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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

It's hard to work at the Onion.

The radio show This American Life has a a great episode where they sat in on an editorial meeting at The Onion. Every week, the comedy writers brainstorm more than 600 fake headlines, but only 16 are picked to run in the newspaper. During the meeting, there's an average of just one laugh for every 100 jokes. Tough crowd! In the interview, the writers explain why some headlines are funny, and some aren't; it's fascinating to hear the nuances.

Here are a few fake headlines that passed the test...

Dolphin Spends Amazing Vacation Swimming with Stockbroker.
Foreign Guy Probably Dressed Very Fashionably For Wherever He’s From.
Man At Salad Bar Has To Say Every Item Aloud As He Adds It To Salad.
Dad’s Been On A Parenting Kick Lately.
Fun-Loving, Laid-Back Woman With A Bit Of A Nerdy Side Joins Online Dating Service.
Pretty Obvious Which Parts Of Wedding Website Written By Groom.
Exercise Ball All the Way Over There.
Eric Clapton Wows Audience with Even Slower Version of Layla.
Two People Who Went To Same College Ruin Evening For Rest Of Group.
Cat Seemed Perfectly Content Right Up Until Point He Bolted Out Of Room.
Mom Spends Beach Vacation Assuming All Household Duties In Closer Proximity To Ocean.
Dad Actually Yelled At That Guy.
Man Still Trying To Find Right Work-Anxiety–Life-Anxiety Balance.
Weird Guy From 2 Jobs Ago Still Liking Woman’s Photos On Facebook.
(Another tough crowd:)

Anyway, the episode was really funny, if you're in the mood. Do you have any other radio shows or podcasts you'd recommend? I have a new thing where I'm trying to go on a weekly walk by myself while listening to radio, just as a little "me time." (Not to be super cheesy about it or anything:) I'd love any recommendations!

P.S. Some funny comics.

(Top photo by Colin via Wikipedia; bottom photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt. TAL episode OfaKind)

184 comments:

megzz said...

"Here's the Thing" podcast - Alec Baldwin interviews artists/comedians in the movie, tv and music biz. Love listening on my drive home from work. Great conversations and pretty relaxing(:

Unknown said...

Slate's Culture and Political Gabfests, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, The Sporkful and The Read. Lovely way to hear what is going on while having your hands free!

Jess said...

I love to listen to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!

kate said...

The Moth podcast is great! Each episode features 1-2 true stories that are told by regular people. And they often record episodes live in New York at the Bell House and HousingWorks in Soho.

tati said...

I love listening to The Moth podcast. It is a storytelling podcast in which the story tellers change weekly. Never fails to stir something inside of me: laughter, tears, anger etc.

Hi said...

Design Matters by Debbie Millman based in NYC is great. She interviews designers and artists about their craft and more: https://soundcloud.com/designmatters

Also, The Dinner Party Download - "Think NPR meets Vanity Fair.": https://soundcloud.com/the-dinner-party

Rebecca P said...

Radiolab Radiolab Radiolab.
All the way.
Podcasts include subjects like Sleep, Colors (there's a sea creature that sees ultraviolet colors that we could never dream of), Patient Zero, etc. It's an amazing podcast that I want everyone to hear.

katie [the bright life] said...

Stuff You Should Know is a great one! They cover a ton of topics, and I usually find them to be pretty interesting. Enjoy your walks, sounds like a fabulous idea, especially in the fall! Xo, Katie

Stella said...

If you can access the BBC radio - Radio 4 has a load of great programmes on various subjects. My favourites are the Now Show (comical take on weekly news) and Desert Island Discs (interview with interspersed music that means something to them).

Other than that, there is the amazing movie review show - Kermode & Mayo's Film Review. 2 hours every Friday!

'Me time' is so important - I hope it helps! x

Emily said...

"It's an amazing podcast that I want everyone to hear." That's EXACTLY how I feel about Radiolab, haha. Glad I'm not the only one! It's so great! It makes science topics super interesting, even for us humanities people.

Anae said...

99% Invisible and the Memory Palace! 99% Invisible is a podcast about design - how it shapes us and conversely the thought that goes into the things and places we design. The Memory Palace features little-known stories from history. They have a much more personal, intimate slant - not dry facts.

And Radiolab, of course. Amazing podcast!

Enjoy your walks!

Ana

Lindsey McLean said...

I agree! We totally love Radiolab. Get the iPhone App and enjoy. They also have shorts when you don't have as much time (or run out;)

CSY said...

"Wiretap" from CBC radio with Jonathan Goldstein.

Tory said...

Spilled Milk from Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg. The show where they cook something delicious, eat it all, and you can't have any!

Such good stuff!

Lauren said...

I love This American Life, but I've had to stop listening to them at work/in public because every few episodes they play a segment so sad or moving that I'd end up sort-of crying in my cubicle!

Via Los Angeles said...

Grown Up School!
Full disclosure: it is my bff's podcast but it is seriously funny. Each episode covers a different topic that they SHOULD have taught us in school

Lora Gellerman said...

Thank you for this! I listen to podcasts while I exercise...or road trips. I would recommend (HIGHLY) Radiolab- amazingly produced and edited while being educational. It's my favorite.

