The Worst Idea Of All Time

The Worst Idea Of All TimeI 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.

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This American Life

This American LifeI 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.

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The Adam Buxton Podcast

Adam BuxtonI 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.

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My Dad Wrote a Porno

My Dad Wrote A PornoI recommend the podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno to anyone with a good set of headphones and the ability to keep a vaguely straight face in public.

With the endless TV programs, radio shows and podcasts now in existence, it seems like every single possible format idea must have been tried at some point. Podcasts tend to follow the journalistic storytelling style of This American Life and 99% Invisible, or some kind of chatty interview format. That’s fine, because it results in excellent shows like Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Distraction Pieces, and The Adam Buxton Podcast, but it makes it even more exciting when a truly unprecedented show appears.

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