Feb 22, 2016
10 Great Podcasts
My list of ten recommended podcasts you may never have heard of before.
- Hardcore History - While technically a podcast, subscribing to this feed is actually like having an unabridged history audiobook delivered for free. Individual episodes can run to three or four hours and a complete topic could be nine or more hours of listening. If you’re a history buff like me, this is a great feed.
- Blogs of War: Covert Contact This podcast takes an interesting and in-depth look into many of the major national security issues of our time.
- Song Exploder - This amazing show takes a look at a single song in each episode and breaks it down into its component parts. Drums, guitar, vocals, etc. Each of these elements is then explored in-depth by the composer in a fantastic interview.
- Startup - Startup is a podcast that takes a narrative approach to telling the founding story of different companies. Each season they pick a different company to profile and tell the ups & downs, ins & outs of how the company got started.
- The History of Rome - I found this podcast after it had been completed but I went back to the beginning and added all 180 episodes to my feed. Starting at the founding of the city of Rome around 470 B. C and following it’s history through nearly a thousand years to 476 A.D when the last emperor was exiled from the city, listening to this podcast was akin to taking a great history course in college.
- Roderick on the Line - This weekly podcast is simply a conversation between two fantastic storytellers and close friends. Their frank conversations move fluidly from music to popular culture, to personal reminiscences, to the minutiae of every day life.
- The Memory Palace - Host Nate DiMeo curates amazing stories from collective past and tells them in engaging and well-produced five to ten minute episodes.
- Robot or Not - This very funny and very short podcast (think about 3 min per episode) answers one question: is the object in question a robot. Daleks and Cybermen? Swimming Pool Cleaners? Pinocchio?
- Reply All - This is a show about the curiosities of the Internet — stories about how the Internet shapes people; and how people shape the Internet.
- 99% Invisible - Nominally about architecture and design, this lovingly produced show tells the stories and histories about objects, buildings, structures, and ideas that have shaped our modern world.