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I love my full-time job… May will mark my 12 year anniversary.  I work for a great company and work with great people and make decent money.

My actual work is mostly interesting too… but it does involve a fair amount of redundant work that can be rather tedious.  So to help occupy my mind when I go through the repetition I listen to various podcasts on iTunes.

And I recently discovered a new podcast I really like!  It’s called The Because Show, and it’s three women friends in their mid-30s who live in California talking about whatever—life, love, pop culture, sex, books, TV shows, movies, marriage, parenthood.  One’s a single mom who recently went through a divorce, the other two are married and I believe all have kids.  They’ve got great rapport and great voices… and as someone who loves women, their show is like catnip to me.  Check ‘em out!

I thought it might be fun to share the podcasts I listen to regularly:

SEX, LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS

Why You Suck in Bed—raw, raunchy and honest, I love listening just to see what crazy topics they may touch upon each week.  In particular I really enjoy the two women co-hosts, Dr. Stacy and Molly, who are both incredibly smart, sexy as hell and are open to talking frankly about anything.

Sex Nerd Sandra—Sandra is such a positive force, listening to her makes me want to pack up and move to California just for the slim chance to make friends with her.  She’s got an exuberance that’s infectious and fun, a driving curiosity to learn everything she can about sex and relationships and then to share it with her listeners.  I just love it!

The Because Show—I wrote about that above.

(The first two shows I don’t actually download and listen at work because they can get rather sexually explicit, so instead I download at home and listen to them during my driving commutes)

POP CULTURE

The Walking Dead ‘Cast / The Talking Dead / Afterbuzz TV: The Walking Dead:  I’m a huge fan of the TV show and have written about it a few times over on my TV blog (which reminds me, I need to fire that up again).  My favorite is The Walking Dead ‘Cast because there’s a woman  co-host which provides a great female fan perspective on the show, and the chemistry between Karen and Jason is really fun.  The Talking Dead is a good one too, I enjoy the recaps and the news and the geeky side-tracks Chris and Jason take.  Afterbuzz is light and fluffy and fun, and is available the fastest, actually showing up in the feed the morning after the show so I don’t have to wait to hear what people are thinking about this week’s episode.

Firewall & Iceburg Podcast:  two TV reviewers from  Hitfix.com discuss TV shows and occasionally other pop culture items.  They are both whip-smart, clever and often quite funny.

Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan:  Gives a male and female perspective on various TV shows, often with an emphasis on “geek/nerd” shows I love like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

TV Times Three Podcast:  Three TV critics – two regular hosts and then one host from rotating guests – talk about good and/or popular TV shows each week.  They have good TV news segments too.  The regular hosts have great voices and personality that shines through– especially Amrie who’s such a hyper spazz she just cracks me up listening to her.

Slate’s Spoiler Specials:  I don’t always get to see the movies (and occasional TV shows) these folks talk about, but when I do I like to check in on this podcast afterwards and see what Dana Stevens and her guest think of it.  Warning—the show contains SPOILERS, so listen after you watch.

POLITICS

The Young Turks:  hands-down the absolutely best source of political news, the hosts talk truth to power and unload with both barrels on Republicans and Democrats when its deserved (and it so often is).  They provide deep but easy to understand analysis about what the politicians and policies really mean.  The show has a progressive bent but it’s not biased and has no agenda other than getting at the truth.  They also mix in humor and a dash of pop culture and entertainment news as well.  This show is so good and indispensable that I gladly pay the membership fee so I can listen to the shows in their entirety.  Seriously the best ten dollars I spend each month!

Both Sides Now & KCRW’s Left, Right & Center:  Recaps of the past week’s political issues with smart and thoughtful commenters from the left and right, and a moderator to push back and keep the rants to a minimum.   Arianna Huffington, Mary Matalin, Ron Reagan, Eliot Spitzer, Robert Scheer, and David Frum offer up smart commentary from across the political spectrum.

I’ve actually got quite a few more podcasts I listen to occasionally, but these are the ones I listen to regularly.   How about you?  What podcasts do you listen to, and why?

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I have to say I’m very concerned about the fate of humanity on AMC’s The Walking Dead.  As Season 2 begins, the ratio of adult female to adult male survivors is 3 to 6, which is bad enough without one of the female characters having at least more than a passing interest in killing herself.  From a pure “survival of the species” perspective, if people couple up you’ll have 3 dudes left out in the cold, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for guys who have to deal with with the stresses and adrenaline bursts that daily life in a post-zombie apocalypse world presents.  “Can you keep watch for zombies while we procreate?” would wear thin pretty fast.

