Yo! I’m way too into podcasts, and it seems you guys have the same kinda tastes as me. So here are a few I’m really into that haven’t been brought up yet:
The Insert Credit Show - I mean, this one’s pretty obvious, but I didn’t see anyone mention it. I thought it was much better when they had Alex Jaffe hosting it, but it’s still pretty good.
Violence Island - Alex Jaffe, Tim Rogers, and Vito Gesualdi pit characters from all forms of media against each other in a randomly generated tournament bracket. I put off checking this one out for a long time, but I’m on season 2 now and getting really into it. The podcast itself is a kind of game that they’re designing as they go, and they’ve been slowly creating a goofy kind of narrative out of the whole thing. It’s REALLY funny too, has me laughing out loud more often than most podcasts.
Morph Club - Two graphic novelists read Animorphs and discuss it, with each episode covering one of the books. This podcast just got started, and I’ve been really enjoying it. The hosts are great. They manage to summarize each book’s plot in a way that’s actually really engaging to listen to, and their reactions to the surprisingly sad and dark aspects of these books is really refreshingly earnest. I loved Animorphs as a kid, and this podcast has been such a fun way for me to revisit that world.
Reply All - I don’t have a lot to really say about this one, but I dig it. Very professionally produced, intriguing stories about internet related phenomena.
Adjust Your Tracking - Since I studied film, I’m really picky about film podcasts, and this is the only one I’ve been able to stomach in the long term. Two extremely intelligent, knowledgable, and laid back film buffs discuss new movies that have intrigued them in some way. It strikes that sweet spot of unpretentious and informal while maintaining a really high level of discourse. They can be a bit crabby about new trends in cinema, but if you get past their occasional rants, then they quickly get into some really great discussion.
The Book Was Better - Two Australian librarian comedians read movie-to-book novelizations and make fun of them, summarizing them and quoting choice passages. This show was incredible up until one of the two main hosts left to have a kid, and since then it’s been kind of hit-or-miss depending on the guest host. BUT if you start at the beginning and work your way up, this is really top-notch stuff. You wouldn’t believe how crazy these books get.