There is no dearth of podcasts that talk about what’s happening in the world of tech. But let’s face it, if you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all. News isn’t knowledge though, it’s information. To understand technology, you need a different breed of podcasts.
For such podcasts, you need to know who to listen to. The host’s stature and expertise matters as much as the subject they talk about. But you don’t need to do that research, that’s what we’re here for. Here are some of the intelligent podcasts that will five deep into technology, gadgets, and hardware. Don’t worry, the language and explanations are simple enough for any layman to understand.
1. What’s Tech
The Verge, one of the leading tech sites, has a podcast that explains the simple things about technology. It’s an explainer at its best, covering the basics of any topic and telling you just what you need to know.
For any additional information, our Technology Explained section will give you all the details. But for the starter’s guide, What’s Tech is excellent.
2. Reply All
Deep dives into tech are terribly interesting. Reply All’s objective is to take any one subject and take it part bit by bit, explaining every aspect of it.
For example, broadcasting your life over Periscope is common now. But they delved into the first person to get into lifelogging through a webcam. And then she stopped. Why did she stop, and what did she learn about the internet?
These are intriguing questions, and they aren’t easy to solve without research. Reply All does that research to get the answer. Here’s a guide to get started with Reply All [No longer available], if you’re intrigued.
HowStuffWorks is one of those sites with something you’ve never seen or heard. It explains the inner mechanism of almost everything under the planet, from the planet itself to simpler things like your flush tank. They even have an incredible podcast with a wealth of information. But if what you want is tech alone, then their TechStuff podcast is what you need.
TechStuff covers a wide variety of topics again, but all related to technology. It focuses on figuring out the mechanics of a subject than offer cultural commentary. For example, it explained what you need to know about Google turning into Alphabet. Or you can find interesting facts about the internet and its history.
TechStuff has been around for some time now, but the quality is consistent. So you can jump into any episode you want or just start listening to the new episodes.
The TechTalker podcast is, in some ways, what MakeUseOf is all about. While it will give you tips and tricks you can actually use, it will also add a basic explanation of the technology itself.
For example, it recently hosted a show on the difference between the internet and the world wide web. No, they’re not the same thing! You’ll learn something new regularly here.
It isn’t as in-depth as the others mentioned here. The average episode is 5–10 minutes. but for a quick fix with some utility added in, TechTalker will be perfect.
Don’t let the name throw you off. Yes, it stands for Weekly Analysis and News, but the news is kind of an afterthought. It’s more about analyzing the tech behind the news, or just ignoring the news altogether.
TheWANShow is part of the LinusTechTips network, one of the best YouTube technology channels. Linus is an artist at explaining tech in simple terms, and he carries that expertise to the podcast. The difference is that it’s a lot more candid and fun, as opposed to his polished videos. And much funnier too.
Their podcast on Intel’s confusing processors is one of the best things you’ll hear from a tech podacst.
Stacey Higginbotham probably knows more than anyone about the internet of things (IoT) and how it’ll change your life. Higginbotham has been experimenting with IoT technology since before tech geeks got into it.
The IoT Podcast, originally a part of the GigaOm network, is arguably the final word on things related to IoT. She often covers topics that you will find in our Smart Home section, like how the Amazon Echo can make your home intelligent. But her expertise in the sector gives a unique perspective, drawing on her years of experience.
And no, the podcast is not just about IoT products that will change the future. Higginbotham also talks about law, security, and other questions that rise from connected devices.
7. The Tech Guy
No list of technology podcasts would be complete without mentioning Leo Laporte at least once. Laporte has been the premier radio and podcast voice around technology for years now.
Laporte has plenty of shows you can listen to, but for understanding technology, The Tech Guy is the best of the lot. Every week, Laporte fields questions from readers and listeners. For each question, he has a quick explanation of what is happening behind all the gadgetry in question, and then provides a solution.
The Tech Guy is what any lay person or tech geek wants from a podcast. Simple answers to real problems.
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Your Favorite Tech Podcasts
Folks, this is not the full list of great tech podcasts. It’s not even close. There are so many amazing creators out there that we’re always looking for more.
We shared our favorite podcasts recently, so now we’re turning the mic over to you. Which are your favorites, especially among those that explain technology?