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Ask HN: What are your favorite podcasts?
65 points by sanjeezy27 10 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 61 comments

Radical Personal Finance - a non-traditional view on the topic of personal finance, with a goal of providing listeners with the knowledge they need to build financial freedom "in 10 years or less":


Crypto-Gram - a monthly security-themed digest podcast (it is actually an audio version of the identically titled Bruce Schneier's newsletter):


And, of course, "Hardcore History". It's just teriffic, Dan Carlin has a talent in painting live historical pictures using just words.


Thanks for this. I tried radical personal finance, the episode 'what's wrong with radical personal finance' is very good!

In Our Time (BBC)

The host and a panel of professors talk about subjects ranging from ancient history to nuclear physics.


Found it too easy to zone out into a biltz of phrases and names, not certain if I were truly grasping what was being said. Typically finding that a guest is trying to encapsulate something and then Melvin butts in to speed things along.

It is good though, but I find subjects I knew something about already were dealt with in a somewhat obscurantist manner that didn't really impart a high level understanding.

Any favorite episode i should start with?

An episode that really stood out for me when I first heard it was about Imaginary Numbers: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tt6b2

No Agenda Show. Media deconstruction, no advertising, listener supported. http://noagendashow.com Or use the excellent web based player https://noagendaplayer.com

Thank you for your courage

This shows up at least monthly; maybe eventually I will get around to writing up the recommendations but for now you're on your own:

Ask HN: What are your favorite podcasts? (62 comments 20170721) https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14819798

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Marketplace - amazing host, fun and informative to get a daily update what's up in the economy, politics , tech

This week in startups - I am big fan of Jason and his work

Startup for the rest of us - no ads , pure useful content

Montley Fool Monday - great weekly update about the market , a lot of talk about tech

Jason joined our podcast last week to talk about his new book and our podcast's focus of corporate innovation. Here's a link to the episode on aCast if interested..https://www.acast.com/insideoutsideinnovation/ep.65-jasoncal...

Sounds good! Bookmarking to check it out.

I second that, Courtland does a fantastic job

Song Exploder, Coding Blocks, Strangers (really good series of long conversations with Trump voters began not so long ago, but haven't check in on it for a while), Judge John Hodgman, Front End Happy Hour, Bullseye, Jordan Jesse Go!, More Perfect, 99% Invisible, Hidden Brain, Oh No Ross and Carrie. In general lots of NPR stuff and the following networks: Maximum Fun, Earwolf, Radiotopia.

"You are not so smart" http://youarenotsosmart.com


Few of my favorites in no particular order.

Grant Cardone's podcasts mainly: https://grantcardonetv.com/podcasts/

Masters of Scale https://mastersofscale.com/

Techcrunch Equity https://techcrunch.com/tag/equity-podcast/

How I Built This http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this

One My most favorite & motivational Jocko Podcast:


Omega Tau - Interviews with tech and science people talking about their area of interest. Lots of episodes on aviation, and space exploration in particular. It has a good level of technical depth. Highly recommended!


Only podcast I listen to, the Bodega Boys, to guys from the Bronx that started out as amateur comedians on Twitter and ended up with a TV show: https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/thursday-august-10-2017...

Accidental Tech Podcast - A tech podcast with a strong focus on Apple. Commentary by Siracusa makes this one worth it.

Film Sack - Film reviews of bad, strange or unique movies. They only do movies that are currently available via streaming sites and encourage their listeners to watch the movie before the episode.

Judge John Hodgeman - Two people, usually a couple, call in to the show with a disagreement. John Hodgeman will listen to both sides and cast his judgement. Both sides agree to abide by whatever he says.

Both 'Hardcore History' and 'Common Sense' by Dan Carlin are near the top of my list. Hardcore History especially on long trips :)

Several good mentions here already--

Worth considering, Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Radio > https://blog.bulletproof.com/bulletproof-radio-episodes-dire...

99% Invisible - Really great mix of interesting topics you wouldn't normally think about.

Stuff you should know No such thing as a fish - random trivia/comedy The infinite monkey cage - scientific trivia/comedy Sawbones - Medical history/trivia Go time - golang community IRL - Internet cultured topics by mozilla

I started with Gimlet Media StartUp podcasts. Start from season 1. It's great!

