Podcasts have had a renaissance in the last year. I find them useful for learning, thinking and entertainment. They’re perfect when commuting, driving, showering or doing chores around the house.
Here are the podcasts I’m listening to at the moment. I don’t listen to every episode, but there’s always something worth dipping in to. I’ve provided RSS links. Most podcasts are available through iTunes and SoundCloud too.
The Exponent (RSS) – Ben Thompson from Stratechery talks with James Allworth about the latest developments in the tech world. What I like about this is they discuss why things have happened, not just what. That leads to some original thinking which complements Thompson’s regular blog posts.
a16z (RSS) – Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz’s podcast covering a wide range of subjects on how tech impacts our lives. Often this features their investment companies, but it’s not a shill for their portfolio.
No Such Things as a Fish (RSS) – TV’s QI elves discuss the oddest facts they’ve uncovered that week while reseasrching for the show. I actually prefer this to the TV show, if only because Alan Davies isn’t on it.
Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RSS) – Herring interviews legends of the alternative comedy scene, which is pretty much anyone who hasn’t been on Mrs Brown’s Boys.
More or Less: Behind the Stats (RSS) – The Financial Times’ Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, investigates numbers and statistics in the news. Usually with the conclusion that you can’t trust any stat that comes out of a politician’s mouth.
How to listen
For mobile devices, I use Pocket Casts (iOS and Android). Does the job far better than iTunes and is full of useful features.
At home I have Sonos. It doesn’t handle podcasts particularly well, though it does work with SoundCloud. I use NetNewsWire 3 to automatically download MP3s to my elderly Mac Mini, which acts as a NAS on my home network. Then I have the folder as a favourite in the Sonos app, and it’s plain sailing from there.
Finally, the best £12 I’ve ever spent in on this Bluetooth waterproof speaker for the shower. Get one.
I hope that list helps. What podcasts would you recommend?
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