Podcast Update

It’s been so long! First how I’m listening, then what.

The built in iOS podcast app is junk. I currently use Pocket Casts from Shifty Jelly. Before that I used Overcast. I’d recommend either one, though Overcast is currently free (wasn’t when I got it), and Pocket Casts is like $4. They both have a feature that skips past silence (lulls in speech) without you even noticing. This feature alone has saved me over 2 days of listening time. That’s crazy.

And now for what I’m listening to, in the order they appear in my app – which is to say in no particular order.

  • Security Now – Computer Security. Nerd!
  • StarTalk Radio – Splitting off into different shows… I only listen when NdT is on now. It’s an interesting format but the rotating comedian guest hosts are often guilty of celebration of ignorance, and that gets really old.
  • The Tim Ferriss Show – Long format, check the guest. Pretty informative generally.
  • Adam Ruins Everything – The podcast version of the TV show. Goes deeper.
  • The Journal by Kevin Rose – Founder interviews. Very Good.
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Redefines long-form. Seriously. Very educational.
  • The Tobolowsky Files – Ned Ryerson! Show is back from a long hiatus.
  • Planet Money – Economics. More interesting than you might think. If this doesn’t matter to you, it should.
  • the memory palace – Storytelling. No, I mean that in a good way.
  • Radio Diaries – “Extraordinary stories of ordinary life”. So more storytelling.
  • Love + Radio – This completes the storytelling trio. These 3 are hard to explain. Just listen.
  • Science Vs – Tackling the hard topics is hard.
  • No Agenda – Straddling the alternate universes. In the morning.
  • Freakonomics Radio – “The Hidden side of everything”
  • Geologic Podcast – Rantings of a musician and skeptic named George.
  • The Alton Browncast – Pops up on occasion, I guess when Alton is bored.
  • Waking Up with Sam Harris – Sam chats with a guest for a long time. Very guest-dependent.
  • DH Unplugged - Investing.
  • 99% Invisible – The way things are designed matters.
  • Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin – Alec goes deep with the assistant sound designer of your favorite play.
  • Triangulation – Tech interviews.
  • How I Built This – Founder interviews.
  • This American Life – Quintessential podcast.
  • Penn’s Sunday School – Now on Wednesdays, too!
  • Radiolab – See This American Life
  • Surprisingly Awesome – surprisingly interesting.
  • The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe – Mike Rowe does a Paul Harvey kinda thing. Short and interesting. Binge.
  • Revisionist History – Malcolm Gladwell.
  • Embedded – Tough stories to hear, but they should be heard.
  • Dirty White Belt Radio – Broadcasting from the center of the known universe.
  • The Sporkful – It’s not for foodies, it’s for eaters.
  • 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy – Short, educational. Binge.
  • Slate’s The Gist – I don’t watch the Daily Show any more, I listen to this.
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz – It’s about sound. Binge listen.
  • Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly – Just started listening, we’ll see.
  • S-Town – New show, just out today. First episode was interesting.

These last two are long shows that come out too frequently to listen to every episode. I subscribe to but don’t auto download so I can see the guest name. If I’m interested I dl. I might hear one show a month from each.

  • The Adam Carolla Show
  • The Joe Rogan Experience


Published by Brian

Grappling sometimes, but mostly just trying to get others to grapple.

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