Aja Lake | the gold hat. said...

An "Even Slower Version of Layla"--ha! I love The Diane Rehm Show. It's not the most comedic, but she's really good.

The Schnarf Rosen said...

I just started listening to Snap Judgement. It's similar to This American Life. Both make my commute so much more fun. :)

Ms. Magpie said...

It doesn't get any better than The Splendid Table on NPR. I also love Wiretap with Jonathan Goldstein.

Leena said...

WTF with Marc Maron. He interviews comedians (and now musicians and actors, as well) about their lives and influences. While it can definitely be funny, it is often so moving and thought-provoking. Love it!

KaseyAnne said...

Another dedicated thumbs up for Radiolab! My mind goes spinning happily in a thousand different directions after each episode. The narratives really stick and always seem to breath new life into daily mundanities.

Quincey said...

I second "The Dinner Party Download"! It's a culture show that has a lot of variety. It's formatted as a "Dinner Party"so they have a series of segments, "Cocktails"with a drink recipe, "'Eavesdropping", where an author will read a segment of their new book etc,. It sounds kind of corny but it's very well done, and they have really great guests like Tim Gunn, Liev Schreiber and The Artic Monkeys. I love it!

Quincey said...

I second "The Dinner Party Download"! It's a culture show that has a lot of variety. It's formatted as a "Dinner Party"so they have a series of segments, "Cocktails"with a drink recipe, "'Eavesdropping", where an author will read a segment of their new book etc,. It sounds kind of corny but it's very well done, and they have really great guests like Tim Gunn, Liev Schreiber and The Artic Monkeys. I love it!

Metamorphocity said...

Oh yes, a second vote for wiretap here. When it's good, it's laugh out loud and look crazy on the subway good.

Jools said...

Freakonomics Radio - funny, irreverent and smart. Their tagline is "the hidden side of everything"

Metamorphocity said...

I love the JV club with Janet Verney. She interviews women in the entertainment industry (this week Lennon Parham!) about their high school experiences. They run the gamut from hilarious to touching. And each interview concludes with a game of MASH.

aoife said...

Freakonomics is great, always entertaining and frequently eyeopening. And as already suggested The Moth, Radiolab, and Design Matters are all really, really good.

KSGirl said...

Radiolab. Hands down some of the best, funniest, most insightful, and thought-provoking stories coming out of journalism today. Makes you think about being human in a whole different way.

Alison said...

Love CBC Radio, This is That or the Debators for comedy, Q with Jian Gomeshi for great interviews. The Vinyl Cafe is a fav too...

Lots of amazing podcasts http://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/

emmy d said...

Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, the NPR News Quiz show - I have trouble listening at work because I laugh so hard! The turn the weeks news into a quiz show with a panel and callers, the prize for correct answers is Karl Castle's voice on your voicemail

dc_occ said...

You can get free podcasts of Tara Brach's mindfulness meditations on iTunes. There's a new one every Wednesday. She's a very elegant speaker and her topics are grounded in Buddhism and draw on other religious practices and insights as well. Somehow every topic she speaks about seems to shed insight on what's going on in my life. It's truly time well spent.

Heather said...

If you like This American Life you might also like RadioLab and the Moth Radio Hour. And also ANYTHING by David Sedaris, his books are great too.

Rachel said...

Seconded! WTF is excellent. Marc interviews like no one else.

Mich said...

Totally Married! A married couple (now expecting a baby) give sometimes great, sometimes hilariously horrible advice to their writers.

Bree said...

I listen to "Fresh Air" podcasts while I grocery shop. It makes the dreary task so much more enjoyable. Next on my list is "The Longest Shortest Time". It's about this time we're in now with Anton and Lucia. The baby time that seems so long, but is gone in a second.

Rachel said...

Have to agree with NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. I always look forward to my hour each week where I get to hang out with Linda, Stephen, Glen and Trey.

Lana said...

I do this walk/radio thing, too! Except I do it twice a week, bc Grace is in school on Wed and Fri mornings. I love The Splendid Table and On Being. Also, sometimes I just download a ton of TED talks and listen to them. Is it weird that I look forward to this "me time" as much as I used to look forward to Friday night cocktails? LOL! #gettingoldisawesome

Lana said...

I love Tara Brach. Her voice is sooooo soothing.

Christy said...

A vote from across the pond for BBC Radio 4's ''From our own correspondent''. It often includes good, human interest stories from around the world that aren't ''big news'', so you don't read about them in the mainstream media.

Jess said...

Oh gosh, I'm a total podcast addict! I listen to them when I'm making dinner.

Here are the podcasts currently on heavy rotation on my iPad.

Stuff you should know / What you missed in history class / Stuff to blow your mind / Stuff your mom never told you: these are all podcasts by the Discovery Network and Howstuffworks.com. They are great. Averaging 20-30 minutes long, they teach you about history, science, and the world around you with some humour thrown in for good measure.

White coat / Black art: a great Canadian (CBC) podcast by an emergency room physician about the medical world. Fascinating glimpse into the Canadian health care system, and on controversial global medical topics.

