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Complete list of Satire Podcasts - Listen & Review on Goodpods

The Bugle

564 Episodes

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Avg Length 39m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

It's the trans-global satiricast that leaves no hot potato unbuttered. Andy Zaltzman breaks down the news with comedians from across the world including Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, Chris Addison, John Oliver, Nish Kumar, Tiff Stevenson and Helen Zaltzman. Go to TheBuglePodcast.com to become a premium subscriber and get exclusive shows.Follow us on YouTube. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Citation Needed

360 Episodes

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Avg Length 40m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

The podcast where we choose a subject, read a single Wikipedia article about it, and pretend we’re experts. Because this is the internet, and that’s how it works now.
The World of Phil Hendrie

913 Episodes

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Avg Length 37m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

Phil Hendrie's historic improvisational genius goes to work everyday in this divinely hilarious satire of the modern media. And that's only part of what's really going on here. Get a hold of this top shelf entertainment from one of the acknowledged masters of comedy and social satire.
Untrue Stories

15 Episodes

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Avg Length 17m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

A sci-fi comedy-drama putting surreal new spins on classic speculative fiction. When George Orwell and H. G. Wells accidentally double-book a getaway cottage, an argument about tea escalates into an aeon-spanning adventure of time travel and political machination. A full cast audio drama from award-winning writer Robin Johnson.
The Babylon Bee

424 Episodes

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Avg Length 53m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

This is the official, authoritative, inspired podcast of the Babylon Bee. Join editor-in-chief Kyle Mann for a look at weekly highlights, discussing the spiciest topics of the times, the stories behind the stories, and a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of America's most trusted source for Christian news satire.
Boots, Bibles and Scrapbooking!

21 Episodes

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Avg Length 17m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

A hilarious satire with your host, "Tish", a west Texas spitfire who is long on opinions, but short on knowledge. Look for her hot takes on American values, culture, and cocktails. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Offensive

193 Episodes

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Avg Length 25m

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Latest episode 7 months ago

An award-winning, critically acclaimed mockumentary podcast that follows fictional Premier League club Ashwood City FC.'The Thick of it meets Fifa career mode - a must listen for football fans' - The Guardian'Ultra-sharp satire' - GQThis podcast is a serial, begin at Episode 1. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Till Death Do Us Part Podcast

149 Episodes

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Avg Length 59m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

They've been married for 17 years. She's intrigued by true crime. He couldn’t care less. Can their marriage survive a podcast? Or will it end in MURDER?!**** Till Death Do Us Part is a lighthearted and sometimes satirical true crime podcast where we present our dysfunctional married take on serious cases involving other dysfunctional relationships. We hope you enjoy.
The God Pod

516 Episodes

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Avg Length 43m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

The God Pod is an an Emmy winning live-animated podcast that looks at the day's top headlines through the eyes of God and Jesus, covering the biggest news stories in politics, pop culture and more. New hour-long audio episodes of The God Pod are available on all podcasting platforms every Tuesday. JOIN OUR COMMUNITY Join our Patreon for special access: https://www.patreon.com/godpod Discord: https://discord.gg/7v3Cc4pjMC FOLLOW GOD ON SOCIAL MEDIA Twitch: https://twitch.tv/TheGodPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thegodpodcast YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/TheGodPod
Submitted for the Approval of the Midnight Pals

22 Episodes

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Avg Length 16m

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Latest episode 2 months ago

Each week, a group of storytellers gathers around a campfire. There's world-weary club MC Edgar Allan Poe, nerd dad Stephen King, violent goth Mary Shelley, squid-obsessed wimp HP Lovecraft, and others. A comedy-horror semi-anthology adapted from Bitter Karella's Hugo-nominated microfiction.
Canadian Politics is Boring

369 Episodes

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Avg Length 23m

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Latest episode 12 hours ago

One host can't vote and the other doesn't want to. Join a new immigrant and a totally apathetic Canadian bumble through news, history and scandal.Hosted by Jesse Harley and Rhys Waters Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sports Horn

58 Episodes

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Avg Length 22m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

