Podcast recommendations

A curated podcast list by Suzy Buttress
Creation Date September 20th, 2019
Updated Date Updated October 30th, 2019
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Podcast recommendations by the host of The Casual Birder Podcast for International Podcast Month 2019

Comedy

No Such Thing As A Fish
31
A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
Judge John Hodgman
13
John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.
We Got This with Mark and Hal
58
Each week, actors Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin (Drunk History, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Welcome to Night Vale) sit down to settle all the small debates that are a big deal to YOU - once and for all. No subject is too small for Mark and Hal to tackle! Even though you may think it's an impossible puzzle to solve, don't worry... We Got This
Stop Podcasting Yourself
Canada's top comedy podcast. Hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, with weekly guests. Hilarious weekly guests? Yup.
Jordan, Jesse GO!
What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a raucous, vulgar and warm-hearted romp that will probably leave you a better person. And will certainly make you dumber.
My Brother, My Brother And Me
100
Free advice from three of the world's most qualified, most related experts: Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. For one-half to three-quarters of an hour every Monday, we tell people how to live their lives, because we're obviously doing such a great job of it so far.

Audio Drama

Mission To Zyxx
19
An improvised science fiction sitcom following a team of ambassadors as they attempt to establish diplomatic relations with planets in the remote and chaotic Zyxx Quadrant… better known as the "ass end of space."
We Fix Space Junk
21
'We Fix Space Junk' follows seasoned smuggler Kilner and reluctant fugitive Samantha as they travel the galaxy, dodging bullets and meeting strange and wonderful beings as they carry out odd jobs on the fringes of the law. -- A female-led sci-fi comedy sitcom set in the far future, in a high-tech, dystopian world, We Fix Space Junk draws on the Sci-Fi of the past, following in the footsteps of Harry Harrison and of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. -- Equal parts love-letter to sci-fi and satire of the present-day, Space Junk has been lovingly produced by Battle Bird Productions. To support the show visit https://www.patreon.com/BattleBirdProd Or visit http://Battlebird.productions https://flattr.com/podcast/wfsj
Wooden Overcoats
Award Winning Sitcom || Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family’s failing funeral parlour, where they get the body in the coffin in the ground on time. But one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor – the impossibly perfect Eric Chapman! With their dogsbody Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, the Funns are taking drastic steps to stay in business…
Bubble
14
Welcome to Fairhaven, a literal Bubble of corporate utopia set amid the wild, goblin-infested Brush. The first scripted comedy series from Maximum Fun, Bubble was created by Jordan Morris, and tells the tale of a small band of monster killers struggling to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy. Starring: Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation), Keith Powell (30 Rock), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela), Eliza Skinner (The Late Late Show) and Mike Mitchell (Love), with appearances by Judy Greer, John Hodgman, Martin Starr, Paul F. Tompkins, and many, many more.
The Big Loop
14
The Big Loop is a biweekly anthology series from the co-creator of The Black Tapes. Hosted by Paul Bae, each episode is a self-contained narrative exploring the strange, the wonderful, the terrifying, and the heartbreaking. Stories of finite beings in an infinite universe.
Girl In Space
Nothing fancy here -- just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.
Beef And Dairy Network
10
The number one podcast for those involved or just interested in the production of beef animals and dairy herds. A comedy podcast by Benjamin Partridge.
The Orphans
The Orphans is a cinematic sci-fi audio drama chronicling the castaways of downed starship, The Venture - Stranded on a hostile planet, struggling to remember how they arrived and who they are. Mysterious creatures hunt them, and in this seemingly unpopulated world, a tower looms. The human survivors and the artificial intelligence, GeoFFRy, must learn to work together as they fight for their lives in this alien wilderness and uncover the truth of what lies beyond.
This Sounds Serious
After listening to a 9-1-1 call from the longest hostage situation in Oregon history, host Gwen Radford finds herself on the trail of America’s most missing person. From CastBox and the comedy producers behind Stop Podcasting Yourself, CBC’s This Is That, and Dexter Guff comes another fictional story so believable it can't be true.
The Prickwillow Papers
Sylda, a young half-elf, has just graduated from the College of Mages. And, joy of joys, she has also moved back in with her parents. Stuck in a dead-end town with no idea what to do, she begins writing a diary, hoping something interesting will happen. And, as luck would have it, something interesting DOES happen... 'The Prickwillow Papers' is a Snazzy Tapir Production.
The Bright Sessions
Start with episode 01. Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. Visit www.thebrightsessions.com for more information and additional content. Created by Lauren Shippen
The Black Tapes
The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

