We recap the finest podcasts, bringing you the best highlights from great humor to insightful commentary.
Here’s what This American Life is not: it’s not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. It’s not formatted like other radio shows. Each episode has a theme, and there are a variety of productions on that theme. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun. (Adapted from the official This American Life about page.)
November's most popular episodes
Few syndicated radio shows have permeated popular culture and achieved as great a standing as Loveline. Launched in 1983 and still running today, Loveline likely ranks as the foremost sexual health and relationship advice show. The show ballooned in popularity between 1996 and 2005 when it was hosted by Adam Carolla and Drew Pinsky, comedian and board certified physician respectively. Loveline’s ability to be comedic, somber, and at times touching made it some of the most striking radio on air, and even its oldest episodes remain remarkable today.
Slate’s political commentators David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon cover the week’s major political topics. The trio, who began the show in 2007, gab back and forth about domestic and international issues, turning out a show that is always entertaining and usually insightful. Topics in the 2012 year included the election, as well as mainstays like gun control and Supreme Court cases, but also emerging issues, like drones and personal security.
Other popular episodes#21: Giant Bombcast (2011)
Repeatedly rated amongst the most popular gaming podcasts, the Giant Bombcast continued its fervent run in 2011 with the canny humor and free banter typical of the show. The addition of Patrick Klepek as the site’s news editor bolstered the show’s ranks in what was the Bombcast’s fourth year. The show’s steadfast quality led it to become the longest running mainstream gaming podcast, and it continues to go from strength to strength.
Ryan Davis will go down as one of the greatest podcasters in history. He was a consummate host, an exceptional humorist, and a more than upstanding individual. He chalked up eight years behind a microphone (2005-2013), three spent as a supporting member on The HotSpot, and five spent as host of the Giant Bombcast, the longest running and most popular mainstream gaming podcast. With his passing we have lost one of the most charming and talented performers in the gaming media. We take a look back at his greatest moments, from his early days on The HotSpot to his last days on the Giant Bombcast.