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Ask HN: What podcasts are you listening to?
44 points by xexers on Sept 24, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 42 comments
What are your favorite tech and non-tech podcasts?

The History of Rome - actually completed, relistening to the republic / early imperial parts. It's amazing. Well worth the 40 or so hours. Really can't give it enough credit. Romulus to Augustus to Romulus Augustulus in absolutely loving detail,

Revolutions - Mike Duncan's (creator of THoR) new project. He's just finishing up the French Revolution, already covered the English Civil War and American Revolution. Preparing to go on hiatus to research the Haitan Revolution.

The History of Byzantium - Picks up in 476 where THoR left off. Currently in the eighth century with the Byzantines recovering from the Muslim conquests a bit. Different guy, but still very good.

12 Byzantine Rulers - Finished this one, it's a very short series but gives a nice overview of Byzantine history. Much less in depth than THoB.

Norman Centuries - Second project by the 12BR creator, similar concept but covering the Normans. Incredibly interesting, covers the Norman conquests of England, southern Italy, their attacks on the Byzantines, and their crusader state holdings

The History of Britain - finished / inactive, it's pretty good, but never really hit its stride.

/r/AskHistorians podcast - Have only listened to a few episodes. Great content, but I'm not personally a fan of the format.

My list to start is The History of the Crusades, Hardcore History, History of English, History of England, The Lesser Bonapartes, and the BBC inquiry podcast. Hard to find time!

Is there stuff like this for more 'modern' events? These suggestions are great and I like stuff like HH but was wondering if there was anything that covered like 1920's events or cold war or something in that same period (up until maybe 80-90's or so?)

Bump History of English to the top of you "to start" pile, it is fantastic. Highly recommend to anyone with even a passing interesting in history/linguistics.

Thank you for this list! I'm reaching the end of THoR and it's indeed amazing. I find his style very relaxing, and while walking to/from work its great company.

* The art of manliness

* The Tim Ferriss show

* 99% invisible

* Waking up with Sam Harris

* .NET rocks

* Hanselminutes

* The Agenda with Steve Paiken (Canadian current affairs)

* This american life

(I'm biased on this one) But if you're looking to catch up on African Tech & Startup news check out AfricanTechRoundUp.com (Comes out weekly. SoundCloud and iTunes).

I listen to:

1. The Monocle Weekly 2. The Combat Jack Show 3. Tim Ferriss Show 4. The Entrepreneurs by Monocle 5. African Tech Round-Up

Don't forget Dan Carlin's Hardcore History!

* Freakonomics

* Radiolab

* Comedy Bang Bang

* Planet Money

* This American Life (sometimes)

* Everything by Gimlet Media (when I remember)

Previous HN discussion 3 months ago with some good gems: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9799631

- Startups for the Rest of Us

- Radiolab

- Bootstrapped Web

- The Tim Ferriss Show

Harmontown - a podcast by the creator of the brilliant tv shows Community and Rick and Morty. I'm not sure it will make sense on it's own, but if you really love Community, think that Dan is a genius, and want to understand how he thinks - it's awesome. Also very funny.

I have been listening to Partially Derivative and Talking Machines, both data science related. Talking Machines is more industry focused whereas Partially Derivative is more fun. Also Reply All, a show about the Internet. Non tech I listen to the History of Philosophy podcast.

Haven't seen these mentioned yet:

- Escape Pod (SF short stories)

- Risky Business (hilariously sarcastic infosec news and interviews)

- Savage Lovecast (sex and relationship from "America's only advice columnist")

- Intelligence Squared (Oxford-style debates on current topics)

Not hating, long time fan, real long time... But have you noticed a downward drop in quality from the Escape Pod family of casts? I mean it's free, so I'm not complaining, but it makes it hard to listen to.

Their narrators? Yeah, it's possible - there have been a few stories in the past year that were just unlistenable due to either poor recording quality or just a terrible voice.

On the other hand, when Steve Eley read everything, that wasn't great either.

I just (try to) follow one now - Talking Machines. They have great content on ML, esp contemporary work. Each episode leads to enough followup on the material that I don't have much time to follow another podcast :)

I only recently discovered what I was missing with podcasts, so I'm still finding good ones. Here's the current list:

- America's Test Kitchen

- Motley Fool Money

- Smart Passive Income

- Paul's Security Weekly

- Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project

- This is Only a Test

I was very sad to hear Will Smith is leaving 'This is Only a Test' & Tested but am happy to hear he is still going to be on 'Still Untitled'

Giant Bombcast and Giant Beastcast

8-4 Play


Back in my Play

Pop Culture Happy Hour

I have many others, but these are the ones I look forward to week after week.

I listen to podcasts to take a break and relax, so I typically don't listen to tech related or focused podcasts.

