Interesting, thought-provoking, intellectual podcasts - 2012 version - recommendations? I have seen the past threads on MetaFilter about this very topic, but they are a bit old, and I was wondering if anyone had discovered some great podcasts over the last few years. For me, I love Marc Maron, Answer Me This! is fun, big on Joe Rogan's podcast. But there are some gaps over the course of the work week, and I love to learn and listen to stimulating, thought-provoking conversation.
I want to listen about popular music songs. I don't want to listen to just songs, but rather about how they're made. Things like instrumental contribution, song structure, different beats, along with examples of how they sound. [more inside]
Why yes, this is a question about Doctor Who. [more inside]
I am really enjoying the History of Rome podcast. I was hoping to find something on Chinese history that was in the same vein (those dynasties are a bit bewildering). The China History podcast is OK, but I am not loving his jumping around. Is there anything else out there?
Help me organize podcasts through iTunes... [more inside]
I've read that a podcast becomes more popular on iTunes the more people review it. Is that true? Why is that the case? Is it worth it to ask listeners of my podcast to review it to improve the podcast rank?
Are there any iOS podcast apps that will automatically check for and download new podcasts in the background without me having to open up the app and refresh it? [more inside]
Best episodes of On Being (nee Speaking of Faith), best light, entertaining and/or inspirational podcasts, plus other cheap but good things to include in a get well care package. [more inside]
What are some good book review podcasts? [more inside]
Looking for blogs, podcasts, or other online content that cover media theory/media studies. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I have bought her mother an iPod Touch. At her request, we're loading it with things to help her learn to speak better English. What are the best apps, podcasts, audiofiles, etc. for a Cantonese-speaking woman who wants to improve her English by herself? [more inside]
Help me find good hip hop podcasts! [more inside]
In the last few weeks, I suddenly have *two* Podcasts categories in my iTunes - and when I try to update the original one, my iTunes crashes. My google fu would indicate this is a rather rare problem. Help? [more inside]
Yet another "what is a good podcast for (X)" question! Whee! [more inside]
I would like to listen to some new diverse music mix podcasts. Please advise. [more inside]
Rename my public radio show! (Details inside.) [more inside]
What's the Ask This Old House of podcasts? Looking for good DIY focused podcasts: carpentry, woodworking, electrical, plumbing, gardening - I'd be interested in anything along these lines. [more inside]
I'm looking for podcasts that are British or European, to counterbalance the overwhelmingly American coverage I receive of my areas of interest. Can anybody recommend some good English language offerings to match the criteria under the fold? [more inside]
Which entertaining Korean-language podcasts intended for native speakers can best help a Korean-learner improve his listening skills? [more inside]
Could someone recommend a podcast featuring excellent radio drama, old or new? I'd like something with high production quality, engaging stories, and regular updates. Thanks.
Looking for good podcasts by married or unmarried couples (of any variety) that are just random and conversational, with no particular theme or topic. [more inside]
Best free/low-cost podcasts and audiobooks for becoming fluent in German? [more inside]
Are there any podcasts that focus on writing? I'm not looking for shows that just feature different stories every week, I am looking for ones that feature writers talking about the craft of writing. [more inside]
Is there a podcast or audiobook out there that is narrated by a whispering female? [more inside]
Do you know of any English podcasts whose speaker(s) have an Iranian accent? [more inside]
Stuff to do with my eyes closed [more inside]
I've started using my HTC Droid Incredible as my main podcast player, and I'd love to hear how other people set this up, since other music players don't always resume playing mid-podcast. [more inside]
I work from 9 to 5, but I want to immerse myself in German for the rest of the time. I have an iPod touch and a short attention span. What can I use to ram this language into my brain? [more inside]
Looking for mindblowing podcasts. [more inside]
I feel like I'm doomed to suck at running, but that's probably irrational. Help me figure out what is up with my workout so I can stop feeling like I'm stuck. [more inside]
Sleep sounds: do you have any podcasts or music you find it useful to listen to to help you to fall asleep? Or recommendations which might fit the criteria of the podcasts I currently use to help me to fall asleep - calm voices, very few sudden increases in speech volume or musical interludes, subject matter which is interesting but not urgent. [more inside]
I'd like to educate myself on the (intentionally) broad field of issues surrounding education policy. Where should I begin? I'd most appreciate suggestions for books to read, podcasts to listen to, blogs to follow, or anything else of that ilk.
I can't take listening to the news anymore. What else can I listen to in the morning while I get ready for work? Requirements inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for entertaining, free or inexpensive audiobooks or podcasts that can be easily downloaded from an iPhone. [more inside]
What's your favorite instrumental podcast? [more inside]
How come I can use my ipod classic with an A1256 Apple Universal Dock to play video with audio (iTunes movies) on my stereo tv, but i cant do the same with audio-only (iTunes podcasts)?
Recommendations for good shows and/or podcasts for me? I do not like reality tv, sitcoms or cooker cutter serial dramas i.e. CSI. [more inside]
Can you recommend me some clever, funny podcasts to occupy my slow work day? [more inside]
I listen to a lot of podcasts at work, and am looking to enlargenate my playlist by adding more comic book and non-North America content. Listening tastes below! [more inside]
Help me find some good business oriented podcasts. I am looking for news about big companies, not business advice. I am NOT interested in the stock market. [more inside]
What's a decent iPhone app for downloading/listening to podcasts? I'm trying to avoid syncing it to iTunes every time I want to get new podcasts, so I'd like to use this app to subscribe to one and let me know when new episodes are available (that's the important part), listen to them, and delete them. Didn't find much of anything in the AskMeFi archives except a reference to Podcaster, but does anyone have any personal recommendations? Free or not-free. Thanks!
Looking for a great new science-fiction-flavored or otherwise nerd-centric podcast. [more inside]
Can you recommend some sexy, titillating, frank, and intelligent sex-related podcasts? Maybe with a kinky bent, even. Queer-friendly a must. [more inside]
Anyone know of a better podcast client than iTunes? [more inside]
Podcasts have replaced TV as my relaxation method of choice and I need something to keep my eyes and hands occupied while I listen to them. I usually play tetris which works ok but I can't help thinking there must be something more interesting or creative I could be doing. It would have to require minimal concentration and be somewhat relaxing and it would be nice if I had a new skill to show for it. I've tried drawing but I'm a graphics student so it feels like work. My sister suggested knitting which doesn't interest me but it seems to have the right mix of creativity and repetitiveness.
I'm almost finished with the audiobook version of A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, and I'm not ready for it to be over. I want to learn more about the Middle Ages and Renaissance. What should I listen to next? [more inside]
I am looking for a web-based podcatcher that will download all or a subset of a podcast's back episodes, zip them up for me, and let me download them at one go. Does such a thing exist?
I'm working on a new podcast with a co-host who's 3000 miles away. The podcast requires us to take telephone (or Skype) calls. What hardware & software setup will allow us to record mic-quality audio of my co-host and myself, along with telephone/Skype-quality audio of our guests? [more inside]
What's your favorite World of Warcraft podcast? [more inside]