What I Listened to Last Week: August 7th, 2016

A new blog series, highlighting 5 great podcast episodes that I listened to last week. Hat tip for the idea to Chad Brooks of The Productive Pastor.

I use Overcast links which will allow you to play the episode in any good browser and have iTunes subscription links below each highlighted episode.


Week ending August 7th, 2016.

Fugitive Waves with The Kitchen Sisters: 50 – An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill

Meeting Nikki Silva a year ago at Podcast Movement was one of the highlights of my life. The Kitchen Sisters are not only radio and podcast pioneers, they're beautiful artists who live their art as much as produce it. That last part sort of describes George Foreman too. This episode focuses on his (in)famous grill. Subscribe in iTunes here.


Raw & Real with CJ and Ray: Ra-mona

My good friend, Ramona Rice visited with CJ about the loss of her husband, her new job(s) and the story behind her latest podcast. Great listen. Subscribe in iTunes here.

Polygon's Quality Control: Batman: The Telltale Series

Great videogame critique series. This episode focuses on the latest game from Telltale, the storytelling creators famous for their Walking Dead games. Subscribe in iTunes here.

Plumbing the Death Star: What Did We Think of Suicide Squad?

You know my love of Australian podcasts by now. These folks help me stay current with pop culture while avoiding sooooo many terrible movies. Thus one is one I was really looking forward to but the reviews turned me off it. Now that I've listened to this, I don't have to see it until I can suffer in peace at home. Subscribe in iTunes here.

The Messengers A Podcast Documentary: The Idea - The Movie - The Crew

Some wonderful podcasters are behind this project. And while I haven't been that clued in thus far, thanks to this show, I'm catching up quickly! Subscribe in iTunes here.

What I Listened To Last Week: July 31st, 2016


A new blog series, highlighting 5 great podcast episodes that I listened to last week. Hat tip for the idea to Chad Brooks of The Productive Pastor.

I use Overcast links which will allow you to play the episode in any good browser and have iTunes subscription links below each highlighted episode.

Week ending July 31st, 2016.

Alice Isn't Dead: 1: Omelet

As requested by one of our Patreon supporters, I finally started listening to the new jam from the Welcome to Nightvale crew. Our review will be out in August, so why don't you check it out too, and we'll compare notes later! Subscribe in iTunes here.

Fat Man on Batman: 134: BvS Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition

Make mine Marvel. There, I said it. I LOVE the Marvel studios films, and admit to having been disappointed in Man of Steel. So much so that I stayed out of this one in the theatre altogether. On home video, finally got a chance to see the "Ultimate Edition" so now I can hear the Fatmen take it apart (or tell me why it's awesome). Subscribe in iTunes here.

Keepin' it 1600: 21: DNC Midweek Check-in With Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer

So far, this is my favorite thing that's come out of The Ringer, Bill Simmons new podcast/blog empire. I enjoy the HBO show and it's a work in progress. This political podcast with two former Obama staffers is a great inside look for political junkies. This episode discusses the first day of the DNC. Subscribe in iTunes here.

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast: 726 - Chuck Klosterman

I love Marc, but don't listen to every episode. This one was a must. Chuck Klosterman is one of my favorite authors. This is a great conversation too. Subscribe in iTunes.

ReLaunch - 500 Relationship Success after Divorce - Joel Sharpton

Not only does the host of this show have a great name, he's a great guy to boot. I met Joel Boggess at this year's Podcast Movement in Chicago. He and I both spoke at PMx. Turns out, we have a lot in common. We also had a great chat for what turned out to be his 500th episode. Hear me talk about my remarriage and relaunch as an audiobook narrator. Subscribe in iTunes here.

What I Listened to Last Week: Week ending July 17, 2016.

A new blog series, highlighting 5 great podcast episodes that I listened to last week. Hat tip for the idea to Chad Brooks of The Productive Pastor.

I use Overcast links which will allow you to play the episode in any good browser and have iTunes subscription links below each highlighted episode.

Week ending July 17th, 2016.


The Weekly Planet: 143 Dumb Movie Futures That Are Wrong

I love Australian podcasters and I love Sci fi futures. This is one of the more perfect episodes of one of the more perfect podcasts in existence. Subscribe in iTunes here.

