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Podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts.  Some are serious, some are funny, some are long, ongoing narratives, and some of those I’ve listed below don’t exist anymore (but you can listen to their archives, I’ve marked them with an asterisk).  I hope you find something that will be entertaining and educational!  Aside from being in some broad categories, and trying to keep the ones that no longer updated at the bottom of each section, there’s no real rhyme or reason how they’re listed.

News video

  • Anderson Cooper 360 – News from Silver Fox!
  • The Rachel Maddow Show – I’ve always said that Maddow is one of the best interviewers on TV, and she doesn’t disappoint.  Sadly no longer the full show, so no Cocktail Moments.

Queer

  • Making Gay History – Interviews from the people who have made queer history.  So important to our history!
  • Throwing Shade – A look at feminist and queer issues, by two comedians and their guests (and special voice characters).
  • Sparkle and Circulate – The podcast of the International Order of Sodomites featuring long-form interviews with the most interesting people.
  • The Sewers of Paris – Interviews with gay men about the media that changed their lives.
  • Queery – Hosted by comedian Carmen Esposito, in-depth conversations about language, theory and other topics of interest to the queer community.
  • Homophilia – In-depth conversations with gay men about their love lives, queer theory and how they survive the world, a new favorite!
  • Outsports – Multiple podcasts all in one feed, I listen to their Olympics coverage, Five Rings to Rule Them All.
  • Outward – New podcast from Slate about queer issues.
  • Queens of Adventures – Dungeons and Dragons and Drag Queens!
  • Queens of Adventures Legends – One shot and stand alone D&D adventures with drag queens!
  • I’m From Driftwood – Based on the amazing video series of the same name, a historical archive of queer life.
  • *UnErased – Companion podcast to the movie of the same name, looking at ‘conversion therapy.’
  • *The Six Pack – No longer updated (partially due to Dave Rubin’s hard right turn), but a podcast in six parts with recurring segments, interviews and “Craigslist Missed Connections Set to Love Songs.”
  • *Bend Over and Take It – No longer updated.  Gay news from Pittsburgh.
  • *Queers and Beers – Sadly no longer updated, but a fun look at queer culture over a couple beers.
  • *Karl’s Kaschemme – European podcast about queer life and relationships.
  • *QueerPGH – Local queer news.
  • *Yeseterqueer – The history of our community.
  • *My Gay Life – Not the best audio or editing, but interesting conversations about facets of the queer community.

News

  • The Good News Podcast – Good news delivered every day from the team that brings you Cards Against Humanity!
  • Positiviteeny – Hope, support and inspiration, in ten minutes or less!
  • The Postindustrial Podcast – Podcast companion to the newsletter and magazine about life in Postindustrial America.
  • The Topical – Daily news from The Onion.
  • WTF Just Happened Today – Podcast companion to the daily newsletter.
  • Slate Political Gabfest – A weekly look at the biggest stories in politics, presented in roundtable format.
  • Slate Culture Gabfest – A weekly look at the biggest stories in culture, presented in roundtable format.
  • The Sit and Spin Room – Politics from twitter comedians.
  • Full Release with Samantha Bee – Samantha Bee sits down with a guest for in-depth interviews.
  • *Bag Man – Rachel Maddow’s research into the story of the removal of Vice President Agnew.
  • *Thinking CAP – Political conversations with some of the brightest minds on the left (with a special emphasis on immigration law).
  • *Trends Like These – A more in-depth look at the news stories you see trending each week.
  • *With Her – No longer updated.  The podcast of the Hillary 2016 campaign.  Includes a two-part epilogue about the release of her book, “What Happened.”
  • *Pittsburgh Post Gazette True Crime – True crime from Pittsburgh. The first season looked at two similar but possibly unrelated murders, slated to start a second season (and will change album artwork).
  • *The Pittsburgh Record – Podcast version of ‘Eat This, Read That.’

Communication

  • Convince and Convert – Short-form, communication podcast.
  • Clear + Vivid – Alan Alda interviews people who have used clear communication techniques to make a positive difference in the world.
  • For Immediate Release – Long-form news and case studies from the communication world.
  • Marketing Over Coffee – Another short-form communication podcast.
  • Write-Minded Podcast – Writing podcast co-hosted by the Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.
  • *Pitchwerks – How to pitch and other communication topics.
  • *The Poet’s Voice – Poetry read and analysed by actor Joshua Sasse.

