For many people, the art of pipe smoking is a mystery. Unless you are blessed with someone close to you who is an experienced pipe smoker, learning to smoke a pipe can be a search for seemingly secret knowledge that has nearly been lost, and many times you may feel like Indiana Jones trying to uncover hidden clues to ancient artifacts. I have no idea how pipe smoking survived during the "Dark Ages" of the 80's, when pipe smoking interest was low, and the internet hadn't yet made its appearance. Thankfully, the Information Superhighway wasn't just a pipe dream (see what I did?), and now we have a plethora of sources to learn about pipe smoking literally at our fingertips!
It's no secret that I love YouTube, and am part of a vibrant community known as the YTPC (you can Google that) as well as the Instagram Pipe Community (IGPC), and of course there are various forums. I'm sure I'll be writing about those groups in the future; however, another source for pipe knowledge that I'm relatively new to is the wonderful world of Podcasting!
Similarly to YouTube, Podcasting is a niche-driven resource. One can find a podcast about practically any interest under the sun. For instance, I have a good friend who plays in a Kiss tribute band that regularly listens to a fan-produced Podcast about Kiss memorabilia, band trivia, and lore. When I heard of that, I knew there had to be at least one Podcast out there about pipe smoking, and I very quickly found two that I'd like to share.
Pipes Magazine produces a podcast that features interviews from top-notch figures in the Pipe and Tobacco world, and is hosted by Brian Levine. It's a treasure trove of information, and quite often while listening, I find myself reaching for a notepad. You can find out more about this podcast here.
Country Squire Radio is hosted by the dynamic duo of JD and Beau, making for a more conversational tone. Based out of Jackson, Mississippi, they discuss various topics of pipe smoking, and occasionally feature guests. Their site is located here.
I recently made a YouTube video on my channel (The Pipe Nook) about these two Podcasts, and was contacted by another member of the YouTube Pipe Community who was working on a third Podcast, which has now launched and is just as enjoyable as the "Big Two," and I was privileged to be interviewed for Episode 2! Hosted by Mike Murphy, who has a 5-Year background in Podcasting, "Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It" is a weekly podcast that features pipe & tobacco reviews, as well as interviews with members of the YTPC and various Artisan pipe makers. Mike is killing it right out of the gate! You can find his Podcast here.
***EDIT: Mike's Podcast is currently on Hiatus, as work and various life happenings have taken their toll on his free time. I'll keep the link up, as I'm hopeful that he will return to making high-quality podcasts sometime in the future.***
Between these three Podcasts, you will find hours of entertainment and information about this wonderful pastime of pipe smoking, and the recently exploding hobby of pipe collecting! Enjoy!
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