Saturday, March 12, 2016

Podcasts wot I listen to.

I walk a lot, do a lot of mindless maintenance for commodities, and do a bit of overnight work. As such I end up listening to a decent number of podcasts. So for a bit of randomness here's a quick list of the podcasts/downloadable radio shows I'm currently listening to (in no particular order):

Edit: 10/1/2016
I'd like to like to add two more really good podcast I've been listening to:
Edit: 2/12/2017Revised and updated!

Religion/Magic Podcasts

Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio

A good little podcast exploring the gnostic perspective and associated spiritualities. My main quibble is that the intro bits can sometimes go on a bit too long such as 15-30 minutes.

The Astrology Podcast
A really good podcast focusing on astrology and astrology topics. One of their bests was a really good discussion on Astrology & fake news. The podcasters traced the NASA Zodiac thing from a NASA Kid's page to a click-bait blog advertising mill to Facebook and beyond. It also has a lot of good discussion on the history of Astrology such as how and why the Tropical system exists as it does today. There is also a bit on intellectual laziness in research and criticism. The page itself also provided a timeline showing how the NASA Zodiac fake news grew and spread. Good Stuff.

Beyond Belief
Very much like 'In Our Time' 'Beyond Belief' has host Ernie Rea gather a panel of experts for a chat. The main difference here is that this show is focused exclusively on religion and spirituality. It's a very great show if you're interested in a great range of religions and topics in religion.

The Celtic Myth Podshow
 A really good podcast retelling Celtic Myths.

Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole
One of the better magic interview podcasts, this show hosted by Andrieh Vitimus and Jason Colwell is the cream of the crop. Featuring vetted guests and a no-nonsense attitude this is quite possibly the podcast you should be listening to if you practice magic. I have much respect for Andrieh and his works and it's always a treat to listen to his interviews and follow along to the broadcasted rituals.

The official podcast of OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids) hosted by the man himself, Damh the Bard. This podcast is all sorts of wonderful with great "Talky Bits" from people both inside and outside of the Druid community and wonderful music. Go check it out, you won't regret it.

Heart and Soul
A great BBC program focusing on topics in religions & spirituality around the world with intersting topics like the history of mosques in America, the rise of the occult in modern Russia, and Lulik the traditional religion of East Timor.

The Hermetic Hour
Poke Runyon and the OTA (Ordo Templi Astarte)'s podcast. This podcast is hosted by one of the greats of the magical community, Poke Runyon, who rediscovered and popularized the technique of using black mirrors for Solomonic and other grimoric based magic. He also heads the OTA, a Neo-Pagan based Ceremonial Magic order which does some very interesting adaptions of traditional Ceremonial Magic.

The Higherside Chats
This is a stoner conspiracy podcast and I'll be honest - I can't stand to listen to a number of the shows but some are really interesting it just depends on the guests and he has had a number of good guests from John Michael Greer to Peter Levenda to Gordon White. Other episode I enjoy because I find the odder far out conspiracies such as elves working with the US government to be fun. Also there was an interesting episode where American UFO folklore was smashing into encounter/tales that could come out of more traditional folklore with animals acting as messengers of the gods and/or shape shifting tricksters.

Interfaith Voices
A rather good weekly radio show that is broadcast on many NPR stations that focuses on religious and interfaith issues.

Mysterious Universe
A fun podcast featuring a couple of guys talking about paranormal topics and news bits. A rather fun and humorous listen.

New World Witchery
Hosted by Cory and Lane this is a really great podcast covering American folk magic traditions (such as Hoodoo, Granny Magic, New England Witchcraft, Pow-wow, Etc.) and general American folklore (and the Folklore podcasts have spun-off into a side podcast Chasing Foxfire. Includes a number of really good interviews, practical spell work/techniques, and decent research on the various traditions covered (one particular highlight is the episode on Pow-wow ). Highly recommend for American magicians if only for the lore.

Occult of Personality
Quite possibly the greatest occult interview show out there - with great interviews with some of the best and interesting people in the occult and pagan communities this podcast is one I try not to miss despite its semi-erratic schedule.

Part the Mists Podcast
A podcast that's just starting up from two members of ADF's Columbia protogrove. This seems like it will develop into a good ADF/Druidy centric podcast. There is already a good dynamic between the hosts (Jonathan and Arin) and it has promise.

