow bum-), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 15:53 (fourteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Anybody find anything interesting_

Super Cub (Debito), Thursday, 4 August 2005 11:42 (fourteen years ago) link

No. Podcasting is one of the most disappointing memes of the decade, along with "war chalking"

I can't go a single day without someone saying "podcasting" but I can't find a single podcast worth listening to.

mikef (mfleming), Thursday, 4 August 2005 23:14 (fourteen years ago) link

there are plenty of excellent podcasts, but im having a hard time finding good non-music programs. the two im subscribed to havent been updated in months

fe zaffe (fezaffe), Thursday, 4 August 2005 23:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Exactly. Of the six I posted above, I think only three are still being updated. A lot of them seem to give up once they realise it's not going to make them the next John Peel.

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Friday, 5 August 2005 02:26 (fourteen years ago) link

are there any old john peel broadcasts available as podcasts? i would love to hear some of those

gem (trisk), Friday, 5 August 2005 02:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I just got my husband set up with this stuff--got him a little flash-based mp3 player he can take to the gym after he syncs up his shows. I put ipodder on his computer and subscribed him to Al Franken's show on Air America and NPR's On The Media--he's a big talk radio fan. So I can't really speak to any music stuff, haven't played around with it enough.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 5 August 2005 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

This one by Digiki has been getting some press recently, despite only having one installment so far: http://www.maudevintage.com/castellane/digiki/polypunk/polyfeed.xml ( actual file is http://www.maudevintage.com/castellane/digiki/polypunk/POLYPUNK001.mp3 )

Hopefully he'll keep it up.

Listening to podcasts at work is better than listening to the same twenty prerecorded CDs our college radio station broadcasts over summer break.

channing, Friday, 5 August 2005 16:58 (fourteen years ago) link

no links cuz i got all my stuff off iTunes

Firesign Theater is GREAT - they're a classic surreal stoner baby boomer comedy troupe

Simulacrum - v funny fake interviews with celebrities

Slate Magazine is hit or miss

Lukas (lukas), Friday, 5 August 2005 23:38 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
so what do i need to do a podcast?

my friend and i have been trying to get a radio show for ages but it's not working out

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 30 September 2005 20:14 (thirteen years ago) link

do it do it do it

100% Nice (nordicskilla), Friday, 30 September 2005 20:18 (thirteen years ago) link

(sorry if that was too technical for you)

100% Nice (nordicskilla), Friday, 30 September 2005 20:18 (thirteen years ago) link

it's going to be called THE JUBILEE JOHNNY AND MORNINGSTAR MANDEE show - its going to be like, FOR KIDS

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 30 September 2005 20:56 (thirteen years ago) link

so what do i need to do a podcast?

A copy of Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

With the lame mp3 encoder: http://lame.sourceforge.net/ (probably comes with the Audacity download, I don't remember)

$5 a month mp3 hosting from LibSyn: http://www.libsyn.com

That's about it.

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Friday, 30 September 2005 21:22 (thirteen years ago) link

dont' i need like a microphone or anyything??


Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 30 September 2005 21:27 (thirteen years ago) link

at Capone's, Brooklyn, New York

This week's podcast is DJ Jonny Sender of Konk from March 2005. Track list below.

Podcast: http://www.alldisco.net/podcast.xml

war - galaxy
fantastic aleems - hooked on your lovin'
instant funk - got my mind made up
positive force - we got the funk
happy song (bootleg edit)
eurythmics - sweet dreams
chic - good times
incredible bongo band - apache
first choice - love thang
Moody Boys
falco - machine brennt
electric mind - zwei (dub)
jago - i'm gonna go
billy frazier & friends - billy who?
Brenda and the Tabulations - Let's Go All the Way Down

Confounded (Confounded), Friday, 30 September 2005 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I wouldn't have a clue about decent microphones. Anybody?

James Mitchell (James Mitchell), Friday, 30 September 2005 21:59 (thirteen years ago) link

So what makes for a good podcast? And when would you listen to it? I've been tempted to do one, just to see how it would work, but I have no idea what it is that makes people download these things. And I believe that Tombot might have a point up there, that more people are probably producing these things than listening to them.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Friday, 30 September 2005 22:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmm, I guess anything that makes audio compelling for an extended period of time: a charismatic personality, a narrative, a bunch of good songs, etc.