Nerd

  • Dragon Talk – The official podcast from Wizards of the Coast about Dungeons and Dragons.  Watch out for the falling rocks!
  • Bone Stone and Obsidian – A show about my favorite DnD setting, the Burning World of Athas: Dark Sun.
  • Freakonomics Radio – Looking at the world around us through science, answering some unexpected questions.
  • Hello, Internet – Two friends who spend their time making Youtube videos discuss a myriad of topics.
  • Nintendo Voice Chat – IGN’s Nintendo news show.
  • Puck Soup – The latest hockey news and discussion.
  • A Great Day for Hockey Talk – Historical discussions from The Penguins.
  • The Scoop – News podcast from The Penguins.
  • A is for Anthropocene – Podcast from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
  • Newcomers – Comedians watch media franchises for the first time (First season was Star Wars, second season is Lord of the Rings).
  • SciShow Tangents – Lightly competitive science game show from the team that brings you SciShow on Youtube.
  • Sidenote – Science news from the couple that brings you ASAPScience on Youtube.
  • The Way of Love – Podcast of the Episcopal Church and Bishop Michael Curry.
  • This is Not for You – Each episode looks at one page of the book, “House of Leaves.”
  • *The Dungeon Economic Model – Short-form ‘how to’ series about setting up a dungeon to attract adventurers to bring gold into your town.
  • *Nintendo Power – Official podcast from Nintendo of America.
  • *Why am I Telling You This? – Podcast of the Clinton Foundation.
  • *Here’s The Deal – Podcast of the Joe Biden campaign.
  • *Field Study – The intersection of sports and society, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • *History: The Shequel – Historical women and how they changed history.
  • *The Soundtrack Show – Learn about music theory and how composers use music to tell the stories that directors do with their visuals.  Includes special movie track episodes.

Running

  • Mostly Harmless Running – Podcast hosted by my friends and teammates, and I’m a guest on an episode!
  • Negative Splits – A good look at running news and training.
  • The 1609 Podcast – A friend of mine was on this show!  They usually talk about specific races.
  • Science of Ultra – The science behind running and training for ultramarathons.
  • *Human Race – No longer updated.  An amazing podcast focused on the personal, inspiring stories of runners triumphing over adversity.
  • *The Runner’s World Show – Being retooled, on hiatus.  The podcast from the magazine, “Runner’s World.”
  • *Average Runner Podcast – Another fun running podcast.
  • *Brew / Drink / Run – Friends who all homebrew, drink craft beer and run talk about those topics.

Entertainment

  • Getting Curious – Jonathan Van Ness looks at something they’re interested in each week.
  • AwesomeCast – Awesome stuff! And recorded locally!
  • Bad with Money – How to get your finances in order.
  • Groceries – The team from Throwing Shade goes grocery shopping.
  • Death in the Afternoon – Podcast from the Order of the Good Death.
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed – John Greens reviews aspects of the Anthropocene on a five point scale.
  • Reply All – Long form stories about the Internet.
  • Forked Up – The podcast from Bad Manners.  Great food and political topics.
  • The Sporkful – It’s for eaters, not for foodies.
  • No Such Thing As a Fish – The four best facts from the last seven days, and everything else that spirals out from those.  Highly recommended.
  • Stuff You Should Know – Depends on the topic if I”ll listen or not, but always educational.
  • The Pittsburgh Oddcast – Odd bits of Pittsburgh’s history, really fascinating!
  • Conversations with People Who Hate Me – Talking with the people who leave hate and vitriol online.
  • American Shadows – The dark corners of American history.
  • Till Death do us Blart – Recorded once a year for all eternity, the hosts review Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
  • Why Won’t You Date Me? – Comedian Nicole Byers asks, ‘Would you date me?’
  • The Ron Burgundy Podcast – Hosted by the legendary Anchorman.
  • Lore – Sometimes the strangest stories are true, and these haunting tales are no exception.
  • Fanti – Examining the things that we love that are problematic.
  • No Stupid Questions – A conversation examining the questions we take for granted.
  • Our Plague Year – The Nightvale team chronicles our time with COVID
  • Question Box – The gameshow of shockingly personal questions.
  • Small Triumph, Big Speech – A fundraiser podcast that celebrates the little victories.
  • Cabinet of Curiosities – Quick stories about some of the strangest, but true bits of history.
  • My Brother, My Brother and Me – An advice show for the modern era, complete with absurd questions from Yahoo! Answers.
  • Shmanners – Modern manners, as well as the historical significance of cultural norms.
  • St. Elwick’s Neighbourhood Association Newsletter Podcast – Podcast of the British neighbhourhood.
  • Burning Man Live – Coming to you live from one of the Multiverses.
  • The Neighborhood Listen – Comedic interpretation of posts from NextDoorNeighbor.
  • Hello from the Magic Tavern – Improv comedy set in a tavern in a fantasy world.
  • *Bunker Buddies – Comedians and amateur-preppers look at how to prepare for various apocalypse scenarios.
  • *The Room Where It’s Happening – On (almost certainly permanent) hiatus.  A show about the love of the Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”
  • *Unobscured – The dark history of mentalism in the United States.
  • *Man Up – Figuring out how to be a good man while tearing down toxic masculinity.

