All the Great Podcasts
Colin Dismuke / January 18, 2020
28 min read
I’m currently listening to podcasts from April 2019 😎 Why? According to Overcast, I listen to 137 different podcasts on a “regular” basis. If you’re familiar with Overcast, I’ve saved 744 hours by using Smart Speed 😲 thanks, Marco.
I’ve always wanted a place to point people to when they ask for podcast recommendations and that place is now here. The podcasts below are broken into three categories: technology (59), investing (30), and everything else (48). Enjoy!
Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.
A podcast about developers and their lives.
The Frequency is a weekly news and talk show focused on bringing you the top stories from the real world, the tech world, and sometimes the weird world.
Upgrade looks at how technology shapes our lives, from the devices in our hands and pockets to the streaming music and video services that keep us entertained.
Ctrl-Walt-Delete is a new podcast from The Verge featuring legendary tech reviewer Walt Mossberg and Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. In each episode, Walt and Nilay will dive into the modern tech landscape using Walt’s extraordinary depth and experience to tell stories in entirely new ways. There will also be jokes.
Quit is about change, the challenges of improving your career, making tough decisions, and starting something awesome.
Harry Stebbings, Founder and Host of TheTwentyMinuteVC, interviews today’s most successful and inspiring venture capitalists, delving inside the funding game all in an easily digestible twenty minutes.
A mix of behind-the-scenes content and audio from before and after the shows.
The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball, featuring John Gruber and an assortment of special guest stars.
Sources & Methods is a podcast hosted by Alex Strick and Matt Trevithick in which interesting people doing interesting things get to talk about the what, how and why of what they do.
Netflix employees talking about work and life at Netflix, hosted by Senior Software Engineer, Lyle Troxell.
The cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic embarks on a journey to understand the future of work. Having built his own 900-person company with no offices and employees scattered across 68 countries, Mullenweg examines the benefits and challenges of distributed work and recruiting talented people around the globe.
Theory of Everything plunges listeners into a whirl of art, journalism, fiction, interviews, and exploding pipe dreams. Host Benjamen Walker connects the dots in a world of information overload, featuring conversations with philosophers, friends, and the occasional too-good-to-be-real guest.
Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth.
So many podcasts are about our digital devices. Analog(ue) is a show about how these devices make us feel and how they change our lives for the better, but also for the worse.
Connected is a weekly panel discussion on Apple and the impact of technology on our lives. With each co-host having a unique background — and accent — Connected provides a perspective that no other show can.
How AI and other exponential technologies are transforming business and society.
For full stack creators who take photos, make videos and love tech.
A show about entrepreneurship, product design, and the ups and downs of running a small indie business.
The Six Colors Secret Subscriber Podcast is a weekly (more or less) conversation between Jason Snell and Dan Moren. It’s more casual than the other podcasts we do, as we discuss what we’ve been working on, what stories we’re tracking, and yes, you may also hear Jason’s washing machine from time to time.
You Cannot Subscribe ❌
As a part of starting Oxide Computer Company, we decided to also create the podcast we always wanted. It’s unapologetically technical and as Jess says, “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet.” Join us as we interview various guests from the hardware / software interface. Their stories have captivated us all and kept us wanting more, we can’t wait to share them with you!
Dialog is a MacStories production co-hosted by MacStories Editor-in-Chief, Federico Viticci, and MacStories editor, John Voorhees. Dialog is a seasonal podcast published on Tuesdays. Each season, Federico and John discuss the impact of technology on creativity, society, and culture through in-depth conversations with a wide range of guests.
5by5 special events.
The Art of Product is a podcast chronicling the journeys of two entrepreneurs building software companies. Hosted by Ben Orenstein and Derrick Reimer.
Dan Benjamin answers your questions about podcasting and recording, audio and video equipment, software, mic technique, pre- and post-production, workflows, and more.
A podcast about Apple, its history, and the community around it. By Mark Bramhill.
The Presentable Podcast focuses on how we design and build the products that are shaping our digital future. We’ll track the tools, trends, and methods being used by teams from the biggest companies and latest startups. In each episode, Jeff will bring over two decades of experience as a designer, developer, entrepreneur, and investor as he chats with guests about how design is changing the world.
