Podcasts! (Bookish and otherwise)

April 8, 2015

In the past six months or so I’ve gotten really into podcasts. I started listening to them as a way to fit more (yes, more) bookish media into my day, but now my listening has expanded to other nerdy interest/pop-culture things.

The one that started this new obsession for me was the Book Riot Podcast. It’s bookish and awesome and I highly recommend it. They talk about book news — whether it’s giant news like the new Harper Lee book or smaller news like a young kid prevailing over city council and getting to keep the little free library on his front lawn — cool things in the book world, and  new books released that week.

Book Riot also has two other podcasts that I listen to: Dear Book Nerd, which is an advice podcast, and Reading Lives, in which Jeff O’Neal has conversations with guests about their reading lives. Maybe it’s some voyeuristic tendency I have, but I love hearing about what other people have read and loved and how they discovered their love of books.

Other book-specific podcasts I listen to are Books on the Nightstandthe Bookrageous Podcast, and the New Yorker poetry and fiction podcasts.

I also listen to the New York Public Library Podcast. The NYPL has a number of talks and events throughout the year that they record and then later make the audio available as a podcast. They have a wide variety of guests, from authors, to visual artists, to musicians.

Similarly, I subscribe to TED Talks Audio, which is the audio of TED Talks given around the world (since some of the talks are very visual-reliant, the audio feed sometimes leaves something to be desired), and also to NPR’s TED Radio Hour, which focuses each episode on a specific theme, drawing from past TED talks.

Continuing in the NPR vein, I’m impatiently awaiting the next season of Serial, the long-form journalism-type podcast following one story week to week. I’m also waiting for Invisibilia to start up again. Meanwhile, I listen to This American Life and Pop Culture Happy Hour. PCHH is so funny and makes me feel like I might be able to keep slightly more up to date on things that are happening in pop culture.

Next: Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast version of the advice column from The Rumpus. Both Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond host and offer advice (with many lovely guests). Like the column (and Strayed’s book Tiny Beautiful Things) it can get a bit heavy at times, but it is so lovely and insightful and I really enjoy listening to it.

Last, but certainly not least, is the podcast I have most recently begun listening to: Nerdette. As the name suggests, this podcast is two ladies needing out about TV, books, movies, games, music, and everything else awesome in life. Since I just recently discovered it I’ve been going back and listening to the backlist (is it called a backlist for something like this? Who cares, that’s what I’m calling it) of episodes. I cannot even begin to express how much I love this podcast. Everyone involved is great (it’s hosted by Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen, but they have other contributors and guests) and they talk about fun things in such an interesting and often lighthearted way. They fully embrace everything that’s awesome about being a nerd and loving the things you love whole-heartedly and that’s something that I can always get behind.

SO. Those are the podcasts I’m listening to right now. What podcasts do you love? Which should I add to my ever-growing list? Do you stick to a certain type of podcast (bookish, comedy, advice, etc.) or do you roam free from category to category?


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