- Risk! (http://risk-show.com) Kevin Allison's own version of The Moth, with more risque, embarrassing, or otherwise scandalous topics than you usually see on other storytelling podcasts. Generally humorous, with some intense moments.
- Death, Sex, & Money (http://www.wnyc.org/shows/deathsexmoney) Intense real-life stories that somehow relate to death, sex, and/or money. Often interview-based, with occasional investigative elements.
- Planet Money (http://www.npr.org/sections/money/) Entertaining, creative stories on financial topics, in a broad sense.
- Heavyweight (https://gimletmedia.com/heavyweight/) Jonathan Goldstein's new podcast, featuring stories from a "moment where everything changed" in someone's life.
They also do a D&D game with their dad that they call The Adventure Zone which is some of the best entertainment I've found this year.
A couple I really enjoy:
- Dan Carlin's Harcore History 
An infrequent but well done pod on various history stories. Well worth the listen.
- The West Wing Weekly 
One of the actors from The West Wing and another guy watch and discuss and episode of the West Wing each week.
- RadioLab 
A good podcast with various topics of interest.
- The Lowe Post 
My favorite NBA podcast.
- EconTalk 
A longer podcast that touches on various subjects. The name is quite deceptive.
- 99% Invisible (http://99percentinvisible.org/) : Well-produced radio stories about the designed world.
- Hanselminutes (http://hanselminutes.com/) : "Fresh Air for Developers". A weekly discussion with web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman (well-known blogger, podcaster, and Microsoft employee).
- Jordan, Jesse Go (http://maximumfun.org/shows/jordan-jesse-go) : A free-form discussion-based podcast hosted by two funny dudes, Jordan Morris (@midnight) and Jesse Thorn (Bullseye, Judge John Hodgeman), that is quickly becoming my favorite podcast.
- Spontaneanation (http://www.earwolf.com/show/spontaneanation-with-paul-f-tomp...) : A free-form improv comedy podcast hosted by the great Paul F. Tompkins.
- The Dead Author's Podcast (http://thedeadauthorspodcast.libsyn.com/) : A live show in which H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) brings another deceased author (played by another comedian) to the present day for a discussion loosely based on the author's work. (This show is now defunct, but there are 50 good episodes)
- Reply All (https://gimletmedia.com/reply-all/) : A well-produced, interesting, and often funny show in which the hosts investigate stories about or originating from the internet.
London School of Economics generously podcasts its events. It leads its peers by doing so. This talk remains a favorite: http://www.lse.ac.uk/website-archive/newsAndMedia/videoAndAu...
The storytelling podcasts are a pleasure: Snap judgment, the moth, radiolab, StoryCorps.
A good primer is their first episode after November's election: Episode 58 - We Live in The Zone Now https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house/episode-58-we-live-i...
Another great starting point is their episode where they first take on the writings of pundit Ross Douthat: Episode 3 - Freeway Ross Douthat Sailboat Dope (3/27/16) by Chapo Trap House https://soundcloud.com/chapo-trap-house/episode-3-freeway-ro...
The Ross Douthat episodes are great, and the "Chapo Traphouse Book Club" at its finest. But nothing can top the Ralph Douthat Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ralphdouthat?lang=en
If you cannot handle the ~3 hour running time of Hypernormalisation, Curtis was able to concisely summarise the message in the interview. I don't quite know how to feel about that.
David Deutsch; Paul Bloom -- he has two other episodes, too; Stuart Russell; David Chalmers; William MacAskill; and Douglas Murray.
They watch the news (so you don't have to!) and each week they de-construct the biggest stories from around the world, revealing the truths behind - and the motivations for - the news that's given to consumers.
He's a great interviewer and has very interesting guests.
On the surface the topics and guests are impressive however to me he also has the air of a snake oil salesman, devoid of real substance.
In Our Time : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl
The A-Z of topics shows how broad it is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl/topics
Inside the Ethics Committee: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007xbtd
> Joan Bakewell is joined by a panel of experts to wrestle with the ethics arising from a real-life medical case.
In Business : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s609
> Series of programmes about the whole world of work, public and private, from vast corporations to modest volunteers
The Bottom Line : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006sz6t
They take a bunch of people in business and have a group chat about stuff.
