Apart from the obvious podcast that we all enjoy (lol), what are some other Good Ones that folks won’t necessarily find on Your Podcasting Service of Choice’s recommended list?
I don’t listen to a whole lot of music these days (except incidentally, or in the background), but I sure do listen to hours and hours of podcasts.
What defines a good podcast? Well, for me, I want it to feel like a conversation I’ve overheard at a bar. One that’s so engaging, I can’t help but want to be a part of it. The topic of conversation is almost incidental, if the hosts’ chemistry is good and the banter is fun. Or, if it’s a single-person podcast, sincerity and passion and a unique voice are all I need.
Let me recommend a few that I’ve been enjoying lately.
Fanti FANTI is a place where nuance reigns supreme with energetic, complicated, and sometimes difficult conversations that bring deep knowledge and thoughtful perspective to the things we love and rage about, from the White House to the Real House(wives).
The Anthropocene Reviewed John Green reviews facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.
Roderick on the Line Merlin Mann’s frank and candid weekly call with John Roderick of the Long Winters.
霜降り明星のオールナイトニッポン0 (Shimofuri Myoujou no All Night Nippon Zero) Technically a weekly radio program hosted between the hours of 3 and 4 AM by one of Japan’s currently-most-popular manzai duos, Shimofuri Myoujou, but available as a podcast.
LeVar Burton Reads This one is actually extremely popular but it’s LeVar Burton reading you amazing short fiction, so if you’re not already listening to it, come on.
Bonus. Video game-related or -adjacent, in case you’ve run out of insert credit show episodes to listen to:
Watch Out For Fireballs
No More Whoppers