Audio & Podcasts

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

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”...

The Possible Past: Adam and the Darkest Day

My interest in “old time radio” started in 7th grade. (I think. It might have been 8th.) At any rate, during my school’s fairly-marginal Gifted & Talented program, our teacher would occasionally have days where we would put our heads on our desks and listen to an episode or two of “X-1”. These breaks were rare, but they inspired me to discover that X-1 was being played on KBEM late at night. I found it on my radio and enjoyed it for...
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