Open Discussion: What Are Your Favorite Podcasts?

By Daniel Scocco

First things first, what is a podcast? Here is Wikipedia’s definition:

A podcast is a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet, often using syndication feeds, for playback on portable media players and personal computers. The term podcast, like “broadcast”, can refer either to the series of content itself or to the method by which it is syndicated; the latter is also termed podcasting. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster.

Though podcasters’ web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom.

Think about user generated radio over the Internet, which can also be downloaded in MP3 files. I started listening to podcasts many years ago, and it turned into a habit. I don’t watch any television, so when I need to relax before going to bed usually I just grab my MP3 player and listen to some show.

The interesting thing about podcasts is that, just like blogs, you will have all sorts of topics and niches being covered. Whether you like sharks or ancient history, I am pretty sure that you will be able to find a podcast that covers that.

Some of my favorite topics include technology, Web 2.0, online marketing and web development, and I thought that it would be interesting to share with everyone what I listen to and to get to know in return what you guys listen to.

This Week in Tech is by far my favorite show. Every Monday I religiously download a new episode and listen to it. Leo Laporte, John C. Dvorak and company are just great, and they discuss most of the important tech events in depth.

Another tech podcast that I listen to every week is Geek News Central. This one is released on Tuesdays and Fridays, so it fits well on the schedule. Todd shares a bunch of tech news and cool links on his show.

Now going more into the online marketing and web development sphere, Webmasterradio.fm is one of my favorite resources. They have dozens of shows, and usually I listen to The Daily Search Cast with Danny Sullivan, Net Income with Shoemoney and some others depending on the topic they are covering on the episode.

Finally, Performancing recently started the PerfCast and I am liking it. They have four episodes released, but it looks promising, and it is always nice to hear people talk about blogging related stuff.

What about you, what podcasts do you listen to? Speak your mind!




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24 Responses to “Open Discussion: What Are Your Favorite Podcasts?”

  • Sumesh

    Uhm, the podcast by Digg crew, anyone?

  • Daniel Scocco

    Good one indeed, I listen to it once in a while: http://thedrilldown.com/

  • Keith

    I’m a big fan of some of the NPR radio show podcasts: On Point, On the Media and Science Friday. Quirks and Quirks and Science talk for Science, and CSLPod for Chinese language lessons πŸ™‚

  • Daniel Scocco

    Science Friday is a nice one, I used to listen to that one, I will download some new episodes to see what they are up to.

  • Aaron B. Hockley

    I’m a big fan of Hanselminutes which is a good mix of software development and general geek topics

  • Michal Splho

    I listen podcasts in my native language radio program, something like intelectual humor. Otherwise not so much time for it, I ignore TV completely same as you. I don’t even have the TV, life is very bussy.

  • Bruce from Brucisms.com

    OK – I have a secret confession.

    I love The Wild Onion News. (Not necessarily what you’d expect from someone who runs a personal development blog) – but what can I say – I’m a child of the 80’s and it is what SNL used to be!

    πŸ™‚

  • Bilingual Blogger

    Funny you would post this today of all days. I’m hours away from officially launching a new Spanish podcast for kids called Cody’s Cuentos (www.codyscuentos.com) that I hope will become some people’s favorite podcast in the near future. πŸ™‚

    An excellent podcast I recommend to history buffs is Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. (www.dancarlin.com) It’s an hour-long history lesson with a host who has a talk-radio style. Good stuff.

  • Jcyreus

    Without a doubt (if you’re an Ottawa Senators Fan) the Sens Underground weekly podcase. These guys just taped a pilot for local TV in Ottawa, ON and they are unstoppable…

    http://www.sensunderground.com/

  • redwall_hp

    I listen to PotterCast (pottercast.com) and CNet’s Buzz Out Loud (bol.cnet.com).

    It’s a bit of a pain keeping up with all of the episodes (BOL comes out every day pretty much…), but they’re great podcasts.

    I’ve been listening to PotterCast for about two years, and Buzz Out Loud for a couple hundred episodes.

  • John Whiteside

    I listen to very few marketing or communications podcasts, because I prefer to get that information in written form. I mainly listen to talk podcasts while driving – which is down time, not work time – or music podcasts at home.

    That said, my favorites:

    1. “This American Life”
    2. The Economist’s various shows (Democracy in America is one of their best)
    3. MikeyPod (www.mikeypod.com) – music, talk, and interviews
    4. Chillcast with Anji Bee (music)
    5. Coverville – a music show entirely made up of cover versions of songs
    6. The New Yorker fiction podcast – contributors read favorite stories published in the magazine and talk about them
    7. KCRW’s Left, Right, and Center – half an hour a week of political analysis.

  • John Whiteside

    I listen to very few marketing or communications podcasts, because I prefer to get that information in written form. I mainly listen to talk podcasts while driving – which is down time, not work time – or music podcasts at home.

    That said, my favorites:

    1. “This American Life”
    2. The Economist’s various shows (Democracy in America is one of their best)
    3. MikeyPod (www.mikeypod.com) – music, talk, and interviews
    4. Chillcast with Anji Bee (music)
    5. Coverville – a music show entirely made up of cover versions of songs
    6. The New Yorker fiction podcast – contributors read favorite stories published in the magazine and talk about them
    7. KCRW’s Left, Right, and Center – half an hour a week of political analysis.

  • Matej

    Only ArseCast ( http://arseblog.com/WP/arsecasts/ )

  • infmom

    There’s a group called Pendant Productions that puts out terrific audio dramas. Besides using classic characters they have several original series. Since you can’t get radio dramas on the radio any more, checking out Pendant is the way to go. πŸ™‚

    http://pendantaudio.com/

  • Carol

    I like to listen to Dave Ramsey. He has a finanical talk show that I enjoy listening to, but too busy to catch on the radio.

    http://www.daveramsey.com/tdrs/

  • Michael

    Never Not Funny, the funniest podcast on the internet. Unfortunately they just started charging for the podcast but it doesn’t cost much and is well worth it. If you are unsure they let you listen to the first 20 minutes for free.

    http://pardcast.com

  • Todd Cochrane

    Daniel

    Thanks for being part of the Ohana and listening to the show. Because I am a geek at heart I listen to a lot of tech shows. Primarily from TechPodcasts.com but do listen to several others outside of our community.

    Todd..

  • john hee

    A plug for a UK based well established podcaster on the outdoor activity scene ‘The Outdoors Channel’ with a global audience that continues to grow

    http://theoutdoorsstation.co.uk/

    Regular updates, a weekly podzine and full of innovative ideas in presentation and content

    Highly recommended

  • Steve Robertson

    Another vote for the outdoors world where there’s some great stuff available to help pass the daily commute, when I would rather be hiking.

    I started in 2006 with podcasts from http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk and then moved to http://www.theoutdoorsstation.co.uk between them I think there’s more than 250 podcasts still live.

    Now I also subsribe to http://www.doingstuffoutdoors.com , http://www.wildebeat.com and http://seakayakroutes.com

    Beats the crap on the BBC anyday ….

  • Lulu

    my favorite podcast is Get Smart Radio, which brings in experts that discuss some interesting, diverse topics– dreams, natural disasters, sinus problems, fashion, and most recently, sperm donation. It’s informative and hilarious.

  • Paul

    I am partial to Paul’s Funkycast since it’s mine. It is somewhat suckish now but trying to steadily improve with contests and good music.

    http://odeo.com/audio/17838043/view

  • medyum

    I listen podcasts in my native language radio program, something like intelectual humor. Otherwise not so much time for it, I ignore TV completely same as you. I donÒ€ℒt even have the TV, life is very bussy

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