Howard Stern Show No Longer Compels Me To Listen

Howard Stern

The End For Me Has Arrived

I am a lifelong diehard Howard Stern fanatic and I am no longer compelled to tune into his show. Howard has earned my eternal gratitude for a 20+ year run of unparalleled entertainment, but that run has definitively ended for me.

Some changes in my consumption of entertainment coupled with some disappointing moments in the evolution of Howard's show have both lent to my current disinterest.

I am formally declaring the end of my listenership while also extending a heartfelt thanks to Howard and his staff. They colored my mornings in a manner that can never be replicated by any other personality or entertainment crew again.  

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The Chernobyl Podcast

Defending The Great Bitter Land

“What is the cost of lies?”

That is the question that Valery Legasov, arguably the hero of the Chernobyl disaster, asks to himself on a tape-recorded recounting of the events right before he sadly dies by suicide. 

He did so two years to the day following the catastrophe that occurred in Pripyat Ukraine, in the commencing hours of April 26th, 1986. In fact, the title of the first episode is “1:23:45” which refers to the time in the morning that the core of reactor number four explodes inside of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. 

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Joe Rogan Podcast's Best Recurring Guest: Duncan Trussell

The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

Top Of The Podcast Game


Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There seems to be a show available to fit anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches.

To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and his guests are consistently captivating.

Joe is a comedian at heart but his podcast show does not revolve around comedy. Quite often the discussions center around deconstructing life and examining current social issues. Those are the topics that have always most fascinated me about his show.

While there are countless individuals from a wide range of interest and walks of life who have made repeat visits to the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast there is one individual who I believe is the undisputed best and greatest recurring guest. That guest is Duncan Trussell.

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The Rachel Maddow Podcast - Questions Must Be Asked

Rachel Maddow Podcast

Asking All The Questions

Rachel Maddow has a signature styled ability to question and pursue a path of inquiry in a manner that both entertains and ultimately seeks to get to the truth. The onset of every show that Rachel stewards can be almost dizzying in the pace and plurality of figures and facts she weaves together almost like a prosecutor would in setting the story of a case.

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5 Life Lessons From The Adam Carolla Show Podcast

“Carolla-isms”: Tools For Success

The name Adam Carolla may invoke memories of he and Jimmy Kimmel telling fart jokes to each other with mugs of beer in hand while objectified women jumped on trampolines. Truthfully, it was this preconceived notion of mine stemming from Carolla’s earlier work that kept me away from him throughout my formative young adult years.

Believe me, I am not averse to a good old fashion fart joke in the right mood and context but there seemed to plenty of dudes and shows doing that brand of humor already. I had my fix for all the potty humor I needed and was not looking to double down on it.

My perception of Carolla quickly started to change when I was listening to The Dennis Miller Show, on talk radio, where Adam was a frequent guest. To my surprise, I found Carolla to be extremely witty and humorous. But more importantly, during the more serious moments of the interview, I found him capable of bestowing wisdom to the listeners. Carolla also possessed a clarity of thought on serious and heady topics and was able to express himself accordingly.

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The 13 Best Motivational Videos From The Jocko Podcast

The Jocko Podcast

A Unique Approach To Empowerment

There is a wealth of content available in the world of leadership and peak performance that is affirming, inspiring, and cheerful.

Then there is The Jocko Podcast, hosted by retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink, that approaches life and empowerment in a different manner than most.

Jocko is not here to motivate you. He believes motivation is a failed concept. Jocko feels If you rely on motivation to get through the daily grind of life you will eventually get burned by it.

Discipline is the calling card for Jocko. Jocko touts discipline over motivation all day.

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The 5 Best Game of Thrones Podcasts

Game of Thrones

With the show being over after eight tumultuous seasons, perhaps we are a little late to the game recommending fan podcasts for HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones. However, the popular HBO series has reached the high water mark of its infamy and is still dominating the majority of water cooler conversations in offices and at parties alike.  

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The Bill Simmons Podcast - Most Downloaded Sports Podcast

Downloads Earned

The Bill Simmons Podcast is the most downloaded podcast within the sports category. That is quite the accomplishment for Simmons to pull off in an oversaturated podcasting landscape that is competing for fleeting and fickle attention spans.

Within minutes of listening to The Bill Simmons Podcast, it becomes evident to me why Bill and his prominent rotating crew of credentialed sports commentators have achieved such lofty heights in the world of podcasting.

And no, it has nothing to do with getting to hear my beloved Pearl Jam at the start of each show with Simmons having selected a live version of Pearl Jam’s “Corduroy” as his intro song for each episode.

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The 9 Best Fantasy Football Podcasts To Dominate Your League With

Fantasy Football

NFL Fantasy Goes Mainstream

Football is king and that is a beautiful thing. While my interest in other professional sports has seemed to wane a bit as I have grown older and started a family, my passion for NFL football has increased tenfold and borderlines on an obsession.

