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Story Worthy – The Adam Carolla Show Smartest Man in the WorldHang Up And Listen Science Friday Mohr StoriesThe BugleSlate’s Political Gabfest – Fresh Air – Dana Gould HourManners For The Digital AgeSlate‘s Culture GabfestMarc Maron’s WTFThe Tobolowsky FilesKevin Pollak’s Chat ShowBrainStuff

Podcasts | The David Steinberg Podcast

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The legendary comedian and director, David Steinberg, sits down with comedians, entertainers, and creators to discuss life, art, and comedy.

Podcasts David Steinberg logoOne of the many interesting aspects of podcasting is that performers seem to be discovering the medium at the same time listeners are finding their way here, too. David Steinberg has signed in, and it’s great to have this longtime standup comedian in front of a microphone after what seems forever. The David Steinberg Podcast

He’s mainly been directing television for the past few decades (having won several Emmy awards along the way), but his background in improv and comedy have stood him in good stead over the years.

Some of the guests he has had on the podcast include Mel Brooks, Kevin Nealon, Martin Short, Kathy Griffin, and Phil Rosenthal. Continue reading »

Podcasts | Story Worthy – true stories from interesting talents

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Story Worthy is a free weekly storytelling podcast featuring Hollywood’s most creative talents and normalish people spinning intriguing true tales.

Story Worthy is a great storytelling podcast featuring Hollywood’s most creative talents - logoEach week the guest picks the topic and brings Story Worthy an original true story. The premier talents in Hollywood share their interesting and personal stories you’ve probably never heard in this fine podcast created, produced, and hosted by Christine Blackburn, with co-host Hannes Phinney. And for what it’s worth… “5th Most Addictive Storytelling Podcast”  Buzz Feed Magazine July 2015

Story Worthy is a great storytelling podcast featuring Hollywood’s most creative talentsSaying Goodbye To My Dad with Kelly Carlin

Writer/performer Kelly Carlin, talks about her new book “A Carlin Home Companion- Growing Up With George” and saying goodbye to her dad

Podcasts | Adam Carolla Show-the iTunes top ranked comedy

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The Adam Carolla Show is the top ranked comedy podcast and Guinness World Records holder for the most downloaded podcast ever. Adam shares his thoughts on current events, interviews celebrities and rants about whatever’s bugging him today. Which is usually plenty.

The Adam Carolla Show podcast--company logo

The Adam Carolla Show is one of the podcasts I’ve listened to for years, although I usually only listen when he interviews a comedian or celeb I enjoy. He can be a ranting handful and an annoyance to my more pc correct friends, but he’s usually entertaining and quite funny when his rant-machine is racing and firing on all cylinders.

I recommend trying any of his podcast episodes that contain any of these recurring guests: Larry Miller, David Alan Grier, Dana Gould, Greg Fitzsimmons. You can read my post about Gould’s podcast here.

The Adam Carolla Show-video podcast with Jay Mohr

Here’s a good article about the podcast empire Carolla is building…

Three Lessons From Adam Carolla In Building A Podcast Empire

By Michael Wolf

As a longtime fan of Adam Carolla’s, I was both relieved and excited in February of 2009 when the comedian announced he would launch a podcast.

Relieved because, like many, I enjoyed the comedian’s hilarious rants about pretty much everything under the sun, and the recent cancellation of his syndicated radio show meant that I wouldn’t be hearing him on air anytime soon.

The Adam Carolla Show podcast--Adam Carolla talking to guest on phone

The Adam Carolla Show podcast–Adam Carolla talking to guest on phone

Excited because I thought it could mean something big for the podcast market. After all, while podcasts had grown steadily since the term was coined in 2004, they hadn’t quite fulfilled their early hype for a variety of reasons, and I thought Carolla’s entry could possibly bring more listeners to the medium.

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Podcasts | The Smartest Man in the World by Greg Proops

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Greg Proops is certainly not the smartest man in the world, nor is he the funniest for that matter, but there is never a dull moment and he never fails to entertain.

The Smartest Man in the World podcast by Greg ProopsGreg Proops – By Crisman Richards

The Who’s Line is It Anyway? veteran and improv champ takes on a live audience every week, discussing current events, celebrity culture, and his personal life all on a whim. It’s bold, funny, and showcases Proops’ innate comedic knack that is only getting better with age.

