Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby chuckeazay22 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:39 pm

Hello! I dont know if its been mentioned...but..."This American Life" with Ira Glass is my second favorite podcast (weekly) Very interesting topics, many of which pertain to history with funny commentary and very current.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby dyeman » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:00 am

I won't repeat podcasts that have already been listed.

Here are some I listen to that haven't been mentioned:

Blast the Right ( Listen to a couple for the music breaks if nothing else. I found James McMurtry here.)
Thomas Jefferson Hour
B.S. Report (Sports, Bill Simmons)
NPR: Wait, Wait, Don't tell me ( The "Not my Job" guests are great. Obama did this segment once.)
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby gangster of love » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:03 pm

im surprised that with all the science podcast listed that this one only came up twice

skeptics guide to the universe

to me its the "common sense" podcast of science
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby ageething » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:58 am

Lots of great suggestions everyone. This American Life is fantastic, funny and simultaneously a revealing and stimulating look at Americana. Turns out it doesn't have to be just twangy Jingoism.

Across the pond you got Ricky Gervais...Problem there is 2 bucks a show, you get the 10-20 minute teasers for free, but if you have 2 bucks, after of course your donation to Dan and Ben, and This American Life, then this is a hilarious romp into absurd theories of soon to be every subject. (not suggested to those who are easily offended)

For History Buffs you have a rather dry but interesting program from Iowa called new Books in history. Your host interviews someone with a new History book out, while attempting to talk about himself as much as possible, and discusses the books scope and importance. The biggest benefit to this podcast is to thin out book choices. If the book doesn't sound terribly interesting you can stop the podcast in a couple minutes and save yourself and hour of listening and a week of reading, not to mention the Hamilton or Jackson, and likely the combination of the two. Builds your reading list and is usually interesting, just know now that the host is a russian history buff who will let you know this a couple times a show.

Also across the pond is the BBC4 program on almost every subject, In Our Time with Melvin Bragg. They touch on everything, with obvious anglophilia, from history to philosophy to science and religion. Hour long programs on a single topic and I think you can find almost every episode in online archives...Don't remember exactly where I got the archives but I remember it not taking long. I have about 4 years of programs and am about 1/3 the way through.

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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby nickatflag » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:52 pm

Everyone out there who is enjoying Hardore History I got 2 podcast recommendations: '12 Byzantine Rulers' by Lars Brownworth and 'The History of Rome' by Mike Duncan. They are both FANTASTIC!!! :D
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Leibnix » Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:29 pm

If you are a little bit interested in philosophy, I would recommend "Philosophy Bites" which can be found on podcast alley. It is professionally made and gives a terse and clear introduction to a wide variety of philosophical subjects.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Dougal » Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:04 pm

Thinking Allowed is a great BBC show centered on Sociology.
Also I love the Skeptics Guide to the Universe and Big Up for Mike Duncan.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby allus70 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:35 pm

The Thomas Jefferson Hour comes out once a week...much more interesting than the name suggests...pretty good stuff, especially in acquiring an understanding in depth on the behind the scenes politics during the founding of our Republic.
Radio Lab, The Moth, This American Life, diverse subject matter but all very riveting.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby DylanA » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:27 pm

Man I can't believe that Real Time with Bill Maher was only mentioned twice. It is a funny, witty political show that brings in people from all over to talk and debate about the goings on in American politics. The best part is that this podcast is off of an HBO show and therefore is funny as hell. And for those who don't know who Bill Maher is, he is the one who made the movie Religulous, funny as hell.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Flynn » Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:15 pm

I haven't seen Melvin Bragg's "In Our Time" podcast of the BBC, Radio 4 show. Can occasionally be dry and stuffy, but the topics are fascinating, and I probably learn more from these than any other out there. Besides Dan's podcasts, its the only one I catch every week. (If only CS came once a week!)

I heard Radiolab mentioned, and I'd have to second that.
This American Life used to much better in my opinion, but is still occasionally really good. They had some of the best journalism, last year, on the financial crisis that I've heard.

I can't stand any of the other history podcasts. Its too bad that there weren't more professional broadcasters creating shows like Dan.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby SilentMewesDNG » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:14 am

Comedy and Entertainment
SModcast- sometimes weekly podcast with Kevin Smith(writer-director of Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks II, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno) and Scott Mosier(producer of said films).Free.

