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Ask HN: Favorite podcasts?
239 points by adilmajid on March 15, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 134 comments
Especially curious to hear about any programming or design related podcasts

I get enough tech in my daily life, so I look to podcasts to enrich my life in other dimensions and teach me new things. Here are some of my favorites:

* Cooking, food, and molecular gastronomy; Cooking Issues: http://www.heritageradionetwork.org/programs/51-Cooking-Issu...

* Outdoor adventure; Dirtbag Diaries: http://dirtbagdiaries.com

* Music and poetic music breakdown (uniquely well-suited to audio as a medium); Song Exploder: http://songexploder.net

* History; the Memory Palace: http://thememorypalace.us

* Design; 99% Invisible: http://99percentinvisible.org

* Electic subjects: http://loveandradio.org

* RadioLab: http://www.radiolab.org

I'd love to find a good fiction podcast, with either short form stories or episodic long form arcs in the fashion of old-school radio shows.

> I'd love to find a good fiction podcast, with either short form stories or episodic long form arcs in the fashion of old-school radio shows.

Afternoon drama: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qrzz

15 Minute Drama (15 minutes per weekday, total 1hour 15mins per drama) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy2s

Book of the week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qftk

Book at bedtime: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qtlx

The Truth http://thetruthpodcast.com/The_Truth.html is really good! You could start with http://thetruthpodcast.com/Story/Entries/2013/10/13_The_Talk.... Radiotopia in general is good for this kind of stuff.

I've heard good things about Welcome to Night Wale: http://commonplacebooks.com/

A fiction podcast I listen to: http://thetruthpodcast.com/The_Truth.html

Somebody already mentioned Welcome to Night Vale, which is a serial fiction podcast in the form of public radio news announcements from a town where all the weirdness of the world is true.

Also, there is The Thrilling Adventure Hour. This is a comedic take on old-school radio serials. There are multiple ongoing series within the show. This is a really funny show, with great production values, and some high profile guest stars.

Agreed. I listen to very few tech podcasts, for the same reason: I'm exposed to it so much elsewhere (HN, RSS etc).

But yeah, as you'll see by this list, I LOVE podcasts.

Here's what's in my 'Listen First' feed, which I listen to as soon as they're published:

  * Do You Link Prince Movies?
  * The BS Report w/ Bill Simmons
  * Grantland NFL Podcast
  * Grantland Pop Culture
  * Grantland Sports
  * Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin
  * Hollywood Prospectus
  * Jalen & Jacoby 
  * Rembert Explains
  * Serial
  * Startup
  * Adam & Drew Show (Adam Carolla & Dr Drew)
  * Upvoted by Reddit
  * This American Life
And here are the others that I've subscribed to and listen to when I don;t have anything in the "Listen First" feed:

  * 1 Day Business Breakthrough (haven't listened yet, but it's in my feed)
  * 99% Invisible
  * Bret Easton Ellis Podcast
  * Criminal (haven't listened yet, but it's in my feed)
  * Deadcast (Sports, from deadspin.com)
  * Entreprogrammers (haven't listened yet, but it's in my feed)
  * Here Be Monsters (haven't listened yet, but it's in my feed)
  * Kalzumeus Podcast (patio11 & others)
  * Mixergy (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * NPR Fresh Air (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * NPR Invisibilia (haven't listened yet, but it's in my feed)
  * PO'd with Dennis Miller & Adam Carolla (probably going to remove this soon)
  * Reply All (haven't listened yet, but it's in my feed)
  * Startups for the Rest of Us (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * Adam Carolla Podcast (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * Andy Greenwald Podcast (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * Dr Drew Podcast (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
  * WTF w/ Mark Maron (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)
  * You Made it Weird w/ Pete Holmes (I mark a lot of these as listened without listening)

If you are looking for sci-fi/fantasy/horror, would definitely recommend the Escapepod (http://escapepod.org/), podcastle (http://podcastle.org/), pseudopod (http://pseudopod.org/) trio. Their webpages also link to some other good fiction podcasts of the same genre. Podcastle's Paper Menagerie (http://escapepod.org/2012/05/17/ep345-the-paper-menagerie/) made me cry.

If you like horror, you might be interested The NoSleep Podcast: readings of the cream of the crop of short stories from reddit's NoSleep forum. Really good voices and sound design, and it won a Parsec Award for speculative fiction in 2014.


If you like Song Exploder, a friend of mine and I started a music production podcast where we dissect one song each week that you might also like: http://songaweek.net/

The Memory Palace is so good. I wish Nate DiMeo had more time to produce it. I love how Roman Mars from 99% Invisible ripped off Nate's intro.

The New Yorker fiction podcast is quite good

Dan Carlin Hardcore History - Very long episodes covering history in detail. Dan is a very enjoyable story teller.

Common Sense with Dan Carlin - Episodes covering recent events. The host is opinionated, but very interesting.

Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - this podcast covers science, but mostly is about combating pseudoscience in society. The hosts can seem dismissive, but I agree with them, so I like it.

EconTalk - I'd say some of these are a step above pop Econ. The variety and high stature (some Nobel laureates) of the guests is impressive.

StarTalk - NGT, what else is there to say. I like the comedians he has on as cohosts too.

Stuff You Missed In History Class - less in depth than hardcore history above, but also more easily consumed.

How To Start a Startup - good advice on startups. This is one you listen to over and over again.

Startup - this one doesn't have a lot of specific advice on starting a startup, but is interesting nonetheless.

Lexicon Valley -Etymology of different a words and phrases. Good hosts.

I Love Marketing - covers direct response marketing. The hosts can seem self serving, but the early episodes are very informative.

