The Sound of Sports

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99% Invisible – The Sound of Sports

From the yhaaaaah of the crowd and the thwock of the ball, to the whump of bodies colliding and the tweeee of the ref’s whistle, sound plays an enormous role in televised sporting events. In fact, watching sport without sound is a bit like eating with a blocked nose. This episode profiles several sound engineers who are tasked with dialing up the drama of live sporting events. Topics of discussion include the controversial use of sampling and why they usually give only a touch of the audio from the players when they’re singing the national anthems.

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logoThe Dinner Party Download #329: Alicia Vikander, Randall Munroe, EL VY

The Dinner Party Download podcasters describe the podcast as an “hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation.” They also happen to get many of the well-known guests to create dinner party playlists. The interviews and the playlists all make for great listening.

However, podcast number 329 is uncannily the list I would compile if someone asked me who I would most like to have round for dinner tonight. EL VY are a new band comprised of Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena. And they are very, very good.

Randall Munroe, the author of arguably the web’s best web comic, xkcd, has been a long-time idol of mine. Hid comics are geeky, intelligent and always uniquely funny.

Alicia Vikander is proving to be an incredibly talented actress, having starred in last year’s Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl- all of these scoring very highly on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, she has the added benefit of looking like Alicia Vikander.

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Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes


Filmspotting #481: Grand Budapest Hotel / Top 5 Wes Anderson Scenes

I cannot watch a movie and leave it at that, if I don’t check the Wikipedia page or discuss it at length it feels that I haven’t explored the subject deeply enough. I’m no expert but I like to listen to them and Filmspotting is a podcast about movies produced WBEZ Chicago (affiliated with NPR -wink wink), that enables me to indulge in that inclination of mine. Pick any of them according to what movie you would like to discuss or hear about, no order matters there, only your fancy. Also enjoy their Top 5 lists of random things: rescue scenes, movie locations we wish we could visit or even hostage movies.

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The Bugle’s 16 minute “penis on the roof” joke


The Bugle Episode 69: Possibly the longest penis joke in the world, ever
John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman have a knack for writing a near limitless stream of jokes based on ridiculous news stories. Episode 69—released in 2009, mind you—shows they’ve reached peak Bugle. Oliver chuckles in self disgust, “I’m 31 years old. Why do I find this story so funny?”

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The Champs

The Bobby Lee episode

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If there was such a thing as The Podcast Hall of Fame, The Champs deserves a place in it. The format for the show is simple: two white comedians, Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher, interview an assortment of entertainers of colour (with the exception of Sasha Gray because porn). Most episodes are hilarious, hour-long discussions about the ins-and-outs of the Entertainment Game. There’s a ton of good episodes, but my personal favourite is the one featuring Bobby Lee. It’s so offensive on so many levels, but you’ll be laughing too hard to care.

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Brooke Gladstone


Longform Podcast #175: Brooke Gladstone

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think On the Media host Brooke Gladstone is one of the most brilliant people in the media today. I rarely miss her weekly show, despite the nearly infinite supply of great podcasts out there. This hour-long interview of Gladstone crystallizes why. Like almost no one else to come out of traditional journalism, she gets exactly what you have to do to stand out in today’s media environment. Week after week, she provides thought-provoking meta analysis of the media (defined broadly) wrought in the authentic, personal voice of someone you wish you knew.

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The Next and the Now

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 1.04.18 PM.pngElle  Deco – The Next and the Now

Elle Decoration South Africa has recently launched the inaugural edition of their podcast, which covers themes like design, decor, culture and more. This first episode features none other than yours truly, in discussion with the editor Bielle Bellingham. In it, we talk about trends in general as well as some of the themes covered in their soon to be released Trend Issue, which we worked on together.

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Could marriage ever be hip?

AI2LcDrCIntersection: Intersectionality, and Queering Marriage

This is a fairly good exploration of everything that makes the world bad by New Republic editor Jamil Smith. Intersectionality examines here the victory for marriage equality in the USA, and what this means for what marriage means. To wit, is gay marriage making this the institution more interesting/equal/progressive; or is marriage making gay identity more normalised/conservative, part of the social policing that separates the good gays from the bad? Have a listen.

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Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015


All Songs Considered – Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

At the end of every year, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton ask their listeners to vote for their top 5 albums of the year. They then crunch the numbers and come up with the listeners top 25 albums. 2015’s list was a very eclectic mix, with hip-hop, jazz, country and full blown pop- from Kendrik Lamar to Father John Misty. If you’d like to catch up on what was hot, or albums you might have missed, this is the podcast for you.

You can also find the full listeners Top 100 list here.

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