What's This Tao All About?: Show 10 – The Three Treasures and Chapter 17

Since college when I first read the Tao Te Ching and (more on my level) the Tao Te Pooh, I've considered myself at least a bit of a Taoist.

It may not be for everyone and I know many of my fellow Christians would look ascance at me claiming both, but the Tao is just an ethos for living, and one that for me aligns directly with what I understand of Jesus.

This is the first podcast I've found that captures the calm but inquisitive feeling I get from the Tao. If that sounds like your kind of thing, dig in. Subscribe in iTunes here.

Clockwise: 145: I’ve Always Wanted to Have a French Accent

A great show for people who like tech news but not hours and hours of it. 30 minutes or less, 4 topics, 4 hosts, very well done. And in this episode they talk about Pokémon Go! Subscribe in iTunes here.

The Feed - Post PM16

This one isn't for everyone but if you are a Podcaster whether or not you host with Libsyn this is a "need to listen to" podcast. This week in particular was interesting as I just saw Rob and Elsie at Podcast Movement, and they discuss their experiences at the conference. Subscribe in iTunes.

I am  Salt Lake: #214 - 100 Things to Do in Salt Lake Before You Die

When Kelly and I took our recent cross country road trip, we originally planned to go to Salt Lake City. I searched for a local Podcast to listen to in preparation and this was it. We actually didn't go that way but the show was interesting nonetheless.

I missed meeting the couple behind the show at Podcast Movement, but I've "met" them both online since. Good show about the interesting things people and places in SLC. Subscribe in iTunes here.

What I Listened to Last Week: Week ending June 26th, 2016.

A new blog series, highlighting 5 great podcast episodes that I listened to last week. Hat tip for the idea to Chad Brooks of The Productive Pastor.

I use Overcast links which will allow you to play the episode in any good browser and have iTunes subscription links below each highlighted episode.


Week ending June 26th, 2016.


Robot or Not?: 51: Lego Simulated Worm Toy

I love this show so much. Jason Snell and John Siracusa cohost this ongoing exploration of the true nature of robotics. My eldest child just went through Lego Robotics camp and this episode blew his mind. Subscribe in iTunes here.

Fat Man on Batman: 131: Getting Punished with Lexi Alexander

Kevin Smith normally anchors this podcast focusing on Batman and the wider comics world, but he's on vacation this episode as cohost Marc Bernardin chats with Lexi Alexander, the director of Punisher: War Zone about her history in film and with Frank Castle directly. Subscribe in iTunes here.

MBMBaM 308: Burgertrees

The MacElroy brothers (Justin, Travis and Griffin) make me laugh every week. They answer emails from listeners and Yahoo Answers questions too, applying their own hilarious "homespun" advice. This episode was especially chuckleworthy. Subscribe in iTunes here


Imaginary Worlds Beware of CyberCity

In my continued binge of this great show, I came across this one. About what's really at stake in the and who is fighting it in secret for us. Subscribe in iTunes here


Lore 37: Passing Notes

Aaron Mahnke is such a good Podcaster, they're gonna make him a tv star. This episode is all about crossing over for contact with the other side. Subscribe in iTunes here.

What I Listened to Last Week: June 20th, 2016

A new blog series, highlighting 5 great podcast episodes that I listened to last week. Hat tip for the idea to Chad Brooks of The Productive Pastor.

I use Overcast links which will allow you to play the episode in any good browser and have iTunes subscription links below each highlighted episode.

Week ending June 18th, 2016. 

Reconcilable Differences: 28: Getting to Know a Broken Person

John Siracusa and Merlin Mann "figure each other out" one podcast episode at a time. This week they discussed "repping stuff" and whether we do that for ourselves or each other. Subscribe in iTunes here. 


The Talk Show With John Gruber: Ep. 158: Live From WWDC 2016, With Guests Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi

John Gruber hosts Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller as they discuss Apple's World Wide Developer Conference and the announcements of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and more. Subscribe in iTunes here.


Trends Like These: Tony’s, Sex Study, E3, Orlando Reactions

Tracis Macelroy and Brent Black host a weekly chat about everything that's "trending" on the internet. This week they discuss the Tony's and reactions to the Orlando Mass Shooting. I read a lot of news every week, and I generally DON'T want to hear about the headlines too. These guys do a great job of informing and entertaining, while they work out their own feelings about things on the air. Subscribe in iTunes here.