Sports Horn – it’s the UK’s third most talked about sports radio network!Join ex-footballer and current pundit Ian Fiveankles with co-host Anthony Richardson as they tackle the biggest sporting stories in their brand new breakfast show, only on SPORTS HORN.Dishing out the sort of insight one can only acquire from playing LDV Vans Trophy fixtures against both Jamie Cureton and Jamie O’Hara, this is a breakfast show not to be missed... Sports Horn is a weekly sports radio parody from Stak and the comedic minds of The Exploding Heads (Mark Davison and Anthony Richardson) who can be found here! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Russell Hustle

288 Episodes

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Avg Length 45m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

The Russell Hustle is the Earth's most exhaustive Kurt Russell fancast. Each episode, Nick, Ryan, Ben, and Tom will delve deep into the actor's filmography, share his unauthorized biography, and even explore some of his family's films.
News Weakly

116 Episodes

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Avg Length 18m

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Latest episode 6 days ago

A weekly round-up of the top news stories in Australia, and around the world; punched in the head until they make sense.Written and presented by journalist & comedian Sami Shah (Saturday Paper's The Gadfly, The Chaser Report).News Weakly is an ad-free listener supported podcast.Just go to patreon.com/samishah to support the podcast! Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dit Was De Radio

367 Episodes

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Avg Length 78m

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Latest episode 3 days ago

Harm Edens, Arjan Snijders en Ron Vergouwen brengen wekelijks analyses, verhalen, veel opvallende of grappige fragmenten én een gulle lach over dat fraaie medium: de radio! Met als toetjes de leukste bloopers en een ontregelende audio-collage van technicus Sybrand Verwer. Elke dinsdag verschijnt een nieuwe aflevering en daarnaast is er voor 'vrienden van de show’ ook wekelijks een exclusieve bonusshow te beluisteren.
Low Tide - From Conch Public Radio

9 Episodes

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Avg Length 14m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

Low Tide is Conch County's most popular news and culture program. If you've never heard of Conch County, that's because it's fictional and this is a comedy show. If you're a fan of NPR, Parks and Recreation, or Welcome To Night Vale, tune in to Low Tide. We have tote bags.
Muffed Movies

156 Episodes

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Avg Length 54m

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Latest episode 6 days ago

Your favorite films improvised by memory.
The Rant With Herman James & Friends

94 Episodes

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Avg Length 53m

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Latest episode 10 months ago

A talk/comedy show hosted by Herman James. Each episode has a different topic on current issues, life tips or just commentary on everyday life and activities that bothers him with friendly banter and jokes between friends and guests.
Gay Talk Podcast

393 Episodes

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Avg Length 42m

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Latest episode 9 years ago

-The Original Gay oriented chat and gay podcast with the biggest gay stars giving you insite into the wacky, funny gay world of Paulie and Evan.
Crying in My Car: A Podcast for Teachers

262 Episodes

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Avg Length 36m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

The newest addition to the Bored Teachers Podcast Network, Crying in My Car is a weekly breath of fresh air to help teachers get through class without pulling their hair out or the hair of several students. No pedagogy here, just pure hilarity! Segments include Story Time, Teachers in the News Not Touching Kids, a weekly Top 5 and more endless comedy from comedians Devin Siebold from Bored Teachers and James Yon from The Lowdown on Comcast's AfroTV. Hear the perspective from both the educator side and the parent side of things while laughing uncontrollably until you cry... in your car (or not in your car, it doesn't really matter to us.)
Late Night Pomes Radio

80 Episodes

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Avg Length 50m

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Latest episode 6 months ago

The only podcast that combines drinking and writing poetry. On every episode we play three rounds of games to create "pomes," which are improvised poems created from constrained writing.If you write along with us you can email your pomes to [email protected] or send them to us on our social media:Twitter: @latenightpomes.Instagram: @latenightpomes.Support us on Patreon and Ko-fi.This is a work of satire and nothing we say should be taken seriously. Get bonus episodes on our Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Basic Able

12 Episodes

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Avg Length 26m

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Latest episode 5 years ago

Inspirational podcast about the disabled...PSYCH! Talking about disability issues and community in an aggressively UNbasic way. All of our episodes are filmed so we can caption them, and show off how ridiculously good-looking we are. Transcriptions are available too. Captioned videos available https://vimeo.com/channels/basicable
A Place Upstate

16 Episodes

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Avg Length 20m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

