Podcasts are a great way to catch up on news, entertainment recommendations, in-depth interviews and more when many of us are otherwise held completely captive in Austin: on our increasingly long daily work commutes.
in addition to “I Love You So Much,” Austin360’s new pop-culture and lifestyle podcast, here’s a small sample of the many Austin-based podcasts you may like to check out, whether it’s to kill time on the road or to entertain you at the gym, while vacuuming or chilling out by the pool with your earbuds (and real-life buds).
The Feedbak Podcast: If you are someone who enjoys Austin nightlife or just want to hear stories and live vicariously through those who frequent the social scene, Bak Zoumanigui’s show, is required listening. It’s lively, fun and features the host’s huge wealth of knowledge about the ins and outs of Austin’s bars, DJs and events.
On Second Thought: Do you like sports? Do you live in Austin? Then you must love Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohl’s the Statesman’s veteran sports experts who are a fun listen on their show, which includes guests from the world of athletics as well as entertainment (especially where the two worlds meet).
Breakfast for Dinner Podcast: A good entry point if you want to hear what Austin’s millennials are thinking about, from politics to television to relationships and fashion. Austin couple Dago Garcia and Nicole Seligman are bright, bubbly and warm; they’ve have created a loving community of listeners and bridges to other podcasts.
I Was Just Saying That: Want some creative inspiration with a dose of humor? Michelle Pimm and Kimya Kavehkar interview women on topics including work/life balance, relationships, allergies and finding your way. The show is now in its second season.
Bedpost Confessions: A great crossover of live comedy performance and confessional podcast, this show has expanded beyond its Austin roots, but continues to go strong. An upcoming show in Austin is scheduled for July 19-20.
Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do: Professional speaker Thom Singer has been interviewing Austin business leaders and bootstrappers for years and has a deep archive filled with startup wisdom and stories about entrepreneur life. Be careful listening, it may make you start a company.
Austin Fire Show: Another take on creators and entrepreneurs that features interviews with locals. It’s from Rao Mubariz Hayat, who goes by “Moby” and works by day at Dell.
No Agenda: They don’t call Adam Curry, former MTV VJ, “The Podfather” for nothing. The longtime podcaster is a pioneer, having gotten in the game before pretty much anyone else (his podcast is approaching episode 1,000). The show, co-hosted by John C. Dvorak is not afraid to explore politics, tech, media and hot-button issues.
Rooster Teeth Podcast: Austin’s video empire company Rooster Teeth Productions might be putting out Austin’s most listened-to podcast, a hugely popular show about the lives and work of its large cast of creators.
Views and Brews and This Song: Both shows from KUT/KUTX are lively and fascinating. “Views and Brews” is hosted by KUT’s Rebecca McInroy and talks about culture, news, the arts and much more. It’s recorded at Cactus Cafe and you can attend a free, public taping. “This Song” from musician Elizabeth McQueen takes a deep dive with other music creators about music that changed their lives.
Double Toasted: What was once “Spill.com” and before that “The Reel Deal” is a movies-related podcast / video series from Korey Coleman and Martin Thomas that focuses primarily on movie reviews. Hilarious and super polished (they have literally been at this for about 20 years), it’s become a big community of fans and frequent guests.
Heel/Face Radio: A podcast about wrestling culture from the Heel/Face Wrestling website.
I Love Queso So Much: This is exactly what it sounds like, a podcast that reviews Austin’s most popular cheese item, queso. It’s hosted by photographer Daulton Venglar (who’s done work for the Statesman) and Bryce Seifert.
Two Guys On Your Head: Drs. Art Markman and Bob Duke are great at explaining why we behave the way we do and the psychology behind our everyday lives. The episodes are short, under eight minutes, so they’re highly digestible and binge-friendly.
Everyday Superhumans: Want to feel good about the world for a change? Listen to this show featuring stories about Austin nonprofits and do-gooders.
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