The Rock Paper Shotgun podcast is mildly risible. Gillen can be a bit annoying, but the John Walker/Jim Rossignol podcasts are usually worth listening to.
Agreed. I never finish a Gillen/Quinns one. But I can happily finish a Walker/Rossingnnongoll one. I tried to listen to "Rum Doings", which is Walker and some spanish guy*. It was pretty terrible.
I just invented a nationality for him. He was some non-english-european. I can't remember.
South African, I think you'll find
Rum Doings can be a bit pretentious and full of itself at times, but I live in Cambridge so it's no worse than what I hear students talking about on a more-or-less daily basis, and it is occasionally entertaining.