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Thread: The Listenables Thread

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    The Listenables Thread

    So I spend hours each day rendering scant seconds of footage. In my zeal to speed this up I don't run a browser at the same time or much else for that matter. Instead I rely on listening to the modern remnants of radio for my amusement and information.
    But there's not enough! My weekly assortment only covers about two days worth. So I need more to drown out the noise in my head the rest of the time. That's where this thread comes in. A place to list all your radio shows, podcasts and whatever else. (there's probably one of these threads already, but I don't care! in that hope that gives me some sort of action man sex appeal)

    Here's some of my regulars

    This American Life
    The daddy of them all. Eons of interesting stuff illuminating a people who aren't nearly as fat and stupid as you may have heard, internationals. I know. Amazing, right?
    Seriously, if you can't find something interesting in there consider yourself a failure as a brain. The various episodes on the GFC, healthcare reform, oddities of life under Bush and so on are unmissable. The attention to little out of the way stories that marks the show, and not grand mass media narratives, makes the oversimplification politics and economics tries so hard to achieve completely impossible.
    Plus I learned that corrupt New York cops talk exactly the same as they do in the movies


    Radiolab

    Kind of This American Life gone geeky and hip. They use a similar thematic format and personal stories but usually tie it to deep philosophical conundrums, psychology and neuroscience.
    The production is also kind of insane, filled with broken conversations, overlapping dialogue, leaving in the glitches of microphones being bumped, outtakes and somehow making it work. It's like TAL remixed by Fourtet.
    Worth checking out: Parasites, Lost & Found <---insanely good.


    MonsterTalk

    Irregularly scheduled but flat out awsome. There's often something a little sad and po faced about weeing on ghost hunters and Bigfoot believers, but these folks manage to avoid it. Interviewing people who don't just point out the flaws in weirdo theories but actually try to solve the mystery of what they saw in the first place.
    Any time the very sweary Prof Ken Feder appears, you must listen, seriously


    Firewall and Iceberg

    Not particularly exciting, these are a couple of TV critics I enjoy though. Alan Sepinwall is one of the great critical champions of The Wire, which is basically how I've heard of him. They do amusing roundups of trash TV and lengthy break downs of shows like Breaking Bad and Twin Peaks.

    Kermode and Mayo

    Many movie geeks will already know of course. The podcast is sometimes quite different because of scheduling problems. And they have breaks and holidays all to regularly so you're stuck with the annoyingly smug Colin Patterson at the moment. Oh well.

    Oh no, it's Ross and Carrie

    Kinda new and not long, this pair subject themselves to new age practices and road test religions for your entertainment. This varies from just being professionally ear candled to a 5 month infiltration of the Mormons.

    Skeptics guide to the Universe
    A weekly wrap up of critical thinking failures in the media and elsewhere. It's more Oprah and homeopathy than aliens and ghosts, but they still make it pretty fun.

    Skepticzone

    Kind of the Australian Skeptics Guide to the Universe, recently augmented by peculiar Aus media personality Maynard who interviews all the people you'd think they'd hate from Astrologers to 911 truthers and just lets them speak for themselves. Interesting approach.

    You can probably detect a bit of a theme there. I don't have any regular game ones really. I liked Idle Thumbs, but they quit which was annoying. Gamers with jobs is decent, but a bit dull and rarely covers games I care about.

    Anyway, more!

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    Listening to Kermode and Mayo's weekly squabbles is a treat. I finish work for the week just before they begin and listen on the drive home. Great start to the w/e.

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    I dunno why I even listen to these two geeks talking about their phpbb killer, but I do and jesus christ I have to stop it sucks. I was roped in by Jeff Atwood's presence on the show but they repeat themselves a little too much

    This Developer's Life is vaguely tawdry as well but what do you expect from a couple of smartass software developers. Apparently it is based off the idea behind This American Life. I am going to have to give that a whirl at some point and stop listening to software developers.

    Looking forward to more good suggestions because my podcast cup runneth empty, as is clear with my two anti-suggestions above

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    Radio 4 is insanely good, even the driest subjects can be fascinating to listen to.

