We recap the finest podcasts, bringing you the best highlights from great humor to insightful commentary.
This is a podcast where two American Americans save America from herself. Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette round up the week's news, providing a forum for society to engage the most critical and divisive issues. What would women do if they had a penis for a day? Presidential candidate John McCain says "cunt" on live television. Doc Ellis recounts throwing a no-hitter while tripping on LSD. Andy Rooney complains about coffee being $1.50. A pervert watches a woman in her apartment building and then leaves a letter penned to her on her stoop. DMX doesn't know who presidential candidate Barack Obama is. Bling stickers. Uhh Yeah Dude is social commentary at its finest—an unadulterated, unashamed look at real America.
February'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.
Witness revisits history, letting the tales be told by the people who were actually there. The documentary series, produced by the BBC, talks to people who lived through moments of history to bring you a personal perspective on world events. All manner of historical events are covered in this 2013 best-of, from various events in World War II—such as the Dutch Hunger Winter or the battle of Stalingrad—to the Cold War, and cultural events like the invention of LSD or the publication of The Great Gatsby, to sports and the invention of the video game Grand Theft Auto. (Description adapted from the show's official website.)
A whirlwind guide through the world of internet and computer security, Security Now is a rare beast: a tech-centered show that appeals to and can be enjoyed both by computer enthusiasts and strict pedestrian laymen. Hosted by Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, and veteran broadcaster Leo Laporte, the show addresses all kinds of security issues, both breaking news and long-standing problems, concerns, or solutions. Always informative and entertaining, it is impossible to leave Security Now without knowing much, much more about the internet than when you came in. (Description adapted from the show's website.)
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.
In 2009 the Giant Bombcast began to resemble the show it is today, as segments were fleshed out and the show took on a longer format. New releases were brought into the fold, and the cast of four no longer guarded their propensity to go off-topic and talk about drinks, food, and movies. The product was a show The New Yorker called “charmingly garrulous,” packed with irreverent humor and occasionally serious discussion. The Giant Bombcast is ‘100% entertainment’ at its finest.