This month, podcasters across the globe are urging folks to share their favorite listens with friends and family using the hashtag #trypod. I’ve been on a real podcast tear lately and there are so many awesome programs to listen to, I thought it might make sense to compile some of my favorites here.
Hosted by Manoush Zomorodi, this is a podcast about the intersection of technology and humanity. I’m obsessed with Manoush’s friendly, inclusive tone and her often interesting and very personal takes on a wide variety of topics. Here are a few recent gems:
- The Man Who Invented Facebook Ad Tracking Is Not Sorry
- Introducing: The Privacy Paradox - Do yourself a favor and listen to the whole project series.
- New Year. Same Old You.
This is an excellent show about race and identity. I’ve always been actively working to better understand other cultures, but with Oscar in my life, I feel an even greater desire to recognize and appreciate the differences and similarities we all have. I hope it’s making me a better father. Regardless, I’m learning a lot and loving it. Recommended listening:
- Safety-Pin Solidarity: With Allies, Who Benefits?
- Hold Up! Time For An Explanatory Comma
- The Code Switch Guide To Handling Casual Racism
- Say My Name, Say My Name (Correctly, Please)
This show has been a darling of the design set for years, but I’ve only recently tuned in. I love it because I learn something new and interesting in every episode… even on topics with which I’m already familiar. There are so many great episodes it’s hard to pick just a few to recommend, but I’ll give it a shot:
- Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle
- The Trend Forecast Project Cybersyn
- The Nutshell Studies
- Perfect Security
I’ve been listening to PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman since their days running TLDR, so naturally I followed them over to their new(er) venture on Gimlet Media. Reply All is ostensibly “a show about the Internet”, but it takes me into parts of the Web I—rather surprisingly, given I’ve spent over 20 years building it—am not all that familiar with. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every episode, especially those in the “Super Tech Support” series. I’m also a big “Yes-Yes-No” fan. Some favorites:
- Voyage into Pizzagate
- The Grand Tapestry Of Pepe
- Exit & Return, Part I & Part II
- Anxiety Box
I’ve been a little obsessed with politics for the better part of the last two decades, so when I discovered the NPR Politics podcast, I was stoked. I appreciate their balanced take on current events, especially when they are placed in historical context (often by mainstay Ron Elving). All of the hosts and correspondents are stellar (as to be expected form NPR, I suppose), but I have to admit I’m missing Sam Sanders and Asma Khalid more than a little bit. Most episodes are news-driven so don’t have a long shelf-life. That said, I highly recommend “Covering 2016 As A Muslim”.
Other worthwhile podcasts that are also in heavy rotation on my phone include (in no particular order)
Do you have a favorite podcast to share? Leave a comment of webmention and I’ll be sure to check it out.
Nice recommendations! I’ll have to make a list of my faves but here are a couple: Liftoff, Cortex, Do By Friday, Analog(ue)
Aaron alerts me to the recent initiative of sharing one’s favourite podcasts with the hashtag #trypod. That sounds like fun, speaking as a podcast listener and performer. So, here’s the stuff I listen to, at the moment (it is April 2017).
If you’re sitting about waiting for the next Harry Dresden book, you’ll like this. An excellent example of fandom; to someone outside the club they just ceaselessly hash over the books, but I think that’s good fun both to do and to listen to. And I’ve learned about quite a bit that I missed, as well.
Rocket’s great. Very tech-focused, and the presenters skew a little more to the journalism side than other tech podcasts which tend to be more developer or sysadmin-based. If you like the stuff that I do, you’ll probably like this. Look here for commentary on what’s going on in the tech world, plus quite a lot of laughing at one another’s jokes.
Admittedly made up of friends of mine, but that’s not the point. Amusing commentary on tech and open source stuff, with an Ubuntu slant, but these days they end up talking more about weird little hardware projects and Ubuntu MATE than what Canonical are up to. It’s fun; they try for a “family-friendly” sort of vibe as well. While on-air, at least.
An episode-by-episode relisten-to and discussion-of The West Wing, the TV programme. This is fandom stuff, much like Dresden above, but one of the two presenters is John Malina who played Will Bailey in the show and so they tend to have lots of interviews with members of the cast, the writers, the directors, and so on.
This covers elementary, the OS. They tend to go fairly in-depth on specific aspects or projects from the elementary team, although not always (they had me on once and were berated about various things, which I’m grateful for the chance to have done). Worth listening to if you’re part of the elementary community.
The legendary and legendarily infrequent HTTP 203 podcast. Web development, right up at the cutting edge (sometimes considerably past the cutting edge and into the field on the other side of the road) from Jake Archibald and Paul Lewis of the Google Chrome developer relations team. About 20% amazing insight on what the web is and where it’s going, another 20% them describing interesting web things they’ve been up to, and the remainder off-colour stories and arsing about, which is marvellous stuff. If you’re a web dev and you’re not listening to this I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
From the BBC. A short but frequent programme in which they do a deep-dive into some quoted or reported bit of statistics and explain whether it’s right and what it means. I’ve learned quite a lot from this!
From the editorial team of the late, great Linux Voice magazine. They’re amusing to listen to, and they’ve often got up to quite a bit. Notable for “Voice of the Masses”, which involves various audience polls, and “Finds”: random things and bits of software they’ve discovered this week and want to mention.
Mark Steadman and his guest on Brum Radio do an extended hour-long interview and also play a sort of Choose Your Own Adventure game; something like a very constrained role-playing session. When I was on it I won and didn’t die! Yay! So that’s encouraging.
Traditional-style Linux podcast, but a good laugh; Joe, Ikey, Félim, and Jesse kick around some ideas, Ikey goes on about the distro he builds, they look at news and goings-on. For Linux people only, pretty much, but if you are then it’s one of the better ones.
There is Bad Voltage.
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