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Armand
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I've been listening to a lot of RadioLab while working lately, and just wanted to recommend it to anyone who doesn't know about it. The show is brilliant. Asks tough and crazy questions about people, science, and the mind. Listen to it. I PROMISE you will like it!

It's like This American Life, but minus the pretentious human interest story element to it. ; )

Every episode is archived.

http://www.radiolab.org

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Ok, so I just listened to one after posting that last comment and it dealt with sleep and dreaming.

Have you ever spent a good chunk of your day gaming, gone to bed to sleep, and than had vivid crazy video game dreams? The last segment of episode 3:2 is all about that! Not the best episode I've heard or anything, but relevant. Ok, I'll stop now.

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I tried listening to an episode a few weeks ago on your recommendation but for some reason it just wouldn't work :-S I'll try again at some point and let you know how I get on!

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I've been a Krulwich fan forever (man do I miss the old Nightline!) and always listen to new Radiolab releases, but the show does walk the line of being too self-satisfied and overproduced. It's so heavily edited they can't maintain a schedule. I'd rather they drop ten percent of the polish and get out fifty percent more content. A good trade. A Life Well Wasted, explicitly modeled on RadioLab but attempted with fewer resources, fatally cratered for the same reasons.

My favorite Radiolab release was #15 in their shorts sub-series. Jeffrey Tambor reading David Eagleman's short "Sum". (http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/.....13/15-sum/) Great content given great reading. A must.

 

Been toying with the idea of asking FFC folk for their favorite podcasts. May as well do so here and plop in my list here. I subscribe to 100+ but won't list all. Many are radio shows repurposed (like 'Lab). Old episodes of BBC ones won't be available for those living outside BBCLand. The real loss there is History of the World in 100 Objects which recently wrapped.

Americana: inside the USA (BBC4)

APM: American RadioWorks (documentaries)

Backstory With The American History Guys

Bell's in the Batfry (not a big fan but hoping to find the voice of an FFC overlord in it :D)

Bob Edwards Weekend (ex-NPR host's satellite radio show)

A Brief History of Mathematics (BBC4)

Comedy Death-Ray Radio

Coverville: The Cover Music Podcast

Creative Screenwriting Magazine

Filmspotting (new to me; still undecided if it's a keeper)

Gamers With Jobs

Geeks Versus Nerds (far funnier than it should be)

Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie (videocast; the magazine and 'cast are dead but full archive should be available)

In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg (BBC4, liberal arts education in a box)

Irrational Behavior (on hiatus) & Irrational Interviews

Judge John Hodgman (includes the older This Day in History podcast)

KCRW's Design for the Real World

KCRW's Left, Right, and Center (US politics)

A Life Well Wasted

Little Atoms (mostly interviews with working scientists)

The Media Project (from a public radio station in NY state USA about media issues, particularly media coverage of politics)

The Nerdist (comedians interviewing other comedians; hit or miss but can be great)

NPR's On the Media

NPR's Culturetopia (specifically the Pop Culture Happy Hour, the best of which is the funniest stuff I've heard in years. Get "Schemmeys, Rediscoveries, and Unusual Justice" and skip to 22:30)

NPR's It's All Politics

NPR: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (panel comedy quiz about week's news)

Out of the Game (maybe dead; Jeff Green and several other greats formally from game press)

Real Time with Bill Maher (audio of his HBO show w/extra content)

Savage Love (Sex & relationship advice. Blunt, practical, funny, and spectacularly not safe for work)

All the Slate.com audio podcasts, including the sports one and I'm no sports guy

The Sporkful

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen (if you take only one from the list, this is it!)

Stuff You Missed in History Class (the sourcing and accuracy can be dodgy but it's good fun)

TEDTalks audio and video casts. Slightly different coverage of TED conferences.

Three Moves Ahead (strategy with a heavy PC bias; my favorite extant game podcast. early episodes often featured Chick & Bruce)

Too Beautiful to Live (what if drivetime FM radio shows didn't suck? you'd get this!)

WTF with Marc Maron (if you can survive or skip the half of each episode where Maron uses you as his therapist, the interviews with every comedian you can imagine are fantastic)

 

I also skim the 60 Minutes and Meet the Press audio rebroadcasts.

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Dan Savage is a great writer; I didn't know he had a podcast; thanks Finkster.

I barely have time to listen to any podcasts ... make that, I don't make the time, but still. I try to listen to some crap on CBC Radio now and then but I definitely don't hear enough interesting things.

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Wow Fink, you are a radio whore!

The only other one I listen to regularly and for many years now is another NPR show: Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. It's news-comedy-gameshow, where they have comedian/writer panels and call in players, and have various quiz show stuff, all of which is laugh out loud funny. The prize for call in winners is to get Carl Kasell's (NPR news announcer) voice on your answering machine, with a custom recording. It usually has people like Paula Poundstone, Moe Racca, and many other great minds as panelists.

I like Prairie Home Companion, but don't exactly listen on a regular basis.

 

Gregg: Don't know what is causing you problems. Hope it's not a US only kind of deal. The way I listen is as follows, in case it helps.

