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Podcasts are, for those unfamiliar with the term, digital audio episodes, usually consisting of a speech-based broadcast. Essentially these are shows that would have been limited to talk radio stations 20 to 30 years ago, but which can now be packaged by anyone with the capacity to explain the topic of their choice.

Podcasts have steadily grown in popularity over the last few years. There are now thousands of podcasts recorded and released every week, and they cover every subject you can think of. This makes the breadth of choice open to eager podcast listeners immense.

This Week’s Question…

Which Podcasts Do You Listen To?

With so many podcasts to choose from we’d like to know which you choose to listen to and why these are the ones you choose over all those that are out there? Although MakeUseOf is a site dedicated to technology we don’t just want to know which technology podcasts you listen to. Instead, you can recommend podcasts which cover any subject you care to mention.

As someone who works from home I listen to podcasts all day (when I’m not in the mood for listening to music through Spotify), so I am myself likely to seek out all those mentioned in the comments section below. And hopefully other MakeUseOf readers will also find new and interesting content from the responses to this week’s column.

As a way of starting the ball rolling I heartily recommend the Technophilia podcast, a technology pod from three of my fellow MakeUseOf writers. Each week Justin Pot, James Bruce, and Dave LeClair talk tech, covering the big news stories, interesting apps, and topics suggested by listeners. It’s a weekly dose of aural pleasure. And now it’s your turn…

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  1. macwitty
    September 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I'm also one who are into Wait, wait, don't tell me (NPR) Cheer me up on Sundays when I realize the weekend is nearly over
    Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - marked explicit and it is ;)

    InDesign Secrets by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion is great to keep up with new and old things

  2. Ron Moore
    September 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Ultima Thule is the only one that I listen to. It has great Ambient music.

  3. Crane
    July 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    the bi-quarterly women's social club all the way - funny, raunchy, risque... love'em.

    http://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/bi-quarterly-womens-social/id492454037

  4. bvssunnydale
    June 3, 2012 at 4:07 am

    This American Life, RadioLab mainly..

  5. @arianakateri
    June 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I listen to The Brazen Heads: a podcast hosted by two Ohio State alum filed under comedy but it is ultimately a podcast about human vales & philosophy. The two hosts discuss current events and other topics in a way that consistently promotes a brand that is ultimately the shorthand for a more complicated set of values like: sense of life, individuality, optimism in the ability of humanity, introspection. They are advocates for an unyielding, balls-to-the-wall, almost reckless pursuit of happiness for oneself and, in a spirited stand against political correctness, they sometimes say things just to recreationally offend.

    I'm actually interviewing these hosts for an offensively biased profile of this podcast so some examples I have from the show:

    1) In episode #126 at marker 38:20, hosts Mark & Derek pick apart the Rush Limbaugh "slut" controversy consistent with their values:

    Mark: “I have one more thing to add to this whole Rush Limbaugh thing....a lot of girls say ‘we really need birth control to regulate our periods...it helps with ovarian cysts...it’s not just for sex...everybody thinks it’s just for sex but it’s not.’ So what if it is?! It’s such a weak stance to say it’s not just for sex: you’re apologizing for sex. Never apologize for sex. When you start apologizing for sex, Rush Limbaugh’s argument is winning right now. The fact that he called (Sandra Fluke) a slut: he just won. Because you’re backpedaling: oh it’s not really just for sex. No, it’s okay to have sex! It’s okay to say I have birth control because I have sex.

    Derek: Because I like sex. Period....pun intended.

    Mark: I’m not a farm animal; every time I have sex, it shouldn’t be to procreate. I’m not here to make more Christians for everybody.... If I want to make more Christians, that will be my choice in the future.

    2) Co host Derek Bronish often leads the way in keeping the theme of optimism toward humankind and humankind’s ability by enthusiastically bringing up examples of a individuals demonstrating a self-starter attitude or accomplishment. In the same episode, at minute 55, Bronish praised a young Emma Stone who once sat her parents down for a powerpoint presentation on why and how she was going to move to LA to start her acting career. “So fucking sweet. I love shit like that.”

    3) In minute 34 of episode #36, co-host Mark Derian says about immigration: “The more free people in your society the better it’s going to be for you.... because that’s the more value they’re going to add.” Also saying on another episode, "“If you think having more people in your country is a liability, what does that make you say about (how you think of) people?”

