Nerd Culture

10 Metro Phoenix Podcasts You Have to Hear

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You like movies, right? Well, FilmLife is a podcast all about movies. Here you’ll find everything from simple conversations to reviews to debates over all things movies with hosts Nathan De Leon and Patrick Lahaie, including topics like, “Which Back to the Future movie was the best?” and whether you can “tell the difference between Paul Thomas Anderson and Paul WS Anderson.” Whatever your skill level, “it doesn’t matter, we have plenty of content to keep you entertained, informed, and amused. Forever." FilmLife can be found on SoundCloud and their website.

Raise Your Spirits
Sometimes podcasts only need to take a comedic approach to current events, and Raise Your Spirits is no exception. Host Kevin Moyers does just that, “sometimes alone, often with guests, but always with a drink in hand.” Billed as “an exceptionally smooth podcast; luxury blend for extra foolishness,” Raise Your Spirits is part of the locally based Abnormal Entertainment network – along with other local shows like Maskerpiece Theatre. All episodes can be found at the Abnormal Entertainment website.

Rocky Horror Podcast Show
Though released in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has never lost steam, being rediscovered with each generation as a hilarious, creepy, and wholly original masterpiece. Hence The Rocky Horror Podcast Show – a weekly Internet radio program featuring hosts and “veterans of the shadow cast Broadway Bound and Gagged" Dawn Noone, Amy Pokhias, Dave Difrancesco, and Ash Noone. They discuss all things Rocky Horror. They’ll talk current events (the 2016 reboot should provide plenty of fodder) and with special guests — from “virgins to big names from across the international Rocky Horror community.” Episodes are released Saturdays on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Spillers After Show
Brian Dunn and Robert Hoekman Jr. host Spillers After Show, the official podcast of the short fiction storytelling event known as Spillers – held quarterly at Crescent Ballroom. Spillers After Show is a collection of the actual recordings from the Spillers events, interviews with the featured authors, and previews of upcoming readings. Dunn and Hoekman Jr. also hold “lively discussions around Phoenix's flourishing literary scene." All episodes can be found on iTunes and their website.

The Arizona Wine Monk
How to sound like a wine snob at the next dinner party full of paella and yuppies? There’s a local podcast for that. The weekly (for the most part) Arizona Wine Monk podcast is hosted by wine critic Cody Vladimir Burkett and “takes various approaches to reviewing local wines.” Some episodes will include a discussion with the actual winemaker. Other episodes, Burkett sits with friends to examine and enjoy various Arizona wines. Episodes are found on Soundcloud and the website.
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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.