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Re: Podcasts
« Reply #15 on: 06 March, 2017, 09:25:16 pm »
No Such Thing as a Fish - aka the QI podcast. Love this one, though I don't tend to listen weekly and prefer instead to stockpile them for road trips.

I've never heard of it - is it actually an official QI podcast or something very QI-like?  Shall have to go explore!

It's quasi-official. I guess they can't use the QI name for copyright reasons, but it's hosted by the QI 'elves' ie researchers, and the content is based on research they are doing for the show. If I'm being honest, I actually prefer the podcast to the actual TV show these days (which has gone downhill a bit imo). The podcast has been so successful that the crew have actually got their own BBC TV show out of it.

Despite never having heard of it, I've now been assured by Rackle that I've actually watched on episode of the TV programme, before the BBC restricted iPlayer (we don't watch live broadcast TV).  Podcast now added (sound quality of the pilot episode is shocking, but then that's par for the course while podcasters are learning their trade).

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« Reply #16 on: 06 March, 2017, 09:41:18 pm »
Yeah that's something I've caught ahold of in the last six months - the TV show is fun if a little uneven (constant weird close-ups of the audience even if they're not laughing - and that weird thing they do with BBC news presenters that rarely works) but the podcast is regularly revelatory. There was one I heard relatively recently about asthma being partially psychosomatic and one of the number goes "so it's not real then?" and James Harkin immediately responds "it's as real as the mind is". Which I've found myself saying a lot with regards to mental illness. It's chock full of this sort of magical shit.

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« Reply #17 on: 06 March, 2017, 09:59:07 pm »
Does anyone else listen to the podcast My Dad wrote a porno? A guy's dad actually wrote a hilariously bad series of erotica called Belinda Blinked, and he proudly announce this to his son and asked him to review it.  His son reads a chapter at a time to a couple of his friends and hilarity ensues as the writing is so bad it makes Chuck Tingle sound high-brow.

Belinda Blinked gets a thumbs up (pun very much intended) from me - there's at least one laugh-out-loud moment per episode.

I'm a big fan of Adam Buxton's podcast and the old Adam & Joe one. Elis James & John Robins' Radio X podcast scratches a similar itch - I'd urge any fellow Slack Squadron veterans to give it a try.

And I'm a LTL of Kermode and Mayo, but isn't everyone these days?

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« Reply #18 on: 06 March, 2017, 10:03:01 pm »
I did enjoy RHLSTP (as all the cool kids are calling it) for a while but I'm starting to find him increasingly annoying and decreasingly funny - and as he digs deeper into his pool of comic mates, I find I've never heard of a lot of them.

If you're cherry-picking however, the Peter Serafinowitz one is a classic for his Star Wars stories.

Totally agree. Love Rich Herring but the show is becoming a bit of a slog.
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« Reply #19 on: 07 March, 2017, 11:14:05 am »
    Ah Adam & Joe. Black Squadron reporting for duty sah! Always there for the beginning of the show. Best thing to wake up to at Uni. I have a backlog of Buckles to catch up on at some point.

    I have been listening to a lot of RPG podcasts over the last year or so as I got into the hobby of D&D and general tabletop gaming. The best are:

    • Adventure Zone - the McElroy family embarks on a truly epic quest that is the stuff of DnD legends. Funny as hell but also touching and dramatic, and as a group of brothers and a dad, there's a lot of chemistry between the three. The boys also do the My Brother My Brother and Me podcast which is also fun, though been nudged out of my pull list due to capacity issues.
    • One Shot Podcast - the podcast which got me into Roleplaying Games (along with The Adventure Zone); amazingly nice but funny people host a different 'One Shot' game, playing a different system with a different group of players. Games run about 1-4 episodes of around an hour, discovered some great little party systems and some fun people from the Chicago comedy/geek scene. My favourites are Everyone is John (where you all play different voices in someone's head) and Police Cops! A simple game involving nothing but D6s where you basically play whatever cop cliche you want.
    • Campaign Podcast - spinning out of the One Shot podcast, this is a Star Wars series about 3 smugglers and a baby jedi on the run from the Empire in the pre-New Hope days. Before Rogue One did it in cinema, this did it in sound. But way less seriously, despite still having plenty of pathos to go with making you giggle. They play the Edge of the Empire game system which looks/sounds really fun.
    • Role Play Public Radio - Probably the hardest to get into as they don't package the episodes up much with editing and though the sound quality is good, it's hard to keep track of the players as they are not 'performers' as such. Still. I am really enjoying the Delta Green series on here, which is paranoid semi-official government conspiracy (rogue agents, cell structures, compartmentalisation, etc) vs the Mythos. Very strong horror writing from the 'Handler' and good characterisation from the players of people who have seen a little too much, but ultimately know too little to save themselves. All they can do is keep the lights on a little longer.
    • NeoScum- a Shadowrun podcast that has just started. Cast full of improv comics, currently way more focused on fun than plot but hey. 80s cyberpunk/magic crossover fun.

