Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Monkey RSS Folder - Summer 2012 Update

This is an update of a couple of posts made a little while ago - if you read those, my new podcasts since the last update are marked *NEW* (well, duh).  There are a LOT here, and I have to admit, that I'm at the point where not all are listened to some weeks.  I've had this in my "drafts" folder for bloody ages, sorry.

Not all feeds are updating, but some are left in in the hope that new content might appear one day, and some are there because the back catalogue is available, and worth listening to.


The categories are a bit arbitrary (The Amateur Scientist would fit in Science and Skepticsm too, and Collings and Herrin might possibly fit in news) but do represent what I listen to them for.


Most of the links below go to title pages rather than the RSS itself - I thought this better, as a description for each 'cast would make this a very long post.  I subscribe via RSS - I think most of the 'casts have an iTunes feed too, but I can't say for sure as I don't use iTunes.

All the feeds are free, and some have a "tip jar" system for you to donate to the creators if you like the content - others have subscriptions, and some will encourage you to pick up the authors' work or merchandise in other, paid media if you like what they're doing.


The Adam and Joe Show

Adam's Big Mixtape

Comedy of the Week (Radio 4) 

Do the Right Thing *NEW* (NSFW - some bad language & adult themes).

Friday Night Comedy (Radio 4)

Jon Holmes

Mat Ricardo's London Varieties *NEW*

Mike Detective (spoof of Pulp Private Eye Stories) 


No Pressure to Be Funny (NSFW - some bad language) 

One Life Left

Onion Radio News

Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown (NSFW - bad language, and depending on who's on it, adult themes) 

Pappy's Bangers and Mash *NEW* (NSFW - bad language & adult themes)

Quit It *NEW* (NSFW - bad language & adult themes)

Radcliffe and Maconie *NEW*

Richard Herring's As It Occurs To Me finished, but the back catalogue is available in the feed. (NSFW - lots of bad language & adult themes)

Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast *NEW* (NSFW - bad language & adult themes)

Richard Herring's Liecester Square Podcast *NEW* (NSFW - bad language & adult themes)

Sundays Supplement *NEW* (NSFW)

The Amateur Scientist (NSFW - occasional bad language & adult themes)

The Collings and Herrin Podcast finished, but the back catalogue is available in the feed. (NSFW - lots of bad language & adult themes)

The Dave Gorman Podcast *NEW*

The Smartest Man in the World *NEW* (NSFW - bad language & adult themes)

What Are You Laughing At? (the British Comedy Guide's new podcast about comedy) 

What's So Funny? (Another one about comedy, this time from Radio 4 Extra) 

You Look Nice Today (NSFW - occasional bad language & adult themes)



Bike to Work Book Podcast

Carrément Vélo (in French) Ended, but I keep the subscription in the hope that it will return one day.

Cycling CentralCycling Central (SBS' cycling podcast - some excellent interviews pop up in this feed). The first link seems to be the live one (on Soundcloud), although things do appear on the second feed from time to time.

ITV Tour De France Podcast

NY Velocity

Pelotonitis *NEW*

Real Peloton

The Bikescape Podcast

The Bike Show

The Podcast

The Rouleur Podcast *NEW*

The Spokesmen

The Velocast

This Week in Cycling History *NEW*

Veloclub Don Logan



Test Match Special



Costing the Earth


Other Factual (Documentaries, History &c)

A Point of View

Bookclub *NEW*

Documentary of the Week 

Four Thought *NEW*

FP Geeks *NEW*

In Our Time

John Peel Lecture *NEW*

Michael Sandel - The Public Philosopher *NEW*

My Own Shakespeare *NEW*

Philosophy Bites

Radio 4 Choice

Reith Lectures *NEW*

Reith Lectures Archive 1948-1975  1976-2011 *NEW*

Shakespeare's Restless World *NEW*

The Pen Addict *NEW*

Thinking Allowed

This American Life *NEW*

WNYC's Radiolab *NEW*



Laura Speaks Dutch

The French Podclass


Music & Film



Hypnobobs *NEW*

JJ's Smoking Sessions

Little White Earbuds

Kermode & Mayo's Film Review

Solid Steel Radio Show *NEW*

The Black Dog (NSFW, mostly because of bad language) *NEW*

Whomix Radio


Hypnobobs and The Black Dog are particularly worthy of note. Hypnobobs has short story readings, musings on film and written fiction, and was introduced to me by @LaFemmeFlaneuse.  Presented by Mr Jim Moon, the long series of episodes on the origins of the Wolfman in film, and "The Natural History of the Batman" are particularly good.

