Audio & Podcasts

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

Looking Back on the Philando Castile Story with MPR’s 74 Seconds Podcast

You couldn’t live in Minnesota during July 2016 without hearing about the tragic, violent, and unnecessary death of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot during a traffic stop by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the scene on Facebook Live. Protests broke out in the following days, which even shut down Interstate 94 for five hours on July 9. A community pulled together—one bound by shock, despair, and a desire for...

Local Podcast Radio TCX Crushes the Star Wars X-Wing Market

On a cloudy Wednesday evening, while most of America is busy choosing the right Netflix show, I find myself seated in the bustling event hall of the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville. Attached to the gaming center are the manufacturing and development buildings that house workers producing tabletop favorites such as Battlestar Galactica and Android: Netrunner. There is a palpable energy in the air, perhaps due to the knowledge that future Fantasy Flight games, which will undoubtedly be...

Lore Podcast Live is a Polished Show for Enthusiasts of the Supernatural

The Woman’s Club Assembly was the perfect venue for the Lore podcast’s live show. The building itself has as much character as the stories that were told that night. The stage had a simple setup: a piano, a small table, and a nice, cozy chair. The audience was diverse. There were families, couples, and people of all ages. They all seemed very excited to experience this show. One person came out on stage quietly. With book in hand, he was...

The Your Parents Basement Podcast Is Filled with Comedic ’90s Nostalgia

Your Parents Basement reviews older video games, mainly from the 1990s. Introducing the podcast by reading from game manuals with comedic flair, the three hosts (Steve, Todd, and Huell) play off one another through the entire podcast, giving the audience satire through out. They focus mainly on games that they have nostalgia for. Whether the game is good or bad, they reminisce about their experiences. One of the best segments from the podcast is the reading of the game...

MPR’s Cube Critics is a Great Quick Listen for Movie-Goers

With most podcasts lasting over 30 minutes, it’s a breath of fresh air to find a short one. Cube Critics is part of MPR’s (Minnesota Public Radio’s) podcast family. Both hosts, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, lend their knowledgeable selves to the cinema culture. Cube Critics has two interwoven parts: short reviews of current movies (lasting 5 minutes) and spotlights on past movies they recommend (lasting roughly 15 minutes). The length of the podcast is a curse and a...

Minneapolis’s Geeks without God Podcast Is Unapologetically Fun

It is uncommon for a podcast to discuss more than one main subject. It is even more uncommon for one to do it successfully. One of the few that do is Geeks without God, a Minneapolis-based podcast that consists of uncensored, intelligent discussion of all things geeky and political. Hosts Molly, Nick, and Tim have great chemistry and are knowledgeable about their subjects. The episodes aren’t regurgitations of information or political rants; they show obvious passion for their interests...

The Minnesota-Based Film Geek Central Podcast Is Full of Movie-Loving Passion

The Film Geek Central podcast approaches reviews in a unique way. Created here in Minneapolis, Film Geek Central is currently on episode 14 of reviewing every available film of 1973. Host Austin Kennedy is joined by a different guest each week, and together they talk about five or six movies that were released in 1973. Not only is this podcast enjoyable, but it discusses different aspects that are the foundation for movies. According to the Film Geek Central website, Kennedy...

The Player One Podcast Is for the Gamers

Podcasts are one of the best ways to keep up with gaming news, and out of the hundreds of them that litter the Internet, the Player One Podcast is one of the most polished. Each week, former game journalists Chris, Greg, Phil, and Mike team up to (as they put it) “talk about console/portable/PC games, babies, and the meaning of life.” Clocking around an hour each episode, they go over news, talk about what games they have been playing,...

In the Embers Is a Timeless Radio Drama for the Podcast Age

A young girl screams . . . a woman sobs, pleading with the girl to follow her voice. In the Embers starts out with a chilling digitized scream that sets the scene of this radio mystery. Digger Morgan (voiced by Edwin Strout) is an audio archaeologist who discovers the sound by using a laser on the burned remains of a Toole Hill stables farmhouse. This discovery leads him and his team to investigate the life of Kit Jeffers (Robin Miles) and...

#PodGoals: The Worst Idea of All Time

#PodGoals is an in-depth examination of outstanding podcasts from the world of geek and pop-culture entertainment. I listen so you don’t have to . . . then I tell you how amazing they are and that you should listen anyway. Grown Ups 2 (2013), Adam Sandler’s teetering monument to mediocrity and fart jokes, has been called many things by critics. “Lazy” and “pointless” are what they say when they’re trying to be magnanimous. “Desperate,” “slothful,” “indulgent,” “sexist,” and “abrasive”...
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