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Must-Listen Podcasts, Part II

I previously posted about the podcasts I most enjoy. I’d planned to post updates periodically, and this is the first of those.

My original post still stands, but there are a few changes. The first, and saddest, of these is that IRL Talk, which had been my favorite podcast for the last year and a half or so, has ended its run. I’m still mourning the loss of this show, but if you haven’t heard it before, I highly recommend listening to its back catalog; it’s simply marvelous.

Mission Log, a fantastic Star Trek podcast, has also mostly fallen off my radar, but not because I don’t enjoy the show. On the contrary, the show is excellent. I just have a hard time caring much about the TNG era, and that is all the show is about at the moment.

Otherwise, the previous list still mirrors my current listening habits, save for a couple of new series.

Welcome to Night Vale is one of the best things I’ve heard in a long time. It’s very, very hard to describe. Essentially, it is an ongoing story and audio drama set in the fictional desert community of Night Vale. The show’s hero is a host on the local radio station, and each episode largely takes place during his broadcasts. The show is both hilarious and creepy. Many have described it in a variety of ways, but I like to say that it seems like what might’ve been the brain child of Stephen King and the Onion. In fact, there’ve been a few Stephen King reference throughout the series thus far. It’s brilliant!

The new format for the show Inquisitive has also become captivating. It is now produced in an ongoing, documentary-style format. If you’re into tech, especially Apple tech, it is a fantastic listen.

The Incomparable is a show about all things geeky, from Star Trek to Star Wars, Dr. Who to Stephen King, Harry Potter to Disney, and beyond. It’s not intended that yo listen to every episode. Go back through the back catalog and download the episodes that sound like they interest you most and enjoy Jason Snell and company.

Speaking of Mr. Snell, Upgrade is another Apple-centric podcast hosted by him and Mike Hurley. It’s also a great listen.

Really, you could do worse than to subscribe to just about every show on the Relay.fm podcast network. They have assembled an insanely great lineup of shows.

I must give an honorable mention to Welcome to Macintosh, a show which explores the history of Apple Inc. The show hasn’t been around very long yet, but its first few episodes are very well done.

So those are my more recent picks. What are you listening to?