There is no doubt that my love for fantasy football has fueled my continued and increasing interest in the NFL. The way that pro football is covered by major sports media these days, highlighting fantasy stats and catering to fantasy players, is a clear indication that I am not alone in this dual purpose interest in the NFL. The explosion of fantasy football and the ascension of the NFL seem to go hand in hand.

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15 Best Guests From The Joe Rogan Podcast

Joe Rogan

Top Of The Podcast Game

To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and the guests and discussions are consistently compelling.

The guests on Joe’s podcast are reflective of his array of interests. The conversations are free to go anywhere, though, regardless of the guest’s connection to Joe or the industry they represent.

The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is built around casual conversations in a long-form format. While Joe is a comedian at heart, it is the recurring themes of deconstructing life that has hooked me in and kept me coming back.

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The 5 Best Conservative Political Podcasts Lead By The Ben Shapiro Show

A Loss Of Shared Spirit

It is no secret that there is a contentious ether in the American political climate. This zeitgeist steeped in divisiveness has been a major theme of mine throughout many of my writings.  

Instead of a proud bipartisan representative system where spirited debate produces compromise and sensible legislation, we are dug in like a Paul von Hindenburg World War I underground trench system. Both sides blow their proverbial whistles and charge each other's trench in a futile effort to win the political day.  

Discourse in this country has digressed into name calling and tribalism with politics being centered around demonization of your perceived opposition. In a country where there was once enough shared values to handle opposing views and debate was encouraged, I fear that the civil society has withered away and there is not enough commonality remaining for compromise anymore. So where do we go from here?

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Wondery Drops Mike Boudet And His Sword And Scale Podcast From Its Network

Podcast Chaos

In a shocking announcement late Saturday afternoon, Wondery parted ways with Mike Boudet and his Sword and Scale podcast prompting Sword & Scale to abruptly inform its Patreon supporters of the major news. The partnership with the podcasting giant allowed creator Mike Boudet to launch its popular hit flagship show Sword & Scale into the top of the true crime podcasting world.

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Murder On The Space Coast Returns With Season #4

True Crime Florida Style

Dick Crandall is not your average 78-year-old Florida retiree unless the retirees you know roll around trailer parks with fat pockets of prescription pills for sale. Add onto that pretty picture a drug-addicted younger girlfriend and her drug-addicted son both shacking up with Dick and you have got yourself some good old fashion chaos brewing up in the small coastal town of Brevard County in Florida.

To further lend to the insanity of this story and to prove true life is far more bonkers than any Hollywood script, Dick’s ex-girlfriend happens to be his current girlfriend’s sister and the two sisters along with the addict son are all thick as thieves.

All of this Florida born madness can only mean one thing and that is the true crime podcast series Murder On The Space Coast is back for season number 4. This time around they got another doozy on their hands.

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Hostage By Parcast Debuts 2-Part John McCain P.O.W. Special

Parcast

Parcast has rapidly established themselves as a creative force and major player in the ever-expanding world of podcasting.  

One of the many things I appreciate about Parcast is that each show they put out has a similar style and brand, giving the entirety of their network a familiar feel stemming from their approach towards storytelling.

We all know by now that the true crime genre has essentially taken over the podcast-sphere with what feels like an infinitesimal amount of true crime shows. What makes the shows on Parcast unique is the network’s perfected proprietary blend, akin to Reeses melding peanut butter and chocolate, of professional narration coupled with the psychological, almost clinical, approach to covering the granular details of investigative sagas.

It is a creative formula that works tremendously for both entertaining and informing their listeners.

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The Dirty John Podcast - A Special Valentine's Day Podcast Pick

Valentine’s Day Podcast Pick:

Dirty John - Presented by the LA Times and Wondery

 

“Who you marry may be the most important decision of your life, but it might be the most irrational.”

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer, whom after a couple of marriages and children leaving the nest, is looking to date again.

The doorbell rings. Standing in his surgical scrubs is John Meehan, a man in his late forties to early fifties. John is a successful anesthesiologist. His prior Hollywood style looks have weathered slightly, unbeknownst to Debra, who views nothing but a tall, dark, and handsome man in her doorway. Could he be the perfect man?

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Monstruo: Incongruity True Crime’s Latest Offering

True Crime Dream Team

“The heart of a man is delicious” are the only notes in the feed description of the new terrifying podcast Monstruo. Finally, we have the ultimate new macabre offering from a true crime and dark fiction podcasting dream team.

That team is comprised of Sword and Scale creator Mike Boudet, Jack Luna, the creator of Dark Topic, and Tyler Bell, author and producer of The Westside Fairy Tales. Fans of these respective shows will be in their glory with Monstruo.

The project, according to Mike Boudet, has been in the works for over a year. After a couple of teaser episodes and a documentary style preview, the long-anticipated true crime, psychological, and downright creepy podcast finally arrived on January 9th, 2019.

