Part advice show, part comedy show, part interview show, and part sui generis.
The audio version of Dan Savage’s long-running sex advice column.
Roman Mars’s excellent podcast about design.
Pressing issues are decided by John Hodgman, Certified Judge.
Host of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me"
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Peter Sagal, and I’m the host of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, the NPR news quiz. I’m also a long distance runner, which will become relevant in a moment.
How To Do Everything — from my friends and producers at “Wait, Wait…” Mike Danforth and Ian Chillag. Part advice show, part comedy show, part interview show, and part sui generis, they start by asking questions (their own or from listeners) and then finding very interesting ways to provide answers — sometimes through experimentation, sometimes through very surprising interviews. They recently asked Sir Patrick Stewart if British Cows have British accents.
Savage Love — the audio version of Dan Savage’s long-running sex advice column. Dan takes calls and answers them on air, often calling back the person asking the question to grill them on details. There are perhaps more questions about bizarre sex practices than some would like — I, for one, would have lived a happy life without ever knowing what “sounding” is — but behind his filthy mouth and dirty mind Dan’s enormous compassion and kindness provides redemption. His advice, whatever the details, is always: be kind, be honest, be responsible to others and to yourself, and it is always worth hearing.
99% Invisible — Roman Mars’s excellent podcast about design, whatever that means, and it means a lot. I share an interest with Roman in the invisible history present in our built environment… basically, the reason why things look, and sometimes act, they way they do. A radio producer, Roman creates beautiful audio documentaries about fascinating things that few other people talk about. I loved his episode about the Red Cars of Los Angeles legend, and what really happened to them.
Judge John Hodgman – Hodgman may be one of the funniest people alive right now, certainly he is the funniest writer. But what makes this podcast work so well is not his humor but his humanity. Like Dan Savage, he hides a great heart behind a somewhat eccentric exterior, and I always get a warm feeling when he listens to a sometimes silly dispute between lovers or parents and their children and mines what’s really going on — usually, it’s people trying, and maybe failing, to be good to each other. And then he helps them along.
How do you listen to podcasts?
I tend to listen to podcasts while running, on the occasions when I run alone, and they’ve gotten me through many an otherwise long and lonely run. I associate certain podcasts with the place I listened to them — so for example, when I hear John Hodgman’s voice, I always think of a country road in Wisconsin where I listened to him dole out advice to a son who was seemingly annoyed at his father’s habit of mooing like a cow.
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