A podcast for those who want to get away without going anywhere. Join Robert and Cyrus Cozy as they explore the wonders of upstate from the comfort of their Cozy Cabin. From Hudson to Troy, they've got New York State covered. And hey, there might be a guest or two. Recorded from the legendary Cozy Cabin in The Hudson Valley. Created by Noah Forman and Michael Antonucci
Podford University

59 Episodes

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Avg Length 51m

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Latest episode 2 years ago

From Future History to Fish Lab, Podford university is a comedy podcast about America's Favourite Top-2000 University TM.
KPODD 101.3

57 Episodes

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Avg Length 29m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

A comedy fiction podcast from Ben Harrison (The Greatest Generation) and Dan Kennedy (McSweeney's, founding host of The Moth Podcast ). Someone drinking at Casa Vega described the show as, "It's like Alan Partridge but at a 90's alternative rock station. Or like Comedy Bang Bang, but 90's radio." That person was killed by shadowy members of a nautically themed gang. Here's how we describe KPODD 101.3 since we're still living: Two L.A. morning radio DJs return to the airwaves in the 1990s after being suspended and sent to rehab. Machine Bolt and Él Farto are on a savage journey to better living. The mics are always on a little too early and each episode starts with the accidentally aired unvarnished small talk that lurks behind their positivity personas. The oddest characters invade their lives, and the occasional mysterious rips in the space-time continuum add a note of science fiction weird to the morning drive. You may have questions: Are they the only ones trapped in the 90s? Why did a giant python constrict the HR lady's Chihuahua? Why does this version of reality include the SeVan® conversion kit that turns most economy sedans into custom vans by appearance at most angles? Is Station Manager Gene from the future? Why does Producer Lynn dress like Kurt Cobain if he hosted a bird watching show on NPR? Start with a recent episode. Then jump around. Because there's no right way to travel back or forward in time. Everyone knows that. Right?
Garry Meier Show

547 Episodes

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Avg Length 37m

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Latest episode 1 day ago

Garry's wit and absorbing energy keeps Chicagoans entertained day after day. Garry will tell you that his career in radio all began with a dead butterfly. One day he walked out of his house and saw a beautiful dead Monarch butterfly lying on the ground. He scooped up the lifeless harbinger of things to come and sent it to his then favorite disc jockey, Larry Lujack, the biggest jock in Chicago at the time. Larry was always talking about reincarnation and he claimed he was going to come back as a butterfly. In a note accompanying the butterfly Garry said, "I think I found your dead uncle. Sorry for your loss". Larry read the note on the air. For Garry it was a "flashpoint" moment. Fascinated with radio, he knew what he was destined to do in life when he heard his material on the air. Meier rose to prominence in Chicago as part of one of the most successful number one radio duos in the country, the Steve & Garry Show. The fifteen-year run garnered international publicity, as well as an Emmy for the TV show Greetings From Graceland. Meier also gained renown for his highly successful eight-year run on the Roe & Garry Show. In addition to these accomplishments, Meier has displayed his wit and energy as a solo host and as a feature reporter for WGN-TV's morning show. He loves what he does, carrying all of his inventory in his head and feels that even with all of his success, the best is still yet to come.
Full Cast And Crew

185 Episodes

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Avg Length 75m

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Latest episode 3 days ago

The Full Cast and Crew Podcast loves searching for that perfect, telling anecdote or soundbite from a writer, director, actor, or crew member as we revisit the films of our shared 70s and 80's childhoods with an appreciation for the cinematic arts and without pretension or annoying fan-boy antics. Proudly independent and advertising-free.
WTAF SHOW WITH GAZ & RICH

106 Episodes

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Avg Length 62m

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Latest episode 6 days ago

It's the year 2020 and frankly the world is now a mad house. We take a look at some of the most recent stories and highlight the complete and utter madness of it all, which underneath is pushing us towards a system of control that will be anything but funny. THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO We truly now live in a Clown World where the predator class (the 1%) want to force you to believe or at least parrot that 2 + 2 equals 5. Produced by Richard Willett & Gareth Icke
The Fakist: One Last Day

39 Episodes

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Avg Length 37m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

This is a story about a flawed man, born of privilege, who only lived for himself. It tells of the last day of his newscast; of how his enemies plotted against him until the final battle, and of how his partner LeAnn abandoned him just when he thought he had it all figured out. It ends with a podcast. It begins in the wreckage of KCOM Studios on the night of Deathember 13th, 2021. In Somewhere West of New York City, the faithful still tune in at six o'clock, waiting for the newscast to start... but it never will. The Fakist died two years ago. The Fakist: One Last Day, a new documentary, starting tonight on WAFM-TV 3.
X Rated Beers

