buttahlove asked:

Hey Ches!!!! I'm new to the podcast world (swipe my late pass...) and I thoroughly enjoy your show with your husband. Besides 2browngirls, what other podcasts do you listen to that you'd recommend? Forgive me if you've answered this already...

Hey! Thanks! No apologies necessary. I looove podcasts, so I’m always down to talk about them. Here are my favs in no particular order: 

  •  The Read   - ”Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly “read” of hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyonce. Or Blue Ivy. As recent transplants to New York City (Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city.”

  • 2 Brown Girls  -  "Two Brown Girls is a pop culture, film, and television podcast hosted by writers and critics Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay."

  • This American Life - "There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe. Probably the best way to understand the show is to start at our favorites page,”

  • Snap Judgement - “Snap Judgment is the smoking-hot new show from NPR. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.”

  • Radio Lab - “On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab® is an investigation — a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is produced by WNYC public radio.”

  • Serial - "Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1."

  • Invisibilia - "Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently."

  • The Moth - "Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For information on all of our programs and live events, visit themoth.org."

  • Reply All - "A show about the internet, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. From Gimlet."

A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine asked what the big deal was about Watchmen. That, via a lot of detours, led me to this speech where I talk Watchmen, its challenge to us as readers, its autobiographical impact, various bits of geeking out over formalism and everything else full of life and comics.

The Vimeo is linked above. If you prefer Youtube, you can find it here.

I performed it originally at Nine Worlds Geekfest. Due to various requests, I did a second performance a few months later, with some small additions. This time the lovely folks at Tomfoolery Pictures offered to film it for the record. After months of labour, here’s the finished version. Hail them.

Hope you find it interesting.

Thanks to: Tomfoolery generally for the filming and Adam specifically for making the offer, GOSH comics for hosting it, Chrissy Williams for putting on her best received pronunciation for the intro, Jon Browne for inspiring it, Nine Worlds Geekfest for prompting its writing and original 100% adrenaline and nerves airing, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for a comickybook and the Nine Panel Grid for being perfect beyond all human ability to judge.

NPR is working on ways to help people discover podcasts — and we need your help! We’re looking for podcasts from public radio and beyond, and we’d love for you to share some of your favorite episodes with us. Here’s the ONLY rule: If you are someone who creates radio or podcasts, please don’t recommend anything produced by you or the organization you work for. 

Over the next few weeks we’ll compile your suggestions, wrangle them into a sortable guide, and publish a tool that will help connect you with great listening. We can’t wait to read your recommendations!

anonymous asked:

Sorry if this is a strange and random question, but do you listen to any podcasts? and if you do, would you have any to recommend?

i listen to three on a regular basis:

the first two podcasts are predicated on the idea of putting several smart enthusiastic eloquent people who like each other in a room and having them riff off each other, it’s delightful. 

the third—is weird, because i actually can’t stand one of the presenters, but i’ll suffer through him because i think mark kermode is an honest-to-god gift to the world and to film criticism (c.f. the post about jupiter ascending), he loves film so much, his knowledge of it is vast and encyclopaedic, he’s a dyed-in-the-wool socialist and a feminist who defers to the opinions of women, our opinions on things align more than i’m comfortable with, i genuinely enjoy listening to him talk about almost anything. 

things i dip into at random:

  • bbc radio 4’s in our time: put academics in a room, ask them about a topic, it’s like a very short introduction. 
  • there’s a website called backdoor broadcasting, which records academic podcasts on everything from cosmology to shakespeare to greek deities and dualism; i love dipping into the archives. 
  • oxford university’s podcast site (just listened to a talk about woolf’s to the lighthouse and cognition)
  • the bugle: john oliver does a comedy podcast with andy zaltzman, and sometimes it’s an absolute riot
Ep 34: Veronica Roth

Grab a Fiji water and a pillow mint and imagine you’re in a Boston hotel room with me and Veronica Roth, author New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT series, as we talk about writing being the way grown-ups get to play pretend, embracing critique, and marveling at people who think first drafts are fun.

Listen now!

I start my day by listening to a few different podcasts. Today, I discovered Inside Creative Writing. Brad Reed is an author and educator and breaks down different writing techniques and tools to help you along in your writing journey. Listen to them on your ride into school or work and level up your skills.


