Saturday, January 20, 2024

A Dozen+ Recommended Podcasts: Loaded with Wisdom "Worth Sharing!"


My Podcast Subscriptions

Audio Podcasts: What's So Great About Them?

I love audio podcasts! They are my on-demand sources of information and wisdom related to current affairs, the marketplace and (my favorite!) new tech developments. I listen to them when I'm exercising, showering/shaving, doing dishes or other chores, driving or simply any time my brain is idling and my hands and my eyes are busy. The great thing about them is that I can stream them from the cloud or download them and listen offline when I'm off the grid. I can also adjust playback speed to listen faster or slower than they were recorded. And, of course, I can rewind, pause and fast-forward as desired. 

The bottom line: Podcasts are powerful user-controlled tools for staying informed, entertained and engaged!

My Favorite Podcasts

Below are my favorite podcasts. I listen to most of these every day. If you're new to podcasts or if you have never heard of these particular ones, I recommend you check them out! The quoted descriptions below are from Google Podcasts. But you can search and subscribe to them from any podcast app you choose. On my Android devices I use and recommend AntennaPod - The Open Podcast Player and PlayTube: Block Ads on Video.) 

  • NPR News Now - "The latest news in five minutes. Updated hourly."
  • Up First - "...the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes."
  • Marketplace Tech - "... demystifies the digital economy in less than 10 minutes. We look past the hype and ask tough questions about an industry that’s constantly changing."
  • The Daily (from The New York Times) - "...what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world."
  • This Week in Google - "Get a big-picture view and detailed analysis of technology topics covering everything you can google."
  • Marketplace - "Every weekday, host Kai Ryssdal helps you make sense of the day’s business and economic news — no econ degree or finance background required."
  • Consider This from NPR - "The hosts of NPR's All Things Considered help you make sense of a major news story and what it means for you, in 15 minutes."
  • Airtalk - (Yes, it's local to Southern CA, but it has listeners all over the world and frequently covers national and world topics.) "Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more."
  • TED Talks Daily - "Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between."
  • Big Technology Podcast - "The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators."
  • On the Media - "The Peabody Award-winning On the Media podcast is your guide to examining how the media sausage is made."
  • This Week in Tech (audio) - "Join the top tech journalists and pundits in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in tech." 
  • Left, Right & Center - "Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture."

So these are my favorites. I hope you find some of them to be compelling. Better yet, I hope they inspire you to find your own, unique podcast favorites from some of the millions available. 

Happy listening!