Mental Health

  • The Hilarious World of Depression – A look at laughter and how to cope with depression.
  • Pro You – I don’t listen anymore (the audio got screwed up), but a podcast about self improvement and personal training.
  • *Defeat the Stigma – Interviews about mental health issues.

Serial

  • The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) – My absolute favorite podcast.  The behind the scenes story from the radio show at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Beef and Dairy Network – A totally true (fictional) look at the beef and dairy herd industry, filled with intrigue, murder and espionage.  Absolutely hilarious.
  • Wooden Overcoats – Scripted comedy about competing funeral homes on a small British Isle.
  • Welcome to Nightvale – Public radio from the quiet, southwestern town of Night Vale, where literally every conspiracy theory is true.  All of them.
  • Good Morning, Nightvale – The official recap show of “Welcome to Nightvale.”  The hosts are starting from the beginning, looking at each episode of the show.
  • Within the Wires – Secret messages in recordings reveal an alternate history of the world.
  • Mission to Zyxx – Improv comedy podcast about a spaceship crew in the far reaches of space.
  • Moonbase Thea, out – The story of shutting down a Moonbase and the politics involved.
  • Rise of the Veiled Alliance – D&D campaign set in Dark Sun.
  • The Adventure Zone – The brothers from My Brother, My Brother and Me and their father play role playing games!
  • Critical Role – The podcast of the streaming show, professional voice actors play D&D!
  • Wizards and Lizards – D&D game run by a friend of mine in New York!
  • *Alice Isn’t Dead – Starts slow, but a great show once you’re into it.  A woman crosses the country searching for her wife.
  • *Limetown – Ten years ago, 300 people disappeared from Limetown.  This is their story.
  • *Bubble – New scripted show about monster hunters.
  • *The Walk – Pulled from the smartphone game of the same name, walk the length of Britain to save the world.
  • *Victoriocity – An amazing steampunk reimagining of Victorian London.
  • *Uncover: The Village – Season 3 of ‘Uncover’ about the serial killer targeting gay men in Toronto.
  • *The Angel of Vine – Detective mystery story told by Joe Manganello.
  • *The Bright Sessions – Now a series of books, described as ‘If the X-Men went to therapy instead of fighting baddies.’
  • *The Far Merdian – A lighthouse takes its inhabitants to a new location each morning.
  • *The Report – Breaking down The Mueller Report.
  • *The Two Princes – A gay fairy tale.
  • *Adventures in New America – Class, race and future neo-vampires all collide in this story.
  • *Caravan – Trying to survive hell.
  • *Dreamboy – Saving a zebra and hooking up with the neighbor, all overlaid drug use and surviving Cleveland.
  • *Serial – A story told weekly.  The first season was better than the second, but still worth a listen for the depth of reporting.
  • *S-Town – Examining lives lost and the culture of ‘Shit Town, Alabama.’
  • *Missing Richard Simmons – Six-part documentary about the disappearance of Richard Simmons that I got hooked on almost immediately.
  • *Running from COPS – From the Missing Richard Simmons team, a look at the making of and influence of the show COPS.
  • *MarsCorp – Comedy about the failings of the company trying to terraform Mars for human settlement.
  • *It Makes a Sound – Trying to make sure that the world doesn’t forget the music of Wim Faros.
  • *Homecoming – Scripted drama featuring some big names, lots of political intrigue.
  • *36 Questions – No longer updated.  Three-part musical which had a horrible script, can’t recommend it.

NSFW

  • Distorted View Daily – I’ve listened since 2005, crazy news and bizarre audio from around the Internet with media darling, Tim Henson.
  • Kinsey Confidential – Short questions and answers from the Kinsey Institute for Sexual Health.
  • Savage Lovecast – Based on the syndicated newspaper column, ‘Savage Love,’ Dan takes sex and relationship questions and brings in guest experts.
  • *Pounded in the Butt by my Own Podcast – A new celebrity guest reads a ‘classic’ Tingler each week.
  • My Dad Wrote a Porno – Brilliant, cringe-worthy and hysterical.  Three friends are amazed at the lack of grammar, self-awareness and basic anatomy.
  • RISK! – A slightly outrageous storytelling podcast.  The guests are usually great, although I hate the host’s storytelling style.
  • Watts Your Safeword – A funny look at mostly ‘101’ type subjects.
  • The Recon Podcast – UK podcast from the gay website of the same name.
  • *NoSafeWord and Ungagged – Podcast from the pacific northwest about consent, safety and events.  Ungagged is hosted by the younger guys and touches on more ‘101’ type subjects.

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