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Despite the fact that podcasts really aren’t good for productivity – it’s hard to work when people are talking in your lugholes – I cannot get enough of these digital audio episodes. There are just too many great podcasts out there that deserve to be listened to on a regular basis.

One of the things about podcasts is that you’re unlikely to just stumble across them by accident, and it’s most likely you’ll start listening after receiving a recommendation from a friend. MakeUseOf is just that, a friend who is a mine of information willing and able to share solid gold nuggets of this prized resource. And all while asking nothing in return. Well, apart from a whitelisting on AdBlock Please Whitelist MakeUseOf In Adblock: A Plea From a Former Adblock Filter Developer Please Whitelist MakeUseOf In Adblock: A Plea From a Former Adblock Filter Developer It’s no secret that we’re not huge fans of Adblock here at MakeUseOf. But we know that some of you won’t let go of Adblock until it’s pried out of your cold, dead hands. If... Read More and its brethren.

Which Podcasts Do You Listen To?

In last week’s column dedicated to turning the tables we asked, Which Podcasts Do You Listen To? Which Podcasts Do You Listen To? [We Ask You] Which Podcasts Do You Listen To? [We Ask You] 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,... Read More The response was fantastic, with dozens of people informing us which podcasts they download regularly. The range of subjects and pods mentioned was huge, so I won’t be listing them all. What I’d recommend to anyone seeking out a new podcast at this juncture is a look through the comments of the previous post and see which catch their eye.

However, some pods were mentioned by multiple people, so here are 10 that clearly deserve listing and linking to…

Technophilia – Weekly tech news and views from MakeUseOf writers.
This American Life – True stories based around a theme.
Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me – Weekly news delivered in the form of a quiz.
Stuff You Should Know – Informing you of stuff you should know, naturally.
Security Now – Discussing all things related to security.
Mike Tech Show – Weekly tech and computer discussion.
Intelligence Squared – Debates by experts in their fields.
The Joe Rogan Experience – Guests galore discuss a range of topics.
The Bugle – Political satire from both sides of the Atlantic.
The Nerdist – Chris Hardwick interviews interesting people.

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These are now all on my to-listen-to list, and judging by the number of MakeUseOf readers who recommended them they should be on your to-listen-to lists as well.

Comment Of The Week

We had lots of great comments this week, with people listing the podcasts they listen to and love. Honorable mentions go to Jensen Beringe and techandlife, both for delivering great lists of tech-related podcasts. Comment of the week goes to catester, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for:

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.

Apart from the obvious mistake of listing something other than Technophilia as the ‘Best Tech Podcast’ (I kid, of course, but it is definitely worth checking out the MakeUseOf sister pod) this is a a great list. And it helps a great deal that each podcast is labeled with a genre. The great thing about podcasting are that anyone can do it and there is no end to the topics being discussed. But that does make it hard to determine what style a podcast is in if it’s not made clear right from the off. Hence my appreciation for this comment.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. ‘We Ask You’ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows Read More is nothing without you.

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  1. Emily Tattersall
    June 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    For entertainment I like to listen to:

    Answer Me This
    The Complete Guide to Everything
    The Mature Gamer Podcast

  2. tebie_
    June 9, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Nice list!
    I want to add Sitepoint's podcast to it. pretty interesting stuff for tech nerds
    http://www.sitepoint.com/podcast-165-you-say-cache-i-say-cache/

  3. Bakari Chavanu
    June 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Mac Power Users
    Build and Analyze
    Smiley and West
    WTF with Marc Maron

    I try to dip into one or two of these a few times a week when I retire to bed or while driving in my car.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Awesome, thanks Bakari. I'll be sure to check these out, and I'm sure other MUO readers will do as well :)

  4. GamE
    June 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    techcrunch

  5. BoobLove
    June 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    • Dave Parrack
      June 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation :)

  6. KSO
    June 6, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! I'm a podcast junkie (i.e. if I'm not talking to "real" people, I'm listening to podcasts - when working, driving, running, doing housework, falling asleep, etc, etc).

    Almost all of the podcasts I listen to are tech-related. My favorites include all the podcasts on the 5by5 network; several from the 70 Decibels network, the TWiT network, the Verge network and the How Stuff Works network; Spark (the podcast that got me hooked on the genre) and - for something "non-tech" NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour always makes me happy!

    • Dave Parrack
      June 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I'm the same kind of podcast junkie, I cannot get enough of them.

      Thanks for your recommendations, and I hope some of ours prove to be useful :)

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