As a pretty constant consumer of information podcasts are one of my favorite ways to stay informed. Below are the ones I’m currently subscribed to in alphabetical order, along with links to their iTunes page and their iTunes description (if there is one). Have omitted a few podcasts that I’m not sure about yet – the below I’ve been listening to for a while and feel I can give an endorsement for. Any notes I feel the need to add are in italics.
Against The Stream – Dharma talks by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, and other teachers at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles and elsewhere.
All in the Mind – Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind
All TWiT Shows (Video-LO) – Leo Laporte brings some of the most interesting personalities in technology together to talk about the most important issues. Fun, relaxed, informative and always entertaining, count on TWiT for the best tech podcasts in the world. Catch all the shows live 24/7/365 at http://live.twit.tv/ – Pretty vast, super-informed and well-polished programs. Very much worth checking out if you’re into tech. Audio version available too.
Analysis – Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics
Arms Control Wonk – The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com). Hosted by Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein. – A high-priority listen for me. Constantly bringing up new information in the context of timely, current topics.
Brookings: @ Brookings Event Audio – Brookings offers audio podcasts of its public events through iTunes. Now you can download and listen to our briefings and conferences on a wide-range of public policy issues, many featuring leading policy-makers and foreign officials.
Common Sense with Dan Carlin – Common Sense with Dan Carlin is an independent look at politics and current events from popular New Media personality Dan Carlin. Carlin’s self-described “Martian” viewpoints infuse each episode with a political alien’s take on the world around us and the problems it faces. It’s a smart, unique (and admittedly U.S.-centric) program that doesn’t dumb down the information or analysis for the slowest person in the room. Carlin’s rapid-fire staccato voice has been compared to William Shatner after too many espressos. That, plus his penchant for making everyone in the audience mad at him eventually, makes for a witch’s brew of a podcast that is not for everyone. But for those craving a deeper intellectual analysis, a less partisan approach and unpredictable outside-the-box revelations, Common Sense with Dan Carlin is a feast for the mind.
Conversations with Tyler – Tyler Cowen hosts thought leaders from across the spectrum — economists, entrepreneurs, authors and innovators. All have one thing in common — they are making an impact on the world because of their ideas.
Covert Contact: The Blogs of War Podcast – Covert Contact is a weekly podcast by Blogs of War which covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology stories that are shaping our world. Covert Contact is hosted by Blogs of War creator John Little. His work and analysis has been featured on the BBC, CNN, CBC, ABC (Australia), PBS Newshour, Fast Company, CBS, and other international media outlets. The Blogs of War Twitter feed, @Blogsofwar, was selected as one of the top Twitter accounts of 2014 by Time magazine.
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – In “Hardcore History” the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This is a difficult-to-classify show that has a rather sharp edge. It’s not for everyone. But the innovative style and approach has made “Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History” a New Media hit. – Another must-listen. Long programs, but Carlin’s a fantastic storyteller.
Documentaries (by the BBC) – The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes. This podcast offers you the chance to access landmark series from our archive. – Great for half-hour to hour-long programs on many different topics.
The Economist Radio (All audio) – The Economist was founded in 1843 “to throw white light on the subjects within its range”. More video and audio can be found at http://economist.com/video and as podcasts through iTunes.
EconTalk – EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty (econlib.org) and George Mason U., draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at EconTalk.org, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions. – I often disagree completely with the host Russ Roberts and find him irritating at times but the guests and conversations are good, and deep.
Emerging Infectious Diseases – A podcast highlighting key articles in the current issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Entrepeneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur On Fire is a podcast created for you, the Serial Entrepreneur, Side-Preneur, or Small Business Owner. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, and ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or “me” time, John Lee Dumas delivers 7-days a week. Each episode brings you a successful Entrepreneur who shares their journey: Their failures, AH-HA moments, successes, and much more. Each episode ends with THE LIGHTNING ROUND where John extracts priceless resources and action steps for you, FIRE NATION!
Four Thought – Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society
FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS – FRONTLINE presents audio versions of select full-length episodes for listening on the go. Want more full-length FRONTLINE Audiocasts? Please leave a review and let us know what you think.
Future Tense – Full program podcast – A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability. One single audio file of the whole program – good for continuous listening.
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler – join aisha tyler (archer, friends, talk soup) and her guests as they rant about stuff guys love: video games, action movies, comic books, sex, drinking, bar fights, and blowing sh*t up. plus the weekly installments of self-inflicted wounds and ‘the apologia’. girl on guy: stuff. guys. love. – Fairly new to my podcast subs and already a favorite. Very much worth listening to.
