Podcasts

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We may at some point get more serious about listing podcasts, but Mark Leeper's two-part article will do for the moment.
 
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Part 2
 
The following commentary is reprinted with permission from:
 
THE MT VOID
Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society
08/09/13 -- Vol. 32, No. 6, Whole Number 1766
 
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What Podcasts Do I Listen To? (Part 2) (comments by MarkR. Leeper)
 
Last week I was giving a tour of the podcasts that I listen to and
pack onto my iPod. Let me continue with film-related podcasts (of
which there are a LOT out there). My major hobbies are mathematics
and cinema. Sadly there are not any really good math podcasts.
Not surprisingly there are a lot more film-related podcasts. By
the way, when I refer to "genre" below I am referring to the
science fiction, horror, and fantasy genre.
 
*Film Review and Commentary*
 
FilmWeek
<http://www.scpr.org/programs/filmweek/>
Roger Ebert is no longer alive to have a weekly program to review
AChave found so far. Generally the podcasters start with major films
and then move on to foreign and art films. The reviews last about
half an hour. Usually there is a fifteen-minute or so feature
discussion afterward.
 
The B-Movie Cast
<http://bmoviecast.com/>
This started out as just a (usually) weekly podcast, each week
discussing older genre films. Podcaster Vince Rotolo who manages
it has more or less forged a community of fans. The approach is
more a "good ol' boys" informality, and mispronunciations and
factual errors are not unusual. Most episodes will discuss one
chosen genre film. These are film buffs who are often not so much
experts as enthusiasts. Everything is very informal. Episodes
frequently are two hours plus. Still enough people were interested
in the subject matter that it gets a lot of listener participation.
(Note: On the sites that follow I would never have time to listen
to all these podcasts. On the film discussion sites I listen only
if I am interested in one or more of the films to be covered.)
 
The Paleo-Cinema Podcast
<http://paleo-cinema.blogspot.com/>
Distances mean very little on the Internet. This podcast comes
from Melbourne, Australia, and is Terry Frost's podcast discussing
older films and usually Frost picks some very interesting pair of
films to discuss. Some of these go as far back as the 1940s, but
nothing newer than twenty-five or so years old. This podcast does
not do genre, but Frost's Martian Drive-In Podcast does that
separately. Terry picks two films to discuss each time and
produces a show about once every four weeks.
 
Martian Drive-In Podcast
<http://marsdrivein.blogspot.com/>
Terry Frost alternates episodes for "Paleo-Cinema Podcast" and the
"Martian Drive-In Podcast". This podcast is exclusively about
genre films. Again he uses the two films per podcast format. (The
two-film format is fairly common.)
 
The Mighty Movie Podcast
<http://www.mightymoviepodcast.com/>
Cinefantastique magazine was for years the best periodical
discussing genre films. It was somehow transformed into a website
that survived after the printed magazine folded. They have their
own podcast that still exists, but also it is part of a broader
podcast, "The Mighty Movie Podcast". More than half of their
podcasts are for "Cinefantastique". "The Mighty Movie Podcast" is
knowledgeable and intelligent. They talk mostly about current
films.
 
Sound on Sight
<http://www.soundonsight.org/radio/sound-on-sight-sordid-cinema/>
Two film fans discussing one or two films. There is a good archive
of older shows. Mostly you find podcasts from their archive, and
frequently they discuss current films.
 
Now Playing Podcast
<http://www.nowplayingpodcast.com/>
Generally three people discussing one film. Again, it is
worthwhile scouting the archives.
 
Double Feature Podcast
<http://doublefeatureshow.com/>
Very much like "Sound on Sight". Two film fans discussing films
with a reasonable knowledge of film though true insights are
uncommon. One thing that listeners find bothersome is the
podcasters penchant for using a *lot* of profanity. Their slogan
is "Watch more f***ing film." They seem to use profanity as their
trademark. I am not bothered, but it makes them sound a little
less than bright. Preferring to use ubiquitous swear words rather
than better chosen words or just leaving the words out. "Watch
more f***ing film" does not say any more to me than "Watch more
film" would.
 
Monster Kid Radio
<http://monsterkidradio.libsyn.com/>
The host and usually one guest discuss usually a genre-related film
topic. This is a fairly new podcast, and it is still experimenting
with its format. But the host and guests do know films.
 
1951 Down Place
<http://1951downplace.com/>
Hammer Films of Britain had and still has a reputation for making
quality genre films among their output. This podcast discusses
only Hammer films. This I find one of the most entertaining and
erudite film podcasts.
 
British Invaders
<http://britishinvaders.com/>
This is a discussion of genre films and TV coming to the United
States from Britain. Usually they discuss older programs and
films.
 
*Readings, stories, plays*
 
Protecting Project Pulp
<http://protectingprojectpulp.com/>
Each week we get a dramatic reading of a chosen story from the old
pulp magazines.
 
