Saturday, 9 May 2015

Podcasts are like wild mountain gorillas

They’re really hard to find, but when you do finally find one they scream, grunt and bang their chests and you realise that you’re not that interested in listening to them after all.

Let’s just say, there is a lot of rubbish out there, so here are some podcasts that I highly recommend.

Serial

The best and most popular podcast ever. This is a fact. Once you start you’ll be completely hooked and you’ll be binge-listening until the end. It’s the true story of the murder of an American high school student, told over 12 episodes. Her ex-boyfriend was convicted of the crime but he has always maintained his innocence. The podcast was a spinoff of This American Life. It goes over the facts and interviews everyone involved. Be warned, it's highly addictive.

This American Life

Weekly episodes of short, true stories, mostly about Americans and tied together thematically.

No such thing as a fish

The researchers of brilliant British comedy TV quiz show QI hosted by Stephen Fry make this podcast with their leftover facts. It’s fast and funny and you might even learn something new. Basically it’s fact!fact!fact!joke!joke!joke!fact!fact!fact!joke!joke!joke! so do try to keep up.

Comedy bang bang

Hosted by comedian Scott Aukerman and featuring regular and irregular guests, sometimes with improvisation that goes so deep you forget what’s real and what’s not. Also, this is the first podcast to make me snort with laughter while walking down the street. How embarrassing.

TED radio hour

TED stands for technology, entertainment, design but speakers cover all kids of subjects including science and culture, taken from TED conferences around the world.

How did this get made?

Another comedy podcast, this one takes the mickey out of bad movies and helps us to understand the director’s vision, however unclear and idiotic that may be.

Radio New Zealand has some great podcasts too, and check out Auckland Libraries' own music podcasts!

3 comments:

tosca said...

Have just started recently listening to This American Life. A friend recommended it (in particular, Cops See It Differently, the two part podcast that looked at policing from both sides of the conversation). It's great! Thanks for your suggestions in this post. I'll check those out, too :)

tosca said...

Have just started recently listening to This American Life. A friend recommended it (in particular, Cops See It Differently, the two part podcast that looked at policing from both sides of the conversation). It's great! Thanks for your suggestions in this post. I'll check those out, too :)

Sophie said...

I have a secret crush on Ira