Animal and Bird Podcasts

Strange Animals Podcast
A podcast about living, extinct, and imaginary animals!
Varmints!
13
The Varmints! podcast is an education/comedy podcast that's all about animals! Every week two nerds name Paul and Donna do a whole bunch of research to bring you a mix of science, education, pop culture and comedy about all things that creep, crawl, slither, fly, jump, hop and swim on this planet one animal at a time.
Hannah and Erik Go Birding
Hannah and Erik love to spend their free time adventuring and birding. Join them as they discuss their most recent adventures and other birding topics. They are not experts but are always game to learn and experience new things. Connect with us at IG: @HannahGoesBirding, FB: @HannahandErikGoBirding, or HannahandErikGoBirding@gmail.com.
Animals To The Max Podcast
The Animals To The Max Podcast is about animals and the people who dedicate their lives to them. Hosted by nationally recognized animal expert Corbin Maxey (Today Show, Tonight Show, Late Night) each episode will feature a guest that works in an animal-related field and explore their passion and adventures while working with animals.  
BirdNote
Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in the natural world. Rich in imagery, sound, and information, BirdNote inspires you to notice the world around you. Join us for daily two-minute stories about birds, the environment, and more.
Species
Teaching the world about animals, one species at a time.
Just the Zoo of Us
Join us, Christian and Ellen Weatherford, while we review your favorite species of animals and rate them out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics. Transcripts can be found at justthezooofus.com 😊 Got a species you want us to review? Submit your animal friend to us at ellen@justthezooofus.com and when we review your animal we'll give you a shoutout 😊 Cover art by Taylor Gordon Art!
Sound Escapes
Join BirdNote’s Ashley Ahearn and sound ecologist Gordon Hempton for an immersive audio journey through some of the most wild, beautiful and sound-rich places in the world. Along the way, Gordon gives us a crash course in the art of truly listening. It’s something he says is a dying art, constantly under threat in our noisy, modern lives.
BirdCallsRadio
BirdCallsRadio is a weekly radio show about the wonderful world of wild birds and nature. Worldwide topics range from bird sightings, birding tips, conservation, wildlife, and getting children involved with nature outdoors. Weekly guests join the show to add expertise and wisdom on topics involving nature and conservation. Listeners tell us they appreciate the fun, laid-back nature of the show.
The Casual Birder Podcast
Experience the wonder and excitement of watching wild birds! Suzy shares her observations, interviews and bird walks with guests, and stories from listeners around the world. Featured birds are primarily from the UK, Europe and North America. Subscribe to the show! Join us in the Facebook Group at bit.ly/CasualBirderFB on Twitter @CasualBirderPod or on Instagram @CasualBirderPodcast
Hidden Wings and Bloodlust
A podcast dedicated to ladybirds
RSPB Bird Notes
A Magazine devoted to Birds and the Environment for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for birds, for people, forever - Britain's largest environemental charity.
Nature's Voice
Love nature? You'll love Nature's Voice. Each month we'll bring you features, interviews and news of birds and wildlife, from back gardens to the Sumatran rainforest. If you can't get enough, try dipping into our back catalogue. We'll take you soaring with birds of prey, look back over 30 years of Big Garden Birdwatch, offer wildlife gardening advice and hear from celebrity wildlife lovers like Bill Oddie and Kate Humble. To make sure you get each new edition as soon as it’s published, why not become a subscriber? It's free and simple!
Whale Tales Podcast
Bringing you stories, news, fun facts, and more about whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Tweet of the Day
Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.
Avian Beauty
Avian Beauty is the bird-lovers' podcast. It's all about birding.
Back Porch Birding Podcast
Join Austin Roe, birder and naturalist, and Tim Harris, photographer, birding enthusiast, and artist, talk birds around your street, pond, lake, river, stream, or woods, every Sunday. Newbies are welcome!

