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Recommend me some podcasts!

I'm trying to get onto the podcast bandwagon, and so wondered if anyone can recommend any?

Tech podcasts are certainly interesting to me but anything geeky (tech, gadgets, science etc. as opposed to cartoons, comics, pop-culture - have no interest in any of those topics) would be ace.

Thanks!

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  1. [4]
    Algernon_Asimov Link
    People reading this thread might be interested in some of these previous discussions: What are your favourite podcasts? Let's talk Podcasts. What are some that you like and why? Podcast...
    17 votes
    1. welly Link Parent
      Some good stuff there! Thanks!

      Some good stuff there! Thanks!

      2 votes
    2. bbvnvlt Link Parent
      The top comment in the third thread in this list mentions In Our Time from the BBC, but it doesn't seem to be listed often. This is one of my very favorite podcasts. It's 50 minutes of a panel of...

      The top comment in the third thread in this list mentions In Our Time from the BBC, but it doesn't seem to be listed often.

      This is one of my very favorite podcasts. It's 50 minutes of a panel of actual academic experts talking in-depth about topics ranging from the number e, pheromones, the baltic crusades, venus, the long march, the fable of the bees, you name it. The pace and tone varies with the panel, but it's super super good. Plus there's a ginormous evergreen archive to work through.

      2 votes
    3. Syrinx Link Parent
      I listen to/have enjoyed: Greynoise: https://greynoi.se Welcome to Night Vale: https://welcometonightvale.com Dreamboy (NSFW): https://www.nightvalepresents.com/dreamboy/ King Falls AM:...
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    mftrhu Link
    I have been listening to Sawbones, and I really like it. It's a podcast by a doctor and her husband, going over medical history and the "blunders" of the medical establishment. They cover things...

    I have been listening to Sawbones, and I really like it. It's a podcast by a doctor and her husband, going over medical history and the "blunders" of the medical establishment. They cover things like medical cannibalism, strapping a chicken to yourself to cure the Plague, humor theory and patent medicine, and manage to make it funny.

    Two more podcasts I have been listening to - fiction ones this time - are Welcome to the Night Vale (you probably heard about this one already), and the now-completed Alice isn't dead (by the same people as Welcome to the Night Vale). The latter follows the peregrinations of a truck driver across America, looking for her missing wife and stumbling across a supernatural conspiracy on the way. It takes a much more serious tone than Welcome to the Night Vale, after the first episodes at least.

    I have listened to a few episodes of Radiolab, Hello Internet and Omnibus here and there, but even if they are interesting - they cover a very wide range of topics, the last episode of Omnibus I listened to discussed defenestration - they tend to be too long for me to find the time for them.

    8 votes
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      masochist Link Parent
      Every so often I try to get into Welcome to Nightvale and I just can't. The story is very much in media res, without any establishing context. The writers seem to subscribe to the philosophy that...

      Every so often I try to get into Welcome to Nightvale and I just can't. The story is very much in media res, without any establishing context. The writers seem to subscribe to the philosophy that info-dumping is BAD™ and you should never ever ever do it, and as a result I'm left wondering what's going on, lost without much of a clue. This wouldn't be so bad in a written medium, but in a podcast it's really challenging because you can't just slow things down without ruining the medium.

      1 vote
      1. Grawlix Link Parent
        I started it at the beginning, loved it, and then slowly started to turn on it. Part of it was the increased reliance on a metaplot, which just felt like a slog. It was fun when each episode was...

        I started it at the beginning, loved it, and then slowly started to turn on it. Part of it was the increased reliance on a metaplot, which just felt like a slog. It was fun when each episode was mostly self-contained, and the continuous stuff just popped in every now and again. A part of the appeal was that it was this strange local radio station with bizarre goings-on being reported, but with the metaplot, you had to try to make some sense of it.

        Then again, I also just think it completely lost its charm and started phoning in the writing. What honestly made me quit was when they played the episode, "A Story About You," and I realized how much I adored it... but it also created a stark contrast with the newer episodes, and I realized there was such a huge disparity in how much I enjoyed them.

  3. Spel Link
    50 Things That Made the Modern Economy - from the BBC, 50 episodes with each one being about something that has been fundamental to the modern economy (and modern society), There's everything from...
    • 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy - from the BBC, 50 episodes with each one being about something that has been fundamental to the modern economy (and modern society), There's everything from intellectural property to barbed wire to public key cryptography to cuneiform.

    • Science Solved It - about various mysteries that evnetually were explained by science.

    • The Secret History of the Future - drawing parallels between modern technological and scientific developments to what happened in similar situations in the past.

    • Dear Science - a science journalist and a research chemist take questions from question columns and try to answer them with the help of science (and a whole lot of humour).

    5 votes
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    Micycle_the_Bichael Link
    I feel like when I see posts about this they are all educational podcasts. While those are great, I'm going to suggest some podcasts I love that aren't. Specifically The Black Tapes, Rabbits, The...

