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There was an item on Radio 4's 'Today' programme about 'Serial', a podcast that examined a murder case in great detail over 12 episodes. I have become quite an avid listener to speech based podcasts over the last couple of years, and I soaked up each episode of 'Serial' as soon as it appeared on iTunes, just as I do for it's parent programme, 'This American Life'.

 

As well as the two I've mentioned, my current list includes 'Answer Me This', 'The Bugle', Richard Herring's various offerings, 'The Moth' 'There's No Such Thing as a Fish' and 'Welcome to Night Vale'. The last one on the list is especially recommended for Manx residents!

 

Does anyone else have any favourites, or recommendations?

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Does anyone else have any favourites, or recommendations?

I'm a big podcaster, have been for years, brill for filling your head with nonsense while running our out on the bike!

 

Loved Serial, properly sucked me in and I thought the ending was very well done too. While it was heading for a fairly unsatisfying conclusion, I think she did well to tie it up and leave you to decide. If you like Serial, make sure you try invisibelia, it's very good indeed.

 

You might like WTF and the nerdist if you like the bugle. I had to unsub from the bugle in the end as the constant false laughing really got on my tits. Can you describe The Moth, There's no such thing and Welcome to night vale, not heard of those three.

 

Anyway, my list is filled with quite a lot of specialised 'casts around my interests of infosec and coding, but here's mine for info:

 

Serial - Investigative series re-opening an old case (on a break, sigh!)

Invisibilia - Documentaries about the intangible from This American Life

Kermode & Meyo Wittertainment - movie reviews from radio 5

This American life - short stories about allsorts

Freakanomics - explaining things with an economic slant

Giantbomb - video games innit

Idle Thumbs - more video games innit

NPR Planet Money - short money focused show

Hanselminutes - general tech with a ms/.net focus

Tour De France Podcast - three journos talking about cycling, not limited to tdf

Tech News Today - Twit, often deleted but i'll listen when there's something i want

Guardian Tech Weekly - very general and non-techie tech news but has some interesting insights

The Media Podcast - Used to be guardian but broken off, now talks about british media in general, particularly TV and newspapers.

Guardian Science Weekly - Science news, well presented and easy to understand

TED Radio Hour - Ted talks condenced to podcasts

BBC Infinite Monkey Cage - science comedy panel thing with brian cox

RSA Events Audio - very British audio essays about allsorts

WNYC's Radiolab - same but US centric

NPR All Songs Considered - American focused but has some good, unusual recommends

The Bottom Line - squintly bloke from dragons den talks business

The Boss Show - about work issues and psychology

.net rocks - very MS focused but well presented and useful

Sword and Laser - Book show focusing on Scifi and fantasy

 

..There's some more, threatpost, southern fried for security, gigaom, o'reilly Radar for tech..

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If you use Android rather than Apple, check out BeyondPod for consuming your podcasts, a lot better than iTunes.

 

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Bugle, Kermode & Mayo, Freakonomics, Infinite Monkey, +1

KCRW's The Spin Off for the latest US TV industry news and opinionis

Tried Richard Herring but couldn't get into it.

BBC Desert Island DIscs

Space Boffins UK space industry news

The Jodcast astronomy & cosmology from Jodrell Bank

BBC In Our Time with good old Melv

BBC More or Less: Behind the Stats use and misuse of stats in the news

BBC The Inquiry more in-depth analysis of current news items

BBC I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

BBC Friday Night Comedy

 

Hmm, looks like I'm getting good value form the licence fee!

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What's this?

 

Tried Richard Herring but couldn't get into it.

I used to like Collins and herring, I think he needs a parter to be bearable.

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That's very true about Richard Herring. His Leicester Sq Theatre podcasts depend a lot on the guest he's interviewing. 'As it Occurs to Me' was quite good, and ambitious too. It was Herring, Emma Kennedy, Dan Tetsall and Christian Reilly.

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Tech News Today - Twit, often deleted but i'll listen when there's something i want

 

Sword and Laser - Book show focusing on Scifi and fantasy

 

 

 

I followed Tom Merritt over to Daily Tech News Show and dropped Tech News Today. I see you listen to his Sword and Laser show, have you tried his DTNS?

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OK, amplification on some podcasts on my list:

 

The Moth - story telling from many different contributors, recorded at live events around the US. Some are regulars, some are public figures, many are not.

 

There's No Such Thing as a Fish - spin-off from QI in which some of the QI elves and occasional guests talk about unusual facts. Funny and sometimes even Quite Interesting!

 

Welcome to Night Vale - a radio broadcast from an imaginary desert town where all conspiracy theories are true. Sometimes, horribly close to some of the weirder, more parochial warnings and pronouncements from the authorities here on our small Isle!

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I followed Tom Merritt over to Daily Tech News Show and dropped Tech News Today. I see you listen to his Sword and Laser show, have you tried his DTNS?

Initially yes, but it's quite long as I recall? I went off TNT when Tom left and Mike was awful at first. Now Sarah's gone and Mikes in his stride, I prefer it to the old Tom days.

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The Moth - story telling from many different contributors, recorded at live events around the US. Some are regulars, some are public figures, many are not.

 

There's No Such Thing as a Fish - spin-off from QI in which some of the QI elves and occasional guests talk about unusual facts. Funny and sometimes even Quite Interesting!

 

Welcome to Night Vale - a radio broadcast from an imaginary desert town where all conspiracy theories are true. Sometimes, horribly close to some of the weirder, more parochial warnings and pronouncements from the authorities here on our small Isle!

Those three sound right up my street, thanks! smile.png

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Can I also mention Helen Zaltzman's new podcast 'The Allusionist' which is about etymology? Only two episodes so far, so I don't know how good it will be in the long term, but Helen is an engaging speaker and she seems knowledgeable on the subject. People who have listened to 'Answer Me This' will already know about her, and Buglers will also know her brother Andy Zaltzman, who is also in the first episode.

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Can I also mention Helen Zaltzman's new podcast 'The Allusionist' which is about etymology? Only two episodes so far, so I don't know how good it will be in the long term, but Helen is an engaging speaker and she seems knowledgeable on the subject. People who have listened to 'Answer Me This' will already know about her, and Buglers will also know her brother Andy Zaltzman, who is also in the first episode.

Cool,ta. She's a regular on the Media podcast too.

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I followed Tom Merritt over to Daily Tech News Show and dropped Tech News Today. I see you listen to his Sword and Laser show, have you tried his DTNS?

Initially yes, but it's quite long as I recall? I went off TNT when Tom left and Mike was awful at first. Now Sarah's gone and Mikes in his stride, I prefer it to the old Tom days.

 

 

Ah, I gave up on Mike after a few days, I thought he was awful. May give it another try then.

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I have :-

Answer Me This,

Infinite Monkey Cage

Betty In The Sky with a Suitcase (funny stories from travelling the world in planes)

Simon Mayo's Confessions (a round up of Radio 2's weekly confessions)

Rhod Gilbert's Best Bits (highlights from his Saturday show on Radio Wales)

People, Stuff,Alcohol (a new podcast from Canada where two guys try a different drink each week and chew the fat on various topics)

Let's Talk About Tech (from Radio 5 live's Technology programme)

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Some great suggestions in this thread. Trouble is, I'm trying to get through a load of podcasts and maybe whittle them down a bit to let me catch up with a big backlog of audiobooks from Audible.

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