* Giant Robots | http://giantrobots.fm/ | weekly technical podcast discussing development, design, and the business of great products | ★★★★

* Kalzumeus Podcast | http://www.kalzumeus.com/category/podcasts/feed/ | infrequent show that is more focused on the business/marketing side of software products, hosted by @patio11 | ★★★½

* Ruby Rogues | http://devchat.tv/ruby-rogues/ | weekly panel discussion about programming (emphasis on Ruby) | ★★★ (can vary wildly based on topic/panel)

* The Bike Shed | http://bikeshed.fm/ | biweekly show discussing thoughtbot's experiences in web development (Rails-heavy) | ★★★

* TechZing | http://techzinglive.com/ | a "two people talking" genre podcast about programming, software business, general HN-like topics; a bit hard to approach but I've been listening for over 250 episodes so I'm fully dug in at this point | ★★★

Additionally I mix up all the technical podcasts with a couple others: Stop Podcasting Yourself (Canadian comedy podcast), Tim Ferriss Show (interviews with world-renowned experts), The Random Show (Tim Ferriss + Kevin Rose talking about random things that interest them), and Back to Work (Merlin Mann vehicle for talking about productivity/work-life balance).

# Setup

I use PocketCasts for Android (worth every penny) and a Griffin Technology BlueTrip AUX car adapter to listen to podcasts while driving. This replaces the radio/music for me when driving.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History.

Here's a good starting point: http://dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-41-thors-angel...

Also Dan Carlin's Common Sense: Independent commentary on modern events: http://dancarlin.com/common-sense-home-landing-page/

I've heard Carlin's podcast recommended several times, but latel I'm tired of history that primarily gives me a finished narrative, andam interested more in finding accounts where they spend a lot of time discussing sources (e.g., I'm less excited about hearing about Ben Franklin's life than I might be about the letters of Ben Franklin).

How does Hardcore Hisotry stack up in this regard?

Hardcore History is all finished narrative. Where Dan Carlin really shines is taking facts from history, like body counts from ancient battles and making them visceral so that you can really feel how terrified people would have been if there city was being besieged by Mongols, or if you were a soldier in Stalin's army and were used as so much cannon fodder against the nazis.

If you are more interested in the primary sources, he's probably not for you, but if you want to feel history rather than just hear about it, then I highly recommend.

Not a podcast, but I found many of the history courses on The Great Courses series (which is now available on Audible) are like what you desire. Not all of them are, but it's usually possible to tell based on the description.

* Planet Money - http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/ - mostly looks at quirky aspects of modern culture/society from an economics bent. It is very "light" economics, but the topics are usually interesting.

* EconTalk - http://www.econtalk.org/ - Still pop-economics oriented, but definitely deeper than Planet Money. The people Russ interviews have changed my opinion on controversial issues many times.

* Writing Excuses - http://www.writingexcuses.com/ - I don't currently write fiction and it is very low on my priority list, but hearing authors describe how they deal with all aspects of writing is interesting to me. They cover different kinds of plots, common plot/character issues, and plenty of meta topics about writing/publishing.

* Behind the News with Doug Henwood - http://www.kpfa.org/all-programs/behind-news-doug-henwood - The stuff that Doug thinks are important are usually not the things that I feel are important which is why I like listening to his shows. It's nice to hear different takes on the world.

* Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ - I often listen to this for light half-zoned-out entertainment, but they often talk about science news/history that I wouldn't hear otherwise and are usually entertaining.

* 99% Invisible - http://99percentinvisible.org/ - I think of this as Planet Money for Design. It has introduced me to new ways of looking at cities.

* Quirks and Quarks - http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks - Probably my favorite Science news story podcast. I find it has less fluff than Science Friday.

* Brain Science Podcast - http://brainsciencepodcast.com/ - Has some interesting interviews with experts in the current understanding of the brain.

Invisibilia is new but sure to be a hit: http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

Also Startup: http://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/

Both dance around our world regularly enough to include them.

+1 for Startup. I listened to the last episode of season 1 this weekend -- the first half is the most honest discussion of entrepreneurship I've encountered.

I really like Startup and I'm an avid listener. But, while Alex does a great job of trying to present an honest view of starting a company, I don't think his experiences translate to the everyday entrepreneur.

Sure listening to his initial pitch to Chris Sacca is horrifying and hilarious, but eventually people just start throwing money at him. Everywhere he turns someone is trying to invest. I'm not saying this doesn't happen, but because of who he is the "money" side of things neatly works itself out for him.

Again, I love the podcast and I think Alex is completely honest in it, but he never has to confront the issue of runway which is probably the most nerve-wracking part of being starting a company.

I totally agree - it's not your representative founder story, and while I listened to all of it an enjoyed, I also got the distinct impression that a ton was omitted and or edited out. I guess this is to be expected with a high product podcast, but as it went on, I increasingly felt like large portions of the story were missing.

Very funny... I made it through two episodes of Invisibilia and couldn't figure out why it was pissing me off. Sure enough, vocal fry: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/545/i...

I had the same feeling, I couldn't stand the voice fry. I heard the episode you linked to and felt like a jerk, but I still can't get myself to listen to Invisibilia. The content of the episodes I heard were interesting though.

Invisibilia already has 10 million plays, so I think your prediction has been realised: http://www.npr.org/about-npr/383255428/npr-s-invisibilia-rea...

Well, I listen to many podcasts already mentioned, but these two also deserve a strong recommendation:

* Startups For the Rest of Us - "The podcast that helps developers be awesome at launching software products" - http://www.startupsfortherestofus.com/

One episode per week, like clockwork. Typically ~30 minutes long. Actionable stuff. Whenever I get a new episode of this podcast it instantly goes to top of listening queue. Also, I listen to it 1x speed, because I don't want to miss anything.

