As I explained here in the first blog piece that I wrote about this topic, this partly grew out of my noticing that a lot of people who were craving shows (although usually with the idea of AM/FM radio shows) that catered to geek interests were often the ones who were completely unaware that there were a lot of very good shows out there in the form of podcasts. Not only are they good, but some are every bit as polished and professional as what you might expect from something on over the airwaves radio. Yeah, some are nothing more than guys sitting around a table chatting, and there’s nothing wrong with that when the chat is entertaining and informative, but some of them have all the bells and whistles that one might find with a “professional” show on the airwaves.
It also partly grew out of my attitude of what being a geek is. If you find something you like, if you find something you enjoy, tell others about it and spread the word. So that’s what I’m doing. However, before starting on a new batch of shows, I actually want to look at a couple of things going on with some I touched on in the first post on the topic.
The ESO Network got covered in nowhere near the level of detail the ever growing (it’s already gotten much larger in the number of popular shows carried than when I wrote about them) network would need to truly cover it all, but I tried to hit my favorite highlights. Since then, The White Rocket Podcast has done some shows that really deserve more ears on them.
They did a series of shows devoted to James Bond that any fan of any level of Bond fandom will love. White Rocket 055: Connery’s James Bond Films, White Rocket 056: The James Bond Films of Connery & Lazenby, White Rocket 058: Roger Moore’s James Bond Films, White Rocket 059: More Moore + Timothy Dalton: James Bond Films, White Rocket 063: Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond Films, White Rocket 064: Daniel Craig’s James Bond Films, and White Rocket 066: Ranking the Bond Villains made a fantastic series for Bond lovers of old as well as for newer fans only familiar with the more recent Daniel Craig films. These guys love Bond, and it really came through and made an entertaining look back on the franchise.
They’ve also released the fist show on what will be their overriding theme for this coming summer. In June, it will be 20 years since we lost the amazing fantasist Roger Zelazny. Starting with White Rocket 068: The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny, they’re kicking off their look at his works via the Summer of Zelazny on their podcast.
These shows are available at the links provided, but they’re also available on iTunes for easy, convenient listening on the go wherever you want. That by the way is true of all of the podcasts to be discussed here.
And now, without further ado, some additional really great geek podcasts.
Up first is the Forgotten Horrors Podcast with (most often) John Wooley and Michael H. Price. They’ve been chugging along nicely for going on 4 years now. The shows are consistently entertaining and usually filled with nice little bits of trivia along the way. While they do cover things of the horror variety such as Eyes Without a Face, Dead Men Walk, and Attack of the Crab Monsters, they also hit exploitation cinema greats (Lows?) like The Pink Angels and Hollywood Boulevard.
The shows can be found on iTunes by searching “Forgotten Horrors Podcast” and on their podbeam site located here.
The Daily Grindhouse Podcast is a great one that’s sadly seen no new activity for just shy of a year now, but they have a nice back library both at their website and on iTunes. Even if nothing new comes down the pike from them, and that would be a bad thing, what they’ve done so far provides hours of entertainment for the exploitation cinema geeks out there. They looked back with (mostly) loving eyes on such so-bad-they’re-good classics as Megaforce, oddities as An American Hippie in Israel, ranges of exploitation classics like Reform School Girls and No Blade of Grass, lovable misfires like The Twilight People, and many more films with the odd interview here and there for good measure.
Solidly entertaining, it makes a great look back on these films for people who know them as well as those who have never seen them.
The podcasts can be found on iTunes and on their website here.
I’d recommend B-Movie Bargain Bin, but I’d recommend it with reservations. They describe at as two guys that watch and discuss B-movies, some good, some not so good. They can be entertaining when they get to talking about the films they cover, but they do occasionally kill a little too much time in the opening segments being silly. Sometimes that works, other times it just drags and you want to fast forward to the movie discussion. If you like the movies that they’re discussing, you’ll like the podcast. If you don’t, take a pass.
The B-Movie Bargain Bin can be found on iTunes.
I owe finding this bit of silliness to puppeteer extraordinaire Stacey Gordon raving about it earlier in the year. Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse hold court and make rulings on the sublime, the ridiculous, and the downright hysterical. Imagine The People’s Court with humor, and with cases covering the mundane in slyly humorous ways. The Judge hears both sides before ruling on topics such as wearing Hawaiian short pants, whether or not cereal is soup, a war over a Hulk parody Twitter account based on a real person, pickle relish, the paranormal, decorating your house with themed rooms devoted to movies like Frozen, and much more.
It’s really impossible to describe just how sublimely funny this podcast can be, so just give a few episodes a try by going to iTunes or the JJH website here.
Penn’s Sunday School is Penn Jillette talking about whatever strikes his fancy on any given weekend. Sometimes it’s entertainment, sometimes it’s politics, and sometimes it’s absolutely geek related, but it’s almost always entertaining. Penn Jillette of the team of Penn & Teller is not an unknown quantity here. You likely know him and know if you’ll find his show entertaining or not. For those on the fence, give it a try.
You can find the show on iTunes and at the website here.
Geeks love their geeky/nerdy debate, and that’s not always limited to the realms of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Sometimes they like their debate based in the real world. If you like things that get that part of your brain chugging along, then you’ll enjoy NPR’s Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates. Prominent editorialists, professionals, experts in various fields, and other practitioners of opining professionally are gathered together for civil and intelligent debate after debate on a wide range of topics from our times. The teams present their best case before a live audience, explaining pros and cons in the most understandable way possible, before having the audience vote on the outcome. Whether you agree or disagree with the audience’s final judgment, the debates are always thought provoking and almost never fail to add to your knowledge on any given subject of debate that you’re interested in.
Colt Cabana is a wrestler and a geek. As such, The Art of Wrestling is a podcast that covers all points in between the two things. He’s mostly going to be talking wrestling, and, frankly, that is a geek thing, but he also hits topics like movies and comics from time to time. But, yeah, this one is by far more for the wrestling geek than anyone else as that will be the majority of the conversation.
Cabana is an entertainer, and that comes out in the show. Fun to listen to, and really nice for listening to on long trips. The show can be found on iTunes and at Colt’s website here.
Chael Sonnen was the MMA fighter with the pro wrestling promo mouth who could talk his way into a title fight and talk the fans into the seats. His gift of gab, as well as his attitude and personality, are still intact on his Podcast One show, You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen. He talks with MMA fighters, pro wrestlers, actors, and anyone else who he can get into his guest seat. Sometimes the shows are informative, sometimes the shows are entertaining, and sometimes, as was the case with one show that had both Mickey Rourke and The Iron Sheik on as guests, more than a little… uhm… yeah. That was an interesting one.
You can find Chael’s shoe on iTunes and on this website.
Give them a try. See what you like. Check out the original post on the topic for still others (and for not quite as horror heavy options) that you might like. Then, go out and tell others about them. Share what you like with other.
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