Thursday, January 7, 2010

Podcast Rollcall: A.V. Talk

[ Welcome to my new feature, PODCAST ROLLCALL. As my friends and family are already well aware, I am a podcast slut. I download and listen to more podcasts than I technically have time to listen to. And now, I want to share that obsession with you! On the first and third Thursday of every month this year, I'll point you in the direction of a podcast worth obsessing about, and tell you why I love it. I hope you'll find my picks interesting, and add some of them to your own rollcall. Happiness is just an iTunes click away. ]

A.V. Talk

Genre: Pop-culture review/analysis

What It's About: The fantastic staff writers of The A.V. Club get together in various combinations for a roundtable discussion of current pieces of entertainment, usually the weekend's new movie releases. They typically offer their reviews, but also discuss larger trends in pop culture, placing the pieces in a broader context.

Why You Should Care: If you're not already a regular reader of The A.V. Club, you're missing out. Intelligent, humorous and insightful, it's one of the best entertainment/pop-culture magazines around. This podcast is an extension of the content they offer on their website, as well as an opportunity to hear the voices you'd otherwise only be able to read.

Frequency: Supposed to be weekly, although they'll often skip a week with no explanation.

Average Length: Less than a half hour.

If you become a regular listener to a podcast that solicits donations, try to find a way to make the occasional contribution.

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