86 Episodes

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Avg Length 48m

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Latest episode 2 months ago

X Rated Beers is a Podcast about 3 Gen-Xers drinking and rating beers. Even though we are a beer podcast, our show is more about the conversations that we have while we are drinking together. With a combined 70+ years of beer drinking experience and plenty of long nights out, we aim to deliver our knowledge in a funny and informative way. We are three well rounded individuals that love low brow humor so put your helmets on and strap in for a wild beer podcast adventure.
Exoplanetary

36 Episodes

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Avg Length 33m

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Latest episode 7 months ago

EXOPLANETARY is a science-fiction adventure that follows four siblings, the Wolverton family, as they work for a 26th Century corporation in space named Exoplanetary. A science-fiction audio drama featuring serialized space opera, adventure, and a healthy sense of humor. © 2014-2022, C. Christopher Hart, All Rights Reserved.
John Cleese Podcast

17 Episodes

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Latest episode 14 years ago

John Cleese: actor, comedian, writer and podcaster
WBS Newsreel

12 Episodes

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Avg Length 18m

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Latest episode 7 months ago

Ashley Stephens is a struggling junior journalist, desperate to make her mark in the world of radio news. Follow one woman’s hilarious odyssey as she battles to be taken seriously, and get the real scoop. Starring Bethan Cullinane and James Corrigan. Created by Andy Apollo.
Bigfoot and the Baby: a novel by Ann Gelder

52 Episodes

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Avg Length 8m

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Latest episode 2 years ago

Follow the adventures of devout homemaker Jackie Majesky as she searches for God and finds...someone else. Set in an alternative version of the 1980s, Bigfoot and the Baby is a satirical novel about faith, commerce, and the power of love. The novel was published in 2014 by Bona Fide Books, a small publisher that is now out of business. This podcast seeks to find new audiences for the book and reconnect with readers who love it. Read by the author. "A delightful black satire." — ForeWord Reviews
1LIVE Comedy

821 Episodes

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Avg Length 3m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

Hier findet ihr alle 1LIVE-Comedys in chronologischer Reihenfolge zum Nachhören - von Dennis über den Babo-Bus bis zum besten Tag der Welt.Ein 1LIVE-Podcast, © WDR 2019
The Clifford and Norm Show - Comedy Satire Humor Self-Help Talk Radio

15 Episodes

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Avg Length 5m

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Latest episode 13 years ago

Comedy, satire, humor, jokes, funny, woo hoo! Great advice on life, love, dating, careers. What a talk show! Listen now, people!>
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

67 Episodes

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Avg Length 29m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

If you've enjoyed watching the 1998 BBC television miniseries, you'd probably want to renew your acquaintance with William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847 novel, Vanity Fair. However, if you're unfamiliar with what has been dubbed one of the Best 100 Books in English Literature, you certainly have a treat ahead. Miss Pinkerton's Academy in Chiswick Mall in London is where young ladies with ambitions of making a good marriage are sent by their socially aspiring middleclass parents. Two young ladies, Amelia Sedley and Rebecca (Becky) Sharpe are on their way home after completing their term at Miss Pinkerton's. Amelia is from a well to do family, while Becky is a scheming orphan who has latched on to her amiable friend in the hopes of climbing the social ladder. In Amelia's comfortable Russell Square home, Becky goes to work immediately. Her target is Amelia's clumsy, boastful, wealthy civil servant brother, Joseph, who is home on furlough from India. She also meets the dashing Captain George Osborne, Amelia's childhood sweetheart. Things don't go according to plan and Becky soon moves to a country mansion, Queen's Crawley, where she takes up a job as a governess to the children of the wealthy widower Sir Pitt Crawley. She manages to entrap the naïve younger son of the house, Rawdon Crawley. Meanwhile, Amelia and George marry. However, George is not all he seems and turns out to be a coward in war and an unscrupulous liar. He is also weary of his marriage and begins to pay undue attentions to Becky, whom he meets in Brighton where she is staying with her husband. The rest of the story follows the lives of the two classmates and their travails. The title of Vanity Fair is taken from John Bunyan's famous 17th century work, Pilgrim's Progress. In Bunyan's allegorical tale of Christian's journey, Vanity Fair is the name of an endless carnival in the town of Vanity, and represents worldly vices and sinful attachments. Thackeray was writing in the Golden Age of Satire when greats like Dryden, Pope, Swift, Addison, Steele and Fielding were regaling readers with their caustic, acerbic wit. Vanity Fair explores the ideas of transient, materialistic desires and their harmful effects on people. His biting satirical portrait of the selfish and street smart Becky and her overwhelming desire for wealth and social success is one of the masterpieces in English literature. Thackeray's brilliant gifts for slicing through the pretensions and facades that human beings hide behind remain one of the reasons why Vanity Fair is even today considered a must read classic.
1LIVE Comedy