Radio Free Golgotha
An excellent podcast from Al Cummins & Jesse Hathaway Diaz that explores western folk magic especially Mexican and European Catholic traditions.

Rune Soup Podcast

Another great occult interview show hosted by Rune Soup's Gordon White. Quite possibly the best magical podcast I listen to - it never fails to bring on interesting, knowledgeable, and utterly solid guests. This podcast is responsible for me buying several books and seeking more than a few things out. Top Notch Stuff!

A fascinating podcast hosted by Alex Tsakiris that explores fringe science & spirituality such as parapsychology, remote viewing, and non-materialists/idealists views of the universe.

Another good occult interview podcast from occult author Jason Louv (most famous for compiling Generation Hex)

VH Frater BT's Esoterinerd Podcast
From Edward Reib this occult interview (well mostly interview) show focusing mostly on the Golden Dawn stream with side trips to topics such as The Source Family and Andrew Da Passano (who taught a westernized form of Tibetan Buddhism). Having recently caught up with the show it's a really good show if you have a strong interest in Western Ceremonial magic. Some highlights are the Andrew Da Passano series and the interview with Bryin Dall who was the man behind the 'Golden Dawn - LVX' Album that had a musical take on GD rituals.

History/Informational Podcasts

The British History Podcast
Quite frankly one of the best history podcasts I've ever heard. It's been covering the history of the island of Britain in chronological fashion since 2011 and is only now just getting to the life of Alfred the Great. Jamie (the host) has done tons of research and spent a lot of time on the oft neglected era of the Anglo-Saxons bring the period to life and showing how it really is the basis of the English part of British history and traditions. Give it a listen, it's wonderful and its the only podcast for which I've signed up for a membership for the Members Only Podcasts which covers side topics (such as the culture of the Norse in Scandinavia) in great detail.

Chasing Foxfire
A spin-off from New World Witchery, this podcast explores American Folklore and provides a fascinating lens on American folk culture.

From Our Own Correspondent
A great selection of interesting stories from around the world covering everything from the newsworthy to the mundane from BBC international correspondents. Always an interesting listen.

In Our Time
Quite simply this BBC program is Melvyn Bragg grabbing a bunch of experts on a variety of subjects ranging from culture & history to modern science and having them talk and/or debate on a panel. It's always very varied and fascinating - a good sample would be to check out the Essential 10 episodes chosen by the production team.

No Such Thing As a Fish
A podcast featuring the researchers of QI, this is the most irreverent factual podcasts out there. In between the interesting factoids there is plenty of joke and humor making this podcast a sheer delight to listen to.

Gaming/Misc Podcasts

The Completely Unnecessary Podcast
Hosted by Pat the NES Punk and Ian the CU Podcast covers Gaming and Movie news with an emphasis on retro. It's my to go podcast for gaming news and they've covered things such as the saga of the Retro VGS/Coleco Chameleon (which at one point they were at the center of when the head of that project started attacking them as 'Drunken Idiots' for their coverage of that console. They have a good bit of humor and a very good dynamic that makes this a very entertaining news podcast.

The NerdCubed Podcats
From Youtubers NerdCubed, Mattophobia, and Many A True Nerd this podcast officially focuses on video games but often runs over into movies, British and American Politics, and anything else they happen to fancy at the time with a good bit of humour and in-jokes.

Hosted by Jim Sterling, Gavin Dunne (Miracle of Sound), and Laura Kate the Podquision is hard to describe. It's technically a new rundown podcast but it's most the group discussing the gaming industry and anything thing else they fancy which often leads to crude humor, brilliant comedy, and the occasional serious bits such the end of episode 68 where Laura talked about her battles with depression right after they had spent a good bit of time on sex jokes. It's got a great mix of the crude and serious and is often the highlight of my week.

Dead Podcasts

The Equestria Daily Podcast
It's a podcast from the Equestria Daily writers dealing with everyone's favorite tiny multi-colored equines. It's got fan discussion and the occasional interview - if you're a fan of MLP it's a great listen.

The Jaguar and the Owl
An exceptional podcast on shamanic practice hosted by James Stovall an initiate in the shamanic traditions of the Q'ero people of the Andies Mountains. It covers a lot of really topics in the shamanic and pagan spheres such as dealing with the ancestors and is just exceptionally well done.
The website is gone now and the cast has merged with 'Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole'  from which it originally spun-off but the old episodes seem to still be on iTunes: