Podcast Recommendations

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  1. pluk

    pluk TowersStreet Member

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    In the last couple of years podcasts have displaced music as my audio of choice while I'm driving or walking. There are a few I'm obsessed with and a few I dip in and out of, but with the amount of them out there I bet theres some good ones I'm missing out on.

    Here's my recommendations, what do you guys listen to? Any good themepark based ones that aren't too dry or earnest, or 12 year olds guessing where Chessington are building a hyper coaster?

    The Adam Buxton Podcast I know I'm not breaking news to anyone recommending pretty much the biggest UK podcast, but I can't say how much I utterly adore listening to Buckles. It's like a big audio hug, hitting a delicate balance between comedy, sincerity, and being informative absolutely perfectly. And the little audio inserts are incredible, even better with added Cyriak




    Grounded with Louis Theroux No surprises that such a skilled documentary maker makes for an excellent interviewer, but even so its adtounding how relaxed and candid he manages to get his guests to be. If you are going to listen to one episode make it Sia. Emotional stuff.


    Richard Herrings Leicester Square Theatre Podcast For new listeners the volume of in jokes and deliberate self indulgence from Herring might make it hard to get into, but it's worth it. Excellent comedy guests, consistently hilarious.


    Off Menu James Acaster can do no wrong in my eyes. The format of guests picking their ideal meal might already be starting to feel a bit tiered and repetitive on weaker guest weeks, but the slower ones are worth it find the gems.
     
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    Big podcast fan here, I too listening to far more than I do music, but I much prefer the storytelling ones - have enjoyed Grounded but did struggle to get to the end of some of the episodes. Most of what I listen to is crime or politics based.

    It feels like the format is suffering a little bit, in part because it's so easy to create one, but also because instead of it being indie as it originally was, a lot of big organisations are now leading the way. Something I was listening to recently advertised a new one that Barclays had started, with Warwick Davis speaking to business leaders. It sounded like satire, but seemingly not.

    The Missing Crypto Queen - probably the scam of our generation, brilliantly researched and produced by Auntie
    https://play.acast.com/s/themissingcryptoqueen

    The Teacher's Pet - investigation into a disappearance that shook things up enough for arrests
    https://play.acast.com/s/theteacherspet

    The Political Party - best political interviews and great stand up too. Part of a monthly comedy night which is also great.
    https://play.acast.com/s/politicalparty

    Swindled - scams, well researched and told with no dearth of sarcasm
    https://play.acast.com/s/swindledpodcast

    This Sounds Serious - season 1, the best tale of a long journey or walk (don't read anything else)
    https://play.acast.com/s/this-sounds-serious

    Every current UK theme park one I have tried makes me die a little inside.
     
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    Due to lockdown meaning I am working from home, Podcasts have become a big thing for me when out for a walk too.

    Current favourites are (and several of these are quite American)

    Twenty Thousand Hertz (20k.org) - Fascinating stories about sounds, I liked the history of the Netflix Ba-Dum, how the sound effects on Star Wars were made and more fascinating facts.

    Proof Podcast | America's Test Kitchen - I've only listened to a few episodes but some good histories of American food.

    Must Watch - TV reviews and general TV chat. Its just nice to listen to regularly, not that insightful but has helped me find a few new TV shows.

    Rule of Three podcast - just got into this one this week, Found it via a recommendation of the episode with Charlie Brooker talking about the film Airplane. Now listening to Dara O'Brian talk about Eddie Izzard's Definite Article show, its great hearing how good comedy should be done.


    I used to listen to Disney podcasts abut 15 years ago (on an actual iPod!!) but they were just people chatting for an hour. I'd rather speed read theme park news nowadays.


    Thanks everyone for the recommendations too, I will try a few, Off Menu sounds good and Crypto Queen might be interesting, I've not got into series type Podcasts before.
     
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    If you happen to like comedy songs and general inanity, then you might like The Horne Section Podcast, as seen on Cats Does Countdown, The Last Leg and Taskmaster. They have a different celebrity guest joining in each episode, sing a number of unique, original songs and play silly games throughout. It's just a lot of fun really. :)
     
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    My usual weekly ones are

    Wittertainment - Mayo and Kermode, the BBCs flagship film programme. Somehow entertaining even if you've no real interest in films.

    Empire Film Podcast - A usually weekly show again with them discussing and reviewing the weeks films

    Kermode On Film - Mark Kermode basically just having a chat with this weeks guest

    Office Ladies - An ongoing weekly series were two of the cast of the US office discussing each episode, what it was like to film. Usually they get on people who were involved in the episode/series as well.

    As a Liverpool fan I'll usually listen to The Red Agenda and The Anfield Wrap

    For theme parks, as mentioned above finding a UK one has been difficult. Such a difficult subject to do really, I've got a weekly radio show and very rarely do I discuss that hobby.

    I enjoy the coaster bot podcast mainly because the shows have a weekly topic and the occasional guest.

    Recently tried the US based In The Loop as well.
     
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    Yes! The Horne Section is one of my absolute favourites, forgot about it as it's currently between series. The volume of quality material they burn through in the podcast is frightening, so much talent.

    I nearly crashed my car the first time a heard this...
     
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    I regularly listen to the How to Survive podcast. It's a different film each week, often horror or horror-adjacent, though episodes are less regular these days. They're a couple of British guys who do a synopsis, general thoughts on the film, and then discuss how they would survive if they were in the film.
     
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    Theme park podcasts are very hit-and-miss I find. I’ve listened to In The Loop for years though - very enjoyable if you’re looking for more informal theme park chatter. Also recommend reviewtyme for more Disney-centric content.

    Aside from parks, my big interests are football, film and music. Not the Top 20 is brilliant for the former (certainly as a Norwich fan).

    Films to be Buried With
    can be good - but that is largely dependent on the guest.

    However, my biggest recommendation is The Soundtrack Show, which looks at the context and theory behind iconic film and game scores - most recently, the Legend of Zelda. The episodes on Morricone’s work with Leone are wonderful if you’re a fan of a western.
     
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    My Podcast listening is pretty niche - even for a roller coaster fan

    I listen to wrestling Padcasts - all of the Conrad Thompson ones. But my favourite is the Eric Bischoff one 83 weeks.

    However I came her to write That Peter Crouch Podcast. Ok I’m a football fan but this is real fun, comedic and informative. It’s becoming a British Institution
     
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    I listened to some of the recomendations on here.
    I struggled to get too engaged with the Horne Show podcast, felt a bit to trying to be surreal funny and didn't quite hit the laughs.
    The Soundtrack show about Zelda was kinda interesting but got a bit too technical at one point.
    But the Off Menu episode with Sue Perkins was hilarious, it was really worth a listen so thanks for the recommendation on that, I will be trying some other Off Menu episodes.
     
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    I don't know how far you went back, but I think The Horne Section podcast has struggled more than others from lockdown restrictions, hard to get the music aspect together properly over zoom call. It can always be pretty surreal and daft though, so not for everyone.

    I've started listening to Stuart Goldsmiths The Comedians Comedian, goes into the structure of comedy, how sets are created and evolve, and how the business works. Really interesting as well as funny.
     
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