769 Episodes

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Avg Length 3m

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Latest episode 2 days ago

Hier findet ihr alle 1LIVE-Comedys in chronologischer Reihenfolge zum Nachhören - von Dennis über den Babo-Bus bis zum besten Tag der Welt.Ein 1LIVE-Podcast, © WDR 2019
Left Handed Radio | A Sketch Comedy Podcast

219 Episodes

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Avg Length 15m

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Latest episode 2 months ago

Left Handed Radio is an indie narrative comedy podcast hosted, written and produced by Anna Rubanova and Adam Bozarth. It features some of the funniest, talented comedians from across the country. The show is a hybrid of sketch comedy, audio plays, satirical short stories and parodies of podcasts and public radio programming. For our back catalogue, visit our new Patreon!
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

72 Episodes

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Avg Length 29m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

Originally published in monthly installments between 1855 and 1857, the novel focuses on the various forms of imprisonment, both physical and psychological, while also concentrating on dysfunctional family ties. Accordingly, Dickens avidly criticizes the social deficiencies of the time including injustice, social hypocrisy, the austerity of the Marshalsea debtors’ prison, and bureaucratic inefficiency. The novel kicks off with the introduction of William Dorrit, the oldest prisoner in the Marshalsea prison, who is also referred to as The Father of the Marshalsea. His imprisonment is owed to poor business decisions, which have secured him a place in the debtors’ prison in London. Here he shares accommodation with his wife and children Fanny and Tip, and later the Dorrits welcome their second daughter Amy, who is born inside the prison and is incidentally the Dorrit of the title. The eponymous Little Dorrit grows to become a meek and benevolent young woman who despite her poor financial state, unselfishly takes care of her whole family without the slightest complaint. At the same time the novel welcomes Arthur Clennam, a somewhat idle man in his forties, who has just returned to London following his father’s death after years abroad on family business. Returning to see his mother, a cold and bitter woman, Arthur intends to discuss some details concerning their family business. Troubled by his family’s past, Arthur is determined to uncover the truth behind their fortune. Later, he becomes acquainted with Amy Dorrit, and a special friendship develops between the two, as Arthur sees it as his duty to take the young woman under his protection and unravel the mysterious past surrounding both their families. Consequently, the novel observes the mysterious intertwinement between the two families, as their carefully kept secrets slowly come to light. Nevertheless, Little Dorrit offers a colorful set of characters, a gripping central plot, and several subplots which essentially bring about the notion of redemption. Moreover, it serves as a vivid example to support the idea that anyone is able to reverse their fortune and bring down the invisible walls that seem to confine one to their self-condemned imprisonment. A classic tale depicting Victorian England with its bleak shortcomings and enduring hope, Little Dorrit enthralls with its convoluted relationships, twists and a plethora of characters and subplots, which essentially makes the lengthy novel a pleasure to devour.
Bizzong! The Weird and Wacky Fiction Podcast

256 Episodes

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Avg Length 61m

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Latest episode 2 years ago

Bizzong! The Weird and Wacky Fiction Podcast talks to everyone who is anyone that writes strange and offbeat stories. Bizzong! aims to be a resource to those interested in reading and writing in the genres. Our interviews are conversational, informative and entertaining. So if you feel like the weird kid on your block, press play and discover a wacky world of writers who are just like you. Help Support Project iRadio and all of our shows: patreon.com/ProjectiRadio
Penguin Island by Anatole France

62 Episodes

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Avg Length 9m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

