So after I stopped listening to Slate podcasts I had a sad hole in my commute that needed to be filled, and since periodically people ask me for recommendations, here are a few new ones I like (all put out by, which actually has tons and tons of podcasts and I’m still picking my way through them but so far I love them all)

  • Judge John Hodgman
  • Oh No Ross and Carrie (does undercover investigations of cults and pseudo-science)
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour (old timey radio stories)
  • My Brother, My Brother, and Me (advice podcast but gives ridiculous advice to things like questions from Yahoo answers)

I’ve also been listening to RISK! which is supposed to be like, The Moth or This American Life but for things you CAN’T SAY ON PUBLIC RADIO but I’m lukewarm on it thus far. Still giving it a chance, though.

Episode 74
  • Episode 74
  • Stay Hatin
  • Stay Hatin Podcast

Episode 74

This week’s poorly managed episode of Stay Hatin has Noz and DJ Willie Maze filling in for an absent Mr What’s Gafflin aka Soft Money. There is also an attempt to get the youth perspective on raps by bringing in two young rap fans and getting their unique thoughts on the rap music. It gets a little chaotic with so many dudes on the mics, Noz is apparently Serg’s personal ghost of hiphop messageboard past, Serg can’t keep his Slim/Young thugs straight but still manages to play the same Young Sizzle song twice. We could have edited that out but figured what the hell just leave it in because it adds character or something.

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  1. Whitest Taino Alive - Pretty Fly For A Chopo
  2. Corner Boy P - Pack ft Fiend
  3. Young Sizzle - Dirty Mattress
  4. Rocko - Step On They Neck [Prod by Zaytoven]
  5. Rich Gang - Freestyle
  6. Young Thug - Vagina ft Longpaper & Sincere
  7. OG Maco - U Guessed It (Remix) ft 2 Chainz
  8. Gangsta Boo & Beatking - Paper Chase [Prod by Beatking]
  9. Chief Keef - Wayne [Prod by Chief Keef]
  10. Young Chop - Valley ft Chief Keef
  11. Lil B - Oakland to Berkeley
  12. Young Sizzle - Dirty Mattress
  13. Giftz - Full Effect
  14. Beeda Weeda - West Up ft Jay Rock, Glasses Malone, Rich Rocka, J-Stalin, 211, K-Boy, Scoot Dog, Cousin Fik, Mitchy Slick, T Nutty & Laroo
  15. Rae Srummdsgsfg - No Type
  16. Chance The Rapper - No Better Blues


  • Overture
  • Disparition
  • The Debate


If I am told to delete this post, then I gladly will. The last thing I want is to cause trouble with WtNV as that is not my intent at all.

I’m posting this for two reasons. One: if you were wondering what that new Disparition track was that played while Cecil read the Community Calendar in The University of What It Is, it derives from this. Two: you all need to take five minutes to listen to this.

Overture is, by far, my favorite Disparition song. It’s the song that made me fall in love with them. This song made me feel…moved. I wanted to cry. I wanted to smile. I wanted to listen.

I know some people get bored with instrumental tracks, but please, give this one a good, long, listen. I promise you, you will not regret it.

In some ways, I think this is a better sort of theme song for WtNV than The Ballad of Fiedler and Mundt. I don’t want it to replace Ballad, but when I think of Night Vale, I think of this song. It’s melancholy and somber, but as soon as the violin comes in, it just feels right.

Also, it’s super fun to play this before you start a WtNV episode. It just sets the mood, y’know? Anyways, if you made it this far, thanks for indulging me in my rambles. I’ll write more if people want me to.

Movie & Screenwriting Podcasts

This list includes some of my fav movie & screenwriting podcasts. (Right-click on the podcast name to copy the link and add it to iTunes.) Got any additional recommendations?

On the Page: Screenwriting – Hosted by Pilar Alessandra, this weekly podcast is all about the craft and business of screenwriting. Guests range from writers and producers to agents and managers, and they give advice on the writing process, career planning, contests, habits of successful screenwriters, and much more. Still my favorite podcast. Episode length: about 1 hr.

KCRW’s The Treatment – In this weekly podcast hosted by Elvis Mitchell, guests from the industry (writers, actors, directors…) provide interesting insight into their work and inspiration. Episode length: about 30 min.

KCRW’s The Business – This weekly podcast focuses on the business of Hollywood. Episodes are split into some news banter in the beginning, followed by interviews with two or three people about current trends, movies, or showbiz events. Episode length: about 30 min.

KCRW’s Martini Shot – Veteran TV writer and producer Rob Long shares a weekly behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood – often with a certain dry sense of humor. Episode length: 3 – 4 min.

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith – The former editor of the discontinued Creative Screenwriting Magazine interviews movie/TV writers and directors and allows them to explain their creative approach and the intentions behind their work. Publication interval: weekly (sort of). Episode length: about 1 hr.