* This Developer's Life - "Stories About Developers and Their Lives" - http://thisdeveloperslife.com/

One episode per forever, extremely uneven schedule. Typically ~60 minutes long or so. Sort of This American Life, but - as you already figured out - with the developer angle.

+1 for This Developer's Life. I think it's one of the finest tech podcasts.

Still sad that they stopped recording it last year, but for new listeners, it's still worth watching all old episodes.

I have not listened to it but http://www.thetalkingmachines.com/ is a podcast about machine learning. It was posted on HN some time ago.

The Talking Machines is my favorite machine learning podcast. So far they've had interviews with many of the big names in ML: Yann LeCun, Goeff Hinton, Yoshua Bengio.

For in depth world news and technology trends I listen to the no agenda show with John c Dvorak and Adam curry; their weekly Hunt through the news and c-span broadcasts saves me endless time and the voluminous show notes will be your handy reference too!


In the words of the great Kenneth Robinson: "neither a bayer or lender be!" Enjoy No agenda!

The best podcast in the universe.

In the morning!

Woah, John C. Dvorak is still alive and podcasting? I remember listening to him on Leo LaPorte's podcast back in like 2004 (before I got kinda sick of LaPorte) and thinking Dvorak was the entertaining cranky old man of tech back then.

good stuff!

If you're interested in Apple stuff, ATP is definitely my favorite tech talk show. The mix of personalities is just perfect.

The Prompt is also good if you're into Apple.

Roderick on the Line: http://www.merlinmann.com/roderick/

A fantastic conversation into Music, Culture, the internet, people, life, San Francisco, Seattle and Super Train.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman: http://designobserver.com/topic/designmatters/1039

Fantastic interviews with titans of the design industry.

It's not especially programming or design related; but I was recently turned on to EconTalk (http://www.econtalk.org/) and it's been very enjoyable. Especially good talks were:

* Nick Bostrom on Superintelligence: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/12/nick_bostrom_on.htm...

* Piketty on Inequality and Capital in the 21st Century: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/09/thomas_piketty.html

Some of my favourites (in no particular order):

1. NPR Planet Money -- http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/

2. Talking Machines -- http://www.thetalkingmachines.com/

3. Intelligence squared (debates; through NPR) -- http://www.npr.org/series/6263392/intelligence-squared-u-s/

I've also heard good things about Marketplace -- http://www.marketplace.org/podcasts

I used to listen to heaps of podcasts. These days I'm time poor, so I've culled them all except my favourites:

* TechZing (http://techzinglive.com)

* The Rocketship Podcast (http://rocketship.fm/)

* 2600's Off The Hook (http://www.2600.com/offthehook/archive_ra.html)

I can't recommend anything about programming/design, but I listen to Ask Altucher and The James Altucher Podcast. He interviews successful people – mostly entrepreneurs – from all walks of life. It's very interesting to hear all the past struggles and failures. James somehow makes the guests reveal the most intimate experiences. http://goo.gl/bJBMqN

My list (some of which have already been mentioned):

- This American Life - Invisibilia - Snap Judgment - The Moth Radio Hour - Planet Money - RadioLab - The Meteor Podcast

Can someone please distill a top ten list from all these Hacker News comments?

Also, man oh MAN do I miss Pod of Funk.

For Design topics, check out 99% Invisible (http://99percentinvisible.org/) and Design Details (http://www.designdetails.fm/). I feel silly mentioning This American Life (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/) since it seems like everyone's heard of it, but the quality of the show is just so incredible I can't leave it out. There's the quality of TAL's storytelling and then there's everything else... Radiolab is also incredible (http://www.radiolab.org/) for more technical/scientific topics, but it's definitely not specific to engineering/software.

Bootstrapping/Micropreneurship: Startups For The Rest Of Us (http://www.startupsfortherestofus.com)

That, and also the one Rob does with his wife, http://zenfounder.com/

There is a lot of wisdom on family life as a bootstrapper. I also like it because it's a small window into the reality of things, rather than just the 'glossy version'.

We're launching a podcast next month about programming and technical topics for non-technical people: http://www.talkingcode.com/

Our favorite interview so far (feels like picking your favorite kid!) has been with Sandi Metz, partly because it's so funny to me to have discussed object-oriented design for a non-technical audience. But she had some tremendous, actionable insights for people who want to know how software works without knowing how to write it.

I'm hoping we can bridge the gap a little bit. Ideally, if a non-technical friend or colleague asked me – "hey, what is continuous deployment, anyway?" – I would point them here for an approachable 30,000 foot view. We have a lot of work to do to get there, though.

The Tim Ferris Show is pretty good.


Also Serial, 10 eps, was also very good.


- RadioLab is my current favorite: http://radiolab.org

- The Infinite Monkey Cage is an awesome (and funny) panel on a variety of science topics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/timc

- 99% Invisible always captivates me: http://99percentinvisible.org

- No Such Thing as a Fish is always hilarious and actually quite interesting: http://qi.com/podcast/

If you like history and aren't listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, go do that now. See you in a month.

Developer Tea is a short, fresh and very interesting programming podcast: https://www.developertea.com/

It's just a delight.

I've been a fan of these since he started them, but I often end up wishing they were longer.

I feel the same, but I think the short form is a great feature. In fact, this format is inspiring me to start my own frequently published podcast (feels like something I can do, vs the longer formats)

Both podcasts from http://gimletmedia.com/ are really good and highly recommended:

- Startup - http://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/ - a show about starting a company.

- Reply all - http://gimletmedia.com/show/reply-all/ - a show about internet culture and peculiarities.

Software Engineering Radio is pretty decent, with varied content about the topic: http://www.se-radio.net/

Not tech related, Radiotopia[1] has quite a few decent podcasts. I've been really enjoying The Allusionist[2], which is about the English language.