    I am officially Old.

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    I'd give you one thumbs up and one down.

    Skeptic's Guide to the Universe is quite entertaining, and its a pity I don't get to listen to it nowadays. The only thing wrong with that show is that there's so much out there they can't possibly get to all of it.

    However, I'd have to give This American Life a pass. For the most part the remarkable "oddities of life" they cover aren't at all they're cracked up to be. The events they cover are a dime a dozen and stories that the hosts seem fascinated by aren't all that fascinating. Their coverage just isn't that interesting to the stuff you encounter every day if you are either willing to go looking for it or have a diverse social circle in real life.

    Also, don't listen to Winning on Wall Stret. My own investments have been successful mostly because I ignored everything he said.

    Has anyone else ever listend to car talk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    Radio 4 is insanely good, even the driest subjects can be fascinating to listen to.
    This is the only radio I listen to. If it's not on in my car it's either engine noise, which is nice, or Spotify over the FM transmitter from my phone.

    Favourite shows are the News (natch), PM, some of the comedy stuff (though I'm not a huge fan of Just a Minute). But the biggies for me are Any Questions and... The Moral Maze! It's not always good but sometimes it's great.

    Muzman, that's an intriguing list. Some of looks up my street. I shall sample.

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    University jazz radio, or the XM jazz station, & NPR, I guess.

    And speaking of NPR, great article in their blog today -- How the Major Labels Sold 'Electronica' to America

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    Been meaning to listen to a lot of the stuff mentioned in this thread but haven't gotten around to it. Posting to BUMP THREAD and also add a recommendation:

    I've been listening to WTF with Marc Maron lately. Only podcast I've ever listened to so I can't comment on how it compares with others, but I am enjoying it very much. Maron is a stand up comedian and he interviews fellow comedians and showbiz-people in his garage-studio. As you'll notice if you see the guy's act he is very open and sincere, and this I think makes it easier for his interviewees to open up more and be more candid as well. The interviews with Conan O'Brien and Ed Helms in particular I thought were good. Only the latest 50 episodes are free though, the earlier stuff you need to pay for. Check it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    Radio 4 is insanely good, even the driest subjects can be fascinating to listen to.
    Quote Originally Posted by Subjective Effect View Post
    This is the only radio I listen to.
    I've started listening to Radio 4 only recently, although I tend to find the subject matter either grabs me or leaves me cold with no middle ground. Randomly tuned in when Ross Noble was on a few weeks back which was an awesome alternative to listening to the inane simultaneous clusterfuck of drivel being pumped out by Radio 1, 2 and the local radio station. I think "Swagger Jagger" was partly responsible.

    Also, if I accidentally hear 'sally traffic' one more time on Radio 2 it'll be once too many

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    Radio 4 is insanely good, even the driest subjects can be fascinating to listen to.

    I am officially Old.
    No, no! Only middle-aged. Truly!

    Radio 2 when travelling so I can swear at the sanctimonious blah blah Jeremy Vine who really makes my skin crawl. And that other one who sounds like Wogan. The music is more my sort of era though so I relive sort of happy memories. But most favourite now is 5 Live. After, of course, Nicky Campbell has left the building.

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    If we're doing podcasts, I've been enjoying the Thomas Jefferson Hour (http://www.jeffersonhour.com/) since 2002.

    Other than that, there's everything Conelrad's put out (http://conelradmusic.tumblr.com/), and everything else ambient that I can get my digital claws upon.

    Since Nifflas put Saira out for free as a temporary promotion, I've been playing his atmospheric tracks on repeat using Looper (http://skwire.dcmembers.com/wb/pages...are/looper.php) while listening to stuff from Sleepbot as usual. Never be afraid to combine ambient tracks. You won't damage their purity.

    And Marc Maron and Greg Proops's podcasts are insanely well-designed for long commutes (with On The Media following shortly thereafter).

