I Need Podcast Help – Please

I give. And I give. And I give, give, and give. This site is a freak’n time and money and mind sink. I’m thinking that the only thing that makes sense as to why I keep coming back and writing day after day about this, that, or the other thing, is that I’ve become I’m addicted. Or some other sort of psychological imbalance. I mean, I do freak, when I stand back and think about it, that 20 or 30 times a week you guys write 500 word comments. (Sometimes your comments are longer than my original posts. This, is not hyperbole.)

But right now. I’m in desperate need. DESPERATE. And I’m sick and tired of giving. Now I’m all about getting. Got it? So hook me up. I’ve listened to all the podcasts I have. And I run out of new ones by like Tuesday of each week. I need tons more goodness to keep it going. Tons more. Seriously hate TV, but love podcasts. So help me out.

So this is what is about to happen. I’m going to list out all my favorite podcasts (see? More giving.) And you, in the comments sections, will continue the list where I left off. Right? Simple exercise. I list… you keep going. Got it? Great.

#1 – Serial season 1 and 2 – without a doubt the single greatest piece of audio ever pulled together. Season 2 is fine. Season 1 is deserving of Oscars, Emmys, Man Booker, Nobel Peace prizes, all in one.  If you want to still be my friend? Listen to season 1 of Serial… now.

#2 – 99% Invisible – an architectural podcast? Audio architecture? (oooh, cool domain name?) Impossible. But that assumes you don’t have Roman Mars, and you do. It’s a brilliant show. Always interesting, sometimes shocking, never boring.

#3 – Radiolab – um. No idea how to describe this one. Usually my number one podcast of all time… but #Serial. Oh, and by the way, they’ve kinda stopped putting out amazing. So, they are still there in the list, and when they come out with new stuff they go to the top of my queue… but that isn’t happening as much anymore.

#4 – Undisclosed – This is basically an insider’s view of Serial Season 1. They are now branching away from Adnan, which is interesting, but the verdict is still out as to the goodness and light that will happen here.

#5 – Song Exploder – I dig music… but I’m not a musey (musicy? what is the music equivalent to foody?!?) but man do I love Song Exploder.

#6 – More Perfect – The first spin off show from Radio Lab (and part of the reason they aren’t putting out as many podcasts?) is More Perfect… a podcast about the Supreme Court. I don’t know why they thought this would sell. But I personally love it. I also wanted to intern for Justice Scallia at one time too. So, yeah, for me it’s a slam dunk. You, maybe? Try it.

#7 – Reply All – If this list were in any sort of order that his was at 7 would be a travesty. But it isn’t. So don’t read anything into that at all. This is a tech podcast that has all kinds of clever stickiness to it, like YES-YES-NO, which discusses current memes and sees if they can get to YES-YES-YES.

#8 – Revisionist History – Malcom Gladwell in podcast format? Well, yeah. How can that possibly fail? Can I have seconds?

#9 – Science Vs season 1 and 2 – kind of a pompous conceit. Let’s stop the debate on whether pornography is bad for you, and just let science tell us. What about contact parenting? What about Gun Control? Science Vs aims to bring science into the discussion in order to take the passion out of the debate. Interesting if a bit of a People Magazine take on Science. (ouch, that stung more than I meant it to.)

#10 – Start Up – This one is good, but as I’ve been on the inside of a startup, every single time they start talking about doing pitch decks I twitch. Everytime I flash back to my startup days I break out in a cold sweat. Yes, I join a startup again, but I’m not going to willingly listen to someone else’s chaos for fun. But sometimes they hit it out of the park. So who knows. You may dig it.

There are a ton of other podcasts I have in my back pocket if you want more good ones to look at. (Podcasts like The Nerdist, Codebreaker, Waking up With Sam Harris, What’s the Point, My Brother My Brother & Me, Detective, Invisibilia, Criminal, The Memory Palace, etc etc etc.)

So now that you’ve seen my list. Show me yours! Knowing what I’m digging – hook me up! Like, pronto! I’m about to be sitting in the stands for a Swim Team club practice. Come on! Need your picks pronto!

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11 Responses

  1. Brian LaLonde

    You definitely have podcasts listed that I’ll check out. You give and you give!

    -BBC World Service “The Documentary” (especially their Syria coverage lately): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nq0lx/episodes/downloads
    -Way Two Serious (I don’t know how I found this one, but probably up your alley): http://waytwoserious.com/because-we-care/
    -Lore (sometimes too strange): http://www.lorepodcast.com/
    -A few programmer podcasts here: https://devchat.tv/
    -The Liturgists: http://www.theliturgists.com/podcast/
    -TechStuff: http://shows.howstuffworks.com/techstuff-podcast.htm

    And I just put this article in Pocket, but haven’t sifted them yet. Maybe some new ones here for you: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/sep/07/27-podcasts-to-make-you-smarter

    • Taylor Holmes


      ARE YOU MY SOUL MATE?!? OR WAH? amazing. I’m adding them all to my stream. I’ll try and circle back and give my thoughts. (Let’s be 100% honest, I never will. I WANT TO. This is something I would like to have done in the future. But I won’t. There are too many bright shiny things in this world.) But dude, awesome list. I don’t think I know any of these. Just brilliant.


    • Taylor Holmes

      I just saw this episode on the Liturgists podcast done back in January? “Episode 30 – Prophet or Ass” Rachel joins Michael Gungor and Science Mike to discuss the difference between speaking necessary truth and being an ass. This is listen #1. Guaranteed.

      can’t stop giggling.

  2. Taylor Holmes

    Can I just say that this site gets like 70,000+ visits a month. And I get ONE comment helping me out? Seriously? I think I will be arriving at each of your houses and will be helping myself to the food in your fridge. Just saying.

    • Taylor Holmes

      The Dollop is brilliant. I’m almost done listening to every single one. Talk about time commitment. Freakonomics is ok, I enjoyed the books and can’t say that they convert to podcasts that well. But am open to trying a specific one if you enjoyed it. Invisibilia is an interesting idea, and have listened occasionally. Have heard great things about You Are Not So Smart, and I adore that vein of thinking. (The Art of Thinking Clearly, Blink, Thinking Fast and Slow, Predictably Irrational, etc etc etc. all line up in this vein.) But I have not listened to, or heard anything about Star Talk, or Hidden Brain. I’ll check them out.

      • Elle

        Taylor, despite getting on your arse about speed reading, it’s incredible how you are able to juggle the many responsibilities of this site and other things you’ve created as well as maintain a separate career and personal life. Kudos to you for the challenging balancing act you perform on a daily basis and do so well.

        In answer to a previous comment you made on this thread: Ned’s fridge is full of good stuff. Cheers!

  3. Kemo

    The Partially Examined Life…check out episode 178: Nietzsche As Social Critic: “Twilight of the Idols” (Part One) 56 min.
    The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
    Cognitive Dissonance

    • Taylor Holmes

      Loved that partially examined life episode. Totally cool. Like, listen twice kind of cool. Thanks for that! I’ll check out your other two next. Much obliged.

  4. Mjane

    Thank you for the list!
    My only contribution is not up your alley, Comedy Bang Bang (nsfw humor). Episode 349 with Santa Claus, Ho Ho, Jesus, Time Keeper is my favorite.

    • Taylor Holmes

      How is that not up my alley? That sounds great. I’ll check it out. Currently in Atlanta of all places for work, and so I am in need of things to keep me sane! Thanks!


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