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JD and I have been listening to an awesome podcast called Welcome to Nightvale. 400 Bad Request




The format is a community radio station in a desert town that is the bastard love child of Rod Sterling/HP Lovecraft/Douglas Adams/Norman Rockwell.

It is fabulous. They tour and do live shows, I will catch them one day.

So what are you listening to?
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"Welcome to Nightvale" is a totally obscure podcast that no one listens to, kind of like Marc Maron's WTF podcast or "Serial".

If you enjoyed "Welcome to Nightvale", then from the same production company, "Alice Isn't Dead" was worth it - it's a story, told in the form of a trucker talking on the CB while looking for her lost wife. Also "Within the Wires" was another novel storytelling concept which I thought I'd tire of but wound up listening to the whole season.

They have a third that I thought sucked and never picked it up.

I often listen to less popular spinoffs from other popular podcasts, like "Hooker on TJ Hooker", "Stage of Fools" (the unofficial "Royals" podcast), or "Presidents Are People, Too!". Usually, because they feature people from other podcasts like "We Hate Movies" or "The Flop House."

For skeptical podcasts, "Skeptoid" is still good for content, if you can get past the fact that it's hosted by a felon whose delivery is all stiff whiteness. I love "Oh No Ross and Carrie" but some other people think they're too bright and bubbly. "Inquiring Minds" is still kicking ass, but "Point of Inquiry" is changing hosts again, so I don't know what's going to happen.

And you might be interested in the "This Week in Microbiology/Parasitism/Virology/Evolution..." series of podcasts.
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I don't know if it qualifies as obscure, but I fucking love Girl on Guy by Aisha Tyler. She's hella smart and fierce and hilarious and has geek cred up the wazoo.

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"Welcome to Nightvale" is a totally obscure podcast that no one listens to, kind of like Marc Maron's WTF podcast or "Serial".
I was just aping the the totally obscure and on Netflix style. :tmgrin:

I was actually thinking about how does one find good podcasts, because I really dig Nightvale. It occurred to me that I could make a thread here and ask yall.

Plus, I just want to spread the love of Nightvale.

I heard small parts of Alice on a nightvale podcast. I thought it sounded cool, good to know it is.

Thank you for the recommendations.

Yes, the microbiology is my interest :tmgrin:
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"Welcome to Nightvale" is a totally obscure podcast that no one listens to, kind of like Marc Maron's WTF podcast or "Serial".
I was just aping the the totally obscure and on Netflix style. :tmgrin:
I should have put a smiley around my dry sarcasm, but I was trying to post quickly just before leaving work.

Stuff I would recommend that I didn't mention before: "99% Invisible" - a design podcast; "Alcohollywood" - a movie discussion podcast with a professional mixologist as a cohost, so each movie gets a unique mixed drink and "drinking rules"; "I Was There Too" - interviews that focus on the side characters and bit parts of important scenes or movies; and "The Sword and Laser" - a science fiction/fantasy book club podcast.

Not to mention, almost all the NPR and public radio shows are available as podcasts - much easier than finding them at the right time.
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Some of my favourites are Radio vs. the Martians (geek pop culture) and all-time :heart: Caustic Soda (disturbing or gross science, history and pop culture), the latter of which alas is no longer active, but there are lots (maybe all) of the goodies still available on the feeds (and they have a handy "Download everything!" on their page causticsodapodcast.com)

Other faves are more standard in every playlist: Stuff you Missed in History Class, Skeptics with a K, The Cracked Podcast, The Infinite Monkey Cage...


Girl on Guy is no longer active either, I think. Still subscribed, just in case.


ETA: Monster Talk, a skeptical/science show about monsters.
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I really wanted to like Nightvale, but it's got too much 'acting' for my tastes. Like, I wanted them to play it straighter and subtler, without the wacky voices and action scenes. If you like Nightvale, I had similar annoyances with one called Limetown, so you might like that one too.

