The runner-ups, in alphabetical order:
Culturetopia has two shows a week: a fancy, but still entertaining, pop culture interview/news show very typical of weekday NPR shows, and an entertaining, but still fancy, pop culture panel show very typical of weekend NPR shows. If you love pop culture, and feeling fancy, download Culturetopia.
This is definitely the best film podcast of all-time, but it could have had a more even year. Filmspotting’s goal for 2012 should be narrowing its list of co-hosts down to a manageable and rotating 5. My suggestions: Rian Johnson, Michael Phillips, Tasha Robinson, Matt Singer, and Allison Willmore.
This American Life (WBEZ)
TAL improved upon a strong 2010, proving that they still have it, even after 12 years.
The Tony Kornheiser Show (WTEM)
Now remember: this was not the year of the suspension. Even though the Reginald segments aren’t as funny as they used to be, the Andy Rooney-like lovable curmudgeon that is Mr. Tony still makes for fun morning radio. It’s like The Today Show, but not terrible.
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me (WBEZ)
I don’t mind that they’re clearly biased (perhaps because I agree with them most of the time). And I love them all (perhaps because they’re hilarious). Even and especially you, Paula. I want Larry King to be a panelist, though, now that he’s a comedian.
And the winner is…
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