Thirsty Thursday: Podcast Personalities
Welcome to the 8th edition of Panclog’s very own Thirsty Thursday. The great island nation of Panclog has decided to throw our support behind the TryPod movement by choosing some podcasting personalities that we would want to share a beer with.
Podcasts are episodic audio series that can be downloaded and played on your smart phones or mp3 players if you still have one of those. You will find not only an amazing article about cool people who do podcasts that we want to drink beers but also some suggestions of podcasts that the Panclog pals recommend.
Check out TryPod’s website. Let’s get into the article to end March with a big smile.
Jared – Whom I Would Have a Beer With – Bill Simmons (The Bill Simmons Podcast)
Podcasts have been a big part of my life for a little over a year and a half. I listen to them where ever I am be that: the car, the gym, the home, the work, the grocery store, the Earth. It is the greatest way to spend some time with a socially acceptable voices in your head. Once you follow a podcast for a couple episodes, you will begin to feel a weird bond with the people involved with said podcast. You may begin to call them your friends that don’t communicate super well.
I had a lot of trouble deciding on which podcast personality that I would be writing about. I really think that I could write about 8 of these Thirsty Thursday articles, all about the podcasts that I love. I began with the most stereotypical choice for me, Tyler Marchant. Tyler started the first Adam Sandler podcast that discussed Sandler’s oeuvre in chronological order. It’s real fun. The Adam Sandcast. Check it out.
I then began to debate if I should write about my first and longest podcast love, Scott Aukerman. Scott Aukerman hosts Comedy Bang Bang. CBB is an incredible mix of talk show and improv show. I can not recommend this podcast any higher. I believe CBB to be the greatest comedy podcast around.
Then there is one of the most intriguing minds in podcasts, Alex Blumberg. Blumberg created one of the finest podcast networks in Gimlet Media. They have plenty of great shows but my favorites would have to be StartUp (featuring Blumberg himself), Science Vs., and Reply All.
I have plenty of more recommendations that you can definitely get out of me if you see me out and about. Ask me while I’m buying cereal and almond milk at the grocery store.
After so much debate, I have decided to share a beer with the wonderful, Bill Simmons.
Bill Simmons is one of the greatest sports writers of my generation. He is an unabashed homer for his hometown of Boston. This creates some interesting moments when he breaks down his favorite teams and acts like he is on the team. I enjoy this aspect of Bill because it makes him more of a “Man of the people.” I can say with all certainty that I always talk like I am an integral part of all of my teams.
Bill is always a great listen because you can tell that he believes all of his takes, sports or not. This is seemingly untrue with a lot of the sports personalities in the world today. Bill also loves his friends. He has a good rotation of guests on his podcast. You can really tell that he cares about each of them very much. Bill used to work at ESPN, but had a bad falling out and he created The Ringer podcast network with help from HBO. I listen to 3 different podcasts from his network. They are all run by seemingly good people. I am impressed by Mr. Simmons ability to curate a staff of smart and interesting individuals.
My recommendation of an episode from The Bill Simmons Podcast would be the interview with Golden States Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. Bill Simmons was able to get KD to speak candidly about life in the league. I enjoyed it quite much. Click on over here to give it a listen.
The beer I have paired with Bill Simmons is going to be Boston’s own Harpoon Brewery. More specifically, Harpoon’s Take 5.
Take 5 is a session IPA. Session IPAs tend to be lower ABV and lower IBUs compared to other IPAs. The Take 5 has an ABV of 4.3%. It has a lovely citrus-forward taste and aroma. I think this beer will be perfect to drink and watch sports while having deep conversations during the commercials.
Brent – Whom I would have a beer with – Car Talk Guys
40 years ago a Boston radio station, WBUR, thought, it would be wise to develop a call-in radio show featuring a panel auto mechanics to help folks with their car repairs. Several mechanics were contacted but only one showed up, Tom Magliozzi. Performing well, Mr. Magliozzi was invited back and he brought his younger brother, Ray Magliozzi, in tow.
Surprisingly, this show blossomed into a remarkable career for the brothers, spanning from 1977 to October of 2012, when they retired. Ray and Tom continued their day jobs as mechanics, but they also continued to work on the show week after week, and year after year. They accomplished this feet by assembling an expert knowledge of cars, friendly voices, a penchant for laughing, self-deprecating humor, and a genuine concern and care for their callers. Listening to the show always brings a smile and an easy way to pass an hour.
The show contained many recurring features. One of my favorites being the “Puzzler”. I did not have a prayer of answering any car-related puzzler, but I did have a chance at the language, mathematical, or historical puzzles. One puzzler in particular I remember was phrased something like the following:
Eight folks are at a party and they are getting ready to serve the cake. Out comes the plates, forks, and a knife to cut the cake. Now, all the partygoers want an equal share of that cake. Using only three cuts, how can the cake be divided into eight equal pieces?
I suspect you all know the answer to this question. However, I remember hearing this Puzzler as a child, roughly seven or eight years old. My father happened to be driving me somewhere when the Puzzler was announced on the radio and he asked if I knew the answer. After a little bit of thought I came up with the answer, and saw a smile creep across my father’s face.
It has been a pleasure to listen to the Car Talk program off and on over the years. Unfortunately, the program usually aired on Saturday mornings in the areas I lived. Far too often, getting up to listen to the radio was too great a challenge. Thankfully, NPR began to publish the weekly Car Talk radio show as a podcast, available for downloading soon after that week’s show aired. This allowed me to download the show to my phone and listen at my leisure.
Listening to Tom and Ray provided me great joy and, on occasion, imparted some knowledge to me about cars. More importantly, they provided me the confidence to attempt my own car repairs occasionally. I am getting somewhat decent at changing brakes by the way.
While Car Talk is the first podcast I discovered, I do listen to many others. If you are curious, here is my current list:
1. Car Talk (NPR)
2. Ask Me Another (NPR) – it is a weekly quiz show hosted by Ophira Esienberg and Jonathan Coulton.
3. The Loh Life (NPR) – a very short podcast about the life of Sandra Tsing Loh
4. Doug Loves Movies – a comedic podcast show about movies hosted by Doug Benson
5. Wait Wait.. Don’t Tell Me (NPR) – another weekly quiz show hosted by Peter Sagal
If you have any great suggestions, I would like to know. I prefer podcasts that are comedic and do not necessarily require listening to every episode to keep up with the material.
Getting back to the point of this blog, I would very much enjoy sharing a beer with Ray Magliozzi. He seems like a genuine and friendly person with a lot of experiences and stories to share. The beer I would like to share is the American Kolsch by Boulevard Brewing Company.
The beer has that classic golden color most people expect from a beer and has a comforting aroma. The beer feels light and uncomplicated as you drink it with a kind of citrusy kick to it. There is not anything challenging about drinking this one and it makes for an easy backdrop to a long afternoon conversation.
Who would you like to have a beer with? What beer would you drink with them?