The Reunion :
> Series which reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history
- back to work http://5by5.tv/b2w
- roderick on the line http://www.merlinmann.com/roderick/
- you look nice today http://youlooknicetoday.com/
Two brothers who tell us stories about current events, interesting history and their lives.
A good intro to their style is The Thickening video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdvpMYwlKn8
I also have been really enjoying the History of English podcast as a neat hybrid linguistics / history podcast hybrid.
Reconcilable Differences - As it says on the tin: John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.
Omega Tau - Interviews with people who know things about science and engineering, lots of interesting aviation related content, but also the only podcast I know of where there are interviews with people who make or work with instruments like mass spectrometers, electron microscopes, lasers, synchrotrons, XFELs.
Casual discussion about tech (especially Apple)
* Dan Carlin´s "Common Sense" is pretty good if you're jonesing from "Hardcore History";
* Freakonomics is pretty decent too.
- 99% Invisible
Others: This American Life, Hidden Brain, The Weeds
no such thing as a fish by the qi elves
in our time
Software Engineering Daily (technical software topics) https://softwareengineeringdaily.com/category/podcast/
Soft Skills Engineering https://softskills.audio/
NPR: How I Built This (innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists)
Developer Tea https://developertea.com/
Cognicast (Clojure Ecosystem) http://blog.cognitect.com/cognicast/
Descriptive (Programmer Origin Stories) http://descriptive.audio/
Reactive Podcast (thoughts on modern software engineering) http://reactive.audio/
Turing Incomplete (Podcast about programming)http://turing.cool/
Accidental Tech Podcast (tech talk, heavy on apple stuff) http://atp.fm/
The Web Platform (all things web) http://thewebplatform.libsyn.com/
Freelancers Show https://devchat.tv/freelancers
Entreprogrammers (Programmers entrepreneurs) http://entreprogrammers.com/
The Gently Mad http://avclark.com/tgm/
Hansel Minutes (Life, Business and entrepreneurs) http://www.hanselminutes.com/
Lets make mistakes (Web and Designers) http://www.muleradio.net/mistakes/
Node Up (Node.js) http://nodeup.com/
ShopTalkShow (web development, mostly front-end) http://shoptalkshow.com/
Techzing (General Tech, Founders, Dev) http://techzinglive.com
Sayer | If AGI ran your space station/life. http://geeklyinc.com/category/sayer/
EOS-10 | Space Sci-fi comedy, great acting. http://www.eos10.com/
Wolf 359 | Space Sci-fi comedy with well executed high drama. http://www.wolf359.fm/
Limetown | unusual conspiracy thriller. http://www.limetownstories.com
Alba Salix | Fantasy comedy. http://www.albasalix.com/
Wooden Overcoats | Competitive undertaking. http://www.woodenovercoats.com/
Tanis | Conspiracy mystery thriller. http://www.tanispodcast.com/
The Black Tapes | Creepy ghost stories. http://theblacktapespodcast.com
Our Fair City | my favorite, a work of genius, the highest production values, actually better than the BBC.
We're Alive | entertaining zombie drama horror, terrific use of sound. http://www.werealive.com/
Genre Specific (usually short stories):
Escape Pod | science fiction. http://escapepod.org/ Pod Castle | fantasy. http://podcastle.org/ Pseudo Pod | horror. http://pseudopod.org/
I find the best new material from Radio Drama Revival
These are also good leads:
The Audio Drama Directory | http://theaudiodramadirectory.com/sciencefiction/
The Parsec Awards | http://www.parsecawards.com/
Non-fiction, most of the usual suspects.
ABC's Future Tense 99% Invisible Hardcore History Joe Rogan (guest specific) Radiolab Robots Podcast NPR's Planet Money Green Building Advisor The Building Performance podcast The Tiny Life podcast (on Tiny Homes)
I also listen to Lovecraft when I want to get to sleep (/s).
Lovecratian horror is not what most people think of when they think of horror. It is more existential.
Sebastian Orr does a great narration:
Inspired by Lovecraft, A Colder War by Charlie Stross is also a favorite.