I recommend the podcast The Worst Idea Of All Time. It’s hosted by kiwi comics Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt, and could be described as ‘high concept’. Guy and Tim have decided to watch and review the Adam Sandler film Grown Ups 2 every week for 52 consecutive weeks. They may well have either succeeded or had simultaneous mental breakdowns by now, but I don’t know as I’m only on episode 16 and don’t want the surprise ruined.
I recommend the podcast This American Life.
This American Life is a behemoth of podcasting. Although its listener numbers have been surpassed by its offspring Serial, This American Life remains the template for American public radio style podcasting. It embodies the qualities that so many shows strive to obtain: originality, high quality journalism, seamless audio storytelling and a universal appeal.
I recommend season 2 of the podcast Serial. Today, accompanied by an email heralding the show’s return, episode 1 slipped onto my phone, made a modest ‘ping’ and quietly waited for me to drop everything and go for a podcast walk (walking or menial tasks are the best activities to undertake when podcast listening.)
I recommend the Russell Brand Radio Show and podcast in its various forms, and there have been a lot different iterations: 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, TalkSport, XFM, and Audioboom.
It feels appropriate at the end of this, my first week as a Reading Champion, to recommend the podcast Book Shambles. Despite being a champion of reading, there are still some books I haven’t read, so I defer to the recommendations of Robin Ince, Josie Long, and their guests.
I recommend the podcast A Life Well Wasted to Rob. The show documents the culture surrounding gaming and the fascinating stories of the people who both make and play them. It treats videogames as the unique and idiosyncratic art form that they are.
I recommend The Adam Buxton Podcast. It’s a free form show that mainly revolves around interviews (or chat-rambles as he calls them) with interesting people. There is also an episode in which Adam documents the progression of a cold he has. He seems so familiar from his other work that, although it feels odd to refer to him by his first name, it would feel far odder to call him ‘Buxton.’ The most natural feeling name to type is ‘Dr Buckles’ – the origin of which I am unaware of.
I recommend Scroobius Pip to Heddwen. Well, I recommend Scroobius Pip’s oeuvre to Heddwen. I’ve only met him very briefly (having queued to do so) and there’s not much point recommending him as a person because I don’t think Heddwen and Pip will ever bump into each other at a party. I would be very jealous if proven wrong.