    I feel like when I see posts about this they are all educational podcasts. While those are great, I'm going to suggest some podcasts I love that aren't. Specifically The Black Tapes, Rabbits, The Last Movie, and Tanis. They're all by the same group of people. They're all spooky science fiction docuseries podcasts. So basically the main characters in the fictional stories are podcast hosts. They're all really interesting. Tanis was my favorite but it falls off hard after season 3 (they're on 4th or 5th now), The Black Tapes is insanely good. Rabbits I haven't listened to but have heard good things about from people on the organization's subreddit, and The Last Movie is a short and self-contained series that is pretty interesting. There's some other good ones similar to that, but I just thought I'd throw some creative horror your way.

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    1. cromiium Link Parent
      On the topic of audio dramas. The ones that I've started listening to recently and liked are: Wolf 359 Ars Paradoxica Limetown

      On the topic of audio dramas. The ones that I've started listening to recently and liked are:

      • Wolf 359
      • Ars Paradoxica
      • Limetown
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    2. dubteedub Link Parent
      I really enjoyed the first season of the Black Tapes. It had a great way of drawing you in and the beginning and got increasingly unnerving as it went on. Really well done.

      I really enjoyed the first season of the Black Tapes. It had a great way of drawing you in and the beginning and got increasingly unnerving as it went on. Really well done.

    3. bbvnvlt Link Parent
      Another one in this category is S-Town. I remember being really into this. And it has a clear ending, instead of dragging on season after season.

      Another one in this category is S-Town. I remember being really into this. And it has a clear ending, instead of dragging on season after season.

  5. CrazyOtter Link
    99% Invisible is one of my favourite podcasts, I recommend you start from the beginning to get the best experience from it.

    99% Invisible is one of my favourite podcasts, I recommend you start from the beginning to get the best experience from it.

    4 votes
  6. psi Link
    Podcast Description Recommended Episode This American Life Weekly theme How I Got into College On the Media Critical reflections on the media The Worst Thing We've Ever Done More Perfect History...
    Podcast Description Recommended Episode
    This American Life Weekly theme How I Got into College
    On the Media Critical reflections on the media The Worst Thing We've Ever Done
    More Perfect History behind Supreme Court decisions The Imperfect Plaintiffs
    Reveal Investigative journalism Case Cleared
    Reply All On technology Is Facebook Spying on You?
    Heavyweight Dry, self-effacing humor Gregor
    Opening Arguments Legal perspective of the news Stormy Daniels is a Legal Genius
    4 votes
  7. Nmg Link
    Basically, anything NPR. I highly recommend Planet Money/The Indicator, 1A, Hidden Brain. All on diverse topics that really make you think, and teach me something new everyday. I will put the onus...

    Basically, anything NPR. I highly recommend Planet Money/The Indicator, 1A, Hidden Brain. All on diverse topics that really make you think, and teach me something new everyday. I will put the onus on you to discover what each of them is about.

    2 votes
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    Pilgrim Link
    The BBC's podcast "50 Things That Made the Modern Economy" is a great, short podcast that investigates the origin of something that made the modern economy in each episode. You learn the history...

    The BBC's podcast "50 Things That Made the Modern Economy" is a great, short podcast that investigates the origin of something that made the modern economy in each episode. You learn the history of the thing and how it's influenced the present day. Many of these are inventions (RADAR) but some are more conceptual (Welfare state). It's concise and well-produced.

    I have many more recommendations but none others that fall in the tech/gadget/science categories.

    2 votes
    1. bbvnvlt Link Parent
      I second 50 things. Although I wish they'd made them a little bit longer. 10 minutes is a little bit too bite-sized for my taste.

      I second 50 things. Although I wish they'd made them a little bit longer. 10 minutes is a little bit too bite-sized for my taste.

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    2. Spel Link Parent
      I'm so excited for season 2 that should start any day now (they said March!).

      I'm so excited for season 2 that should start any day now (they said March!).

      1 vote
  9. dkod Link
    The Glass Cannon Podcast is a truly hilarious actual-play podcast of five friends playing the table-top RPG Pathfinder. Each episode is carefully edited down to about an hour and is probably the...

    The Glass Cannon Podcast is a truly hilarious actual-play podcast of five friends playing the table-top RPG Pathfinder. Each episode is carefully edited down to about an hour and is probably the most entertaining podcast I listen to. Highly recommend even if your not into TTRPG's (yet!).

    2 votes
  10. euphoria066 Link
    None of these are specifically Tech or anything, but as more "informative but listenable" style podcasts go, I would recommend: "Behind the bastards" history of awful people -the host is a...

    None of these are specifically Tech or anything, but as more "informative but listenable" style podcasts go, I would recommend:

    "Behind the bastards" history of awful people -the host is a journalist and used to write for Cracked, the research is well done and I enjoy the humour!

    "Ologies" is fun, they're quick overviews and interviews with specialists in different scientific disciplines.

    "This podcast will kill you" two epidemiologists give a history and a current status of an epidemic or disease. They're both named Erin and are quite funny.

    Other people brought up sawbones and 99% invisible, both of which I'd second as good podcasts!

    2 votes
  11. ThatFanficGuy Link
    Wireframe: about design in general. Maybe of interest to you if you find things like 99% Invisible interesting. I did as a designer. It's been six episodes so far, with the latest released on Nov...