- Talking Machines

- a16z podcast

- Software Engineering Radio

- re/code decode

- JavaScript Jabber

- Talk Python to Me

- The Changelog

- Startup School Radio

- Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

- Full Stack Radio

Oh I listen to Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders too! Great stuff there for sure

* Death Sex & Money

* Reply All

* KCRW Good Food

* Freakonomics

* KCRW's DnA: Design & Architecture

* From the Top

* This American Life

* Return to Soil

I use Pocket Casts on android to listen. Highly recommended.

Ordered by how often I listen.




This American Life

Startups for the Rest of Us

Reply All, (Statup S1 & S2)

Occasionally other public radio podcasts

- Developer Tea

- 60-Second Science

- BrainStuff

- Exponential Wisdom

- The Tim Ferriss Show

- The One You Feed Podcast

- The Art of Manliness (sometimes)

- NPR: TED Radio Hour (sometimes)

- You Are Not So Smart (sometimes)

- This American Life (sometimes)

The Ashish Walia Show . . . . Great podcast for people interested in building startups!

Besides many of those already mentioned, I like:

* Slate's culture gabfest

* JavaScript Jabber

* Econtalk w/Russ Roberts

* Hardcore History

* School Sucks Podcast

* Inc Uncensored

- Roderick on the line - Rich Roll podcast - Snap Judgement

Skeptic's Guide to the Universe

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

Chasing Product

Rocketship Podcast

Startup School Radio

Startups for the Rest of Us


Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

- Startups for the Rest of Us

- More than just code

- Release Notes

- Iterate

- Epicenter Bitcoin

- Startup (by gimlet media)

- Robotics Podcast

- Changelog

beats, rye, types wait, wait, don't tell me this american life planet money

* Software Engineering Radio

* Hanselminutes

* The Changelog

* Talk Python to Me

* PBS NewsHour

- Waking up with Sam Harris

- Harmontown

Oh, a fellow Harmenian here =) Greetings)

- Snap Judgement

- Ted radio hour

- NPR's Hidden Brain

- Planet Money

- Talk Python to Me

- The Changelog

92Y Talks http://92ytalks.libsyn.com/rss

All About Books http://feeds.feedburner.com/all_about_books

Authors on Tour Live! http://feeds.feedburner.com/AuthorsOnTour-Live

Conversations with Richard Fidler http://abc.net.au/queensland/conversations/conversationspodc...

Freakonomics Radio http://feeds.feedburner.com/freakonomicsradio

Get-It-Done Guy's Quick and Dirty Tips to Do More http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/xml/getitdone.xml

Great Lives http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/greatlives/rss.xm...

HBR IdeaCast http://feeds.harvardbusiness.org/harvardbusiness/ideacast?fo...

Listen to Lucy http://podcast.ft.com/rss/18/

MIT Press Podcast http://feeds.feedburner.com/mitpresspodcast

Plain Simple Management (now defunct but worth listening to back issues) http://feeds.feedburner.com/PlainSimpleManagement

TED Radio Hour http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510298

The Accidental Creative http://feeds.feedburner.com/accidentalcreative/podcast

The Engaging Brand http://www.blubrry.com/feeds/engaging.xml

The Moth Podcast http://feeds.themoth.org/themothpodcast

The PMO Podcast http://www.botinternational.com/thepmopodcast.xml

Thinking Allowed http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/ta/rss.xml


I've also found it useful to download YouTube videos and convert them to MP3s so I can listen to them later.

Some of the channels I've subscribed to are:

GoogleTechTalks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtXKDgv1AVoG88PLl8nGXmw

Harvard Business Review https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWo4IA01TXzBeGJJKWHOG9g

Talks at Google https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbmNph6atAoGfqLoCL_duAg

TED Talks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAuUUnT6oDeKwE6v1NGQxug

TEDx Talks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsT0YIqwnpJCM-mx7-gSA4Q

The School of Life https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7IcJI8PUf5Z3zKxnZvTBog

- Radio Diaries

- Radiolab

- Freakonomics

- Invisibilia

- Love + Radio

- Criminal

- Serial

- Meanwhile in the Future

- TED Radio Hour

- Tim Ferriss Show

- The Truth

- Mystery Show

- Planet Money

- Fresh Air

- This American Life

- WTF with Marc Maron

- The Moth

- Strangers

- Skeptoid

Loads of great stuff from the BBC:

- Click

- Seriously

- Desert Island Discs

- Great Lives

- In Our Time

- Kermode & Mayo

- Witness

- Thinking Aloud

Hey The Truth! I've acted in a couple episodes of that. Thanks for listening.

planet money


savage lovecast

writing excuses

stuff you should know

Freakonomics Radio

StarTalk Radio

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