This is probably my all time favorite podcast. A show about invisible design, the kind of thing that affects your life but you don’t really think about too often.
Favorite episodes: Too many to list, but the episode on Brazil’s soccer jerseys and the episode of cemeteries in Singapore.
Podcasts under 10 minutes for when you don’t have time to listen to 3 hours of small talk.
Each episode picks a random, normal thing such as batteries, and discusses the history and profound impact that caused a dramatic change to the economy.
Favorite episode: The shipping container
Each episode focuses on one animal and how insights into that animal have furthered science and our understanding of the world.
General knowledge in under 10 minutes.
Crime & Punishment
Podcasts about crime, detective work, unsolved mysteries, laws, etc
An interview-style podcast about food and people.
A more journalistic take on food and people. Exploring how food connects us across the world, and how food shapes society and vice versa.
Decoder Ring takes ever present, common things of daily life, such as ice-cream trucks and clowns and traces the history of them and how they got to be cultural phenomenons.
This show features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people.
All about fictional worlds of pop culture.
Musicians describe their songs in depth.
Figuring out what makes that chart-topping hit such a hit.
Spanish language horror movie podcast started by a couple of people I know.
Reviewing trashy movies and what went into making them.
A podcast with that guy from Amazon’s The Tick and some other guy discussing cool movies. At the time of writing, they’re doing a Ghibli series.
A shortened version of the longer Filmweek Marquee podcast. Gives reviews of several movies in under 5 minutes. If you’re really interested in the movies reviewed in a particular episode, you can always download the longer Filmweek episode.
This is the podcast about why we say the things we say in English. It traces all those little idiosyncrasies of English.
More in depth linguistic discussions.
A serious, meticulously researched, extremely in-depth podcast about history. Expect to spend several hours on each series.
Just like Hardcore History. Except it’s two comedians, and each episode is self-contained and last about an hour to an hour and a half. So it’s not a lot like HH except being about history.
A weekly podcast about science, politics, and society in general. Too broad to describe in a short blurb, honestly. Just check it out.
All about screenwriting.
Not just a good writing podcast, a short writing podcast. Every episode promises to be under 15 minutes.
Not just about writing, but also writing industry.
Everything about data science, statistics, machine learning, etc.
News about Python. Events, new development, etc.
General tech industry news and interviews. Expect lots of Silicon Valley jabber since it’s Bloomberg, but there are insightful episodes about tech all over the world.