I guess it is about that time of year where I do my top 5 podcast list.
as always I have to discount the EXCELLENT Sci-Guys Podcast (http://www.sci-guys.com) because I'm on it. But of course you should check it out if you like Sci-Fi, comics, games, and other cool stuff.
First, a few thoughts. After doing this for a few years now, I've realized that my podcast tastes change all the time. In past lists, my preferred podcasts were delivering heavy stories and dropping knowledge. I still like those podcasts (The Moth, RadioLab, for example) But I'm finding myself looking for more humour nowadays. I think this list reflects that.
So, enough blah blah. Here we go, my top 5 podcasts for 2012:
#5 Jordan, Jesse, Go!
jokes don't come with any more of a positive attitude than in this
podcast. Hosts Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris have any easygoing
conversational report that stems from them working together for over a
decade. They usually bring a solid guest along for the ride, often a comedian, so there are plenty of chuckles here.
#4 Judge John Hodgman
Also found on Jesse Thorn's MaximumFun network of podcasts, John Hodgman's dispute resolution show creeps up one slot from last year. There is nothing wrong with having a good shtick, and delivering it in nice bite sized chunks every week.
#3 Security Now!
A weekly discussion of computer security topics. Same as last year, I'm still torn on including this. I listen every week, and while I enjoy it, I do it almost as a "work task". I don't think this would be great listen for everyone, except that the info it delivers is so damn important.
#2 Planet Money
Still delivering easy to understand insight on money, economics and finance, last year's number one slips just a bit, but only due to the strong competition from number one:
#1 Comedy Bang! Bang!
I'm so late to the party on this, I'm embarrassed to list it. While I've known about this show for a long time, I've never checked it out until this year. I think in my mind I lumped it in with Marc Maron's WTF, which put me off. Not that WTF isn't a good show, but I don't love it the way most normal people do.
When I heard that Comedy Bang! Bang! was getting a TV show on IFC, I figured I needed to check it out. DAMN. Funny, Funny, Funny. Scott Aukerman is a great host, and the show is consistently hilarious. A must listen. The IFC show is good too, but the Podcast is the real star.
There you go. My top 5 podcasts of 2012. Now go check out the Sci-Guys Podcast