An old monk is tricked by the Devil into undertaking a voyage to a remote island to save the souls of thousands who live there. He arrives on the island which is actually a desolate one, inhabited only by colonies of millions of penguins. The old monk whose eyesight and hearing are almost nonexistent, mistakes them for humans and begins baptizing them. In Heaven, God finds Himself in a dilemma; the old monk's unwavering faith compels him to regard the baptisms as genuine. However, in Christian theology, only humans have souls – hence God is forced to grant the thousands of newly baptized penguins with souls! This is the beginning of their journey into “civilization.” They form communities, governments, elect their representatives, have social norms, wage wars and generally do whatever “civilized” people do. What happens to this bizarre community forms the rest of the plot of this very interesting and amusing satire. Penguin Island by Anatole France was published in 1908 under the original French title, L'Ile des Pingouins. Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault was a French essayist, poet, novelist and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921 and was also a member of the Academie Francaise. His work is characterized by its quintessential Gallic atmosphere, ironical and whimsical viewpoint and profound humanity. Some of his concerns are reflected in this scathing satire on the human race. Anatole France was deeply moved and directly involved in events like the infamous Dreyfus Affair which was a terrible miscarriage of justice in which a man was condemned purely on the basis of his race. Penguin Island mirrors the history of humanity, its greed, lust for power, the oppressive authority of institutions like the Church and the State and the overwhelming power of the military, the ineptness of the justice system and the venal nature of politics. As modern readers, we are amazed that such a vitriolic attack on each and every institution could have gone uncensored or unpunished. Laced with France's brand of caustic humor, there are several amusing passages in the book. The History of Penguinia is indeed a reflection of the history of France and many other countries in the world. Anatole France was greatly admired by George Orwell, whose own satire Animal Farm mocked the emergence of Communism. An extremely prolific writer, Anatole France produced more than thirty works of fiction, several volumes of poetry, works of literary and social criticism, memoirs and biographies, plays and works of historical fiction. Contemporary critics wildly differed in their opinions of his work, but ultimately, he remains a socially-aware observer of the foibles of human beings.
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

1 Episodes

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Avg Length 27m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

A satirical essay written by one of the most renowned satirists, Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal expresses the author’s exasperation with the ill treatment of impoverished Irish citizens as a result of English exploitation and social inertia. Furthermore, Swift ventilates the severity of Ireland’s political incompetence, the tyrannical English policies, the callous attitudes of the wealthy, and the destitution faced by the Irish people. Focusing on numerous aspects of society including government exploitation, reckless greed, hypocrisy, apathy, and prejudice, the essay successfully exemplifies Swift’s satirical skills. The essay opens with Swift’s recognition of the squalor and poverty in which the Irish people live, as they are reduced to beggary, forced to panhandle for food on the streets. He also addresses the issue of overpopulation, and the problems that arise due to large families with multiple mouths to feed. Concluding that the beggar children are a burden to society, Swift seeks to find a solution to the concerning issue. As a result, he suggests that children should contribute to the welfare of the nation, and be transformed into productive members of society. Coming up with what he believes to be the best possible solution for all parties, he proposes that parents should fatten their infants, and once they have passed the undemanding one-year period of infancy, they should be sold for the purpose of feeding the wealthy. Swift goes on to support his proposal, as he argues that infants before the age of one are quite economical, as they only require breast-milk, therefore they will not present any financial strain on the parents or society. In addition, he provides several arguments that validate the efficiency of his proposal and illustrates the consequential benefits, including providing income to poverty-stricken families, resolving the issues of unemployment, and keeping the Irish in line. By presenting such an outrageous proposal, Swift aims to provoke a reaction from the public and stir them from their otherwise idle states to finally acknowledge and deal with the problem at hand. Needless to say, the essay serves as a witty and clever piece of writing that effectively depicts the discrepancies of human compassion and attention, while also attacking the folly of human vices. Employing irony, sarcasm, and cleverly formulated criticism, A Modest Proposal has rightly earned the title as one of the most effective satires in history.
Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