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-brazen-heads/id337500908

    • Blaise C
      June 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Econ Talk - much more than just economics
      Creighton Center for Catholic Thought - intellectual Catholicism
      NPR Fresh Air - Best interviews on the radio
      WNYC: Leonard Lopate - Second best interviews on the radio.
      Sound Options - Best music reviews
      BBC Arts and Ideas - Cultural events and ideas from England
      Sounds True: Insights at the Edge: Cutting edge spirituality
      New Yorker Out Loud

  6. BenRogersWPG
    May 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Stop Podcasting Yourself is the best comedy podcast I've ever listened to and my #1 recommendation. For technology, I listen to cnet's 404, and TWIT's All About Android. For video, I watch GeekBeat and Tekzilla. Finally, for fun I listen to The Nerdist which is pretty good depending on the guest (or no guest, which are some of my favorites).

  7. Collin Riviello
    May 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I listen to HowStuffWorks? It's really an interesting series.

  8. Victor Ong
    May 31, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Mostly, I listen to "Plugged in Movie Reviews." They are a part of a company call "Focus on the Family," which, from the name, is a family company. "Plugged in Movie Review" is a movie review team which basically takes some of the most popular media titles (including videos, games, television, and music), and they point out the good qualities and values that can be learned from them, and the bad things, then they rate it based on "family friendliness"; from 1 to 5. The podcasts only do the most popular titles, but the website has reviews for some of the less popular titles too. The podcasts also sometimes include interviews with actors and their take on some of the aspects of the movie. I highly recommend it for families who want scan a movie before they watch it.

    http://www.pluggedin.com/

  9. Justin Pot
    May 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I love The Bugle, and am glad to see Buglers represented in this thread. Awesome!

    I also love Radiolab, which is probably my favorite show in any medium. Also up there is This American Life, 99% Invisible, The Truth (APM), On The Media (WNYC) and Planet Money (NPR).

    Thanks for plugging Technophilia, Dave!

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I do what I can :) You better not stop recording them after all the plugs!

  10. Stu
    May 31, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Sometimes I walk during lunch and listen. Here's my list:
    Most of the time:
    - The Bugle
    - Stuff you missed in history class
    - YNAB
    and occasionally
    - Freakonomics Radio
    - Polymorphic podcast
    - Brain Stuff

  11. Dan Nieman
    May 31, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Podcasts I check regularly Freakonomics, Planet Money (economics), View from the Bunker, PID radio (Christian, paranormal), Radiola (music 1900-1930), Books on the Nightstand

  12. Tyler McMillian
    May 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The podcasts I listen to are as follows

    CBC Radio 3

    Citizen Radio

    The Joe Rogan Experience

    Death Squad Pod casts

    Q (another CBC Podcast)

  13. Jon Smith
    May 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I listen to Jupiter Broadcasting-most of their stuff doesnt really have to be seen like the SciByte

  14. LD
    May 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    The only podcasts I listen to regularly is /FIlmcast and Lifehacker,

    I sometimes listen to Filmspotting, Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Freakonomics, and Smodcast.

  15. Zack
    May 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The JRE (Joe Rogan Experience).

    Funny, enlightening, intellectual, enjoyable and POSITIVE!!!

  16. Tyler
    May 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I listen to CBC Radio 3 Podcast (Canadian) and The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. As well I listen several Music Podcasts.

  17. Eric Ngu
    May 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    The only podcast I'm listening to and the only one so far is the TuxRadar podcast. Been listening since the beginning of last year. I would have listened to different podcasts but I never got around to doing it.

  18. Mary Harriet Talbut
    May 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    My absolute favorite podcast is Tony Kornheiser. It has made many a car ride enjoyable with my then 14 yo son while traveling to swim and track meets. We still listen to them now that he drives his own car. He does great radio which makes a great podcast.

    The other go to podcasts are the daily ones from Slate, weekly ones from This American Life, The Memory Palace and APM, American RadioWorks.

  19. Collin
    May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I listen to the Technophilia Podcast during work.

    • Dave LeClair
      May 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      And we appreciate it!

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Good man :)

  20. techandlife
    May 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    These are the podcasts I try to listen to regularly:
    Lifehacker
    Technophilia
    Aussie Geek Podcast
    Experts Exchange
    FrequencyCast UK
    Mike Tech Show
    Tech-Vets
    WNYC Radiolabs
    The Knightcast
    NPR: Intelligence Squared Podcast
    Dr Kiki's Science Hour
    The Ihnatko Almanac

  21. raceviper13
    May 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Security Now
    This American Life
    60 Minutes
    Wait Wait... Don't tell Me
    TWiT Tech News Today
    Formula1Blog
    RiskyBuisness
    PluggedInOnline

  22. peg
    May 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

    love the podcasts for short drives and outing with the new puppy!
    - Stuff you should know
    - Stuff you missed in history class
    - This American life
    - Moth
    - Heres the thing by Alec Baldwin
    - Bullseye
    -NYTimes Book review

  23. Ben
    May 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I listen to the New Yorker monthly short story (fiction podcast) , WNYC Radio Lab( - I really recommend it!!), Grammar Girl, NPR weekly puzzle with Will Shortz, and Sciam one-minute daily science podcast.

