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Question #90113 posted on 07/23/2017 11:08 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I like listening to podcasts while working and am looking for new ones. Do you guys have any suggestions? If it helps, I especially like ones about history or science (like Stuff You Missed in History Class) but am down for pretty much anything.

-history nerd


Dear Nerd,

My first impulse was to recommend Stuff You Should Know, but if you've listened to Stuff You Missed in History Class then you probably already knew about it. I have not personally listened to Radiolab, but I know a lot of people that do and they talk about science a lot from what I gather. 

Other than that, my podcast list is as follows:

-ImprovBroadway Podcast (Improvised 20-minute musical comedies by the ImprovBroadway troupe here in Provo, UT. Some of them are hilarious; others are, to be honest, really dull. I haven't listened to all of the episodes yet, but "Epic Rejection: The Musical" and "The Languages of Love" are both great ones.)

-S-Town (A real-life story about a town in Alabama. Be advised that this one contains adult language and topics.)

-Serial (More real-life journalism-type stuff. Season One is about a murder that happened in the 90's; Season Two is about a soldier who was captured by the Taliban and held hostage by them for years. Season Three does not exist yet, which is really annoying since it's been nearly two years since Season Two came out.)

-Welcome to Night Vale (A fictional podcast that takes the form of local news broadcasts in a town full of supernatural stuff. If I'm going to be completely honest, I've lost a bit of interest in the ongoing story, but the early episodes (up through "Old Oak Doors Part B") are fantastic. There have been other good ones since then, but it's been a lot more hit-and-miss.)

That's all I've got; I'm not too deep into the world of podcasting. Happy listening!

-Frère Rubik


Dear yosef,

I really like Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell. I enjoyed the first season more than the second, but it's all good and Gladwell has a voice that draws you in. I also enjoy listening to his audio books. 

Oh, also, I sold my soul for cookies a couple weeks ago at a Wilk booth and subscribed to Top of Mind with Julie Rose, which is produced by BYU. It does a pretty good job of covering all sorts of topics, and you might enjoy it. 

Take care,

-Auto Surf


Dear nerf gun,

I am in love with storytelling and have been binge listening to Snap Judgment. It's like TedTalks, but storytelling (so they feel less canned and repetitive). They have historical ones pretty often, but I don't know if you'd like the subjective takes on reality.

Did I mention I love Snap Judgment? I just bought tickets to their Salt Lake show. It's become a $30 obsession. 


The Lone Musketeer


Dear Herodotus,

I've really enjoyed listening to Alton Brown's podcast, The Alton Browncast. You may recognize him as the host of Iron Chef America, Good Eats, and Cutthroat Kitchen. I don't think he's doing the podcast anymore, but some of the old episodes are great. And even if you're not much of a foodie, there's a lot of history and science in there as well, as this is Alton Brown. Some of the episodes aren't even about food, some are about guitar making, or traveling, what have you.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

posted on 07/26/2017 11:34 a.m.
Thinking Sideways is a mystery/crime pod with 3 wonderful hosts who dive into every possible rabbit hole of weird or unexplained events from Princess Di to Princess Doe, from Alien to Yeti. It's clean and usually safe for medium sized ears.

Also Hardcore History is essential for any history buff, long form deep dives, you probably already knew that. And if you're not listening to Radiolab what are you doing with your life?