    Wireframe: about design in general. Maybe of interest to you if you find things like 99% Invisible interesting. I did as a designer. It's been six episodes so far, with the latest released on Nov 28, 2018. Haven't heard the latest episode yet, so can't say if they're down or on hiatus.

    1 vote
  12. nutax Link
    Here's some of my favourite podcasts. Choose Linux is "The show that captures the excitement of discovering Linux." Late Night Linux is "a podcast that takes a look at what’s happening with Linux...

    Here's some of my favourite podcasts.

    • Choose Linux is "The show that captures the excitement of discovering Linux."
    • Late Night Linux is "a podcast that takes a look at what’s happening with Linux and the wider tech industry."
    • User Error "A show about life, Linux, the universe, and everything in between."
    • Ubuntu Podcast "The Ubuntu Podcast covers all the latest news and issues facing Ubuntu users and Free Software fans in general."
    1 vote
  13. JustABanana Link
    Hello internet - a podcast by CGP Grey and Dr. Brady Haran(creator of Numberphile, computerphile, objectivity and a whole lot of other educational youtube channels) where they talk about basically...

    Hello internet - a podcast by CGP Grey and Dr. Brady Haran(creator of Numberphile, computerphile, objectivity and a whole lot of other educational youtube channels) where they talk about basically everything. The chemistry between the hosts is simply amazing and the really dedicated community(mostly on /r/HelloInternet) makes the podcast so much better

    1 vote
  14. hamstergeddon Link
    For something considerably less serious than a lot of the other responses, check out Comedy Bang! Bang!. It's loosely structured like a serious interview-style podcast, but most of the guests are...

    For something considerably less serious than a lot of the other responses, check out Comedy Bang! Bang!. It's loosely structured like a serious interview-style podcast, but most of the guests are fictitious and improvised by comedians. At no point does the show take itself seriously at all.

    1 vote
  15. happimess Link
    I love The Anthropocene Reviewed, in which the host rates various facets of the world (e.g. pennies, Hawaiian pizza, cholera, tetris) on a five-star scale. It is interesting, funny, and sometimes...

    I love The Anthropocene Reviewed, in which the host rates various facets of the world (e.g. pennies, Hawaiian pizza, cholera, tetris) on a five-star scale. It is interesting, funny, and sometimes touching.

    I also listen to the first third of almost every episode of Futility Closet, in which the host reads a well-researched essay on some interesting historical event. The Boston Molasses Disaster is a favorite. The rest of the show is fine -- letters from the readers, then the hosts challenge each other with lateral thinking puzzles.

    I've just discovered The Darknet Diaries, which is very promising so far. Well-presented technical deep-dives into information security topics.

  16. uselessabstraction (edited ) Link
    Revolutions - Mike Duncan distills several of history's most influential revolutions into 10 to 30 episode serial narratives, diving deep into the political, social, ideological and international...

    Revolutions - Mike Duncan distills several of history's most influential revolutions into 10 to 30 episode serial narratives, diving deep into the political, social, ideological and international precursors and blazing a trail through the turbulent events which follow.

    He covers the English Civil War, American Revolution, French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, 1948, South American Revolution, Mexican Revolution, and a couple others along the way. Next season starts in May and will cover the Russian Revolution.

    This is one of my favorite podcasts, and I can binge-listen to it like Netflix. Many of my other favorites were already mentioned in this thread.

    I'd also like to give a shout-out to Stay Tuned with Preet, and Lawfare, which both provide unrivaled analysis of the current, uhh, situation in the US.

  17. Flelk Link
    I'm currently enjoying Good One: A Podcast About Jokes. An interviewer sits down with comedians one-on-one and walks through a specific bit, then uses that as a jumping off point to talk about...

    I'm currently enjoying Good One: A Podcast About Jokes. An interviewer sits down with comedians one-on-one and walks through a specific bit, then uses that as a jumping off point to talk about their comedy generally. Pretty good if you're interested in standup.

  18. Gully_Foyles Link
    Hardcore History: My number one history focused podcast. Absolutely fascinating content, and amazing delivery. Each episode almost reads like a short novel. Dan Carlin has his most recent episodes...

    Hardcore History: My number one history focused podcast. Absolutely fascinating content, and amazing delivery. Each episode almost reads like a short novel. Dan Carlin has his most recent episodes available for free download, but you will have to pay if you want to access the archives.

    Talking Code: Podcast focused on the environment that coding and coding projects operate in.

  19. aymm Link
    Podcast Type Description App Stories Tech Talk about iOS and macOS apps Boston's Favorite Son Comedy Impro comedy with Jim Sterling and Conrad Zimmerman Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe...
    Podcast Type Description
    App Stories Tech Talk about iOS and macOS apps
    Boston's Favorite Son Comedy Impro comedy with Jim Sterling and Conrad Zimmerman
    Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe Science Explaining physics subjects. Pretty funny
    Creature Feature Science Talk about biology and the animal world. Pretty funny
    Scienceish Science Take a work of fiction (movie, book, whatever) and discuss a science question based on that. I personally haven't watched/read most of the works they discuss, and they're not very prominently featured except in providing a starting point