Podcast recommendations for October 2015

Silver Screen Queens

A weekly film review podcast hosted by Katie Molloy and Melissa Savage. A fair mix of new and old releases, and if you leave them a review on iTunes they promise to review a film of your choosing. I don’t know quite how I feel about contributing in a very small way to their recent drubbing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, but their recent episode on the Back to the Future trilogy was spot-on, so all is forgiven.

Answer Me This! with Helen & Olly

Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann (and Martin Austwick) answer a variety of questions ranging from the factual to the moral and ethical. The show has been around since 2007 and their first 200 episodes (they’re past 300 now) are available for purchase from their website.

The Allusionist

Helen Zaltzman on her own this time, talking up the history of words. More interesting than it sounds, and it already sounds plenty interesting. Unless you’re strange. For instance the latest episode was about vocables, those little noises we make which often act like words but aren’t, such as ‘la di da’ and ‘oobee doo’.

The Audio Guide to Babylon 5

Despite its many flaws Babylon 5 remains a fascinating, important, and most of all fun series. The hosts Chip, Erika and Shannon are working their way through all five years of the show in order (the Master List order, to be precise). Each episode of the podcast starts with a spoiler-free discussion of that episode of the show, before warning off new viewers and discussing the events of that episode in the context of the show’s overarching plot. They’re just now getting in to the end of season two, when the show itself really starts speeding ahead with its main story. A great time to catch up.