Freakonomics: From the authors of the book, current events and listener questions addressed through the lens of economics. Totally nerdy, but fun to listen to nonetheless.

Under the Influence / Age of Persuasion (CBC): the history of marketing as told by Theirry O'Reilly. Highly recommended if you're a Mad Men fan. One of the best produced podcasts out there.

Spark: Another CBC produced show. Short tech stories and interviews, hosted by Nora Young (who has a super soothing voice and makes tech interesting for non-techies).

Quirks & Quarks: Super nerdy science podcast from CBC. Often humorous, Q&Q makes science easily digestible for the commuter.

And, as other readers also mentioned, I think you'd love The Dinner Party Download!

Megan said...

Slate's Hang Up and Listen is great. It's about sports by a couple of Slate and NPR sports writers. Always interesting. My husband has been listening to it for a while and I've found myself always in the room when he does. We also listen to Bill Maher regularly.

Megan said...

Just be sure to also take time to walk around without headphones, too! Sometimes a better way to decompress, even with the din of the city :)

Deva said...

I am a fan of This American Life, Freakonomics, and the Nerdist podcasts, all for different reasons!

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

Those titles cracked me up! Can't wait to listen to the episode, I kind of love The Onion (especially that NYC piece you posted a few years ago-that's probably my favorite Onion article to date. Too funny).

Jess said...

Downloading this now, thanks for recommending it!

madelinemade said...

Hi Joanna! My weekly go to podcasts are Pop Culture Happy Hour, This American Life, Fresh Air, and Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin. Also try 99% Invisible if you like architecture and design :)

Sophie said...

The Nerdist is the best!
This Feels Terrible by comedian Erin McGathy is great too.

K said...

That is hilarious! I need to send this to my husband.

www.workthatbump.com

Jess said...

Great podcast, I especially loved their "Parenting" episode. Fascinating stuff!

Jess said...

I'm a CBC Radio addict. It makes me proud to be Canadian :)

Lynn said...

I love that you only listed the Onion headlines, because that's all I ever need to read to crack up.

And I had no idea podcasts still existed...! I'll have to check them out!

Fresh said...

Radiolab is really good! It's very well produced and you can really get into the story, sort of like a good book! (and there's always a fascinating reveal)

brooklynash said...

alec baldwin's show on WNYC "Here's the thing" is great! You should definitely listen to it. Also, there's a great episode with Lena Dunham!

emily diane said...

Here's the Thing with Alex Baldwin IS great, especially the Lena Dunham and Kristen Wiig episodes. Also, if you haven't listened to My Big Break on This American Life, listen to it now! I first heard it three months ago, and I still think about it. So good in so many ways!

Addie said...

Love This American Life!

Carrie said...

Is that baby Toby?

Essss said...

Love This American Life!! I'm also a fan of Radio Lab (science nerds unite), the Moth and Selected Shorts (actors reading short stories aloud), all from NPR.

nearlynaomi said...

The Moth Podcast, another PRX Radio show! "Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. No script!"

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Anna Jacobs said...

Definitely listen to radio lab! It's great and they have a ton of really interesting episodes ranging from Speed to Falling to Colors. I love the one about colors. Enjoy!

Annie J said...

Nobody has yet mentioned Filmspotting, which is a great one if you like movies! They review a film currently in theatres, interview directors, do "massacre theatre" (very funny), and rank their "top 5" movies from different categories--top 5 Americans abroad, top 5 survival movies, top 5 mother-daughter movies, etc. Smart, accessible, intelligent, and funny film criticism! Their episode reviewing "Before Midnight" was just lovely :) http://www.filmspotting.net/

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Emily said...

I am currently digging on the podcast Judge John Hodgman. He is my favorite super-nerdy comedian (he is featured on This American Life and The Daily Show pretty often), and in this podcast he hilariously but genuinely tries to help people solve their disagreements. My favorite episode featured a married couple trying which one of them was the messiest. Hilarious and sweet.

Hannah said...

I second the Snap Judgement recommendation! It's fantastic.

ohshellsbells said...

So many people like radio lab! I can't listen to it, the way people interrupt each other's sentences constantly, it irks me. Q with Jian Ghomeshi is good. It's based out of Canada so a lot of times you get to hear the canadian opinion of American happenings, and I find it refreshing to get an outsiders opinion.

Carol Adams said...

I too enjoy Design Matters, very cool topics. No one mentioned The New Yorker Fiction podcast, where Deborah Treisman, fiction editor, has a conversation with an author, and the author reads a short story. It's only once a month but there's loads of older episodes.

Jaime said...

Radio Lab for sure!

Also...if you're into British humor, you should check out the back catalog of The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts, which introduced Karl Pilkington to the world. HILARIOUS (but definitely not kid-friendly!) They're listed as audiobooks on iTunes now.

Katie Peterson said...

I'm in the Radiolab camp! Also, The Psychopath Test was a fun book to listen to be because it's read by the author who has an amusing accent.

Emily said...