Great Lives – Biography series exploring the greatest people who ever lived. Matthew Parris interviews an eminent guest and an expert to reveal the truth behind their history heroes.
Hak5 – Put together by a band of IT ninjas, security professionals and hardcore gamers, Hak5 isn’t your typical tech show. We take on hacking in the old-school sense, covering everything from network security, open source and forensics, to DIY modding and the homebrew scene. Then we wrap it all up with a healthy dose of cocktails and geek comedy. Damn the warranties, it’s time to Trust your Technolust.
HBR IdeaCast – A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.
Headphone Commute – Free mixes created by and exclusively for Headphone Commute
Henry & Heidi – Henry Rollins and Heidi May come to you with their first ever podcast, Heidi & Henry.
In Our Time – Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
Intelligence Squared – Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.
Intelligence Squared US Debates – Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates bring Oxford-style debate to America – one motion, one moderator, two panelists for the motion and two against. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues. Join the debate online and cast your vote for each topic at www.iq2us.org. – This program and the above are really helpful in terms of not just listening to both sides of an issue but also honing your argumentation skills.
The Lawfare Podcast – This is the podcast series from Lawfare, the web’s leading multimedia web site devoted to national security law and policy. Visit us at www.lawfareblog.com
Let’s Make Mistakes – Mike and Jessie talk about design, with a lot of tangents along the way.
London School of Economics: Public lectures and events – Audio podcasts from LSE’s programme of public lectures and events.
The Loopcast – Series covering various national security topics and issues – Another new one to me that’s fast becoming a must-listen with great guests.
Meanwhile in the Future – Meanwhile in the Future is a brand new podcast from Gizmodo in which we try to really overthink what the future has in store for us. Every episode will tackle one potential future scenario — everything from a sudden ice age, to the end of antibiotic effectiveness, to a world in which contact sports are banned due to head injury — and try to work out how that future would really go down.
Middle East Week – Interviews with scholars of the Middle East about important events and issues in the region. In-depth information and analysis, not sound bites
Mindful Cyborgs – Mindful Cyborgs the audio present shock on mindfulness, cyborgs, contemplative computing, bio/lifehacking and unhacking, frictionless existence, quantified self netocracy, robotics and digital duality. Hosts, Wired, TechCrunch writer, founder of Technoccult Klint Finley and Globally tech fluffer Chris Dancy audio edutainment.
NeuroPod – NeuroPod, the neuroscience podcast from Nature, highlights news and articles published in Nature’s journals, including interviews with the people behind the science and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering the research.
New Books Network – Discussions with Authors about their New Books
Off The Hook – Off The Hook is a weekly show on WBAI radio, New York, produced by 2600 Magazine. This feed offers a high-bitrate (128k) MP3 version of the show. – From the hacker-type perspective. Can be a bit rambling but a lot of good information out of this one.
On Being – On Being with Krista Tippett takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Updated every Thursday, a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.
Paul’s Security Weekly – Security news, interviews, how-to technical segments. For security professionals by security professionals. We Hack Naked. – One of my favorite listens in order to stay current. They’re incredibly timely and knowledgeable.
Philosophy Bites – David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding – donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com
ProPublica Podcast – The ProPublica Podcast is a weekly program featuring interviews with reporters and information about the latest investigations published by ProPublica.org. Produced by the nonprofit newsroom, the podcast will take listeners behind the scenes of their reporting to show how they obtained the story, what inspired the report and what’s the potential impact that could result from the investigation.
Psychedelic Salon – Talks and other programs regarding psychedelic science, great for pushing your mind a little farther out than normal.
Radio Motherboard – The future is wonderful, the future is terrifying. We should know, we live there. Whether it’s on the ground or on the web, Motherboard is traveling the world to uncover the stories that will define what’s coming next. New technologies, cultures, and discoveries are constantly reshaping this old planet of ours. And it’s happening faster than ever before. Radio Motherboard is all of that, in a fast-paced, fun, and informative podcast.
Radiolab from WNYC – On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab® is an investigation — a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is produced by WNYC public radio. Support the adventure with a donation by pasting the following URL into your browser: https://pledge.wnyc.org/epledge/radiolab/
Rainmaker.FM Master Feed – Rainmaker.FM is an on-demand audio network delivering the latest insights on content marketing, SEO, conversion, design, mobile, social media, and digital entrepreneurism. If you want every show from the network delivered, you’re in the right place …
Rational Security – A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Daily Beast and featuring Brookings senior fellows Tamara Cofman Wittes and Benjamin Wittes.
