I don't recall this topic coming up. Am I the only podcast addict here? They are my favorite thing to listen to when doing yard or house work. Absolute favorite is Savage Lovecast. Others include The New Yorker: Fiction, several from Slate: Lexicon Valley, Double X and Culture Gabfest. Then there are the public radio shows that either play at really inconvenient times here or don't play at all: This American Life, Sound Opinions, Selected Shorts, RadioLab, Dinner Party Download, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn etc. Does anybody else have recommendations?
I am glad to have your suggestions. I try to download the occasional free podcast series from iTunes but couldn't for the life of me name any except This American Life. I think Ricky Gervais has one as well.
I've been thinking about podcasts the last few days.
Savage Love is great, as well as almost any NPR podcast. I subscribe to This American Life, On the Media, and Prairie Home Companion. I also listen to Hollywood Babble On weekly.
The thing about podcasts is this - except for the NPR stuff, they tend to be unedited - as in, there is no editor and even some of the best podcasts suffer from bloat.
As much as I love Hollywood Babble On, basically that podcast could be cut down to 30 to 45 minutes from its average length of an hour to an hour and a half with no discernable loss of quality content. Meaning, basically, that nearly half the pod cast is a waste of time.
I subscribed to several podcasts over the last two years, and even though a lot of them had some great content in there, almost all of them I de-subscribed to since listening to someone go on and on for half and hour for 15 minutes of quality content got on my nerves. Podcasts that I would love to go in and have someone chop up and just take out the quality bits for me include, Adam Carolla, Christopher Titus, Destructoid, Rooster Podcast...
If I were to start a podcast network, I would insist every single podcast be under 45 minutes, and maybe even some 10 minute podcasts. Slate's Manners for the Digital Age is a great example of a short podcast. Entertaining, average length per week is 8 minutes, and obviously the two hosts think about what they're going to say before hitting the record button.
So, to summarize, in theory, I love podcasts. In practice, finding good ones is hard, so I generally stick with NPR content. And, finally, the tragedy, that so many podcasts have so much potential if only someone would go in there and cut off the extra fat. My guess is that many hosts would get hurt feelings if someone told them, 'this part sucks, we'll cut it out' - which is the difference between professionals and amateurs. How many bits and jokes that writers come up with on your average late night show get tossed? Shitloads. How many bits and jokes that Kevin Smith comes up with in a podcast get tossed? Zero. And that there's the problem.
Love podcasts and the new podcast app on my phone.
I have listened to none of the ones you listed so I'm guessing our taste will be different... But I listen to the mike o'meara show, tech 411, a bible study from the church I attend, and last night I listened to wait wait don't tell me at my sisters recommendation. I liked it and recall doc z was on it once. My sister had recommended the nerdiest too... But not enough content to make it through the hour as you suggested on some of the ones you don't listen to.