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Hey everyone, it’s Saturday and time for another “Favorites” blog post!

Today I thought we’d give YouTube a break and talk about podcasts. Back in 2011 I wrote the post “My Ten Favourite Podcasts” but since then some of these podcasts have ended and some have been replaced.

So without adieu here are my new favorite podcasts in no particular order.

News

1. Global News

Global News is a daily BBC podcast that gives you the best stories, interviews and on the spot reporting from around the world.

It is updated twice a day, every day and provides me with all the information I need to be up to date on current events.

 

2. Daily Tech News Show (DTNS)

The Daily Tech News Show is a daily podcast that delivers the essential headlines in tech news that day combined with analysis from top names in technology.

It is updated on weekdays and is quite informative. Tom Merritt does a great job hosting the show and brings a lot of interesting people on to help him dissect the day’s news. This podcast is great for keeping up on what’s going on in the tech world each day.

 

3. This Week in Tech (TWIT)

This Week in Tech is a weekly podcast hosted by Leo Laporte and his friends. Each week he has a different set of tech experts in the studio with him where they discuss the top tech stories of the week.

This one made it onto my list the last time and remains there because it keeps me up to date on the week’s tech news. It really goes in-depth with the aid of experts to explain the significance of each headline and the impact it will likely have on the world and the tech community.

 

4. We Have Concerns

We Have Concerns is a weekly podcast hosted by Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni. Each week they take interesting articles and discuss all the wonder and dread hidden inside these seemingly innocuous things.

It is updated twice sometimes three times per week and is quite hilarious. The hosts are so funny and likable and they play off each other very well. While this isn’t a news podcast per say it does introduce me to news articles I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

 

Comedy

5. Friday Night Comedy

Friday Night Comedy is a weekly podcast which features either The News Quiz or The Now Show.

The News Quiz is hosted by Sandi Toksvig and is a topical panel quiz show where the questions are taken from the week’s news stories.

The Now Show is hosted by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis and is a satirical take on the week’s news stories. It consists of a mixture of skits, songs, stand up, monologue and sketches.

It doesn’t matter which one BBC chooses to send out, I enjoy both shows. They’re hilarious and even more so when you actually know the news story they’re making fun of. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with world news just listening to these shows would give you a very good idea of what you missed.

 

6. Comedy of the Week

Comedy of the Week is a weekly show that presents an episode of the latest comedy show making the rounds on BBC Radio 4.

The people at Radio 4 have a knack for picking great comedies and so you won’t have to worry about an off week, they’re all hilarious.

 

Books

7. Books on the Nightstand

Books on the Nightstand is a weekly podcast hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman where they give book recommendations and offer their listeners with an inside scoop into the world of publishing and books.

This podcast has everything a book lover would want, recommendations, book news and fun and interesting discussions.

 

8. Sword and Laser

The Sword and Laser is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club, video show and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres.

It is updated weekly and is so fun to listen to. The book discussions, author interviews, book club picks and great community makes this a must listen podcast for book lovers.

 

Other

9. The Archers

The Archers is radio drama on BBC Radio 4 and has been around for over 60 years.

It can be enjoyed in podcast form either in daily fifteen minute bites or weekly as an omnibus. Personally I prefer the omnibus because I really get to enjoy all the drama of the past week without constant cliffhangers.

It’s an amazing radio drama and I recommend everyone give it a listen especially if you like soap operas.

 

10. This American Life

This American Life is a radio show on WBEZ Chicago that can be downloaded as a podcast. The show is hosted by Ira Glass and he picks a theme each week and then brings the listeners varying stories surrounding that singular theme.

I love listening to this show because I always feel inspired and more knowledgeable after listening. This show introduces me to things I would never have gone looking for hence broadening my general knowledge of the world and helping me to form opinions and thoughts on each topic.

After every show I’m always like, you’ve GOT to listen to this. It’s that good.

Do you listen to podcasts?

What are some of your favorites?

Did any of these make your list?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂

 

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I love podcasts!

They get me through the boring mundane moments in the day such as the two-hour commute to school or the breaks between classes.

Podcasts keep me entertained and today I’d like to share ten of my favourites.

1. The Totally Rad Show

The Totally Rad Show daily video podcast hosted by Alex Albrecht, Jeff Cannata and Dan Trachtenberg that reviews movies, video games, comics, and TV shows with a bit of games and tom-foolery thrown in for good measure.

Although their reviews are very interesting and well worth listening to the thing I like most about this show is their interaction with each other, the inside jokes, the gags. I just really like watching these guys be really animated about something they love.

Check them out at Revision3.

2. Diggnation

Diggnation is a weekly video podcast hosted by Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose and they talk about some of the hottest submitted stories found on Digg that week.

