As a follow-up to what I wrote earlier today, here are my own favorite podcasts, in the order they currently appear in my phone’s podcast apps:
- Radio Open Source (from itself)
- Bill Simmons (on The Ringer)
- Fresh Air (from WHYY via NPR)
- JJ Reddick & Tommy Alter (from ThreeFourTwo)
- The Mismatch (on The Ringer)
- The New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC via NPR)
- Econtalk (from itself)
- On the Media (WNYC)
- How I Built This with Guy Raz (from NPR)
- The Daily (from New York Times)
- Reimagining the Internet (from Ethan Zuckerman and UMass Amherst)
- Planet Money (from NPR)
- Up First (from NPR)
- Here’s the thing (WNYC via NPR)
- FLOSS Weekly (TWiT)
- Reality2.0 (from itself)
Note that I can’t help listening to the last two, because I host one and co-host the other.
There are others I’ll listen to on occasion as well, usually after hearing bits of them on live radio. These include Radiolab, This American Life, 99% Invisible, Snap Judgement, Freakonomics Radio, Hidden Brain, Invisibilia, The Moth, Studio 360. Plus limited run podcasts, such as Serial, S-Town, Rabbit Hole and Floodlines.
Finally, there are others I intend to listen to at some point, such as Footnoting History, Philosophize This, The Infinite Monkey Cage, Stuff You Should Know, The Memory Palace, and Blind Spot.
And those are just off the top of my head. I’m sure there are others I’m forgetting.
Anyway, most of the time I’d rather listen to those than live radio—even though I am a devoted listener to a raft of public stations (especially KCLU, KPCC, KCRW, KQED, WNYC, WBUR and WGBH) and too many channels to mention on SiriusXM, starting with Howard Stern and the NBA channel.