I listen to a lot of podcasts right now. Generally, I’m only listening if I am driving somewhere or working out. So here are the 34 podcasts that I currently listen to and where they rank in my personal favorites at this moment in time.
My favorite podcast. It comes out sporadically, but I always enjoy new episodes. They make them memorable. The very first episode I listened to was “Normal” about how wolves and dogs evolved and how a group of monkeys had their social hierarchy. The most recent fully new episode was “Debatable” about a team of gay black men who rather than debate on the chosen topic, decided to talk about how the way the debate was happening was disadvantageous to them. They won the national championship. Again, huge fan of this podcast. Jad, Robert, and the team do an amazing job.
- Rob Has a Podcast
I’m a Survivor fanboy, and there is no better podcast about Survivor than Rob Cesternino’s. He does a great job getting former contestants on the show to talk and analyze Survivor. I enjoy almost everything he does on this channel that deals with Survivor.
- The Poscast with Joe Posnanski and Michael Schur
This comes out sporadically (last episode as of right now was the beginning of January). It usually has a bit of a discussion with Joe and Michael which is interesting and I wish they would spend more time on. Then they go about a random draft of some sort. They might draft balls, or sports plays, or superheroes. I’m a big Posnanski fan, so this is right up my alley.
- The Bill Simmons Podcast
Great interviews at times. General sports podcast. Been reading him since around 2000. He recently made the move to HBO, which has brought different guests on. Big fan of this podcast.
An economics podcast that I really enjoy. Always enlightening. In the early days that I listened to this, there was a lot more “Wow” moments. But now it’s just interesting.
- Hello Internet
The podcast where CPG Grey and Brady Haran (both of them are Youtubers) discuss whatever they want to discuss. I actually really enjoy their back and forth. They get pretty deep into things at times. They also always follow up on things that may have changed or things that they have to add about past stories. I do enjoy this one.
- The Tim Ferriss Show
Interview podcast. I’ve been a fan of Tim’s for a while now. His conversation topics have a huge range. I’ll probably learn something if I listen to the podcast though, so I look forward to this. They tend to be on the longer side though, which gets kind of annoying.
The big hit was huge for podcasts. I liked the first season (with Adnan), but didn’t love it like others did. This second season (following the Bo Burgdall trial) is a bit of a dud. The music is great. Interested to see what they’ll have in store for season 3.
- This American Life
One of the pinnacles of radio/podcasting. It’s a collection of stories around a theme. It’s very well done. It tends to be a bit on the depressing side, but still one that I look forward to listening to.
- Planet Money
It’s a podcast about money/economics. It’s relatively short at 20-25 minutes an episode. The issue that I have with this show is that there isn’t an episode that I really really enjoyed. It’s always interesting though. It’s just not a deep dive.
- The James Altucher Show
This one is an interview podcast. Though, unlike other interview podcasts, James has really interesting people on and he asks really good questions. Regardless of whether I know who he’s interviewing or not, I’ll probably listen to the episode.
- Ask Altucher
I just realized that this hasn’t come out since October. It was James and his wife answering questions daily. For whatever reason, this has stopped. I listened to almost every one of the 300+ episodes.
- Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project
Adam Savage from Mythbusters and his gang chat about various things. They’ve given me some great recommendations on books (The Martian, Seveneves). The chats aren’t super long, so it doesn’t feel like I am giving away too much time to this podcast, which is good.
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
As of this writing, I just am getting into this. I recently listened to a couple of one-off episodes. Now I am right in the thick of World War I (with “Blueprint for Armageddon III”. These are very thick pieces of meat and it’s not something that I can just have on in the background. I really have to be listening to them. I feel like I will rip through the available episodes pretty quickly. I only have to finish the BfA, King of Kings (1-3 so far), and the Wrath of Khans. Don’t think that’s easy though. All of that is probably 33 hours of listening.
