We’re taking some time off between Series 7 and Series 8, so here are eight more things to fill the miscellaneous esoterica-shaped hole in your heart. Will we ever run out of things to like? Probably not!
Here at Warren #777 we firmly believe that Boggle is the best word game (sorry Scrabble), so of course we also love any podcast that dares to use a Boggle board for its logo. It helps that host Helen Zaltzman is also producing great episodes diving into the linguistic origins of terms like “SOS” and “misogynoir.”
What happens when art is created to be deliberately provocative, to the point where all of the legal actions filed against it become part of the piece itself? Watch and find out!
We’re not big fans of podcasts that are mostly banter, but sometimes the hosts make it all work. In this case, the two hosts are East Coast comedian Jared Stern and West Coast comedian Jared Stern, who have never met in person but are often confused for each other. Turns out they have a breezy rapport that makes each episode light and entertaining. (And yes, the finally meet in the episode “Inside One Room” and even even manage to rope in a third Jared Stern at one point.)
The Gin & Tacos’ Mass for Shut-Ins podcast is mostly political, but we think it really shines when it does minisodes on miscellaneous esoterica (go figure). Standouts include episodes on the poet laureate of Kiribati, the strange disappearance of Agatha Christie, how to get a free car, and NBA-player-turned-mercenary John Brisker.
Looking for a new audio drama? Love weird fiction? Give The Mistholme Museum of Mystery, Morbidity and Mortality a try. Each episode your audio tour guide tells you all you need to know about one or more of the museum’s disturbing supernatural artifacts, each one worse than the last. Which may or may not be building to something horrible.
We love Rifftrax’s Bill Corbett, but his podcasts keep ending before we get a chance to promote them. Ringheads, a deep dive into the sweeping history of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and all its various media adaptations, feels like it’ll be around for a while. Bill and co-host Sean Thomason bring a nice blend of enthusiasm and insight. Even if it does feel like it’s going to take them eight or nine episodes just to get through the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Noted skeptic Rebecca Watson has been writing essays and producing videos for years without losing a step. Recent highlights of her output include the humorous “How We Can Breathe Through Our Butts” and the very topical “The Long History of People Who Think They’re Magnetic.”
A podcast that explores Mesoamerican history, New Age nonsense, and other assorted woo woo sounds is right up our alley. Hosts Kurly Tlapoyawa and Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl show how a handful of weird concepts have distorted our understanding of the past, present, and future. Standout episodes include “The Western Origins of Mexika Woo” and “The Myth of New Mexican Spanish.”
New Content from Old Favorites
Piggybacking off of current events, Ask a Mortician asks, “Is It Legal to Mummify Your Cult Leader?”
The recently-rebranded Build for Tomorrow would like you to know that “Everyone is Wrong About Participation Trophies.”
The Constant would like to remind you that these death rays are to be used for peaceful purposes only.
Over at The Dollop Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds dig into our favorite absurdly-named explorer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca.
And over at Maintenance Phase Aubrey and Michael have been on a real roll, turning out stellar episodes on celery juice, eating disorders, Ed McMahon’s Slimming Down, and Oprah Winfrey.