The Podcast Pimping Post

Going out in a minute, so I thought I’d go with an easy subject – here are some of my favourite podcasts. Us user-generated content types have to stick together…

First up is the podcast I’ve been subscribed to the longest, although I’m way behind on it, so hopefully it’s still as good as it used to be. Relevant is a Christian magazine based in the US, and speaking as someone who’s not the greatest fan of commerical Christian culture, it’s really good. Part of its success is linked to its official podcast, which, while it contains live performances and interviews, is mainly a bunch of colleagues/friends sitting arouund having the sort of weird and funny conversations friends do. It’s also the reason why I can’t listen to Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ without shouting "I’ve finally learned the true meaning of Christmas!". Long story.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Hometown Tales, a podcast about all those weird and spooky stories, urban myths, local legends and claims to fame that accumulate around small towns. Always quirky and feeds my love of odd facts and stories. Worth a listen.

TED Talks are short presentations from movers and shakers in the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design, and are always fascinating, as well as being quick listens. One of those podcasts that, when you put it on the iPod, you know you’re guaranteed to learn something new. If you’re interested in how the world works, get to TED.

Finally, as a big fan of Mythbusters, I should mention their printed equivalent (although they now do a podcast reading of it, which is what I’ve linked to here). The Straight Dope is a column from the Chicago Reader that simply answers reader questions, often based around the sort of assertions you hear in a pub after a couple of rounds. Their motto is "Fighting ignorance since 1973 – it’s taking longer than we thought", but hey, long may they continue!

So there you go, give ’em all a listen!

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