Monday, February 02, 2009

Your favourite podcasts

The immediately preceding post wasn't exactly a requests thread, but I have to agree with Mr. Muhlberger here:
So next you'll get hooked on podcasts. Problem solved.
Now, I've already subscribed to some CBC podcasts (Quirks and Quarks, Ideas) and some NPR ones (Planet Money, This American Life, The I'm OOOOOOOOLD program) but always welcome suggestions.

So: favourite podcasts, and why. Have at it in comments.


That guy said...

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, from the BBC. It's a weekly panel discussion with various experts on every kind of topic, from neuroscience to the baroque to the Great Fire of London. It's very cool.

Anonymous said...

I'll be interested in seeing what other people recommend. In Our Time sounds good.

Two I recommend highly:

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe

and Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast.

The SGU is "a weekly Science podcast produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) : discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view."

It's run by amateurs (i.e., media is not their day jobs, the host is a neurologist at Yale), but still very well produced. It's entertaining, funny, and sweet in a geeky sort of way. They discuss both mainstream science issues (biology and cosmology get a lot of play) as well as debunk pseudoscience, alt-med, UFOs, etc. I started listening to it on a lark and got incredibly hooked.

The Savage Lovecast is the podcast version of Dan Savage's sex advice column. People call in and leave questions instead of writing. Sometimes he calls them back and they chat. It's very good, and if you like his column (and how can you not?), you'll like this.

Matthew said...

I like In Our Time too. The BBC also has Thinking Allowed, which is social science oriented, and More or Less, which looks at statistics. I also listen to Great Lives if I think I have any interest in the person they are talking about.

I also like Think from KERA, and On Point from WBUR. On a completely different note, if you like Daniel Pinkwater's stories, there is now the Pinkwater Podcast at his site.