Podcast Recommendations, Please

Podcast icon - purple orbs coming out of some armless dude's headSince Jane and I began working on the Dear Bitches Smart Authors Podcast (new episode coming this week, I promise!) I've started subscribing to a few podcasts, but I want to expand my subscription list. So I figured I'd ask you, since our tastes align in a few key areas. 

So far, I subscribe to the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast, and the “Notes in Spanish” podcast – which gives me some hope that I haven't entirely lost my ability to understand Spanish (though my ability to understand the accent from Spain is much greater than my ability to understand Spanish speakers from, say, Argentina, alas).

I haven't found any other podcasts that talk specifically about romance, but I am curious what podcasts you love, and which ones you subscribe to.

Care to share links? I'd much appreciate it – and I bet other folks would, too! And of course, if you've got your own podcast, please do give yourself a bit o' the pimpage up in here, up in here. 


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  1. 1
    Amy England says:

    Stuff you Missed in History Class, by the stuff you should know people is excellent.


  2. 2
    hannah says:

    Here are some of my favorites, book-related and non-book related:
    The Bookrageous Podcast
    Cooking with the Moms
    Girls in the Stacks
    The Guardian Books Podcast
    The Kindle Chronicles
    Kindle Women
    Nancy Pearl Book Reviews
    Read it and Weep
    tranquility du jour
    What’s Old is New

    I don’t have links because I download directly onto my ipod touch. I know that all of the above can be found on Itunes and other podcast aggregators.

  3. 3
    Marissa says:

    I’m new to podcasts, but it’s great discovering new ones!
    I quite like:
    WTF with Marc Maron
    Girl On Guy with Aisha Tyler
    The Nerdist

    I don’t have links, but all are on iTunes and all have websites.

  4. 4
    Beez says:

    Dan Savage
    Wiretap (!!!)
    The Moth

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    Jamarleo says:

    Pop Culture Happy Hour.  It’s like hanging out with your snarkiest of pals.  Plus-the host, Linda Holmes, is a big fan of the romance genre (s).

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    Tabs says:

    NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour

    It’s the only podcast I regularly listen to and I love it to death.  Linda Holmes and crew are awesome.


  7. 7

    Writing related podcast with romance author Lani Diane Rich and her husband Alastair Stephens

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    DoubleL says:

    so many podcasts, too little time
    WTF with marc maron—comedian interviews funny and poignant—-also most comics are messed up or in recovery
    Pop culture happy hour—funny, fun and good natured
    Extra hot great-hilarious culture podcast—-their big simpsons fans—-that a plus
    Slate culture gabfest—-all the slate podcast are great but this is my favourite really smart conversations about culture high and low—Stephan Thompson’s rants about the end of times are both erudite and if you listen selectively kind of convincing—-or infuriating (either way I love them)
    Firewal and Iceberg and Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan—two of the most excellent TV podcasts out there

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    bookstorecat says:

    I second the rec for Pop Culture Happy Hour.  Romance as a genre only comes up occasionally, but it is always a fun listen. It’s the only podcast I’ve ever actually looked forward to listening to on a weekly basis.

  10. 10
    Sandy Lunsford says:

    Adventures in SciFi discusses the publishing industry and interviews authors. Onbeing is an NPR podcast that discusses the spiritual in our lives.

  11. 11
    ms bookjunkie says:

    Thank you. I needed a way to block out Christmas music at work (before I kill someone!) and now I have the perfect way. :)

  12. 12
    Ferrell says:

    I really like Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week. Very funny

  13. 13
    KRGrille says:

    The Onion News Network video podcast is an absolute must for any discerning podcaster.

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    Chisai says:

    This American Life
    WNYC’s RadioLab which is kinda like TAL, but for science.  If you like Stuff You Should Know, you’ll love it.  I’m a big Stuff fan also.
    Savage Love
    Bookrageous (which I believe you were on, young lady)
    Pop Culture Happy Hour
    WTF with Mark Maron
    Mohr Stories

    These are the ones I listen to regularly.

    I also occasionally listen to some of the MaximimFun podcasts.

  15. 15
    DBChen says:

    Pop Culture Happy Hour
    Extra Hot Great
    This American Life
    Q with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC.ca (love his voice)
    Reasonable Discussions by the Onion AV Club
    Stash and Burn, if you like knitting

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    ms bookjunkie says:

    I’ve just spent the last two hours listening to Stuff You Missed in History Class podcasts. The ARE excellent! So interesting, intelligent and informative! I’m currently downloading all their podcasts ever made. Because they’re just that good! (The history nerd in me is rejoicing.)