Tell Us: What’s Your Favorite Podcast Episode

NPR is working on ways to help people discover podcasts — and we need your help. We’re looking for podcasts from public radio and beyond, and we’d love for you to share some of your favorite episodes with us.

Here’s the ONLY rule: If you are someone who creates radio or podcasts, please don’t recommend anything produced by you or the organization you work for.

Over the next few weeks we’ll compile your suggestions, wrangle them into a sortable guide, and publish a tool that will help connect you with great listening.

Please fill out this form and tell us about your favorite podcasts!

The 11 best geek culture podcasts to listen to right now

There are so many great podcasts now that it’s hard to keep track. Welcome to Night Vale and The Thrilling Adventure Hour are the obvious choices if you have any interest in audio fiction, but it’s a little harder to pick out the best fandom talk shows and geeky discussion podcasts. That’s why we’ve been taking a careful look at what’s on offer, and have whittled the many options down to a streamlined list of 11.

Some of these are fandom-specific (very specific, in the case of cartoon Batman psychoanalysis podcast The Arkham Sessions) while others are more general, but all of them are definitely worth a listen.

1) The Baker Street Babes

Sherlock Holmes fandom is intimidatingly huge, and intimidatingly long-lived. So, the enduring popularity of the Baker Street Babes should prove their quality as Sherlock Holmes commentators.

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In which Asgardian Wars occupies the precise intersection of Miles’s favorite things; Marvel Asgard is your favorite metal album; no one appreciates Cypher; Wolfsbane gets some action; Warlock gets meta; Cannonball is a catch; Rachel Summers gets a new costume; Loki does Shakespeare; and Rachel overthinks Leverage.


  • Various Mjolnirs and their attendant powers
  • Asgardian Wars
  • New Mutants Special Edition #1
  • X-Men Annual #9
  • The Surtwar
  • Art Adams
  • Amora the Enchantress
  • Lorelei
  • Several pop culture cameos
  • A really dubious beach party
  • The Viking Sorceress Asgardian Portrait of Dorian Grey
  • Ed Grimley
  • Hrimhari
  • Wolf makeouts
  • The Marvel version of Norse mythology
  • The Warriors Three
  • Rule #1 of dealing with fairies
  • A hawk ‘hawk
  • Valkyries
  • Einherjar
  • A costume in somewhat questionable taste
  • Interdimensional lightning-bolt mixology
  • Our favorite Thor story, ever
  • How to get your friends and neighbors into comics
  • Asgardian mutants (or lack thereof)
  • X-Leverage cross-casting

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But the real reason established media companies are starting to take podcasts seriously has more to do with the nature of their listeners. Podcast consumers, according to Edison Research, listen to an average of six episodes per week. Once they find a podcast they like, they tend to be devoted. The medium feels intimate. Unlike the audience online, which tends to click through and then bounce away quickly, podcasts draw people in for the duration of the episode. They feel a deep, personal connection with the hosts. In an era when other ad rates are plummeting and publications are trying to position themselves as membership organizations, this level of fervent fandom is something that most media outlets would kill for.

‘’Enjoy BBC audio on the move - a wide range of programmes and highlights are available as podcasts for you to download for free.’’ (and be careful, some of them are available for download only one month after the original broadcast) E.g.:

BBC Learning English Drama

Dramas for English language learners. Every Friday you can improve your English by listening to a drama specially created for English language learners. Listen to retellings of classic stories and bespoke dramas on specific topics. Each episode will be between six and 10 minutes long. Most dramas will be told over a number of episodes.


History as told by the people who were there. Witness talks to people who lived through moments of history to bring you a personal perspective on world events. Broadcast on weekdays.

21st Century Mythologies

Peter Conrad examines contemporary popular culture in a series of  21st Century Mythologies in the spirit of Roland Barthes.

6 Minute English

Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. Your weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Friday. Each programme is six minutes long and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your knowledge of the English language across a wide range of topics.

6 Minute Grammar

Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.

6 Minute Vocabulary

Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.

