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."

Hey smartphone owners — when was the last time you were truly bored? Or even had a moment for mental downtime, unattached to a device?

Many of us reflexively grab our phones at the first hint of boredom throughout the day. And indeed a recent study by the research group Flurry found that mobile consumers now spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes each day on mobile devices.

Are we packing our minds too full? What might we be losing out on by texting, tweeting and email-checking those moments away?

Manoush Zomorodi, host of the WNYC podcast New Tech City, is digging into that question. She talked with NPR’s Audie Cornish about a project the podcast is launching called Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art Of Spacing Out.

Bored… And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

Illustration credit: John Hersey/Courtesy of WNYC

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

Welcome to the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly show that answers your questions about life, love, and literature! This episode celebrates the one year “podcast-aversary” of Dear Book Nerd, and I just want to thank everyone who has ever listened to or contributed to the show. It’s been a great year full of interesting conversations, and since she was my very first guest co-host, I wanted to celebrate by inviting the wonderful Rebecca Joines Schinsky back on the show! Rebecca and I reflect on the year, look ahead to the next, and answer two listener-submitted questions that are sure to help you start your year off right.

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.


Image courtesy of Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie 

Authors Jess Walter (left) and Sherman Alexie have a podcast called “A Tiny Sense Of Accomplishment.” I just discovered it thanks to Electric Literature’s list of their favorite literary podcasts, and it’s my new favorite thing. They answer listener questions about writing, conduct author interviews and read drafts of their own work.

They call themselves “the Car Talk of scribes.”  And their podcast actually is kind of like Car Talk. It’s funny, and it makes you feel like everything will be okay.

—Lidia Jean 

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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my podcast list, 10jan15

Downcast Podcasts

(some of these may be defunct or on hiatus)

PODCAST: In Search of the Soul — Spiritual Awakening Radio — Click to Listen: http://www.spiritualunite.com/music/695/podcast-in-search-of-the-soul-spiritual-awakening-radio

The soul is wrapped in several garments of sleep. Within the physical body…within the astral subtle body…..within the causal body….within the mental and etheric bodies….at the center of our being is the soul.

Spiritual Awakening Radio with James Bean explores the world of spirituality, comparative religion, world scriptures and other books, East and West, God, meditation, near death experiences, the vegan diet, and ahimsa ethics — education for a more peaceful planet: http://about.me/SpiritualAwakeningRadio

lies asked:

You mentioned in Craftversations that you listen to a lot of podcasts. Can you share what some of your favorites are? Thanks!

Aww, thanks for watching Craftversations! Re: favorite podcasts, I should probably specify that I mostly just listen to the same couple of podcasts quite often, because they have a lot of backlog episodes and I spend a lot of time in my car by myself. Here’s everything I’m currently subscribed to:

You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes - this is my current favorite, in which comedian Pete Holmes interviews his comedian-type friends. His style is very conversational, and he always asks them about their thoughts on bigger grander topics, like what they think happens in the afterlife. I quite enjoy it, because they’re not answering the same questions we always hear creative people answer (“how did you start doing X”, “what advice would you give a young person” etc. etc.), but rather we’re just hearing them talk like people about things we probably all think about. There’s a terrific blend of humor and psychology and philosophy and really, what more can you ask of a podcast? My favorite episodes are Jeannette McCurdy, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, Mike Birbiglia, and Chelsea Peretti. Average runtime: 01:30:00 - 2:00:00 hours.

Scriptnotes with John August and Craig Mazin - it’s a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters, from the writers of Big Fish and The Hangover (II & III). I really enjoy their banter, and it’s nice to have a good conversation about writing to listen to each week to remind myself to get back to it. Of all the podcasts on this list, it’s the one I’ve been listening to the longest. Average runtime: 01:00:00 - 01:30:00 hours.

The Moth Radio Hour - I’ve recently just discovered storytelling (I’m currently taking a class on it at the Upright Citizens Brigade), but it’s a really rad story form and The Moth is kind of the pinnacle of storytelling. They’re usually 5-10 minute stories from people who share snippets from their lives, and it’s a really lovely podcast that features about 3-4 stories an episode. It’s often funny and poignant and sonder-fying to the max. Average runtime: 00:50:00 - 00:55:00 minutes.

Serial with Sarah Koenig - I’m not sure what it is exactly about Serial that made it take off as such a podcast phenomenon, but it went far beyond the standard This American Life episode in terms of its reporting. The first “season” is over now, but I can’t recommend it enough if you haven’t yet listened to it. It explores in meticulous depth the events surrounding the 1999 murder of a Baltimore teen girl. What I appreciated most was its critical examination of the complexities and imperfections of the American justice system, in a way that we haven’t been conditioned to think about given the good vs. evil narratives we see in fictional courtroom dramas and even in history textbook case studies. Average runtime: 00:45:00 - 00:50:00 minutes.

KCRW’s The Business - Kim Masters from The Hollywood Reporter does a weekly roundup of entertainment news (the kind of headlines you’d read about in Deadline), as well as an interview segment often with a relevant filmmaker each week. I’ve stopped checking my entertainment news sites as diligently now that I no longer work in an office, so The Business makes me feel quite productive when I listen to it.  Average runtime: 00:25:00 - 00:30:00 minutes.

*edited to add this, can’t believe I forgot*

Earbiscuits with Rhett & Link - if you follow YouTubers/YouTube culture at all, this podcast is a fantastic one. Rhett and Link interview YouTubers of interest and explore what makes them tick, in conversations that go deeper than the surface level while also maintaining humor and banter. I really love it. Favorite episodes are Flula, Toby Turner, and Grace Helbig. Average runtime: 01:00:00 - 01:10:00 hours.

Am I missing any great podcasts? Lemme know!

Welcome to the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a bi-weekly show that answers YOUR questions about life, love, and literature! My special guest co-host this week is the wise and wonderful Brooks Sherman, literary agent. Brooks and I discuss all things publishing: how to go about finding the right literary agent, whether or not self-publishing is a good choice for you, how to write an effective query letter, how to NOT get discouraged during this tough process, and much more. If you’re looking to get published or are just interested in the topic, be sure to give it a listen!