Thursday, September 29, 2011

Podcast Rollcall: Reasonable Discussions

The very first podcast I ever profiled under the "podcast rollcall" banner was A.V. Talk, the original podcast from The A.V. Club website.  Over the summer, the A.V. Club revamped and re-branded their podcast, so I figured it was time to revisit.

Genre: Pop culture review/analysis

What It's About: Writers from The A.V. Club get together in various combinations for roundtable discussions of current pop culture topics.  Each episode includes the "Extracurricular Activities" segment, where the staff gets to address a topic or make a recommendation for something that was not in the episode's agenda.

Why You Should Care: While I enjoyed the previous incarnation of "A.V. Talk" well enough, it was certainly meandering and scattershot.  Episodes were posted irregularly, and were of varying length dependent on how many topics they felt like addressing and how long the conversation carried on.  In other words, it was underproduced.  "Reasonable Discussion" is more reliable.  You can expect three topics per episode, each with a sense of purpose and direction.  Episodes are posted weekly, and clock in around the 45 minute mark.  And, of course, you still get the informative, insightful fun and wit that we've come to expect from the top notch journalists at The A.V. Club.

Frequency: Weekly

Average Length: 45 minutes

As always, 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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