I took some Edmonton podcasts with me on a trip to southern Alberta last week, so this week’s roundup focuses on some of fine shows produced right here at home. To wit:
— DVD Afternoon is an erudite but highly accessible weekly conversation about movies between Paul Matwychuk and Heather Noel. I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I like hearing smart people talk about them, and DVD Afternoon delivers. It’s a bit like eavesdropping on a really good film studies class. It is geared towards the latest DVD releases, given that Heather manages The Videodrome, but they also talk about movies in repertory theatres (e.g. their discussion in Episode 71 of The Big Lebowski at Metro Cinema at the Garneau), and their recommendations would likely to useful if you’re a Netflix watcher, too.
— For talk about more mainstream movies, tune in to Jay n’ J, a monthly gab between Jay Runham, Jordan Blackburn and a guest. They’re not as polished as Paul and Heather, but they’re also a lot newer to the game, with three episodes under their belts compared to 72 for DVD Afternoon. Listening to Jay n’ J is a bit like eavesdropping on smart guys talking about movies in a bar. As it happens, Paul was the guest on their second episode, reflecting the collaborative spirit that, to me, characterizes Edmonton’s new media scene. Episode 3’s guest is Colin MacIntyre, whose Tuesday morning CJSR show, Makin’ Whoopee, is also available as a podcast.
— The Prairie Belles podcast is a weekly look at Edmonton’s arts scene with Lisa Nicole Grace and Daneel Irons.They talk about music, theatre and the like in a delightful way, and they have introduced me to a number of excellent bands. They’ve been at this for 66 episodes as of this writing, but I don’t think they got into iTunes until Episode 47, and I didn’t discover that fact until recently. Anyway, I’ll be listening regularly from now on. (While we’re talking local music, let me throw in a plug for yeglive.ca, which sponsors Prairie Belles and is an comprehensive source of information on live music in Edmonton.)
— The Unknown Studio, a twice-monthly podcast about all things Edmonton, took the summer off, but hosts Adam Rozenhart and Scott C. Bourgeois did do a special episode on the Folk Festival and the Fringe. I’m looking forward to Season 3, which they promise will start the week of Sept. 12.
— User Created Content, the gaming podcast, is also taking a little break, but you could easily fill your days listening to the 85 episodes recorded so far. Hosts Ramin Ostad, Matthew Dykstra, Cory Satermo and Anthony Bacchus are (to these non-gaming ears) enormously knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter. They are promising regular video when they kick off Season 4, so that’s something to look forward to.
— Podcasting is a medium that lends itself to niche audiences — take, for example, Equinely-Inclined, a podcast for horse-lovers. Sylvia Schneider and her co-host Diana Balbar have been at this since 2007, which makes them local podcasting pioneers and worthy of salute.
What other Edmonton-based podcasts do you listen to? What kind of podcast do you wish existed so you could listen to it? Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, or on Google+.
I listen to a lot of non-Edmonton podcasts as well. Radiolab, This American Life, all of the Slate gabfests, On the Media, Planet Money, Stuff You Should Know, This Week in Google, The Moth, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Wiretap, Media Talk, Freakonomics and New Yorker: Out Loud are among my favourites.
I subscribe to all of these through Stitcher, a handy app that streams the latest episodes on my iPhone without making me plug in and sync. I don’t know if it’s worth it for local podcasts to partner with Stitcher, but as a user, I’d love it if you were there, so if you’re interested, here’s the form.