Favorite Podcasts

The Top:

99% Invisible

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.

Short ones:

Podcasts under 10 minutes for when you don’t have time to listen to 3 hours of small talk.

General knowledge.

50 Things That Made The Modern Economy.

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

30 Animals That Made Us Smarter.

Each episode focuses on one animal and how insights into that animal have furthered science and our understanding of the world.

Everyday Einstein.

General knowledge in under 10 minutes.

Crime & Punishment

Podcasts about crime, detective work, unsolved mysteries, laws, etc

Criminal.

Convicted.

Conviction.

What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law.

My Favorite Murder.

Food.

The Sporkful.

An interview-style podcast about food and people.

The Kitchen Sisters Present.

A more journalistic take on food and people. Exploring how food connects us across the world, and how food shapes society and vice versa.

Culture.

Pop Culture.

Decoder Ring.

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.

Reply All.

This show features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people.

Imaginary Worlds.

All about fictional worlds of pop culture.

Twenty Thousand Hertz.

A podcast about the world’s most interesting sounds.

Music.

Song Exploder

Musicians describe their songs in depth.

Hit Parade.

Figuring out what makes that chart-topping hit such a hit.

Movies.

Terror Entre Los Dedos.

Spanish language horror movie podcast started by a couple of people I know.

How Did This Get Made?

Reviewing trashy movies and what went into making them.

Blank Check with Griffin & David.

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.

Filmweek Marquee.

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.

Language.

The Allusionist.

This is the podcast about why we say the things we say in English. It traces all those little idiosyncrasies of English.

Lexicon Valley.

More in depth linguistic discussions.

History.

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.

A serious, meticulously researched, extremely in-depth podcast about history. Expect to spend several hours on each series.

The Dollop.

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.

Science.

General

Science Friday.

Science VS.

Hidden Brain.

Inquiring Minds.

Ologies with Alie Ward.

Interviews with a scientific expert in almost any topic (hence, ologies). Yes, there is an episode about Pelicanology with a graduate from LSU.

Fitness

Barbell Medicine Podcast.

The Dan John Podcast.

A weekly podcast about science, politics, and society in general. Too broad to describe in a short blurb, honestly. Just check it out.

Writing.

Scriptnotes.

All about screenwriting.

Writing Excuses.

Not just a good writing podcast, a short writing podcast. Every episode promises to be under 15 minutes.

I Should Be Writing.

Dead Poet’s Society.

Not just about writing, but also writing industry.

Technology.

Programming.

Data Skeptic.

Everything about data science, statistics, machine learning, etc.

Python Bytes.

News about Python. Events, new development, etc.

Talk Python To Me.

A longer form show from the same podcaster as Python Bytes.

Industry.

Foundering.

Deep dive into failing or failed startups. Used to be Decrypted.

 

General/Hard to Categorize.

All Things Interesting.

Interviews with too wide a range of different people to categorize easily.

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend.

More laid back Conan talking with all sorts of fun actors, comedians, etc.

Mentores en Linea.

A Spanish language podcast about entrepreneurs in/from Puerto Rico.

The Anthropocene Reviewed.

John Greene reviews the anthropocene, which basically covers most of human history.