Can totally relate to your post today as I have just got addicted to listening to pod casts while walking my dog in London everyday… which I love doing actually - this just makes it even more enjoyable.
Would definitely recommend 'The Moth' podcasts, the Guardian Family Podcasts and Scummy Mummy podcasts although the later maybe a little to 'British' on the humour side for some (!)
Also the Reith Lectures, particularly the most recent by the brilliant artist Grayson Perry.
Great post - thanks!

green girls bake shoppe said...

http://www.ubnradio.com/TheBaubShow His show is about focusing on the positive.

13bees said...

thank you for reminding me that I don't read the onion nearly enough. :)

Scarlet Jane said...

Everyone, check out PersonPlaceThing.org with Randy Cohen. He formerly wrote the Ethicist column for the NYT magazine and interviews everyone from Rachel Dratch to Jonathan Adler about their favorite person, place, and thing. The answers are surprising, and end up revealing more about the person than if they had just talked about themselves!!

The latest episode is with two writers from the Daily Show, and they explain how the show gets written/edited... and how involved Jon Stewart is!
http://92yondemand.org/person-place-thing-episode-47-daily-show-writers-tim-carvell-and-daniel-radosh/

Kipin Alexander said...

This is so far down the list but "Throwing Shade" a podcast from a gay man and a feminist is HILARIOUS. You can also watch video recordings on Funny or Die.

K.G. said...

I am currently loving the BBC podcast "A History of the World in 100 Objects." I also wholeheartedly second the recommendation of "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" on NPR and would add "Ask Me Another," also on NPR -- it is a weekly collection of fun, often hilarious, word games -- perfect for a writer like yourself!

Dorothy Lin said...

The Moth podcasts are true stories shared with an audience live. Most episodes are less than half an hour, which is great if you find yourself with less "me time" that week.

Also highly recommend Selected Shorts, which involves actors reading short fiction stories aloud. It’s like having Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow or Cynthia Nixon read you a bedtime story!

Alyssa said...

Marc Maron's WTF podcast
Radiolab
Here's the thing with Alec Baldwin

lmsanderswilcox said...

Like Above: Marc Maron!!! Some funny and also some really touching interviews/stories. Also agree with Radiolab--yes! All Songs Considered and Alt Latino. The Nerdist podcasts

Jeanine said...

I am a huge fan of BBC podcasts - Start the Week is a weekly "highbrow" cultural discussion with guests like Zadie Smith (who I love!), and A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, and Robert Elms' London podcast is great if you're a former London-living Anglophile :)

Slate's Double X gabfest is pretty good feminist fodder, and I hear Welcome to Nightvale is an amazing old school soap opera radio type broadcast.

gster said...

Has anyone mentioned On Being with Krista Tippet (sp?)? Really wonderful stuff... And at the other end of the spectrum, The Nerdist is conversations with celebrities. Usually hilarious (and not appropriate for work!) Also Alec Baldwin's show is pretty fabulous.

Courtney said...

America's Test Kitchen, produced in Boston, has an awesome radio show/podcast! You can download the podcast and they update the show weekly. They usually do an interesting interview, food taste tests, and questions from listeners. It's one of my favorites! It's from WGBH.

Ana Beltschewa said...

Most have already been mentioned (99% invisible is the BEST!) but if you like fiction The Truth is really nice, especially the episode about Mirror Lake.
x

Sophie Mason said...

wait wait don't tell me is my favorite!! it's so funny and a great way to catch up on the week's news too

Paige Elizabeth said...

NPR's latest Fresh Air episode had an interview with Astronaut and You Tube Star Chris Hadfield. He talks about amazing things like watching a sunrise and sunset every 90 min, the southern lights over Australia from space, and how at one point in his first space walk he was blind in both eyes (eeeep!). It is one of my favorite interviews. I highly recommend it.

The episode is titled 'Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth'.

dakotabee said...

The one about the cat made me snort in class hahaha. If you like cat humor like that, (e.g. perfectly explaining the unexplainable things cats do) you should check out the Simons Cat series on YouTube. My boyfriend and I love them!
Thanks for this:)

Dakota xo
dakotabee.wordpress.com

Laura D said...

Wow, talk about an intimidating work environment. I've never been that into podcasts/radio, but this does sound interesting

Check out my blog, if you'd like: http://greenmountainglobetrotter.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

Story Corp from NPR....have tissues nearby :)

Julia said...

Like others, I also listen to Radiolab, the Moth, and This American Life. I just found this website the other day that's useful for discovering NEW podcasts though! http://podcastthing.com/
I listened to 2 hours of Marc Maron interviewing Louis C.K. on his WTF podcast. I highly recommend it!

MelanieKPrice said...

These are great. My fav is the 'Eric Clapton' one. Too, too funny!! And yes, solo walks are the best. Have a beautiful day Joanna!

Jeannie Lorenz said...

That photo is price-less. What kind of climate calls for shorts and wooly hats??

L8Blmr said...

The Moth is wonderful... you can listen to a few depending on how long your walk is. Love it!

Megan said...

You should download the radio podcast app, Stitcher. It allows you to create playlists of your favorites (and update them to offline listening) and provides recommendations based on what you've previously listened to. You can also set up push notifications so that it lets you know when there's a new episode of one of your favorite shows. I am a big fan of This American Life and TED NPR Radio Hour, and Stitcher has been helpful in suggesting some new ones based on my preferences.

