This Dark American Life - podcasts about the seedy underbelly
February 26, 2010 3:13 PM   Subscribe

Gimme some podcasts about the seedy underbelly of society - sex, drugs & rock n roll all welcome.

Maybe something by an ex cop or a reporter (a-la Louis Theroux) or a call girl (I know there's a blog like this - any podcasts?) or just a frat boy who's seen one too many things. Whaddaya got?

(Anonymous because I don't want people associating my pristine public image with an interest all things dark.)
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

Savage Love would be an obvious one. Mistress Matisse also has one.
posted by emilyd22222 at 3:59 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

O metafilter; I am giggling because this question has four favorites and no answers yet!

OK, I'll bite: submission and coffee.

disclaimer: i've never tried listening to this because i usually think of it at work. but i know it through the dom's other works.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 4:00 PM on February 26, 2010

Kevin Allison's Risk! podcast has some pretty amazing stories. It is available on itunes.
posted by Shebear at 5:07 PM on February 26, 2010

Not a podcast, but you might like this audiobook, dark & funny, though with happy ending American on Purpose CD: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
posted by pyro979 at 6:34 PM on February 26, 2010

seconding Risk! and Savage Love.
posted by madred at 7:50 PM on February 26, 2010

The Moth doesn't usually, but occasionally, features stories from people that have, shall we say, a colorful past.

The Memory Palace tells stories of strange happenings in the distant past of American history.
posted by MesoFilter at 10:30 PM on February 26, 2010

You might want to try Uh Yeah Dude, which is kinda in the right zone for what you are talking about. It's basically two guys in LA, around 25-30, who rant and rave about the news and life in LA. They can really get going when talking about drugs, porn, and similar stuff. They have a very nihilistic point of view -- basically, everything is a giant porn-ified horror show, which can be funny sometimes and not other other times. I thought show #200 was pretty funny - try that one and see if you like it.
posted by Mid at 7:48 AM on February 27, 2010


Just wheeled my farthing-penny back around to recommend the Watt from Pedro show to my audience of 32 favorit-ites. Maybe not so much seedy, but definately the broad, hairy underbelly of the music world which you will never NEVER encounter through more mainstream media channels. You can subscribe through iTunes too, but the website is where all the playlists are so you can track down stuff you like.

And San Pedro put in mind my favorite seedy underbelly author, Charles Bukowski. Here are some interviews.

Also, that RISK! link needs a "warning: nervous verboseness" tag. I like some of the stories; just have to be in the mood for open mike or poetry slam to listen, i guess.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 5:07 PM on March 5, 2010

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