Listen to them... in the car? On the subway? It's basically surrogate radio for an iPod. Not so exciting, but still useful.

Confounded (Confounded), Friday, 30 September 2005 22:23 (thirteen years ago) link

If you like sermons, there are many churches that put out their weekly sunday sermons. At the itunes store just scroll through the list of religious ones. I occasionally listen to Ref. Pres. Theological Seminary or Tenth Presbyterian Church.

Also Probe ministries ( http://www.probe.org/ ) does a pretty good and informative talk show about various topics in Christianity or society.

There some okay science ones like "Science and Society"

I've also found a few language ones. Depending on which language you want to learn you can search through itunes store directory. I got one called "HESS Chinese survial guide."

A Nairn (moretap), Saturday, 1 October 2005 02:37 (thirteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
any arty film- or music-related podcasts?

how about good podcasts in french???

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Saturday, 12 August 2006 06:03 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I've decided to utilise the full functional capacity of mypod. At the momment only listening to those available via itunes. Currently sampling:

Radio4's Best of Today
Amnesty International
NPR's It's All Politics
New York Times Op-Ed
Rob Da Bank's Sunday Best
The Onion
Ricky Gervais

These all fairly obvious. Can anyone offer me anything a bit more off-beat and esoteric? Not that I am either of those things but i might like to be.

Uptoeleven, Monday, 20 August 2007 10:45 (twelve years ago) link

Is Tom Ravenscroft's Channel 4 one still going?

Mark G, Monday, 20 August 2007 10:48 (twelve years ago) link

fuck! that was good, that. and i've forgotten all about it. arse.

grimly fiendish, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:54 (twelve years ago) link

The Sound of Young America
Jordan, Jesse Go!
Never Not Funny

jeff, Monday, 20 August 2007 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

R U Sirius has a show with interesting guests sometimes

zappi, Monday, 20 August 2007 18:06 (twelve years ago) link

I enjoyed all of the Kalevala talk in the first episode. I want to reread that soon.

jmm, Friday, 24 May 2019 16:09 (two months ago) link

Thanks! Yeah it's always worth a revisit.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 24 May 2019 16:11 (two months ago) link

I've been listening to Jon Ronson's latest - The Last Days of Autumn. I generally really like him but there's something that niggles me, a sort of disconnect between his anxious, forgiving persona and the topics he explores. Which is fine when it's Alex Jones, but when it's about the more vulnerable I don't know: the presentation can seem a bit disingenuous. This might well turn out to be more about me than about him and the disconnect is ultimately his greatest strength as a journalist. Does including the 'this is making me really anxious' stuff and acknowledging that his intrusions are dangerous make the thing more authentic and justifiable?

Anyway, I'm babbling. Short version: I'm finding it very affecting, which is why I'm interrogating myself and my assumptions.

― Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, April 15, 2019 3:26 PM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Last Days of August.

I'm going through it right now. Wow, the tirade that Lisa Ann delivers in episode 4 really reminded me of Kellyanne Conway or someone.

☮ (peace, man), Monday, 3 June 2019 22:54 (two months ago) link

didn't he just do a podcast on the porn biz?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 23:18 (two months ago) link

tuomas in chicago

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 3 June 2019 23:19 (two months ago) link

I don't get it (I don't think?).

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 23:24 (two months ago) link

I was thinking about The Butterfly Effect, a podcast he did on the repercussions of free porn online.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 23:25 (two months ago) link

so you knew the answer to your question?

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Monday, 3 June 2019 23:26 (two months ago) link

yeah, I was writing more rhetorically. as in, didn't he just do this?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 23:27 (two months ago) link

One seems to be about porn in general and this one about one porn star in particular.