Comedy and Everything Else- Jimmy, Todd and Stef get together to talk about comedy, and everything else on their minds, in this thought provoking and sometimes silly hour of funny.Free.

The Adam Carolla Podcast - Listen to Adam rant and rave about whatever he feels like in this new enviroment. Unfiltered, with no one to tell him what he can and can't say. The funniest man in podcasting.Free.

I Love Movies - Comedian Doug Benson ("Last Comic Standing," "Best Week Ever," "Super High Me") invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies!

The Ricky Gervais Show, and The Ricky Gervais Guide to... series - Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington sit down and discuss everything. Karl has a head like a fu*king orange!. Hilarious Material. The show that got me into podcasts originally.

Science and Skeptical based
Skeptics Guide to the Universe - The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality -Produced by the New England Skeptical Society in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation(JREF)

AstronomyCast - Astronomy Cast offers you a fact based journey through the cosmos. Each week Fraser Cain (Universe Today) and Dr. Pamela Gay (SIUE / Slacker Astronomy) take on topics ranging from the nearby planets to ubiquitous dark matter.

Skepticalty - We're tired of pertinent social and science news being buried by clap trap. Our podcast is here to bring you relevant, under reported current events, as well as in-depth discussions from a scientific, critical, skeptical, and humorous point of view.

Derek and Swoopy are your hosts, filling your pod and your brain with skeptical insight and conversation, sometimes heated, on a plethora of topics that are ripe for critical examination. Bringing truth to podcasting, and all who choose to listen.

In our travels we will tackle the beasts of pseudoscience; the paranormal, supernatural, ufo / alien encounters, mis-understood history, and overwrought legends - urban or otherwise.

Our interview shows feature notable skeptics including; leading astronomy speakers, scientists, philosophy experts, and other scientific, secular, humanist, and skeptical book authors, and critical thinkers.

Free Audiobooks in podcast form
ScottSigler.net - Science fiction leaning more heavily on the science. I started with Earthcore, and went on to Infected and the Contagious.
Still yet to listen to Ancestor, Nocturnal, The Rookie, and The Crypt.
He reads his own books for the recording and does a great job of it.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby ZanzibarBreeze » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:33 pm

If you like political podcasts then surely The McLaughlin Group will appeal. It's a bit like Crossfire - four panelists and one host from all sides of the political spectrum going at it. John McLaughlin is the host and it features "friend of the Common Sense podcast" Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift and Monica Crowley and a fourth chair that changes every week (though usually it's Mort Zuckerman).

It's just a great show. We all love Pat Buchanan (or Patty B as he's known on the streets). Liberals will find Crowley to be extremely right-wing and Conservatives will find Clift to be extremely left-wing, but that's what the show is all about really. Then you've got Buchanan, who's a bit of a wildcard. It's far better than Left, Right and Center in my opinion. There's quite a bit of shouting, however, and things often get heated.

To be honest, I'm quite surprised it hasn't come up yet. It really is a great show. (It's originally a PBS/NBC affiliate television show with audio converted into .mp3.)

As for other podcasts, I second the customary This American Life, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, Left, Right and Center, On the Media, Radio Lab and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! mentions.

If you like video games you'll like the Giant Bombcast. Nice little media controversy tie-in: the founder of the website was originally Editor-in-Chief at GameSpot.com, one of the biggest gaming websites around, but was fired after he posted a very critical review of a game that the website had been paid massive advertising dollars to promote. One of those media "Ruh Roh" moments.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby allus70 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:41 am

Oxford style debates....quick, witty and engrossing on subject currently in the news.... go to NPR 'Intelligence Squared' , also on Itunes.
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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Kiltman » Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:42 pm


If you're a nerd of any color you'll love the HP Lovecraft Literary podcast.

It doesn't matter if you haven't even read any of his stories you'll find the two hosts to have a very good sense of humor. Start by listening to the first episode which is a short biography of HP Lovecraft's life. I never knew Lovecraft could be so hilarious.

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Re: Podcasts that are (almost) as good as Dans?

Postby Auger » Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:54 am

I found an American Revolution podcast that's a bit rough but pretty cool called 2 Cent History. You can find it on itunes by searching 2 Cent History or from the host page:


I liked it.
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