There are few things I enjoy more than a good podcast. I’m no stranger to long commutes, and so I cope with great podcasts. Luckily, I have enough interests to keep me full up on stuff to listen to in the car or on a walk.
So, I thought I’d spend today’s post going through some of my favorites. Unless noted, assume the podcast is free (most are) and clean.
The best podcast in the world.
If you have any interest in history or love a dramatic story, you owe to it yourself to dive into one of Dan Carlin’s epic treks. He’s already done long, multi-part epics (as he jokes, in truth his shows are audiobooks) on The Punic Wars, the Eastern Front of World War II, the conquests of Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan, the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire, World War I and he just finished a tome on the rise of the Persian Empire.
These are long, detailed listens. The topics are usually fairly rough — he doesn’t skimp the nasty parts. Carlin loves putting you right in the armor of a Roman soldier at the horrific Battle of Cannae or in the trenches in 1915. Sometimes, we can’t help but breeze past what history would feel like — Carlin puts you in the moment.
And while there are some legitimate concerns about his history bonafides, the shows are awesome and worth your time.
The second podcast I ever downloaded (after Hardcore History) was the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons.
Now called The Bill Simmons Podcast, I still download and listen a few times a week. Look, he’s a Boston sports homer and sometimes his arguments are totally inane. He talks out of his butt on topics he knows nothing about. All true. But his NBA coverage is still my favorite and he nabs some great guests. I’ve listened for years and will continue to do so. Good job by you, Billy.
It’s true — I listen to a podcast with a bunch of Calvinists on it. I know. But the guys are usually pretty funny, and some of the insights are valuable. Plus I’m rather known for a good rant. Plus, one of the dudes is legit named Barnabas. It makes me smile every time I think about it.
The Pod of Thunder routinely has great guests from the wrestling and music worlds, hosted by one of my favorite wrestlers, Chris Jericho. He’s a little goofy, but Jericho’s interviewing skills have come a long way. You can get some nice inside baseball type discussions about life as a wrestler or musician, which I love.