Ultimate Guide to Podcasts

Today podcasts are mostly un-aggregated and discovery beyond top 20 lists is far too difficult. Here are some all-time greats you need if you haven’t heard them yet.

The ‘of course’ podcasts

Quickly, if you don’t know any of these, definitely try them first. These are all incredible.

A few standout episodes:

  1. Time
  2. Debatable
  3. Sight Unseen

ALL TIME GREATS

Hopefully these can appeal to anybody, you may have heard of some of them before.

Revisionist History

www.revisionisthistory.com

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood.

Here acclaimed author Malcolm Gladwell adeptly migrates mediums 😉 to create an incredible podcast which dives deeps into a varied list meaningful topics — beautifully reminiscent of John Oliver’s ‘deep dives’ in his HBO show Last Week Tonight.

Best episodes:

  1. The Satire Paradox
  2. A Good Walk Spoiled
  3. Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Reply All

www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all

A show about the internet and the crazy things in life and culture that it enables.

Best episodes:

  1. #44 Shine On You Crazy Goldman
  2. #102–3 Long Distance 1 and 2
  3. #89 Worldstar
  4. #33 @ISIS

Every Little Thing

https://gimletmedia.com/every-little-thing/

Every little thing is a podcast about random parts of life that truly warrant further exploration.

Startup

www.gimletmedia.com/startup/

This is one of the original, all-time great podcasts. Started by the man behind Gimlet Media (the podcast production company behind several podcasts on this list) this show follows his emotional story behind starting a Gimlet. It’s an entrepreneurial story told from the trenches by a man with an amazing talent for spinning incredible stories. Totally go for it — it’ll only make you appreciate the whole Gimlet operation and what it has done for podcasting generally.

If you like Startup, you might also like The Pitch.

The Pitch is a show where early-stage startups pitch their idea, and themselves, to investors who give their candid reactions on the record.

https://gimletmedia.com/thepitch/

The Intern

https://theintern.fm/

For just one beautifully produced season follow Allison as she transitions to live in New York city as a media intern at a money-laden tech company after years of non-profit volunteering around the world. Through the season she attempts to reconcile her current work with her altruistic desires, and struggles to ask her boss for a raise.

Hidden Brain

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510308/hidden-brain

Humans are slaves to their brains — that’s why it’s worth examining how our human brains can effect the way we live and interact. This great show examines our unconscious mind, through science and social-science we it uncovers how we can better be human.

Hello Internet

www.hellointernet.fm

A podcast between an educational YouTuber and a professional podcast host as explore technology and how it effects their work and life. Both have quirky interests with strong opinions about them which turn into discussions on Plane Crash Corner, flag design, the YouTube algorithm and how that effects what succeeds on YouTube.

Best episodes:

  1. #85 Another Person I’ve Never Heard Of (but listen to #84 first, it’s also great)
  2. They’re all great. Start from the beginning and work forward.

Comedy Bang Bang

http://www.earwolf.com/show/comedy-bang-bang/

A wild comedy ride — you never know what you’re gonna get. Prone to ridiculous humor and impersonations — this ever-changing cast of characters knows good and proper banter.

Best episodes:

TBD — everyone probably has their own.


News

The Daily — NY Times

https://www.nytimes.com/podcasts/the-daily

A daily look at the news mon-fri published before your morning commute (like my walk to class at 10:25 am).

The New Washington — NY Times

https://www.nytimes.com/podcasts/new-washington

A deeper look into the key figures shaping this administration. Though, I find these episodes can sometimes become frustrating when the characters are ass-hats and are given too lenient a view.

Honerable Mentions:

On The Media — News analysis podcast

http://www.wnyc.org/series/media-podcast

Up First — Daily NPR News Podcast, but I prefer The Daily if you only want one.

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510318/up-first


Tech

ATP

http://atp.fm/

Short for ‘Accidental’ Tech Podcast — for those who want deeper technical info, but in a way I still find entertaining and engaging.

Cortex

https://www.relay.fm/cortex

Every other week educational YouTuber CGP Grey and podcast heavy-weight Myke Hurley discuss work and how to efficiently get things done by best using your brain and technology — in harmony.


Adventure and Nature

The Dirtbag Diaries

http://dirtbagdiaries.com/

This is by far the best podcast I can find about modern adventure and exploring the outdoors.


Entertainment

The Squanch Rick and Morty

For the Rick and Morty lovers. 45 minutes of analysis and deeper examination of each episode of season 3. From the guys at Wisecrack (the YouTube production company), their seasoned experts, well worth your time.

Views

A podcast by the vlogger David Dobrik (and Jason Nash, quite the character) they question David on his life as a 21 year old YouTube mega-celebrity.

H3 Podcast

For those plugged into YouTube. Here for laugh and critical takes on all the latest cringe on YouTube.

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