I love this show because it cracks me up. Plain and simple. This show is hilarious! Alex, Kevin, Prager, and Hippie Glen are always drinking and hence make crazy bets and doing stupid things. Just imagine having your friends over and then when everyone is tipsy discussing the hot topics at the moment. Exactly! That is Diggnation! I never have a dull moment watching this show. NEVER!

Check them out at Revision3.

3. The Nerdist Podcast

The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly audio interview show hosted by Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira and Jonah Ray. The show has two formats, it’s either Chris and the guys by themselves catching up and regailing us with hilarious stories OR Chris and the guys interviewing some celebrity such as Drew Carey, Jimmy Fallon and Eliza Dushku.

Either format is great. The interactions are fun and I just enjoy listening to it. I recently discovered all the great guests they had in their backlog and have decided to revisit those episodes. Hope you will too.

Check them out at Nerdist.

4. This American Life

This American Life is a radio show on WBEZ Chicago that can be downloaded as a podcast. The show is hosted by Ira Glass and he picks a theme each week and then brings the listeners varying stories surrounding that singular theme.

I love listening to this show because I always feel inspired and more knowledgeable after listening. This show introduces me to things I would never have gone looking for hence broaden my general knowledge of the world and helping me to form opinions and thoughts on each topic.

After every show I’m always like, you’ve GOT to listen to this. It’s that good. So check it out at This American Life.

5. Friday Night Comedy

Friday Night Comedy is a weekly audio podcast where it features either The News Quiz or The Now Show.

The News Quiz is hosted by Sandi Toksvig and is a topical panel quiz show where the questions are taken from the week’s news stories.

The Now Show is hosted by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis and is a satirical take on the week’s news stories. It consists of a mixture of skits, songs, stand up, monologue and sketches.

Doesn’t matter which one BBC chooses to send out. I enjoy both of these shows. They’re hilarious and even more so when you actually know the news story they’re making fun of. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with world news just listening to these shows would give you a very good idea of what you missed.

Check it out at BBC Radio 4, you won’t regret it!

6. Comedy of the Week

Comedy of the Week is a weekly audio show that presents an episode of the latest comedy show making the rounds on BBC Radio 4. This show has no host as every week you get something new.

Thankfully they’ve all been funny episodes so I don’t have to worry about bad weeks. Unfortunately I want to go and listen to all these new shows they’re introducing me too. Lol!

Go check them out at BBC Radio 4, you’ll laugh your pants off!

7. Books on the Nightstand

Books on the Nightstand is a weekly audio podcast hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman where they give out book recommendations and give their listeners an inside scoop into the world of publishing and books.

I love this show. Books are my thing, reading is my hobby so to have a show where everything discussed is book related is AWESOME! Every time I listen to this show I have to open up my Shelfari or Goodreads to log their recommendations in my TBR pile.

If you love reading this is the podcast for you. Check them out at Books on the Nightstand.

8. Guys Can Read

Guys Can Read is a weekly audio podcast hosted by Luke Navarro and Kevin McGill where they take turns reviewing a book each week. They focus a lot on the story that the book is trying to convey and really make you think about what you’re reading.

I think they’re very insightful and listening to them definitely opened my eyes to new concepts. Made me not just think “OMG I love this book!” but really dig deep to see what exactly I loved about it, the story, the characterization, the fan service it paid to me?

They’ve started two new side projects that fall under the Guys Can Read Umbrella which are The Aftershow and Off the Page. The Aftershow continues the conversation about the book they reviewed but they suggest you listen to this AFTER reading the book as it is riddled with spoilers. Off the Page is a way for them to review movies, TV shows, comics, etc which they couldn’t touch on the regular episode of Guys Can Read.

I enjoy the side shows just as much as the main one and think you will too. Check them out at Guys Can Read.

9. Pop My Culture

Pop My Culture is a bi-weekly audio podcast hosted by Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland where these two comedic talents interview celebrities such as Mindy Sterling, Chris Hardwick and Danny Pudi.

Their interview is far from the normal. They ask them about anything and everything, including a lot of things not related to their career…like how’d the like the season finale of Dancing with the Stars. This show is hilarious and well worth the two-week wait.

Check them out at Pop My Culture Podcast.

10. This Week in Tech (TWiT)

This Week in Tech is a weekly video podcast hosted by Leo Laporte and his friends. Each week he has a different set of tech experts in the studio (affectionately called the cottage) with him where they discuss the top tech stories of the week.

Being the geek I am I love this show because it keeps me up to date on all the big changes going on in the tech world and offers me expert opinion so that my eyes aren’t covered by the pretty words of the big companies. If you’re into technology you should definitely give this show or any of the many others that Leo and his friends do a try. There is a show for everyone trust me.

Check it out at The TWiT Netcast Network.

These are just my ten, there are tons of great podcasts out there just waiting for you to discover them.

What are your favourites and do you listen to any of these?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy listening! 🙂


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