Posts Tagged ‘The Sporkful’

Thursday Listening Party

May 21, 2015


On the Thursdays with no new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
Click here to attend all previous gatherings.

Friends, this evening I’m on a new Radio 4 panel show, Best Behaviour. It’s hosted by (AMT jingle alum) Holly Walsh and is all about manners. Hear it on R4 at 6.30pm, or afterwards on the BBC website. And you might as well remain tuned in to Radio 4 for eight days, because on Friday 29th I’ll be on the News Quiz! Finally we can test whether I really can convincingly pass as a Sandi Toksvig soundalike…

I’m also on the latest episode of the bicontinental gameshow International Waters, hosted by Dave Holmes. Arnab Chanda and I were pitted against Paul Provenza and Brigid Ryan. We recorded pretty soon after the election, so were in an emotionally weakened state rather than 100% combat ready.

The new Allusionist tackles one of the most pressing questions of our time: what IS brunch? I’m joined by Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast, who champions something called ‘the porklift’. Racy! There’s more information and different ways to hear the show at

Sustain your ears over this weekend with Olly on the forthcoming Media Podcast and on LBC in the evenings.

My book club-style Podcast Club met again last week. The winners this time were this very intimate (NSFW) episode of The Heart and a Pitch episode about bands using backing tracks on live performances. I can thoroughly recommend this exercise – it’s proving to be very fun and interesting to meet with friends in the pub and argue about podcasts all evening.

What have you enjoyed listening to this week? Let us know in the comments! I’ve just started on Nocturne, which is really beautifully made audio essays about the night; and I’m catching up on ARRVLS before their second series begins next month. The Norjak episode will appeal to any of you who were into the DB Cooper theory of Mad Men. Backed the wrong horse, didn’t you? Maybe it’ll happen in one of the DVD extras.


Thursday Listening Party

May 7, 2015


On the Thursdays with no new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
Click here to attend all previous gatherings.

Election Day! The Media Podcast election special, hosted by Olly, will be out tomorrow on

Meanwhile, I sought solace in etymology for the new Allusionist and found out the origins of lots of political words – visit to hear about hairy polls and ballsy ballots.

Election-unrelated: I was recently a guest on one of my favourite podcasts, The Sporkful! And I discovered that host Dan Pashman is possibly even more of a pedant than I am. Hear here.

In AMT313, we search for a foodstuff older than a questioneer and get stuck in poogatory. Catch up in time for AMT314 next Thursday.

A few shows I’ve enjoyed this week:

Radiotopia sibling Benjamen Walker just completed New York After Rent, a three-part series within his podcast Theory of Everything, and it’s a very interesting take on the gentrification of New York through the prism of rent, Rent and Airbnb. Hear at (On the subject of Radiotopia – if you’re in Dublin and free this evening, come along to the Radiotopia party and hang out with me and Nick van der Kolk from Love+Radio. Click here for details.)

I started listening to Millennial, in which recentish graduate Megan Tan negotiates the upward struggle that is so many of our twenties. (And thirties. And forties. Etc etc, up until one’s hundred-and-teens, at which point one probably has stopped worrying so much.) The show is pretty new, but is off to a very strong start. I had to check on this chart to find out whether I’m a Millennial, Generation Y, Generation X, Baby Boomer or Greatest Generation. Treat for Gen X-ers – Parker Posey was on WTF this week.

If you’re in need of some first person true stories that will punch you right in the emotional gut, let me steer you towards This Is Actually Happening.

What’s been in your ears this week? Share your recommendations in the comments.


Thursday Listening Party

November 6, 2014

On the Thursdays we don’t release a new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
Click here to attend all previous gatherings.

Man uses an ear trumpet

Thanks so much to all of you who contributed to Radiotopia’s Kickstarter and thus enabled me to make my new podcast! That’ll be out in January. But if you haven’t donated, please do: they need 20,000 backers to secure an extra $25,000 from Hover, so it’s a big help even if you give just $1. Their new goal is $500,000, which will mean MORE Radio Diaries (hurrah!), MORE Strangers (calloo callay!), MORE Theory of Everything (rejoice!), and MORE Fugitive Waves (which is jolly good news if their recent episode featuring a young, surprisingly sugary-voiced Patti Smith is anything to go by). MORE excellent, well-made, classy podcasts – we can all get behind that notion, yes? As well as their plans for a paid internship, so that a new generation can enter the podcasting ‘profession’. Because if it’s good enough for Sylvester Stallone…

YES, Sylvester Stallone is a podcaster. Repeat: SYLVESTER STALLONE IS A PODCASTER.

Sort of.

Good luck with it, Sly!

Here’s a little thing for all you rabid fans of Serial: parodies! The Mailchimp plug at the beginning is my favourite.

Now, if you’re interested in the science of food, hightail to this recent Food Programme interview with Harold McGee, author of the seminal food science tome On Food and Cooking which fired the molecular gastronomy neurones in Heston Blumenthal’s brain. And what inspired McGee to write the thing? Blazing Saddles. O…kay.

If you’re hungry for more food for your ears, here’s a show all about the history of the noodle; and more generally, guzzle The Sporkful and Gastropod podcasts.

Finally: if you pick up a copy of the Guardian this Saturday (8th November 2014), peruse the Do Something supplement, wherein you’ll find the AMT guide to starting a podcast plus photos of us looking like twats in our home studio. (I assume. I haven’t seen the pictures yet, but we usually look like twats every time somebody points a camera at us, so it’s a safe bet.)

Gimme more stuff to listen to: recommend shows in the comments, please!

Tune in to our various other gigs:

Catch up on AMT301 and the episodes preceding it.
Olly’s on LBC every weekday 1am-4am. Chug several espressos and stay awake with him.
I host the monthly Sound Women podcast. This month, I met the owner of the quintessential radio voice – and enacter of the greatest on-air giggle-fit in recent yearsCharlotte Green.
Martin the Sound Man makes numerous other podcasts, including Brain Train about clever things, The Global Lab about cities and stuff, and The Sound of the Ladies music podcast.
AMT episodes 1-170 and the special AMT albums are all available for a piddling little price at, and if you buy any of them you’re bankrolling the podcast, for which we are extremely grateful.