Invisibilia: The New Norm

Invisiblia is back! Season One was one of my favorite NPR productions. Now in episode one of season two, Alix Spiegel and new cohost Hannah Rosen discuss social norms. I'm so glad this show is back! Subscribe in iTunes here.


Imaginary Worlds: Inside the Snow Globe

Eric Molinsky hosts this biweekly podcast about stories and storytelling. In this episode he talks to Tom Fontana about Tommy Westphall and the biggest "shared universe" in pop culture. This episode is from January but I just discovered the show and it's my new favorite. Subscribe in iTunes here.

Four Years in the Studio Together: Always Listening's 2nd Anniversary

Four years ago this month, I talked my buddy Josh into walking into the studio and recording our first podcast. We called it Two Guys, One Podcast, and it was pretty ridiculous. We carried on for over two years and 100 episodes goofing off, hanging out and recording it all.

Somewhere along the way, we began discussing other podcasts that we had listened to before we started recording our show. By March of 2014, it was clear that those discussions would be a better show than the one we were doing every week.

We created Pod on Pod to help people find their next favorite podcast. We originally partnered with the guys at TeamProCreate.com and launched our first three episodes on May 4th, 2014.

Since then, we've reviewed more than 100 different podcasts, and have published 98 episodes (episode 99 is recording on Friday). We've let that original show podfade (it lives on YouTube) and switched partners from ProCreate to BlogTalkRadio.

It's been a tremendous two years, and I'd first and foremost like to thank each and every one of our listeners. You've been amazing co-conspirators as we set about listening to every podcast in the known universe, and weeding out the good ones. Your feedback, reviews, discussion (through email and our Facebook group) has all been amazing, and I hope it never ends.

Secondly, I'd like to thank my wife and kids. Kelly especially, puts things on hold, holds down the fort and does without herself so that I have time to pursue this passion. She and Josh's wife, Rachel, are our two unheard Cohosts, without whom it would be impossible for our show to exist or continue.

Third and finally, I want to thank my long-suffering and hard-working partner, Josh. He's been a sounding board and a reality check, a negotiating bulldog and a politicking velvet hand. He's also got impeccable taste (except on those things that he disagrees with me about) and an unbelievably direct way of imparting those taste decisions. He is the Siskel to my Ebert, the Jay to my Bob, the Bert to my Ernie, and the day he decides he doesn't want to listen anymore, is the day this show dies.

But thankfully, that day ain't today. So, if you will, raise a glass to my compadre who is absent from the Internet in all but voice, and plug in your own personal favorite episode of Always Listening (or the classic, Pod on Pod) just for me and Josh.

Happy Anniversary, buddy! I'm Joel, he's Josh, and we are Always Listening.

Always Recording: How We Podcast

This week on my Podcast review show, Always Listening, I responded to some listener feedback by discussing the gear, software and processes we use to create our podcast. If that sounds like your type of thing, check the audio out right here:


Here's a list with links of the software and gear I discuss in the show:

Adobe Audition CC

Shure SM7b

Heil PR40

Electrovoice RE20

Mackie 14 channel mixer 1402 vlz3

ART USB Dual Pre

Shawn Smith TheMobilePro.net

ATR 2100

Pyle Pro PDMIC58

Shure S 58

Marco Arment’s Microphone review

Ferrite Recording Studio - Wooji Juice Ltd

Audio Hijack

What Joel Talked about Last Week 10/14/15

On Wednesday, Josh and I discussed "Invisibilia" from NPR's Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller. This is an amazing podcast that I'm so glad we've found and will definitely be one of my "must listen" shows when Season 2 launches.

I kept waiting to post this because I thought I'd get an episode of What Makes Me Weird? up as well, but no such luck. Stay tuned next week though as I've got an awesome discussion with Josh Shirley (my Always Listening cohost) about Destiny the videogame from Bungie Studios.

What Joel Talked about Last Week - 9/13/15

In case you missed some of my many auditory appearances this week, here's a roundup. 

