#PodcastDay: The podcasts that have the KPCC staff glued to their earbuds
Wednesday is International Podcast Day. It's a day to celebrate the shows that you look forward to listening to every time they come out. You know, the ones that you'll tell your family to quiet down for; the ones that you tell your friends that you won't be able to hang out with them because you've got something more important to do.
We've put together a list of some of our favorite podcasts here at KPCC, but we'd love for you to tweet about your favorite podcasts from KPCC and everywhere else, tagging @KPCC and using the hashtag #PodcastDay, or let us know in the comments.
My Brother, My Brother and Me: It's a so-called "advice" show with three brothers, but it's mostly just an excuse for them to riff in hilarious ways off both listeners' questions, and off of crazy questions from Yahoo Answers. Where to start: A recent best-of episode, MBMBaM 271: Bro's Better, Bro's Best Ch. 82 - 91. — Mike Roe
Never Not Funny: One of the oldest podcasts that used to be largely behind a paywall, but now it's free, and it's genius. It features Jimmy Pardo, a stand-up for decades, who has one of the fastest minds in comedy. His stand-up is almost all improvised, and he puts that to use on the show. He's also a huge music fan, so that weaves its way into the show, and it's wonderful. Where to start: Episode 1702 with John Ross Bowie, a regular guest who helps bring together Jimmy's comedy with his love of musicals. — Mike Roe
Uhh Yeah Dude: UYD is the original just-two-guys-talking podcast. Best friends and longtime Angelenos Jonathan Larroquette and Seth Romatelli have been recording their weekly show since 2006. Jonathan is the bearded son of a famous L.A. actor, and Seth moved to Hollywood from Boston in the '80s to become an actor (when they started the show he was working at Whole Foods) who still doesn't have a Facebook or a cell phone because "only my mom or Jonathan would call me." Seth's hyper-neurotic and paranoid yin is perfect to Jonathan's pseudo-hippie and trusting yang. No one (myself included) can seem to understand why they engender such a passionate following, yet look around hip neighborhoods in L.A., Boston and D.C., and you'll see UYD T-shirts, bumper stickers and hats (including on me and mine). UYD4L! Where to start: This compilation of the best of the show's 2014 episodes. — Mark Pampanin
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy: WFMU's Ken and Andy do stupid things like try to make a profit on a pizza by delivering it themselves, outbid the Tooth Fairy, offer drive-by atonement, and prank call people in the phone book. For their pledge drive, every time they get to a certain amount of money, Andy Breckman has to get something done to him via the Wheel of Fate. Where to start: Marathon 2014: Wheel of Fate and Andy's Tattoo — Molly Peterson
99% Invisible: I love love love 99% Invisible. 99PI is great because it brings you stories about everyday things you might not think about, but have really fascinating back-stories. And for me, that’s what’s exciting about journalism — that you can craft truly engaging tales about the thing no one else has covered before… the stories hiding in plain sight. Where to start: Maybe my favorite episode is Episode 103: U.T.B.A.P.H. (That stands for “Used To Be A Pizza Hut.”) The UTBAPH episode is really funny, and ends on this ridiculous song that made me laugh out loud in my car. — John Ismay
Longform: Because I’m a journalist and I never tire of hearing how the sausage is made. These folks do a great job with no bells and whistles, just great conversation. Where to start: They just did an interview with Ira Glass last week, so for public radio fans, that's a great entry point. — Alex Cohen
Filmspotting: It’s far and away my favorite podcast about movies. The hosts Adam Kempenar and Josh Larsen (and occasionally Michael Phillips) provide a lengthy, thoughtful discussion about a new film every week mixed with a related Top 5 list and movie marathons that explore a director or theme. I’ve definitely been exposed to a lot of films that would have otherwise flown under my radar, and even when I don’t agree with their views, I come away with some interesting food for thought. Where to start: Check out their recent fall movie preview so you know what to watch for. — Aaron McGrath
FilmWeek: I always replay FilmWeek's podcast to choose which movies to see over the weekend. Where to start: It's new every week, but you can jump in with last week's rundown of what's playing. — Hettie Lynne Hurtes
Switched On Pop: One of my new favorites. It's a musicologist and a songwriter getting together to explain why everything from Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" to Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" work, analyzing the music and structure behind them. Where to start: Their analysis of Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You" and why it's no "Call Me Maybe" is an absolute delight. — Mike Roe
Strangers: It may sound narcissistic, but don't be fooled — the woman is on a quest for the truth, and she goes about it with humor and self-awareness. Where to start: Specifically the "Love Hurts" episode, where she interviews guys she dated about why they broke up with her. ("Strangers" also won this year's KPCC Public Radio Bracket Madness.) — Alex Schaffert
This American Life: Of course, I love "This American Life" as much as the next public radio nerd. Where to start: My favorite episode is "Secret Identity." Ira travels to "The Trees of Mystery" — a tourist landmark among the redwood trees in Klamath, Calif. that I used to frequent as a kid. I thought I knew EVERYTHING about that place. But I was surprised to find out — nope. Ira was able to find out WHO is the mysterious voice behind the attraction's Paul Bunyan, and it's quite a tale. He helped me appreciate something I took for granted... a goal that I have for the stories I report on, silly or not. — Ashley Bailey
Here are even more podcasts recommended by KPCC staff. Vote for your favorites.