AppStories is a MacStories production co-hosted by MacStories Editor-in-Chief, Federico Viticci, and MacStories writer, John Voorhees. AppStories is a weekly podcast published on Mondays. Each week, Federico and John discuss their favorite new apps and noteworthy updates, dive into the stories and people behind the apps they love, and explore the social and cultural impact of the App Store.
From development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. It’s never longer than 30 minutes.
A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Every episode, Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration.
Supercomputer is a podcast all about making sense out of a mess of technology.
It’s a fun and friendly guide to the world of technology, hosted by two friends who enjoy using their gadgets to the fullest and showing others along the way.
“‘A podcast about the internet’ that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.” – The Guardian
A show about what it’s really like to start a business.
Get to know the people and stories behind Omni’s award-winning productivity apps for Mac and iOS.
Automation makes your life easier and everyone can do it. We tell you how.
Debug is a conversational interview show about developing software and services, primarily for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and gaming. Hosted by Guy English and Rene Ritchie, it’s all the great talk you get at the bar after the conference, wrapped up in convenient podcast form.
A weekly news and discussion show about the world of iPhone, iPad, iOS, and mobile web development.
Short expert interviews that help you decode what developers are saying.
You Cannot Subscribe ❌
An interview series for (technical) founders who are fed up of building products nobody wants to buy…
Can you make money and hold true to your values? Can you keep a profitable business “above board”? This is a podcast from Fathom Analytics. Jack Ellis and Paul Jarvis (co-founders) explore running an ethical and privacy-focused company in 2019 and beyond. They’ll also be sharing an inside look at what it takes to create and sell their privacy-focused product without any outside funding or capital.
CGP Grey and Myke Hurley are both independent content creators. Each episode, they get together to discuss their working lives.
Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs, Canvas is a podcast all about mobile productivity. Armed with iOS, Federico and Fraser will be walking through workflows, exploring the best apps for the iPad and iPhone and helping users solve problems.
What happens when software eats the world? Industry veterans Paul Ford and Rich Ziade chat with their friends about technology, design, and business from a distinctly East Coast point of view. Decades of experience inform their no-BS, quick-witted patter about what digital transformation really means. Created by Postlight, the digital product studio they co-founded in New York City.
You Cannot Subscribe ❌
Learn about getting the most from your Apple technology with focused topics and workflow guests. Creating Mac Power Users, one geek at a time since 2009.
Welcome to The Important Thing — a frequent collaboration between myself and Lyle.
Following in the template of the early episodes, The Important Thing valiantly attempts to discover and discuss one important thing per episode. Sometimes there are two. Yes, we’re exploring as we go.
I’m Courtland Allen, and on IndieHackers.com I’ve interviewed hundreds of people about how they’ve turned their ideas and side projects into profitable online businesses. Explore the stories, challenges, and tactics behind the indie hackers who are escaping the 9-to-5 grind and building their own revenue-generating machines.
The Remote Show is an interview style podcast devoted to all things remote work. We discuss tips, applications, tools, management concepts and much more in order to help today’s remote worker be more productive and fulfilled in work and in life.
37signals started an indie SaaS revolution when they launched Basecamp and Ruby on Rails. Since 2004, thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and product people have tried to capture some of that success by launching their own web apps. But what does it take to build a Software as a Service business in 2020?
In less than two decades, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos scaled an online marketplace for books into the world’s most valuable company. But at what cost? From Prime and HQ2, to the growing adoption of smart speakers and home cameras, to increasing scrutiny of Amazon’s power and its role in the changing nature of work, Vox and Recode’s new podcast, Land of the Giants: The Rise of Amazon, addresses it all with detailed, thought-provoking, measured reporting from host Jason Del Rey. And it’s not just for insiders. This show is the essential guide to Amazon’s backstory for those unfamiliar, and offers never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories for the Amazon-obsessed.
Brett Terpstra explores the idea that all work is creative work, welcoming a different guest each week.
