Each week a guest picks eight pieces of music and then they talk about their life and their song choices.
A source of discovery for new music of all genres.
Irish podcast about comics that features interviews and discussions.
Illustrator, Designer, Writer.
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m an illustrator and designer and I also write for The Fox Is Black. I’m originally from Ireland but I’m currently living in London where I’m studying for a Masters degree.
What podcasts do you listen to?
My podcast listening habits are fairly broad. I rarely listen to shows on a weekly basis but instead prefer to just dip in-and-out of them from time to time.
I’m a big fan of Desert Island Discs. Started as a radio-show in 1942, I’ve been listening to this one for a number of years and still enjoy tuning in. Each week a guest picks eight pieces of music and then they talk about their life and their song choices. Like any podcast featuring guests, the strength of the show can depend on who you’re listening to, but I’ve taken chances on total strangers in the past and have still really enjoyed listening.
I also quite enjoy NPR’s music podcast All Songs Considered. To tell the truth, I am rarely that taken by their song choices but I do enjoy the eclectic nature of the music they play and it’s wonderful to hear people speak so passionately about music.
I also have to give a special mention to The Comic Cast. This is an Irish podcast about comics that features interviews and discussions. I’m not a huge comics fan myself but it’s always a joy to hear people speak passionately about something they love. Go check out their most recent 5th Birthday Special episode for an introduction.
For broadening my mind I’ve always found Radiolab and A History of the World in 100 Objects really interesting. Radiolab is great for making science so accessible and The British Museum’s A History of the World series is a fantastic way to learn about the past. I also recently started listening to the Stuff You Should Know podcast which is filled with fascinating questions and facts. Their episode called ‘What’s the deal with duckbill platypuses?’ really got me hooked and it’s a great introduction to the show.
For cooking and traveling I listen to podcasts like This American Life, The Moth Podcast or the New Yorker: Fiction podcast. The New Yorker is particularly good as it invites writers to read the work of another writer who has appeared in the magazine. Afterwards they discuss the piece with the magazine’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. It’s always good when you see a writer you like reading the work of an other favorite of yours (for example David Sedaris reading Miranda July).
When I work I enjoy some background chit-chat. I’m a big fan of Marc Maron’s WTF as I always find interview with comedians interesting and insightful. The BBC are also great for chit-chat with the podcast-versions of their shows being really entertaining. Two of my favorites have built up quite a cult following on account of their in-jokes and the unique rapport of their hosts. One of my all time favorites is the now sadly ended Adam and Joe Show and I’m also a weekly listener to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews. They may take a little time to warm to, but once you get hooked you may be hooked for life!
How do you listen to podcasts?
I use iTunes on my laptop and Apple’s podcast app on my phone. That’s no recommendation though. My subscriptions are a mess right now and I’m too lazy to figure out how to get everything to synch!