The New York Times’ new podcast, Caliphate, illuminates ISIS for a Western audience

Two and a half episodes in, and The New York Times’ ambient, immersive, and ambitious podcast about the workings of ISIS is vivisecting the deadliest cell on the planet. The cold open of the show’s prologue offers an ISIS member’s rationale for all the killing he’s ordered to perform. It’s the same justification that…

Latina To Latina lends candor and intimacy to the colorism conversation

There are plenty of places to listen to two geeks dissect the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer, but few are as funny as Jason and Gabe on Blast Points, and there’s not a trace of cynicism to be found. A new trailer for this foray into the Star Wars universe—which apparently belongs to Ron Howard now—dropped Sunday…

The makers of Criminal lend their capable hands to a warm and fuzzy spin-off, This Is Love

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Podmass' podcast superlatives of 2017

In 2016, podcasts of every stripe had a decision to make: Address the worst aspects of 2016 head-on, or create artful distractions from same. This year, that pattern holds true: Nostalgia-laden podcasts gently guide our gaze the other way while political shows unabashedly call out bullshit where…

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A Talking Cat?! was overdubbed in a bathroom, and other fun facts from Eric Roberts Is The Fucking Man 

We live in such a cynical age that it’s equal parts endearing and uncomfortable to watch someone living out their dreams, like the hosts of Eric Roberts Is The Fucking Man sitting down with the subject of their podcast onstage at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre as part of the Cinepocalypse festival. Although they were…

Read (and listen to) This: An oral history of Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David isn’t one to talk much about process; anyone who’s seen the Seinfeld creator’s Curb Your Enthusiasm can imagine what a fruitless endeavor that might be. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some fascinating stories about the hit HBO series, an almost entirely improvised comedy about the comedian and…