+100 to StartUp. Fantastic show, even the episodes that aren't as good are fantastic.

Hardcore History!

I enjoy this and History on Fire, but I've had a hard time getting into other history podcasts. Any recommendations welcome.

Not exactly a podcast but America: Empire of liberty by David Renoylds is a masterpiece.

It can be listened like a podcast as each chapter is self contained and 10 mins or so with first hand accounts from actors etc.

Have you tried the History of Rome?

Startup Handmedowns is pretty cool


VR: voices of VR, Rev VR

Startups/Business: How I built this, a16z, masters of scale, startup, indie hackers

Other: talking machines (NLP/ML), Mogul (more of a mini-series then a real podcast), Acquisitions Inc (DnD)

The Daily NY Times Axe files The art of manufacturing Containers

The Daily by NYT is good daily listening before hitting bed, though Barbaro tries a little too hard developing his style.

Planet Money is well produced and entertaining.

Chapo Trap House

I recently started listening to some fiction podcasts, and they are amazing!

Limetown, Message, Black tapes.

You should check out Reddit's /r/audiodrama subreddit.

Some recommendations:

Mabel - Mysterious ghost story.

We're Alive - High quality Zombie TEOTWAWKI.

Our Fair City - Dystopian adventure with comic momments. Stay with it until Season 2, it takes a while to warm up but is one of the best.

EOS-10 - Scrubs in Space.

Wolf 359 - Space mystery adventure.

Liberty - There are two related series: I recommend starting with 'Critical Research' for the worldbuilding and then proceeding onto 'Tales from the Tower', which is extraordinary.

On this note, what applications do you guys use for listening and discovering podcasts?

* Freakanomics (Pop Eco)

* Youarenotsosmart (Pop Psych)

* Revisionist History (Malcolm Gladwell)

* Partially Derivative (Data Science Stuff)

1) Marketplace (regular, morning, mid-day and tech)

2) Planet Money

3) The Daily

4) 50 Things that made the modern world

5) The inquiry

6) Crimetown

7) Criminal

8) Pessimists archive (should be called Luddites archive)

9) More Perfect

10) Science Vs

Crimetown was just absolutely fantastic. Wonder if Season 2 will compare.

Here’s a few examples of Podcasts I’ve done recently:

    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/ibm-fast-track-your-data-2017-podcast-series-talking-with-lillian-pierson
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/conversations-with-dez-podcast-series-talking-about-cloud-ascend-from-engility-with-kevin-jackson
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/conversations-with-dez-podcast-series-talking-about-behavioural-economics-with-guy-shone
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/conversations-with-dez-podcast-series-talking-about-cloud-on-mainframe-with-steven-dickens
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/conversations-with-dez-podcast-series-talking-gdpr-with-ian-moyse
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/conversations-with-dez-podcast-series-talking-social-selling-with-ian-moyse
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/conversations-with-dez-podcast-series-talking-with-joe-speed
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/ibm-interconnect-2017-podcast-series-talking-with-david-mathison
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/ibm-interconnect-2017-podcast-series-talking-with-jeff-spicer
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/ibm-interconnect-2017-podcast-series-talking-with-dr-bob-hayes
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/ibm-interconnect-2017-podcast-series-talking-with-steve-ardire
    + https://soundcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/ibm-interconnect-2017-podcast-series-talking-with-kevin-jackson
I also now have 10x of the top 10x publisher platforms now syndicating me:

    1. iTunes
    2. GooglePlay
    3. SoundCloud
    4. aCast
    5. MixCloud
    6. iVoox
    7. ListenNotes
    8. Stitcher
    9. PlayerFM
    X. Ustream

    + http://bit.ly/dezsoundcloud
    + https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/conversations-with-dez-blanchfield/id1223831564
    + https://play.google.com/music/m/Ic4aqobisb6om245wujxsxmgyoa?t=Conversations_with_Dez_Blanchfield
    + http://www.acast.com/dezblanchfield
    + http://www.mixcloud.com/dez_blanchfield/
    + http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dez-blanchfield/talking-with-2/
    + http://cxoguide.com/conversations-with-dez-blanchfield/
    + https://player.fm/series/conversations-with-dez-blanchfield
    + http://www.ivoox.com/en/Dez-Blanchfield-Talking-With_sb.html
    + https://www.listennotes.com/channels/1929359/conversations-with-dez-blanchfield/

Aside from the standard Rogan / Harris / Ferriss...

