It’s interesting that a simple thing like a list of podcasts you listen to can give so much insight into who you are as a person. You will see a bit of a trend in my little collection of podcasts in my playlist. If you are interested in science, skepticism, critical thinking, and off the wall raunchy comedy, this list is for you. Also, The X-Files (and Kumail Nanjiani) are the shit!
**Average Episode Length: SP = 01-60 Mins / LP = 60-120 Mins / EP = Over 120 Mins
Ardent Atheist (SP): Ardent Atheists Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about atheism, deism and the effects of religion on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of atheists, agnostics, deists, scientists, humanists and the occasional god-loving, scripture-quoting crusader. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny.
C-Webb’s Sunday School (SP): In this now ended podcast, ex christian/mormon C-Webb breaks down the bible and everything that goes with it (ie. creationism, terrorism, claiming of holidays and fear of science). He’s also heavily influenced by rap (and wrasslin!) so all of this is coupled with some white boy beats and rhymes (not my scene, so I skip through those parts).
Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast (LP): In this one, Gilbert Gottfried and his co-host Frank Santopadre talk old school Hollywood and mostly interview old, forgotten and obscure actors and artists because that’s just what Gilbert is all about. Every once in a while, he gets more modern artists in like Josh Groban or his old friend from The Howard Stern Show, Billy West.
In The Name Of god – The Podcast (SP): In this weekly podcast, “Matthew the Apostle” sheds light on the atrocities caused by religion is the week prior to each episode. Expect a lot of priests and youth ministers getting busted for raping children all over the world (but mostly in the US for some reason…). Lest we forget.
Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files (SP): Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani hosts this X-Files based podcast. This show looks at (almost) every episode in order from start to finish, usually at 2 X-Files episodes per podcast episode. Also, something I found very interesting, he also goes back through the now archived alt.tv X-Files message boards from the week the episodes first aired to see what people (or at least those who had internet access in the 90’s) were saying about it at the time.
Paranormal Skeptic Academy (SP): Join our old friend C-Webb (of C-Webb’s Sunday School) as he debunks all the bullshit surrounding all those ghost hunting shows haunting your television. He will select a specific episode from a specific show and go through it giving more plausible explanations of what is happening during the episode. They also touch a little bit on cryptozoology and alien abduction stories.
Penn’s Sunday School (LP): Magician Penn Jillette and his magic/juggling pals Matt Donnelly and Michael Goudeau share a mix of current events mixed with anecdotes from the increasingly interesting life of Penn. The stance that Penn takes on every issue resonates so well with me, that no matter my knee jerk reactionary opinion on a subject (ie. Kim Davis) my head is always leveled by just 5 minutes of listening to this man give his opinion on the subject. If you like the Showtime series “Bullshit” and somehow haven’t checked out this podcast yet, do it now.
Pirate Life Radio (LP): Broadcasting out of Calgary, AB Canada, Pirate Life Radio is an independent podcast seeking to expose local and international underground music.
Featuring interviews with some of the city’s top talent and a ripping soundtrack to match, PLR aims to provide an outlet for underground bands to showcase their art.
Co-hosted by Kyle Gritchen & Josh Wallace, two unwavering fans of honest music, Pirate Life Radio is dedicated to bringing the listener stories from the seas less travelled- straight from the mouths of the people who were there.
School of PodCasting (SP): A podcast that helps you discover the power of podcasting. It helps you avoid the common mistakes that podcasters make. From planning, producing, and promoting your podcast along with all the tools and techniques. If you’re looking to start a podcast, or a veteran podcaster, you can catch some great insights with this podcast.
Skeptically Yours (SP): Passionate skeptics Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about skepticism, conspiracies, urban legends and the effects of misinformation on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of skeptics, scientists, humanists and the occasional hard line, conspiracy nut. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny.
StarTalk Radio (SP): The first and only popular commercial radio program devoted to all things space and is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. As Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, Tyson makes regular appearances as the “nation’s expert on space” on major news programs and popular shows (Daily Show, Colbert Report). StarTalk Radio bridges the intersection between Pop Culture and Science with clarity, humor and passion. Captivating subjects—such as space travel, extra-terrestrial life, the Big Bang, the future of our Earth and the environment, and breaking news from the universe—will all be explored. Hilarity ensues as Tyson is joined each week by comedian co-hosts (including Chuck Nice, Eugene Mirman, Lynn Koplitz), celebrities, and other special guests (Bill Nye anyone?).
TED Radio Hour (SP): An on demand version of the TEDTalks brand radio show. The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Brain and thinky stuff.