Interview Podcasts

The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn
The Turnaround is a new series about our greatest living interviewers, hosted by Jesse Thorn and produced by Maximum Fun and The Columbia Journalism Review. Featuring conversations with prominent interviewers about their careers and their craft, the show is a perfect resource for a new generation of storytellers and journalists. You'll hear Jesse speak with Larry King, Terry Gross, Werner Herzog, Audie Cornish, and so many more!
The JV Club with Janet Varney
Remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager? And remember how some things haven't really changed that much for you since then? Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with some of her favorite women as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. Warning: This Podcast Contains Sincerity.
Podcast Junkies
Podcast Junkies was born out of a genuine interest in and curiosity for this growing league of podcast hosts. It's hosted by Harry Duran. It features wide-ranging, authentic and sometimes candid interviews with this family of voices behind the microphone. The shows themselves cover a variety of topics such as Business, Finance Entrepreneurism, History, Comedy, Storytelling and more. Podcast Junkies explores the motivations behind the podcast's inception and allows the listener to connect on a more personal level with some of their favorite hosts.
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
1
Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)
The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
1
For anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying.
A Bit Of A Chat With Ken Plume - FRED Entertainment
Ken Plume loves to chat. Even more so, he loves to chat with people he finds interesting – really, the only criteria worth mentioning. In "A Bit Of A Chat With Ken Plume", he brings those conversations with interesting people to you, the listener.
Friends in Your Ears
Friends in Your Ears is a podcast where Kathy Campbell interviews podcasters about their favorite podcasts.
Season 1: The Sugar Baby Confessionals
1
Each season we tackle a new story. The Sugar Baby Confessionals is a true story unfolding over two years. What if your best friend – your best, married friend – embraced the sugar baby lifestyle – not by necessity, but by choice? Sara-Mae Tuson’s BFF, Ruby, did just that. Sexy? Scary? Judge for yourself. We follow two years of Ruby's life, so it's important to listen from Episode 1. In the Sugar Baby Confessionals, the girl talk gets candid as Sara-Mae and Ruby talk about love, sex and life as a Sugar Baby.

Film Review Podcasts

Flixwatcher: A Netflix Film Review Podcast
6
Every week the Flixwatcher crew team up with other podcasters to talk about what to watch on Netflix! Flixwatcher is hosted by Helen Sadler and Kobi Omenaka. Every episode discusses and rates a film from Netflix as chosen by special guests from other podcasts using our unique Flixwatcher scoring system. We tackle classic films including Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and "Pulp Fiction" , Netflix Originals such as "Amanda Knox" and "Beasts of No Nation" through to bargain bin b-movies such as Sharknado 3. The choice what to watch on Netflix is given wholly to the podcaster guests. Team Flixwatcher has no say in what they watch from the huge Netflix library! Tune in every week to get Netflix film recommendations and rejections with spoilers guaranteed! If you are ever struggling with what to watch on Netflix then this is the podcast for you! If you do want to skip to the end that is when you'll get all of our film scores using our unique Flixwatcher Netflix scoring system! Tell your friends AND SUBSCRIBE!
90 Minutes Or Less Film Fest
1
Sam Clements is curating a fictional film festival. He'll accept almost anything, but with one catch - the movie must not be longer than 90 minutes. This is the 90 Minutes Or Less Film Fest podcast.
Drinking And Screaming
12
With Drinking and Screaming, you’ll find yourself pulled into a new horror film to discuss and a new cocktail to try every week. We’re a new liquor and movie review podcast based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, where each week we celebrate horror and alcoholism! Every episode is laced with great soundtracks, audio clips from the films, theme breakdowns, production trivia, and much more! Char and Kelly are neither professional movie critics nor professional bartenders, but they are very good at both drinking and screaming.
Happily Ever Aftermath
1
Happily Ever Aftermath explores relationships in movies and how they shape our ideas of love and romance. One title at a time, Polina and Diana share their personal connection to the film and analyze the trajectory of the characters’ relationship -- when did they fall in love and what is their fate after the movie ends?

