My Podcast Feed

June 18th, 2017

I’m a huge fan of podcasts and audiobooks, and devour them readily. Whether as a mental distraction at work, or a way to remove the tedium of driving around, or background while playing Ingress or…really, for a myriad of reasons, a good podcast or audiobook can brighten one’s day and uplift one’s mood. I’ve been asked on a few different occasions what I subscribe to, and as my subscription feed grows more and more with each cool podcast someone recommends to me, I’ve decided to consolidate them here for reference.

This is a comprehensive list of the podcasts I actively follow. I use the Android Pocket Casts app to follow them on my phone.

  1. 20000 Hertz — Intriguing stories and facts about some of the worlds most interesting and well-known sounds. Hosted by Dallas Taylor of Defacto Sound.
  2. Accidental Tech Podcast — Casey Liss, Marco Arment, and John Siracusa accidentally created this tech podcast while trying to make a car show (Neutral). They discuss various apple- and technology-related things that pique their interest.
  3. Alice Isn’t Dead — From the creators of Welcome to Night Vale: A truck driver searches for her wife who she thought was dead, encountering various strange and fantastic things along the way.
  4. Almanac — Conversations about lots of interesting contemporary things, hosted by Andy Ihnatko of Relay FM.
  5. Analog(ue) — Myke Hurley and Casey Liss of Relay FM discuss how our digital devices make us feel, and how we feel about them.
  6. Ars Paradoxica — After an mishap occurs while she is experimenting with the Higgs field , Dr. Sally Grissom finds she’s accidentally discovered how to time travel. There’s just a small problem: It stuck her in the heart of 1940s America, at the peak of World War II.
  7. Bonanza — Myke Hurley and Matt Alexander of Relay FM discuss absolutely nothing in particular.
  8. Bronzeville — Starring an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors, including Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate and Tika Sumpter, this audio drama provides a fascinating theatrical look into the 1940s-era South Side Chicago from a unique African American perspective.
  9. Buffer Buddies — In a style similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000, each week we watch a cheesy movie or TV episode and talk about funny, sometimes unrelated, things while watching. Hosted primarily by Jared Kotoff and Tiffany Tran of UpDownLeftDie, with an assortment of friends (most recently, yours truly) as guests.
  10. Cortex — YouTuber CGP Grey and Myke Hurley of Relay FM discuss the methods and tools they use to do the awesome things that they do.
  11. Disney Story Origins — Paul J. Hale gives summaries of Disney films and an in-depth comparison between the Disney version and the classic historical tale.
  12. Download — Jason Snell (of The Incomparable, Six Colors, and Relay FM) hosts a weekly discussion with panels of guest co-hosts to talk about a variety of trends and ongoing tech topics.
  13. Do By Friday — Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin give each other weekly challenges.
  14. Eban Schletter’s Fantastical Musicorium — A short-lived music/comedy podcast by the fantastic musician Eban Schletter.
  15. Edict Zero – FIS — Tagged as “the science fiction audio drama series”; this podcast by Jack Kincaid is a sci-fi audiodrama about the Federal Investigative Services’ search for answers after the events of a fateful New Year’s Day, 2415, and how their search only yields more and more questions as it deepens.
  16. EOS 10 — An audio drama best described by the blurb on its website: “The stories of two maladjusted doctors and their medical team aboard an intergalactic travel hub on the edges of deep space — along with a deposed prince who’s claimed the foodcourt kitchen as his new throne.”
  17. Every Little Thing — Flora Lichtman of Gimlet Media peers into nerdy depths about a variety of fascinating topics.
  18. Focused As F*ck — A daily podcast from Zach Valenti (of Wolf 359 and Kinda Evil Genius Productions) about anything that piques his fancy, including regular guided meditation segments.
  19. Hello Internet — Fascinating discussions between YouTubers CGP Grey and Brady Haran about their various interests, quirks, and observations.
  20. How I Built This — Guy Raz of NPR interviews entrepreneurs and innovators, delving into the stories of their hardships and triumphs.
  21. James Bonding — Matt Mira and Matt Gourley (of the Nerdist channel) watch every Bond film in sequence and then discuss them in a very informal friends-hanging-out sort of way.
  22. King Falls AM — The stories of (as its iTunes page describes it) “a lonely little mountain town’s late-night AM talk radio show and its paranormal, peculiar happenings and inhabitants”; produced by The Make Believe Picture Company.
  23. LeVar Burton Reads — Exactly as its name suggests, LeVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation) selects and reads aloud his favorite works of short fiction.
