History may have been boring during school, but Dan Carlin brings historical topics to life with great narration and interest. He quotes a variety of historians and offers differing opinions giving us a wider perspective on historical events. Dan Carlin’s Blueprint for Armageddon series is a great place to start his podcast. It covers World War 1 in great detail and tells stories that you would never have learned in history class. Stoner historians can rejoice in learning history without the paranoia of tests on the horizon. You can find Hardcore History online, Podcast Addict, YouTube, or on iTunes.
The self-described sports show that makes fun of sports shows is four hours of goofy comedy, ridiculous topics, hilarious segments, and occasionally they might accidentally talk about sports. Dan Le Batard is a sports writer for The Miami Herald and has done this radio show with Jon “Stugotz” Weiner for over a decade. They do spend enough time on sports to be called a sports show, after all, they are on ESPN. But, Le Batard rejects the standard sports show format of interviewing cliché spewing coaches and bland quarterbacks with canned answers.
Dan often crosses into pop culture, politics, and pure silliness much to the disgust of new listeners who don’t get the show. Le Batard reads the texts of people who complain and mocks their opinions while begging them to listen to one of the hundreds of other sports shows doing bland sports show talk. You can find the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on ESPN U, ESPN 2, and ESPN podcasts.
Listening to Bill Burr rant and rave about whatever is bothering him may seem like it doesn’t mesh well with a stoner’s mentality. but not all stoners are hippies. Some of us smoke weed and still bitch about shit, and there is no one better at bitching than Bill Burr. Bill’s podcast covers sports, pop culture, politics, cars, food, and relationships. Hearing his riffs on these subjects never gets old.
Sometimes you get a little insight or preview of his comedy routines as he talks about earlier shows. Burr generally does the show solo – so no one gets in the way of his rants, I imagine – but sometimes he has on fellow comedians. Bill Burr has some recurring segments like reading fan mail and answering their questions. Bill also has fun reading advertisements from sponsors and coming up with crazy ways to read the same ad over and over. You can find his podcast online, iTunes, or Podcast Addict.
For some of you, older pot-heads, you may remember Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann from the 90’s ESPN Sportscenter. Dan Patrick parlayed his success at ESPN into a successful podcast/radio show on NBC Sports Network. Dan’s show is like The Dan Le Batard show, but with more of a sports focus. If The Dan Le Batard show is 20% sports and 80% other stuff, The Dan Patrick Show is the opposite. However, Dan keeps things interesting with great interviews and back-and-forth with his four Danettes. The Danettes, dubbed by Reggie Miller, are four show producers who contribute to the conversation often. The show isn’t super serious sports all the time. Dan Patrick has funny segments and frequently ventures into pop culture.
Joe Rogan captures the essence of stoner conversations. He naturally transitions from one subject to another with a range of guests. Joe’s experiences have given him a great pool of guests and stories to pull from. Everything from comedians to MMA fighters have appeared on his show to discuss almost anything. Rogan’s podcasts are generally longer than an hour and are great for an afternoon smoke session. He approaches conversations with a stoner’s curiosity, and Joe’s trusty multi-talented sidekick. Jamie, is quick to pull up videos and references that come up in Joe Rogan’s conversations. You can find Joe’s show on YouTube, Podcast Addict, and iTunes.