Back in 2011, I wrote a post about my top 5 favorite podcasts. I figured that a decade later, an update was in order. Since 2015, I have apparently listened to 108 days, 3 hours of podcasts so I definitely know what I like. This time, I want to try to break it out a little into categories.
The Dollop [Pocket Casts Link] – My friend Russ turned me onto this podcast a few years ago. It is two comedians talking about stories from American (and occasionally Australian) history. There are some episodes that need more focus than others but it is always amusing.
The Good Place: The Podcast [Pocket Casts Link] – I adored The Good Place. It was a funny, well acted sitcom that touched on the topic of ethics. I listened to this podcast a little too much. It not only goes over the episodes but also dives into the topics in it.
The Flop House [Pocket Casts Link] – This one has a bunch of former daily show writers watching a bad movie and then talking about it. You don’t necessarily need to have seen the movie to find the podcast amusing. I listen to this one a lot while riding my bike.
The NPR Politics Podcast [Pocket Casts Link] – This is your standard daily politics podcast. It is a great addition to your daily podcast lineup but frankly, I went the last 6 mo of the Trump presidency skipping it because it was too damn depressing.
Marketplace [Pocket Casts Link] – Just as Up First (see above) is a go to morning podcast, Marketplace is a go to evening podcast. It fills in the blanks for me during the evening wind-down / commute.
First Ring Daily [Pocket Casts Link] – This daily tech podcast is my go to when I have listened to both of the two above shows and want more. I don’t tend to listen to it on a daily basis anymore but I did, once upon a time.
99% Invisible [Pocket Casts Link] – 99% Invisible is nominally about design and architecture. Roman Mars has one of those voices where you can almost listen to him read the phone book without getting bored. The show is super entertaining. It has the benefit of being just light enough so you can listen while doing something productive. This is a longtime favorite.
Planet Money [Pocket Casts Link] – This one is always entertaining and scratches an itch that I have had since my business school days. They talk about economic and business topics but in an easy-to-understand and entertaining way.