I've been addicted to podcasts for the past few years. It all started when I moved to Europe in 2008, did not have a car, and found myself reliant on public transportation and my own two feet. I was also working full-time as an Au Pair for an adorable little one who was not yet capable of conversation.
With days full of lengthy walks and bus rides, I quickly realized that I should make the most of it. I started obsessively perusing iTunes. Three years later (with a lot of trial and error) I've emerged with a stable slate of programs and I cannot imagine my life without them!
From listening to these voices (I refer to them as my virtual imaginary friends) I have discovered more than I will ever have time to read, listen, watch, see, etc:
The Diane Rehm Show
2 hrs everyday of the most objective voice of reason on NPR.
Weekly film reviews from Adam Kempenaar and guests. Based out of Chicago--incredibly comprehensive and fun! Fair warning: for the serious movie buffs...they really know their stuff!
NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
By far the funniest, most reliable source of pop culture commentary on radio, tv, or elsewhere. Thanks to @nprmonkeysee@ghweldon @treygraham and @idislikestephen
Double X Gabfest at Slate Magazine
Ladies talking intelligently about ladies.
The Culture Gabfest at Slate Magazine
Beware: this takes me straight back to graduate school (University of Edinburgh, UK MSc. Modern Literature). In other words, if you care passionately about issues that really have no effect on 99% of the population, this podcast is for you.
Fresh Air with Terry Gross
Hopefully this needs no explanation.
Two Gomers Run for Their Lives
One of my absolute favorites. Like they say, this podcast comes from "two regular guys:" @gomer1 and @gomer2. Full of relatable chatter on movies, tv, food, daily life, or yeah, and sometimes running.
And sadly, many more...just ask if you need more recommendations!