[1] http://www.radiotopia.fm/

[2] http://www.theallusionist.org/

Like many - I started (and still love) the Joe Rogan Experience (http://joerogan.net/). Now my list is pretty large, but one I really love is Song Exploder (http://songexploder.net)

self-promotion disclaimer I also host one about in-person, uncensored conversations with uncommon people. http://oznog.com

Most of the podcasts I listen are comedy or comedy related (and most of them NSFW):

* WTF with Marc Maron: http://www.wtfpod.com/

* How did this get made?: http://www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/

* RISK!: http://risk-show.com/

* Keith and the Girl: http://www.keithandthegirl.com/

* The Best Show: http://thebestshow.net/

* The Dinner Party Download: http://www.dinnerpartydownload.org/

* By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin: http://www.earwolf.com/show/by-the-way-in-conversation-with-...

* Walking the Room: https://soundcloud.com/walking-the-room

* The Dollop: http://thedollop.libsyn.com/

* Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/bullseye

- Startup : http://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/

A journey of a man creating his 1st podcasting startup.

- Partially Derivative : http://www.partiallyderivative.com/

A podcast about Data Science

- Serial : http://serialpodcast.org/

Investigation about a crime, amazing podcast.

For programming/design, download youtubes from Pando and convert to mp3s. easy. Same for the sam altman/ycombinator lectures.

For real thought, Long Now. http://longnow.org/projects/seminars/SALT.xml For current thought, the RSA (including design). https://www.thersa.org These are good because you get great question sessions at the end of the talk.

Interviews with "spiritual" leaders Sara Trippet's On Being http://www.onbeing.org/sites/onbeing.org/files/xml/podcast.x... For more relaxed, WTF with Mike Marron. Really awesome interviews with tons of fascinating people.

The Buddhist Geeks podcast, if you are into that. http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/

For fun, Nerdist/ Captain Laserbeam and also Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars.

If you enjoy stuff which deals with spirituality you may want to check out Tapestry http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry. The subject is not my cup of tea, but I have heard many rave reviews of it.

A quick look suggests the rave reviews are justified. I'll add it to my rotation and see if I like the tea.

Thanks for the tip.

I listen to a few every time there's a new episode:

* Free Beer & Hot Wings -- this is actually a radio show, but I've been listening since I was in high school and I'm a huge fan or their humor: http://www.freebeerandhotwings.com/

* Upvoted by reddit -- Alexis Ohanian takes a reddit comment or post, and turns it into a long-form podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/upvoted-by-reddit/id9541...

* Men In Blazers -- two soccer guys talking about soccer: http://meninblazers.com/podcasts

* Wait Wait Don't Tell Me -- humorous review of the news from NPR: http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/

Another vote for ShopTalk[1]. Also Jen Simmons' The Web Ahead[2] is fantastic, and gets into some higher-level trends and concepts in tech, art and design. For my Chris Coyier overdose, I tack on Codepen Radio[3]. On the UX and design side, I love The Dirt[4] and Hustle[5]. Finally, The Businessology Show[6] does a great job covering management and leadership (focused on the agency/service world).

[1]: http://shoptalkshow.com

[2]: http://thewebahead.net

[3]: http://blog.codepen.io/radio/

[4]: http://freshtilledsoil.com/thedirt

[5]: http://funsize.co/hustle/

[6]: http://www.businessology.biz

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

I am a premium member of Mixergy. I forget about it for months and then remember again, listen to a random interview and almost always take away something valuable. I like Andrew Warners interview style. He is very kind and respectful but he is still good at asking questions until you get down to the details that actually matter.

- http://www.codenewbie.org/podcast

- http://devchat.tv/js-jabber (from DevChat.tv)

- (edit to add) http://nodeup.com/ (great content with awesome Aussie accents)

- http://devchat.tv/adventures-in-angular (also from DevChat.tv)

- I've also heard good things about, http://devchat.tv/freelancers (another DevChat.tv offering), but haven't had time, between the other podcasts, to start working my way through it

edited: trying to provide a list of links, not a code snippet; why isn't standard MarkDown supported on Hacker News?

* Skeptic's Guide to the Universe (http://www.theskepticsguide.org/) * Rationally Speaking (http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/)

The http://relay.fm network has some podcasts I really enjoy.

Particularly Analog(ue) which is a show specifically about "feelings" http://www.relay.fm/analogue/

I've compiled a list from this page: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BAZjQHZdSrxB0AxxGy-S...

Feel free to edit it.

Sorry - a bit off-topic but...

Try "The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman": http://www.edelmanfinancial.com/radio

Listen over time and you get an education. You can also check out his books, explore his web site, and end up with a good idea of how to run your financial life yourself.

This is especially good for those in their 20s - start now by putting away modest amounts and you'll be rich by the time you're my age.

Also the "Video DownloadHelper" extension for FireFox will let you download these podcasts and others like them that don't offer a direct download option, so you're not stuck sitting there in real time.

The 4 I have on my list at the minute:

* The Joe Rogan Experience - http://podcasts.joerogan.net/

* Nerdist - http://www.nerdist.com/podcast_channel/nerdist-podcast-chann...

* Startalk - http://www.startalkradio.net/shows-archive/

* Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - http://www.tested.com/still-untitled-the-adam-savage-project...

Here's a few I enjoy:

AWS Podcast: http://aws.amazon.com/awspodcast/

The FrontSide Podcast: http://frontside.io/

The New Stack Analysts: http://thenewstack.io/

Software Defined Talk: http://softwaredefinedtalk.com/

Under Development Podcast: http://underdevelopment.io/

GigaOm had a great one as well called The Structure Show but it's now defunct as of last week.

You're missing a dash on the AWS podcast: http://aws.amazon.com/podcasts/aws-podcast

Thanks for mentioning this, didn't know AWS had a podcast.

