Podcasts


Nothing passes the time quite like a riveting podcast, be it at home or at work. If you have yet to get into podcasts, I invite you to get hooked! No matter what your interests might be, I can promise you there’s a podcast for that. Here’s a selection of Podcasts that I have been enjoying and I hope to put you onto something new. All the best!

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xbmckodi-applieitunespodcastsApple iTunes Podcasts

The Apple iTunes Podcasts add-on is automatically included with Kodi as part of the default Kodi Add-ons Repository. When you download and install the Kodi Media Player, this repo is the only native add-on repository that comes included with the download. All the add-ons included in this Repository are authorised by the publisher/copyright holder. If you’re not familiar with this repo, this tutorial will show users where to locate it. Further, this tutorial will specifically show users how to install the Apple iTunes Podcast add-on. Without further delay, here’s how you install it.

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kodisimplified-alancrossThe Ongoing History of New Music

If you’re a fan of music, and in particular Rock music, there’s probably a chance you’re familiar with most stories that comprise the myths/legends/lore of that genre. For example, I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous mud shark incident involving Led Zeppelin at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle? How about the story that Keith Moon once drove his Rolls Royce into his swimming pool or the police raid on Keith Richards house that found Mick Jagger in a room with Maryanne Faithful and a Mars bar? Those stories seem so common knowledge, they might as well be biblical to those who worship at Rock’s alter. But are you familiar with what Dee Dee Ramone did for a livingj before he joined the Ramones as their bass player? Did you know that Radiohead once shared a bill with Alanis Morissette? I’m not talking about the Jagged Little Pill Alanis. I’m talking about the “Always too hot, never too cold” dance queen Alanis. Or that the Beastie Boys toured as the opening act for Madonna. They were so rowdy, she through them off the bill! These are just some of the things Alan Cross get’s into in his Ongoing History of New Music. Beginning somewhere around the early to mid 70’s, punk rock was born, followed closely by New Wave then perhaps Alternative, Alan looks at the bands, the musicians, the music and the culture that gave rise to these art forms. His stories are always riveting, always informative, and always entertaining. At just 30 minutes in length, I’m always disappointed that another episode has come to a close so soon.
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kodisimplified-historyonfireHistory on Fire

I love history and let’s be honest, who doesn’t??!! Podcasts are ideal for this medium. All you need is a good story and a great narrator.  For History on Fire, our history guru is Daniele Bolelli ; a graduate of UCLA with an emphasis on American History, Religion and Roman History. Italian born, Daniele speaks with a thick Italian accent. While some may find this distracting, I find it part of the charm. I’ve listened to his lectures on Spartacus, The Conquest of Mexico and Crazy Horse. Amazing! Daniele speaks effortlessly on his subjects, interjecting his take on the matter where possible but always basing it on the facts available. He will tell you when we should accept history at face value, and when there just isn’t enough evidence to substantiate someone else’s claim, leaving the conclusion up to his listeners.  At home, work, in the car or at the gym, I find the History on Fire podcast works for all of those occasions. I only wish they were around when I was in school. xbmckodi-transgifCheck it out, then tell you’re friends and watch their already, accepted respect for you grow!
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kodisimplified-NormMacDonaldNorm MacDonald Live

Norm MacDonald is a Canadian comedian who is most notably know for being fired from Saturday Night Live while he briefly held the Weekend Update desk. Norm’s brand of comedy is not for everyone. He’s dry, sometimes self deprecating, sometimes condescending, crass, vulgar, quick witted, smart, dark and on occasion, so funny you will be laughing uncontrollably. Norm plays host to a wide range of celebrities on his podcast. The format is one-on-one interview with his side kick Adam Eget, whom Norm takes great pleasure in verbally abusing throughout the show. If you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live, and I am one, I recommend listening to Norm’s interviews with SNL cast members past and present. They seem to shine in terms of being very funny episodes and very telling about life as a cast member on SNL (the episode with Dana Carvey is perhaps my favourite). I also recommend the episode with Super Dave Osborne (Bob knows how to put Norm in his place). Check them out when in need of a good laugh. Just make sure if you have little ones, they’re not in ear shot otherwise, parent/teacher interviews may be immanent.
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kodisimplified-STownS Town

