In the modern era of short attention spans and even shorter news cycles, a new type of person has started to dot the landscape of our daily lives. You’ve probably brushed shoulders with them once or twice as you made a bee-line to the last open seat on the train, or seen them simultaneously—and inexplicably—laughing and crying on a treadmill. They are the best and worst type of dinner guest. Full of useless factoids, slightly annoying contradictions, and chock full of studies and theories on politics, sociology, books, movies and even the migration of North American civilization to the West. They, are Podcast people. Armed with the love of long-form and a burning desire to share it. So, while you may be able to keep up with the latest happenings of mega hits like This American Life or Serial, subscribing to the following should keep you out of trouble the next time you run into someone who begins a sentence with “I heard this crazy story the other day…”
10. Productive Outs PRODcast
Two musicians who love baseball, but don’t take it too seriously. That’s their mantra and as descriptions go, there’s little else to add. The strength of the show comes through not only with earnest discussions of the game itself—and the ability to point music fans onto records they may have missed—but in it’s ability to be informative, funny and entertaining in a sports talk world that takes itself way too seriously. It’s not the end of the world, it’s just baseball, so enjoy it.