27 Episodes

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Avg Length 33m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, Russian writer, was first published in 1842, and is one of the most prominent works of 19th-century Russian literature. Gogol himself saw it as an “epic poem in prose”, and within the book as a “novel in verse”. Despite supposedly completing the trilogy’s second part, Gogol destroyed it shortly before his death. Although the novel ends in mid-sentence (like Sterne’s Sentimental Journey), it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form. In Russia before the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, landowners were entitled to own serfs to farm their land. Serfs were for most purposes considered the property of the landowner, and could be bought, sold, or mortgaged against, as any other chattel. To count serfs (and people in general), the measure word “soul” was used: e.g., “six souls of serfs”. The plot of the novel relies on “dead souls” (i.e., “dead serfs”) which are still accounted for in property registers. On another level, the title refers to the “dead souls” of Gogol’s characters, all of which visualise different aspects of poshlost (an untranslatable Russian word which is perhaps best rendered as “self-satisfied inferiority”, moral and spiritual, with overtones of middle-class pretentiousness, fake significance, and philistinism).
Candide ou L'optimisme by Voltaire

30 Episodes

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Avg Length 8m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

Candide vivait paisible et innocent chez le baron de Thunder-ten-tronckh, en Westphalie. Dans son château, le précepteur Pangloss (« qui discourt de tout » en grec), représentation de Gottfried Leibniz, professait un optimisme béat. Candide partageait cette plénitude d’autant plus qu’il était amoureux de Cunégonde, fille du baron. Un jour, ce même baron surprend leurs amours et chasse Candide à coups de pied « dans le derrière ». (Résumé par Wikipédia) This novella tells the tale of a young man, Candide (meaning “ingenuous”), who has been indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism but becomes disillusioned after witnessing and experiencing many great hardships.
Ron and Craig Show

48 Episodes

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Avg Length 32m

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Latest episode 1 year ago

Former radio show out of south carolina with two buddies who met doing comedy improv training. Formerly a satire political comedy show, but now doing interviews with comedians, cool locals, politicians, actors, actresses, singers, fighters and more! [email protected]
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

17 Episodes

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Avg Length 30m

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Latest episode 1 month ago

RESPECTABILITY, n. The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account. BEAUTY, n. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. LITIGANT, n. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones. If these caustic definitions catch your fancy, you'd enjoy The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. He was a columnist with the San Francisco News Letter, a weekly paper which was a business publication aimed at the corporate sector. However, it had a column entitled Town Crier which featured satirical asides and comments in a lighter vein. Bierce went on to edit the paper. His acerbic wit and pungent take on the events of the day earned him the sobriquet of “The Laughing Devil of San Francisco.” At one point, Bierce found himself short of material for the paper and since he had just bought a copy of Webster's Dictionary, he hit upon the idea of creating a comic dictionary, with a sardonic take on word definitions. In his preface, Bierce says that he began it in a desultory way in 1881 and continued in this fashion till 1906, working through the alphabet. He included some 88 sections comprising about 20 words each as a weekly serial in his newspaper, generously laced with Bierce's brand of wit, satire and cynicism. Some of it was published under the title The Cynic's Word Book. In 1911, the entire work was finally compiled and published under the name The Devil's Dictionary. Apart from zany definitions, the book is also peppered with trenchant bits of verse that add to the appeal. Most of these are Bierce's own creations, signed under various pseudonyms as Orm Pludge, Salder Bupp and “that learned and ingenious cleric, Father Gassalasca Jape” etc. There are several different versions of The Devil's Dictionary in circulation. Some are abridged versions, while others have several omissions. Some recent editions are compiled from various sources, since Bierce was largely a freelance columnist and author who contributed to several newspapers simultaneously. He was a gifted writer, orator, journalist, short story writer and fierce opponent of hypocrisy. His credo was “Nothing matters!” He was a purist in style and considered a master craftsman by his peers and readers and generously supported new writers. Bierce's death is shrouded in mystery because he disappeared without a trace while on a tour of old Civil War battlefields in America and Mexico. The Devil's Dictionary became so popular that it gave rise to a host of imitations such as Roger's Profanisaurus, Wickedictionary, The Computer Contradictionary and many more in the same vein.
2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

