TL;DR: Here is a list of podcasts that I like right now.
I used to listen to podcasts in high school and early college, around 2006-2008 (TWiT, Engadget, FLOSS, other tech podcasts, random podcasts about soccer reffing, etc.). At that point in time, podcasts were obscure and nerdy and nobody in real life knew what you were talking about if you mentioned them. Also, a lot of the tech podcasts focused on the Apple ecosystem and I didn’t get my first Macbook until 2011 so they didn’t seem relevant. I eventually got busy with college and with performing music and I stopped listening as often. I also didn’t have a mobile solution for listening since I didn’t have a smart phone until later in life. My cousin always tried to get me to listen to You Look Nice Today and my brother told me to listen to Welcome to Nightvale and finally I did (they’re both awesome). In the past couple of years my job has started to require more travel, so I have again started to listen to podcasts and audiobooks while I drive. Also, a lot of musicians and YouTubers that I love have started creating excellent podcast content recently, now that podcasting has become more mainstream and is easy to create and to listen to. I research and subscribe to a few new ones every week but also unsubscribe to series that start to bore or offend me. Here are some of my recent and all time favorites, along with some notes.
My favorite podcasts to listen to, May 2016:
- Dear Hank & John – a comedy podcast about death, from the Vlogbrothers.
- Making It – Jimmy Diresta, Bob Clagett, & David Picciuto discuss making things and the thinking behind their projects and videos.
- Judge John Hodgman (Maximum Fun) – Passing judgment on obscure disputes.
- Good Beer Hunting – Michael Kiser interviews beer industry brewers, marketers, salespeople, and drinkers around the country. Inside perspective into the beer industry.
- Fuhmentaboudit! (Heritage Radio Network) – Discussion on Brooklyn/NYC breweries and fermentations. Beer, cider, mead, wine, cheese, kombucha, kimchi, etc.
- RAWtalk – FroKnowsPhoto/Jared Polin. Philly based photographer and his motley crew discuss photography news, gear, and techniques. Funny even for people who aren’t pro photographers.
- Trying Not To Be Human – Tyler Clarensau tells a intriguing story with an original song per episode. I wish there were more episodes. Found this one recently when I got an email from him, I think because of a prior book I had downloaded from him on Noisetrade.
- Wait What Really Okay – incredibly useful (and free) insight from Loren Wisemen on how to succeed in the music industry. This should cost money.
- Still Untitled – Tested / Adam Savage discuss making, movies, books, & other awesome things.
- Hi, I’m in Delaware – Ryan Cormier & Sarika Jagtiani discuss television shows, news, local events, music, and food from The News Journal offices.
- The #AskGaryVee Show – business and entrepreneurship, social media marketing. If you have any interest in business, marketing, entrepreneurship, or leadership, you need to be listening to all of Gary Vaynerchuk’s content
- Cloverfeels (Headgum) – Steve Zaragoza & Mike Falzone discuss theories and talk about the Alternate Reality Game (ARG) from Cloverfield and the new 10 Cloverfield Lane. Most of the the content ended in March/April, but it was funny.
- Dorks and Forks – Dan Sanchez and Brian Wild talk nerdy things while drinking delicious beers and eating amazing food made by local Delaware chefs and listening to live performances from local musicians.
- The Way I Heard It – Mike Rowe tells unique back stories of famous figures who persevered, all in less than 10 minutes.
- Nerdist – Too many good interviews to listen to. Chris Hardwick is magical.
I currently listen using an Android app called Podcast Addict. It’s awesome.
I also wanted to make a list of my least favorite podcasts to listen to, but that would probably be a waste of time. There are a few that I place at the bottom of my queue and still subscribe and tolerate them because occasionally they mention something either local or somewhat interesting/obscure. There are a lot of bad podcasts out there. Most of the time I just un-subscribe.
Over the past few months I’ve had a few different ideas about what to do our own Honey Badger podcast about, but it takes a lot of time and commitment. Maybe some day soon. We already have most of the gear needed in our home studio.