Revolutions – A weekly podcast series examining great political revolutions. Now: The French Revolution Next: The American Revolution Visit us at revolutionspodcast.com
Rid Of The Bomb – Rid of the Bomb is what happens when you get 2 people who are passionate about comics, professional wrestling, feminism, and a whole bunch of other stuff to record their weekly conversations.
Seminars About Long-term Thinking – The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking; to help nudge civilization toward our goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare. The SALT talks are curated by Stewart Brand and supported by Long Now members who also get HD video of the Seminars. You can become a member and support the series for just $8 a month: https://longnow.org/membership/
Shrink Rap Radio – All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous… This podcast features renowned psychologist,Dr. David Van Nuys , brining you in-depth interviews on a broad array of psychological topics including: psychotherapy, dreams, consciousness, depth psychology, business psychology, developmental psychology, mind/body psychology, personal growth, psychology and art, research psychology, social issues, and spirituality. The roster of world-class guests includes: Philip Zimbardo, Charles Tart, Irvin Yalom, Jonathan Haidt, Sara Lazar, Robert Altemeyer, Stanley Krippner, Arnold Mindell, Dacher Keltner, Michael Meade, and David Barlow among others.
Six Pixels of Separation – Six Pixels of Separation – The Mirum Blog is marketing and communications insights from the edge. Mitch Joel will unravel the complex world of digital marketing and social media with the perspective of a digital marketing agency. The Six Pixels Of Separation podcast is also here. Join the digital marketing conversation. Take part in the new marketing discussion. Stay tuned to see how this interactive agency is making a digital difference. While marketers still struggle to understand online marketing, an entirely new generation of marketing opportunities is already taking place and they’re being created by your customers. The Twist Image blog is here for all of your digital marketing adventures.
The Social-Engineer Podcast – Themed on security issues revolving around “social engineering” or a mechanism of hacking focused more on people than technology. Highly informative and entertaining. A must-listen.
SPEKTRMODULE – Drone/ambient type music mixtape put together by writer Warren Ellis. Great for working to
Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – This podcast is a weekly feature offering up the commentary and opinions on the latest events in technology, security, privacy, and government. Please note: the views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not reflect the opinions of the firm. – Another case where I often vehemently disagree with the main host (Stewart Baker, former NSA counsel) but contains good conversations and guests. Excellent way to explore some alternative perspectives.
TEDTalks (video) – TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you’ll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.
Thinking Allowed – New research on how society works
This Week in Science – The kickass weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each show TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination. The show is hosted by Dr. Kirsten Sanford, a PhD in neuroscience, and Justin, a wisecracking professional car salesman and armchair physicist. Consistently voted one of the top science radio shows on the web – check it out and hear a science news program like no other.
The Titanium Physicists Podcast – In which a three-person panel explains an aspect of physics to a layperson.
Turkey Wonk – Nuclear and political musings in Turkey and beyond
Upaya Zen Center – This weekly Podcast includes the Wednesday evening “Dharma Talks (audio)” from Upaya Zen Center and supports our mission: to provide a context for community practice, education in Buddhism and social service in the areas of death and dying, prison work, the environment, womens rights and peace-work. Our vision focuses on the integration of practice and social action, bringing together wisdom and compassion.
Welcome to Night Vale – Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale. (Produced by Commonplace Books. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. On Twitter as NightValeRadio)
Witness – The story of our times told by the people who were there. – Really good, short (less than 10 minute) history pieces.
Your Nerd Is Showing Official Podcast – Official podcast of Your Nerd Is Showing network, and home to the podcasts we record that just don’t “fit” elsewhere. You’ll find movie reviews, interviews, and a ton of other stuff here.
60 Minutes – Get the biggest scoops and best storytelling on television from 60 Minutes – on your schedule. Now you can listen to the show in its entirety every week. 60 Minutes is the most successful broadcast in television history with more than 80 Emmys under its belt. 60 Minutes is also the only show to obtain interviews with every American president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. – I struggle with 60 Minutes lately. It’s long been one of my most trusted sources but its emphasis on supporting pro security-state narratives and their storytellers troubles me very deeply. Worth listening to but take it with a grain of salt these days. Depressed I even have to say that.