Podcast recommendations

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Creation Date September 20th, 2019
Updated Date Updated December 30th, 2020
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Podcast recommendations by the host of The Casual Birder Podcast. Created for International Podcast Month 2019
  1. Comedy

  2. Award-winning podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Canada's top comedy podcast. Hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, with weekly guests. Hilarious weekly guests? Yup.
  6. 10
    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.
  7. 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.
  1. Audio Fiction

  2. 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."
  3. '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 is lovingly produced by Beth Crane and Hedley Knights of Battle Bird Productions.To support the show visit patreon.com/BattleBirdProd or visit Battlebird.productions
  4. 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…
  5. 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.
  6. The Big Loop is a biweekly anthology series from the co-creator of The Black Tapes. Hosted by Paul Bae (co-creator of The Black Tapes & PNWS), 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The Orphans is a cinematic sci-fi audio drama about survival in a harsh universe: castaways on a hostile world, A.I.s with unprecedented emotions, strangers who share faces, love and loss in a far-flung future. Each season explores a new vantage point in an ever-expanding and inter-connected galaxy.
  10. In 1991, TV producer Kirk Todd was supposed to direct his first movie, Grand Casino, but the movie was never made. Kirk disappeared with the film’s budget and was revealed to be a con man named Jeremy Weaver. We follow host Gwen Radford as she tracks down the victims and puts together the pieces of this con three decades later.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  1. Animal and Nature Podcasts

  2. Talks and Wildlife Photography
  3. 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.
  4. A podcast about living, extinct, and imaginary animals!
  5. Ever wondered what happens when you fill a cello with bees? Or how robins have successfully colonised the outer-reaches of our universe? Or why the world is destined to be populated purely by female turtles? This podcast celebrates nature and the stories of those who care deeply for it. Join artist, actor and Woodland Trust ambassador David Oakes, for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists as they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and how it inspires us as human beings. All episodes available at: https://www.treesacrowd.fm/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  6. The educational series highlighting the wonders of the animal kingdom. Fun and insightful animal facts presented in a narrative documentary style production complete with music and sound effects.
  7. 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.  
  8. Join us, Ellen and Christian Weatherford, while we review your favorite species of animals and rate them out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics. More information 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 Mrs. Brainbow (Taylor Gordon-Wood)!
  9. A podcast dedicated to ladybirds
  10. A living library of cetacean stories – now in podcast form!
  11. A Podcast for the Love of Animals
  12. Learn about all things animalia in this family friendly podcast. Each week Joe and Carlos dive deep into nature to find animals that have at least one amazing talent they use to survive. Gather up some animal knowledge and crazy nature facts to drop on your friends at parties with each new episode of Life, Death, and Taxonomy.
  13. All Creatures covers a species a week, describing the animals natural history, physiology, behavior, mating strategies and more. We also interview conservation experts from around the globe sharing their incredible stories and how they fight for conservation of the planets most endangered animals.
  1. Bird watching

  2. 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.
  3. Immerse yourself in birdsong in this relaxed pace acoustic exploration of natural spaces in mid-western and southern Ontario. Whether you're an emerging or veteran birder looking to test and build upon your birdsong identification skills or someone who appreciates the natural world, this unique series will bring you as close as you can get to birding in the field without going anywhere. Season 1, "The Bruce Peninsula" was recorded in July of 2019, in the peak of songbird breeding season. Season 2, "Midsummer" was recorded in July and August of 2019, in Hamilton, Waterloo, and Cambridge. Season 3, "Spring of Solitude" was recorded in spring of 2020, in the Hamilton, the Niagara Region, and Norfolk County. Season 4, "On Territory" was recorded throughout 2020, in various places in Ontario. For those with high-frequency hearing loss, please search for "Songbirding Under 5kHz" The Bruce Peninsula (also known as the Saugeen Peninsula) is the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabek. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, with the exception of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation which is unceded territory. Credits Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter. Cover art by Lauren Helton - https://tinylongwing.carbonmade.com/
  4. Have you ever wished you had birding friends you could happy hour with? Hannah does... In each episode, expect an interesting interview with an artist, or a professional, or maybe a naturalist - all of which are women who love birds. Also, in the spirit of a good happy hour, Hannah will come up with a different alcoholic concoction based on a bird mentioned in the interview.Check out Women Birders (Happy Hour) every other week. And connect with me here on Twitter or via email womenbirders@gmail.com.
  5. 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.
  6. BirdNote's home for longform stories and series that connect us more deeply with birds, nature, and each other. Our latest series, Grouse, is about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.
  7. 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.
  8. Experience the wonder and excitement of watching wild birds! Suzy shares her observations of local birds in southern England to those seen internationally. Listen to recorded bird walks, interviews, and stories from birdwatchers around the world.
  9. 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.
  10. We're not your grandmother's birding podcast. Join Sean, Scott, and Heather as they interview birders from all flocks of life. Subscribe on the podcasting app of your choice for more puns and fowl language.
  11. Bird Watchers, Birders, Nature Lovers should hear the Bird Banter Podcast. Hear Birders talk about birdwatching, or birding for the more passionate. Hear their birding stories, about bird watching experiences, about birding research, birding travel, and birdwatching anecdotes. It's fun, conversational and tries to be a birding ambassador to improve the world one birder at a time.
  12. Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds is a call-in show of entertaining conversation about wild birds -- attracting them to your back yard, identifying them, feeding them, and learning more about them along the way. Every week, we have contests for prizes like bird feeders and other great bird-related stuff, along with expert guests. So, whether you're an experienced birder, or you're new to birding, listen in, and be part of the show by calling in with a question, sharing some information or observations, or trying for one of our prizes. It's birdwatching--in the backyard and beyond.
  13. Learn fun bird facts for your next happy hour! Perfect for newbie bird fans, long-time birders, and people who want to learn cool sh*t about birds—we're pretty sure that's you. Join Mo and Sarah for a casual (and very millenial) conversation about all things birding. You'll meet amazing birders, get the latest bird news, and hear lesser-discussed topics around birds and birdwatching. Rated R for "Ridiculously LOLOLOL-worthy."
  14. 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.
  15. Avian Beauty is the bird-lovers' podcast. It's all about birding.
  16. Soundscapes from nature sanctuaries and natural areas in southern Ontario, Canada. Includes birds, amphibians, insects, and more. Produced from field recordings of the Hamilton Bioacoustic Research Project & the Hamilton Naturalists' Club in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.
  20. This Birding Life is a podcast from the folks at Bird Watcher’s Digest. And like the magazine’s content, the topics covered by This Birding Life range far and wide, from the backyard to the tropics, from bird feeding to bird chasing, from authors reading from their books to birders talking about their “spark” bird. This Birding Life is guaranteed to make you think, laugh, and want to spend more time out there with the birds. It’s all about this wonderful hobby we share: watching and enjoying wild birds. Welcome to This Birding Life!
  21. The original and famous Radio Birdsong, as heard all across Britain on FM and DAB radio.
  22. Bird calls are incredibly diverse. But are they all good? Are some just okay? Can a bird call be sexy? Let's find out.
  23. The Weekly Bird Report with Mark Faherty can be heard every Wednesday on WCAI, the local NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. Mark has been the Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since August 2007 and has led birding trips for Mass Audubon since 2002. He is past president of the Cape Cod Bird Club and current member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee.
  1. Interview Podcasts

  2. 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!
  3. 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.