Megan
http://talesforscout.blogspot.com/

Anne said...

I just started listening to Welcome to Night Vale. It's a sci-fi supernatural radio drama that takes place in the fictional town of Night Vale. It's like a mix between Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's funny, (though it can be a little bit creepy at times). The episodes are a short 20 minutes, so it is easy to digest. I sometimes get worn out of fictional radio shows, but this one has got me hooked. Check it out here: http://podbay.fm/show/536258179. I'd also add that podbay.fm is a great resource for podcasts. They have a lot of the popular shows all in one place, and they even have a free app for your phone!

Anne said...

Oh, and Slate's culture gabfest is a great weekly podcast that keeps you up-to-date on recent films and other pop culture topics.
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/culturegabfest.html

Ladybird Johnson said...

YES, Radiolab! So, so good. I learn something new every time. My conversations used to start with, "So, I was listening to This American Life...", but (now that I've gone through the backlog of old TAL episodes) they start with, "So, I was listening to Radiolab..."

Olga Galchenko said...

The Psychopath Test was outstanding. The guy's accent is so cool. "I talked to Tony from Broadmoor…"

Sarah Zindt said...

Radiolab!!!! My absolute favorite thing to listen to during my daily commute! Also a big fan of This American Life.

Aimee said...

99% Invisible! I have a giant not-so-secret fan-girl crush on Roman Mars.

Katelyn Baker said...

99% Invisible and Wait Wait Don't Tell me have to be the best podcasts out there!
And listening to Garrison Keillor's News From Lake Wobegon is a perfect 12 minute escape from the city before bedtime.

withlovefromjacpfef.com said...

I've been driving up and down the east coast by myself almost weekly, so I started listening to TED talks so that I don't go completely crazy! I love their society and culture podcasts.

I'm really looking forward to checking out This American Life, now. If you have any other recommendations, I'd love to hear! xo

theshellhammer said...

The Moth is great! Similar to this story at the Onion, listen to Jessi Klein talk about her rise to comedic dream job working for SNL and then... why she quit! She chats a lot about the tough crowd. And she's funny.

Jennifer S. said...

I love This American Life. I'm also a big fan of All Songs Considered in which each podcast either has a mix of different songs from different genres of music featured or an interview with song samplings with an artist. I also love All Thing Considered to keep up with what's going on in the world (keeping it with the NPR on those). The Moth is wonderful for nonfiction, and Selected Shorts from PRI is a great short fiction podcasts which features a couple of different short stories of novel excerpts grouped somewhat by theme and read by great actors with brief introductions as well. If you just want to listen to something talky and conversational, Joy the Baker has a lovely short podcast and my friend Nicole just started this podcast Breakfast for Dinner that's really good.

-Jen
yourstrulyjen.com

Diana Freeburg said...

moth moth moth!

Jessica said...

Just had to throw another vote in for Q with Jian Ghomeshi - it's a CBC podcast, but does air in the States so likely isn't too bad from an American perspective. Very smart - Jian is a great interviewer!

maggie said...
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upwithjoyblog said...

Radio Lab, The Dinner Party, and Slate Political Gabfest!

maggie said...

i love fresh air, here's the thing, and Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and moth radio! highly recommend all of those shows. I'm a medical student, so whenever i take a break from studying i love listening to anything non-medicine related!

Second Floor Flat said...

Aside from basically all things NPR related (Radio Lab, Fresh Air, Pop Culture Happy Hour), I really recommend Stuff You Should Know and Stuff You Missed in History Class from howstuffworks.com. So informative, and the hosts are great!

Catherine Masi said...

Oh man, my day was starting off pretty crappily; this turned that around. Thanks for that. And is it wrong that I get all my news from The Onion, The Daily Show, and the occasional Sunday NYT? There's a balance in there somewhere, I hope :)

maggie said...

america's test kitchen and splendid table, too!

kmohawk said...

How Was Your Week with NYC comedian Julie Klausner. You won't regret it.

rindi said...

Having account issues, so apologies if this is a repeat post. I'm a big fan of TAL and have more recently become fond of Public Radio International's "Selected Shorts" in which an actor reads a short story from a famed author, and of Radio Lab, which is similar to TAL but more scientific and there's more discussion from the hosts. Good job making time for yourself!

poisonwood said...

In Canada instead of NPR we have CBC. I'm not sure if you have access to the CBC radio station but the program by Sook-Yin Lee called "Definitely Not the Opera" or DNTO is really great. She picks an interesting topic every day and talks to your average listener about their stories surrounding the topic. It's a really great program and so thought-provoking and positive!
http://www.cbc.ca/dnto/

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Jessie said...

Yes, CBC radio is the best! All good suggestions.

Rachel Taylor said...

I love Joy the Baker's podcast with Shutterbean. Highly recommend it!

Laura said...

On Being- you will love it! A new show is posted every Friday. Tons of great archives.

About On Being ( http://www.onbeing.org/about)









"On Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit. The program began as an occasional series on Minnesota Public Radio in 1999, then became a monthly national program in September 2001, and launched as a weekly program titled Speaking of Faith in the summer of 2003.

