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Podcasts I Listen To

Ok, I do like to listen to the occasional podcast, and there are a bunch that I like to listen to regularly. Being in traffic for an hour or more most day gives me plenty of opportunity to catch up on various technology news, history and some light hearted humour. This list is occasionally updated when I fine more content, and it is in no specific order.

I do listen to all of these in the list, but my ratings are out of 5 if you want to start somewhere.

Last Updated, July 2020

NameTopicsSummaryMy Rating
SkeptoidScepticism, Debunking, Science, FolkloreA great podcast from Brian Dunning in the US dealing with a specific topic weekly. A huge back catalogue and generally only 15 mins an episode. Brian is a bit droll to listen to, but as a fan of scepticism I wouldn't miss an episode.5
TWIG Google, Facebook, Twitter and other discussions A TWIT podcast, with Leo Laporte and others, lots of rants, opinion and chat about latest tech news, weekly and an hour or two long (it varies)4
Tech StuffTechnology, Products, Tech History, ExplainerJohnathan Strickland explains tech and tech companies, how it works and effects our lives. 50mins to an hour, every 2 days or so.4
CriminalCrime, People, Learning from Crime, SecurityA true story podcast about crime and people affected, people who have done wrong or gotten caught in the middle. 20-30mins usually 2 weekly. 4
Daily Tech News Show (DTNS)Tech newsKeep up to date with independent, authoritative and trustworthy discussion of the latest tech news of the day. Simple and informative, I listen regularly (but often miss it). 30 mins daily 3
Reply AllInternet, Computers, People, Technology“‘A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” – The Guardian. A hugely popular & well produced podcast 20-30mins usually 2 weekly. 5 million monthly downloads...easy to start from Ep1 if you want to. 5
Freakonomics RadioEconomics, World FinanceDiscover the hidden side of everything with the co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week it covers things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. 30-50mins weekly. 4
The DreamMLMs, Amway, Wellness etcOne of my faves, this is only two seasons but gives an insite to the shady world of Multi Level Marketing, "Wellness" businesses and more. 30-40 mins an episode. 5
99% InvisibleArchitecture, design, communityAn independent (Radiotopia Collective) but very well produced podcast with Roman Mars about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. Around 30mins usually weekly. Over 400 million downloads touted.5
Bought to you by...Brands, product history, businessesThese are the stories behind the biggest, household name brands. Tales of tragedy, love, strange histories, unintended consequences, and accidental success. And in each episode, they delve into how these brands changed lives – for better or worse. Brands are usually more US focussed, but back catalogue is definitely binge material, Around 30mins usually weekly.5
Ridiculous HistoryHistory, Oddity, RidiculousnessHistory is beautiful, brutal and, often, ridiculous. A podcast on some of the weirdest stories from across the span of human civilization in Ridiculous History, from iHeartRadio. 30-40mins per episode3
InventionInventions, HistoryFrom agriculture to the X-ray machine, Stuff to Blow Your Mind hosts Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the inventions we created, and how they created us.. 50mins or more per episode, weekly (but lots of 'classics' or repeats...3
Twenty Thousand HertzAudio, Sound, TechnologyDallas Taylor presents in an independent well produced podcast, stories behind the worlds most recognisable & interesting sounds. 30 mins, 2 weekly5
MortifiedComedy, Stories of youthA hilarious radiotopia podcast where people read the embarrassing things they created as kids - stories, letters, lyrics, diaries. A huge back catalogue, and also a TV show. 30 mins each4
All About AndroidAndroid, Google, Apps and other discussions A TWIT podcast, with Jason Howell and others, latest news in Android, hardware and more. An hour 40mins, weekly4
Stuff you should knowKnowledge, Trivia, Technology, Science The original "How Stuff Works" podcast. If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered. A fun, informative show Usually 40-50mins with some 'short' 15min 'stuffs'4
Hackable?Security, data, hacking etc Malicious cat photos, sketchy Wi-Fi networks, rogue rentals, all-knowing webcams - those are just a few topics tackled in Hackable. How secure are we? The discussions are a bit dumbed down for some users, but explained well and they play out and test examples. 30 mins, 2 weekly3
BrainStuffScience From iHeartRadio (Was HowStuffWorks), whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, BrainStuff explores and explains the everyday science in the world around us. Useful snippets, but not huge detail in 5-12 mins3

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