19.08.15 by Jeff

6 Unrelated Podcasts to Listen to While You Work

phillamarrImage via I Was There Too podcast

I’m always looking for things to listen to while I work, so I thought I’d share a few podcasts that I’ve been enjoying lately. Hopefully there will be a couple you haven’t heard before!

I’ve been an avid listener of shows like Radiolab (is the show less interesting now or is it just me?) and This American Life (my favourite story is from “Tough Room” the peek at joke-writing for The Onion, and my favourite episode was definitely “Retraction” where Ira grills Mike Daisey for lying about his trip to the Apple factory).

I also have to mention that Mark Maron’s WTF episode with Louis C.K. is easily my favourite episode of any podcast. If you haven’t heard it, it’s on youtube, the two talk very openly and honestly about why they aren’t close friends anymore. It is amazing.

Okay, have a listen to these 6 completely unrelated podcasts below covering everything from art, design, voyeurism, skateboarding, Pulp Fiction, and Facebook drama. If you have recommendations for others to check out please leave a comment – I’d love to listen to them.

1. I Was There Too, episode #22 “Pulp Fiction with Phil Lamarr”

Host Matt Gourley interviews people who were in famous scenes in film and television shows to give a fly-on-the-wall perspective for the rest of us who weren’t there. This one features actor Phil Lamarr whose character Marvin was unceremoniously shot by John Travolta’s character in Pulp Fiction. Love this podcast.



2. Reply All, episode #29 The Take Over

Reply All is my favourite podcast at the moment. It’s hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman who, in their words, feature stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people.

If you love petty drama, especially of the internet variety, then you’ll get a kick out of this. In this episode of Reply All an Australian teenager creates a Facebook page poking fun at corporate culture, only to have his joke group co-opted by real-life, adults with boring jobs and terrible dad jokes.



3. 99% Invisible, episode #71 “In and Out of Love”

This episode of Roman Mars’ terrific show about design covers the history of what was once the Mecca of skateboarding, Philadelphia’s Love Park.



4. Death, Sex & Money, episode “Cancer Changed Ken Jeong’s Comedy”

I only recently started listening to this show but I’m really starting to get into it, host Anna Sale is a great interviewer. In this episode Ken Jeong talks about filming The Hangover while his wife was battling cancer.



5. Vantage Point, episode #33 Andrea Wan

Vantage Point is a small Berlin-based art-focused show, hosted by my friend James Bullough (a talented artist in his own right) and Tom Phillipson. This episode features illustrator Andrea Wan, who used to live in Vancouver but has since moved to Berlin. I also enjoyed Bullough’s episode with Gaia mainly because I literally did not understand anything Gaia said during the entire show.



6. Love + Radio, episode “The Living Room”

This episode of Nick van der Kolk’s show was particularly divisive. Some listeners were extremely moved by the story while others felt it was creepy and crossed a line. Radiolab got a lot of flack from listeners when they featured this podcast on their show back in April. Regardless of your opinion on that, or the authenticity of the narrative itself, “The Living Room” offers a compelling story on the thought-provoking/controversial subject matter of “friendly voyeurism.”


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Yes, “I was there too” is an amazing podcast. The episode with Doug Benson who was somehow in Captain EO…priceless.

    • hahaha ya – such a great idea for a show

  • Pedro Piccinini

    I’m a recent fan of ‘Reply All’ as well. Damn good podcast.
    There’s another good one called ‘Song Exploder’ that recently joined the Radiotopia team. Artists breaking down their songs to show how they were made.

    • ah very cool ill hunt it down

  • Death Sex & Money is so good! That episode with Jane Fonda is fantastic.

    • really becoming one of my favs, she’s so good at asking the right questions

  • Winston Struye

    All great! Another tip-top podcast not mentioned here is “On Being”, favorite episodes are the one with Seth Godin, Sherwin Nuland, and John O’Donohue

    • thanks ill look for them

  • Allison Jester

    Check out The Memory Palace Podcast! http://thememorypalace.us/

    So gooooooood. First one is about horrible deaths….

  • Justin Nunnink

    Great List. Im looking forward to checking some of these out. If you are looking for others check out Invisbilia and Mystery Show.

    • ive heard Invisibilia, ill look for Mystery Show

  • mari gunn

    That Marc Maron x Louis CK is indeed one for the books.

    Check out Song Exploder (http://songexploder.net/). Artists break down the making of a single track in an accessible, intricate and interesting 10-15 minute bite. Intimately edited and covering a fantastic range of artists.

    Also enjoying Slate’s Lexicon Valley, for a linguistics fix.

    • cool will look for both thanks mari

    • Fully agree on the MM & Louis episode — such a raw human experience caught on record.

  • thanks will check it out

  • Cody Achter

    I agree with you about Radiolab lacking lately… I’m listening to ‘How To Do Everything”right now, these guys have perfect humor and work great together! I also like to listen to Chuck Andersons podcast Life+Limb he interviews a lot of great creatives.

    • oh cool ill have to check them both out – yea im not sure what it is about Radiolab just haven’t been as interested in the topics i guess. i really wish they did a show about Jonah Lehrer and his lies because i feel like they lost a lot of listeners when all that went down

  • Oliver Herlitschek

    YES, Jeff! More podcast content in the future would be awesome. Sweet!

    • will try! already loving the Exploder podcast that people mentioned here in the comments

      • Oliver Herlitschek

        Song Exploder is such a great podcast as well, definitely. Loving the behind-the-scenes journey it takes you on.

  • Kimi


    I still think back on this podcast ever since I heard it.
    Reminds me of that Michelle Poler project too.

  • kr

    You should give Mystery Show a listen

  • mi

    I love the sasquatch chronicles podcast. Some episodes are far out!

  • Daniel Guerrette

    I know I am late coming into this conversation but I’ve gotta suggest “Superego”. It’s improv comedy and its all over the place. Also “Planet Money” has great topics and is usually an easy listen. Also has anyone suggested “Reveal”, “Criminal” or “Damn Intersting”? None of them come out with new episodes often enough to but I love them all!

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