Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry, Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the best podcasts you should be listening to about movies (and other things) so you don’t have to make any more hard podcast decisions ever again.
Movie podcast of the week
Pop Culture Case Study
Pop Culture Case Study is a favourite in the Audiences Everywhere offices and our writers have had the privilege of guesting on that show a few times. We love it because it is intelligent, positive, funny, and insightful.
Each episode, host David Hart chooses a piece of pop culture to psychoanalyse and to discuss under a particular psychological field, theory, or construct. For example a recent episode (with guest David Shreve) focused upon the movie Speed alongside the topic of entitlement. Speed probably doesn’t feel like the kind of movie that warrants an in-depth, well-researched psychoanalysis, and yet, when you listen to the episode (and all of the episodes) you’ll find yourself transfixed by the ideas Hart presents and the sheer volume of time and effort he’s committed to his research.
Pop Culture Case Study is a podcast for people who wanna get smarter with their movies. It is well-made, clever, and non-condescending. It’ll make you look at movies in a whole new light and give you the conversation ammo you need for the next time you want to be the smart guy at a party.
Where to Begin: Choose a movie and dive in, or look for the guest spots from AE writers because you know they’re going to be the best eps.
Non-Movie Podcast of the Week
Within the Wires
This is another series from the Night Vale Presents network. That should tell you what kind of podcast it is. Written by Welcome to Night Vale co-creator Jeremy Cranor and author Janina Matthewson, Within the Wires is set in an alternate universe and framed as instructional tapes given to you, a patient at the Institute. The tapes are meant for relaxation but who is the narrator of these tapes and what message is she trying to give you?
Much like Alice Isn’t Dead, a previous podcast of the week, Within the Wires is eerie, funny, surreal and terrifying. Janina Matthewson is the voice of the narrator and she is a calming influence even as she warns you of the sinister agents and gives you hints and clues of how to escape, masked inside visualisation exercises and breathing techniques.
A very clever, very fun podcast, Within the Wires has finished its first season, so it’s a great time to jump in, catch up, and, should you feel like it, donate to help a second season come to fruition.
Where to Begin: Episode one.