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
Soundtracking with Edith Bowman
The merging of music and movies is a special kind of alchemy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it’s ruinous. A director must choose their music carefully, as to not drag a viewer out of the experience, but also must take risks to be remembered.
Edith Bowman’s new podcast, Soundtracking, goes to the source and each week interviews a different filmmaker about their approach to choosing music and stories about when it has worked and when it has been a struggle. My love of movie soundtracks and the fact that I’ve had a crush on Edith Bowman since I was 16 definitely make me biased towards this one, but for fans of movies, music, and filmmakers talking about their process, this is your new favourite podcast.
Where to Begin: The first episode is an interview with one of my favourite filmmakers working today, Ben Wheatley, so you should start there.
Non-Movie Podcast of the Week
The Run Up
The 2016 US Election is hopefully an anomaly. It’s been an increasingly weird contest that seems have to been going on forever. Like all elections, it has had its ups and downs and sharp turns, but the characters involved seem to heighten every little thing that happens.
The Run Up might help you make sense of some of this insanity and put it into a context that makes it less terrifying. Hosted by Michael Barbaro, The Run Up is a twice-weekly podcast in which Barbaro discusses recent activity on the campaign trail and tries to put it into a historical context and talk about its wider effects on the 2016 election. Each episode features guests who are working on this election, have worked on past elections, or are just experts in the topic. Past topics have included campaign ads, health checks, turning points, religion, race, and narcissism.
Where to Begin: You can just start listening from the most recent up-to-date episode or, if you want to be as informed as possible come November, go back to the start and get it all.