Who is hoarding all the good podcasts? GIMME.
July 25, 2012 11:51 AM   Subscribe

PodcastFilter: Either I am running out of podcasts I like or I need fresh perspective to help me find new ones.

A luxury of working from home--and even when I open a shop of my own--is that I get to spend time listening to the wonders of podcasts. Only I am starting to catch up with ones I am listening to and don't know where to go for new stuff. Amazingly, my friends are no help in this regard. I don't know if they don't listen to podcasts or if they are hoarding all the good ones to themselves.

So here's my requirements: it can involve Anglophilia, vegan food/politics, history, food in general, fiction, travel....and if anyone can find me a really good French one to practice my French that would also be excellent.

Here is what I currently listen to:

*The British History Podcast
*Our Hen House
*Spilled Milk
*Thrilling Adventure Hour
*The Vegan Option
*Kitchen Cabinet
...I also listen to a lot of programs via the BBC Listener app so unless it's something you think I can't find through that source, I mostly have the BBC covered.

I downloaded episodes of Joy the Baker (which I found dull) and the History Chicks. I want to like these but do they get better?

(And I have already listened to the entire backlog of the Vegan Porncast. Comedy Bang Bang, MATES, WTF are all covered because of my husband's tastes, FYI.)
posted by Kitteh to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
In the vein of Thrilling Adventure Hour, maybe have a look at Decoder Ring Theatre.
posted by juv3nal at 11:58 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

It meets precisely NONE of your criteria, but: RADIOLAB! I don't even listen to podcasts but I listen to it obsessively. So, so, SO wonderful and informative and entertaining.
posted by julthumbscrew at 11:59 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

For history, I like Backstory with the American History Guys from the University of Virginia.
posted by mimi at 12:01 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I admit this is outside your stated requirements but if you have any interest at all in astronomy I highly recommend Astronomy Cast.
posted by moxiequz at 12:03 PM on July 25, 2012

I can't say enough good things about Mike Duncan's The History of Rome podcasts. There's now a History of Byzantium podcast too, although from a different dude (since Mike is too busy being a new dad).
posted by El_Marto at 12:04 PM on July 25, 2012 [4 favorites]

Hardcore History
posted by COD at 12:17 PM on July 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

I like both the "Backstory" and the "History of Rome" suggestions above. Since you're into French history I also suggest The Napoleon Bonaparte 101 Podcast.

Like The History of Rome it's pretty much complete, and despite the name goes well past the 101 level. Following the completion of Napoleon's life they had current experts and historians on to discuss their recent research and aspects of Napoleon's life from non-traditional sources. There's a couple of episodes with the view of Napoleon's life from the Russian perspective from documents that haven't, yet, been translated into French or English that's not to be missed.
posted by bswinburn at 12:19 PM on July 25, 2012

For history, you might consider The Memory Palace.
posted by mmascolino at 12:52 PM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

In Our Time.

If you like moxiequiz's History Of Rome suggestion, you might also like Twelve Byzantine Rulers and Norman Centuries by Lars Brownworth. I don't find Lars as personable as Mike, but these are the podcasts that inspired History Of Rome. I haven't listened to History Of Byzantium yet (thanks, moxiequiz!), so I can't weigh in about whether Lars' take is better.

I also like Stuff You Missed In History Class, A History Of The World In 100 Objects, and 99% Invisible.
posted by Sara C. at 12:53 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I just started listening, but so far I love Learn French By Podcast.
posted by snorkmaiden at 1:18 PM on July 25, 2012

Again, programs like In Our Time I already get through the BBC Listener. But keep 'em coming! I am hoping for a good travel one!
posted by Kitteh at 1:25 PM on July 25, 2012

Answer Me This, for your Anglophilia?
And if you're a Downton Abbey fan, Up Yours, Downstairs is awesome.
posted by exceptinsects at 3:01 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I love love love the Stuff You Should Know podcast from How Stuff Works. They cover a lot of topics, so you'll see things out there for food, beverages, history and science. I also really enjoy the 99% Invisible and Radiolab podcasts mentioned.
posted by neveroddoreven at 3:11 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

In the fiction vein, I've been enjoying The Truth.
posted by departure lounge at 6:00 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I really enjoy the "Coffee Break" series (also available for free via itunes) for learning languages. I've used the Spanish one, but the same guy does the French one and I recommended it to a friend who used it in preparation for a trip to France and really enjoyed it. The presenter and student are very personable and entertaining. They have some other French language programs that might fill the bill as well (Walk, Talk, and Learn French sounds promising and aimed more at an intermediate student than a true beginner).
posted by kaybdc at 8:19 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Story is often fascinating.
posted by aeighty at 8:27 AM on July 26, 2012

I'm only up to episode 4, but I'm enjoying the History of English podcast.
posted by fings at 8:17 AM on September 17, 2012

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