Go to the episodes list. Mouse over episode you want to hear. Click on read more button that pops up. On the new page, Under the header, under the season/episode number, and under the episode name are a series of options. A play button, a listen button, so on. I just hit the play button (as opposed to listen) which will play the show directly through your browser. Seems like the most reliable way to do it. Hope it helps.

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And now I notice you listed Wait Wait in your list Fink. Egg on my face!

 

I love that show!

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Bell's isn't your kind of humor, Fink. His comedy is modelled after The Jack Benny Show,  so it's silly, slapstick comedy for the whole family. (My fav epi is the one with the Poe-quoting dog. That one never fails to reduce me to a gasping fit of the giggles) You're more the sarcastic, cynical, "wtf are they thinking" type. You should try TekDiff (teknikal diffikulties). TekDiff has stand-alone episodes with recurring characters (all voiced by him), plus an on-going fantasy/horror story called The Account that is absolutely brilliant.

Aside from those two:

Decoder Ring Theatre

Gamers with Jobs (once in a blue moon as oddly enough, I'm not interested in gaming podcasts)

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Recommendations added. Care to mention episodes where you've appeared?

Been trying to figure out why Bell's leaves me cold and Benny connects the dots. While I admire the heck out of both Bell's & Benny, the timing and craft, I rarely laugh. It's not so much sarcastic and cynical as comedy hits when it blindsides me. Surprise primes my laugh-pump and Benny & Company is the opposite approach. Thus my love of It's the Gary Shandling Show and Count Duckula. Both miss most of the time then an invading alien takes the form of lettuce and is chased by a vampire duck and I set into aspic of giggle.

Modern Family ain't perfect but is a good mix of classic joke telling, asides, and disjoint surprise with a warm but unsyrupped heart.

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I haven't gotten into Modern Family but How I Met Your Mother gets me every time. I love that show.

 

Is it wrong of me to say I hate Carl Kasell's voice? I mean I literally despise it. Physically. I had my radio alarm set to his morning news show because I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep through that hideous, grating torment of sound, so I'd be sure to get up on time (I disabled the snooze button long ago, and wisely), but then he retired. It got to the point where I actually hated Carl Kasell's voice so much I came to hate the man himself, which is unfair but it's the way it is. I'm sure he's a wonderful person. But I hate him.

 

I think I'd listen to more podcasts but I'm only able to concentrate on one thing at a time, so I can't have them (or even music) playing in the background while I work. Thus I am very short on podcast wisdom. I do create and edit them for work, but listen? No.

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I'll dedicate my win to your answering machine. [Image Can Not Be Found] I need two inputs to focus, thus the huge list of podcasts.

Share the love of How. I loathed the trailers, the title, and half the first season but the will-they-won't they Cheers was ditched and it's got that surprise factor. Shin as couple's ultimate turn on, lady killer with house devoted to one night stands...and a life size stormtrooper.

Expanding the topic: what shows did people expect to hate but end up enjoying? Cougartown is one of mine. I dove in with nuclear pile of stoked hatred. Dumb name, dumb premise, made by and sharing actors with Scrubs.

No favorite but kinda charming. Still trying to figure out why; perhaps the crucial difference is lead character not being an insufferable sweetypants twat.

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I have absolutely no idea which episodes I've been in. Seriously. My main character is a supporting one so she's not in every episode. And his show notes didn't always list the voice actors.

I can tell you that one of the voices I did for him was an excellent spoof of the TV show 24. (episode 15) You'll have to figure out which one I am. There are only four women, including his wife, who provide voices on an ongoing basis. I am not his wife.

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Wow Steerpike. I don't think I've ever hear anyone react that way to Carl Kasell! He sounds like a gently, kindly old man to me.

If by some oddity I ever win the Wait Wait prize, I'm gonna ask them to give it to you.  ; )

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See, that's where you're mistaken, Armand. He does not sound like a gentle, kindly old man, but a slobbering hobgoblin with only partial control of his facial muscles. I hate him. Hate hate hate. If you give me your Wait Wait win I will not accept it.

 

Apologies to Carl Kasell if he's a lurker on this forum. As I said, I'm sure you're a wonderful person. I just can't stand your voice.

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Modern Family is one I didn't think I would like, but after reading
about how much others were enjoying it, I gave it a try. Now I never
miss it. Entourage is another. I even watched a bit, but it didn't
appeal to me at all. Then quite a while later, I watched it again and
decided I really liked it.

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I didn't think I'd enjoy Lost.  Boy, was I wrong.

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. – The Teachings of Don Juan

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Modern Family has an odd appeal, indeed. You'd think they would have doomed the show with their "let's pick one character from each race, sexual orientation, age, gender and class group and mash them altogether" but it all somehow works. Though the gay couple's kid is really a zombie. I'm sure of that. Well, zombie twins, figuring there has to be two of them. I think the creators were sneaky good with their casting and the writing is always perky.

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Modern Family has been a favorite in this household since episode one. The writing is great, and I actually like how they end on a warm fuzzy note every episode. Not enough intelligent stories do that these days (imo.)

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Armand said:

Modern Family has been a favorite in this household since episode one. The writing is great, and I actually like how they end on a warm fuzzy note every episode. Not enough intelligent stories do that these days (imo.)


The Simpsons used to do this from about 1991-1997. Now it's just an awful, awful show.

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