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Podcasts I Am Obsessed With

I love my podcasts! My podcatcher of choice is Stitcher.  It's classy, it does the job, it's free.
 

I find it too difficult to listen to them while on the treadmill
Problem 1: no beat
Problem 2:laughing while already maxed out on air intake and output
So, I save them up to listen to on short drives, walks outdoors, doing chores, etc. I have a real problem with podcasts I like to listen to that are WAYYY TOOO LOOONG.
Dudes, a good podcast should be about 30 minutes per episode long.

2017 Faves 

Nerdette  this was my gateway podcast and I still love it! I used to work a shitty stock part time job that allowed me to listen to four hours of whatever while I cut open boxes and pulled out merch to go on the floor. I wasted so much of that job listening to audio books. When I found podcasts, I never went back.

Homecoming- I love some spooky, fictional podcasts.  Check out the talent behind this one!

Welcome to Night Vale- I have od'd on Night Vale right now. We are taking a break from one another. I think I listened to it nonstop for a year and a half, plus the bonus episodes, plus the books and I just found myself sitting in the dog park, at night, without an angel and said, "I need a break"
Don't get me wrong, it's still awesome and SHOULD be a bigger pop icon then it is, but I need a few months off.

Reading Envy- I used to listen to Sword and Laser (still do occasionally) but I realized I cared more about how Jenny, who was? is? also in the group, said about the book then anyone else. When I found out she had a podcast, I was in. I have listened to the great majority of these.




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