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    Ok, seriously disappointed by this thread. I'm sure loads of you have heard or discovered an interesting podcast etc in recent times and didn't race back to this thread to tell us (me) about it.
    One even came up in the Breaking Bad thread. *tsk*

    Anyway, I'm a big recent convert to

    How Did This Get Made?
    A watch-along bad movie podcast mostly involving these regular comic actors talking about a particular movie, usually in disbelief. Heavily features the recent work of Nicholas Cage. For added interest these guys know enough people to occasionally get bit players and backroom people to call or drop in and talk about some of these films. Their biggest coup however was an entire episode about Punisher: War Zone with the director, Lexi Alexander.
    Choice quote, on the question of how she broke into the business: "I never considered myself a great director, but while I was sitting there at the Oscars (after being nominated for best short film) I wasn't thinking "Boy I hope I get offered the third reboot of Punisher""
    Firstly though; the theme music is 18 seconds long ok. You can tough it out. for the good stuff beyond.

    Also, how the hell did I miss this?

    Star Talk

    Neil deGrasse Tyson and a bunch of different comics and other guests talk about all things science, movies astronomy etc. It's so damn good. The science and skeptic-o-sphere has kinda chosen the podcast as its default medium and everyone and his dog does one. Mostly they're pretty hit and miss. But this is one of the best and most professional and, perhaps more importantly, entertaining of the lot.

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    Been listening to This American Life - incredible. Going to try working my way through the entire archive. Ira Glass is a fabulous documentarian. If anyone hasn't checked it out and would like to know a decent place to start, you could do worse than The Right to Remain Silent. Two incredible stories.

    Act One. The First Rule of the Apple Store: Don't Talk About the Apple Store.
    One day, Joe Lipari had a frustrating encounter with a worker at the Apple Store. And then Joe did what a lot of us would do: He vented. But he vented in a way that ended up having some serious repercussions. Producer Ben Calhoun tells the story. (16 minutes)

    Act Two. Is That a Tape Recorder in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Unhappy to See Me?
    For 17 months, New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft recorded himself and his fellow officers on the job, including their supervisors ordering them to do all sorts of things that police aren't supposed to do. For example, downgrading real crimes into lesser ones, so they wouldn't show up in the crime statistics and make their precinct look bad. Adrian's story first appeared as a five part series in the Village Voice, written by Graham Rayman. Schoolcraft's website looking for other cops to come forward is here. (41 minutes)

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    Yeah, the few episodes of This American Life I've listened to have been really good.

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    Oh man, the Schoolcraft story is astounding. I couldn't believe I was listening to that stuff. I bet Serpico would have loved solid state digital recorders.

    Other notable ones:

    The facts don't matter

    Suckers
    Turncoat
    Mistakes were made

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    Listening to Dan Harmon being interviewed on gaming podcast The Indoor Kids right now and it's a hoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muzman View Post
    Seriously, if you can't find something interesting in there consider yourself a failure as a brain. (...) GFC (...) healthcare reform (...) life under Bush
    Sounds like a blast

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    The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - aka the Canadian Broadcorping Castration or simple Mother Corps).

    My addiction is Radio One - the commercial free talky station. I rarely refer to a clock at home or in the car - I always know what time it is by the rhythms of the shows.

    Apparently, as well as keeping Canada Canadian, it spreads enlightenment well south of the border, reminding both Yanks and Rebs that there is a better way... one topped with maple syrup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koki View Post
    Sounds like a blast
    Barely a half thought out line of drive by sarcasm
    What the fuck happened to you man. Shit, yo ass used to be beautiful.

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    To be fair you do make it sound like it's all about politics, Muz, when it's really a show about sometimes heartwarming, sometimes terrifying human interest stories*. Um... not that I think Koki would be any more enticed by that description, mind you.

    * at least the episodes I've listened to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muzman View Post
    Barely a half thought out line of drive by sarcasm
    What the fuck happened to you man. Shit, yo ass used to be beautiful.
    Your popculture references do not work on me as I am immune to television

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    thats not the only thing you are immune to

    hah hwat

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    sounds like a blast














    sounds like a blast

















    sounds like a blast



















    sounds like a blast

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    ...okay. Back on track, now.

    I've been loving The Thrilling Adventure Hour lately. Hilarious old-style radio dramas? Yes, please!

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