Recent episode – Live from the Laugh Stop in Calgary, Greg speaks on snow, scandal and Sweet Caroline. Direct download: SM239.mp3 . Here’s a funny video too…

The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast – Live at The Bell House: Raspberry Galaxy

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Podcasts | Hang Up and Listen-Slate’s weekly sports discussion

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Hang Up and Listen is a weekly sports discussion from the online magazine Slate. It features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), and NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca.

Podcasts-Slate magazine's Hang Up And Listen excellent weekly sports discussion podcastHang Up and Listen isn’t a “scream and debate till the hosts are red in the face” PTI-style yap fest type of podcast. Anchored by Slate’s sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis, and NPR’s Mike Pesca, these three are smart, thorough, and highly analytical. They can be pedantic at times-some of their segments are as dense as a dissertation—but it’s better to be critical and informative than beer-bellied, redundant, Bayless-like, and dependent on the adjectives “good” and “great.”

Instead of putting in a review by me (I listen every week) or a professional smarty-pants reviewer, I’ll just paste some insights from mere average humans for your edification. Then check it out for your own selves.

Hang Up and Listen Podcast Reviews

Increase Your IQ..just tune in.

by frommaui66 on Oct 17, 2013

Rating: ★★★★★

This has got to be the wittiest, consistently wry and most intelligent sports podcast…EVER! Listening to the guys making hilariously arcane observations about sports and related events around the world is like getting a Masters Degree in Smart and Funny Sportstalk. This show is one of the few podcasts I listen to regularly. Continue reading »

Podcasts | Science Friday – science, technology, health, environment news

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Science Friday is a weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health, and the environment hosted by Ira Flatow.

Science Friday podcast logo w sunScience Friday is broadcast over public radio stations nationwide as part of NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ programming. Each week, they focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand.

Panels of expert guests join Science Friday’s host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science – and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Science Friday video – Art Meets Geek in Toni Dove’s Studio

Toni Dove takes a high-tech approach to art—her mixed-media performances star cyborgs and robots and employ mechanical three-dimensional projection screens. Performers animate video puppets through custom-built motion-sensing software (easier seen than said). With some operatic singers thrown in, a visit to Dove’s studio feels like a trip into a futuristic Wonderland.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | Mohr Stories – comedian Jay Mohr weaves humorous tales & interviews

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Comedian Jay Mohr and a rotating cast of his hilarious friends regale you with tales and conversation covering every topic imaginable on his podcast Mohr Stories.

Following an impressive filmography, Jay’s favorite project he’s ever worked on has been developing his “Mohr Stories” podcast. I started listening to the podcast last year and have enjoyed about 50 episodes thus far. He is now approaching his 100th episode.

He’s entertained a wide assortment of guests–ranging from Rufus Wainwright and Charlie Sheen, to his own priest and fellow podcasters Marc Maron and Adam Carolla.

Shira Lazar interviews Jay Mohr about his podcast Mohr Stories

“I never would’ve thought that in the age of, you know, post-Kardashian world that people’s appointment listening and viewing would be me and my friends talking in my garage,” Jay remarks of the Internet platform.   Continue reading »

Podcasts | The Bugle – weekly satirical news by comedians John Oliver & Andy Zaltzman

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The Bugle is one of my favorite comedy podcasts. For several years, I’ve been enjoying this weekly satirical news podcast created by comedians John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman.

You may know Oliver from his job as a correspondent on John Stewart’s The Daily Show, for which he won an Emmy in 2009, and his own HBO show.

And you may know Zaltzman from, uh, uh, let’s see, hmm, give me a minute… (crickets chirping) err, maybe… just a minute (paint drying)… uh…  ok, I don’t know what the hell Zaltzman might have done or be known for or is up to, but I like him plenty and laugh at him plenty more.

John is located in New York and Andy is somewhere in Great Britain, and through the marvels of modern technology, they get together every week to create this perfectly preposterous podcast.

 

Here a blurb they tarnished Wikipedia with… Oliver and Zaltzman, with their combined height of 3.59 metres, will together canoe through the murky swamp of big stories, small stories and assorted hogwash that inundates our daily world. Comprising news, sport, comment, analysis, other stuff, The Bugle is the newspaper of the future, before the future actually happens.

Video sample of The Bugle podcast

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Podcasts | Slate’s Political Gabfest – jocular, incisive discussion about politics

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Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast aims to recreate the kind of informal and irreverent discussions Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.

I’ve listened to and enjoyed the Political Gabfest for several years. It features Slate magazine’s Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz. Here’s an excellent article about the podcast by Erika Fry.

