Audio & Podcasts

Reviews of both vintage and contemporary audio productions, radio shows, and podcasts.

The Laser Time Podcast Is a Weekly Nostalgia Trip for ’80s and ’90s Kids

Nostalgia is a term that gets thrown around a lot these days. The adults who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s pine for the simpler days—some of my favorite memories are from when I was a kid in the ’90s. We had corded telephones, Windows 95, and the best cartoons. And Laser Time will tell you all about it. This podcast that picks a different pop-culture topic each week and tells you all about it. A lot of work...

Chance by Chance Is a Minnesota Podcast for Young Creatives

It’s rare in the podcast community to find a young voice behind the microphone. Most shows consist of 30-year-olds and up who have been around forever—they dominate the scene, leaving few opportunities for new and young individuals to give it a try. Chance by Chance is a podcast hosted by 21-year-old Stillwater native Chance Gilliam that revolves around young creators. The main mission of the show, as described on the website and reiterated in many of the episodes, is to...

#Dork Is a Podcast Love-Fest for the Comic-Book Bro

Geek bros everywhere will swoon for WEEI Sports Radio Network’s #Dork podcast—that is, if they can fit it in between crushing at Legends of Zelda and their local comic-book store’s happy hour. Consistent in its quest to cover relevant TV, movie, and video-game topics, #Dork doesn’t shy away from popular media or comic-book material. Indeed, this podcast covers many Marvel movies and consistently lets the audience in on future DC Comics characters coming to the big screen, but more than...

The Nerd Cult Podcast Struggles to Stand Out

Creating a new podcast is a hard feat. We are in a time when the Internet is saturated with “self-started” media, and it’s hard to sift through this infinite sea to get quality. It’s especially hard to find new podcasts that are good. Out of the thousands that are uploaded for the public’s listening pleasure, only a few are executed well. The Nerd Cult podcast is part of this endless sea, and it already seems to have lost its...

A Twin Cities Soundtrack Geek Digs into the Original Score of Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War

Let’s not waste any time here—the most recent film score to come out of the Oscar-winning duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the soundtrack to Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War, is first and foremost exceptionally, stunningly beautiful. . . . How? How can something so tightly woven through something so horrific be anything else? Ken Burns needs no introductions and may as well be the definition of “Masterful Documentarian.” And by this point, Reznor has done well to establish himself as...

Minneapolis-Based Podcast Farming God Exchanges Hipster Points for Real Spiritual Growth

There isn’t a set theme or regular format to Farming God—it is a podcast for listeners who are looking for something different. Narrated by local author Steve Ray, Farming God attempts to make its audience ponder philosophical questions about the society we live in. While the show is monotonous at times, faithful listeners will encounter an assortment of historical information and good old-fashioned biographical tales. Using a deep, literary voice to narrate each episode, Ray’s vocal quality stands out...

Minnesota-Based Magic the Amateuring Is a Podcast for the Hardcore Players

Magic: The Gathering has had a solid following for decades. It has carved its own niche in the world of geek; people sink thousands of dollars into this wonderful game, pour their heart and soul into tournaments and conventions, and have created a community. There are many different outlets that cover the complicated aspects of Magic, and the podcast format is no stranger to the subject. Enter Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff, the hosts of Magic the Amateuring. Both...

Live From the Poundstone Institute Educates Listeners while Making Them Pee Their Pants from Laughter

She’s back. Did she ever go away? Do Millennials even know about her? These things matter not. What matters is Paula Poundstone, the legendary comic known for her superior improv skills with audiences, has a new podcast: Live from the Poundstone Institute. Each week, listeners tune in to find the familiarity of the hit NPR quiz program Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! combined with the comedic timing of a throwback SNL sketch. “Wait a minute, we...

The Rock, Paper, Shotgun Podcast Speaks Volumes for PC Gaming

UK website Rock, Paper, Shotgun is one of the few outlets that focus purely on PC gaming. Its writers don’t necessarily focus on breaking news, instead putting their talents toward spotlighting games. Its podcast of the same name follows the same formula, with a rotating roster of hosts who put a lot of heart into their content. If you are looking for something focused on current PC games (AAA and indie), this may be the podcast for you. It...

The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

If you love something, it’s worth a little embarrassment. That’s the hook of the Maximum Fun network show The Greatest Generation, a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast by “two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast.” The chagrined gentlemen in question are Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica, two 30-something writer-filmmakers who live in not-so-secret shame on opposite coasts. Musician John Roderick—front man for the Long Winters and a mutual friend—paired the...
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