I’m a big fan of podcasts. They’re perfect for learning something during an otherwise boring commute or walk. Here are the podcasts I’m currently subscribed to (and listen to each episode of):
99% Invisible - A podcast about design, culture, and so much more. Often focuses on the items you interact with everyday, yet still overlook. Great story-telling and production value. Episodes are generally under 20 minutes. Worth going through the back catalog and listening to every one.
StartUp Podcast - A rarely-seen inside look at the development of a business from the ground up. Very transparent, featuring conversations with the family, friends, investors, and more about the stress involved, and mistakes made along the way (and what was learned).
Reply All - A show that is broadly about the internet. Covers the always developing culture of the web, and a lot more. Serves as a reminder of how being connected online vastly affects our lives (in both humorous and not so humorous ways).
Strangers - On the surface, Strangers sounds like a program about the strangers people come across in their day to day lives. Though this is true for some stories, others may cover a close friend or family member becoming a “stranger” in some way, or the subject becoming unfamiliar to him or herself. Great at providing unique perspective you may otherwise not have come across.
Breaking Bad Insider Podcast - No longer producing new episodes, but left for posterity. Breaking Bad is probably my favorite television show, and editor Kelly Dixon, along with creator Vince Gilligan, provide awesome insight into how each episode was mode, really making you appreciate their work.
By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin - Jeff Garlin is generally known for his improvisational style on shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, which carries over on his podcast. The title points out it is not an interview, but a conversation. The lack of structure gives the show a much more natural feel.
Giant Robots Smashing into other Giant Robots Podcast - Produced by thoughtbot, this show has branched out into often interviewing business leaders or entrepreneurs. The guests provide valuable insight into the challenges of running a business, and the show serves as a good reminder of what happens on the other side.
Healthy Hacker - Hosted by Chris Hunt from GitHub, this show combines health and technology (which I can’t say I’ve seen much, if at all). It also throws in productivity and self-improvement tips. Just about every episode leaves me feeling inspired to either work out, or do some programming.
Ruby5 - If lack of time is your excuse for not listening to podcasts, then subscribe to Ruby5 right now. Each episode is around five minutes, and covers recent news in the Ruby community. I’ve often found cool gems to check out based on highlights from the show.
Ruby on Rails Podcast - This show features interviews with prominent members of the Ruby community, as well as general technologists. Episodes may talk about a project or event the guest is working on, and usually provide a solid deep dive into a given topic.
Song Exploder - This music show features guests talking about the songwriting and composition process for one of their songs. Broken out stems highlight parts of the song you might not have heard. Each episode features the full song at the end, so you can appreciate the sum of its parts.
The Bike Shed - A brand new show from thoughtbot, this podcast serves to supllement the more broad focus of Giant Robots with a stricter technology focus. The first episode detailed their experience following Sandi Metz’ rules on a project.
The Ruby Rogues - The Ruby Rogues feature great panel discussions, and cover technology topics as well as cultural observations. They do a good job of mixing up the panel, and they often keep things generally light-hearted and funny.