Podcasts I have loved
In 2016, I broke up with NPR, but missed the storytelling segments and learning about things I didn't otherwise know about. Thankfully, there are podcasts. I listen to podcasts when gardening — it's better than the traffic noise on my busy street — or doing chores, or while doing the world's most boring physical activity aka running.
Queery with Cameron Esposito — Cameron interviews queer people about their lives, work, and more.
Keep It — About the same time I learned to read, my mom started subscribing to People magazine, and I read it cover-to-cover weekly until I left home at 18. Keep It is everything I loved about celebrity gossip. But is more critical with in-depth looks at why pop culture matters and is led by diverse voices.
Pod Save America — Super popular political podcast from Obama's former communications folx. Sometimes they lean on humor a little too much. I do find it most fascinating when they talk about how the White House works (when functional), what's going on inside the Democratic party, and when they interview political candidates in different states.
You Must Remember This — Covers the first 100 years of Hollywood, looking at how the entertainment industry both shaped our culture and became our culture. A fascinating history for sure, and how our history comes back to bite us again. I binged all 170 episodes in like a month.
Nancy — Kathy Tu and Tobin Low explore queer culture. They cover everything from hair cuts and forming a gaggle to Harry Potter and your "Ring of Keys" moment.
Women at Warp — Star Trek from an intersectional feminist lens? A million yeses. Even if it makes me realize just how much of my brain Star Trek has occupied since my childhood.
Pop Culture Happy Hour — NPR's pop culture team talks about media — mostly movies and TV — and I tend to only listen to the episodes about media I care about. They typically don't spoil anything. One of my favorite segments they do is their yearly predictions around summer box office hits and misses.
Buffering the Vampire Slayer — I've probably watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer at least 7 times through, and this is a full nerd-out of all things Buffy. Two married queer ladies review episode by episode without spoiling for future episodes. They've also interviewed several of the actors. Each episode ends with a unique song.
Dear Sugars — If you miss Cheryl Strayed or Steve Almond doing the Dear Sugar advice column in the Rumpus (yes, I know there's still a print one), this is for you. The Sugars tackle major life issues with compassion, advice, and experts who've either lived it or work in mental health.
Star Trek Discovery Recap Freqcast — An episode review show from Feminist Frequency. They do not like the show, and while I have some different feelings, I do like to hear their point of views as a lot of negative reviews about the show have more to do with gatekeeping, misogyny, and racism than real criticism.
Feminist Frequency Radio — I'm usually behind on this because when the Feminist Frequency crew reviews pop culture media (film, TV, books, games, etc.), they typically spoil it. And always politely warn so. Which means I like to have consumed said media before listening.
Our Opinions are Correct — A scientist and a sci-fi writer talk about sci-fi and other related pop culture.
Out On the Lanai — A Golden Girls episode review podcast that I wish was somewhere besides embedded on their site or iTunes. Like with most episode review podcasts, you should only listen if you watch them.
The Hidden Brain — All the time, scientists are finding out new things about the way our brains work. This podcast looks at both the science and the practical implications in our lives.
Community Signal — Interviews with community professionals (work-related).
Racist Sandwich — Food is often how people first encounter other cultures. But food can be gentrified and colonized. This podcast typically interviews people of color working in the food industry.
Stuff Mom Never Told You — A variety of deep dives into various topics through a feminist lens from shaving to action figures to history.
Pounded in the Butt by My Own Podcast with Chuck Tingle — Gay erotica author Chuck Tingle's short stories are read by celebrity guests. Explicit in content, hilarious, and completely irreverent. In episode 2, "Han Solo" and "Darth Vader" (who's a robotic unicorn) get it on.
Former listens, or must-listens in production limbo
Another Round — Heben and Tracy look at race, pop culture, and more. They interview fascinating guests and talk about the realities of being black women.
With Friends Like These — More cultural and political intersections looking into what makes America tick.
Bad With Money — Gabby Dunn's podcast about finances, personal, small business (especially actors and other creative jobs), and just money in general. Explores our cultural relationship with money and has some focuses on added challenges for queer and other marginalized people.
The United States of Anxiety: Culture Wars — This has been on a long break, but it's a political one looking into different US issues, talking with voters, and looking into lobby efforts. For instance, I learned that tobacco lobbyists moved from tobacco into the anti-climate change lobby, which uses similar tactics.
Let me know what you love to listen to! Especially if they are about gardening. 🌱🎧