On Being, as the show was re-named in 2010, is now heard on hundreds of public radio stations in the U.S. and globally via Internet and podcast. In 2008, the program was awarded the highest honors in both broadcasting and electronic media — our first Peabody and our second Webby Award. On Being is the only public radio program in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.

Krista envisioned a program that would draw out the intellectual and spiritual content of religion that should nourish our common life, but that is often obscured precisely when religion enters the news. Our sustained growth as a show has also been nurtured by a cultural shift that seeks conversation, shared life, and problem-solving within and across religious traditions and across categories of belief and non-belief. On Being has both responded and contributed to a growing acknowledgement that there are basic questions of meaning that pertain to the entire human experience. The particular dramas and dynamics of the 21st century — ecological, political, cultural, technological, and economic — are bringing this into relief."

Margaret said...

My sister thought the Onion was a legitimate source! She told me about how a WNBA player went into labor during the playoff game and made it through the season 8-months pregnant. I kept thinking, "What??" Turns out, she read a link to the Onion and thought it was real!

Melissa Neuman said...

This week's This American Life had me laughing so hard I was literally crying during my commute (metro and walk), which offered entertainment for those around me too. [http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/510/fiasco]

lisakdeng said...

EARWOLF's How Did This Get Made is hilarious. Comedians Paul scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas plus guest discuss one outrageous film per episode. This constantly has me laughing out loud in public places. Just finished Devil's Advocate episode, totally recommend it. It's bonkers!

avhh said...

you would LOVE Pop Culture Happy Hour! Linda Holmes is one of my favorite writers - and the podcast is run by her and three hilarious, talented, and witty friends. They tackle anything and everything in pop culture - The Rise of Nerd Culture, Women in Fiction, The Hero's Journey, etc. There's a new one every Friday and I never miss it!
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129472378

Sarah said...

Great post - love these recommendations! Two specific episodes came to mind when I read this.

The first is a heartbreaking and funny story by Lisa Lampanelli (yes, that Lisa Lampanelli) from The Moth: http://themoth.org/posts/storytellers/lisa-lampanelli

The second is my all-time favorite episode from TAL on Break-ups, including this gem by Starlee Kine: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/339/break-up

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy walking, mama!

Emily said...

Book Riot -- an hour long program discussing book news, media, and new releases from the past week. So fun, addictive and a great place to learn about new books and book related news!

America's Test Kitchen -- included call-in questions, wine tasting, kitchen gadget reviews, recipe tasting, and of-the-moment chef/author/restauranteur interview segments. For the foodie, and if you are not a foodie, this podcast will turn you into one!

After the Jump -- hosted by Design*Sponge's Grace Bonney, she interviews designers, artists, friends and discusses their work, backgrounds, company profiles. Its absolutely great, a weekly "must" for me!

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jacqueline said...

Love Podcasts! Here are some of my faves:

Radiolab
Here's the Thing w/Alec Baldwin
Freakonomics
StoryCorps
Savage Love Cast
Slate Political Gabfest
Stuff Mom Never Told You

Unknown said...

Comedy Bang Bang. Comedian/Host Scott Aukerman interviews comedian guest stars, including amy poehler, john hamm, nick kroll, aziz ansari, reggie watts, adam scott...

Manuela said...

Tara Brach! She is a mindful/spiritual speaker that has a very sweet and powerful podcast. It is right up your alley, Joanna!

Ava C said...

All from the U.K - bbc radio 4 "Womens Hour" - sounds terrible but is a really great mix of culture, politics,parenting,cooking etc.
bbc Radio 4 "Front Row" books, theatre, cinema, art, music etc, etc
bbc radio 4 - "desert island discs" the best interviews you will ever hear! There is a great archive too!
Enjoy!

Erin Williams said...

Everything else I listen to has been mentioned except my current fave: Professor Blastoff! It's with Tig Notaro (you've probably heard her on This American Life, come to think of it!) and two other comedians (Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger). They talk about science-y stuff and clearly have no idea what they're talking about. It's hilarious.

kspence said...

Adam Carolla is hilarious!

Angie | Design Asylum said...

I love a lot that were mentioned above...Fresh Air, The Moth, Freakonomics,Splendid Table but my absolute favorite is Professor Blastoff. I don't care for the "live" shows but all the other are so great and really funny. I skipped around at first so I would advise starting from the beginning so you get some of the recurring jokes.

Michele Ryan said...

Professor Blastoff is my absolute favorite podcast of all time. Three comedian friends talking science, philosophy, metaphysical, etc. It's hilarious and informative!

nyclilsmartass said...

Radiolab is really awesome. The moth is a second favorite.

JH said...

Agree! Radiolab is AWESOME! Unfictional is a pretty good substitute too.

Molls said...

A Way with Words and Dinner Party Download are two of my favorites right now along with the always awesome Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.

jacqueline said...

oh! and Professor Blastoff!

alala said...

Ha, I enjoy radiolab but I have a friend that nearly has a nervous breakdown when I listen to it around her. I swear she twitches every time they mix the audio in layers as you mentioned.

jad said...