Why We Love The Political Gabfest

It was a little before five last Wednesday evening when the “tall Mormon” walked into Antarctica, a bar in lower Manhattan (“where the drinks are big and the memories are short”). “Oh, you’re the tall guy,” David Plotz, Slate magazine’s editor, said to him. “Our tall Mormon.”

The tall Mormon had had apparently spoken to Plotz earlier and promised he’d bring four other good-looking Mormons to the event, which was a happy hour with the cast of Slate’s popular podcast, Political Gabfest. Plotz co-hosts the weekly podcast with Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate, and John Dickerson, chief political correspondent at Slate and political director at CBS.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | Fresh Air – weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues

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Fresh Air, the Peabody Award-winning broadcast, is one of NPR’S most popular programs. I’ve been a fan of the podcasts and it’s host Terry Gross for years.I highly recommend it.

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show’s intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

Fresh Air podcast episode – Chris Rock interview

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Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a “talk show,” it hardly fits the mold. Its Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with “probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights.” And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country’s leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics & commentators.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | Dana Gould Hour – creative and funny comedian podcast

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I’ve listened to plenty of podcasts by comedians and the “Dana Gould Hour” is the funniest, most creative and the best produced one out there.

I’ve enjoyed Dana Gould as a standup comedian for a long time, going back over 20 years when I lived in San Francisco and witnessed several of his shows. His routines were a fine mix of silliness and intelligence. Although I didn’t realize it until I started doing research for this post, it turns out I’ve also enjoyed his writing for years. He has written many episodes for “The Simpsons”.

The Dana Gould Hour podcast episode

How my dad got his teeth kicked out and other tales of manliness! Marine bootcamp, Dirty Harry, Two Guys From Boston and an ode to The Wolfman. Rob Cohen, John Ennis, Eddie pepitone, Lou Schneider, Joel Stein. 

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The Dana Gould Comedy Hour – By Sam Webb

Dana Gould was and remains one of the leading lights of the ‘alternative comedy movement.’ And finally, having calmly and stoically assessed the scene, finally launched his own podcast back in February and praise be, as he emboldens the standard podcast format, hosting a show bristling with ideas, strange stories of yore and two men from Boston. Each episode lasts around about an hour, is broadcast fortnightly and brings with it mirth and brightness to spare.

Video Dana Gould stand-up comedy on Conan

The bedrock of each show follows the familiar podcast trope of ‘three white guys talkin’ but brings with it a vibrancy, elegance and intelligence that really sets it apart from competitors. This is as much down to the individual and collaborative skills of the guest collective, so far including such luminaries as Eddie Pepitone and Matt Weinhold, as it is to the topics they discuss, which are as inviting as they are expansive.  Continue reading »

Podcasts | Manners For The Digital Age – helping you navigate the etiquette of new technology

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Is it stingy to use a Groupon coupon for your share of a check? Should I nix a former in-law from my Facebook page after a divorce? What to do when a colleague steals your job title and description for her LinkedIn profile? These are the kinds of dilemmas that Manners For The Digital Age podcast tackle for you.

Podcasts - Manners for the Digital age slateWith smartphones appearing in millions of pockets and computer screens mediating more and more of our interactions, the question of what’s rude has rarely been in greater flux. Technology and social media have connected us in astounding ways, but they’ve also given rise to etiquette dilemmas Emily Post never could have imagined.

Manners For The Digital Age podcast episode – By Andy Bowers

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As we were developing Slate’s new podcast “Manners for the Digital Age,” we realized that in such a fast-changing social environment, the manners column needed an update, too. We think the best etiquette advice is no longer just one person’s opinion but a debate between two writers with very different perspectives on digital culture.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | The Culture Gabfest – Slate magazine’s critics debate the week in culture from highbrow to pop

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In The Culture Gabfest podcast, Slate.com’s cultural critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the latest movies, television, books and more.

Conceptually similar to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour is Slate‘s Culture Gabfest. Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens talk about the latest movies, television, and books.

They sometimes cover topics that verge on the esoteric, but they do it in such an engaging and articulate matter that they keep me engaged.

Slate Culture Gabfest - panel

Slate Culture Gabfest – panel

My favorite part of the show each week is a segment called “Endorsements”, where each panel member talks about a pop culture item that is bringing him or her joy in that particular week.

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The Culture Gabfest podcast episode

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Podcasts | Marc Maron’s WTF – thoughtful, talented comedian interviews other comedians

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I’ve enjoyed over 100 of Marc Maron’s WTF podcasts. This smart comedian has a talent for coaxing surprisingly revealing and interesting things from his comedic guests which results in excellent and unique interviews not usually obtained by others.