The Bike Shed

Developer on Fire

Travel Like a Boss

Invest Like a Boss

Tangentially Speaking

The James Altucher Show

Digital Communion

I'm currently going through the entire JAMStack radio archive.

I've really enjoyed 'Waking Up' with Sam Harris lately. Some fascinating and eclectic conversations.

Check out the one with David Krakauer of the Santa Fe Institute

99 percent invisible

The Top - Nathan Latka

Everyone Hates Marketers - Louis Grenier

How I Built This - NPR

Open Source Security Podcast

Late Night Linux

Chemistry World Podcast

Security now

The vergecast

Accidental tech

Ben Shapiro

Sometimes chapo trap house

Sometimes Sam Harris

-99% Invisible

-Hardcore History

-The History of Rome

-True Crime Guys

-Reply All


-Myths and Legends


-Internet History Podcast


I've got a few I look forward to every single week (or so). I listen for pleasure and to get my mind off work. With that said, here are my favorite weekly podcasts (I've included descriptions from their website or my own if none was provided):

[0a] Giant Bombcast and [0b] Giant Beastcast (Note I'm a premium member)

The Giant Bomb staff discuss the latest video game news and new releases, taste-test questionable beverages, and get wildly off-topic in this weekly podcast.

[1] Thirty, Twenty, Ten

A pop culture time machine that examines TV, movies, music and video games from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

[2] Retronauts

The original classic gaming podcasts continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time.

[3] The Talking Simpson's (Note I still love The Simpson's)

Join your friends at the Laser Time Podcast Network for a chronological and cromulent exploration of the greatest show ever made!

[4] Game Informer

No description available: Weekly podcast about video games. Professionally produced and in depth and I highly recommend listening to the episodes where they discuss the origination and founding of Funcoland/Gamestop/Game Informer and the current episode about Game Freak the developers and creators of Pokémon.)

Honorable mentions:

[5] 8-4 Play

Bi-weekly podcast about Japan video games, culture, and everything Japan that's making the news. They also run a video game translation business and have ported many popular games.

[6] Laser Time

Laser Time is a show featuring folks in the video games industry, although not necessarily about video games.

[7] Game Dev Club

The Dev Game Club looks at older games and plays through them in a form similar to a book club!

[8] Player One

Join ex-game journalists Chris Johnston (ex-EGM), Phil Theobald (ex-GameNow), Greg Sewart (ex-EGM) and their buddy Mike Phillips as they talk about console/portable/PC games, babies, and the meaning of life.

[9a] Radio Free Nintendo and [9b] Famicast

No Description Available: Podcast about all things Nintendo, old and new. It's very well done and balanced. The Famicast comes out less often and is mostly Japanese focused.

[10] Genesis Gems (I was a Nintendo kid.)

Genesis Gems is a retro gaming podcast focused on the Sega Genesis console. Family friendly, fun, and goofy!


[0a] https://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/bombcast/

[0b] https://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/beastcast/

[1] http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/category/thirty-twenty-ten/

[2] https://retronauts.com/topic/podcast/

[3] http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/category/talking-simpsons/

[4] http://www.gameinformer.com/p/gishow.aspx

[5] http://8-4.jp/blog/?cat=8

[6] http://www.lasertimepodcast.com/category/lasertimepodcast/

[7] http://www.devgameclub.com

[8] http://www.playeronepodcast.com

[9a] http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/rfn

[9b] http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/famicast

[10] http://genesisgems.podomatic.com


I have others, but these are the podcasts I look forward too every time they pop up in my feed. If you can't tell, I like pop culture, video games, and listen for fun and to escape. That work life balance thing.

Edit: Formatting.

Boat radio

- Tim Ferris

- Sam Harris

- Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan Podcast check it out!

The Joe Rogan Experience


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