David Sparks and Mike Schmitz are not nearly as productive as they’d like to be. Join these fellow travelers (and a bunch of special guests) as they share the best ways to get focused, and talk though their successes and failures along the way.
Join entrepreneur, technology investor, and self-experimenter Kevin Rose as he explores new ways to reach peak personal and professional performance. In this “podcast for the curious,” Kevin interviews technologists, scientists, meditators, self-experimenters, and productivity hackers to discover insights that you can incorporate into daily life.
Adapt is a show all about the iPad, where two iPad-first users challenge each other to explore new ways of doing things with their favorite device.
Meet the people who allocate vast pools of capital and the processes they employ.
All About Your Benjamins is hosted by Justin Castelli, CFP® a financial advisor and founder of RLS Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor located in Fishers, Indiana. Join Justin as he talks with guests about financial planning, investments, personal development and more.
Exploring the ideas, methods, and stories of people that will help you better invest your time and money.
Demetri Kofinas interviews some of the most brilliant minds in science, technology, finance, politics, and culture as he uncovers the underlying forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world.
Michael Samuels, Founder and Portfolio Manager of Broome Street Capital, talks M&A, activism and event-driven investing, all with a focus on the news-sources that cover them.
Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so random weekly walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.
Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, the firms and institutions that invest in venture capital funds. Through a series of interviews, we explore what has historically been an opaque corner of the startup ecosystem and learn how the people behind the capital make decisions.
The FYI - For Your Innovation Podcast offers an intellectual discussion on recent developments across disruptive innovation—driven by research, news, controversies, companies, and technological breakthroughs. Hosted by ARK Invest analyst James Wang, ARK and guests provide a unique perspective on how to best understand disruptive innovation.
Host Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano talks to some of the most respected names in crypto and Wall Street to find out how intelligent investors from the new and old financial system are thinking about digital assets.
Every company has a story. Acquired goes behind the scenes of the biggest tech IPOs and acquisitions of all time.
Deep dives on company-building, interviews with operators and VCs, and how venture firms work.
You Cannot Subscribe ❌
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz looks at the people and ideas that shape markets, investing and business.
Flippening is for cryptocurrency investors. Each week we discuss the cryptocurrency economy, new investment strategies for maximizing returns, and stories from the front lines of financial disruption. Flippening is for a new class of investors that were not part of the financial services world before bitcoin, but got into finance because of their passion for cryptoassets, blockchain, altcoins, and distributed ledger technology.
Company of One is a podcast that explores what happens when businesses challenge the traditional idea that bigger is always better. What if we break from the idea that growth in revenue, customers and employees is always the byproduct of success and focus instead on what it means to create richer and more fulfilling careers and businesses that don’t require exponential growth in all directions at all times?
We break down some of the most important ideas in finance to help us make better investment decisions.
Ready to grow your wealth through smarter investing decisions? With The Meb Faber Show, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investment fund manager, Meb Faber, brings you insights on today’s markets and the art of investing.
Featuring some of the top investment professionals in the world as his guests, Meb will help you interpret global equity, bond, and commodity markets just like the pros. Whether it’s smart beta, trend following, value investing, or any other timely market topic, each week you’ll hear real market wisdom from the smartest minds in investing today. Better investing starts here.
The Standard Deviations podcast is a weekly production that looks at money, mind and meaning, all through a psychological lens. Each week, psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Crosby interviews a fascinating new guest, experts in everything from finance to literature to wellness. Each guest provides listeners with three concrete ways to apply what was learned that week, ensuring that weekly listening becomes part of a path to a richer life. Episodes are brief, research-based, and designed to fit perfectly within your commute time.
An interview podcast about what’s unusual in tech by Timothy Buck.
The Alternative Investor is a show about investing money outside of the stock market (private equity, real estate, venture capital, etc.) where the returns are typically higher but the investment decisions are less straightforward. Join Grayson Morris and Brad Johnson as they discuss investing in alternative assets to help you make better decisions with your investment portfolio.
Naval on wealth creation.
Entrepreneurship is sought by many, but successfully found by few. Justin Castelli, CFP®, founder of RLS Wealth Management, discusses lessons learned in entrepreneurship with business owners in different stages of building their businesses.