Design Details just started recently, set up by the head of design at Buffer. They have some interesting people come on from SF companies.


I can't believe nobody's mentioned Futility Closet


Their lateral thinking puzzles are awesome.

• Philosophy

• - Partially Examined Life: http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/

• - Philosophy Bites: http://www.philosophybites.com/

• Comedy

• - Bill Burr Monday Morning Podcast: http://www.billburr.com/podcast

• - The Bugle Podcast: http://thebuglepodcast.com/

All you need is philosophy and comedy, anything else is superfluous.

The Bugle regularly makes me laugh out loud on my commute, although I'm not sure quite how well it translates for non-Brits. Co-host Andy Zaltzman is the brother of Helen Zaltzman who also co-hosts an excellent comedy podcast, Answer Me This.

A fellow bugler?! Well met, good sir. I like its Britishness and frequent references to cricket and other such obscure and quaint social rituals. In truth - though I am a non-Brit, I am an inhabitant of the Emerald Isle persuasion and require very little in the way of machine translation.

I am listening to Answer Me This! as I type my reply to you and I thank you for the pointer.

## Business

* The Fizzle Show: http://fizzle.co/show This show gets you thinking critically about what you're doing/need to do in your business, and it provides a good laugh, too. That said, it largely focuses on "content" businesses and blogging.

## Development/Marketing/Business

* The Binpress Podcast: http://www.binpress.com/blog/category/podcast/

I host a podcast for the folks at Binpress, where I interview developers who've built businesses on their software. I've interviewed Canonical's [Mark Shuttleworth](http://www.binpress.com/blog/2014/08/26/binpress-podcast-epi...), Zend's [Andi Gutmans](http://www.binpress.com/blog/2014/09/30/binpress-podcast-epi...) and HashiCorp's [Mitchell Hashimoto](http://www.binpress.com/blog/2014/09/09/binpress-podcast-epi...), just to name a few.

## Off Topic

* Better Call Saul Insider Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-call-saul-insider...

Kelley Dixon, an editor on the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, hosts this podcast with guests including actors, fellow editors and the show's writers.

* Let's Drink About It: http://letsdrinkabout.it/

The co-hosts proceed from the premise that every life event has a perfect cocktail pairing. They've got great guests (often comedians) that chat about what's going on in their lives and, of course, talk about cocktails

I submit that being a good designer (of software or hardware or 2d or 3d images) demands a well rounded education, a diverse set of interests, and a morbid sense of humor. To that end I submit these following podcasts to excite the weak connections in our brains:



and bonus, the excellent but extinct Word Nerds podcast:


(you might need to add/dL them one at a time)

* The skeptics guide to the universe: http://www.theskepticsguide.org/

* WTF with Marc Maron: http://www.wtfpod.com

* Greg Proop's the smartest man in the world: http://www.gregproops.com/blog/smartest-man-in-the-world-pod...

omega tau "science in your headphones". http://omegataupodcast.net/ excellent.

The Jeff and Casey show is probably my favorite: http://mollyrocket.com/jacs/index.html. It's hosted by the owner/founder of Rad Game Tools and one of their (now ex-) programmers (who has recently had minor fame as the host of handmade hero).

Typically the episodes aren't about programming, although they do frequently discuss tech topics.

Radiolab - I love the fast cuts and interesting sound design. Of course, the content is top notch too.

This American Life - Probably the most popular podcast with a long history and an impressive track record of exciting stories.

The Bike Shed - new Ruby/Rails-related podcast from thoughtbot, really like it.

Pragmatic - in-depth coverage of certain technical topics.

The Truth - fictional stories, very good writing, high production values. Feels like audio-only, high quality short films.

The Changelog Podcast is a good show with OSS developers.


* Changelog Podcast http://thechangelog.com/podcast/

* Writing Excuses (Hugo-award winning) http://www.writingexcuses.com/

* Reddit Upvoted https://soundcloud.com/upvoted/

Not at all tech related, but I like to listen to The Unexplained podcast with the British radio profile Howard Hughes. It's a bit out there, but his voice, and his broadcast pedigree makes it very relaxing to listen to, at least for me.


Have a great day Best Fredrik

Perhaps more HN focused, the following list for Bootstrappers and Entrepreneurs might be interesting:


I went through this thread and tallied up all the mentions, agreements, etc. -- here are the top 20 results:

Startup (11 mentions) - http://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/

This American Life (10 mentions) - http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

99% Invisible (9 mentions) - http://99percentinvisible.org/

Radiolab (9 mentions) - http://www.radiolab.org/

Planet Money (8 mentions) - http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/

Invisibilia (7 mentions) - http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

Serial (7 mentions) - http://serialpodcast.org

Bugle (6 mentions) - http://thebuglepodcast.com/

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History (6 mentions)

EconTalk (6 mentions) - http://www.econtalk.org/

WTF with Marc Maron (6 mentions) - http://www.wtfpod.com/

Freakonomics (5 mentions) - http://freakonomics.com/category/freakonomics-radio/podcasts...

Skeptic's Guide to the Universe (5 mentions) - http://www.theskepticsguide.org/

Moth (4 mentions) - http://themoth.org/

No Agenda Show (4 mentions) - http://www.noagendashow.com/

StarTalk (4 mentions) - http://www.startalkradio.net/shows-archive/

Startups for the Rest of Us (4 mentions) - http://www.startupsfortherestofus.com/

The Truth (4 mentions) - http://thetruthpodcast.com/The_Truth.html

Upvoted by Reddit (4 mentions) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/upvoted-by-reddit/id9541...

Anything else was three mentions or less, but I'll likely put my spreadsheet up on Google Sheets.

Not programming related but whilst working pretty much all of Earwolf.

