Podcasts

Over the past few years I have become dangerously, hopelessly addicted to listening to podcasts. I listen to them whenever I have a few free minutes: on my (brief) commute, walking the dog, cleaning dishes, taking a shower, and even trying to fall asleep. Lately, the success of the This American Life spinoff show, Serial, has drawn more attention to the medium, and so I wanted to record some of my favorite podcasty things.

Shows

Here are my favorite podcasts, in descending order:

  1. This American Life

    First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass.

  2. Accidental Tech Podcast

    Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.

  3. Radiolab from WNYC

    On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab is an investigation – a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea.

  4. The Talk Show With John Gruber

    The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball.

  5. Exponent

    In this program we seek to explore the massive effect technology is having not just only technology companies, but also on society as a whole.

  6. NPR Programs: Fresh Air Podcast

    Fresh Air from WHYY [Ed. note: PHILLY!], the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio’s most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today’s biggest luminaries.

  7. DecodeDC

    DecodeDC has a broad mandate: to help Americans understand how crucial political issues affect everyday life.

  8. New Yorker: The Political Scene

    A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker’s executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.

  9. StartUp Podcast

    My difficult journey from man to businessman. It’s a classic start-up story, but one that’s recorded in real time.

  10. Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files

    Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Indoor Kids) and a guest explore their favorite cases of The X-Files. The truth is out there!

  11. WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

    Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day – WTF? He’ll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.

  12. New Yorker: Out Loud

    A weekly conversation about what’s new in The New Yorker.

  13. The Gist

    A daily afternoon podcast about news, culture, and whatever else you’ll be discussing with friends and family tonight. With Mike Pesca.

  14. 99% Invisible

    Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible (99 Percent Invisible) is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture.

  15. Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast

    Join host Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!” on IFC, “Mr. Show”) for a weekly podcast that blends conversation and character work from today’s funniest comedians.

  16. Hypercritical (retired, but still awesome and still worth listening to)

    A weekly talk show ruminating on exactly what is wrong in the world of Apple and related technologies and businesses. Nothing is so perfect that it can’t be complained about.”

Gear

  • Overcast: this is the best podcast player for iOS.
  • GOgroove FlexSMART X2: this is the best Bluetooth radio adapter. My car is old and doesn’t have an AUX input. There is a newer GOgroove FlexSMART X3, but I haven’t tried it, and it’s more expensive anyway. This one works wonderfully.
  • SoundBot SB510: this is the best Bluetooth shower speaker. The battery lasts forever, and you can control playback using the buttons on the speaker. It’s awesome.