Great Podcasts to Check Out

A little known fact is that if you see me walking down the street with my headphones on and my thumb hovering over the wheel of my iPod I’m most likely listening to a talk/radio podcast, not music.

I don’t spend a lot of time reading tons of magazines, and lord knows that I’m hardly ever near a radio (the only radio station I listen to is 1010 Wins in the morning while getting ready for work), so I get a lot of my news about business, music, and entertainment through podcasts.

I was inspired by Daniel’s list of top podcasts, so here are a handful of my absolute favorite programs to download and listen to:

THE TIMES ONLINE MUSIC PODCAST

Nope, not the New York Times, but rather The Times (UK). It was only a week ago that I discovered their excellent music interview podcast, and I look forward to every new instalment. Basically it’s a simple recording of 30-40 minutes of a Times editor having a chat with a musical group.

The reason I love it so much is that I only read a handful of interviews with bands each month, so I miss out on learning about bands I’m not 100% interested in. I’ve found listening to this podcast to be really informative and allowed me the chance to learn more about bands I might not necessarily have read a written piece on–and also learned some cool things about some of my favorite bands and artists. Past guests include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Editors, Ryan Adams, and Embrace.

Oh, want to hear my favorite joke of the week? My friend Karen said, “Have you heard the new Embrace album? It’s SO GOOD!” I replied, “Chris Martin must be so psyched to rip it off.”

Learn more/ subscribe: Times Online Music Podcast

KCRW: MUSIC EXCHANGE

Who wouldn’t love a short podcast done by leading indie radio DJs Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 1) and Nic Harcourt (KCRW)? It’s usually under 10 minutes long, but it’s a great bite-sized way to learn about the latest and greatest emerging bands.

Learn more/ subscribe: KCRW: Music Exchange Podcast

DIGG NATION

I’m not a super-tech geek but perhaps I have a secret desire to be one. Digg Nation is my way of keeping up with the most popular web/ gaming/ technology stories that are gaining buzz on the internet each week on the social news site Digg.com. It’s done by two dudes, Alex and Kevin, and they are very funny, use the term “smokin’,” and love beer. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that Kevin Rose has pretty good taste in music.

Learn more/ subscribe: Digg Nation

NPR: WAIT, WAIT, DON’T TELL ME

It’s NPR’s hour-long quiz show program that focuses on the latest news stories hosted by Peter Sagal. Every humor-filled episode features three guest panelists, a celebrity guest contestant and call-in contestants. It’s always a hoot and you can accidentally learn something about current events that doesn’t involve Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, or Paris Hilton…most of the time.

Learn more/ subscribe: NPR: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me

These are only a few of the 30-something (yup!) podcasts I subscribe to. What are some of your favorite programs?

MUSIC OF THE MOMENT: Anything by Fall Out Boy; “Boys of Summer,” The Ataris; Broken Boy Soldiers, The Raconteurs

Author: laura

I run The Modern Age.org

5 thoughts on “Great Podcasts to Check Out”

  1. These are all great. “Wait Wait” is one of my favorites, too, and even to see a live taping when I was in Chicago last week. It was a blast. That being said, I LOVE the Santa Cruz-based “The Sound of Young America.” The host, Jesse Thorn’s, slogan for it is “a radio show about things that are awesome.” But it’s really just a great talk show with folks in the comedy world. He’s mostly abandoned the original sketches and bits that gave the show a public access sort-of feel to it (perhaps it became more popular, and he now has more radio affiliates), and it’s become much more professional, but still amazing.
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  2. thanks for podcast tips

    you should check out

    the ricky gervais show , I promise people will think your crazy when you are walking down street laughing out loud by yourself

  3. Yeah, diggnation rocks. I also noticed that Kevin Rose has very good taste in music (ie, he likes The White Stripes).

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