Going on vacation this summer? Have a long commute to and from work? Or do you just have a really boring job with little human contact like I do? Try breaking up the monotony by listening to some nerd-friendly podcasts. Fair warning: these will make you laugh out loud and probably make anyone nearby wonder just whatâ€™s wrong with you. Trust me, itâ€™s happened plenty of times to me.
The Dork Forest – Hosted by one of my favorite comedians, Jackie Kashian, dorks of all kinds talk about their geekery of choice. Before this podcast, I didnâ€™t even realize people dorked out over the Kennedy family history or nun orders. Past guests include Aisha Tyler, Marcia Wallace, and Scott Krinsky.
Nerdist– This was the first podcast that I ever downloaded and immediately started working my way through past episodes after listening. Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, and Jonah Ray talk with actors, writers, musicians, and sometimes, just with themselves (the â€œhostfulâ€ episodes, as theyâ€™re called). Past guests include Simon Pegg, Damon Lindelof, and Matt-freaking-Smith (prepare to fall a little more in love with the man after this episode).
Made of Fail – Considerably longer than the previous two podcasts, Made of Fail is a great find from @Cleolinda (who also shows up on a number of episodes). Hosts Dayna and Kevin bring on other podcasters and bloggers to talk about a variety of TV shows, movies, video games, comics, etc. Donâ€™t let the title fool you, this is a fun listen, and also check out some of the projects spawned from the show, like Kevinâ€™s Straight Guy Reviews of Bad Romance Novels or Deconstructing Moya (a Farscape rewatch). [Side note: Most of the older episodes will not appear on iTunes, go directly to the website to listen/download them as an mp3.]
iTunes isn’t required to listen to these, check out their websites for more ways to listen. Almost every one of these has links to even more podcasts, so be on the look out for them. If any of you have podcasts, tell us about them and why theyâ€™re so awesome. Also, be on the look out for a podcast from The Discriminating Fangirl in the future (aka, once we get off our lazy asses and record something). Go forth and fill your head with goodness!