Here’s what Jonah Weiner of Rolling Stone wrote: Acid-tongued, rage-prone satirist Marc Maron has been a stand-up-circuit fixture since the Eighties, hosting Comedy Central shows and befriending guys like Judd Apatow and Conan O’Brien along the way.

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WTF podcast by Marc Maron comedian

But his new podcast, “WTF,” may be his greatest achievement yet: a series of unvarnished shit-shoots with comedians that move from laugh-geek joke anatomy to quasi-therapeutic venting. Louis C.K. wept during his epic two-part interview. “The podcast began in desperation,” Maron says.

“I was broke, in the middle of a divorce, and I decided I needed to talk to my peers.” Maron’s guests range from comedians’ comedians like Todd Barry to hip young acts like Aziz Ansari to megastars like Ben Stiller.

The podcast has been good for his career — fans in the industry have approached him about developing other projects — but Maron says that’s just a happy byproduct. “I’m doing exactly what I want to do,” he says. “That’s rare.”

WTF podcast episode – Chris Rock talks about early days with Eddie Murphy

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Podcasts | The Tobolowsky Files – legendary character actor shares his stories about life, love, and showbiz

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In The Tobolowsky Files podcast, legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares a series of short stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry.

The Tobolowsky Files podcastI listened to podcast number one a few months ago and became addicted before it concluded. In the next few weeks, I had no choice but to feed my addiction and I consumed all 51 episodes one after another.

His stories are funny, profound, and moving. In his lifetime, Tobolowsky has had some pretty wild and crazy adventures, not to mention the fact that he’s worked with directors like Paul Verhoeven, Harold Ramis, Christopher Nolan and Spike Jonze, just to name a few.

The Tobolowsky Files podcast episode

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Telling Stories: Why You Should Be Listening To “The Tobolowsky Files” by Linda Holmes

Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party still, The Tobolowsky Files podcast

Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party still, The Tobolowsky Files podcast

Telling stories seems like such an easy thing to do. Everybody has them, after all, and everybody can open up and start talking. We tell each other stories every day — someone sees you with a Band-Aid on your finger and you say, “I cut myself slicing a potato.”

That might be why people who are Storytellers, deserving of a capital S even if it’s technically improper to supply one, are not as celebrated as people who write novels or play the violin.

But a truly great storyteller is the farthest thing from mundane; that person is a profound pleasure. And Stephen Tobolowsky is a truly great storyteller.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show – the planet’s best talk show ain’t on TV

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With no time or language or commercial restrictions to hold it back, KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW has blasted off into the stratosphere to become the planet’s best talk show.

KEVIN POLLAK’S CHAT SHOW Jon HammKevin Pollak’s Chat Show, in my humble opinion, is the planet’s best talk show. Since this podcast has no time or language or commercial restrictions, Pollak is free to do and say any damn thing he wants to and he does. To high quality, funny and unique effects.

I’ve gathered some tasty samples of his podcast featuring Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Larry David,  Dana Carvey, Alan Arkin and others below.

Pollak is quite a talented stand-up comedian and I’ve enjoyed his act for over 30 years going back to his early days in San Francisco where I used to live.

Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show podcast episode – Jon Hamm

Over the past two decades, he has appeared in over fifty films, as well as countless television projects, and has established himself as one of the few stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career. Kevin pollak chat show

You might remember his strong role going head to head with Jack Nicholson in A FEW GOOD MEN.    Continue reading »

Podcasts | BrainStuff – get smarter in a few minutes and have a humm-huh? moment or two

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Marshall Brain explains the world’s everyday mysteries and other puzzling phenomena in BrainStuff, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com

BrainStuff, an excellent podcast, best top ten education podcasts for kids & adults

BrainStuff, an excellent podcast, best top ten education podcasts for kids & adults

This is one of my fave podcasts and It comes in five minute increments so it’s easy to fit it in anytime. I’ve embedded a few samples for your listening pleasure:

How did the moon get there? What is Schadenfreude? Can we make gasoline from bacteria? Why are West Coast waves fairly bigger than East Coast waves? What is mayonnaise?

HowStuffWorks is a commercial edutainment website that was founded by Marshall Brain with the goal of giving its target audience an insight into the way in which many things work. The site uses various media in its effort to explain complex concepts, terminology and mechanisms, including photographs, diagrams, videos and animations, and articles.

BrainStuff podcast episode –  How did the moon get there?

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What is Schadenfreude?

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Why are West Coast waves bigger than East Coast waves?

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What is mayonnaise?

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Can we make gasoline from bacteria?

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