Right now the women of The Walking Dead are Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Carol (Melissa McBride).

Melissa McBride, Sara Wayne Callies, and Laurie Holden

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This being October brings to mind Hallowe’en and scary stories… and celebrating the return of The Walking Dead tonight I thought made today’s topic particularly fun to write about.

Yay, The Walking Dead is back!

I’ve liked the horror genre since I first accidentally picked up Stephen King’s The Stand in middle school thinking it was a fantasy book (being a fantasy junkie after reading Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings).  The hardcover art depicted two adversaries fighting in the desert– one looking a bit like Luke Skywalker wielding a sword, the other a crow-man with a scythe.  I mean, check it out:

not the fantasy story I was expecting

This was back when most middle-schoolers wouldn’t have heard of Stephen King; he was just building a mainstream adult audience on the success of Carrie, Salem’s Lot and The Shining when The Stand came out.  So I’d never heard of Stephen King, but this book was huge and I was sucked in by the promise of the cover art.  I’m fairly sure the people of the Bookmobile shouldn’t have let a 12 year old check out that book, but I walked out with it and immediately started reading the book that afternoon.

I was confused when the book started out in an all-too-real version of modern-day Texas with a bunch of local yahoos who encounter a family deathly sick from a lethal virus.  I was intrigued– maybe this was going to start in “the real world” but then somehow jump over into a fantastical world like the Thomas Covenant books?  But no– instead King took our real-world and transformed it into a nightmare image, with humanity nearly wiped out and struggling to survive.  I was blown away and sucked in, and could hardly put the book down until I’d plowed through the 1,000+ pages to the end of it.  It was fucking exhilarating!

I was immediately hooked into the horror genre, gobbling up Stephen King and Peter Straub and Clive Barker and Dean Koontz, along with classics by H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker. I couldn’t get enough of it.

I think what drew me in to horror was the idea of ordinary people struggling against extraordinary things, whether that was a haunted house or vampires or the end of the world.  I used to wonder– if I were thrust into that situation, how would I fare?  It was something interesting to ponder on a philosophical level.

I also love watching horror movies, which took wonderful horror stories and made them all the more real on the big screen, burning those scary images into your mind’s eye to jump into your thoughts at inopportune moments in the nights following.

Scary ass movie!!

One thing I realized lately was that I’d not seen a really creepy scary movie since I split with my wife.  She liked scary movies too, but towards the end of our relationship she was no longer interested in sharing scary movies with me so I’d go see them myself.  Something about coming home to a house with other people in it made those scary images that would pop into your mind’s eye at night tolerable.

I remember going to see The Ring in the movie theater.  In a “thank-you” to the employees, my company gave us the afternoon off on day, and I didn’t have anything to do, so I decided to go see a scary movie.  It turned out no one else had a random Thursday afternoon off and I was the only person in the theater, which I thought was fun-scary when the movie first started.  By the time the movie ended, I thought it was scary-scary, and could barely keep my ass in the seat for the end of it.  Every fiber of my being wanted to bolt to the car and get the hell out of there.

One of the scariest movies ever

It was a comfort to know as I closed my eyes that night my wife and kids were there in the house with me, and my rational irrational mind would tell me, if any freaky shit happened, I could draw strength from them.

One night soon after moving out into my apartment, I was itching to watch a scary movie.  I debated on seeing Paranormal Activity, because I’d heard it was creepy as hell.  But then I realized…

There was no one in the apartment but me.  When I closed my eyes to try and fall asleep that night, the only breathing flesh and blood human being in the house would be me… if something freaky happened, who was I to draw my strength from?

or, Don't See It and Be Home Alone

My rational irrational mind decided ix-nay on Paranormal Activity.  Or really any other creepy-ass movie… especially since moving back into the house.  Something about having a big, multi-level house empty of anyone but me makes it too easy to creep myself out.  I can read the scary book, but I’ve been avoiding the scary movies until I get a roommate or a girlfriend who can spend a couple nights with me, to give me strength to confront any freaky shit that might happen, or at least the freaky shit that pops into my mind’s eye at night as I drift off to sleep.

giving each other that strength

If she likes scary movies all the better since we can lend each other that strength.  I really miss watching scary movies with someone special, and that extra bit of comfort you give and receive that night as you snuggle close to chase away those horrific images lurking in your mind’s eye.

What about you?  Do you avoid watching really scary movies when you’re alone at night?

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