Comedy BangBang, Who Charted, Improv for Humans

Build & Launch (build & launch a new product every week)

StarTalk Radio (Neil DeGrasse Tyson - lots of science & humor)

99% Invisible (design in everyday life)

Product Hunt (you know)

Diggnation (there's enough episodes to enjoy for years)

The Bowery Boys (NYC history)

Hatching (discussions about NeedWant's products/strategies)

Release Notes (iOS dev & design)

http://risky.biz/ Focused on security

Hell yes. Risky Business has been my favorite new podcast discovery this year, and I can't believe it's actually been running for 7 years. It's really well presented, the segments flow well and are informative & entertaining.

If you've currently got Security Now on your podcast playlist, definitely pick this one up. I think you'll feel like you've been shortchanging yourself all this time.

* For most things: All Financial times podcasts. Especially 'World Weekly with Gideon Rachman'.

* Foreign Affairs. Only updated every few weeks, but mostly interesting.

* New Yorker Comment podcast.

* If you are (like me) trying to learn German: 'Bayern 2 - radioWissen', 'DW Wirtschaft'.

Dorm Room Tycoon has lots of interviews with high profile people in the field of innovation, startups and design. Compact episodes, well prepared host and guests and interesting topics make this podcast a favourite of mine. - www.drt.fm

Bill Burr Monday morning podcast

Sex Nerd Sandra

Terrified With Dave Ross

The Mental Illness Happy Hour

I'm fine, BTW, aside from the stress of my master thesis.

I take a slightly different approach to podcasting, follow people not podcasts.

Have someone you want to hear from, get a list of podcasts they've been on.


An interesting concept but an uninspiring execution.

Who are all those people in the catalog? There is no filtering by profession, interest, etc. Every picture has only a name label. Very helpful if you have no idea (or you're not sure) who the person is.

A test search 'joel spolsky' (a celebrity that must be there) gave me this:

  No matches for 'joel spolsky'

Thanks for the feedback.

This was the MVP of the site just launched a few weeks ago.

At this point it's expected that your searching for people that you already know, hence the lack of detail for the person.

I had trouble finding interviews with Joel, but I'll hunt some down.

The only podcast I listen to regularly is Exponent by Ben Thompson and James Allworth. As a bonus it's also ad free. http://exponent.fm/

I've been listening to PartiallyDerivative, although it is mostly a rehash of top HackerNews articles from the week. It's also curious that the two data scientist hosts do a lot of math bashing.

Criminal - monthly podcast focusing on crime stories http://thisiscriminal.com/

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin - interviews

The Bryan Callen Show : http://bryancallen.com/

The range of guests is great, and the conversation is very insightful and humorous.

I just published an article about my subscription list: http://mwermuth.com/podcast-list/

David Sirlin has a great podcast about the theory of game design: http://www.sirlin.net/podcast

We have a list of podcasts and reviews here: https://podcasts.techendo.com/

Best history podcast I've ever listened to.


Would definitely recommend "In Our Time", it's amazing the broad range of stuff they cover from science, philosophy, religion and beyond. I've been mining their back catalogue, there's some truly fascinating topics discussed.


Ctrl-F "Tropical", seconded.

Although they don't have a huge tech focus, for anyone even remotely interested in either a.) bootstrapped businesses, or b.) travel --- it is the best podcast I know about.

Turns out bootstrapping and travel are naturally synergistic. For bootstrapping you want to minimize burn rate. With travel, you can live (reasonably) comfortably somewhere like Thailand or Bali for 6 months to 1 year off of only ~1K per month as you get your new venture off the ground.

After listening to this podcast for a year I've lived in Shenzhen, China, Ubud, Bali (Indonesia) and Taipei, Taiwan while doing remote Rails consulting to build up a warchest.

So far its been the best experience of my life and I never would have done it without listening to this podcast to hear about all the other people who have done the same.

It's certainly not a tech podcast, but I love the Joe Rogan Experience.

Me too. I am praying that an episode with John Carmack comes through.


The Thrilling Adventure Hour!

Lots of great stuff here already, here are a few things which I don't think I saw.

Music: -All Songs Considered http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/ -KEXP Presents Music That Matters http://feeds.kexp.org/kexp/musicthatmatters -The Noise Pop podcast ww2.kqed.org/arts/affiliates/noise-pop/

Funny: -The Bugle (highly recommend) http://thebuglepodcast.com/

Tech: -Bad Voltage http://www.badvoltage.org/ -Innovation Hub (Hidden gem) http://www.pri.org/programs/innovation-hub -New Tech City http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newtechcity/ -Tech Weekly http://www.theguardian.com/technology/series/techweekly

News & Politics: -The World Next Week (Hidden Gem) http://www.cfr.org/publication/by_type/podcast.html -On the Media (Fantastic) http://www.onthemedia.org/ -Canadaland (it's about Canada) http://canadalandshow.com/ -DeCodeDC http://www.decodedc.com/ -The Economist All Audio (really good) http://www.economist.com/audio-edition -Inside CFR (super dry, but really good analysis) http://www.cfr.org/about/rss/podcast.html -Money Talking http://www.wnyc.org/shows/moneytalking/ -The New Yorker the Political Scene Podcast http://www.newyorker.com/podcasts -Politics Weekly (UK) www.theguardian.com/politics/series/politicsweekly -What The Papers Say (very enjoyable) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sgy8c

Other? -Death, Sex & Money http://www.wnyc.org/shows/deathsexmoney/ -From Scratch http://www.npr.org/series/126166186/from-scratch -The Business (the 1st 5 min. of each show are great, then it gets lame) http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/the-business -The New Yorker Out Loud http://www.newyorker.com/podcasts -StoryCorps (Warning it may make you a bit teary eyed) http://storycorps.org/podcast/ -Science Weekly www.theguardian.com/science/series/science

