Getting Into Podcast Listening

This past year I've really been into listening to podcasts. Especially since I became a commuter. Podcasts are a fun way to pass the time while on the subway. So I thought I'd share with you guys some of my favourite podcasts. Hopefully you'll find something as well if you're looking into finding some new ones to listen to or if you wanted to start listening to podcasts but didn't know where to start.

Podcasts are listed in no particular order. Mainly they are ordered by the oldest to newest ones I started listening to.


Vinyl Cafe Stories with CBC Radio

The Vinyl Cafe was the first podcast I ever started listening to. How I got started listening to this podcast was I was running errands with my grandpa a few years ago and he had CBC Radio on. Now we were listening and this guy was telling a story in front of a live audience and the story was funny and the guy who was talking had a really good story telling voice. We (my grandpa and I) had no idea who it was so we listened until the end of the segment and low and behold it was Stuart McLean reading his short stories for Vinyl Cafe. Once I got home I googled his name and found out he did a podcast of his short stories and that's how I started listening to Vinyl Cafe. I have now also read four books of his in the Vinyl Cafe book series. Vinyl Cafe is mainly a podcast about the short stories McLean has written over the years about a family (Dave, Morley, Stephanie, and Sam) and the funny things they've experienced. The podcast is usually recorded live in front of an audience and almost always starts off with Stuart reading from a short story collection called "Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange" in which fans write in their own family stories they want to share. Stuart McLean has also published a book full of these stories by the same segment title. During the live shows there is also a live band that plays songs in between stories. They are all mainly local Canadian bands and it's a great way to find new talent.

Overall, if you like listening to audio books you'll probably like Vinyl Cafe. It's like an audio book but even better. Also since it's recorded live you can see where the Vinyl Cafe tour is going and try and catch a show live! I was so close to being able to go to one but the tour date in my hometown was when I wasn't home so my grandpa went without me. And of course when it was playing close to me here I was in my hometown. I was so close to be able to go this past year (2015) during the Christmas Tour, but sadly Stuart got sick and had to cancel the tour dates after the tour stop in you guessed it my hometown. I'm upset I wasn't able to attend Christmas 2015 but hopefully this year I'll be able to make it.



Ear Biscuits

Now Ear Biscuits is a podcast hosted by Rhett Mclaughlin and Link Lamont. For the past several years now I've been watching Rhett and Link on Youtube hosting their morning show Good Mythical Morning and when they decided to create their podcast I just followed them there too. Now for the past three years I've been listening to their podcast Ear Biscuits. Every Friday Rhett and Link have other Youtube creators onto their podcast where they talk about that weeks creator and what their story is and how they got started. This is a great way to find out about a specific Youtubers' life as for a lot of these guests they get really deep into some of the guests stories and backgrounds. You do really learn a lot about people from the questions both Rhett and Link ask.

Overall, if you constantly watch Youtube and want to learn more about some of your favourite Youtubers go check out Ear Biscuits (a new episode every Friday) and see if they've interviewed any of your favourite Youtubers.

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Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

The title of this podcast describes exactly what this podcast is about. Not Too Deep is hosted by Youtuber/Comedian Grace Helbig and it doesn't get very deep at all. If you are familiar with Grace from her Youtube channel you'll know that she's a hilarious human being that doesn't seem to take herself too seriously. During her podcast she asks her guests really fun questions that will make you laugh and wonder how she even thought of them. To give you a little example of how not deep this podcast is one of Grace's common questions is "If you could throw cold spaghetti at someone, who would it be?" Now if this podcast doesn't sound hilarious I don't know what is. I think one of my favourite parts of this podcast is just hearing Grace laugh at her own questions and her guests answers. She is one of those people who just has a really good laugh. Now after this podcast is done you can also head over to Grace's Youtube and watch a challenge video that her and her guests partake in.

Overall, if you're looking for a fun and not too deep kind of podcast that will make you laugh this one is for you. There is a new episode every Monday. I will also add that this podcast is labelled as explicit as it does have a few swears said within episodes.

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Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl

So Psychobabble is that one podcast that I cannot listen to while out in public (even though I always do) because I am constantly laughing to myself or randomly start smiling because I'm trying not to laugh. Psycho Babble is a podcast hosted by (once again another) Youtuber Tyler Oakley and his best friend Korey Kuhl. This podcast is full of gossip, pop culture scrutiny, and stories from Tyler and Korey. I will say this podcast might not be for everyone but I love it because of the friendship between Tyler and Korey. They've been friends for years and just their back and forths throughout the podcast are funny.

Overall, if you're looking for a good laugh and a catch up on what's happening in pop culture I would say this is for you. Like I said before it's not for everybody but if you're a fan of Tyler's videos on Youtube you'll like his podcast. I will also add that this podcast is labelled as explicit as it does have a few swears said within episodes.

Soundcloud / iTunes

Gilmore Guys

If you know me you'll know I've watched Gilmore Girls multiple times since it came onto Netflix this past January. I found this podcast while kind of browsing through the podcast app on my phone looking for new things to listen to. This podcast is hosted by Kevin Porter (on left in podcast cover art) and Demi Adejuyigbe (on right in podcast cover art). Kevin describes himself as a "veteran-fan" in the podcast description as Demi is a newcomer to the world of Gossip Girl. Each episode of this podcast the guys talk about each episode without trying to give away any spoilers for listeners who are watching the episodes and then listening to the podcast after. I personally think the idea behind this podcast is neat and it's also nice to hear it coming from a guys perspective of the show. As I think most people think only girls watch Gilmore Girls. These guys have also added little segments and funny little songs to their podcast when discussing different aspects of the show (like f-f-f-fashion). They have also been able to interview some of the actors, and writers of the show which is really neat and obviously different than any other Gilmore Girls themed podcast.

Overall, if you're a fan of Gilmore Girls and want to listen to two guys give their opinions about every episode then give this podcast a listen. Listening to them discuss as given me new things to look back on from each episode and how they talk about some of the characters is hilarious and gets me thinking "oh yeah that's kind of true." I will also add that this podcast is labelled as explicit as it does have a few swears said within episodes.


I hope if any of these podcasts spark your interests you'll give them a listen. Some other podcasts I casually listen to as well I have listed below.

Dear Hank & John with John and Hank Green is hosted by John and Hank Green. They are most known for their Youtube channel vlogbrothers, as well as John Green being the author of the popular books "The Fault In Our Stars" and "Paper Towns". This podcast is just something they started to talk about things they care about. Mainly John wanting to talk about AFC Wimbledon (the 4th tier English football club) and Hank wanting to talk about Mars (the planet).

Podcast: Nerdist is hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick. This podcast is mainly Chris interviewing and having conversations with celebrities. I don't listen to this podcast as much as the main ones, but if there is a guest on it that I know then I'll listen.

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes is hosted by comedian Pete Holmes. Pete is kind of an extension of the Nerdist podcast but here he interviews other comedians in very lengthy podcasts. This is also another podcast that I really only listen to if I know who the guest is. Nevertheless this is a podcast that will make you laugh and get to know some comedians even better.

I hope you enjoyed ready my lengthy post about what podcasts I like listening to. Do we listen to the same podcasts, if so comment below. Also leave a comment if you have any podcasts you like listening to that you think I'd enjoy as well.