Podcasts–any recommendations?

I have this great new Android phone, and I am looking for suggestions of what to listen to once I get through the Ricochet podcast–which, after all, comes out only once a week.  What else is out there? 

  1. PJS

    Well, you could download ALL the Ricochet podcasts. There are now enough to keep listening without getting bored. A British friend told me about “A History of the World in One Hundred Objects” from BBC 4. It’s one hundred 15-ish minute podcasts, each describing an object from the British Museum. The series tells the story of human evolution around the world, starting with a stone axe and ending with a credit card. Uncommon Knowledge is GREAT stuff! John Batchelor is interesting, and I love his voice. There are all kinds of things available, check iTunes podcasts.

  2. Lucy Pevensie

    Thanks for the ideas. I should have said initially that I tried Uncommon Knowledge, which I naturally love, but it downloads too slowly to the phone, probably because of the video. 

  3. Nitwit MN

    I’d go over to National Review online and grab all of the Radio Derb episodes… they’re weekly takes on current events produced by the droll and clever John Derbyshire.  Also, there’s a series on BBC called “In Our Time.”  These are 45 minute discussions on topics ranging from The Charge of the Light Brigade to the Nicene Creed.  Lots of good stuff out there.

  4. The Other Diane

    I second PJS about listening to all the old Ricochet podcasts.  One of my very favorites is the first one, The Commandante is Annoyed, a spot-on yet funny analysis of Pres. Obama’s first State of the Union address.  When I’ve run out of Uncommon Knowledge episodes I download the free version of Dennis Miller’s show which has about 10 min. segments.  Many interesting and some quirky interviews.  Some great podcast suggestions here already, and once I’ve downloaded the British Museum and Radio Derb episodes there may be no time left for Dennis Miller!

  5. Pseudodionysius

    Are you talking for free or paid? If for free, scoop Donald Kagan’s 24 video or audio lectures on Ancient Greece from his 2007 course at Yale. Other than he has to clear his throat frequently because he’s in his 70′s and its hard to keep up that lecture volume to a huge theatre, they are splendidly done.

  6. Pseudodionysius

    Fun factoid: John Derbyshire sounds almost identical to the late Monsignor Ronald Knox.

  7. flownover

    Larry Miller is a funny guy who does a weekly half hour thru the Adam Carollo podcast channel. He used to do a regular column at Weekly Standard which he still might ??

  8. Robert Barraud Taylor

    Continuing with the BBC theme, you can get the monthly podcast produced by the BBC History Magazine editorial staff…very Anglocentric, but that’s to be expected.  But best of all is what is almost certainly the best “ideas” program anywhere, the podcast of In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg.  It’s the university education you wish you had, in which the host sits down with a panel of experts and asks them lots of questions about something.  Over the last five weeks they’ve done programs on “The Unicorn”, “Logic”, “The Volga Vikings”, “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” and “Metaphor.”  Dazzling stuff. 

  9. Craig McLaughlin

    Anything with Richard Epstein in it.  He gives smart a headache.

  10. Erik Martinsen

    I strongly recommend EconTalk, by professor Russ Roberts of George Mason University. He’s the one who wrote the material for the renowned Keynes VS Hayek music video “Boom and Bust.”

    Another favorite of mine is DH Unplugged, where a highly successful investor and a columnist and experienced broadcaster discuss international politics, economics and investment from a very free market perspective.

    The Cato Institute Events Podcast is another great alternative.

    All three podcasts are also available on iTunes.

  11. mesquito

     I subscribe to The Dennis Miller Show.  It’s very good.

  12. Pilgrim

    The next best thing to the Ricochet podcasts are the podcasts from PJMedia.  These are rebroadcasts from their XMSiris satellite radio content.  I get it through iTunes store, not sure about the Android  The link below is the interview with Rob Long and James Lileks from the NR cruise.

     http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/ricochet-at-sea-an-interview-with-rob-long-and-james-lileks/

  13. Peter Robinson
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    Lucy Pevensie: Thanks for the ideas. I should have said initially that I tried Uncommon Knowledge, which I naturally love, but it downloads too slowly to the phone, probably because of the video.  · Nov 25 at 3:57pm

    Go to iTunes, Lucy.  There, I am happy to say, you will discover an audio-only version of Uncommon Knowledge.  Downloads in milliseconds.

  14. Peter Robinson
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    Pseudodionysius: Are you talking for free or paid? If for free, scoop Donald Kagan’s 24 video or audio lectures on Ancient Greece from his 2007 course at Yale. Other than he has to clear his throat frequently because he’s in his 70′s and its hard to keep up that lecture volume to a huge theatre, they are splendidly done. · Nov 26 at 8:06am

    Ah, sounds superb!  Could you give us the link?

  15. Tom Davis

    On a lighter note, you might enjoy the Old Time Dragnet radio show hosted by Adam Graham.  Mr. Graham plays the Dragnet radio show from the late 1940s and early 1950s.  It predates the Miranda warnings and the Warren Court so you get a whole different take on the situation.  It is strange to hear Jack Webb arrest someone without telling him that he has the right to remain silent.

    Old Time Dragnet is available on iTunes.

  16. Pachyderm

     The Extension 720 Podcast with Milt Rosenberg is excellent.  Also, Coffee and Markets from New Ledger Radio is great if you are interested in busines.  I also like Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio.  Here are the iTunes links:

    http://feeds2.feedburner.com/wgnradio/extension720 http://newledger.com/section/podcasts/feed/ http://securefreedomradio.podbean.com/feed/
  17. dittoheadadt

    The Dennis Miller Show, yes, especially his Calls of the Day.  I still have two saved on my computer from 2008, they’re that good.

    Also, get the Red Eye video podcasts.  They’re short excerpts from the hour-long show, NOT the entire show, which makes for good, quick viewing/listening.

  18. Pseudodionysius
    Peter Robinson

     Pseudodionysius: Are you talking for free or paid? If for free, scoop Donald Kagan’s 24 video or audio lectures on Ancient Greece from his 2007 course at Yale. Other than he has to clear his throat frequently because he’s in his 70′s and its hard to keep up that lecture volume to a huge theatre, they are splendidly done. · Nov 26 at 8:06am 

     Ah, sounds superb!  Could you give us the link? · Nov 26 at 3:19pm

    Your wish is my command as I bring down this firewall. And here.

  19. Johnny Dubya

    Download Stitcher from the Android Market. You can stream the Rico podcast, audio Uncommon Knowledge, Radio Derb, Laura Ingraham, etc. I have an aversion to Apple and so I don’t use iTunes.

  20. Misthiocracy

    The podcasts I subscribe to:

    • Ricochet

    • The Fred Thompson Show
    • RedState
    • EconTalk
    • Intelligence Squared
    • Reason.tv
    • Between the Covers on National Review Online
    • Cato Daily Podcast
    • Cato Weekly Video
    • Mises Institute Media
    • National Post Full Comment
    • Financial Post Big Picture
    • Big Ideas by TVO
    • Allan Gregg In Conversation
    • Uncommon Knowledge
    • MikeRoweWORKS
    • This Week with Larry Miller
    • Things You Missed In History Class by HowStuffWorks.com
    • Things You Should Know by HowStuffWorks.com
    • The Found Footage Festival
    • The Onion News Network
    • The Onion Radio News
    • Howcast
    • British History 101
    • Classic Poetry Aloud

    I’ve downloaded all this stuff but I haven’t worked my way through listening to it all.  Luckily, I have a 1 terabyte hard drive.

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