19 Nocturne Boulevard
<http://nineteennocturne.libsyn.com/>
Somewhere out there is someone named Julie Hoverson who does the
work of about eight people. She turns out audio dramas, dramatic
readings, editorials, and all sorts of things. She must put out
three or four podcasts a week. She has readings of most if not all
of H. P. Lovecraft's stories. Currently she is doing dramatic
readings of pulp science fiction stories out of copyright. I think
that that "19 Nocturne Boulevard" was supposed to be a sort of
"Twilight Zone" for audio, though I admit I do not always get the
point of some of her plays.
 
Well, that is the lot. Assuming more do not come to mind. If you
have troubles with the links you can write me for help. And you
can email me your own favorite podcasts. [-mrl]
 
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The following commentary is reprinted with permission from:
 
THE MT VOID
Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society
08/02/13 -- Vol. 32, No. 5, Whole Number 1765

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What Podcasts Do I Listen To? (Part 1) (comments by Mark
R. Leeper)

More than I would like to admit, my iPod Nano has become part of my
lifestyle.  I listen to a lot of podcasts.  I probably am wearing
the iPod eighteen hours a day.  If I am ready going out and Evelyn
is not ready, it is no problem.  I will just listen to a little
more of a current podcast.  I go to sleep listening to Old Time
Radio programs and audio plays.  Thaasophobia is fear of boredom.
I probably am a borderline thaasophobic and carrying an iPod helps
a lot.  Frequently even when I look like I am not carrying my iPod
it is hanging from my neck inside my shirt.  Podcasts are a big
part of my information input.

I was comparing notes with Evelyn as to what podcasts I hear on a
regular basis.  She suggested I publish a list of my most-listened-
to podcasts.  So here we go.

Most podcasts that I listen to I do not get directly through
iTunes.  I go to the website and download the podcast files
(usually .mp3 files) to my desktop and then place them directly in
playlists on my iPod.  That limits me a little, since not all
podcast sites allow direct download, but usually that is not a
problem.  And for some websites that did not provide direct
download I have written to the podcasters, and they have usually
been happy to amend their website to provide a direct download
capability.

On each webpage below there is either a download or a link that can
lead you to a place to download, though you may have to poke around
a little.
 
*News and Information*

The Planet Money Podcast
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId 7413729
This is National Public Radio's twice-weekly program discussing
economics.  Their charter intention is to uncomplicate economic
issues, to avoid unfamiliar terms, and to explain money matters
simply enough that almost any listener can understand.  They
sometimes do get a bit too technical, but more often they err on
the side of the silly and frivolous.
Council on Foreign Relations: The World Next Week
http://www.cfr.org/publication/by_type/podcast.html
The very serious Council on Foreign Relations takes a weekly look
not at the current news so much as what will be making news in the
week ahead.  It is a primer to prepare the listener to understand
the news and the implications of the news coming.

This American Life
http://www.thislife.org/?bypass=true
This is mostly a news and journalism magazine-style podcast that
each week chooses a theme and one or several stories that can be
sort of rationalized to fit the theme.  Some fiction is mixed in.
Downloads are free for the week the program is broadcast on
National Public Radio and then they become available for a price.

Radiolab
http://www.radiolab.org/
This is much like This American Life, but it tells single stories
of varying length.  Also the subject matter is more often science
and philosophy.  Radiolab is produced by my local PBS station WNYC.
Their trademark is to have some listener apparently picked more or
less at random read the credits for the show.
 
Science Update
http://www.scienceupdate.com/
Each weekday the podcasters do a one-minute science story, but this
page gives you all five most recent stories and you can download
the ones you want.  I pick only the ones that sound interesting.
And if they turn out not to be interesting, well, I have wasted
only a minute.

Intelligence Squared
http://www.npr.org/series/6263392/intelligence-squared-u-s
"Oxford-style debating on American Shores."  These are monthly
hour-long formal debates on a topics of current public controversy.
Recent topics include "Is Cutting The Pentagon's Budget A Gift To
Our Enemies?", "Is The FDA's Caution Hazardous To Our Health?", and
"Will The GOP Die If It Doesn't Seize The Center?"  You can pull
any of the debates off the archive.

Skeptoid
http://skeptoid.com/#
Each week host Brian Dunning debunks urban legends, myth, quack
medicine, pseudo-science, and paranormal claims.

Philosophy Talk
http://philosophytalk.org/
"The program that questions everything... except your
intelligence."  And sometimes even that.  These are weekly
discussions of philosophical issues done in a not very convincing
dialog style.  Still the issues are frequently of great interest.
John Perry and Ken Taylor, two Stanford philosophy professors,
discuss issues between themselves and with special guests.
(Actually I do not go to the page.  I get their download service
bulletin every Friday morning than that has links to allow
download.)


*Comedy*

BBC Comedy of the Week
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/comedy
The shows chosen by the BBC are always humorous, or at least
intended to be, and that is the only thing they have in common.
There is no special rule about what sort of humor program they will
have.  The NOW Show can be obscure for Americans or it can be very,
very funny.

BBC News Quiz
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/fricomedy
Fans of National Public Radio's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" Will be
chagrinned to discover that the Brits do this sort of program on a
higher level.  Contestants seem more intelligent, have better
background knowledge, and are a LOT funnier on short notice.


Next week I will continue with the podcasts I listen to that
involve film reviews, reviewing, and commentary.  [-mrl]


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