I LOVE NPRs Fresh Air with Terry Gross, her voice is so soothing and her interviews are always incredibly interesting.
For a really good laugh I listen to NPRs Wait Wait...dont tell me! I laugh out loud while listening, even at the gym or the train.

Kristine said...

I love the 'Stuff You Should Know' podcasts on NPR! We download them for car and plane rides. The hosts are hilarious and we always learn something new, and usually, completely random! :)

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Karen said...

My favorite new (to me) podcast is "Judge John Hodgman". I find his humor hilarious and it's so entertaining to listen to him arbitrate arguments like: whether or not parentheses should be included in fiction, or whether or not the built-in soap dispenser in the kitchen sink should be filled with dish soap or hand soap.

jodi said...

Like many others, I love This American Life. I also love listening to TED talks and recently learned that NPR has a podcast called the TED Radio Hour. Just listened to one this morning and it was great!

avhh said...

my FAVORITE favorite podcast!

Fisher Sisters said...

My husband and I love listening to This American Life on road trips! It always makes us laugh. And when you're driving from Michigan to Oklahoma, sometimes it's nice to listen to something other than the top 40!

-Lynn-Holly from The Attic

Jennifer James McCollum said...

Here's a bunch of my podcasts. They're about 2-3 minutes each. They air weekly on KOSU in OKC -- an NPR station. Many are Oklahoma-centric. https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/jennifer-james/id525767690 (or https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/jennifer-james/id525767690# ) Here's the one I think people liked the best. It's about the May 2013 tornadoes in Oklahoma. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/destiny/id525767690?i=160253375&mt=2

Tanith said...

SOMETHING DIFFERENT! :)

I know you'll love this radio show from the BBC:

...it's called 'The Why Factor'...

I can't get enough of these sort-of-documentaries by Mike Williams on things we might not think about but are constantly aware of like, "Why are we fascinated with mirrors?" or "Why do we feel nostalgia?" or the latest one, "Why do we lie?"

I know you'll love it!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xtky9

mich ruby said...

I love podcasts! I love the Nerdist channel. Chris Hardwick has different celebrity guests on and it's fun to hear their stories. I also enjoy "Stuff You Should Know" and "Wire Tap" with Jonathan Goldstein. My fiancé and I have a podcast called Commercial Convo. We are on iTunes. We discuss different commercials and campaigns. We would love if you gave a listen!

JessinBelgium said...

Yes, LOVE the Dinner Party Download. Great weekly fun and I always learn something in the process.

RayKay said...

For a little slice of Michigan, "Connie and Curtis in the Morning" on Grand Rapids' 95.7 is excellent every weekday morning!

nklein said...

Marc Maron's WTF!

aglassofmilk said...

Yes, Joy the Baker is the best podcast in town!

klotchski said...

The Memory Palace is my favorite! Some of those stories just really stick with you. I don't normally listen to podcasts, but this one I make sure to listen to!

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Countian said...

Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine is a great if you're interested in medicine or the history of medical treatments through time—from amputations to the Plague to hysteria. The husband and wife (she's a doctor) duo do an excellent job of educating while entertaining.
NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross is by far the best interview podcast I've listened to. Gross is an amazing interviewer and always has fascinating guests.

Marcela Amaya said...

Exactly the one I was going to recommend :)) My favorites guests so far, Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld.

alliecal said...

I see Comedy Bang Bang got mentioned. Comedy so nice, they banged it twice. I love My Brother, My Brother, and Me (MBMBAM) at maximumfun.org. The family dynamic and humor "riffs" between the Mcelroy clan are pretty funny. If you have siblings you'll really appreciate it.

Anna said...

I listen to podcasts when I clean and when I fold laundry. My favorites are On Being and To The Best Of Our Knowledge (TTBOOK).

Allison said...

check out onbeing.com sooooo good!!! lots of great interviews.

Jane said...

"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" It's the best! I listen to it on the regular while I'm walking and I totally laugh to myself like a maniac :)

alex said...

enthusiastic second (third? fourth?) of Pop Culture Happy Hour!! I also like Extra Hot Great....same notion overall but edgier

Kalli said...

I like "Radiolab" even more than "This American Life"... less of the same exact formula (and music, grr!) every episode, thought the hosts do have a similarly comforting presence as Ira Glass. Also, it's definitely not for everybody, but I love, love "How Did This Get Made?" about hilariously terrible movies.

solmaz eshraghi said...

wiretap from CBC is great... specially since you're a This American Life fan, since Jonathan Goldstein, the creator of wiretap used to work with and still does some segments or collaborations with TAL...
Ideas on CBC is another amazing show, because they do completely different topics every time... very neat...
Welcome to Night Vale is fab too, in a vintage creepy type of way... it's like Twilight zone but for radio...
and finally, Q with jian ghomeshi on CBC... he is a really gifted interviewer, and always gets the best guests... love him...

ashlyandmonkey said...

NPR's Planet Money and Radiolab are my favorite along with This American Life. I never miss an episode!

Chelsea said...

Ooh! Love! Love all the CBC fans on here!

I'm with y'all on Radiolab, Freakonomics, The Moth, and anything CBC.

Thanks for some great new suggestions! xx

mw said...