I tend to like the long form non-fiction podcasts in the Serial vein, mostly crime stuff. The CBC does some good ones, like Someone Knows Something, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Breakdown is good, too, except THERE IS A PART WHERE THEY DO A DUMB ACTING VOICE that says "Lesson in the Law!" when they're going to explain some legal concept.

And I just found out that Offshore has a second season. The first one was really good. The central story is a crime, but it's more about the social and cultural context it took place in.

S-Town was really really good too. Apparently, some people were disappointed that it didn't use the Serial formula, so FYI, it is not Serial. Also it's probably best without spoilers.

And I haven't listened to it yet, but the youths seem to be enjoying the Beef and Dairy Network Podcast these days, which, as I understand it, is a parody of industry podcasts.
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Girl on Guy is no longer active either, I think. Still subscribed, just in case.
The last show she put it on indefinite hiatus. She overextended herself last year with performance engagements, and she wants to focus on directing.
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Girl on Guy is no longer active either, I think. Still subscribed, just in case.
The last show she put it on indefinite hiatus. She overextended herself last year with performance engagements, and she wants to focus on directing.
Oh, forreal? I'm super behind on them so I hadn't noticed. :sadcheer:

She does spread herself thin, that's for sure.
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Yeah, I had a bunch of podcasts end abruptly at the end of last year; Girl on Guy, Stuff Mom Never Told You, and all the Storywonk stuff (Dusted, We Can Do This All Day and several others)
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Currently listening to S-town. I recommend it. :thumbup:
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Update: I do not--I repeat NOT--like that Beef and Dairy Network podcast. Too much acting.
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I also enjoyed Missing Richard Simmons, which was recommended to be by Mr mediocrities. It is only about 6 episodes.
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I also enjoyed Missing Richard Simmons, which was recommended to be by Mr mediocrities. It is only about 6 episodes.
I avoided that one - I thought it might be a bit too much prying into the personal life of someone who has decided they want privacy.

Downloaded S-Town, but I'm still catching up to my vacation backlog. I also downloaded Movie Sign with Trace and Frank (the Mads from MST3K) - we'll see how works... I don't need more podcasts.
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If you like interesting history lessons, delivered in 1.5-2 hour chunks (sometimes more), try "Dan Carlin's Hardcore History"--he's had histories (totalling sometimes 8-10 hours) on Genghis Kahn, the Roman Empire, the Persian Empire, World War I--right now, I'm listening to what may be a one-episode discussion of the nuclear power era. They come out every three months or so. Others I listen to (sometimes, not every episode):

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim: Taz and Zahra (funny and informative--they're comics).

2 Dope Queens--recordings of standup comedy, hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams

Are You F*&#ing Sh!#%@ng Me?--random shit (kind of "stuff I didn't know that I think is interesting"--two friends of one of my daughters.

Code Switch (discussions of race)

Common Sense with Dan Carlin--same Dan Carlin who does Hardcore History, discussing his take on current issues.

Dear Sugar/Savage Love/Dear Prudence (agony aunts)

Nancy (about LGBT issues--just heard about it this week and subscribed, but haven't listened to it, yet)

Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell & Hari Kondabolu

Radiolab (interesting one last week, about whether there are any checks on the President's control over the nuclear option)

Snap Judgment (story telling)

Stuff to Blow Your Mind (science geeks)

Stuff You Missed in History Class

The Chauncey DeVega Show (sometimes--he opens each podcast with about half an hour of what's going on with him, personally, then segues to an interview with someone interesting, about politics/history/race)

The Dinner Party Download (folks I know, who pull together music, news, and other stuff meant to help you hold up your own end of a conversation at a dinner party. I hear a lot of music I wouldn't otherwise hear, excerpts from books I otherwise wouldn't be aware of, and other tidbits. Worth checking out.)

The More Perfect Union Podcast--current politics, by a folks with a range of political views.

This American Life
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