Check This Out! – Podcasts

I listen to a shit-ton of podcasts. There’s an almost infinite amount of podcasts out there. I understand that loading the Apple Podcasts / Google Play Podcasts / Spotify Podcasts pages can be an overwhelming introduction to the medium. Here is a list of my go-to podcasts (aside from my own work and SModCo). I hope there is something you enjoy.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. The show’s name is taken from a quote by Buckminster Fuller: “Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” Its goal is to expose the unseen and overlooked aspects of design, architecture, and activity in the world. Each episode generally focuses on a single topic or specific example of design, often including interviews with architects, experts, or people who have been influenced by the design.

Judge John Hodgman

Judge John Hodgman is a weekly, comedic court show podcast hosted by humorist John Hodgman and distributed online by Maximum Fun. The program features host John Hodgman acting as a judge (with Jesse Thorn as bailiff) adjudicating real-life disputes within a fictional courtroom setting. In each episode, “Judge” John Hodgman hears and renders a judgment on a dispute (often over petty or trivial matters) between two people (calling in via Skype or similar program from their home location) in a virtual “courtroom” setting.

Ear Hustle

Ear Hustle is a non-fiction podcast about prison life produced at San Quentin State Prison by inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, along with Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteers at the prison. In 2016, it was selected by the Radiotopia network as the winner of its Podquest competition, and subsequently released its first season between June and October 2017. It is the first podcast to be created entirely inside a prison. On November 21, 2018, California governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne Woods’ sentence, citing Ear Hustle as a significant contributor to his reformation as an American citizen.

The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace is a storytelling podcast and public radio segment about the past.  The program features historical narratives concerning such subjects as the Cardiff Giant and the CIA project Acoustic Kitty. Nate DiMeo created the show. You can read about Nate and the show in The New Yorker.

Left, Right & Center

Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture. Josh Barro, representing the Center, hosts a discussion of the week’s news and issues with thought leaders on the Right and Left, and expert guests. In today’s world, the lines between parties and ideologies seem distinct, but are they really? Hear how the other side thinks on the issues that matter most. From the news that dominates the headlines to the important topics below the fold, Left, Right & Center busts the opinion bubbles and echo chambers with genuine discussion and real talk.

Twenty Thousand Hertz

Twenty Thousand Hertz is a podcast featuring the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Episodes topics are extremely broad and always interesting: design of a car’s sound, the sounds in motion pictures, what it sounds like on other planets, and even silence.

Work in Progress

Behind every working human, there’s a story. Work in Progress is Slack’s podcast about the meaning and identity we find in work. Hosted by Dan Misener, the show features stories of personal ambition and debilitating insecurities, great successes and abject failures, the plans we make and the luck that…happens.

The Flop House

Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington are friends who’ve decided to express that friendship not by doing productive or enjoyable things, but instead by watching critical or commercial flops, and then discussing those terrible movies for you to enjoy in your ear-holes. Although, honestly, most of the time they just talk about random bullshit.

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