- Dear Hank & John
The weekly podcast that Hank and John Green put out. They are the Vlogbrothers on Youtube. I’ve been watching them since about 2011. Thoughtful commentary in general. It’s just a question podcast pretty much, so it’s not one of my favorites, but it passes the time.
I’m still kind of waiting on this one. There hasn’t been a new episode since July. It’s a highly produced show, so I think they are taking their time on things. Apparently, a new season is coming out in June. I guess we’ll see. This is a podcast about the invisible things in our lives.
- What’s the Point
It’s a half hour (or so) show about various statistics. They try to dive into stories that stats bring up. It can be pretty interesting at times.
- FiveThirtyEight Elections
A podcast about the election season. I’m not sure how much longer this will last after the elections this year, but the commentary they provide helps me stay in touch with what’s going on. It’s election statistics porn, basically.
- WTF with Marc Maron
Much like the Nerdist, it’s an interview show. If it has good guests, I listen. Otherwise, I don’t. Marc is able to get pretty deep with some folks though. It’s a good listen when it’s good.
- The Nerdist
Chris Hardwick and his crew do interviews the majority of the time. This one is really hit or miss, but generally you know what to expect going in. I will listen to it if it’s an interview that I want to hear. It’s really easy to just scrap an episode (which I do a lot) if I don’t feel interested in it.
- Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler
Another interview show that heavily depends on the guest. The format of this one gets a little old though. Aisha doesn’t really do any research ahead of time and they basically talk chronologically about the guests career. It can be good, like with Gabby Reece (which unfortunately is in the archive now). Recently, I haven’t enjoyed it as much
- Startup Podcast
This was very interesting at first as it followed the startup of Gimlet Media. But now that Gimlet is a thing, there isn’t a whole lot to report about, and I don’t really want to hear about other companies. So this has definitely slid down my rankings.
- 99% Invisible
It’s usually a quick episode that I can get through in my walk to the gym. I don’t love the podcast, but it remains interesting. It talks about the hidden structure of things.
Around the Horn
They are ranked the same, but PTI is the one that I enjoy more. They are just audio versions of the ESPN shows. I don’t listen to them religiously, but when they are talking about some big sports story, I am interested to hear their take.
- Effectively Wild: The Daily Baseball Prospectus Podcast
It’s baseball, daily. Very easy to just skip an episode if I don’t seem interested in the content. Can get pretty dry at times. But they put up interesting discussions as well.
- Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
This one is much the same as Effectively Wild: daily baseball chatter. I like the conversations in this one as I am much more familiar with the folks who come on the podcast, but Buster tries to do too much with this one. There are a lot of recap audio clips that I just don’t care for. The baseball conversations are what keeps me coming back.
- Talk is Jericho
It’s a wrestling podcast. Chris get’s into some good conversations with folks as he has a good head on his shoulders. It’s easy enough to skip the podcast if I don’t like the guests. But he ventures outside of wrestling at times, which I enjoy.
- The Steve Austin Show
The Steve Austin Show – Unleashed!
These are together because, honestly, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which is which (the Unleashed allows unfiltered language). Some interesting interviews, but I really like when Steve does match breakdowns where he comments “live” on matches. Very easy to skip these interviews, but some goldmines pop up every now and again.
- Off Camera
This one was recently added. I’ve enjoyed their Youtube snipets. Some of the episodes are interesting, but it really depends on the guest. Very much a Hollywood interview podcast.
- The Moth Podcast
It’s a podcast where regular folks tell stories. Because of that, it’s hit or miss. Due to it being hit or miss, it’s not one that I really look forward to every time it comes out. Hence why it’s near the bottom of my rankings here.
- Post Show Recaps: Live TV & Movie Podcasts with Rob Cesternino
I subscribe to this solely due to their Saturday Night Live commentary. Otherwise, I just delete all the episodes. I do enjoy the banter about SNL though.
- InsideTV Podcast
I subscribe to this only because they have the Survivor interviews the next day after the show. I’ve never listened to a whole show. I normally will just fast forward to the Survivor interview.