Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby ceebee4 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:45 am

I can't believe no one has mentioned:

Fresh Air
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The Young Turks

If Common Sense and TYT (the political hour) were a Venn Diagram, the opinion overlap would be roughly 78%.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Boney Mantis » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:36 pm

If you want interesting podcasts that are also highly intellectual I would go to the LSE (London School of Economics) website.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts ... Events.htm

There are something like 200 podcasts available on topics from like geopolitics, economics in developed and developing nations, human rights, etc. The ones I have listened to so far have been good quality and incredibly interesting and thought provoking.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Kiltman » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Boney Mantis wrote:If you want interesting podcasts that are also highly intellectual I would go to the LSE (London School of Economics) website.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts ... Events.htm

There are something like 200 podcasts available on topics from like geopolitics, economics in developed and developing nations, human rights, etc. The ones I have listened to so far have been good quality and incredibly interesting and thought provoking.


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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby cogent » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:01 pm

I am always interested in finding interesting podcasts and seek ideas/recommendations.

These, excluding Ben's, which top the list, are the ones that I like best (maybe in order.)

1. WTF with Marc Maron
2. This American Life
3. The Moth
4. WNYC’s Radiolab
5. TED Talks
6. Science Friday
7. Onion Radio News
8. NPR Planet Money
9. NPR Story of the Day
10. Commonwealth Club of California
11. Freakonomics Radio
12. NPR Fresh Air
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby globyghost » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:06 am

Wow, thanks so much for starting this thread, I think I've got about 20 new podcasts to check out.

I myself am surprised no one has mentioned the Savage Lovecast (sex advice by Dan Savage - incredibly illuminating, sometimes shocking, and always sage advice).
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby histgeek » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:50 am

I have seen no mention of CBC radios Quirks and Quarks a weekly science broadcast that is available as a down load after the show airs. It runs about an hour.

The other CBC show I would suggest is Ideas. This show is not always available for download. It covers a wide variety of topics, but could general be considered to have a more intellectual tone.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby scivian » Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:15 pm

Heres a whole list of great podcasts - http://www.connectingideas.net
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Kiltman » Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:21 pm

Has anyone heard the Russian Rulers podcast on iTunes?

I recently started listening to Why Radio

http://www.philosophyinpubliclife.org/W ... shows.html
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby t-spoon » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:29 pm

If it hasn't already been mentioned, I love love love Stuff You Should Know. Chuck & Josh are great.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby mustachedmarauder » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:14 am

The History of Rome, by Mike Duncan, is a fascinating podcast chroinicling the entire history of the Roman Republic and Empire with wit, sarcasm, and great insight.

Historyzine, by Jim Mowatt (I think that spelling is correct), is a great podcast that is currently discussing the War of the Spanish succession. It is in-depth, with great attention to detail, character based (when appropriate), and full of a passion for history that I share with the podcaster.

The Spycast, fromt he International Spy Museum is a great look at the world of intelligence and espionage in the twentieth and twenty-first century. The Host worked for the CIA in Berlin (if I remember correctly) and has intriguing insights.

Whatever Lars Brownsworth does is gold in my book. I have listened to his history of the Normans, and his 12 Byzantine rulers, and am thinking about listening to them again, just for fun!
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Klumpatsch » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:17 pm

I can't believe none of you has mentioned Skeptoid. :wave:
http://skeptoid.com/episode_guide.php

True it deals with these silly, silly conspiracy theories :clownyroll: , but if nothing else, it's great fun and tightly packed - 10 minutes of schadenfreude, and you can start to battle creationists. Some interesting episodes (besides the obvious ones):
* "Curing" gays
* Mao's Barefoot Doctors
* Military Dolphins
* Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter

Jon Ronson on... everything Jon Ronson is interested in.
Document is a great British muckraking/investigative series.
Documentaries focuses on current political issues. Some great ones (After the KGB, State Secrets, 24 Hours in Tulsa).
Point of Inquiry is a "high quality" interviewee science podcast. Interesting subjects, but usually the interview isn't so good. Might be worth a listen, anyway.
Astronomycast - well, I like it occasionally when something especially interests me. It's a bit like being back in school. :hurl:

The British Museum's History of the World in 100 Objects is, well, very British, but also quite interesting.

As to The History of Rome - weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell. To me it's absolutely boring.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby babochina » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:40 am

Great advice!
I found more to listen than my all time favourites that I can only recommend as well:
- CS / HH
- Spycast
- NPR Wait Wait Don t Tell me
- Lars Bosworth (Byzantine and Norman rulers)
- The History of Rome (it s a bit dry, ok but ... what a job he s doing)
- Binge Thinking History
- Russian Rulers

I don t have gold nuggets to bring to the table except
- BBC History Magazine
- Oxford Dictionary Biographies (it may be uneven ...)

Podcasting is not quite popular in FR speaking countries, so it s mainly radio broadcasts. But in case someone may be interested:
- Rendez-vous avec X (a show telling intelligence and spy stories)
- La-bas si j y suis (featuring lengthy interviews from Chomsky, Zinn and similar minded people)
- Le Masque et la Plume (a brilliant show about the latest news in books, movies, theaters in Fr where critics share their advice)
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby godslabrat » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:57 pm

Smodcast- Used to love it until KS started getting stoned prior to recording. I don't find him nearly as funny when he's baked. I still listen every once in a while, but now episodes will pile up for weeks at a time before I even look at them.

My History Can Beat Up Your Politics- I second this reccomendation. Dry, almost clinical, but the host picks very timely topics and has tons of relevant facts at his disposal.

Sarcastic Gamer- Great if you love video games

Librivox Public Domain books read aloud. Excellent way of getting to "read" those classics that you kind of think you should know, but can never find the time to start.

Language lessons - I've been brusing up on my Mandarin

Cult of UHF - Don't know if this one is still around, but it used to be great for quirky movie treats.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby The Mad Zeppelineer » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:00 pm

godslabrat wrote:Smodcast- Used to love it until KS started getting stoned prior to recording. I don't find him nearly as funny when he's baked. I still listen every once in a while, but now episodes will pile up for weeks at a time before I even look at them.



I know right? Its hard to believe that its even the same podcast. Nowadays he just repeats himself and is nowhere near as funny. Midlife pot-crisis. Sad.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Zombees » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:23 pm

The Mad Zeppelineer wrote:
godslabrat wrote:Smodcast- Used to love it until KS started getting stoned prior to recording. I don't find him nearly as funny when he's baked. I still listen every once in a while, but now episodes will pile up for weeks at a time before I even look at them.



I know right? Its hard to believe that its even the same podcast. Nowadays he just repeats himself and is nowhere near as funny. Midlife pot-crisis. Sad.


Really? I still like them a lot. He plays a good fall guy to Scots straight guy routine, I think it works well.
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