|Forum topic by CharlesA||posted 03-14-2016 01:12 PM||681 views||1 time favorited||21 replies|
03-14-2016 01:12 PM
I listen to a lot of podcasts in the shop. A majority are politics, economics, culture, and sports. I also listen to some woodworking podcasts. I’d love to hear what you recommend:
Woodworking and Design
Shop Talk Live: This Fine Woodworking podcast is very similar in format to Wood Talk. I think the technical expertise is one step up from Wood Talk, the listening enjoyment factor one step down. My second fave.
The two above are the ones I regularly listen to. I’ve just tried some others on a long drive yesterday:
Looking Sideways on design. They include woodworking (Chris Schwarz was on a recent episode). This is really interesting discussion of design, both handmade and industrial.
Faking It Podcast is about making, and is a bit too hipster for me.
The Dusty Life: haven’t tried it yet
The Avid Woodworker: These are long, single-person podcast or interviews. I found the interview with Alex Snodgrass interesting, but the one where he just talked himself was unbearable for me. Won’t be a regular
The Woodworking Podcast: This is a new one that I don’t think I’ll stick with. three people (good start), but I am looking to listen to folks who know more than I do, who raise my game. Listening to a 5 minute discussion of how well drywall screws work in pocket holes is not my idea of a good time (and I’m not above using a Kreg jig).
MakerCast: haven’t gotten far yet.
Darbin Ovar: this is a discussion, not instructional like the youtube podcasts. Not that compelling for me.
Modern Woodworkers Association: I’ve listened to two. The first one was whether woodworking was an art or not. This was a nuanced and interesting discussion, 45-60 minutes on a subject that would have been 120 seconds on Wood Talk. It is not fast moving at all, but helpfully substantive. The second one was interviewing someone on their experience making a Maloof rocker. Without seeing it in front of me, it was hard to follow, but still had some interest. Very, very different from Wood Talk, but a winner so far.
Non Woodworking Podcasts
The Gist with Mike Pesca: pretty much the model of how to do a one person podcast. Daily. 30 minutes: politics and culture.
Hang Up and Listen: sort of NPR does sports style. Worth a listen
Vox’s The Weeds: not the most listenable politics podcast, but good at getting very deep into an issue.
Tony Kornheiser show: rebroadcast of his show on 980 in DC—the best. Just the best. Sports, politics, culture, great guests. Funny as heck.
SI Media Pocast: long interviews on the process of broadcasting sports with well-known sports writers and broadcasters. Very interesing.’
America’s Test Kitchen: If you like to cook.
Backstory: American history podcasts
Freakonomics Radio: interesting takes
Culture Gabfest: culture discussion from Slate—TV, movies, books
Political Gabfest: always interesting political weekly podcast on current politics
Slate Money: another really good Slate podcast on business and economics
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