Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways.
You Look Nice Today is an audio-based Journal of Emotional Hygiene.
Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.
Kirsty Young asks castaways to choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.
By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin is an eavesdropper’s paradise. Recorded live at Largo in LA, it’s a series of casual talks between the host and his most interesting show business friends.
Richard Herring brings his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast south for a more leisurely weekly show in which he chats with some of the biggest names in comedy.
Who are you?
What podcasts do you listen to?
My choices span storytelling, biographical, comedy, and nerdy, and some that are quite specifically British, so here goes.
The Moth Podcast
The Moth is a series of events where people with interesting lives tell stories without notes. I’ve never managed to get into a show since the queues are epic (at least the one I tried to visit in New York City), so the podcast is the next best thing. The themes of the stories vary wildly, and span tragedy to comedy with everything in between.
You Look Nice Today
Sadly the team behind YLNT have announced that they will no longer produce any more episodes, but the back catalogue is still available. It’s impossible to describe what it’s about, but three nerdy guys sit around discussing outlandish business ideas, their lives, and other nonsense. It might be a bit silly for most but appeals to my sense of humour.
The production quality of these shows is astonishing, and I should thing they are responsible for ushering in a new wave of radio and podcasting.
Desert Island Discs
DID is a British institution; a show on BBC Radio 4 that has been running since 1942. The premise is simple: celebrities are interviewed by way of a selection of records that they’d like to take if they were to be deserted on an island. The archive is extraordinary (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/
By the Way – In Conversation with Jeff Garlin
A series of conversations with people Jeff Garlin respects, recorded live in LA. Garlin’s interview style is irreverent and features his infectious laugh regularly.
Comedy Bang Bang
This is the granddaddy of the improv podcast, hosted by Scott Aukerman. The best episodes feature Paul F Tompkins in his various hilarious characters, but there’s rarely a bad episode.
Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
In a similar guise to By the Way, Richard Herring (a British comedian) interviews notable comedians live in front of an audience. One episode to catch is Stephen Fry, who opens up to Richard about his depression and fairly recent suicide attempt, which made the headlines (in the UK, at least).
This American Life
I should think this appears in practically all your interviewees’ lists, for good reason.
How do you listen to podcasts?
I use the standard Apple app, which is the worst thing they have ever made. Sorry Apple. In fact I had no idea you could listen to podcasts any other way, but reading the other interviews here suggests you can.