This is a little later than I normally like to get out the Week in Review. In my defense, I caught both Star Wars fever and an actual fever last week. Despite my various maladies, podcasts rolled on with a podcast review of the new Star Wars movie from the other side of the world, the season finale of a popular podrama, and plenty of other podcast goodness. I’m tempted to incldue a Star Wars pun here, but I think we’ve had enough of those to last us until Episode VIII.
For any regular readers of my Week in Review features, this will be my last for this year. I’m taking a break for the holidays and plan to return in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, enjoy these highlights from last week.
You can find plenty of podcasts from last week discussing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You may not find any others that were as quick to discuss the new movie as Comedy Film Nerds. Hosts Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini flew to Australia to catch the movie a day before its release in the U.S. Then, immediately after watching the movie, they recorded a live podcast episode (their 300th) to talk about the movie with their podcast counterpart Steele Wars. Warning: spoilers!
One of the great new fictional podcasts from this year ended its first season last week. The podcast, known for its suspense and thrills did not disappoint, leaving listeners with more questions than answers for the next season. If you haven’t been listening, the season is a short 6+ episodes, so start your binge listening now.
Bill Simmons sat down with retiring soccer star Abby Wambach. Simmons talked with Wambach about her soccer career and started prepping her for a new career in broadcasting. Wambach certainly made her case, hitting on topics from FIFA corruption to fixing U.S. soccer to equal pay for women.
Actor Jonathan van Ness (Gay of Thrones) created this new podcast to talk about all the things he’s curious about, from fracking to Carly Fiorina. In his first episode, he talked with UCLA professor Dr. James Gelvin about the difference between Sunni and Shia muslims. It’s a good primer for anyone interested in learning more about the two main branches of Islam.
Pop Rocket, the show that normally takes a look at what’s going on in pop culture right now, celebrated its 50th episode with a look back at pop culture 50 years ago. Host Guy Branum was joined by his usual guests Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler to talk about their favorite music, movies, TV and more from 1965.