Podcast Review

Podcast Review: Startup

A year ago I used this space to write about technology, Silicon Valley, videogames and the like.

I buried myself in tech news, subscribed to all kinds of insider blogs, read way more than I probably should have about the new hotness in apps, social media, venture capital etc. Though not an expert by any means, I was well read and as invested as a non-investor could be.

After a couple months of really diving into the tech industry I had a startling epiphany: I hated the tech industry. I unsubscribed from all but one tech blog, stopped following anything within spitting distance of ‘bleeding edge’ and tried to forget about my brief and embarrassing flirtation with being a technology blogger. Follies of youth, let’s call it.

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Podcast Review: Crybabies with Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean

“I’m very sensitive to eyeball stuff.”

I approached Crybabies – a podcast about the things that make us cry – with trepidation. Crying is healthy and good, yes – but do I need a podcast about it? Do I want to spend my listening time drowned in heavy emotions, lost in a histrionic quagmire of tears and sadness?

No. Of course I don’t. Luckily, Crybabies (with hosts Sarah Thyre  and Susan Orlean) is not a burdensome trek through the hinterlands of pathos but a jaunty tour of emotional back roads.

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Podcast Review: Hound Tall Discussion Series with Moshe Kasher

“I am your primary idiot.”

Moshe Kasher should moderate the United States of America’s 2016 Presidential Debate.

I’m joking. A little bit. But based on the way Kasher navigates thorny issues in Hound Tall I’m thinking a #Moshe4Mod campaign wouldn’t be a terrible idea.

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Podcast Review: Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period with W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery

“Certainly, there was a point where Denzel the actor gave Denzel the director the thousand-yard-Denzel stare.”

When I first heard the title for this show I assumed it was a joke. Yes, of course, Denzel Washington is a great actor. He’s been in many incredible movies and has secured his place in the pantheon of all-time great actors. But the greatest actor? Of all time? Surely this was going to be a podcast that poked fun at the Denzelishness of Denzel’s performance, maybe some kind of commentary on the way celebrities become caricatures of themselves over time and can eventually only play themselves but…

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Podcast Review: OMFG!

“Do you have any ‘swerve?'”

As I write this my three-year old daughter is running naked through our kitchen yelling ‘beeeeeeed tiiiiiime!’ Her exuberance is a triumph of youthful vigor and a reminder of my relatively new title: father. Dad.

In other words: not cool. Out of touch, even. “Prefers a sensible four-door coup and t-shirts with corporate slogans” one might say.

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Hanging with Mr Cooper

I choo-chooed this gravy train out of the station with a list of a dozenish titles to review to get the wheels turning. My long-term vision for the site is to be a place for fans of the medium to find quality podcasts of a given category or genre. There are, however, a few categories that obstinately resist review. A couple titles on my original list were delted because the reviews were boring iterations on ‘yeah it’s enjoyable, good job.’ “The hosts have good chemistry and made me laugh but they seemed perfectly content to hang with each other and, like, totally chill,” could have brought a little more elucidation but it’s not very helpful. It doesn’t do anything to inform the reader.

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Podcast Review: Getting On with James Urbaniak

“There is no Sweden.”

I have only cried during two movies: The Little Mermaid and Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. I can’t remember the exact confluence of events that led to the waterworks during The Little Mermaid but five is a rough year and I’m sure I was dealing with some shit. If you’ve seen Dear Zachary you can understand the tears. Probably, if you’re anything like me, you’re getting a little misty-eyed just thinking about it. And if you haven’t seen it, trust me. It’s sad. Also go see it, because it’s very good.

I hope this lengthy pre-amble illustrates why it’s a big deal that Getting On with James Urbaniak has already twice brought me to tears. I’m not emotionally stunted, but I’m also not prone to crying, either. Getting Along, though, makes me rethink whether or not either of those sentences are actually true.

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