What I’m Streaming: Podcasts
PodCon 2 just wrapped up, Jason Mantzoukas returns to 'Reply All,' and Conan O'Brien on Hot Chocolate
If you’re like me, then you’re a fan of podcasts. However, since everyone and their grandma has one, what should you be checking out? Well, here are my recommendations for what to listen to whether you’re driving, working out, or just need something to fill your ears.
Welcome to the New Year!
“Podcasts are changing the world. If you make podcasts, listen to podcasts, love podcasts, and want a chance to celebrate those things, we really hope you can come to PodCon. Featuring live shows, comedy, workshops, panels, performances, mash-ups, meet and greets, and more, we’ve designed this event for creators, industry, and fans alike.”
PodCon, a convention totally dedicated to the craft and joy of podcasting, just wrapped up its second convention in Seattle, WA. The event took place over the weekend and featured live podcasts, panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities, and meet and greets. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to attend this year, but plan to go next year. Keep your eyes out on your podcast feed for episodes recorded at the convention, as they’re going to be released over the next few weeks.
The Flop House
“Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington are friends who’ve decided to express that friendship, not by doing productive or enjoyable things, but instead by watching critical or commercial flops, and then discussing those terrible movies for you to enjoy in your ear-holes. Although, honestly, most of the time they just talk about random bullshit.” Ep. #275 – “The Meg” sees our hosts breakdown the Jason Statham shark film, and I learned a surprising amount of information from the review. Firstly, I had no idea The Meg was based on a series of books. Then, I learned that Statham himself was a professional diver. Finally, I learned that the Swamp Thing has the perfect ideal male body. Okay, so the last one is more of an opinion than a fact, but I still can’t get it out of my head. Give the episode a listen and see for yourself that even a terrible shark movie can provide you with some interesting insights.
In this week’s episode of Reply All: #134 “The Year of the Wallop,” Jason Mantzoukas (The Long Dumb Road, The League, The Good Place) stops by for a very special “Yes Yes No.” “Yes Yes No” is a segment of the show where the hosts breakdown a Tweet. The episode Tweet is located below:
Confusing, right!? Well, it does take some understanding of Harry Potter lore, and luckily Jason Mantzoukas is an expert. It’s a hilarious episode of breaking down the psyche of an Internet troll, as well as providing some great information about the Gawker lawsuit.
For all your news about the government shutdown, you should definitely be listening to Today, Explained. They’ve dedicated numerous episodes and updates about the shutdown since it began. Their most recent two episodes, “28 Days Later” and “SHUTDOWN UPDATE,” provide all the details you need about the current longest shutdown, as well as the history of government shutdowns in the U.S.
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
For the uninitiated, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is an hour-long weekly news-based radio panel show produced by WBEZ Chicago and National Public Radio (NPR). Friday’s episode featured Conan O’Brien as the special guest on the “Not My Job” segment. This is a segment where a guest calls in and is interviewed, alongside answering a three-question multiple choice quiz. Conan was hilariously quizzed about his knowledge about hot chocolate.
“Your supporters, fans are known as Team Coco. But what do you know about actual cocoa, the tasty hot chocolate beverage?” – Peter Sagal (Host)
“I know everything…There is not a thing you can ask me about hot cocoa that I do not know.” – Conan O’Brien
Untrue. Conan knows very little about hot chocolate, but his braggadocious and upbeat attitude make this one of the most hilarious segments ever featured on the show—you should definitely give this episode a listen.
That’s all for this week. As always…try a new podcast!