Kenneth Friedman

Podcasts are great. Even though podcasts have been part of iTunes since 2005, in the past few years, we have entered a golden age of podcasting. There are more podcasts available, more people listening, and better tools than ever before.

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and often get asked for recommendations. Everyone's preferences will be a little different, but here are the ones I currently listen to regularly...

Politics

Slate's Political Gabfest

By far the best political commentary out there. Three hosts, three subjects a week: each with a different perspective. Never dull. This is my favorite podcast. Weekly: Thursdays, ~1hr

Face the Nation Diary

A condensed-but-somehow-in-depth review of the week's news by my favorite reporter: John Dickerson. The best part? He attempts to form the big questions of the week based on the news, without forcing an answer. Weekly: Fridays, <1hr

Whistlestop

Bite-sized stories from presidential history: well explained, fascinating stories from the past. Hosted by John Dickerson (see a trend?). Weekly, ~1hr

Democracy Now! Audio

An hour long news program from an independent nonprofit organization, entirely funded through viewer contributions. The first 15 minutes are the day's headlines — I often stop after that. Daily: around 10am (First 15 minutes are best)

General Technology

Vergecast

A weekly podcast covering the week's tech news. Very consumer focused. It can be frustrating when they talk about things at too basic of a level. Most of the hosts don't have a very good longterm perspective, but it's great for hearing about the latest consumer tech. Weekly: Thursdays, ~1hr

Recode Replay

This podcast is the audio from Recode conferences. Recode conferences bring the top people of the tech industry. It comes out in batches once or twice a year: but when it does, there are great interviews from the heads of the biggest companies. Rarely: once or twice a year

Ctrl-Walt-Delete

A weekly podcast with Nilay Patel (EIC of The Verge) and Walt Mossberg. Unfortunately, Mossberg just retired this month, so there will no longer be new episodes. Mossberg has been around so long and is so well respected that his behind-the-scenes stories are incredible. Especially about private conversations with Steve Jobs. No longer new episodes

Recode Media

A weekly interview podcast with Peter Kafka. He's a great interviewer, and there is a wide range of guests from authors to EICs to directors. Nothing beats this podcast for a deep understanding of the internet media landscape. Weekly, ~1hr

Apple Community

The Talk Show With John Gruber

Single host + guest style. John Gruber is the most famous Apple columnist. He's got great insights, but he is rarely critical of Apple, which can be frustrating. Weekly, multi-hour

Accidental Tech Podcast

Three hosts talking about tech, with an Apple focus. To complement The Talk Show, this podcast is much more critical of Apple and their decisions. Weekly, multi-hour

Under the Radar

A "never longer than 30 minutes" podcast about independent app development by two great indie developers. There's a new topic each week. Anyone creating their own apps should be listening to this. Weekly, exactly 30 minutes.

Welcome to Macintosh

Honorable Menion.A heavily-produced interview series that comes out in seasons. I haven't heard a new episode in a while... but the host says they are coming soon... Seasonal

Uncatogorizable

Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky

This is my second favorite podcast. I love Josh Toplsky, though he's a polarizing figure. He and a bi-weekly guest discuss tech, power, and the future. It's hard to explain: you just have to give it a listen. Biweekly, ~1hr

Freakonomics Radio

A podcast similar to the books: a look at everyday life through a particular defition of economics: the study of decision making. Read the book before listening to the podcast (or, you know, don't).

Serial

A seasonal, heavily-produced investigative journalism show. This podcast made podcasts mainstream again. Just ask the question "What do you think about the Serial podcast?" to strike up a conversation at any coffee shop.

Ear Hustle

Stories from prisoners. As advertized, "EarHustle brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it." Weekly, >1hr.

Comedy

Real Time with Bill Maher

This is a audio replay of Bill Maher's Friday HBO show. He is a polarizing figure. Between the time I'm typing this and the time you are reading it, I'm sure he's been in another 10 scandals. He is quite liberal, and quite politically incorrect. He has a perspective that's unique, and worth thinking about. By far the best part is the last 10 minutes of each show: New Rules. Weekly, Saturdays, 1hr

The Late Show Podcast

These only came out during the summer before Colbert took over the Late Show. I am still subscribed though, hoping it will start again soon. No longer new episodes.

Updated on August 13, 2017, August 17, 2017, and September 2, 2017.