02/05/15 11:20am

podcastsNow that the first season of Serial is over and done with (though who knows if another shoe is going to drop with that story), you may be casting about for something new to listen to on the train, while you’re cleaning or on a car trip. We of course love our Funny Story podcast (which we’ve taken to calling The Sloppy Moth with so much gusto that we may change the name), but sadly, we only produce it on a monthly basis. Here are five other shows that come out a lot more often and have extensive archives, for your listening pleasure.

The talk of shameThe Talk of Shame
For someone who spends most of their time alone, I still end up embarrassing myself with shocking frequency. So listening to others recount their own mishaps, missteps and blush-inducing misdemeanors is a welcome break from reliving my own. Comedian and writer Streeter Seidell’s podcast The Talk of Shame sits Seidell down with one of his friends so they can tell him (and us) an embarrassing story about themselves for our entertainment. Past guest stories have involved expensive hook-ups, falling through chairs, fainting in front of Hilary Clinton and refusing to acknowledge who actually set off the really loud alarm in the building. Seidell starts the podcast off with a story about himself, and ends it with a British person reading a listener’s embarrassing story. So that’s three people acknowledging their failures in less than 30 minutes. If that doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will. Listeners be warned: if you’re the type of person who hates hearing stories get interrupted by talkative comedians, then this isn’t for you. –Sonia Weiser (more…)

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11/07/14 11:00am
Serial, a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, follows one true story over the course of a whole season.

Serial, a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, follows one true story over the course of 12 episodes.

A few days ago, an up-and-coming comedian I like named Josh Gondelman tweeted: “Downloading the first episode of Serial because I may move to Brooklyn soon, and I hear it’s part of the background check.” Until then, I hadn’t fully realized how many other people shared my obsession with this new podcast, a spinoff from my beloved This American Life, named Serial because each episode is a continuation of the last and, together, they make up one complete story arc. In the first, 12-episode-long installment, the focus is on whether justice was served in a 15-year-old Baltimore murder case where the victim, a bright, popular high school senior named Hae Min Lee, went missing after school one day and was found strangled and buried in a shallow grave about a month later. Her ex-boyfriend and classmate, 17-year-old Adnan Syed, was convicted of killing her in 1999 based on the testimony of a mutual acquaintance and has been serving out a life sentence in maximum security prison, and maintaining his innocence, ever since. (more…)