My vote to : Startup life:

The reboot Podcast

StartUp Podcast




99 % invisible

planet money



* The Truth

* Freakonomics

* The Moth

* RadioLab

* Magnet Theater Podcast

I'm not as familiar with dev/design podcasts but I'll mention some that I've heard good things about; I think it would make a great Product Hunt board. More generally I think podcast discovery is a huge problem b/c 1.) most of us aren't aware of the good shows that exist, 2.) there's no easy way to share the best episodes, so we don't know which ones they are, and 3.) as listeners our interests are incredibly varied so subjective relevance is almost as important as quality. I'm going to share a list of shows that I've personally enjoyed or seem interesting. I'm also going to share some of my favorite episodes, because what's even more hard to identify than a good show are the very best episodes!

#Full disclosure, I'm creating a social platform for discovering and sharing podcasts: http://www.knomad.com/

#Side plug, https://www.audiosear.ch/ is doing some cool things with podcast discovery and exposes searches against digitally transcribed audio from podcasts

------------------------------- [1. Dev / Design Podcasts] -------------------------------

• Iterate | http://apple.co/1MEM8AR

• Giant Robots | http://apple.co/1HVdlOQ

• Isomertric | http://apple.co/1CkElXN

• Programming Throwdown | http://apple.co/1AL7PIJ

• 99% Invisible | http://apple.co/1GdqFAX

--------------------------- [2. General Podcasts I Recommend ] ---------------------------

--Tech News / Startups--

• This Week in Startups | http://thisweekinstartups.com | Amazing interviews. Great tech news insight. Fast paced. Highly recommend.

• How To Start a Startup | http://startupclass.samaltman.com/ | Course taught at Stanford organized by Sam Altman; some of the best distilled startup advice and insight.

• a16z | https://soundcloud.com/a16z | Lots of very smart people having candid discussions about interesting tech topics.

• Stanford ETL | http://apple.co/1uROaKz | Quality of speakers and topics very, but there's a wealth of great insight and stories here from founders to VCs and other interesting figures. The candid Q&A is also good.

• Accidental Tech Podcast | http://atp.fm/ | Marco Arment (co-founder of Tumblr) and co-hosts Casey Liss and John Siracusa discuss tech news, Apple, podcasts, and more.

• Product Hunt | http://apple.co/1FqZlwI | Ryan Hoover and Erik Torenburg interview founders and insiders, typically assoicated with the hottest new products (eg Meerkat right now)

• From Scratch | http://www.fromscratchradio.org/show/ | Jessica Harris interviews founders and surfaces great stories you likely haven't heard in a very NPR-esque manner.

• The Jay and Farhad Show | https://soundcloud.com/jay-yarow | Farhad is one of the best tech journalists out there and they are both great to listen to.

• MVP | http://mvptheshow.com/ | Ryan Block (@ryan), former editor-in-cheif at Engagdet and Peter Rojas, co-founder of Engadget and Gizmodo, discuss tech news. Both are very smart.

• The Tim Ferriss Show | http://apple.co/QG5aka | Life hacking, startups, health, cooking, goal settings, etc. If you don't know who Tim is, google him - he's an interesting guy.

• The Talk Show w/ John Gruber | http://www.muleradio.net/thetalkshow/ | Associated with Daring Fireball.

--Comedy / Entertainment--

• Girl on Guy | http://girlonguy.net/ | Comedian and actress Aisha Tyler (Lana on Archer) interviews actors and comedians. Very funny, very interesting.

• WTF with Marc Maron | http://www.wtfpod.com/ | Marc is pretty funny and he brings on lots of amazing and hilarious guests.

• The Bugle | http://thebuglepodcast.com/ | John Oliver delivering fake news. It's perfect.

• Harmontown | http://apple.co/1BnY0R1 | Dan Harmon (community, rick & morty) and co-hosts do live shows in LA and feature amazing guests. Usually very funny.

• Indoor Kids | http://apple.co/1Auu6vg| Kumail Nanjiani (comedian on HBO's Silicon Valley) talks video games and shoots the shit. He's hilarious.

• Cracked | http://apple.co/1ALKJBT | Cohosts Jack O'Brien and Michael Swaim analyze movies, tv shows, and pop culture. Usually very funny.

• Smartest Guy in the Room | http://apple.co/1xrlF2s | Greg Proops.

• Nerdist | http://apple.co/1h68I6j | Chris Hardwick and co-hosts. Best episodes are defined by his guests.

--Science / Space--

• Radiolab | http://www.radiolab.org/ | Basically This American Life with fascinating scientific insights baked into about 90% of the stories. It's my favorite podcast.

• StarTalk Radio | http://www.startalkradio.net/ | Neil deGrasse Tyson (need I say more?) and comedian co-host Eugene Mirman discuss space and science with a stellar line up of guests. Informative and funny.

• Inquiring Minds | https://soundcloud.com/inquiringminds | Focuses on the intersection of science, society, and politics.

• Invisibilia | http://apple.co/1MF54zm | Spin off from Radiolab focusing on the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Merges scientific research and storytelling.


• UpVoted by Reddit | http://apple.co/15PutIP | Alexis Ohanian interviews people associated with some of the most amazing stories from Reddit

• The Daily Show without Jon Stewart | http://apple.co/1zi10mV | Behind the scenes conversations with the writers, producers, and correspondents. Funny stories and insight into how the show is made.

• Hardcore History | http://apple.co/1zz1dgL | Very long podcasts dedicated to in depth coverage of historical periods. Sam Harris loves it. Very highly regarded.

• Savage Lovecast | http://apple.co/1uapNF9 | Dan Savage reads anonymous questions from listeners and offers sex and relationship advice. Very informative and entertaining.