The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world.
Master the best of what other people have already figured out.
Animal spirits is a show about markets, life, and investing. Join Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson as they talk about what they’re reading, writing, listening to and watching.
Tyler Cowen engages today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between.
Most of my marketing experiments have failed. But, some have succeeded. From spending tens of thousands of dollars on print ads to hiring a Harvard data nerd to run Facebook campaigns, it’s quite possible I’ve experimented more in the last five years than the average advisor has in their entire career. And this is just the beginning.
Join me as I explore the world of marketing in the financial planning industry. Follow along as I experiment with different ideas, share my successes and failures, and interview outside-the-box experts.
The marketplace for small to midsize businesses is messy. Having peeked behind the curtain at over 10,000 companies, this expanded audiobook-podcast aims to demystify the buyers, the process, and the inevitable emotional journey that is selling a company.
Venture Stories by Village Global takes you inside the world of venture capital and technology, featuring enlightening interviews with entrepreneurs, investors and tech industry leaders. The podcast is hosted by Village Global partner and co-founder Erik Torenberg and produced by Brett Bolkowy.
Candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn’t and why. Hosted by Alex Blumberg.
Once again, Tony Sheng finds himself without a job.
Radiolab is an investigation told through sounds and stories, and centered around one big idea. In the Radiolab world, information sounds like music and science and culture collide. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show is designed for listeners who demand skepticism, but appreciate wonder.
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.
You’re used to seeing Casey Neistat share his own life through his popular YouTube video series. But now, listen to Casey and his wife Candice discuss candidly the ups and downs of their marriage, friendship, parenting, and lives in the YouTube spotlight.
Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to toss out the global economic order, Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism actually works now.
The Wolf Den, hosted by Midroll’s Lex Friedman and Chris Bannon, focuses on the business side of podcasting. Tune in for interviews with other influencers in the industry, and some insider info behind what’s happening at Earwolf, Howl, and Midroll.
The world of publishing in digital and analog form changes underneath us seemingly every day. Sorting out the flux is regular host Glenn Fleishman, the owner and editor of The Magazine. With a rotating set of co-hosts, the Periodicalist will explore breaking events and long-term changes in publishing, whether periodicals, print books, ebooks, or one-off projects.
A weekly challenge show hosted by Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin.
Members-only podcast, in which Stephen Hackett interviews two hosts about one big topic each month.
John despises his Alabama town and decides to do somethingh about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
Bonanza has long been considered an important show about nothing in particular.
BuzzFeed editors Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulos explore the weirdest corners of the internet, so you don’t have to.
Everything Sounds is a podcast and short-form radio program exploring the role of sound in art, science, culture, and our everyday lives. Each program aims to highlight people, places, and ideas that expand our understanding of the power of sound.
Radiotopia Plus, hosted by Executive Producer Julie Shapiro, is a donors-only podcast that takes you behind the scenes with some of your favorite Radiotopia hosts and producers. You’ll get to know more about the people behind the mic, and have access to special audio treats, show previews and more.
Dave Chang has a few questions. Besides being the chef of the Momofuku restaurants and the creator and host of Netflix’s ‘Ugly Delicious,’ Dave is an avid student and fan of sports, music, art, film, and, of course, food. In ranging conversations that cover everything from the creative process to his guest’s guiltiest pleasures, Dave and a rotating cast of smart, thought-provoking guests talk about their inspirations, failures, successes, fame, and identities.
Law is alive. It doesn’t live in books and words. It thrives in how well we understand and apply it to everyday life.
We ask questions, find answers, and publish what we discover in feature episodes and live storytelling.
A Journal of Emotional Hygiene, staffed by lonelysandwich, scottsimpson, and hotdogsladies.
An opinionated podcast by opinionated people.
Lots of things in the world seem ordinary. But when you dig deeper, it turns out, they’re fascinating. Surprisingly Awesome tells those stories.
From the producers of Radiolab, a series about how the Supreme Court got so supreme.
Fifteen minutes of binaural audio recorded wherever I may be at 09:45am. Best listened to with headphones.
A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer on how they tell stories.
A radio show about people who make radio, hosted by Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper.
