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February 24, 2019 1:48 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for podcast recommendations similar to The Dollop. I enjoy the strong storytelling mixed with comedy. I've tried Last Podcast on the Left and it was a bit hit or miss on the storytelling. My Favorite Murder was interesting, but I would like more in-depth research. Potential topics: history, horror, true crime, willing to give almost anything a shot really. Thanks!
posted by Apoch to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
You might like the Omnibus Project, hosted by Ken Jennings and John Roderick. The conceit is that they're cataloging interesting things/moments/stuff in history in an omnibus time capsule for whatever evolved beings survive whatever oncoming cataclysm may occur. They have episodes on things like the French Foreign Legion, the bodies left on Everest, flagpole sitters, and very overdue library books. It's a funny, casual, frequently rambling, but reasonably well-researched podcast.
posted by PussKillian at 2:06 PM on February 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

It's a lot more niche, but Archaeological Fantasies - where actual archaeologists talk about historical crackpot science - scratches exactly the same itch for me that The Dollop does. It doesn't have the improv aspect, but the dialogue is witty and meandering. Unlike most other history and science podcasts, I've never been annoyed that I know more about the topic than the hosts.
posted by eotvos at 2:08 PM on February 24, 2019

Sawbones is also worth a try.
posted by eotvos at 2:10 PM on February 24, 2019 [2 favorites]

Behind the Bastards might be up your alley.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:53 PM on February 24, 2019 [3 favorites]

This is right up my husband’s alley (he likes all of those you mentioned, The Dollop the most). He recommends Do Go On and will watch this thread with interest, so thanks for asking this question!
posted by lovableiago at 3:06 PM on February 24, 2019

As a fan of the Dollop, I find I also like al lot of the Slate podcasts, and though they don’t have the back-and-forth character bits that Dave and Gareth do, they’re deep information, well researched, told in a conversational style.

Lexicon Valley, about linguistics, has been hosted for the last two years by John McWhorter, whose mix of linguistic theory and esoteric broadway and pop music clips with personal anecdotes is delightful.

Whistlestop, about the presidency and presidential campaigning is delivered by veteran reporter John Dickerson in a rapid-fire newscaster style which only rarely pauses for a beat to acknowledge the bone-dry witticisms he weaves into the narrative.

Hit Parade is about the history of the pop charts but also about how the music business works and how it affects and is affected by larger cultural and demographic trends
posted by Jon_Evil at 3:11 PM on February 24, 2019

You’ll probably like the Rexy Family of podcasts:

Rex Factor
Totalus Rankium
Saga Thing
posted by chainsofreedom at 3:30 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Nthing Behind the Bastards and adding You're Wrong About...
posted by lovecrafty at 3:36 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you're looking for a strong mix of storytelling & goofy dudes, and you don't need it to be non-fiction, you might try out The Adventure Zone.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:53 PM on February 24, 2019

Definitely Behind the Bastards. You might also like Oh No Ross and Carrie and Weird History.
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:54 PM on February 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

I just finished Teacher's Pet and it was excellent.

Also the BBC's In Our Time has a huge backlog and you can subscribe to the whole thing or just certain topics (History, Arts, Science, etc).
posted by dawkins_7 at 8:48 AM on February 25, 2019 [1 favorite]

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