Hey El Moochadores! These last few years I guess I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work from home (actually, that’s the only benefit of my current job…), and since most of what I do requires me to sit in front of a computer all day, and I can’t watch TV while I work (too distracting), I end up listening to a lot of podcasts. So, I thought I would list 10 of my favorite “Geek” podcasts that you may also like (that is if you’ve never listened to any of these). I know there’s a ton of other really good podcasts available, but these are a few I, and my brother, really enjoy, and they help me get through my day job. Anyhow, here they are:
I listen to this podcast every Tuesday afternoon. Hosted by Kerry Jackson, Jeff Vice, Scott Pierce, Leigh George Kade, Shannon Barnson, and Zack Shutt, The Geek Show does a great job covering the latest news in movies, television, comic books, etc… I don’t always agree with their opinions (sorry, but Comic Con should remain in San Diego, and the new Star Trek sucked), but I like their sense of humor, and I can identify with it more than other podcasts since they’re from Salt Lake City, Utah. See, I lived up in Logan, Utah, for about eight years. So when they make jokes about Mormons, FHE, missionaries, and so on… I get it.
I’m also reminded of all those morning when I had to drive up to the University, I would listen to Kerry Jackson’s Radio From Hell morning program on X96. Or when Trog was living in SLC, and I would go down to visit him, we would always go to Dr. Volts comics, one of the Geek Show’s sponsors (we’d also visit Havana Bros Cigars and Trails, but that’s something for another time). So their podcast, in a way, brings back a lot of memories for me. Though, I definitely do not regret moving back to California (it’s 82 out right now, and I can go buy a bottle of whiskey from the grocery store if I wanted to).
If you’re interested in Lovecraft’s work, but maybe need some clarification, or just want something entertaining to listen to, then check this one out. Hosted by Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer (a couple independent filmmakers), these guys do an awesome job making H.P. Lovecraft’s work interesting and fun. Look, I like some of Lovecraft’s stuff (The Music of Erich Zann, and Herbert West: Reanimator are a couple of my favorites), but I don’t know how many times I’ve fallen asleep trying to read At the Mountains of Madness (still haven’t finished it…). I really like the way they present the stories, using excerpts read by actors, combined with some nifty sound effects and background music. They also give a ton of background history about H.P. Lovecraft himself, and what he was going through at the time he wrote the stories.
I’m way too poor right now to be able to collect comic books on a regular basis. Still, I like to know what’s going on in the realm of comics, and what’s a good read when I get the chance. Podcasts like iFanboy.com help me stay informed about what’s going on for when I get a couple dollars to drop on a book. iFanboy.com is hosted by Josh Flanagan, Conor Kilpatrick, Ron Richards, Gordon the Intern (maybe someday he’ll earn a last name…), Paul Montgomery, Jim Mroczkowski, Mike Romo, Dave Wiese. Another reason why I like their podcast, and their website, is they do a damn good job on giving a review. That’s something I’m very interested in learning how to do, and would like to do more of it on this site. So, I’m going to keep listening to their podcast and reading their reviews in hopes of learning from the best. So someday, when I’m making a decent living and can buy more comic books, I’ll be able to review them on this site.
I’d say this definitely counts as “Geek.” I don’t know… maybe it’s more on the nerd side of things… Anyhow, I guess we all could use some good examples of critical thinking and rational thought in our lives. The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast hosted by Dr. Steven Novella, Robert Novella, Rebecca Watson, and Evan Bernstein, and produced by the New England Skeptical Society. These guys have completely debunked all the stuff I thought was interesting or cool as a kid (aliens, UFOs, Bigfoot, etc…), but I’m okay with that. I know I’m not a very bright guy (after all I did take two years out of my life to go peddle religion in Sacramento), so it’s good to know there’s a group of people out there trying to deflect all the bullshit out there in the world, and get us to think for ourselves a little more.
Hosted by Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Ryan Higgins, and Alice Liang, The Geekbox talks about a wide range of geeky subjects, but seems to focus more on gaming, which is fine. I rarely get a chance to play video games anymore, so I like hearing what’s going on in that world. Maybe someday, when I’m rich and powerful, and have many minions working beneath me, I’ll relax a little, take a break, and pick up a game controller again. That might be awhile.
These guys seem to focus more on movies, which is also fine. Since my broke ass can’t afford to see every movie out there, it great to get a heads up on what to avoid, or what worth throwing down my hard earned cash for. GeekTyrant is hosted by Dr. Venkman, Mazer, Tiberius, and Ben P (I have no idea what there real names are). They also have a really kick-ass blog that covers a wide range of subjects. A lot of the “regurges” that I’ve posted about on here, I’ve found on GeekTyrant.com first (posts that I find on other blogs, or off my RSS reader, I call regurges ).
I’m not sure, but I think these two are married… or something. Anyhow, Fandomania is a weekly podcast hosted by Jason Dorough and Celeste Monsour (maybe they’re not married… just hooking up… living in sin). I started listening to this one after this past Comic Con. I thought they did a great job covering the convention, and they do a pretty good job in general on their normal weekly stuff.
Another great podcast that covers a good range of geeky subjects (also I like their intro music), The Nerd Bastardcast is hosted by Blake Stevenson, Christine Foley and Zach Lawrence. They have an awesome blog on NerdBastards.com that’s worth spending some time on.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick, The Nerdist is pretty cool podcast to listen to for all the celebrity interviews he does (Brian Posehn, Adam Corolla , Felicia Day, etc…), and for all the geek related topics they cover.
I’m not a big WoW player. Though I’ve tried to get into it a couple times before, I just can’t justify spending any amount of time on it. My brother really enjoys it though, and when I asked him what some of his favorite geek podcast were, this was the first one he mentioned. The Instance is a weekly podcast hosted by Scott Johnson, and Randy Jordan. I have listen to this before, and they do keep it pretty entertaining, so check it out if you’re into MMO’s and want some good advice.
Well, that’s it. I’m always looking for new stuff to listen to while I work, so if any of you have any recommendations, or a list of your favorites, please leave a comment below.