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In this chilling short-story by a master of the craft, Kurt Vonnegut creates a fictional world of the future where life and death are no longer matters of individual choice or destiny. The title refers to the famous quote from Hamlet, “To be or not to be....” with “0” being pronounced as “naught.” It also refers to the eternal dilemma of life and death that face every human being at some point in their lives. Written in 1962 it is set in some unspecified time in the future, when earth has become a Utopia. The population is under control, there is no poverty, suffering or even natural death. Man has conquered all. It's common for humans to live for two centuries or more. Death happens only when someone requests it. 2BR02B in the story is the telephone number that volunteers must call when they are ready for assisted suicide. It belongs to the Federal Bureau of Termination which decides that for every child born, one person must volunteer to die. However, all is not perfect in this paradise – human beings still retain a spark of humanity and yearn for freedom. When the story opens, Edward Wehling, a youngish father-to-be is waiting for his wife to give birth. What follows is both spine-chilling and eerie. It makes you introspect about the future of humankind, whether the earth can sustain itself at the pace at which population is growing and about the ethics of concepts like assisted suicide. The reader pauses to wonder whether greater common good can replace love and the individual. 2BR02B has memorable characters like the nameless two-hundred-year-old painter, the genial Dr Hitz who created the first population control gas-chamber and Leora Duncan a gas-chamber hostess. Apart from these, the story explores Vonnegut's favorite anti-establishment ideas, where the government is seen as the enemy of personal freedom. Art in the future, according to Vonnegut, will become dull, commercialized and prescribed by the state. Creativity and individual expression will die out along with other freedoms. Technology and scientific advancements will render simple human concepts of compassion and love redundant. Though the story is a trifle dated (it refers to the year 2000 as the year in which population control systems were first imposed, and the earth had run out of food and water) it is an interesting one that appeals to readers of all ages.
Aesop's Fables by Aesop

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As children, our first experience of the magic of talking animals, the conflict between good and evil, the battle of wits between the cunning and the innocent most probably came from Aesop's Fables. These delightful, pithy and brief narratives are simple, easy to understand and convey their message in a memorable and charming fashion. Aesop's Fables by Aesop consists of about 600 tales, some well-loved and familiar, others less known but just as entertaining and educative and help us map the perimeters of our moral universe. Fables have existed almost since the dawn of time. They hark back to a time when humans and animals lived in harmony and mutual respect. We humans could learn a great deal from the uncomplicated justice and the commonsense values of the animal kingdom. Animals are endowed with immutable personal traits like foxes being cunning, donkeys being patient, lions being proud and wolves being cruel. There is very little biographical information about Aesop. He is reputed to have been born a slave in Samos in ancient Greece in about 600 BC. He earned his liberty through his learning and wit and went on to become a respected diplomat and traveler. Ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle, historians like Plutarch and Herodotus mention Aesop's fables in their works. Today, these immortal fables have come down to us, as fresh and pristine as they were when they were first told. Aesop's fables were known at the time of Socrates in the 5th century BC, when they were recounted in oral form. However, they were systematically compiled sometime in 300 BC by a Greek philosopher Demetrius Phalereus. The fables gradually vanished from popular literature till the 14th century AD when they re-surfaced in Byzantine Constantinople. Since then, they traversed with traders and diplomats to Europe and then to the rest of the world. Generations of children have enjoyed old favorites like The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Bear and Two Travelers, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Hen who laid Golden Eggs, The Thirsty Crow, The Lion and the Mouse and many others found in this volume along with less familiar ones. Their charm lies in their simplicity and the plain, straightforward way in which they deliver universal values of honesty, compassion and justice and teach us to shun pride, greed, envy and other negative qualities. They provide an enduring foundation for inculcating values and ethics in children and are at the same time, amusing and entertaining.
Tinned Fruit

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Latest episode 2 years ago

Join your anonymous hosts on a meandering barroom-style discussion that neither educates nor informs, probing the most unnecessary of dead ends and cul-de-sacs of popular culture. The most pressing of issues affecting today’s society will not be discussed except in the most facetious manner, while deeply personal and social matters such as politics, spiritualism, individualism and religion will be crudely glossed over. Discover two minds locked in unintellectual debate on a miscellany of topics without conclusion and experience firsthand two modern gentlemen slipping willingly towards middle age while their social and cultural relevance declines into obscurity and surrealism. This is most certainly not a pipe, although smoking one may not be out of the question. The opinions contained within this podcast are the opinions of the stars and do not necessarily reflect truth or reality. We are not affiliated with or sponsored by any commercial entity nor do we officially endorse any organisation. Musical credit to Kevin MacLeod, the internet’s premier provider of royalty free music and graph paper. www.incompetech.com "Zazie" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/