Podcasts have been undergoing a bit of a comeback lately, mostly due to the overwhelming popularity of Serial in the fall of last year.
I subscribe to almost 30 myself, but I don’t listen to every last episode of every show. Here are some of my favorites; you should listen to them!
The only baseball podcast you’ll ever need. Sure, they discuss statistics, prospects, and other standard baseball news, but what’s more fun are the listener email sessions. They’ll go back and forth for 20 minutes on how the game would change if, for example, ejected players couldn’t be replaced for the rest of the game. Good stuff all around!
A great show for your inner science or engineering nerd. The episodes are really long (2 hours is roughly the norm), but it allows the host and the guest to get into every last detail of the subject at hand. From SR-71 pilots to shipwreck divers, this show is both insanely technical and insanely interesting at the same time.
Hands down the best radio show and podcast out there right now. Not as touchy feely as This American Life, but not super technical like Omega Tau. I only wished they published new stuff more often, but ya know, “too much of a good thing” and all that.
A reincarnation of their former show, TLDR, hosted by the same guys: PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. Reply All is about the Internet and how it affects us as individuals and as a society. I particularly enjoy the “Yes Yes No” segments, in which the hosts explain the intricacies of the Internet to their clueless producer, Alex Blumberg.
Adam Savage (yes, that Adam Savage) and two other guys who I don’t really know discuss films, design, maker culture, and a bunch of other topics. They have interesting and insightful takes on nearly every topic imaginable, and Adam’s stories are always knee-slappingly funny.
A philosopher and a psychologist walk into a bar… and start a podcast. What sounds like the beginning of a joke actually turns out to be one the most enjoyable shows I listen to. They’re sometimes a bit heavy on the philosophy jargon, but for the most part it’s surprisingly good despite a topic that most people would consider “boring.”
[Thanks to Matthew Keefe for the featured image.]