I was a guest on the Trivial Warfare show, taking on Jonathan Oakes head to head. It's a great trivia show and while I don't want to spoil it, I held my own.


On Always Listening, we reviewed Trivial Warfare this week too! Josh and I both enjoyed meeting Jonathan at Podcast Movement this year and couldn't wait to share his show with you.


And finally, I was joined by a couple of my favorite people on What Makes Me Weird? to discuss the latest Avengers movie and a few other topics of interest to Son #1 and Deuce. Whether you like Comic Book movies or not, I'd check this one out, as its two of the cutest movie reviewers you'll ever hear.

Trivial Warfare Challenge LIVE at Podcast Movement 2015

I met a ton of great podcasters at PM15, and learned about a million new great shows. One of those shows was Trivial Warfare and the podcaster behind it is Jonathan Oakes. He brings the pub trivia out of the pub and home to you with his weekly trivia podcast.

At the conference, he gave the "Trivial Warfare" challenge to 25 different podcasters (including yours truly) by asking them 5 questions in the subject of their choice.

Get a taste of Jonathan's show (and hear how I fared) in this week's episode of Trivial Warfare, and stay tuned next week for a full episode featuring yours truly.

Podcast Movement 2015

It's hard for me to even begin to explain my love for podcasting. If I had never had a show, even if I was never able to launch my own in the future, podcasting would still would be the source of thousands upon thousands of hours of entertainment and education for me personally. The joy of having my own life recorded and preserved through the medium has taken it to an even higher level.

Me and the Geek: From Romania with Love featuring Andrei Constantinescu

Andrei Constantinescu has been a friend since college. He's first generation immigrant, a casting agent based out of Dallas, TX, and one of the sweetest, most genuine people you'll ever meet.

A couple of years ago, we had him on as a guest on our podcast, Two Guys, One Podcast. The show is no longer produced, and it's a lot rougher around the edges than what I put out these days, but this is a conversation too good to lose.

*Explicit Language Warning* but if the kids aren't in the car, this one is definitely something you should listen to.

Find more reviews, podcasts and a welcoming collaborative community of artists by visiting TeamProCreate.com

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Or, simply click this link to play the episode here. 


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Two Guys, One Year: How I Became a Podcaster

2guys1podicon Hi. My name is Joel, and I'm a podcaster.

This wasn't always the case, of course. Once, I was just a legitimate radio personality. Sure, I'd dabbled in blogging once in awhile and was an avid Tweeter, but those are harmless.

Of course, I listened to podcasts. But still, what's wrong with listening. It's not like I was one of them.

But then one day I read this from Adam Wilcox and I thought, "Why not? Why aren't I one of them? Why don't I have a show?"

For a long time, the reason was that I didn't have a co-host. It's awfully hard to jump off into the ether if you're the only one jumping. Then I found the Other Guy. He's genuinely funny, quick witted, good-natured and just asshole enough to think he deserves to have other people listen to him talk about nonsense. We'd been friends for a while, and more than once I'd said I wish we were recording our conversations for other people to enjoy or at least for us to remember later. Then one day I sent him a text:

One Guy: We should record a podcast. We'll call it "Two Guys, One Podcast." and we'll intro it like this. 'I'm one guy', 'I'm the other', 'and this is the podcast.'

Other Guy: Ok then.

It was four days before we did record, and in that time, we had discussed a few ideas for things to talk about on the show, but mostly, we opened the mic and talked to each other, just like we did in our living rooms. I was so excited about that first show I edited it that night, then shared it with the Other Guy, his wife and Honeybun.

They liked it, surprisingly. I had such a good time with the whole thing, I talked Other Guy into recording a second episode the next day and from there, we were off and running. By the fourth episode we'd added a theme song from Professor Shyguy (I hate you, Brandt Cooley), the featured outro song, and started using bits from the show as our "intro". We had become a show. Other Guy was fully on board by this time too. He started pitching segments or bits, doing research on his own and sending me link after link of funny news stories to discuss. "Two Guys, One Podcast." was a real thing.

We stuck with a "home-rolled" podcast for the first nine weeks, using a combination of Dropbox, Feedburner and Tumblr to host and syndicate, but it was pretty complicated for me, and not nearly as user-friendly as we wanted to be. There are lots of podcast listeners, but we had lots of potential interest from people who'd never heard a podcast before. We needed to make it easy for it to be any good to people.