  24. Lexicon Valley — A podcast about language hosted by John H. McWhorter, from Slate.
  25. Life After — A co-production between Panoply and GE Podcast Theater, this 10-episode series tells the story of Ross, an FBI employee who, who thanks to some advanced social networking technology, spends every waking hour talking to his wife, who died 8 months prior. But this technology is much more than it seems, and it threatens to tear his world apart…
  26. Liftoff — A fortnightly podcast about interesting space and space-related things hosted by Jason Snell and Stephen Hackett (of Relay FM).
  27. Lightspeed Magazine Stories — Audiobook-style recordings of four of each month’s eight published magazine stories. Directed by Stefan Rudnicki.
  28. Maeve In America — Comedian Maeve Higgins recounts fascinating immigration stories, told from the people who lived through them.
  29. No Dumb Questions — YouTubers Destin Sandlin (of Smarter Every Day) and Matt Whittman discuss a variety of deep questions from different perspectives.
  30. NPR’s Ask Me Another — A weekly trivia show hosted by Opheria Eisenberg with musician Jonathan Coulton. Hilarious.
  31. NPR’s Hidden Brain — Tagged as “a conversation about life’s unseen patterns,” Shankar Vedantam takes us into our own minds and behaviors, using psychology and social science to explain many different phenomena of human nature.
  32. NPR’s Invisibilia — Stories and discussions about the invisible forces that control human behavior, such as emotions, beliefs, etc. Hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel.
  33. Reconcilable Differences — John Siracusa and Merlin Mann of Relay FM discuss a variety of tangential topics, trying to figure out just how they got to who and where they are.
  34. Remaster — Discussion of every facet from making to playing video games and the culture around them. Hosted by Myke Hurley, Federico Viticci, and Shahid Kamal Ahmad of Relay FM.
  35. Relatively Prime — Interesting stories behind mathematics and their applications. Hosted by Samuel Hansen.
  36. Roboism — A podcast about robots, feminism, and other tangential nerdy things. Hosted by Alex Cox and Savannah Milion.
  37. SAYER — The story of a highly advanced AI called SAYER designed by Ærolith Dynamics to help residents of Typhon adapt to their new lives on Earth’s artificial moon, told from the perspective of its eponymous AI. Created and voiced by Adam Bash of the GeeklyInc podcast network.
  38. Sci-gasm Podcast — Hosts Byrne and Wade dish out knowledge on a variety of science topics, separating truth from psuedoscience along the way, topped with a dollop of good humor and puns.
  39. Science in Action — BBC interviews and discussions of the latest in news and scientific research from around the globe.
  40. Science Vs. — Wendy Zukerman of Gimlet Media takes an in-depth look at the science behind a lot of the fads, trends, and often-controversial topics of the modern day, such as hypnosis, gun control, and organic food.
  41. Serial — A chapter-by-chapter true story, hosted by Sarah Keonig. Season 1 told the story of the alleged murder of Hae Min Lee by her ex, Adnan Syed. Season 2 tells the story of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner accused of desertion.
  42. Spirits Podcast — Every two weeks, co-hosts Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini talk about a wide variety of mythologies, legends, and lore, with a relevant drink recommendation to accompany them.
  43. SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins — A comedy podcast hosted by Paul F. Tompkins. Each week he has a free-form interview and then spends the rest of the show improvising a scene with special guests.
  44. StarTalk Radio — “Where science meets pop culture and comedy”. A science/nerd-fandom podcast hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, often with comedian Chuck Nice as co-host and frequent appearances by Bill Nye.
  45. StarTalk: All-Stars — Hosted by a revolving panel of scientists and science educators including Bill Nye and many others, this spin-off of StarTalk Radio is of a similar format and blends science with pop culture and humor to create a near-perfect blend of education, inspiration, and entertainment.
  46. StarTalk: Playing With Science — Sports broadcaster Gary O’Reilly teams up with comedian Chuck Nice to discover the science behind some of the most iconic moments in sports history, the feats of skill and physics which they require, and the technology which allows us to measure them.
  47. Star Trek: Outpost — An audiodrama by Giant Gnome Productions which is best summarized by its own tagline: “In the darkest reaches of the United Federation of Planets, an isolated station stands sentinel over a neglected frontier. Commissioned long ago with high hopes, its promise is now all but forgotten; a lonely outpost serving as the gateway to the vast expanse beyond, where discovery…and adventure…await.”
  48. Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project — Norman Chan and Will Smith hold weekly conversations with Adam Savage about a variety of interesting and often very tangential topics.
