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2017 Podcast Recommendations!

Planet Money

Officially, ‘The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.’

Three times weekly about various economic stories. This is my favorite podcast. I’m consistently amazed how every episode is good. At around 20 minutes each, these are the perfect podcasts for travel to and from work.

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Officially, ‘Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life.’ This podcast goes into the amazing stories that made up Providence in the 1980’s and 1990’s. I would rate this as one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to and the depth and detail the team went to when producing this should be commended. Also…. Providence probably should get their voting privileges stripped for a few decades.

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Ear Hustle

Officially, ‘Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.’ Produced from within San Quentin prison, this podcasts goes into detail on what life is really like behind bars. I can’t wait for season 2 to start.

30 for 30 Podcasts

From the award winning 30 for 30 team at ESPN, these podcasts take on great stories from the world of sports. Start with the episode ‘The Queen of Sorts’.

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Officially, Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. What this podcast really consists of is Jonathan Goldstein trying to uncover how and why things happened in someone’s past. Start with Episode 2 – Gregor. If nothing else, download all the episodes and listen to him talk to Jackie Cohen.

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The Voice Behind the Voice – VoiceBTV on Facebook

This podcast does long form interviews with famous announcers and gets into how they got to where they are and amazing details and stories. My dream is that Paul Keels (the voice of the Buckeyes) does the show at some point. The host, Sean Aronson (play by play for the Saint Paul Saints), puts more thought and effort into these interviews than anyone I’ve ever listened to. If your favorite announcer is ever on the show, this is a must listen.

Bonus Episode – Futurama on Nerdist

Incredibly, all the Futurama voice talent came back to do an episode in Podcast form. This shows the amazing talent of the writers and the actors. If this were a weekly show, I would gladly pay money. This is an entire genre of podcasts that aren’t being created. Why aren’t there podcast shows? Anyway, this was just a delightful 45 minutes. I loved it so much, I listened twice.

The Nerdist Podcast: The New FUTURAMA Episode (Feat. Chris Hardwick)

If there are any I missed, drop a note in the comments.

Podcasts I love

WNCI is the popular station in Columbus. Unfortunately, all they play is overproduced music over and over and over again. If you want to hear Lady Gaga, that is the station for you. Fortunately, Columbus also features independent radio in the form on CD102.5, The Alternative Station. In my opinion, this is one of the best stations in the country. From the Big Room Brunch on Sunday (featuring live performances recorded in their studio) to Front Stage every night at 9pm where the station features local music.

The problem with only one station that I really like is that I can only listen so much every day before it gets repetitive. Thankfully, when I drive to and from work (as well as long roadtrips), I’ve found some great Podcasts to help pass the time. With that said, here are a few of my favorites.

1. Gleeman and the Geek – http://gleemangeek.libsyn.com/

For this podcast, it helps to be a Minnesota Twins fan, however, that’s only a minor requirement. Aaron Gleeman (aarongleeman.com) and John Bonnes (twinsgeek.com) team up to bring an entertaining podcast. I wish I knew a better way to describe this, but both hosts are very likable and the 90 minutes tends to fly by. Whether it’s Aaron giving updates on not leaving the house or John giving updates on a midlife crisis motorcycle purchase, it seems like you’re at the table with the hosts enjoying a pitcher of beer. If they ever have an episode at the Lions Tap (http://www.lionstap.com/), I may have to fly up to witness it.

2. Stuff You Should Know – http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/hsw-shows/stuff-you-should-know-podcast.htm

This is a podcast featuring Josh Clark and Charles W. (Chuck) Bryant that touches on various topics that people wish they knew more about. The informal banter and 20-35 minute length is perfect. The rapport that Josh and Chuck have is extremely entertaining. I’m convinced my friend Harold is also Josh Clark because they sound the same and have the same sense of humor.

Daves of Thunder – http://davesofthunder.com/

Perhaps the greatest podcast ever. I was crushed when this went away. It featured Hollywood writer Dave Feeney and radio personality Dave Dameshek in an hour that had amazing original content and amazing arguments. I remember waking up on Monday and downloading this podcast before I got in the shower and listening to and from work. Just dynamite. I wish there was a way to get this podcast back again.

Adam Carolla Podcast – http://www.adamcarolla.com/

The Guinness Record holder for most downloaded podcast ever. The production value is extremely high and the guests allow something for everyone. If you’re checking out the archives, I can’t recommend the Lenard Nemoy episode enough. Also, anything with Dr. Drew is a must listen to.

Others to check out: The Poscast with Joe Posnanski, This American Life and Planet Money.

If you have any podcasts you’d recommend, please feel free to mention them in the comments.