Monday, April 22, 2013

Penn's Sunday School

As many of you know I run.

What many of you may or may not know is that as you get older, fewer of your colleagues can keep up with you. 

So whereas it was a blissful summer day in 1998 while you and 4 of your buddies went and knocked out 8 miles in your early 20's around some of Minneapolis' finer groomed parkways...

by the time you're 39 and it's a cold, snowing, dark April night in 2013, you look around and realize nobody is running with you as they've succumbed to the ill-fates of marriage, children, careers, and (sadly some) suicide or premature death. 

Thank god technology has advanced to the point the MP3 player was made and podcasts were invented. 

I'm a big fan of podcasts, not because I'm trying to create my own, but because they provide what I believe to be the most convenient and beneficial media to people who are genuine intellectuals.  There are thousands of "unoccupied audible" hours in a human life where the human mind can be stimulated with the words of another human mind via headphones and I'm shocked there aren't more people with headphones on wherever you go. 

Driving, running, working out, you name it.  Just because your physical body is occupied, doesn't mean your mind cannot be further stimulated, advanced or progressed through the wisdom, observations and anecdotes of others.

Thus, why I particularly appreciate a good podcast and would like to share with you my three favorite ones.

There is Garage Logic.  The host, Joe Soucheray, is pretty much an unknown outside Minnesota, but you will appreciate him and "the Rookie's" rapport with one another.  I still to this day don't know why he hasn't been nationally syndicated.

Bill Burr.  Rambling and crass and elementary, it's precisely what most men in their teens through 60's need to get through the pansified, girly, PC-obedient society the country has foisted upon us.

But, more recently Penn Gillette's "Sunday School."  Though not frequent, I strongly recommend the podcast because, though it's obvious they're not a serious production, Penn and his co-hosts' intelligence provide for some engaging and intellectually stimulating conversation.

If any of you know of any other podcasts FOR FREE you can download, light 'em up.  The average broadcaster/podcaster can do 2 hours of material per working day.  The average pursuer of intelligent radio will burn through about 4-6 hours per day, ergo new sources are always in demand.

18 comments:

Roberto Severino said...

Sometimes Lew Rockwell's podcast is worth listening to, even though I probably don't agree with everything on there.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/

Thanks for featuring Penn's Sunday School, sir!

Red Pill Theorist said...

Great advice. Most people don't realize the most valuable resource a man has is his time.

Siddhartha said...

You Should check out Dan Carlin, he has two shows that are excellent. There first is "Common Sense" and the second is "Hardcore History". Strongly suggest adding those two to your playlist.

'Reality' Doug said...

Full disclosure: I am tooting my own horn here.

I put up some segments of a college radio talk show I did last year. For my last show I did an interview with Dr. Roy Baumeister that I thought was great. Could just be me. I never grew an audience or had actual fans, but Dr. Roy Baumeister is something.

For some reason I don't understand:
http://djrealitydoug.github.com
becomes
http://djrealitydoug.github.io/

Anonymous said...

Stefan Molyneux

Mark said...

Don't forget the Tom Leykis show! Search "Tom Leykis" on Tunein or go to www.blowmeuptom.com

Anonymous said...

It's almost blasphemy not mentioning the one
podcast to rule them all, the Adam Carolla Show.

Or The Adam and Drew Show,
Or The Dr. Drew Podcast,
Or Ace On The House...

And of course The Joe Rogan Experience.

Joe Bar said...

You have the big 3 on my list. Billy Burr, Penn Jillette, and Adam Carolla.

earl said...

Didn't know Penn had a podcast. He's a guy I like because even though he disagrees with people with different views...he at least respects their views.

Andrew S. said...

What do you use to store/access/aggregate all these shows for later listening?

dannyfrom504 said...

bill is best when he comes unglued. his rants have left me pissing at times. at an O and A show he railed on the crowd in Philly. qoogle "bill burr philly rant". classic.

Siddhartha said...

I use Stitcher radio in the android marketplace. It even streams the Leykis show live. It's a decent app.

Rialia said...

If you're interested in a unique perspective on history and insight on current events, I recommend Dan Carlin's Hardcore History podcast, as well as his Common Sense podcast.

He considers himself to be independent, tends towards civil libertarian. Good critic of the MSM, and will often look to history as a way to solve current problems. He takes a good amount of flack from both the left and the right, and that's usually a good sign.

dancarlin.com

Anonymous said...

Karl Denninger from the Market Ticker has a weekly 30min show on blogtalkradio.

Joe Bar said...

Andrew: They are all available for download on iTunes for free, and you can load them on your phone or MP3 player.

MidKnight said...

Love the list being created, and definitely want to look at Penn Gillette.

A change of pace for whomever is interested in writing of any sort. There's a weekly podcast called "Writing Excuses" (Tagline: Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.)

The hosts include Epic Fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Way of Kings, and yeah, the guy who finished out Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series) and Howard Tayler (author of, and making a living off of the webcomic "Schlock Mercenary" - which incidentally also inspired yet another John Ringo series of space opera novels...).

It focuses almost entirely on how to be a Science Fiction/Fantasy author, but over 90% of it applies to storytelling in general, most of it to writing and structure, and some parts, like the recent "Fake it Till You Make it" episode apply to life in general.

Anonymous said...

And let's not forget Radio Derb by John Derbyshire, also a weekly.

Anonymous said...

If you don't care for soccer, then it won't be of interest, but the BBC's World Football Phone-In is one of the only intelligent shows I've heard in the world of sports talk, and available for download as a podcast.

They feature an expert from each continent (Europe, North America, South America and sometimes Asia and Africa) who are provided listener questions by a moderator. There's depth to the discussion that's unique, and it is free from shouting and hyperbole.