A Christmas Carol (BBC Learning)

Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is abridged in 9 episodes and read by Alan Smith. The adaptation of the story is rich in music and sound effects and is accompanied by Teacher’s Notes - making it ideal for children studying a classic text.

A History of Britain in Numbers

British history in numbers, the big trends and changes in our lives, brought to life with interviews and new audio techniques, and compared with the present day. Andrew Dilnot presents 10 programmes that cover population, incomes, health, consumption, homes, work, education, old age and women.

A History of Ideas

A fresh take on the History of Ideas as big subjects like beauty, freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers. Philosophers, theologians, lawyers, Neuroscientists, historians and mathematicians join Melvyn Bragg to present a history in many voices.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores 100 different objects which reflect how the world has changed.

A Point of View

Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors including historian Lisa Jardine, novelist Sarah Dunant and writer Alain de Botton.

Americana: inside the USA

An insider’s guide to the stories and people shaping the USA today.   Discussion and insight from some of the best known names and voices in America.


Analysis makes sense of the ideas that change the world, from economics to social affairs to global politics to political Islam. With thought-provoking and expert presenters, Analysis aims to make the world of policy and ideas both interesting and surprising.

BBC Business Daily

Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the business jargon really mean.

All in the Mind

All in the Mind examines how we think and behave. It’s presented by psychologist Claudia Hammond. She investigates the latest techniques being used by mental health practitioners, speaks to people with psychological issues and uncovers all the most recent research from the world of the mind.

Beyond Belief

Debates exploring the place of religion and faith in today’s complex world. Ernie Rea is joined by a multi-faith panel to discuss how religious traditions affect their values and perspectives.


James Naughtie and readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best known novels. Authors include: Douglas Adams, Alan Bennett, Alice Sebold and Maya Angelou.

Books and Authors

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book, Mariella Frostrup talks to leading authors about their work. A Good Read features Harriett Gilbert discussing a range of favourite titles with guests.

Cook The Perfect…

Discover cooking techniques and tips to help you perfect your cooking know-how. Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey are joined by leading chefs and food writers who share their secrets for perfect home-cooked dishes.


The science documentary series that looks in depth at the most significant ideas, discoveries and trends in science

Drama of the Week

Every Friday we bring you a new drama from Radio 4 or Radio 3.Exercise your imagination with some of the best writers and actors on radio. Storytelling at its very best.

Excess Baggage

Travellers’ Tales from home and around the world: their destinations, experiences and issues arising from their journeys are discussed with Sandi Toksvig or John McCarthy.

Five Hundred Years of Friendship

Five Hundred Years of Friendship: Dr Thomas Dixon presents a history of the changing meaning of friendship over the centuries.

Food Programme

Provenance and pleasure, history and health - Radio 4’s weekly look at food. Making sense of food, from the kitchen and canteen, to the farm and factory.  We place food in its historical and cultural context; call to account policy makers and industry decision makers; and celebrate the sheer pleasure of good food.

Great Lives

Biography series exploring the greatest people who ever lived. Matthew Parris interviews an eminent guest and an expert to reveal the truth behind their history heroes.

Germany: Memories of a Nation

Presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor, this 30-part series explores 600 years of Germany’s complex and often challenging history, using objects, art, landmarks and literature.

In Our Time: Culture

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of ideas as it applies to culture - from literature and the visual arts to artistic movements and their origins.

In Our Time: Philosophy

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of philosophy - from ancient Greek thinkers to the major questions that preoccupy philosophers today.

In Our Time: Religion

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of religious ideas - from the faith systems of ancient civilisations to the development of modern religions.

My Own Shakespeare

What does Shakespeare mean to us today ? Public figures from all walks of life talk about the piece of Shakespeare that inspires them most.The pieces are read by well known actors.

The Digital Human

Aleks Krotoski explores what technology tells us about modern living. Each programme takes part of our digital world and looks at how it’s influencing who we are, what we value and where we’re headed. Whether it be our relationships or our environments; both real and virtual, Aleks reveals what these developments tell us about ourselves and the world we’re creating.

The Educators – ideas about learning

Examining ideas about the way we teach and learn. Sarah Montague interviews some of the most influential people in education, to find out the origin of their ideas, the things they would change and the experience that has shaped them.