LATEST Podcast Reviews
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: DAVE ANTHONY AND GARETH REYNOLDS
Ideated by comedian and history buff Dave Anthony, The Dollop focuses on unknown and distinctly bizarre stories from history. Each episode consists of Anthony recounting his research to his co-host Gareth Reynolds, who like the listeners, has never heard the story before. Anthony’s well-researched accounts blend with Reynold’s skill as an improviser and hilarious reactions to create a uniquely entertaining type of storytelling. Clocking in at over 300 episodes, The Dollop’s historical narratives (typically focusing on American history) highlight the often fucked-up and absurd side of history that is almost always glossed over or outright manipulated in history classes as well as epic tales of the forgotten bad asses of times past. Jump in anywhere in their catalogue and you’ll be sure to find an entertaining and insightful tale from history.
Similar taste to: The Last Podcast on the Left, Dumb People Town, and Dough Boys.
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: WNYC STUDIOS
As the name would suggest, Death, Sex and Money is about the aspects of life that don’t often come up in polite conversation, but we all have a few burning questions about. Host Anna Sale addresses these topics straight ahead, with honesty and vulnerability. Sale conducts interviews with celebrities like Bill Withers, Nick Offerman, Jane Fonda, and Esther Perel, but she is often joined on the show by everyday people. Sale and her interviewees get real about the aspects of life that are challenging and awkward to work through and show how we never really master them, but have to re-address them constantly as we go through life. The show also features voicemails from listeners who share parts of their lives they struggle to navigate. Whether you’re interested in hearing from others about issues you are addressing in your life, or just want to eavesdrop on some interesting conversation, Death, Sex and Money is sure to delivery in every episode.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: This American Life, WTF with Marc Maron, and Criminal.
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: NPR
Hosted by Peabody Award-winning journalist Kelly McEvers, Embedded comes to us from the NPR podcast family. The show takes a deeper look at important news stories of the day. In an era in which the news cycle gets shorter and shorter every day, Embedded takes the time to truly examine the issues that we face and moves past the surface take that most of us get on push notifications or 24-hour news networks. Topics include the police shooting epidemic, Trump stories, Mitch McConnell, the evolution of the American judicial system, and much more. Stories are all told in multiple parts, each of which examines the issue from a different angle and new perspective to shed light on the complex issues that define our time and our future.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: The Daily, Caliphate, and Slow Burn
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: EARWOLF, PAUL SCHEER & AMY NICHOLSON
Actor and host of How Did This Get Made Paul Scheer teams up with film critic and writer Amy Nicholson for this film podcast on the Earwolf network. The duo make their way through the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time list, unpacking each film’s most iconic scenes and the groundbreaking techniques that make it stand out in film history. Each episode also features artists and industry experts who bring unique insights into the making and/or cultural reception of each film. Scheer and Nicholson discuss the merits of each film on the list and whether it deserves its ranking in the top 100 or even deserves to be on the list at all. The hosts approach each film with a critical eye that exposes what makes the film a cultural classic or what issues modern audiences will find problematic. Whether you want to cherry-pick some of your favorite films and hear what the hosts have to say or just expand your knowledge of film history by watching some classics you have missed, this podcast is sure to deliver on thought-provoking insights into Hollywood’s most glorified hits.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: Pop Culture Happy Hour, The Canon, and The Rewatchables.
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: HEADGUM/DOUGHBOYS MEDIA
Hosted by improv comedians/writers Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell, Doughboys is a food review show that reviews chain restaurants across America. Tune in for in-depth analysis of the service, quality of food, and overall experience of fast food, fast casual and sit-down chains. With over 200 episodes, your favorite indulgences are bound to be covered. The co-hosts are joined by a different guest each week and use an objective rating system based on forks and tines to evaluate each episode’s establishment. In addition to their deep dive into chain menus, each episode rounds out with various segments like Snack or Wack, Drank or Stank, Flavor of the Week, etc. Truly a show for eaters rather than foodies, Doughboys’ riffy recurring segments and unique sense of humor defines its place in the food podcast world.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: The Sporkful and The Dollop.
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: CRIMINAL & RADIOTOPIA
Phoebe Judge hosts this storytelling show that explores the human side of the divide between perpetrators and victims, crime and justice. Through direct interviews with those involved in the stories, Judge’s mellifluous narration is interspersed with audio of her probing questions and the voices of those involved in the events telling their side of the story. Topics covered vary from lighthearted adventures that involve some rule bending to intense emotional experiences that confront the most harrowing events someone can live through. From bank robbers, to stow always, to victims of police violence, Judge susses out the humanity that can often times get lost in the true crime genre.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: Sword and Scale, Everything is Stories, and My Favorite Murder.
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: CYNTHIA GRAVER AND NICOLA TWILLEY
Rather than a show about mollusks, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley bring you a podcast about all things culinary. From a history of the bagel, to the best foods for athletes, to how to choose the best bottle of olive oil, if you are ready to go deep nerd on a food topic, this is a podcast to scratch that itch. Graber and Twilley interview experts from around the globe in their quest to explore the history, chemistry, and economics of their episode topics. The co-hosts’ curiosity is contagious and they leave no stone unturned in the way they tell their stories.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: Milk Street Radio, The Splendid Table, and Science Vs.
BY CHRISTOPHER DAY / PODCAST NETWORK: NPR
Created and produced by This American Life and Radiolab alums, Invisibilia deconstructs the unseen forces that influence our world view. With a unique blend of in-depth science reporting and captivating storytelling, hosts Alix Spiegel, Hanna Rosin, and Lulu Miller craft story lines that challenge our most basic beliefs and assumptions about ourselves and what motivates us. Ultimately, the show exposes the limitations we often place on ourselves and each other and reveals that human potential often exceeds our preconceptions. Good episodes to start with include How to Become Batman, The Personality Myth, and True You, but they all really hit the mark when it comes to stimulating, thought provoking stories.
SIMILAR TASTE TO: Science Vs., Hidden Brain, and Snap Judgement.