Podcasts are a thriving, powerful, yet underappreciated sector of digital media. Here’s a list of some of the podcasts I currently listen to for my work and/or entertainment, broken down by rough categories: history and culture, education, technology and science, economics, gaming, fiction and storytelling, and genre fiction.
Please recommend others or share your thoughts on these in the comments:
History and culture
- In Our Time – superb, high-speed conversations about history, science, and culture.
- BBC Analysis – addresses policy and current events.
- CBC Ideas – deep dives into history, culture, and the history of ideas
- The Memory Palace – short, moving glimpses into the past
- Radio Open Source – not about technology, but a wide range of current events and culture.
- Backstory with the American History Guys – three major historians explore themes in American history.
- Slate Culture Gabfest – high-speed, often cranky chatter about current events and pop culture.
- Norman Centuries, Byzantine Rulers – Lars Brownworth’s medieval history seminars.
- Dan Carlin‘s HardCore History – excellent, thoughtful explorations of intense events.
- 99% Invisible – meditations on architecture and the built environment.
- Long Now Foundation – seminars about very long-term thinking, covering science and culture.
- Digital Campus – discussions on current events in education, libraries, and museums.
- Tech Therapy – technology and higher education, from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- JISC podcasts – from Britain’s official nexus of technology and education.
- Stephen Downes – this leading commentator and innovator occasionally podcasts his presentations.
Technology and science
- Radiolab – fine storytelling about unusual ideas in science.
- TWiT – a series of podcasts on different aspects of current technology.
- Future Tense – looking at present trends for their future impact.
- Outriders – emergent developments in technology.
- TechStuff – deep dives into new and/or major technologies.
- Star Talk Radio – Neil deGrasse Tyson instructs and entertains.
- Engines of our Ingenuity – short podcasts on technology, inventions, and people.
- EconTalk – interviews with major economists.
- Peter Day’s World of Business – energetic explorations of present-day economic life.
- Harvard Business Review Ideacast – interviews with economic thinkers and business leaders.
- Gamers with Jobs – regular discussions about current games.
- The Brainy Gamer -infrequent interpretations of gaming.
Fiction and storytelling
- Librivox – a huge library of public domain literature.
- The Story Collider – personal stories about science.
- Selected Shorts – great readings of excellent short stories.
- StoryCorps – everyday people sharing stories about their lives.
- Transom – on audio theater.
- The Drama Pod – new radio theater.
- Welcome to Night Vale – a community radio station for a very surreal, twisted town (downloads here).
- Starship Sofa – first science fiction podcast to win a Hugo award.
- Clarkesworld Magazine podcasts – beautifully read fantasy and science fiction short stories.
- Escape Pod – science fiction short stories.
- 19 Nocturne Boulevard – audio theater of science fiction, fantasy, horror, westerns, comedy, and anything else emitted by Julie Holverson’s mind
- SFF Audio – in-depth discussion of science fiction and fantasy stories.
- Tales to Terrify – horror stories, masterfully MC’d.
- Pseudopod – horror tales.
- Crime City Central – mystery, crime, noir.
Which of these are your favorites? And what are you listening to these days?