S-Town has it’s roots in Serial podcast, with producers of both Serial and This American Life on board to ensure quality content. S-Town follows the investigative style journalism format, that has made Serial so popular, featuring host Brian Reed. What makes S-Town so intriguing, apart from the flamboyance of John B. McLemore, the subject of this podcast, is that this starts out as a story that appears to stall and in danger of going nowhere. We just have the conversations between Reed and McLemore. It’s very apparent from the start of this series, John is of above average intelligence. His ramblings detract slightly from him being someone you would want to know or include in your inner circle, however, his stories are undeniably compelling. The premise to which we are brought to John’s attention, is the rumour of a murder that seemingly has gone unpunished in the sleepy community of Woodstock Alabama.  Nothing really goes on in this town and it’s not a stretch to say, the characters we come into contact with reinforce our stereotype of rural southerners.  There’s a dramatic twist in this story that I will leave you to discover on your own. I would also like to add, I waited until I finished the podcast before I googled the scene and the main players. You may want to do the same. It will blow you away and hopefully, give you a better appreciation for John B. McLemore.
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kodisimplified-serialSerial

Serial is now two seasons in and spawned a number of spin off podcasts such as S-Town and This American Life, not to mention a few copy cats here and there including the Netflix series Making a Murderer and the HBO series The Night Of. This should give you some indication of its success and popularity. The podcasts are captivating and you will be helpless as you find yourself unable to not binge on multiple episodes at a time. Sarah Koenig is the Journalist/narrator for both seasons. In season 1, Sarah looks at the murder of a high school student Hae Min Lee by her boyfriend Adnan Syed in 1999. Theirs was a Romeo and Juliette love affair; Adnan is Muslim and bound to certain restrictions that guide his faith, Hae  is from a strict Korean immigrant family. Adnan has professed his innocence to this murder and Sarah does her best to be impartial enough to let you be the judge if an innocent man is behind bars or justice has been served.  I’ve listened to season 1 twice and I know what camp I sit in. Season 2 is just as captivating as it looks at an army soldier who essentially deserted his post in Afghanistan only to be caught by the Taliban and held for ransom. This is the story of  Bowe Bergdahl, whose actions have since divided a country. Some view Bowe as a deserter who should be punished for treason against his country. Others view his actions and 5 years in captivity as punishment enough, if not heroic given the intel he later provided to the U.S military/government. The reasons for Bowe’s desertion are cloudy at best and once again, Sarah her best to be impartial enough to allow you to make up your own decisions regarding this case. Once again, binge listening is compulsory.
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kodisimplified-WTFWTF with Marc Maron

Marc Maron is a stand up comedian who in his day, did a lot of cocaine with Sam Kinison. That was many moons ago and Marc has since been 18 yrs sober. He’s very upfront about his battle with substance abuse while he was on the rise as an up and coming comic. Since then, Marc has gone on to be the subject of a number of Stand Up comedy specials, has written two books and most recently, star and scene stealer Sam Sylvia, the acidic producer in the Netflix series GLOW. When I watch that show and then listen to his podcast, it surprises me because the two are very different characters. I was expecting an edgy comic with a bit of a mean streak and that’s not what I got at all. Marc can be neurotic but not in an overbearing way. He’s quick to point out his short comings, but he’s appears to have learned a few things along that bumpy road and shares his views with his listeners. What you do with it is up to you. I find him to be very genuine and very much in the moment when he interviews his guests, whom by the way range from Presidents, to former Vice Presidents to celebrities, comics and just interesting people. It’s what I really enjoy about  this podcast; I may not know who the person is that Marc is speaking too, often resulting in a quick google search to get up to speed, but I’m always captivated by the discussion. You don’t have to be famous to be interesting and interesting is definitely what I get from each of his podcasts marinated in a joke or two along the way.
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