Via the Hypnobobs special on the Alien, I found the Black Dog, a freewheeling, chatty film podcast, in which the presenters discuss film news, and review a well thought of older film ("Rose Tinted Specs") to see whether it deserves its reputation.  On other shows, they'll look at a less well regarded older film, to see whether it deserves its reputation ("Sh*t Covered Goggles").  Listener feedback is invited for both segments, leading in one segment to a memorable rendering of Adam Henri's "Batpoem" by Mr. Jim Moon, reviewing Joel Shumacher's "Batman and Robin".  The show also features jingles by ill fated lounge singer Darron Diamond, which will stay in your head for the rest of the week.

News & Current Affairs

Global News (Round up of the news of the day from the BBC World Service)


File on Four

Broadcasting House

More or Less: Behind the Statistics

The Report *NEW*


Science and Skepticsm

Little Atoms

Material World

Monster Talk 

Nature Podcast

New Humanist *NEW*



The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Pod Delusion

The Pod Delusion Extra 

The Skeptics' Guide To the Universe 5x5

The Skeptics' Guide To the Universe

The Titanium Physicists *NEW*


Short Stories, Drama and Fiction

Cast Macabre (Short form horror)

Clarkesworld (Short form science fiction)

CrimeWAV (Short form crime and noir on the hardboiled edge of the genre)

Cthulhu Podcast 

Drama of the Week *NEW*

Escape Pod (Short science fiction)

Machine of Death (Short Stories about a world in which death (manner, not time) can be predicted. Some really interesting ideas from the different authors) 

Patrick E. Mclean (Short articles, longer form fiction) 

Podcastle (Short form fantasy)

Pseudopod (Short form horror)

Scott Sigler Audiobooks (Novel length serialised horror and science fiction, and Scott's reader feedback and interviews elsewhere. Definitely not for kids.  The current serial is "Ancestor", but Scott's back catalogue is available too, including fan favourites like "Contagious" and "Earthcore")

Shadow Publications (Author Paul Elard Cooley's Feed - short and long form horror fiction) 

Toothless (Novel length serialised horror - an interesting twist on the zombie genre so far - not for kids).

Underwood and Flinch (Mike Bennett's novel length serial tale of a vampire and his reluctant servant in modern day Spain - again, not for kids)

We're Alive *NEW* (Full cast recording of a tale set during the Zombie apocalypse. NSFW - some bad language, zombie related violence)

(Also worthy of mention is the MIGHTY, which has more serialised audio fiction than you can shake several sticks at, and an excellent personalised subscription system).

It's worth noting that the biases of the Internet mean that much of this is horror, fantasy and science fiction - and lots of it is written specifically to be somewhat disturbing (it's horror, after all!).  As I recall, Clarkesworld, Escape Pod & Podcastle will give a guidance rating with stories, so should be safe for those of a nervous disposition (as long as you pay attention to it).



All About Symbian

All About Windows Phone *NEW*

Android Central *NEW*


Mobile Nations *NEW*

Mobile Tech Addicts *NEW*

Tech Talk UK *NEW*

The Phones Show *NEW*

The Phones Show Chat *NEW*

Lot's new here, mostly because I finally changed mobile os, away from Symbian. I was disappointed to see that the "All About..." brand doesn't extend to Android coverage, and can't quite bring myself to let Rafe, Steve, Ewan & David go (hence the top two subscriptions).  Of the new ones, Mobile Tech Addicts is good fun, and The Phones Show Chat brings some of what I like about the "All About..." shows to multi platform discussion.

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