Voices to hook to
May 1, 2013 6:43 PM Subscribe
Another question about recommended podcasts, hooray!
posted by Mizu to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I don't normally listen to podcasts. But lately while crocheting I have been my most productive and zen-like when listening to none other that the Metafilter Podcast!
I like that I can kind of tune it out a little bit but the voices are friendly and familiar and talking about something I either already caught in passing on the site or know I can go look at later in more detail so I'm not really missing too much if I'm focusing on my work. I like that it's long, and I don't have to worry about finding something else halfway through. I like that it's not really narrative so much as conversational. I like that they sometimes go on unexpected and fairly personal tangents; that it's less a directed and orderly thing and more a general meeting and friendly discussion.
I enjoy music but my tastes are so eclectic that I truly enjoy something from everything, and I'm fickle in that I never quite know what I want to listen to except something that I haven't been listening to recently, so focused music podcasts are kind of annoying for me since I spend longer deciding what thing to listen to than actually listening to it.
A storytelling hour sort of thing might be nice except that I wouldn't be able to occasionally get lost in crafting and come back to the story without worrying I'd missed a lot; this is why I also don't listen to audiobooks for this.
So unfortunately the Mefi Podcast is only once a month (massive improvement from previous, however) and it seems like most of the podcast AskMes have specific criteria I'm not looking for. Maybe something like a variety with interviews? Sometimes I listen to "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which is nice, but is often more general knowledge stuff than I care about. I guess I'm pretty niche-y, I love geeky things (whenever Cortex starts on about rougelikes my ears perk up) and also scientific history, nutritional anthropology, folklore, animation and special effects, star trek, fiber arts, cooking, modern social structure, smashing the patriarchy, kitties... just tons of different things. So interviews might be really cool, but interviews of who? Humor might be good, but can I zone out and come back to it and still find it funny? Who has long, eclectic podcasts with people who will become familiar voices to me?