We talked about Voice being overlooked in the digital world, but the online world has some fantastic stuff to listen to, here’s some of our favs. Have a listen, share and add your own picks to the list.
Doug Stanhope’s podcast Doug is dark, twisted, hilarious and yet disarmingly charming. There’s offensive stuff and lots of swearing, so not one to play with your kids in the room, but always a great listen.
Chilling Tales for Dark Nights - The best horror stories from the internet, read in fabulously creepy voices. And the best thing about horror in audio? Closing your eyes doesn’t help…
The fabulous Radio Lab! Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich reveal fantastic science stories, every episode is a feast of the ears and the mind.
Scriptnotes, a screen writing podcast from professional writers. John August and Craig Mazin are really engaging and freely share their expertise and experience. Fun listen even if you don’t want to break into Hollywood.
The Bugle Podcast - John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman and brilliant satire, what more do you want?
The UK has the BBC for Radio Drama, but the art’s kind of died off elsewhere, time for a Radio Drama Revival.
Radiotopia - including 99% Invisible, Love + Radio, Radio Diaries – a smorgasbord of audio delight.
Hardcore History. Interesting thoughts on the past, not everyone will agree but the ideas are exciting.
Fantastic documentaries from RTE, Ireland’s Radio Broadcaster
Sodajerker Nothing better than listening to people discuss an artwork they love and are good at, one for music lovers
Le Show Blisteringly clever stuff from Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) - politics, music, weird public documents.
Thrilling Adventure Hour An homage to the golden age of radio. Consistently makes my ribs hurt from laughing.
And from the golden age, Orson Welles as The Shadow Lacking character development, and the plots might be a bit threadbare, but they’re fast paced and fun. Plus, Orson Welles has a superb sinister laugh. After listening I really want some blue coal… damn the ads in the 30s were persuasive.
Bit harder to get these last two, but really worth it!
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Hands down, Dirk Maggs made the BEST adaptation of Douglas Adams’ detective out there. Check out ‘Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul as well’, Thor is adorable with his rubber duckie.
Bleak Expectations, by award winning writer Mark Evans is a brilliant funny spoof on Dickensian life, with Anthony Head as one of the best radio villains ever conceived, the dastardly Mr Gently Benevolent.