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2 hours ago, Fukui San said:

Here's a story about podcasts I heard about when it blew up on Twitter a while back. Gimlet's Reply All podcast was doing an in depth series on the America's Test Kitchen video fiasco, in which the people of color cast members of the video series revealed that they weren't being paid while the white cast members were, and other such indignities. That prompted former employees of Gimlet to speak out about how the people behind Reply All were the cause of a similar atmosphere of hostility towards people of color at Gimlet, going so far as to oppose unionization and attempts to address issues brought up by POC employees.

The resulting kerfuffle has caused the Reply All Bon Appetit series to be paused.

https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-media-bba049051ae9187b6db6889eb2996801

I saw that “message” come into my feed. So many questions!

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I forgot to post this related podcast story:

Slate Suspends Podcast Host After Debate Over Racial Slur

Mike Pesca of “The Gist” said he was suspended after defending, in a Slack discussion with colleagues, the use of the slur in some contexts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/22/business/media/slate-mike-pesca-suspended.html

I listen to a good number of Slate podcasts regularly, but never wanted to listen to the Gist, a daily rehashing of current events. Now, because the host just loves to lecture people on why he should be allowed to say the N word, I no longer have to delete those episodes daily.

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I recently subscribed to American Scandal, another Wondery production. They just finished their latest scandal, Bernie Madoff, and announced the next will be McCarthy. I like the range of topics, from the Unabomber to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. They even have a single episode on the Comiskey Park Disco Demolition fiasco, which as a Chicagoan of a certain age, I really loved listening to!

They usually cover the topic over five to eight episodes, with the final one being an in-depth interview with an expert on the topic. 

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I quite like Maron. He’s a little edgier than other actor/comedien turned podcasters. 

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A podcast I recently discovered that I've been enjoying a lot: Escape this Podcast.

It's self-described as a show that's a mix between tabletop RPGs and escape room puzzles.  Each episode consists of a virtual escape room described  in audio form (with occasional pictures) and someone, either the guest(s) or the Australian hosts, need to solve the puzzles and escape.  There's a big play-along element as well, as the notes and images for all the rooms are available to look at while listening, or for you to run on your own later.

The show, currently on season 8, has an alternating structure for the seasons.  Odd seasons are entirely stand-alone rooms/episodes, while the even seasons have an over-arcing story connecting the rooms.  And starting in season 4, they also do a sister podcast on the same feed; Podcast this Escape, where they do a post-mortem of the room and talk about where the guests think the story is going in the even seasons.

There's also quite a variety in the guests.  Lots are from other podcasts or the escape room community.  But there's also a few celebrity names; Peih-Gee Law and Adam Klein from Survivor, Alex Horne, Ed Gamble, and Rose Matafeo of Taskmaster fame, and someone named Neil Patrick Harris.

From what I've listened to, you can really start with any episode in an odd season (although there could be potential spoilers if the guest has been on before or someone makes a reference to a past room/story) or the first episode of any even season.  But given this site, I'll recommend the first episode of season 5 as an entry point, as it's one of NPH's appearances.

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Hank Azaria took a page out of Will Ferrell's book and decided to do a podcast as a fictional character. 

In Azaria's case, it's his Jim Brockmire character. Which previously had a TV show, but certainly not the built in huge fandom of Ferrell's Ron Burgandy. 

The first episode is nuts.  Because Azaria, intending Brockmire to be over the top, got a guest who makes Brockmire look sane. A real person mind you, not a fictional one. Charles Barkley. 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/charles-barkley/id1558873755?i=1000516113630

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I want to recommend people listen to the latest round of Business Wars episodes (subtitled "Vaccine Wars"). And I want to do so for totally the wrong reasons. 

Because it's so klunky and inept, it's hilarious. 

I've liked, even recommended, the podcast as a whole, but this one shows the weaknesses of it to an extent I personally chose to find hilariously bad. 

They always disclaim that the dramatizations of private conversations are fictional. But in Vaccine Wars, the WRITING of them has screaming stupid lines where drug company execs utter phrases like "it'll be hard, but it's the right thing to do!", "we've got to get this done to save lives!", and many many more like that. 

So (unintentionally) funny. 

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12 hours ago, Kromm said:

I want to recommend people listen to the latest round of Business Wars episodes (subtitled "Vaccine Wars"). And I want to do so for totally the wrong reasons. 

Because it's so klunky and inept, it's hilarious. 

I've liked, even recommended, the podcast as a whole, but this one shows the weaknesses of it to an extent I personally chose to find hilariously bad. 

They always disclaim that the dramatizations of private conversations are fictional. But in Vaccine Wars, the WRITING of them has screaming stupid lines where drug company execs utter phrases like "it'll be hard, but it's the right thing to do!", "we've got to get this done to save lives!", and many many more like that. 

So (unintentionally) funny. 

I've listened to a couple of Business Wars series before, and some of the Sports Wars ones that have the same formula. They are very... narrative driven. I find it curious that they're often so sure of what was said in unrecorded conversations, particularly when the dialogue is as tropey and cheesy as those examples.

Small Town Murders is still making me laugh a lot. The dark humour of the hosts is fantastic, and I'll never not think it's funny when they make fun of hillbillies and southerners. When they get a killer who's inept it's an absolute hoot. The last episode I listened to was about an old farmer in Arkansas who was having an affair with his meth-addicted stepdaughter and they conspired to kill his wife and dispose of her body.

Okay, not remotely funny. But the humour comes from this farmer constantly trying to throw police off by telling them he "heard a rumour" about his wife. First that she had run away, then that she got into a fight with someone, then that she might have been shot and finally that she was dead and her body was near a river in Oklahoma. And he'd tell the police weeks after supposedly hearing these rumours, while also being unable to remember who told him. The fact he wasn't immediately arrested is an indictment on that police force.

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18 hours ago, Danny Franks said:

particularly when the dialogue is as tropey and cheesy as those examples.

Tropy and cheesy generically, but at the same time hilariously, obviously inaccurate.  Pandemic or no Pandemic, no drug company executive in a private (non P. R.) setting has ever waxed rhapsodically on about "doing the right thing". 

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I've been listening to 60 Songs That Explain the 90s on Spotify and it's excellent.  I'm definitely the right age for some 90s nostalgia, but at about an hour an episode, it's the perfect deep dive into the background of the band and song.  And especially once the guest/s comes on, it tends to get hilarious.  I know sometimes I look like a fool walking through the neighborhood cackling my head off, but I don't care.  😵

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if you listen to way too many podcasts, and one of them is occasionally "Welcome to Nightvale", you may want to catch the latest episode (6/15/21).

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Krystal, Kyle & Friends

Better Together with Maria Menounos

Love Your Life + Law of Attraction Jennifer Bailey

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That's a shame. Although I admit I stopped listening months ago because I wasn't enjoying the quarantine version. The show relied on non-celebrity contestants and without them, it didn't work for me.

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