That's when I found Libsyn. They were (unbeknownst to me) the premier podcast hosting service in the world, with some of the most popular and listened-to shows on the web using their services. Libsyn is the service that Kevin Smith and Marc Maron and Adam Carolla and everyone else uses. Of course my show needed to be there too (humility is a great trait, but it doesn't help get Big Things started)!

It's a small financial commitment for us every month, one that is very unlikely to be recouped in the near term by advertisement or affiliate sales (buy something from Amazon through our links, won't you?). But the cost is nothing when considering the good times Other Guy and I (and our growing cast of characters) have spent together over the last year in that studio. The cost is nothing when considering how much fun it'll be to have this window into my younger days when I'm old and grey. The cost is nothing when considering that I get to share my friendship and our good times with the world.

It's a pretty cheap hobby to start with, but it's given me more than my money's worth in positive life experiences already. For those of you that are already Poddies, thank you. If you think a little funny is exactly what your ear has needed, please feel free to insert this into it.

Two Guys, One Podcast.

If you keep listening, we'll keep recording. Well, truthfully, we'll probably record whether you listen or not. It'll just be more fun if you're along for the ride. It's been exactly a year today since that first episode was released into the public. We're celebrating our birthday/anniversary whatever with a "Best of" episode to be released Wednesday at noon. I'll add the link here once it's up.

We've learned a lot in this last year. I can't wait to see where we are a year from now, when I'm putting the finishing touches on the "Best of Season 2"!2G1P-Actual Guys

Handsome and Beautiful: A Modern American Love Story

There's this girl I've been sweet on for a while now. Maybe you've read about her before?It took me a long while to realize exactly what I had in my life with Beautiful. I tried, for a long time, to chase her off. But she stuck with me through thick and thin and with enough time, I realized she was the love of my life. Once that came through, I had to make her my wife.

Before we could do that, she wanted to go where no other girlfriend have ever been with me...the recording studio.

I have a weekly comedy podcast with my best buddy called, Two Guys, One Podcast. This week, I sent my cohost packing and spent the evening with the woman I'm gonna spend the rest of my life with.

I'll give you some disclaimers. Our show is generally explicit. We use foul language and make dirty jokes and that's not for everyone, I understand. Honeybun and I don't exactly put any sailors to shame, but we do use a few "dirty" words and talk openly and honestly about our relationship. Its ups, its downs and its surprising present location.

I'm biased, of course, but I don't think I'm blowing smoke when I say it's a funny, engaging, interesting glimpse into just what its title suggests, "A Modern American Love Story"

So, for your approval and consideration, your entertainment and edification, but mostly because I'm madly in love with this woman and I want everyone to know about it

Episode 46: A Modern American Love Story

It's a bit of a spoiler, but I know the language will put some of you off listening, so here's a little incentive. Starting at about the 1 hour mark, we tell the story of our proposal, and then announce a surprise. Check that out (with VERY few dirty words) if you just want the big story without all the muss!

For every one that was a part of our meeting, dating, engagement or the WEDDING this weekend (that's the surprise in the podcast, you spoil-sport) a big huge 'Thank you!' from One Guy and Honeybun, Handsome and Beautiful, Joel and Kelly.

We Are All Podcasters

As I read a great article by Mike Elgan this morning, I couldn't help but be reminded of the old adage, "We're all in sales." The idea being that everyone is selling themselves if not a product or service.Elgan's discussion of Apple's "Podcast Problem" made me think of a new adage that I've been trumpeting around the radio station for a while, but it's application is even more broad than actual broadcasters.

We are all podcasters.

Or should be.

The future, and really the present, of media consumption is on demand and over IP. That means that everything, music, movies, tv shows, blogs and even games will be and increasingly are accessed almost precisely like podcasts.

It's been almost a year since I started my first Podcast and it has been the single most creatively rewarding experience of my life. It's also given me a broader audience and bigger mic than anything else I've ever done independently. You can and should build your own today.

If you are a creator of any kind it is imperative that you get in front of or at least in line with this trend and recognize your new role before it has left you behind.

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