Jen Grisanti Consultancy – Grisanti is a screenwriting consultant, author, and speaker. In these interviews with writers, producers, showrunners, and executives, she and her guests share stories about screenwriting to motivate and inspire new writers. Episodes are published irregularly. Episode length: 30 – 60 min.

Nerdist Writers Panel – In informal chats, moderator Ben Blacker and his guests (professional writers) talk about the process and business of writing – from TV and film, to comic books and music, to novels and any other kind of writing. New episodes are released every 3 – 4 days. Episode length: 40 – 90 min.

Battleship Pretension – Hosts Tyler Smith and David Bax are self-declared movie geeks, and their weekly podcasts are essentially typical conversations between such movie geeks. Opinions, jokes, and obscure references. Episode length: 90 – 120 min.  

I’ve been secretly working on putting a podcast together for a little while. It’s called Reasonably Sound and next week I finally get to have people listen to it! It’s about sound and music and audio and the science, theory and culture surrounding those things. I’m very excited.

It’s been really fun to figure out how to podcast (the first episode is… rough) and to work with the folks who are distributing it (who I can’t name specifically yet because they’re making a big super secret deal about it).

Anyway, here’s some info, if you’re interested. Which I hope you are. If you want the direct line for Reasonably Sound info, you should follow the show account on Instagram: reasonablysnd.

Episode 15: Marie Lu
  • Episode 15: Marie Lu
  • Marie Lu
  • First Draft Podcast

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times best-selling LEGEND series, and the first book in her new series, THE YOUNG ELITES, is out October 7! The written word taught Marie a new language, got her through high school, led her to take a chance on leading a creative life at a pivotal moment as college came to an end, and is now giving her the chance to see the world. Marie has truly inspiring things to say about when to recognize that you aren’t good enough for a story, how her visual thinking shows in her work, and what the push for diversity in YA has taught her.

Listen to her full interview here, or on iTunes or Stitcher!

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If I Were You Episode 100 w/ Jake and Amir, Thomas Middleditch and me

I am a little late to post this but the superb Jake and Amir have made it to 100 episodes of their advice podcast If I Were You. To celebrate, they invited Thomas Middleditch and I to join in on the 100th episode mayhem. Listen by streaming at the top of the page or by clicking the photo below. CONGRATS ON 100 EPISODES YOU TWO IDIOTS!

For more of my If I Were You Podcasts click the links below



Episode 1: "Fantastic Four"
  • Episode 1: "Fantastic Four"
  • The Marvel/DC Film Retrospective
  • The Marvel/DC Film Retrospective

The Marvel/DC Film Retrospective | Episode 1: “Fantastic Four”

Author and director Jayme K. (Disorderly, Practice Makes Perfect) and Amy Fox critique and discuss 2005’s ‘Fantastic Four’ starring Ioan Gruffodd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Kerry Washington, Julian McMahon, and Laurie Holden.

Filmoria podcast discussion: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

With the at home release of one of our favorite movies of the year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we are going full spoiler with this month’s podcast. The conversation ranges from talk of home Marvel is doing with racial and gender equality, our favorite characters, and close look at some the great fight sequences. We also get a little trivial with talk of boobs and ears.

Participants this week are:
Lesley Coffin, Grace Duffy, Rebecca Pahle of The Mary Sue, and Gavia Baker-Whitelaw of Hello Tailor.

I recorded this podcast a couple of weeks ago and now it’s online! Now you can listen to me talk about CATWS with four other ~experts for 2 hours 17 minutes, haha. ;)

Potter And Daughter, A new podcast I’m making with my kiddo,  needs your help! 

I’ve added two new rewards levels to my Patreon. At $1750 I am going to completely redesign my website with bigger comics and better organization, and at $2000 I am going to produce and release a new podcast with my daughter all about her journey through the Harry Potter book series. The specifics are below: 

Clean Up This Dump!

$1,750 per month

I will design, and/or pay someone to design, a brand new website for HijiNKS ENSUE that will make seeing the newest comics, finding the different kinds of comics (HE, Faneurysm, Con Sketches, etc.) MUCH easier. The comics images will also be about 20% bigger. I will improve the RSS feed for Patrons so that ALL COMICS (not just HE) will appear full sized in the Patron-only feed. I will also reintegrate the HE podcast into so it’s easier to browse the old podcast archive.

Potter And Daughter Podcast!

$2,000 per month

Potter And Daughter is a new podcast that I am recording with my seven year old kiddo, where we talk about the Harry Potter series book by book. She’s been reading the books with her mom for the past few months and listening to her geek out over them is pretty dang cute, if you ask me. So far we’ve recorded a handful of episodes just to make sure the idea is sound. If we reach this goal, we’ll keep recording the series all the way through all 7 books and start releasing them on iTunes and!