TEDTalks (audio) (SP): Audio only versions of the massive collection of TEDTalks from the TED Conferences. These talks cover cutting edge presentation of everything from economics, politics, marine biology, science and technology, philosophy, art, music, you name it. It’s all smart people talking about smart thinks. If you want a podcast that will make you rethink the world around you, get this one.
The Alton Brown Cast (SP): Alton Brown talks food, food shows and food related things. He’ll interview restaurateurs, brewers and even William Shatner because, why not? He also answers cooking and baking related fan questions. Learn to cook like a pro, and learn where your food and shit comes from already!
The Atheist Experience (SP): A weekly Internet television show based in Austin, Texas geared at a non-atheist audience. Every week we field live calls from atheists and believers alike, and you never know what you’re going to get! Sometimes it can get quite feisty indeed! You don’t want to miss it. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.
The Brewing Network Presents – The Sunday Sessions (EP): The original live show that brings professional brewers, interviews and the best in beertainment right to you as we talk about homebrewing beer and craft brewing. Each episode covers specific brewing topics to inform and entertain, and world class professional brewers as guests.
The Brewing Networks’s Dr. Homebrew (LP): Dr. Homebrew breaks down your home brewed beer and gives you the feedback you’re looking for to improve your brewing! Join JP, along with his co-hosts, BJCP Master Judges Brian Cooper and Lee Shephard, as they dissect listener-submitted homebrew and provide tips and tricks to improve your brewing!
The Dana Gould Hour (EP): Ex-Simpsons writer Dana Gould hosts this variety show type podcast. Joined by fellow comedians and other interesting people with a focus on the weird and the real. Conversation. Music. Monologues. Also worth noting, the voice over bits are by none other than Spongebob himslef (Tom Kenny). The title of this podcast is misleading however, as each episode is well over an hour in length. Damn you Dana Gould! You damn dirty ape!
The Doug Stanhope Shotclog Podcast (LP): Doug Stanhope brings in comedians he’s met on the road for some stories and some drinks. This show is exactly what you would expect from Stanhope. Raw, real, and a feeling of “who gives a fuck, I’m not hiding anything”.
The Indoor Kids with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon (LP): The Indoor Kids isn’t just about video games, but it isn’t not about video games. The Indoor Kids is about the passion we feel, and you feel, for all the things you consume, from video games to comic books to TV and movies. Join hosts Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon as they take on a journey from childhood Shinobi obsessions, up through the best and worst video game adaptations of movies.
The Message (SP): A fictional podcast following the weekly reports and interviews from Nicky Tomalin, who is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago. Over the course of 8 episodes we get an inside ear on how a top team of cryptologists attempt to decipher, decode, and understand the alien message.
The Nerdist (LP): Chris Hardwick interviews entertainers from all walks of life. From David Duchovny to Sir Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Adam West and Sir Ian Mckellen with a comedic bent.
The Non Prophets (LP): Hosted by Jeff Dee, Denis Loubet, and Russell Glasser. Blasphemously entertaining current events commentary from Austin’s loudest, funniest atheists, on the front lines against the fundie onslaught!
Trailer Park Boys (SP): Join Ricky, Julian and Bubbles for the most outrageous comedy podcast on the world pipe! Totally in character, the boys discuss current events, and get all fucked up in true TPB fashion.
WTF with Marc Maron (LP): From his garage, comedian Marc Maron gives us straight up, no bullshit interviews with entertainers from St. Vincent to Barack Obama.
You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes (EP): A celebrity interview podcast starring comedian Pete Holmes. Man, it’s almost like every comedian has an interview based podcast these days. 🙂 He tries to pry a bit deeper into his guests than the other shows would by bringing up more personal shit like relationship issues and their religious beliefs. Not my favourite of the interview based podcasts, but it’s different than all of the rest, which is a breath of fresh air, despite the fact that Pete Holmes comes across as a clean cut, happy go lucky, Jesus camp kind of guy.
So there you have it. A comprehensive list of what I’ve got in my Podcast Addict app. I guess the point of this list is to give a bit more of an insight into who I am, and hopefully spread some awareness of the podcasts I enjoy listening to every day. I’m not going to tell you to go and subscribe to whatever shows you find interesting in this list, as I know you will be doing that on your own. I will however, say I hope that everyone finds at least one podcast in this list that they are totally into, but didn’t know about. Also, if you know of a podcast that I might be interested in based on this list, let me know about it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always looking to expand my library.
Love and peace!