Archive for August 5th, 2016

One more favorite podcast, plus a list of other interesting ’casts

August 5, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 5, 2016

Moments after publishing Thursday’s post about my favorite podcasts, I realized that I’d accidentally forgotten to include the newest addition to my podcasting stable, Retail Nightmares. I also realized that I’d neglected to include two honorable mention podcasts. I hereby present an appreciation of Retail Nightmares and a complete list of honorable mentions.

Retail Nightmares, co-ghosted by Alicia Tobin and Jessica Delisle. Each week, these two Vancouver comedians and “co-ghosts” talk to a comic or otherwise creative/artistic guest about unpleasant (but often amusing) experiences they’ve had either working in or patronizing a restaurant or retail shop. Tobin is one of my favorite guests on the Vancouver-based show Stop Podcasting Yourself, discussed yesterday, and I’m very glad I decided to begin listening to her podcast, which launched in July 2015. At the moment, Retail Nightmares has two recurring segments in which each person in the studio discusses her “Worst Present Ever from a Family Member” (straightforward enough) and her “Puppo of the Week” (also straightforward, except the puppo can be any person or animal that the hosts and/or guest finds adorable). It can be a bit challenging to distinguish Tobin’s voice from Delisle’s at first, but stick with it — the duo has a delightful rapport with each other and with their guests.

Honorable Mention — here are podcasts to which I used to listen regularly. 

Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross. This is the excellent nationally syndicated National Public Radio interview show. It’s great stuff, but the show demands a lot more attention than my typical comedy or even sports podcast fare, and I found having five new episodes to listen to each week a bit daunting. This is the only podcast I’ve ever listened to regularly that was repurposed — that is, its material appears on the radio before then being repackaged into a podcast feed.

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