Last week I updated the list of podcasts that I listen to. In doing so, I realized that list has changed quite a bit since 2014, particularly the last six months or so. Here are some of my new favorites:
- Daily Tech Headlines – all the day’s tech headlines in less than 10 minutes with Tom Merritt. This is the shorter version of Daily Tech News Show. I find that it’s the perfect quick overview of what’s going on in the tech world with no additional fluff. This has become my primary source of tech news. If I’m intrigued by a story, I’ll dig in more on the tech blogs.
- Stuff You Missed in History Class – I’ve become more of a student of history over the past few years. These ~40 minute podcasts are the perfect complement to longer-form 6 hour Dan Carlin Hardcore History podcasts.
- How I Built This – interviews with legendary entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Mark Cuban, Tony Hsieh, Nolan Bushnell, and more. What makes it great is that it focuses on the beginning. You get to hear the story of how these legendary businesses got started. Even the very best entrepreneurs had to overcome some large obstacles on their way to success. It’s inspiring to hear them reminisce about the startup phase when they were broke and barely scraping by, but still pushing forward with an idea they believed in.
- The Upgrade by Lifehacker – Lifehacker recently rebooted their podcast. Like the blog, they cover a variety of topics, from happiness with Gretchen Rubin to brain-hacking with Dave Asprey.
- S-Town – this one-off, seven-episode podcast is addicting, brilliant, and disturbing all at the same time. This highly cited Vox article, S-Town is a stunning podcast. It probably shouldn’t have been made, says it all.
- Four Finger Discount – I saved the best for last. Two Aussies, Mitch and Dando, review every episode of The Simpsons. They started with Season 1, they’re almost done with Season 4 now. It is absolutely hilarious, and has rekindled my love for one of my favorite shows. I now re-watch the episode before listening to the podcast. The depth of information about the writers, guest stars, jokes, etc is unreal, they do a ton of research. Plus, it’s hilarious!