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    I know there was a thread on this somewhere in the history, but I thought I'd start a new one. I commute an hour each way every day and I need some new podcasts to listen to. Any suggestions of newer podcasts that are worthwhile?
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    The Last Podcast on the Left - three dudes that get deep into research and present on various topics such as true crime, serial killers, UFOs, cults (my favorite episodes), etc. just great stuff.

    We Hate Movies - Podcast that takes an old movie and rips it to shreds. These guys go a little overboard on the PC/SJW stuff at times, so if that bothers you, ignore this one.

    Rebel Force Radio - Star Wars Podcast by Star Wars geeks for Star Wars geeks

    Pod Save America - political podcast by former Obama staffers. If you are either conservative or far left, ignore this one.

    How Did This Get Made? - similar to WHM, but without the political commentary and celebrity guest hosts. Hosts are more famous.

    Business Wars - exactly what the title implies. The first series on Blockbuster vs Netflix is excellent.
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    I feel weird recommending this to anyone because I feel conflicted about it, but I'm going to anyway because I'd be interested in knowing what you thought of it - S-Town.

    Possibly with that kind of commute you've already heard it since it was a big one. It blew me away but I also have many issues with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    I feel weird recommending this to anyone because I feel conflicted about it, but I'm going to anyway because I'd be interested in knowing what you thought of it - S-Town.

    Possibly with that kind of commute you've already heard it since it was a big one. It blew me away but I also have many issues with it.
    I probably should have listed some I've listened to, which is a lot. I loved S-Town. It's pretty high on my list of favorite all time podcasts.

    I've listened to all 3 seasons of Revisionist History, although his most recent one was not all that great. I listened to Serial, obviously, and the follow to that one Undisclosed. I've listened to Crime Town, and now am listening to RFK Tapes. some others:

    In the Dark
    Caught
    This American Life (some, not all)
    West Cork (on audible only)
    Up and Vanished (but I can't stand the host, so I won't listen to any more of his)
    TED Radio Hour (occasionally)
    Accused
    Dirty John
    Slow Burn

    I'm missing a lot I can't think of. There are some I used to listen to, but don't really anymore, like Freakonomics.

    I'm generally not going to listen to anything overly political. I used to, but for my own well-being I've stopped listening/watching/reading much in the world of politics these days. Besides, most of what's out there is mostly meant to reinforce what you already think. I'm a left, and I'm not much interested in spending time in the liberal echo chamber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    I feel weird recommending this to anyone because I feel conflicted about it, but I'm going to anyway because I'd be interested in knowing what you thought of it - S-Town.

    Possibly with that kind of commute you've already heard it since it was a big one. It blew me away but I also have many issues with it.
    I thought overall S-Town was pretty interesting, especially while I was listening. But I do have to admit at the end wondering why I spent seven hours listening to a podcast about some random guy in Alabama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    I probably should have listed some I've listened to, which is a lot. I loved S-Town. It's pretty high on my list of favorite all time podcasts.

    I've listened to all 3 seasons of Revisionist History, although his most recent one was not all that great. I listened to Serial, obviously, and the follow to that one Undisclosed. I've listened to Crime Town, and now am listening to RFK Tapes. some others:

    In the Dark
    Caught
    This American Life (some, not all)
    West Cork (on audible only)
    Up and Vanished (but I can't stand the host, so I won't listen to any more of his)
    TED Radio Hour (occasionally)
    Accused
    Dirty John
    Slow Burn

    I'm missing a lot I can't think of. There are some I used to listen to, but don't really anymore, like Freakonomics.

    I'm generally not going to listen to anything overly political. I used to, but for my own well-being I've stopped listening/watching/reading much in the world of politics these days. Besides, most of what's out there is mostly meant to reinforce what you already think. I'm a left, and I'm not much interested in spending time in the liberal echo chamber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat13 View Post
    I thought overall S-Town was pretty interesting, especially while I was listening. But I do have to admit at the end wondering why I spent seven hours listening to a podcast about some random guy in Alabama.

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    Hardcore History?
    The latest is a 4+ hour podcast on the history of Japan. Dan Carlin is amazing enough to make it interesting the entire time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongVerb View Post
    The latest is a 4+ hour podcast on the history of Japan. Dan Carlin is amazing enough to make it interesting the entire time.
    My 15 year old son listens to Dan Carlin all the time, and he told me I need to listen to the one about Japan. To me, he wanders all over the place and it's hard to follow. I can only listen to 15-20 minutes at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    My 15 year old son listens to Dan Carlin all the time, and he told me I need to listen to the one about Japan. To me, he wanders all over the place and it's hard to follow. I can only listen to 15-20 minutes at a time.
    My commute is about 35-40 minutes, which is just about the right amount of time to break up Carlin's podcasts for me. I did listen to the latest one in two big chunks while on an airplane.

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    I love Carlin. There’s another interesting one called History on Fire. Italian guy with a heavy accent.
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    Anyone that is a wrestling fan needs to listen to both of Jim Cornette's podcasts. Lots of stories about being on the road with the Midnight Express.

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    MWM based on your post we must have similar listening interests. Iíve listened to most of the ones youíve listed. I have about a 45 minute commute myself. So I can sympathize.

    When the Poscast is on itís A game itís my favorite. Unfortunately it seems like Michael Schur is getting too busy to do it regularly.
    Iíve really enjoyed This Week in Baseball History. Itís not super polished but itís very interesting and Iíve learned a lot of baseball history.
    Wait Wait Donít Tell Me is hilarious and educational. My wife insists that we listen to that one together.
    Iím sure youíre familiar with Stuff You Should Know and 99% Invisible. Iím a fan of both.
    Based on your listing some few true crime podcasts you might enjoy Accused (I enjoyed the 1st season, not so much the 2nd) and Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories (produced like an old-timey radio drama). Iím with you on Paine Lyndsey being annoying, but I still think Iíll give the 2nd season of Up and Vanished a chance.

    Everybody keep the suggestions coming! Iím about 20 away from finishing the 1,000+ episodes of SYSK, so Iíll have a big hole to fill!

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    Sean Carroll's Mindscape is new and very interesting.
    Malcolm Gladwell's is pretty interesting as well.
    MLB Pipeline and MLB Morning Lineup are great baseball podcasts.
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    Lore is great, if a bit too soothing.
    Malcolm Gladwell's podcast has grown on me. A couple of really good episodes lately, particularly 'Free Brian Williams'.
    I Was There Too is sadly going to end its regular run after episode 100 (it's on 91, I think, now). Matt Gourley says he'll still do special theme episodes occasionally.
    Dan Carlin's dropped off of my radar (too long between episodes), but I keep intending to get back into his shows.
    Pete Holmes podcast has had some nice episodes recently, particularly shows with The Avett Brothers and Penn Gillette.
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    I thought of another recommendation. Heavens Gate was fantastic. It really humanizes the cult members and is a great look into human psychology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    Lore is great, if a bit too soothing.
    Malcolm Gladwell's podcast has grown on me. A couple of really good episodes lately, particularly 'Free Brian Williams'.
    I Was There Too is sadly going to end its regular run after episode 100 (it's on 91, I think, now). Matt Gourley says he'll still do special theme episodes occasionally.
    Dan Carlin's dropped off of my radar (too long between episodes), but I keep intending to get back into his shows.
    Pete Holmes podcast has had some nice episodes recently, particularly shows with The Avett Brothers and Penn Gillette.
    I did listen to the first season of Accused. Didn't know there was a 2nd.

    Funny, the "Free Brian Williams" episode was my least favorite of this past season. He made some good arguments, but I'm still skeptical of his conclusions. I loved the one about Sammy Davis, Jr.

    I'll have to give the Avett Brothers one a listen. I watched the documentary about them and thought it was great. Their music has always been hit or miss with me, but the documentary made me gain more respect for them as artists.
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