I will no longer be writing my weekly podcast recommendations. I appreciate every single of one of you that read these, and I sincerely appreciate all the podcasters that reached out. I started this blog as an outlet to write about stuff I enjoyed, and podcasting certainly falls into that category. However, this feature never really caught on and I’m sure there’s good reason for that. Podcasting is intensely personal, everybody has their preferences, and this medium is so wonderful that there’s truly something out there for everybody. I’m glad I got to discover new podcasts as a result of this exercise, and will continue to listen every single day, multiple hours a day. If you’re reading this and ever want some podcast recommendations, please reach out and I’ll see if I can help out. In addition, please send me your recommendations as well!!
Ultimately, all of this is experimental for me. Some experiments succeed, some fail, but at the end of the day the most important thing is that I have to learn from both sides of success and try to get better.
Thank you for your time, as always.
As a reminder, I identify podcasts I recommend as “topical” or “evergreen”. Topical generally would mean that it has a shorter shelf life, depending on topic it might be 1-7 days. Evergreen is good to go any time. As always, you can find previous week’s recommendations here. Thank you as always, I appreciate every single one of you.
Monday, August 3rd
- Monday Morning Podcast: 8-3-15 [Evergreen; Posted August 2nd; Length: 90 minutes]
- Bill Burr is undoubtedly my single favorite comic performing today. I share his love for sports, and I love his “angry” voice. It’s the funniest thing in the world, and I recommend you watch his Netflix specials to enjoy comedy at its peak. His Monday Morning Podcast is a fantastic display of his comedic ability. Very rarely can a show hosted by a single person (and in some cases joined by his wife, the Lovely Nia, or other comedians) be this entertaining. Twice a week, Bill seemingly off the top of his head discusses current topics that branch out into pretty great riffs and tangents. Listen to this one! Loved his bit about Cecil the Lion.
- I mark this episode as “evergreen” because a topic like Cecil the Lion, while current, will not age this podcast. There are some episodes where he talks a lot about current sports events (like during the football season), so I would recommend those accordingly.
Tuesday, August 4th
- Dunc’d On Basketball: August 4 (Worst Trades Since the Lockout with Daniel Leroux) [Evergreen – until the start of the NBA season; Posted August 4th; Length: 108 minutes]
- Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux of RealGM have a fun discussion about the worst trades made since the 2011 NBA Lockout. It was fun looking back at some of these deals that I had forgotten, such as the wacky deal the Nets made for Gerald Wallace. I agreed with most of their picks, and I really liked the depth they went into to explain why some of these deals were as bad as they were, highly recommended for NBA fans.
- Audio quality, unfortunately, continues to need improvement.
Wednesday, August 5th
- You Made It Weird: #270: Jimmy Kimmel [Evergreen; Posted July 8th; Length: 110 minutes]
- The You Made It Weird podcast hosted by Pete Holmes is one of my favorites. Pete has a very “Weird” style of interviewing, and I mean that in the best way possible. He discusses topics such as God and spirituality that rarely get talked about and in general maintains a very upbeat and lively conversation with his guests, rather than a straightforward interview. His guest, Jimmy Kimmel, is also one of my favorite entertainers today. I’ve been following him since the Man Show and he seems like an all-around great human being and he tells his fascinating story about traveling around the country doing radio shows before he became a true star. Really interesting, really funny, highly recommended.
Thursday, August 6th
- The Joe Rogan Experience: #677 – Josh Zepps [Evergreen; Posted August 3rd; Length: 191 minutes]
- I typically have three reactions to listening to a Joe Rogan podcast: laughter, contemplation, and fear. I laugh because he’s a great comedic mind with great comic timing. I contemplate because Joe keeps an open mind and has an extremely diverse intellectual palette, and he has many interesting guests from many different areas of expertise. Lastly, I always get scared crapless, because Joe has a knack of reminding us as an audience that the world we live in is very fragile and our planet is a very unpredictable, violent sphere that exists in the universe. All in all, Joe has done one of the better jobs using this medium to have truly free-flowing discussions with very interesting people.
- Today’s episode, with Josh Zepps of HuffPost Live and We The People Live, was a great one that marked all of my reactions above. Joe and Josh discuss our current culture, Cecil the Lion, supervolcanoes, the universe, drugs, and more. It’s a great conversation with two interesting guys and I recommend it!