Required skimming: pop culture podcasts

Quirkiness and snark, for your listening pleasure

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

The Nerdist: A warm, witty geekfest, with host Chris Hardwick roping in everyone from Billy Crystal to Buzz Aldrin as guests. Expect chatter about Starfleet, Jedi, superheroes, and hobbits, as well as lots of off-the-wall humor.

How Did This Get Made?: For the bad-movie connoisseur. Hosts Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael merrily deconstruct movies so bad that they’re good. Go grab some popcorn—I’ll wait.

WTF with Marc Maron : Comedians talk comedy with a standup comic. Much better than that sounds.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: NPR’s weekly podcast featuring an eclectic grab bag of topics. A must for all TV-junkies.

The Dinner Party Download: Bad icebreaker jokes, random interesting facts, and cocktail recipes that match each episode’s theme. Also, guests.

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Edirin Oputu is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @EdirinOputu Tags: , , ,