I’m constantly surprised at how little press podcasts get. Everyone and their mother has a DVR and has grown accustom to watching TV on their schedule, yet only a small minority see podcasts as the identical concept applied to radio. Maybe this stems from a lack of interest in radio as opposed to TV. Maybe it stems from people only using radio for its musical content, in which case mp3s are as far as they need to g. Either way, its a shame and in hopes of remedying that in some small way, I have compiled my short list of podcasts which everyone should listen to. (download the opml file)
Public Radio is leading the field in providing their content in podcast form. I have no concept of when any of these shows air on my local station (or even if they air). Instead they show up in iTunes and I listen at my leisure.
On The Media
As a meta news show, it is the one and only news show necessary to fully understand how media covers (or fails to cover) the important stories of the week.
7AM ET News Summary Podcast
The daily news in under five minutes. No Britney, no Timberlake, just the basics.
Marketplace Morning Report
The daily financial news in under 10 minutes. Increasingly important in the past six months.
A weekly one hour program on the financial sector and personal finance. Everything you need to know for retirement, debt repayment, etc.
WNYC’s Radio Lab
Hands down the best science podcast. Incredibly produced and riveting.
This American Life
An hour of touching, poignant, humorous and otherwise evocative stories about life in America.
Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett
A wonderful hour exploring every possible view on faith, spirituality, religion, ethics, morals, and all the other big questions in life.
Thoughtful, intelligent, persuasive debates on the hot button topics of today in the Oxford style.
The Java Posse
Hands down the best developer centric podcast available. Four friends with four very different view points come together to recap anything and everything JVM related.
Interviews with authors from the Pragmatic Programers publishing company on their upcoming books.
Interviews with influential members of the Rails community. The only tolerable rails podcast, more a comment about the other podcasts than about this one.
The Accidental Creative
An inspirational podcast aimed at artistic creatives but carries over well to the technical creative.
JavaWorld’s Java Technology Insider
An infrequent Java podcast with some solid content.
Weekly one hour dharma talks, always insightful and inspirational
Buddhist Geeks: Seriously Buddhist, Seriously Geeky
Like the name says, these are a bunch of Buddhists who geek out about Buddhism, and occasionally about tech.
The New Man: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp
A no bs, post-new age approach to manhood. I imagine this is one of those love it or hate it podcasts.
IndieFeed: Performance Poetry
A thrice weekly slam poem delivered directly to your ears, improved only by the host genuine love for the genre and community
Occasional podcast delving deep into a particular philosopher or philosophical concept, all with great British accents.
The Moth Podcast
“Real life stories, told live with out notes.” The story equivalent of slam poetry.
Fora.tv – Audio Program of the Week
About as close as you can get to TED talks in an audio format.
Harvard Business IdeaCast
Business for the thinking person. No hype, no buzz words, no marketing speak.
Gen Y Marketing Podcast
A great take on marketing from the Gen Y perspective. Gotta love the aussie accents.
Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders
A fantastic weekly lecture series at Stanford