    I listen to at least an hour of this stuff every day with the cycle to work and back and then usually another hour with cleaning/cooking/etc in the evening. My fixation with role play has left me with a backlog of my other podcasts...

    • Nightvale
    • Archive 81 (In my books a better horror drama than the Black Tapes which lost my interest in the later episodes due to waffle)
    • No Such Thing as a Fish
    • Spirits Podcast- A chattier, shorter version of Myths and Legends. I used to like Lore but started to find the presenter really irritating, through no real fault of his own.
    • The Flop House-  The original bad movie podcast, from two writers of the Daily Show and an awesome dude who runs a bar, it’s got a huge cult following and it brings me joy every time it pops into my player.
    • The Why Factor (BBC)
    • Short Cuts (BBC) – one of the more interesting uses of the medium in my book.
    • Pseudopod - Horror short stories, mixed bag but always worth checking out. Something about horror makes it more suited for audio, at least for me. Can’t always get along with the sister podcasts EscapePod and PodCastle (sf/fantasy respectively). Might just be that Horror works best in short form.

    I really enjoyed Alice Isn’t Dead as well but haven’t enjoyed the other NightVale –group spin offs anywhere near as much. And Tanis was good but ultimately wore me out, just like the Black Tapes.

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« Reply #20 on: 07 March, 2017, 05:21:28 pm »
The Lakes comic festival have just launched their own podcast. First episode has a Charlie Adlard interview and a chance to win a Dave McKean print.
https://comicartpodcast.wordpress.com/

And just to plug my other podcast for anyone interested in British genre television like Doctor Who, Survivors, Blake's 7, Tomorrow People, Gerry Anderson's supermarionations and live actions, Children of the Stones, Christmas ghost stories, and much much more.
www.britishinvaders.com

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« Reply #21 on: 07 March, 2017, 07:09:50 pm »
Recently blasted through Untold : The Daniel Morgan Murder podcast

Thanks for the recommendation. Its appeal is similar to that of Serial, which I assume most people here will have listened to already (if not, highly recommended).

I'm a BBC whore: A Point Of View, Start The Week, Infinite Monkey Cage, Front Row, Arts & Ideas, Thinking Allowed, The Media Show, In Our Time, Inside Science, The Film Programme, Friday Night Comedy, Kermode & Mayo, From Our Own Correspondent, Short Cuts, The Inquiry, The Forum, Analysis, Seriously/The Documentary, The Reith Lectures - but I'll make special mention of More Or Less, which is the most valuable show the BBC produce.

When I'm not sucking on Auntie's tit, the 538 US politics podcast was intended to cover the 2016 election then disappear, but it's become a rational guide to the spiraling lunacy of the incumbent. I'm almost certainly the only person on Earth who loves the Bret Easton Ellis podcast, but I'll pimp it anyway. That guest list looks uninspiring, but Easton's the star.

Each show opens with an impossibly long monologue that bombards the listener with ideas and allusions delivered at the same speed as that old lipsmackingthirstquenching ... Pepsi ad. Then you realise Easton's made his poor guest sit there while he perorates, battering them into submission for the rest of the show. It's basically a diary charting BEE's failure to make it in Hollywood.

Freakonomics is NPR's sister show to More Or Less, and TED Radio Hour/This American Life are great if you're okay with them pushing a social agenda in a voice that's a cross between Bill Lumbergh and Kermit. Pick of US factual shows is Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History, which explains why we're stupid and keep on doing stupid things even when we know they're stupid.

My favourites are the terrifying Toyota Brake Scandal and the whimsical story of why big, butch basketball players would rather be rubbish than look like little girls.



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Re: Podcasts
« Reply #22 on: 07 March, 2017, 08:42:02 pm »
As a board game geek, shutupandsitdown.com have a monthly podcast, discussing old and new games.  It's actually a lot better than it sounds.  I'd recommend the site's reviews for comedy value alone.  Also, their sister site coolghosts.net does the same thing for video games.

