Useless Information Podcast

Reviews For Useless Information Podcast

This stuff is fascinating! I can’t get enough.
This podcast is kind of like 99% Invisible but for history instead of design. Interesting little stories you'd never hear about anywhere else that make you go, "Huh! I didn't know that! That's cool!"
I listen to a lot of podcasts, and this is by far my favorite. Keep up the great work!
These are fun, quirky bits of history perfect to listen to on a commute or run. I listened to the Bat Bombs and Dumpy the Dog episodes, and loved both (warning: Dumpy is a sad story). Steve reads like a professional NPR host.
I like the way this podcast tells a story. Steve lays it out almost like a mystery with the word of the day at the front and then it all comes together at the end. Really fun. Also, I love trying to pin his accent. It’s a little Jersey maybe? NYC? Not distracting, but little hints of it catch some of his words
Useless Information has been the hidden gem of educational podcasts for years. He finds better stories than anyone else and is the podcast I most anticipate coming out. No long-winded personal stories, no half-hour rants about how it relates to today's society, just straight facts with wonderful storytelling about some of the best stories to hit papers way back. Would recommend it to any history lover!
Love listening while I work in the kitchen. Great fascinating stories. Love love love
This podcast is always interesting and entertaining. I always enjoy hearing the stories and the way Silverman tells them.
Oh, I may start a fan club! I love, love this podcast. You hear the same stories over and over...but not here!
I like this show - it gets to the point of telling interesting stories. I prefer the ones that are more quirky and odd to the ones that can just be tragic and kind of sad, but overall it's one of my favorites.
Great info and fun delivery!
Please pump out more episodes!
I'm an information magpie, and this podcast is the perfect length and has a great breadth of stories for people like me.
Great podcast! Huge arena of strange/uncommon stories mixed with early TV and radio.
I enjoyed the stories and would probably never hear of these stories were it not for this podcasts. Unfortunately it was hard for me to listen to though I'm sure I am alone in this. Most sentences ended with a sort of swooping emphasis to end words. I wish it wouldnt but it became almost all I could hear. I caught myself going in and out of the story while caught up in the style of diction. Otherwise thank you so much for all the interesting stories!
Informative and presented in an engaging way.


I love these podcasts. Fun and informative. the retro sponsers are as interesting as the main topic
Very pleasant storytelling. Fun for all ages.
I love the unique information and trivia Steve Silverman brings to life. He delves into little known pieces of history that brings history to life and illuminate real people and their lives. I love trivia and history and Useless Information diggs into interesting subjects. A great podcast for my commute, just long enough for a story and some trivia every morning.
Fascinating snippets of bygone days! I especially look forward to a word from our Retro Sponsor :)
Update June 26, 2016 4:13 am local time I woke up a while ago wondering if U.I. and Steve had reached my inbox yet. No? Sob, cry, whine! Never fear, I'll check back, probably several times before they FINALLY arrive. Steve, you remain number one in my inbox❗️ 👵🏻Kate Steve and his information have reached the top of the heap of history podcasts. Really. The presentation is excellent, along with the info. Thanks so much, Steve.
I just love Useless Information podcast-- Steve Silverman has a way of bringing to light the most obscure-yet-interesting stories to light and never fails to entertain. I also find his old "retro sponsor" ads amusing. Highly recommended if you like trivia, obscure facts, and the "flip side" of history!
Great information on things I never knew I wanted to know. Great job!
You can listen with your grandkids or preacher and enjoy. Clean is very hard to find so share this one with everyone. LEAD ON
One of my top 5 favorite podcasts! Entertaining and thought provoking, and I look for the next episode daily!
This podcast opens your eyes to many unknown subjects. I like the "question of the day" format.
I'm so glad I found this podcast. The topics are interesting and Steve's enthusiasm comes through during every segment, the question, the retro sponsor and the main topics. The presentation is always clear and infromative and it's obvious that the host knows the topic and enjoys sharing it with others. I thought my head was already fairly filled with "useless" information but it appears I was wrong, way wrong. If you haven't tried yet give it a listen.
One of my favorite podcasts! Mr. Silverman does an excellent job of giving anyone who listens one of those "hmm" moments in every podcast. I'm sure my family will tire of me coming home from work saying "guess what I heard today?", but so far, they put up with me. Love this podcast! I feel like a useless information afficianado.. thank you!!!
Interesting newspaper stories from around the nation and through out time. One of the best podcasts I have found, but then again I am a history nerd...


10/10 wow!
All the bits of fascinating info give the listener an anthropological peek into past times. Learning about the norms and taboos of the past is great fun. Thanks!
One of the best and intertaining podcast out there
This is one of my favorite podcasts. Steve presents interesting stories from history's back pages - human interest stories that have been largely forgotten, but which still entertain.
Enjoying the format and like that host uses "retro ads" instead of standard commercials. I would give 5 stars, but I wish the stories were just a little that's just my taste.
If you like history and interesting stories, here is the podcast for you. I have been listening the Useless Information podcast for several years and I find it quite enjoyable. How he finds these stories is beyond me. It is a great way to treat yourself and pass the time.
This is probably the only podcast I listen to, I can't seem to find any other podcasts as interesting, entertaining, and educational. I appreciate how much research goes into these stories! Keep it up!
I like tech and history podcasts but get tired of listening to the banter between hosts. This host is pleasant but not overly chatty, and his topics are unique.
This is a great podcast. It's mindless trivia that keeps you entertained.
I used to do research through old newspaper archives on microfiche, and while looking for some particular citation I would stumble across some story that, in the world of 1927 or whatever, was page one or page two news then but has since been lost to almost all history books. And I'd linger on these occasionally and think it would be fun to follow up on them, find the story in the next day's or next week's paper, and given up whatever research I was doing. What I love about Steve Silverman's podcast is that this is exactly what he does; I'm not sure in the Internet age how he finds these stories, but he comes across some interesting little tidbit and fleshes it out. It's a fun and illuminating approach to history, and his friendly natural presentation make it one of my only remaining amateur-produced history podcasts.
I love this podcast. I really like learning little known facts that you cant get from most podcasts.
The guy is geat ! Fun info and he knows his stuff. If you like odd history and facts then give this one a go.

By JWF86
Love these podcasts. They are so well done. I understand how time consuming they must be to make, but I wish there were more of them. I could listen to these all day!
I listen to it with my kids and always learn something interesting and new. Keep up the good work.
I love the stories! Can't wait to hear the next podcast. I find myself retelling the stories to my family.
I love and look forward to every episode of this pocast. If you like history - that doesnt make it into the history books - you will LOVE this podcast. I especially enjoy the old-time commercials and the history behind them.
The content is interesting and entertaining, but Steve's diction is terrible. Slow down and use your consonants, please! :-)
Lots of fascinating stories about little known moments in history.
Totally useless and totally fun
Been a listener since 2008 and I haven't missed an episode since. It's not grand or full of sounders and theme music, just Steve talking about weird and random events through history. The audio quality is great and makes my workday that much more tolerable. Keep up the great work!