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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:07 pm

hey, i don't know if there's enough interest to get this kind of thread off the ground, but what are the non-comedy podcasts beloved by hipinion? I mean i dig the obvious stuff, radiolab, this american life, but i'm sure i'm missing out on something rad. been listening to stuff i missed in history class lately
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Postby neopolitan » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:14 pm

The History of Rome is one of my favorites. It begins with Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, and goes right up to 476 ad. It goes into a lot of detail about everything in between. The guy just finished Adrianople, so I guess it will be over soon.

Too Much Information is another good podcast. It's an WFMU show, that's kind of like This American Life, but the host occasionally interjects fiction into otherwise objective stories.

I also like the Napoleon Podcast. The two hosts are real dorky, but it's fun to listen to.
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Postby black mamba » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:15 pm

i listen to econtalk (shout out to badhat) and avclub's reasonable discussions
the freakonomics podcast about quitting was good but they don't make enough 30m+ episodes to follow it
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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:19 pm

anybody like neil degrasse tyson's show
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Postby thom browne » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:19 pm

I'll second Too Much Information, it's a great mix of politics, tech, art, and half-assed conspiracy theories.

Reasonable Discussions is pretty good if you're into what AVC does.
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Postby isobel » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:25 pm

philosophy bites is good.
elucidations (philosophy podcast from u of chicago) is good too but a lot dryer (but more in depth).
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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:29 pm

oh man this is going exactly as i hoped

i used to really like the avclub podcast but listened to the first reasonable discussions and found it really offputting for some reason
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Postby jewels » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:42 pm

Real Time with Bill Maher posts the entire show and more as a podcast
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Postby G_S » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:50 pm

THE NIGHT AIR

has been more spotty lately but still great
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Postby Julius Sumner Miller » Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:05 pm

In Our Times is good: three experts talk about some aspect of history. Pretty dry but I've learned a lot.
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Postby loaf angel » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:36 pm

what're some good podcasts an unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, ghost/UFO stories, etc?
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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:42 pm

hey maybe you guys could suggest notable episodes, shows with a hundred plus episodes are hard to dive into.
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Postby KPH » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:46 pm

Absolutely loathe the rebooted AV Club talk. And not just because of Rabin's voice.

I listened to a lot of the In Our Times archives this summer once he took some time off. Good stuff.

Up and In, the BP podcast, is pretty swell if you're into baseball. Kinda long, but that's part of the charm.

Not sure what will become of Filmspotting with Ballgame's departure, but I still look forward to new eps.
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Postby Buddy Glass » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:46 pm

I say this in every podcast thread, but Behind the News with Doug Henwood - economics and world politics with a heavy (but fair) left slant. The first segment is usually analysis of the latest economic statistics, followed by two or sometimes just one long interview with various writers and thinkers. My only complaint is that the release pattern is somewhat irregular; the last episode was released at the beginning of October but when the show is on schedule it's a weekly thing.
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Postby viachicago » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:38 pm

Re:sound can be good; sort of TIL type thing.

http://thirdcoastfestival.org/broadcasts/re-sound
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Postby Disturbed » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:55 pm

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

I like Common Sense too.
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Postby badhat » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:29 pm

planet money is probly the best podcast of the the last few years. consistently great and informative on really complex issues
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Postby jewels » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:32 pm

badhat, how do you have time to listen to as many podcasts as you do?
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Postby silverapples » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:32 pm

Baby Museum wrote:what're some good podcasts an unsolved mysteries, conspiracy theories, ghost/UFO stories, etc?

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Postby badhat » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:32 pm

cuz i spend 15-20 hours a week on my bike and i've come to prefer podcasts to music most of the time,
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Postby badhat » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:35 pm

talk of the nation is probably the best NPR podcast to get an overview of whats going on on NPR

that and story of the day.

i like the Talk is broken up into segmet. really prefer like 15-20 minute chunks thati can shuffle, to hour long things, except stuff like nerdist and WTF where they do longform interview.s
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Postby jewels » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:35 pm

oh right, the riding. I listen to podcast every day at work, but still struggle to keep up with my favorites.
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Postby neopolitan » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:36 pm

I've been curious about Carlin's Common Sense. I love Hardcore History, but the idea of him talking about politics is a little grating. Is he preachy at all?
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Postby badhat » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:36 pm

i'm also incredibly fickle about skipping stuff if the topic doesnt grab me or if i'm not feelin it after 5 minutes.
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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:31 pm

listened to the first few history of rome eps while starting dinner, digging it, thanks for the rec

tried the night air too, seems ok but the bits of each ep are so tiny
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Postby black mamba » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:34 pm

yeah history of rome was good
do you think he plays that guitar while he talks?
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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:37 pm

is there background music later? the episodes i've listened to only have intro/outro music, that's clearly recorded
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Postby neopolitan » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:41 pm

there's a special Q&A episode where he says that the guitar is some random clip that was included with whatever editing software he uses.
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Postby Timothy » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:47 pm

he related the rape of the sabine women to watership down, and that's when i knew i was sold
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Postby grammatron » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:48 pm

I was listening to the Patient Zero episode of Radiolab while biking tonight. The history of AIDS was really terrifying and fascinating. The whole time they're talking about "spillover", where the virus enters a human and through whatever miraculous nearly random events manages to find the environment hospitable, I'm pedaling along with bugs flying into every one of my orifices, wondering how many of them have gnat AIDS.
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