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Ask HN: What are your favorite non-tech podcasts?
19 points by jklein11 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 24 comments


"Pod Save America" - politics podcast by funny guys (former Obama staffers)

"Lovett or Leave-it" - comedy show about politics

"Pod Save the World" - serious podcast about world issues

Anything by Crooked Media, basically.

Also, "Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara" - serious, smart look at current events by former US attorney

"FiveThirtyEight Politics" - insight into current events, with an emphasis on polls and facts.

Politico's "Nerd Cast" - not my favorite, but actually winds up being a bit more conservative than the other podcasts I listen to


"99% Invisible"

"The Way I Heard it" - by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame. They're short, about 10 minutes each


"This American Life"

"You are Not So Smart" - dives into human biases and ways in which we really aren't that smart

"Stuff You Should Know" - random trivia


"Serial" - murder mystery

"S-Town" - mystery in Alabama

"Steal the Stars" - scifi


"Splathouse" - B-movie / horror

"Writing Excuses" - for writers, hosted by authors such as Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Taylor, and Mary Robinette Kowal

"Country Gold" - a podcast about 90s country (my guilty pleasure) hosted by Terri Clark

How I Built This - This is a podcast from NPR that interviews founders of businesses. They have had the founder of Southwest Airlines to the founder of Atari to the founder of Chipotle. There are some tech companies involved but it is always interesting hearing the stories of the founders on how they built their business.

Jocko Willink podcast http://jockopodcast.com on discipline, leadership. I am trying to follow some of his leadership ideas and started to do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and take care of my body.

The Becoming SuperHuman Podcast https://becomingasuperhuman.com/podcast/

50 things that made the modern economy

This was a radio programme from the BBC which is also available to download:


The BBC has a ton of podcasts available, although some are only available to UK listeners


- "EconTalk" (economy)

- "Conversations with Tyler" (economy)

- "99% Invisible" (real-world design)

- "Radiolab" (journalistic stories)

- "Cosmic Vertigo" (astronomy)

- "The Dice Tower" (boardgames)

- "Common Sense" (political commentary)

- "Welcome to Night Vale" (fiction, surreal sci-fi)

- "Leviathan Chronicles" (fiction, epic fantasy)

"Hello Internet," it's a weird meta-podcast, and I'd just call it "a love letter to the internet." Various science/philosophical topics, but mostly it's just about the new world that the internet has enabled.

Also, they released a vinyl episode, so I don't think I have to say anymore.

"Art of Charm" - Used to be just about dating but now its a lifestyle podcast that involves interviewing many different people from different fields. Love their content and been listening for years.

Iron Radio, Barbell Shrugged, Running Rogue, The Tim Ferris Show, The Joe Rogan Experience, This American Life, Radiolab.

The Joe Budden Podcast. It may be a somewhat inane pop culture podcast, but there's something endearing about Joe.

Freelance Transformation

99% Invisible already got a few mentions, but it's so good that it's worth mentioning again.

Of all the podcasts listed so far radiolab is hands down my favorite.

I also like “wait wait don’t tell me”

Marathontalk - running, IMtalk - ironman triathlon, Lance Armstrongs podcast

1. Waking up - Sam Harris

2. You are not so Smart (Psychology, Bias, Cogsci)

3. All in the mind BBC (Psychology)

4. Buenos Dias America (north, central, and south american news, with. focus on usa)

5. More or less behind the statistics BBC

6. WDR 5 Profit (west german radio, pretty neutral economics/finance summaries and topics)

7. Medizin und Gesundheit (Deutsche Welle)

8. Francias Authentique (great podcast for keeping up that rusty french, with a really great host)

Hardcore History for those long drives.

- "Waking Up" by Sam Harris

- "EconTalk" by Russ Roberts

- "LSE Talks" by the London School of Economics

- "Revisionist History" by Malcolm Gladwell

- "Freakonomics"

- "Radiolab"

- "The Commonwealth Club Talks"

Upvote for Revisionist History. I rarely revisit episodes from a podcast, but there are several episodes from Revisionist History that I've listened to 3 or 4 times apiece.

Another vote for sam harris. I'm not a big podcast listener, be he is exceptional

The only one I don't see alreadly listed:


chapo trap house, zero books podcast, the nostalgia trap

"you are not so smart"

planet money and freakonomics.

Helps me understand how the world actually works.

The daily by NY Times


Real time with Bill Maher

Wait wait dont tell me

snap judgement


small town murder

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