• Real Time with Bill Maher | http://apple.co/1pHRinG | Audio version of the HBO show. Comedy, politics, interviews, and panel discussions.

• StartUp | http://apple.co/1K5YDt9 | Alex Blumberg creates a podcast about creating a podcast company.

• Planet Money | http://apple.co/1bbrIDO | NPR; some of the best radio reporting on financial issues. They made 30min on the European debt crisis INTERESTING. wow.

• This American Life | http://apple.co/1K5XCRI | One of the very best podcasts in existence. Various stories from American life. Can only listen to the most recent ep in most podcast apps.

• Serial | http://serialpodcast.org/ | If you haven't heard of this, welcome back to the internet ;). Amazing 12 episode story about a real murder in the 90s.

• Freakonomics | http://apple.co/1fldET0 | Authors of freakonomics explore similar issues. Interesting, insightful, and informative.

• Criminal | http://apple.co/1fmyL7k | Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Great replacement for Serial while waiting for season 2.

• Radio Free Burrito | http://apple.co/19qR5RA | Wil Wheaton presents an infrequently-updated podcast with music, stories, and other things which he finds ... interesting.

• FINAL LEVEL | http://apple.co/1zXuTDQ | ICE T has a podcast.

------------------------------ [3. Episodes I recommend ] -------------------------------

• Radiolab | What's Up Doc | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=i8Sgvfo3n9

• Radiolab | Juicervose | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=nPgwIKZbpY

• StarTalk Radio | Big Brains at BAM (Live event w/ Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory, Bill Nye , Paul Rudd, +others) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=9ciLDi6Ng1

• StarTalk Radio | Evolution with Richard Dawkins | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=AlfRdLw0k1

• Girl on Guy | Ryan Stiles (Improv legend from Who's Line) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=oE6px2jKb5

• This Week in Startups | Josh Elman (Twitter and user acquistion) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=pcwSWJRbOu

• This Week in Startups | Austin Heinz (laser printing DNA) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=5svl1R35Me

• Stanford ETL | Salman Khan (of Khan Acamedy) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=CSE0IUhzL4

• NPR Fresh Air | Larry David (of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=cgnxA5WCYV

• Product Hunt | Ben Rubin (co-founder of Meerkat) | http://www.knomad.com/episodes/?=WqYFTgqjEW

Comedy panel shows

Do the right thing - UK comedy panel show hosted by Danielle Ward and team captains Michael Legge and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

Pappy's flatshare slamdown - Comedy panel show hosted and captained by UK sketch comedy group Pappy's.

InKredulous - Skeptical comedy panel show.

News and current affairs

Citizen radio - Independent left-wing political show.

The Bugle - Satirical news podcast hosted by Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver.


Be reasonable - A skeptic interviews people whose ideas are "outside of the mainstream" in a polite and respectful way.

InKredulous - Skeptical comedy panel show.

Skeptics with a K - UK based skeptical podcast. Light-hearted, with a focus on scientific skepticism.

Skeptoid - US based skeptical podcast. Each episode dives into debunking a single topic.

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe - US based skeptical podcast.


The Infinite Monkey Cage - Comedic panel discussion show about science hosted by Robin Ince and Brian Cox.

Factual entertainment

The Allusionist - A podcast about words and language hosted by Helen Zaltzman.

Answer me this! - The hosts Helen Zaltzman (sister of Bugle's Andy Zaltzman), Ollie Mann and Martin the Soundman answer questions submitted by the general public.

No such thing as a fish - Some of the QI Elves that research for the TV show get together to discuss their favourite facts they've discovered in the past week.

Serial - Each series is an ongoing story/documentary. Season 1 is an investigation into the murder of a young woman and whether the correct person was convicted for the crime.

The Struggle Bus - An advice show.


Hanselminutes - Scott Hanselman interviews people about programming/technical related things.

Factual Comedy

The Comedian's Comedian Podcast - UK comedian Stuart Goldsmith interviews other comedians about comedy, performing and their writing process. The majority of the guests are UK based, but with a good number of Australian, New Zealand and US comics.

Michael Legge - UK based stand-up comic Michael Legge sporadically reads out his blogs.

Richard Herring's Warming Up - UK comedian Richard Herring reads out his daily blogs.

Richard Herring

Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast - Richard Herring interviews comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - Richard Herring interviews various celebrities.

Richard Herring's As It Occurs to Me - UK comedian Richard Herring performs a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy based on the past week with co-performers Dan Tetsell, Emma Kennedy and Christian Reilly.

Richard Herring's Warming Up - UK comedian Richard Herring reads out his daily blogs.

Tabletop Gaming

Ludology - In depth discussions around the topic of table-top gaming. Occasional interview with board game designers.

Dudes Talking

The Collings and Herrin podcast - UK comedian Richard Herring and presenter Andrew Collins in the "two dudes talking" genre.

Harmontown - Dan Harmon (creator of Community) and Jeff Davis chat on stage in front of an audience, often get drunk, interview guests, and play Dungeons and Dragons.

Hello Internet - CGP Grey (CGP Grey YouTube channel) and Brady Haran (Numberphile, Periodic Videos, Computerphile, BackstageScience, Bibledex, BradyStuff, Deep Sky Videos, FavScientist, Foodskey, Nottingham Science, Objectivity, PsyFile, PhilosophyFile, Sixty Symbols, Words of the World + more YouTube channels) in the "two dudes talking" genre.

Matt & Mattingly's Ice Cream Social - Two Vegas based improv comics and a sound engineer in the "dudes talking" genre.

Penn's Sunday School - Magician Penn Jillette and co-hosts Matt Donnelly and Michael Goudeau in the "dudes talking" genre.

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