The Nerdist, The Moth, & Wait Wait Don't tell Me

mw said...

The Nerdist, The Moth, & Wait Wait Don't tell Me

Jamie said...

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! I always laugh out loud when listening.

S Holmes said...

I love RadioLab, (which is science-y) WITS! (which is funny) and The Memory Palace (which is short and sweet, but you can listen to several serially.

Michelle Panting said...

Definitely Not the Opera, or DNTO. Every week Sook Yin Lee explores a different topic from various sides. She brings in all sorts of writers, experts and interesting guests. It's Canadian and awesome.

Love your idea of using a walk as me time!

http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

Hannahlee Allers said...

Yes to Stuff You Should Know! I love Josh and Chuck! I went back and listened to all their episodes while working as a painter one summer and it's so good! Some topics aren't as interesting, but one of my favorites is 'Who were the first Americans?" It inspired me to work in archaeology!

I also have to second Radiolab and the Moth. Both great shows. If you haven't been to a Moth story night in NYC, you should totally check it out. Definitely the highlight of my last visit to the city.

I also really love America's Test Kitchen's podcast for all the cooking stuff and Jillian Michaels for some exercise and health inspiration.

Basically, I listen to a ton of podcasts. There's so much good stuff out there!

Unknown said...

Mark Maron's WTF podcast. He interviews comedians/actors/musicians in his garage. I like it because you get to see another side of the entertainer and learn how they got into the biz.

Nadine said...

I really recommend "All In the Mind" from Australia's national radio station (ABC). It explores really fascinating and varied topics relating to psychology and mental health (in a way that is accessible and interesting to everyday people :)). http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/

I'll definitely check out some of the other recommendations above!

Hi There! said...

my current favorite podcasts include:
This American Life (i <3 Ira Glass)
The Moth
Dinner Party Download
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler (usually NSFW)
Joy the Baker
Risk! (this is also a storytelling podcast but usually NSFW)

Michelle Erba said...

Throwing Shade via funnyordie.com. THE FUNNIEST EVER.
"Femi-nasty Erin Gibson, and homo-sensual Bryan Safi discuss issues concerning women and gays...and treat them with much less respect than they deserve"

Rachel Eaton said...

http://www.stitcher.com/toplists/celebrity-guests-podcasts?&refid=stpr

Rachel Eaton said...

Sorry! I was going to suggest checking out these curated list of podcast episodes
http://www.stitcher.com/toplists/
A great way to discover new shows- or just have some fun listening.
Perfect to chill out & listen to during YOU time.

krisel keeper said...

I'm so glad you asked about this. I have sat in the parking lot waiting for a story to end on the radio and I feel like such a nerd doing it. Obviously its a thing and I love it. I have to check out the suggestions above.
This is one of my all time favorite stories:
http://themoth.org/posts/stories/every-expense-was-spared

marybeth said...

Thanks for the tip! I really enjoyed that episode. I followed it up with another This American Life Episode - Fiasco. Which was laugh out loud funny. I recommend it! Although, be prepared to laugh in public during your walk.

Madelaine said...

I love Uhh Yeah Dude, which is just two hilarious guys hanging out and talking, and I just started listening to Welcome to Night Vale. It's a bizarre, ongoing saga about a fictitious town, and each episode is around 20 minutes.

Unknown said...

Love these suggestions. I have so many new podcasts to listen to. I wont be redundant by including my top favs but some that I love that havent been mentioned yet:

If I Were You - The college humor guys give "advice" which always ends up being just making fun of the people who write in. Its hilarious. Their dynamic is so great.

The Monday Morning Podcast - Bill Burrs podcast. Its really just him talking about everything but if you like Bill Burr this podcast is great (the joe rogan show is this same style but you really gotta be a joe rogan fan to be into it, plus everyones clearly high)

Hardcore History - Dan Carlin goes in depth in history in a very engaging way. My boyfriend is obsessed.

And I wanna give a second mention to Judge John Hodgman since its so freaking funny and different. 2 people come on the show with whatever disagreement they are having (the episode about sitting at the "kids table" is my favorite) and John Hodgman hears their sides and decides who is right.

Jessica Ferron said...

I highly recommend 99% Invisible by Roman Mars. Quick little podcasts that bring to light the design in this world that remains 99% invisible to the general public, yet influence our everyday lives. The stories are really amazing and quirky. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Morris said...

I love Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin, After The Jump by Grace Bonney, You Look Nice Today (if you don't mind laughing in public!) and Back to Work with Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann.

Jill Robson said...

I'm so surprised that only one person mentioned Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week that I had to leave a comment in case you missed it! As a new mama myself (our little boy is just a few weeks older than Anton) one of the highlights of my week is listening to Julie while taking the little guy for a walk in the stroller. She is candid, hilarious, and always has insightful, intelligent interviews with a fascinating range of guests (writers, documentarians, comedians, Joan Collins!) along with her always entertaining opening monologue. And while I really love a lot of the podcasts mentioned above, sometimes the dulcet tones of NPR are enough to send a new mama to sleep! Julie is a vibrant, refreshing voice in the podcast world - like spending an hour with your smart, funny, brassy girlfriend.

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