  49. S-Town — From the makers of Serial and This American Life, Brian Reed tells in seven chapters the story of a man named John McLemore who despises his Alabama town, and finds himself entrenched in a search for truth through mysteries of murder and treasures.
  50. Surprisingly Awesome — Adam Davidson and Adam McKay talk through seemingly mundane topics to show that they are in fact, surprisingly awesome.
  51. Surprisingly Nice — Hosts Hal Lublin and Travis McElroy sit down with several amazing people (such as Adam Savage in the first episode) and chat about a variety of fascinating things.
  52. Talking & Conversations — Hal Lublin speaks with his wife, Jenn, about a variety of random things which pique their fancy.
  53. TED Radio Hour — Hosted by Guy Raz, each episode presents a small collection of similar-themed TED Talks and a brief interview with those speakers. Quite fascinating.
  54. The Allusionist — A podcast about fun etymology and language topics by Helen Zaltzman of Radiotopia.
  55. The Bright Sessions — A sci-fi audio drama written by Lauren Shippen which tells the stories of supernaturally-gifted people through the eyes of their therapist, Sam.
  56. The Message — A co-production between Panoply and GE Podcast Theater, this 8-episode podcast tells the story of podcaster Nicky Tomalin and the efforts of a team of cryptologists trying to decode and understand the first message from an alien civilization.
  57. The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) — The surreal and whimsical adventures of a lonely janitor high atop the Eiffel Tower, hosted on the Night Vale Presents network, created by Julian Koster.
  58. The Pod F. Tompkast — The former podcast of Paul F. Tompkins. Similar style to SPONTANEANATION.
  59. The Thrilling Adventure Hour — Unfortunately ended after a 10-year run. It was a hilarious stage show and podcast in the style of old-time radio.
  60. The DLRage Podcast — Paul J. Hale discusses his “wondering, rambling, ranting and raving about the happiest place on earth.”
  61. The Hindsight, An Animorphs Podcast — An Animorphs Podcast, hosted by Hannah and Kelly. The two go through each of the Animorphs books in order, commenting, summarizing, and critiquing in a fun and informal way.
  62. The Infinite Monkey Cage — Dr. Brian Cox and Robin Ince take the listener through a “witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes.” Fascinating, hilarious, and inspiring all at once.
  63. The Strange Case of Starship Iris — Earth barely won a war against extraterrestrials in 2189. Two years later, the biologist Violet Liu finds herself the sole survivor of an explosion aboard the science ship Starship Iris. She has only two priorities: Survive; and figure out what the hell just happened. Created by Jessica Best as part of the Procyon Podcast Network.
  64. This American Life — A weekly public radio show hosted by Ira Glass, with each episode having its own theme or topic.
  65. Thought-Speak — An Animorphs podcast. Mitchell Olson and Coleman McClung go through each of the Animorphs books in order, giving extensive summary and critique of each.
  66. Top Four — Marco and Tiffany Arment pick their top four things in a variety of different categories.
  67. Two Bit Geeks — Ped and Tom chat about anything and everything which piques their nerdy interests.
  68. Ungeniused — Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett of Relay FM dive deep into some of the weirdest articles on Wikipedia.
  69. Upgrade — A podcast in which Myke Hurley and Jason Snell of Relay FM discuss how companies shape the technology in our lives, and how technology can shape our lives in turn.
  70. Upvoted — Reddit’s own podcast, hosted by Alexis Ohanian.
  71. We Got This, with Mark and Hal — Each week, Mark Gagliardi and Hal Lublin give the final word on one of the internet’s most insignificant debate topics, such as: should you put ketchup on hot dogs? Boxers or briefs? Should socks be rolled or folded? Etc.
  72. Welcome to Night Vale — Every two weeks, radio host Cecil Baldwin gives community updates to the small and quirky desert town of Night Vale.
  73. We’re Alive and its sequel, We’re Alive: Lockdown— Tagged as “a story of survival;” it’s an audio drama that follows the lives of a small group after a zombie apocalypse. Quite enthralling; but the original ended after a 3-year run.
  74. Within the Wires — Stories from the creators of Welcome to Night vale and Alice Isn’t Dead in the guise of instructional audio cassettes.
  75. Wolf 359 — Tagged as “a show about the advantages of floating, tiny and alone, in the middle of nowhere;” it’s a bi-weekly audio drama in the style of old time radio about the adventures of Doug Eiffel and the crew of the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station crew, orbiting the titular star.
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