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« Reply #23 on: 07 March, 2017, 09:54:58 pm »
For board game podcasts, I like Cardboard! which is hosted by Rich Sommer (who played the Harry Crane in Mad Men). His twin obsessions are board games and cocktails, and one of the signature features of his podcast is that he will talk about a particular game and then recommend a cocktail pairing to drink while you play it (say, Colt Express paired with a vintage cocktail recipe from the Wild West).

The format has changed quite a bit now though - it's a bit less produced and off the cuff than it was when it started.

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« Reply #24 on: 08 March, 2017, 10:46:23 am »
I can't believe I forgot about Wittertainment. And the BEE podcast sounds incredible as an insight into the desperate narcissism of a fading star.

One podcast I forgot in my massive ramble was Junkfood Cinema, where two critics from Aint it Cool of yore (and the writer of Dr Strange) discuss their favourite genre movies in a haphazard order. From Fallen to The Rock, Demon Knight and True Romance, there's an ever growing list of fan favourites for them to go through. Lots of fun, trivia and some great insights into the makings of your favourite popcorn flicks and sci-fi/horror hits. Similarly to the gimmick of Cardboard! mentioned below, they discuss a classic pulp/b/whatever movie and then suggest a junkfood pairing to eat whilst watching it.

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« Reply #25 on: 08 March, 2017, 01:20:22 pm »
Things I've been listening to, in no particular order...

The Mega-City Book Club (natch) - http://eamonn1961.blogspot.co.uk/

Hypnobobs, Jim Moon talks about a huge variety of things http://hypnobobs.geekplanetonline.com/

The Awesome Comics Podcast, small press comics http://awesomecomics.podbean.com/

The GROGNARD Files, reminiscing about playing old school RPGs in the seventies and eighties https://armchairadventurerblog.com/category/podcast/feed/

British Invaders, discussion about British 'cult' TV.  I've been listening to these for a few months and have finally finished, and I'm somewhat at a loss now that I've run out of them (the pair of them struggling to find anything nice to say about Star Maidens was my favourite!) http://britishinvaders.com/

Space Spinner 2000, a pair of Americans set about rereading some old comic called 2000 AD right from the start, at the rate of five progs at a time, and rapidly succumb to both cultural and temporal shock http://cradeline.com/space-spinner-2000/
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« Reply #26 on: 08 March, 2017, 05:47:54 pm »

British Invaders, discussion about British 'cult' TV.  I've been listening to these for a few months and have finally finished, and I'm somewhat at a loss now that I've run out of them (the pair of them struggling to find anything nice to say about Star Maidens was my favourite!) http://britishinvaders.com/


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« Reply #27 on: 08 March, 2017, 06:30:19 pm »
Totally agree. Love Rich Herring but the show is becoming a bit of a slog.

I'm quite the opposite, I love most of the guests Herring gets on, but there are many, many times that he himself is an insufferable prick. The number of genuinely interesting conversations that have been cut short so he can ask one of his tedious, unfunny, emergency questions actually has me shouting at my iPod.

I quite like Adam Buxton's podcast too, but have taken to skipping the first 5-10 minutes where he effectively tells you absolutely everything his guest is going to say! This baffles and annoys me every single episode.

Here's another shout for Eamon's wonderful Mega-City Bookclub which is pretty much perfect, I love hearing people discuss the books I love so much.

If I may be so bold, the Megacast on the ECBT2000AD network has a new regular reviewing team of the extremely sexy Pete Wells and Rich 'Bluemeanie' McAuliffe. We've reviewed the last three issues and it's been a blast!
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« Reply #28 on: 08 March, 2017, 07:18:31 pm »
British Invaders, discussion about British 'cult' TV.  I've been listening to these for a few months and have finally finished, and I'm somewhat at a loss now that I've run out of them (the pair of them struggling to find anything nice to say about Star Maidens was my favourite!) http://britishinvaders.com/

Star Maidens was actually German.  Which might explain a lot about it.

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« Reply #29 on: 08 March, 2017, 08:53:06 pm »
Totally agree. Love Rich Herring but the show is becoming a bit of a slog.
Here's another shout for Eamon's wonderful Mega-City Bookclub which is pretty much perfect, I love hearing people discuss the books I love so much.

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