The Art of Manliness
Originally a blog, “The Art of Manliness” decided to expand into the realm of podcasts with the release of its first episode, “We Who Are Alive and Remain,” Sept. 21, 2009. Now having just published their 246th episode Oct. 25, 2016, this weekly podcast is still alive and remains with its intriguing name. But what exactly is it about?
Brett McKay, co-founder of “The Art of Manliness,” has been investigating this very issue and “helping men become better men” for seven years now, as he writes on his and his wife’s website. From videos like “The Workout the World Forgot” to “The Making of Winston Churchill,” this podcast manages to cover a broad range of topics under the umbrella of manliness. McKay always supplies some sort of written component to supplement the audio as well, which usually features an overview of the episode, highlights from the show and the resources, studies and people mentioned in the podcast. Thus, I realized that you really can’t judge a podcast by its title because this goofily named podcast seems to have some serious content backed up by legitimate sources and research for listeners to take away.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
As the title suggests, Jamie Morton’s father wrote a pornographic novel. And what does he decide to do? Team up with his friends Jamie Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine to read one chapter aloud every week on his new podcast, of course!
The absurdity of the content and witty comments from the hosts make the episodes wildly entertaining. The full title of the porno is “Belinda Blinked 1: A Modern Story of Sex, Erotica and Passion — How the Sexiest Salesgirl in Business Earned Her Huge Bonus by Being the Best at Removing Her High Heels.” When Morton’s parents first became interested in self-publishing, they started out with travel guides. After hearing about “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Morton’s father, a 60-year-old man, under the pen name Rocky Flintstone, decided to try writing a pornographic novel, too. And thus, “Belinda Blinked 1″ was born. You can get the Kindle Edition for only $3.99!
In between each weekly chapter reading, the team releases a “Footnotes” episode commenting on the various aspects of the novel and voicing their other extraneous thoughts. You would think that after they finished reading “Belinda Blinked 1,” the podcast would be over. But you would be wrong. “Belinda Blinked 1″ was aptly named so because July 4, 2016, Rocky Flintstone published “Belinda Blinked 2!” This made a second season of “My Dad Wrote a Porno” possible. Who knows what the future holds for Belinda?
Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People
Once a week, renowned comedian Chris Gethard (from “Broad City,” “This American Life” and “The Chris Gethard Show”) shares an hour-long conversation he’s had with an anonymous person. He has two rules: He cannot hang up first, and no names are given.
With this liberating anonymity, the caller can reveal their deepest darkest secrets, their saddest stories, their most shocking confessions. And we listen to these people’s truths. Sometimes silly, sometimes scandalous, this show offers, in Chris’s own words, “one conversation at a time, just a genuine interaction” with a real person.
While Chris does sometimes have some plugs for his various sponsors at the beginnings of some episodes, he always provides a good preview of the hour-long conversation to follow that is just interesting and vague enough to pique your curiosity, drive you to listen on and let you know what you’re getting into. It’s the perfect podcast for when you’re feeling bored with your own life and want to see what else is going on out there.
From manliness to pornography to anonymous stories, it’s clear that the podcast world has something for everyone. So if you’re ever bored or lonely, you have no excuse. There are plenty of voices out there for you to listen to!