I can listen to some Last Podcast on the Left episodes or the You Must Remember This Hollywood but these more voyeuristic series about people who weren’t really famous gross me out.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 3 June 2019 23:34 (two months ago) link

I think he said that people from that world kept reaching out to him after the first podcast, so he ended up following this story

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:58 (two months ago) link

I can see why since it’s an intersection of his last two big topics—social media shaming and the porn business

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 13:00 (two months ago) link

didn't he just do a podcast on the porn biz?

1) that was two years ago tbf
2) the free/public version of this is on the same RSS as the free/public version of The Butterfly Effect, so is effectively a second season

Tue Oct 23 2018 06:30:00 -

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the San Fernando Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic.

A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, asked writer Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

In The Last Days of August, Ronson unravels the never-before-told story of what caused this beloved 23-year-old actress’ untimely death. Coming to Audible January 4, 2019.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 19:32 (two months ago) link

Wow this Ronson podcast is absolute garbage

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 17:03 (two months ago) link

do you like poetry podcasts? i like the New Yorker one, don’t love the Paris review one (the readings are set to music) any other recs?

flopson, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 17:37 (two months ago) link

not a podcast but R4 does "poetry please":


Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 17:52 (two months ago) link

also poetry extra: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qdjcn

and for something pretty weird there's this Tim Key show:

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 17:55 (two months ago) link

there's a great moment in the 4th ep of that Ronson podcast where this woman chews him out for being an exploitive vulture willing to use gossip + ill feelings + rumors + nastiness + prurience to make a titillating story and how it's ultimately irresponsible etc and it's just like "wow right on" and then he's like "well obviously I can't stop the story now."

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 18:16 (two months ago) link

It's good that he keeps it in, especially in that form, because he's clearly questioning the whole project at that point, and the listener should too. When it turns out that the woman has an agenda and is not really playing fair, it's kind of a relief, and I wonder if he would have junked it if that weren't the case.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 19:02 (two months ago) link

The whole thing is so toxic it's hard to know who benefits from the story being told. One worry is that it's Ronson who benefits. His tone sometimes makes me think of the last shot of Bowling for Columbine: Moore leaves the image of the girl at Charlton Heston's house and walks away all hunched shouldered with a 'more in sorrow than in anger' slouch. It's not quite sanctimony but it's in that zone.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 20:01 (two months ago) link

Finally got around to putting out another episode of mine:

Had to do some ridiculous editing as a result of recording a remote interview (our separate recordings were somehow at different speeds, for one). Someone really needs to make the app that records both sides of a call in high quality.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:17 (two months ago) link

here's a pretty amazing show about poet Momtaza Mehri


Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 21:21 (two months ago) link

xxp it's so gross and i'm someone who has enjoyed some of ronson's work in the past but this feels just so gratuitous and just stirring up the worst impulses of human beings to get a not particularly insightful story

Mordy, Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:29 (two months ago) link

i finished the whole thing bc i wanted to give ronson a chance to make all this petty human tragedy mean something but he gets nowhere

Mordy, Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:46 (two months ago) link

if you didn't know that the porn industry has a number of unhappy damaged ppl in it you might find it educational. even the prurient aspects are so low key and low stakes ultimately for a story about a sex industry it's just normatively bleak.

Mordy, Thursday, 6 June 2019 02:48 (two months ago) link

I havent listened to Ronson’s podcast & prob won’t

the Rialto Report is a good interview podcast with stars & directors of porn of yore by 2 consultants from HBO’s The Deuce. It’s pretty good.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 6 June 2019 03:54 (two months ago) link

Re poetry podcasts R3's The Verb can be good. Does contain extended Ian McMillan: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tnsf/episodes/player

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Thursday, 6 June 2019 06:58 (two months ago) link

Can't imagine which would be more depressing, tales of '70s porn or tales of '10s porn.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 6 June 2019 07:09 (two months ago) link

American poetry podcasts that are good include VS (aka Versus) and Poetry Off The Shelf.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 9 June 2019 02:38 (two months ago) link

They mentioned it on a recent episode, I think it was a yacht or nyacht? Said they're doing ten more episodes so they hit 100 and then stop. Though they also hinted they'd do other things in the podcast format.

― Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 11:04 AM (eight months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Lol 8 months later and they’re still putting out wpisodes

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Sunday, 16 June 2019 01:25 (two months ago) link

They’re up to 90 Y or N mini eps and they may hit 100 before their 100th episode proper

calstars, Sunday, 16 June 2019 01:26 (two months ago) link

Third episode is up!


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 June 2019 18:37 (one month ago) link

will listen!

the Michael Lewis podcast Against the Rules is pretty irresistible to me rn

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:49 (one month ago) link

My friend's son is recording a podcast about cheese. It's called Charlie's Cheese Chat, and it's the best. Here's the second episode. It's uncanny how well this 10 year old kid gets the rhythms of grown-up podcasts down:


Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 29 June 2019 22:01 (one month ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 29 June 2019 22:02 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Probably in a minority here and Not a podcast but Have to recommend the 4 Extra rebroadcast of a great adaptation of a Mrs Henry Wood Melodromatic pot boiler; East Lynne. From back when radio 4 could expend seven hours of drama on moralising Victorian pulp fiction.


American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 15 July 2019 09:07 (one month ago) link

I have to say I like how actually doing a podcast has already made me more attuned to the finer points of recording and editing, as well as pacing in general — each episode is building on the last as I am able to drill down on certain points. I’m not saying we still can’t improve but it is happening!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 July 2019 13:28 (one month ago) link

I'm really not enjoying It Could Happen Here, but it's kept me riveted.

полезный идиот (Sanpaku), Thursday, 18 July 2019 15:08 (one month ago) link

That podcast was good enough that I checked out the host's other show Behind the Bastards, but it's that format I kind of hate where someone presents information and two other people crack dumb jokes.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 18 July 2019 15:21 (one month ago) link

Yeah, my friend really likes The Dollop, but the one time I gave it a shot it sounded like a Morning Zoo thing. Like, "Welcome back to the Dollop, my name is David ... AND I'M THE SQUEEGE!"

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 July 2019 15:50 (one month ago) link

Digging Abby Travis podcast right now: https://soundsoffpodcast.com - all LA punk luminaries, but the premise (Abby + friends walking around and doing stuff) has led to some incredible conversations. If anything just list to her and Exene walking around the City Of Orange farmers market, talking about her life prior to moving to LA and starting X. Also, don't miss the one with Kira Rossler where they walk around Hollywood and visit the Masque and the Canterbury.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 20 July 2019 05:37 (one month ago) link

Episode 4 of our Tolkien podcast is live...


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 16:59 (three weeks ago) link

I’m enjoying your podcast, Ned! It’s entertainingly nerdy, but in a way that doesn’t take it all too seriously. The right tone.

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:10 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks! Much appreciated. Spread the word and/or review if you can!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:20 (three weeks ago) link

I found “the Roth show” last night, may dip a toe in

Also on the latest Robert plant one it was unexpected and nice to hear him heap praise on Townes van zandt. Didn’t get too specific but that’s ok

calstars, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:41 (three weeks ago) link

Cause there was a pretty huge gap in ‘72 between “the late great TVZ” and LZ IV

calstars, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 23:44 (three weeks ago) link

Bummed to learn that 80s All Over is never going to move beyond April 1985:


Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Monday, 12 August 2019 05:08 (one week ago) link

This Podcast Will Kill You a podcast about disease. Really quite informative and each week has a related drink called a quarantini based on some aspect of the disease so you can sip along with it.

Dressed a fashion history podcast.

That Record Got Me High
2 guys in Florida discussing a somewhat eclectic bunch of records.

Stevolende, Monday, 12 August 2019 08:56 (one week ago) link

Robert Evan's The War Against Everyone, on online radicalization and neo-fascism, is up.

Some XPs: his Behind the Bastards isn't that annoying, though his guests express unawareness of history more than they add humor.

hedonic treadmill class action (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:05 (one week ago) link

On the subject of Robert Evans, I ended up dropping This Could Happen Here after three episodes - just didn't seem at all insightful to me, pointing out a lot of troubling trends and phenomena we already know about without any particular connective tissue between them. Maybe I stopped too early but it seemed to veer into wildly speculative territory after more or less promising not to.

Simon H., Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:07 (one week ago) link

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