People frequently ask me for podcast suggestions (and I’m even more frequently just offering them) so I thought it might be a good idea to put together an annotated list of what I listen to, including recommended episodes for shows that deal with distinct topics each episode:
Public Radio Alliance:
An investigative look into a spooky mystery about the woods of the Pacific Northwest with some weird corporate conspiracy for good measure. Easily my favourite fiction podcast.
— The Black Tapes
An investigative profile of a scientist who debunks paranormal phenomena, and the videotapes of cases he has been unable to debunk.
A journalist tries to find her missing friend whose disappearance she believes to be related to an alternate reality game known as “Rabbits.”
— The Last Movie
A spin-off of TANIS about a cult film that causes people who watch it to go into a violent rage and a mysterious internet video that is 2 hours and 76 minutes long that seems to be linked to the disappearance of anyone who is involved in its production or distribution.
— Alice Isn’t Dead
Dispatches from a woman who is driving across the United States searching for her missing wife and the spooky shit she encounters.
— The Big Loop
An anthology series of weird/sci-fi stories from Paul Bae, co-creator of The Black Tapes that usually have a really intense emotional core.
— THE EYE OF THE LORD
— THE STUDIO
— THE FUGUE
— Revolutionary Left Radio
This is my favourite politics and history podcast. Interviews about various political and historical topics from a multi-tendency, though generally Marxist-Leninist (especially in later episodes) perspective.
Recommended episodes (I plan on limiting this to just a few for most of these podcasts, but there are just so many great episodes of Rev Left):
— This Ruthless Criticism of All That Exists: Marxism as Science
— Historical Materialism: A Marxist Theory of History
— The Vietnam War
— A Coup in Venezuela: Imperialism, Fascism, and Class War
— Settler Colonialism and Decolonization: A Communist Perspective
— Stalin: A Marxist-Leninist Perspective
— State and Revolution: Marx, Lenin, & the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
— Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?
— Gothic Marxism: The Horror Genre and the Monsters of Neoliberalism
— Red Menace
Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio and Alyson Escalante, who is a guest on a few Rev Left episodes, discuss foundational and important Marxist texts, discuss what they meant when they were written and what they mean for us today.
— Socialism: Utopian and Scientific by Friedrich Engels
— Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin
— Citations Needed
Critical analysis of mainstream media coverage of political topics and the ways they are structured by ideology.
— The North Korea Memory Hole
— How the Media Mainstreamed Racist Pseudoscience
— Attack of the PC College Kids!
— Moderate Rebels
Critical coverage of issues of Western imperialism.
— US meddling in Hong Kong's protests and the new cold war on China
— Economic strangulation of Venezuela: Human toll of US sanctions and regime change
— A dose of sanity on Syria
— Marx Madness
Similar to Red Menace, reading and discussion of foundational leftist/Marxist texts.
It’s difficult to suggest specific episodes because texts are usually broken up across several episodes.
— Proles of the Round Table
Marxist-Leninist history that gets real spicy and controversial. Anarchists hate it.
— The Rise of, Life In, and Fall of the German Democratic Republic
— Grover Furr: Stalin, Waiting For The Truth
— Guatemala and the Silent Holocaust
— The Nostalgia Trap
Leftist history and pop culture.
— Generation Gump
— A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race and Sex in Colonial Jamaica
— Fighting the Bad Future w/ Malcolm Harris
— Politics Theory Other
Interviews with writers and contemporary radical political theorists.
— Sophie Lewis on trans-exclusionary radical feminism
— Kate Pickett on the mental health effects of inequality
— Patricia Reed on Xenofeminism
And a few I have only just discovered but which seem like they have very important perspectives to offer:
— Proles of the Minyan
Marxist, Anti-Zionist analysis of Jewish issues.
Only on episode so far: Symbolism Under Zionist Hegemony: DC Dyke March, the Magen David, & Hamsa Flag
— The East Is A Podcast
Leftist analysis of issues and history in the Middle East and North Africa
— Bands of Turtle Island
Discussion of North American indigenous issues.
— Alberta Advantage
Canadian (primarily Alberta based, the worst but maybe most important province in the country) socialist analysis.
— Dog Island
More Canadian socialists but from Atlantic Canada this time.
Academic critical/Marxist analysis of “weird, eerie and hauntological” cinema. My favourite podcast, probably. They interviewed me once. Skip that episode maybe.
— episode 004_THE_BLAIR_WITCH_PROJECT Myrick/Sanchez(1999)
— episode 005_HARDWARE Richard Stanley(1990)
— episode: 016_ BONUS [DE_ENCRYPTED] MOMO/MotherBird
— Horror Vanguard
More spooky leftist film analysis.
— Mother! (Tell Your Movies Not to Be This Way) / Lost Transmissions: Mother!
— There is a Black Tower Which Haunts Us All
— Portrait of the Slasher as a Young Lobster
Learning the joys of pro wrestling (and not just WWE, great focus on independent and Japanese wrestling) with some hints of socialist and feminist analysis sprinkled in.
— Sign My Yearbook Megan (Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens)
— The Man With The Worst Personality In The World (Minoru Suzuki)
— Childbirth is Wrestling (All Japan Women's w/ hunktears)
— The Lodgers
Twin Peaks podcast that analyses every episode from a cinema studies angle. Highly recommend watching every episode of Twin Peaks and listening to each corresponding episode of the podcast after each episode.
— Counter Esperanto: Winds of the Weird
Twin Peaks through the lens of weird fiction.
More Twin Peaks because that’s all I care about, ultimately.
— Art & Labor
”A podcast focusing on the on-going struggle to survive as an art or cultural worker”
— What A Time To Be Alive
Funny people talking about silly news from the week.