John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.
Get beyond the X’s and O’s and listen in on candid, behind-the-scenes conversations with Browns players, legends, coaches, and front office personnel about way more than just the game. Hosted by Max Linsky.
Ungeniused is a show dedicated to covering the weirdest articles found on Wikipedia. Stephen Hackett and Myke Hurley are here to explain topics and share knowledge you’ll never be able to use in real life.
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
On Margins is a podcast about making books, hosted by Craig Mod.
Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.
Inquisitive is a show for the naturally curious. Each week, Myke Hurley talks to creative people to try and understand what makes them who they are.
CGP Grey and Brady Haran talk about YouTube, life, work, whatever.
A deep dive into the stories, habits, ideas, strategies and methods that drive fulfilled people and create enormous success for them. The guests are diverse, but they share profound similarities. They’re guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens. Each episode lets us soak in their hard-earned wisdom and apply it to our lives.
The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong’s conversations with an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell. Guests, which hail from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and beyond, have included Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Evert and the Avett Brothers. The Forward often touches on the theme, or concept, from which the podcast’s name is drawn—pressing onward in the face of adversity or challenge, and seizing the opportunity to continually grow from experience. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and perspective.
Lance Armstrong presents a singular perspective on the world’s most iconic cycling races, including the Tour de France and the Classics, as well as the broader endurance sports scene. Not your typical cycling or sports podcast, THEMOVE brings listeners deep inside the racing action, imparting insights from someone who knows the suffering and splendor like no one else. In addition to course previews and timely race analysis from Armstrong’s distinct point of view, the audience also gets to hear from featured guests, who regularly swing by the THEMOVE studio to join the always-lively conversation. Guests have included former teammates like George Hincapie during the Tour de France, and Mark Allen and Dave Scott in advance of the IRONMAN World Championship.
The podcast of Comedian Joe Rogan.
From public radio producer, Nate DiMeo, comes The Memory Palace, a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Award and one of iTunes Best Podcast of 2015. Short, surprising stories of the past, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often a little bit of both.
Welcome to The Portal. This podcast does something different. Hosted by Eric Weinstein.
This is what happens after Dan and his co-hosts hit “STOP” and their official shows are over. Behind the scenes, casual, unedited, and uncensored.
How to Be a Girl is an audio podcast I produce about life with my six-year-old transgender daughter. It stars the two of us — a single mom and a six-year-old “girl with a penis” — as we attempt together to sort out just what it means to be a girl.
A podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries.
From the makers of the award-winning podcast Criminal, This is Love investigates life’s most persistent mystery. Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on each other.
HODINKEE Radio is a weekly podcast brought to you by HODINKEE—the world’s preeminent resource for vintage and modern wristwatch enthusiasts. While, sure, this is a watch podcast, it’s not just a podcast about watches. It’s a podcast about people.
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.
Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin watch season 13 of Top Chef.
Meet the Composer is a Peabody Award-winning podcast from WQXR’s Q2 Music that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. At the convergence of interview, music and sound design, Meet the Composer aims to show the listener who the composer is as a person, as a thinker and as an artist.
Sky-high drug prices. Mass incarceration. Predatory lending. These are the surface-level symptoms of broken systems. To find answers, we must peel back the layers and look deeper. Join Arnold Ventures Co-Chair and host Laura Arnold as she shares the mike with leading data-driven experts in this podcast by the Arnold Ventures philanthropy that explores market failures in health care, criminal justice, education, and public finance — and how to fix them.
Stoner is a freewheeling conversation that often starts with “when was the first time you ever smoked weed?” and can end up anywhere. Guests range from artists to musicians to those working in the marijuana economy. Host Aaron Lammer is also the co-host of the Longform Podcast and has co-written songs with Francis and the Lights for artists like Chance the Rapper and Drake.
Bill Simmons’s new podcast breaks down the NBA’s most important games, players, and teams, extending and reinventing his New York Times no. 1 bestselling book from 2009. Playing off the NBA’s dramatic changes during the past decade, Bill uses new commentary and fresh interviews with players and top media members to determine how the league has evolved and where it’s headed.
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