- Podcasts are wonderful because I can listen to them in the car on my commute.
- I have no interest in watching a podcast. Internet video as a review/podcast medium is pretty much lost on me.
- I've actually gotten bored with most board gaming podcasts.
That said, here's the top five podcasts on my iPhone (in order of how excited I am to listen to them):
- Pop Culture Happy Hour - I have not been shy over the years about expressing my love for the writing, humor & commentary of Linda Holmes, who is now runs the NPR pop culture blog, Monkey See. I first discovered her stuff on the (sadly) now-defunct Television Without Pity website where she recapped both Survivor and The Amazing Race. I'm not sure why it took me so long to add this roundtable discussion of music, film, books & television to my list, but I'm hooked by the witty conversation, the exuberant geekiness, and the "kicky theme music".
- The Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish with Jim Hill - The titular Jim Hill is great - and his co-host (Unofficial Guide's Len Testa) makes a perfect foil as they delve into Disney theme park plans, history and general craziness. For my money, the best of the Disney podcasts out there.
- Serial - I've written about Serial before... and goodness knows, the Internet has weighed in over & over about this podcast. During the first season, I downloaded the podcasts the MINUTE they were available and listened as soon as I could... it's a fascinating & evocative way to report on a huge story. Season 2 is coming...
- BoardgamesToGo - Mark Johnson was one of the earliest podcasters... and certainly one of the earliest board gaming podcasters. His wry yet warm & endearing approach to talking about our shared hobby is a delight to listen to. (Note: I've been a guest a number of times on the podcast and consider Mark a good friend*, so I may be a little prejudiced here.) Mark is currently taking a sabbatical from podcasting - but you've got a great back catalog to listen to while he's having a well-deserved "vacation".
- Stuff You Missed In History Class - It's quirky, it's short (30 minutes), and the two hosts feel your geeky history nerd friends who can't wait to share their most recent research with you.
- Boardgame Babylon (why no new episodes, Eriku?! why!?)
- Garrett's Games & Geekiness (another podcast I've been a guest on)
- On the Media
- Theology of Games
- This American Life
I'm curious if my loyal readers have any suggestions for podcasts for me to add. What say you?
* Mark Johnson & I are often confused for one another - similar names, similar facial hair, same hobby. Here's how you can tell us apart:
- if you see us together, he's the tall one
- if you see one of us playing a fantasy-themed game, it's me
- if you see one of us working on actual science-y stuff, it's Mark Johnson