11 podcasts you should be listening to right now
If you need to kill your commute or just some time, here are some podcasts to shove in your ears (rather than listening to that guy on the train who won't put his headphones in to watch Come Dine With Me).
Serial is probably the one podcast you've heard of, if you've heard of no other podcasts. From This American Life, Serial follows one interesting story for ten episodes.
Series one focused on the murder of Hae Min Lee in the early 1990s, the arrest and prosecution of Adnan Syed for the crime and all the murky deals of the case. It'll make you wonder if Adnan did it, if not then who did do it, and why.
Series two has just kicked off, following the story of a soldier who went AWOL and was captured by the Taliban, and promises to be just as involving as the first series.
2) The Bugle
A proper satirical podcast, mixed with just the right amount of bullsh*t, the Bugle podcast is sheer brilliance. It's hosted by John Oliver (now massive in America) and Andy Zaltsman (medium sized in Britain). Both extremely funny men turning their attention to news from around the world.
They're currently on a break, but have a massive backlog of (still relevant) shows from the last five years to listen to. Great if you want to feel less depressed (only more so) about the news.
Listen here: http://thebuglepodcast.com/
3) Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theater Podcast (RUHULESTERPUH)
RHLSTP is what happens when an irreverent comedian hosts interviews. Richard Herring gets big-name guests onto the show, and spends their precious time needling them about their smallest roles until it's either extremely funny or they want to leave. It's usually the former. Usually.
As well as that he asks every guest his "emergency questions", no matter who they are. He's asked Stephen Fry if he's ever tried to suck his own cock, Louis Theroux if he's ever seen a bigfoot and Professor Mary Beard whether she's ever tried to suck her own cock. He's also asked a massive list of comedians pressing questions such as "would you rather have a hand made out of ham or a finger that can travel through time". Surely you want to know the answer to that question?
If you're into that sort of thing you can also listen to Richard Herring do a podcast in which he narrates himself (Me 1) play himself (Me 2) at snooker. He has made 68 episodes of this.
4) The Empire Podcast
If you're into film, this is the best podcast around. They have all the latest news, reviews and interviews, as well as great discussions of listener questions. They also have great spoiler podcasts, where they invite in directors, actors or writers of major films in to discuss their films in-depth, providing a great insight into the film for people who want to work in film or just major fans in need of a fix.
5) Radiolab and Freakonomics
Radiolab focuses on topics of a scientific and philosophical nature. The show attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as "time" and "morality" in an accessible and interesting way. They cover topics in-depth and always speak to scientists in interesting fields of research.
Freakonomics does much the same, but branches out into the odd side of economics as well, with top economists joining the discussions as well.
If you like Ted Talks but want something more in-depth, Radiolab and Freakonomics are for you.
Listen to Radiolab here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radiolab/id152249110?mt=2
Listen to Freakonimcs here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/freakonomics-radio/id354668519?mt=2
6) The Moth
The Moth presents true stories, told live and without notes, to live crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers.
The stories are usually either funny or heartbreaking. Prepare to set your emotions to shuffle.
Listen to the Moth here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-moth-podcast/id275699983?mt=2
7) Baldmove's various podcasts
There are a lot of after-show discussion podcasts about various TV shows out there. Baldmove are the best out there. They've covered every episode of Breaking Bad, as well as other top quality shows like Mad Men, Fargo and The Leftovers.
If you like (incredibly) in-depth discussions about your favourite TV shows, give Baldmove a try.
Find a Baldmove podcast about your favourite TV show here: http://baldmove.com/
8) Cracked Podcast
Funny people discussing important things such as "Movies That Would Be Better With One Simple Change" and "Ben Franklin's Secret Hack to Make People Like You". They usually have an interesting angle and/or knowledge of weirder parts of history which you might not have known or thought about yourself. Well worth a listen.
9) No Such Thing As A Fish
The researchers from QI set up their own podcast to discuss all the latest facts they've found out this week. They're funny, extremely interesting and will fill you with facts so useless you can't help but bring them up in conversation.
This is pretty much what QI would be like if all the guests had the knowledge of Stephen Fry and his cue-cards.
10) Friday Night Comedy Podcast
This is by far the easiest way to listen to The News Quiz, and is worth downloading for that alone. If you like topical shows, listen to this. It's better than Have I Got News For You (the TV spin-off version of this ancient Radio 4 show).
11) The Adam Buxton Podcast
Adam Buxton is the genius behind Bug, co-host of the (much missed) Adam and Joe show and also that guy who shows up in a lot of sitcoms every now and then to steal a few scenes.
Now he's making his own podcast, and as you'd expect it's very good. He generally interviews guests (such as Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson) as well as occasionally doing a documentary about his own flu symptoms. Very funny and well worth a listen.
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