I’m a big fan of podcasts. I listen to them while at the gym, while I take the dog out for a walk, and when I drive around town. Right now, I’m at about max capacity–I’m on the verge of falling behind every week. Usually I have to skip one or two. So I think it’s time for another podcast review.
What’s a podcast review? Think of it as playlist spring cleaning. I take a look at the podcasts I’m listening to, dropping some and adding others. For example, I used to listen to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast all the time, but the material tends to be a bit heavy and depressing. At the time, I was very unhappy at my job, so I ditched the podcast. I’ll still listen to random episodes, but I don’t subscribe.
So here’s what I’m going to do. I’ll list the podcasts I listen to by category. I’ll also list a couple that I’m trying out.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Smartest Man in the World
Doug Loves Movies
SCI FI/FANTASY & WRITING
The Roundtable Podcast
Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Functional Nerds
Adventures in SciFi Publishing
NEW PODCASTS I’M TRYING OUT
Nerdist Writers Panel
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
I’ve heard great things about Beneath Ceaseless Skies–they record a short story with every issue (literary adventure fantasy). And I like writers’ podcasts (obviously), but I think the Nerdist Writers Panel might be geared more toward writing movies and tv shows. If that’s the case, I’ll probably unsubscribe.
As for what podcasts are on the chopping block, well, I just don’t know. Many of these have moved toward a shorter format, which is better for me (and my 20 minute dog walks). That’s why I keep Grammar Girl around: each episode is only about 10 minutes long. But something’s gotta give. Maybe I’ll just be more open to skipping eps that feature guests I don’t really care about. Of course, part of me fears that I’ll miss out on something great.
I’d love to hear if there are some great podcasts I’m missing. What do you listen to? What do you like? Why?