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9 Best Episodes Of The Jocko Podcast

The Jocko Podcast

A Unique Approach To Empowerment

There is a wealth of content available in the world of business and life performance that is affirming, inspiring, and cheerful.

There is also another podcast out there now that approaches empowerment in a different manner than most. The Jocko Podcast is hosted by retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink along with his cohort in the studio Echo Charles.

Jocko is not here to motivate you. He believes motivation is a failed concept. He feels If you rely on motivation to get through the daily grind of life you will eventually get burned by it.

Discipline is the calling card for Jocko. Jocko touts discipline over motivation all day.

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Hey Adam Carolla Show, What Ever Happened to David Alan Grier?

The Adam Carolla Show

Pioneering Podcast

The Adam Carolla Show is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most downloaded podcast. Coming from the terrestrial radio world and syndicated shows like Loveline, Carolla brings a professional, well-produced show to his fans each and every day of the week.  

In fact, with his construction background and blue-collar roots, or “no collar” as he would jokingly say, Carolla, personally built and designed his very own state of the art podcasting studio. It is that humbled “no collar” upbringing which lends a grounded perspective to his observations and humor.  

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Are Podcasts Becoming Too Popular?

Podcasts

We Buy “The Why”

“And the Golden Globe for the best podcast adapted show goes to…”  could be a phrase we will all be hearing in the near future. In fact, I believe I may have heard an early rendition of it on the most recent awards broadcast.

I marvel at the juxtaposition of billionaire Steve Jobs and his mammoth, international corporation Apple having invented the iPod which ultimately gave power to the lowly individual to change the world.  

With a single device, one can record an “iPodcast” and their lone voice could be heard around the globe at any time. It is this rugged individualistic counter-culture ability that gave Apple its appeal to its consumers. However, I find it ironic that the Apple Corporation, being a huge international conglomerate, has empowered the individual to change the world.  

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21 Best Episodes Of The Joe Rogan Podcast 2018

Joe Rogan

Podcast

I feel like I have said this about years past, however, it rings true once again, 2018 was another brilliant year for The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.

Joe’s channel on YouTube has now exceeded 4 million subscribers. He smoked cannabis on-air with Elon Musk, revived Sober October, attempted to crack the code of life with countless brilliant guests, and created all sorts of other highly entertaining greatness on his show.

While Joe is a comedian at heart, it is when he attempts to deconstruct life or attacks current social issues with an open mind and open forum that have always most attracted me to his show.

There have been many moments on the JRE podcast that have sparked some considerable changes in my own life. My dietary strategies, my pursuit of fulfillment in life, and the way I tend to personal relationships, have all been shaped by Joe and his guests.

Now, let us take a look back at 2018 which was a banner year for Joe and his diverse and intriguing array of guests.

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11 Best Guests Of The Adam Carolla Show

Adam Carolla

Podcast

The Adam Carolla Show is the world’s most downloaded podcast. Coming from the terrestrial radio world and syndicated shows like Loveline, Carolla brings a professional, well-produced show to his fans each and every day of the week.  

In fact, with his construction background, Carolla personally designed and built his very own state of the art podcasting studio.  

Adam Carolla is a seasoned radio personality who brings a unique and informed perspective on all sorts of matters to his show. Whether it be relationships, nutrition, politics, music, or any other universal topic, Carolla is free to roam and tackle all subjects.  

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13 Best Guests From The Tim Ferriss Podcast

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a best-selling author, investor, entrepreneur, and notorious self-experimenter, but he may be best known for his commercially and critically acclaimed podcast, aptly titled The Tim Ferriss Show.

Tim has an unyielding thirst for learning and his podcast is a reflection of his many worldly curiosities. The Tim Ferriss Show features a stunning guest list of world class achievers from big business, the arts, science, the military, and more.

On his podcast, Tim methodically deconstructs the habits and traits of all these high-level performers and looks to tease out the common threads of success for all his faithful listeners.

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11 Best True Crime Podcasts For You

True Crime Genre

The Podcast Explosion

The true crime genre for podcasts has hit the internet like a storm. This new wave of gripping productions seems to be serving a morbid curiosity that is encoded deep in the DNA of human beings.   

Society has always had an interest in the macabre. Whether it is Dateline, 20/20, Cops, or even Dr. Phil in certain moments, true crime has always had major traction on television and through other media like books and films.   

There is an entire television network dedicated to the genre, so this recent explosion in podcast shows makes total sense. The long-form audio format of a podcast allows the listener to not only get lost in the depth of the story but to also become privy to real audio clips from 911 calls and actual confessions recorded by the police.  

If you are already a fan of true crime or if you are looking to get indoctrinated into this thrilling new wave of investigative entertainment, we have compiled the ultimate true crime feature for you.

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