Here's the first few of my top ten podcasts, 10-7. But first!
Total Number of Episodes downloaded:18
Total Playtime of downloaded episodes: 11:40:37
Total Number of Podcasts Subscribed: 93
Total Number of Unlistened Episodes: 8101
Estimated Time of Unlistened Episodes: 31 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes, and 32 Seconds
Podcast I'm in the middle of: Radiolab
And now, #10: The SporkfulBilled as being "Not for foodies, it's for eaters," this podcast takes the tradition food show, chops it up and makes guacamole out of it. The host, Dan Pashman, interviews his guest (typically only one, but occasionally a panel) about one specific kind of food, from chicken wings or guacamole to Matzoh or Chocolate. Whatever he's discussing, Dan asks the hard questions, like whether it is more important to have bite consistency or bite variety, how good the mouth-feel is, and how to solve tortilla breakage or matzoh snapping. Whether you care for the food or not, Dan's light attitude and serious agenda makes this a fun and educational podcast.
Just don't listen if you're skipping lunch, because trust me, you'll regret it.
Mom, you don't have to worry about language on this one.
Next up, #9: Ask Me AnotherProduced by NPR and WNYC, this show is hosted by the marvelous Ophira Eisenburg, in front of a live audience in Brooklyn (most of the time. Every now and then they hit the road). For the bulk of the show, two competitors square off against each other for trivia, word games, and puzzles. There's a guest, who she interviews very briefly and then torments with a quiz segment, and a final round, where all the previous round winners compete, spelling bee style, for the title of Champion.
All of this is fun, light, and interesting, but my absolute favorite part is that they have a house musician, and 90% of the time it is Jonathan Coulton. I've liked this guy for a long time; he has a silly, folksy style that is pretty funny, and a lot of his music is free (all the ones on that page with smiley faces). Some day I'll buy all his albums... but he makes this podcast. He typically places a couple of musical interludes, and there is usually one music segment where the questions are sung (and often the answers too). While some musical purists would be appalled at his butchery of the Beatles, YMCA, or songs about different cities all over the country, I find them to be hilarious and unquestionably the best part of an already great show. If you like trivia or quiz shows AT ALL, this podcast is for you.
Mom, this show was made for radio, so you should be fine with the language here.
Number 8: Shake, Rattle and Roleplay
This is my top RPG podcast, for a few reasons: the episodes are relatively short, they talk about food, and they have tips and advice that is helpful no matter what game you're playing. Billed as "High Trust, High Drama" role play, they have great advice on world building, character creation, props, acting, and in every episode: food. Any podcast that spends this much time on ways to feed a horde of hungry gamers is a podcast I enjoy. Ultimately, this podcast has only one real downside, and it will probably result in this being taken out of my top ten in short order: not enough episodes. A tragic but inevitable end, pod-fading is a serious issue sometimes, and this podcast seems to have fallen victim to it.
Mom, the language on this one can get a little salty, but I doubt you're interested anyway.
And finally (for today) #7: Lexicon Valley
This podcast is all about language, well, the English Language, and all the various idiosyncrasies, bizarre histories, and grammatical histrionics involved therein. Primarily involving spoken English, they cover topics ranging from the history of profanity to 'R' dropping accents. The two hosts are clearly friends and they both often take the position of devil's advocate in order to show both sides of an argument. They interview linguists and historians, primarily, in order to gain a fuller understanding of any given issue. Sometimes they do shows which are related to current events, but generally they just cover whatever linguistic quirk catches their attention that week.
Mom, the language on this podcast varies widely from one episode to the next, but if an episode does contain strong language, they put a warning at the beginning of the podcast AND in the show notes.
So there you go. I'll post soon with more of my top ten!