Friday, February 10, 2012


Confession: I listen to podcasts. Did you know?

Of course you did, since I mention them frequently (and even have a "podcastmania" tag). But do you know how many I listen to?

  1. Comedy podcasts
    1. Improv Nerd with Jimmy Carane
    2. Improv Resource Center
    3. Improv4Humans
    4. Judge John Hodgman
    5. WTF with Marc Maron
  2. Science podcasts
    1. Astronomy Cast
    2. Science Friday
    3. RadioLab
  3. Literature podcasts
    1. New York Times Book Review podcast
    2. KCRW's Bookworm
  4. Writing podcasts
    1. Creative Screenwriting Magazine
    2. Grammar Girl
    3. Script Magazine
    4. Scriptnotes
    5. Writing Excuses
  5. History podcasts
    1. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
    2. BBC History Magazine/History Extra
    3. A History of the World in 100 Objects
  6. Contemporary/news/economics podcasts
    1. The Economist
    2. On the Media
    3. Fresh Air
    4. Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me
    5. Planet Money
    6. This American Life
  7. Short story podcasts
    1. Escape Pod
    2. New Yorker Fiction
    3. Podcastle
    4. Pseudopod
    5. Strange Tales (Old time radio rebroadcasts)
  8. Miscellaneous educational
    1. On Being
    2. Ideas (CBC)
      1. The Origins of the Modern Public (an Ideas mini-series)
    3. In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg (BBC)
    4. Stuff To Blow Your Mind
    5. Stuff You Should Know
  9. Music podcasts
    1. All Songs Considered
    2. Sound Opinions
I break them down like that so that you can find some podcasts that speak to your interest; though my inclusion of any podcasts here should not be read as recommendation--some of these podcasts are just legacies, kept around after the initial interest cooled (e.g., On Being) or subscribed to on recommendation but not yet really listened to (e.g., Hardcore History).

More on good podcasts later.

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