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    Beth T. says:

    I am all about the Pop Culture Happy Hour, as well.  And if you like that, you might want to try the AV Club’s “Reasonable Discussions.”  It’s not quite as much fun as PCHH, but it covers some interesting territory.  And even though it has absolutely nothing to do with romance, I’ve recently become obsessed with “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks,” in which actors Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanaugh discuss snacks and crack jokes.  I tend to like podcasts that sound like a bunch of friends just hanging out.

  18. 18
    Lily says:

    This may sound weird, but honestly I love Car Talk.  I don’t even car about cars, but it’s fun, hilarious, and it’s like listening to your cool uncles gab for an hour.

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    Lorene Tolleson says:

    I love Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.  I also enjoy the Marketplace podcasts.

  20. 20
    Ellie Ashe says:

    I love podcasts and am so happy to see so many recommendations. I just downloaded hours of Stuff You Missed in History Class. In addition to many of those already mentioned, my list includes:
    The Moth,
    BBC Documentaries,
    BBC Africa,
    NPR’s Planet Money,
    In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg,
    World Affairs Council of Northern California, 
    International Spy Museum SpyCast,
    NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.
    I’m also hooked on several writing podcasts, including StoryWonk, Writing Excuses, and I Should Be Writing. I just discovered Books on the Nightstand, which I’m enjoying, but I can tell is going to cause me to go over my book-buying budget.

  21. 21
    mia says:

    The Moth
    Stuff Mom Never Told You
    This Week with Larry Miller
    This American Life

  22. 22
    Celine says:

    This American Life
    Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me
    Popcorn Dialogues (currently on break but is supposed to be back soon)

  23. 23
    JoAnn says:

    The Splendid Table
    Book Lust with Nancy Pearl
    BTR: Book Club Girl Blog
    Faith Middleton Show
    NPR: Books Podcast
    Slate’s Audio Book Club
    TED Talks (audio)
    WABE-FM Between the Lines
    WNCY’s Radiolab
    BBC World Book Club

    Looking forward to checking out some of the recommended pod cast!

  24. 24
    sweeks1980 says:

    Wow – I’ve found a lot of new podcasts I need to subscribe to just by reading through the comments!

    My favorites are:
    Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me
    This American Life (I love their iPhone app!)
    Fresh Air
    The Sporkful
    Broadway Radio (perfect if you’re a theatre geek)
    The Splendid Table
    Grammar Girl
    How to Do Everything
    Slate’s Spoiler Specials (the specials they did on Australia and The Love Guru are hysterical)
    Slate’s Audio Book Club (I don’t always agree with the analysis, but I enjoy hearing intelligent people talk about books)
    The History Chicks

  25. 25
    Cuddle Fish says:

    The history chicks, all the way! They add a lot of rich tertiary information to my historical romance reading.

  26. 26
    Megan S. says:

    Stuff Mom Never Told You did an episode on romance novels a couple weeks ago that I found awfully meh, but they did mention Beyond Heaving Bosoms, if I remember correctly.

    Answer Me This! is delightful. With good humor, they tackle questions that range from inane to funny to “Oh, hey, I’ve always wondered about that” to “I would never in a million years have wondered that.”

    And I get my fun-with-news fix with The Bugle, The News Quiz, and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!

  27. 27
    EMC says:

    I second the recommendations for Answer Me This and Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, and I also want to recommend the Tobolowsky Files. It’s just Stephen Tobolowsky, a long time character actor, telling stories from his life. Some of his stories are about Hollywood and acting, but a lot of his stories are just about his life. He is an absolutely wonderful storyteller. I suggest starting from the beginning because a lot of his stories build on each other.

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    lorelai says:

    I would also highly recommend This American Life and Radiolab. Both are amazing and worth a listen.

  29. 29
    Sonia says:

    Absolutely hooked on BBC’s Thinking Allowed.

    Sarah I’ve got the same problem with english, can understand british english with not much problem but american english is another thing entirely! Working on it though, LOL

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    gemma says:

    I’ll have to save this thread to come back to. Thanks for asking this. (I find new podcasts hard to discover.) The ones I listen to are:

    A Way with Words (words and language and how we use them, with Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett)

    Judge John Hodgman (comedy, self-appointed judge settles disputes between friends)

    BBC Comedy:
    Adam and Joe from BBC 6 Music (possibly defunct, but my favourite)
    Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
    Scotland’s Funny Bits from BBC Radio Scotland (you can test your comprehension of Scottish accents too!)
    n.b. BBC tends to delete each podcast episode after 7 days :(

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