Entertainment

The Allusionist
19
Adventures in language: TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
One Bad Mother
A comedy podcast about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren't all magical vessels! Join us every week as we deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging, and more laughing.
Secret Dinosaur Cult
1
A live comedy podcast by comedians Sofie Hagen and Jodie Mitchell, in which they explore identity in order to try and find out who they are - through the medium of dinosaurs. Hilarious, highly addictive and heavily dinosaur-based. SOFIE HAGEN is a stand-up comedian, author and host of 'Made of Human Podcast' and former co-host and co-creator of 'The Guilty Feminist' and a fat activist. JODIE MITCHELL is a stand-up comedian, improviser and a drag king in the drag king troupe Pecs. She is part of the radical and queer stand-up comedy collective The Lol Word.
Retail Nightmares
Hilarious podcast.
The Complete Guide to Everything
A weekly podcast for knowledge about anything and everything. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, Tim and Tom leave no stone unturned in their humble quest to make the world a more informed place. Put away the encyclopedia four-eyes because this may just be the last resource you'll ever need. Wikipedia, consider yourselves on warning.

Podcast Review Shows

Episode Party
Two hosts and one special guest discuss three of their favourite podcasts. New episodes every other Monday.
Podcast Radio Hour
Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.

Podcasting Craft

The Feed The Official Libsyn Podcast
The show that takes it beyond how to podcast into keeping you podcasting with podcasting tips and information for the everyday podcaster + taking you inside Libsyn the largest podcast host and distribution network since 2004!
Better Podcasting
Stephen Jondrew and Stargate Pioneer host a weekly podcast dedicated for the Hobby Podcaster with tips and tricks on how to get started, sound great, have fun and not break the bank. Each week they talk about a podcasting topic in depth within an arc (like how to start a podcast, podcast gear for the hobby podcaster, and tips on different types of presenting-announcing-hosting) and then run down a current news item of importance to podcasting. They also run down any feedback and offer advice on how to make your hobby podcasting time better, easier and more fun. You can check them out at www.betterpodcasting.com and betterpodcastinggear.com for more information.
School of Podcasting
10
Established in 2005 if you want to learn about podcasting this is the show for you. It's been described by many as the most entertaining and unique of all the "Podcast About Podcasting." Dave Jackson gets to the point and talks about podcasting. We discuss ways to plan a successful launch that will get you ranking high in iTunes, finding the best gear on a budget, developing content that leaves people wanting more. He has been helping people understand technology and has been called "The Analogy King." His style is "edutainment" and you will always walk away with useful knowledge and insights. Dave Jackson is the original, and if you don't like the first episode you hear - give him two more and he'll change your mind.
The Showrunner
1
The Showrunner is a weekly podcast hosted by veteran podcasters Jonny Nastor and Jerod Morris in which we share advice, ideas, and experiences that will help you solidify your podcast's positioning, produce more useful content, build a more authentic connection with your audience, and drive more meaningful results with your podcast. And we also provide regular words of encouragement and inspiration, because none of the rest of it matters if you don't show up and keep showing up reliably for your audience.
Pod Sound School
A fun, highly informative, and educational podcast all about podcasting better. Whether you are an entrepreneur, content creator, artist, or podcaster, here you will find all of the resources you need to grow your digital footprint by planning, producing, and launching a high quality podcast. Come and hang out with Studio Steve and Veronica and occasional experts and add some intellectual assets to your creative enterprise. Together we can unlock the secrets to that perfect podcast.
Podcasters' Roundtable
Discussing the issues that face podcast producers and podcasting. Each Roundtable features a new podcaster from the community of viewers listeners. We talk less about the 'how-to' and more about the 'why.' You'll learn how to improve your podcast through the shared experience of other podcasters.
Inside Podcasting
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Welcome to Inside Podcasting! Join Skye Pillsbury as she interviews podcast hosts about their craft.

Episodic re-run shows

Lord of the Rings Minute
The daily podcast in which hosts Cassandra and Norman analyze the Lord of the Rings (Extended Edition) trilogy one minute at a time.