  24. J.P.Howde
    May 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I look forward to seeing what others listen to as I like to listen to podcasts while I walk the dog (or actually when I walk anywhere but I usually include the dog if I can).

    Mostly stuff from the BBC now I think about it: Fighting Talk, Friday Night Comedy, Ask Dr Karl, Mayo & Kermode's Film Review and the Football or TMS review shows when there has been a match on.

    I also like the Escape Artists stuff and Libravox but, although they bill themselves as podcasts, they are really Audio Book Readings / Radio Drama.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      I must admit this topic was a little selfish on my part as I need some now podcasts to listen to. I knew others would be able to make use of the recommendations as well though :)

  25. Vince
    May 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I use the stitcher app from my smartphone to listen to:
    * Startups for the rest of us
    * Dinner party
    * This American Life
    * 99%
    * Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
    * 5by5's critical path

  26. Peter Jensen
    May 31, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I listen to "Quirks and Quarks" for a science podcast & What the F....!!! from marc Maron

  27. Dom
    May 31, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I listen to:
    Technophilia (general tech)
    Giant Bombcast (gaming)
    This Developers Life (chat with developers)
    TWiT (general tech news)

    Along with a variety of others I listen to less often.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      I didn't know you listened to Technophilia! ;)

  28. Andrew
    May 31, 2012 at 7:47 am

    The Bugle (Audio Newspaper for a Visual World) is brilliant
    Radio 5 Live Fighting Talk (comedy sports panel show)
    The Football Ramble (best football podcast)
    HAK5 (geeky hacking videos)
    TED videos (inspirational)
    Ze Frank (stream of consciousness video)
    Wired UK
    PC Pro
    Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

    • Tug Ricks
      May 31, 2012 at 11:27 am

      The Football Ramble is about soccer. I feel lied to.

      • pb
        May 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        ...not that there's anything wrong with that, yes?

        • Tug Ricks
          June 1, 2012 at 5:22 am

          Maybe not anywhere else, but in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes.

          I'm kidding. My brother would say something like that. :]

      • Harrumph
        May 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        You mean that game your only allowed to use your feet..hence the name ;)

  29. catester
    May 31, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Best tech podcast: The Mike Tech Show
    Best fun: Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me (NPR)
    Best new radio drama: Decoder Ring Theatre
    Best real life story-telling: The Moth (NPR)
    Best words/grammar: A Way With Words
    Best technology + culture: Spark (CBC)

    I listen to lots more podcasts, those are the best. ;-)

  30. Jensen Beringe
    May 31, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I mostly listen to Linux Outlaws (http://linuxoutlaws.com), FLOSS Weekly (http://twit.tv/floss), Security Now (http://twit.tv/sn) with Steve Gibson, Stuff you should Know, Techstuff, Stuff mom never told you, The Ubuntu UK Podcast, Sourcetrunk, Free as in Freedom, Hacker Public Radio, KUSP-FM Geekspeak, GNU World Order, the MintCast, the Linux Action Show and the tuxradar podcast...

  31. Tug
    May 31, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I enjoy a few. The descriptions are from the podcasts themselves.

    - Stuff You Should Know (Whether they're debating the feasibility of asteroid mining or the identity of America's first murderer, Josh and Chuck always deliver the Stuff You Should Know.)
    - Intelligence Squared (Brings Oxford-style debating to America - one motion, one moderator, three panelists for the motion and three against.)
    - Football Today (NFL updates, analysis and opinion from ESPN's team of experts.)

  32. infmom
    May 31, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I listen to several from Pendant Audio. They do fantastic original audio dramas. Just look under "Pendant Production" on YouTube.

  33. Ksavai
    May 31, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Since last 5-6 years I stopped listen to podcast. I dont find any need to listen when you can read and it will be much faster.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Podcasts don't tend to cover the same ground as written articles though. They may use them as a source but they'll then discuss them. To me it's a completely different medium.

  34. Dan
    May 31, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I no longer listen to podcasts but I used to enjoy Point of Inquiry, Security Now, and The Bible Geek podcasts.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      What's your reason for no longer listening to podcasts?

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