I was talking to a classmate yesterday and mentioned a podcast and woke up this morning and had two thoughts. First, I do like working on projects listening to podcasts and learning. Working with my hands while listening to interesting topics and learning is fulfilling. The second thought was I’m happy with my current stable of podcasts, but always looking for more. I don’t know what I don’t know. So below are my current favorites. Leave a suggestion or addition in the comments!
The Daily – M-F, am, New York Times, deep dive on one subject the NY Times is covering
Today Explained – M-F, pm, Vox – different format than the daily but typically deep dive into one subject
Global News Podcast– I think it’s twice daily, from the BBC and a recap of world news (from a colonial power point of view)
Wonky Political stuff:
The Weeds – from Vox, various policy discussions, leans progressive, but not rabidly so
The Ezra Klein Show – Former Wapo Journalist, co-founder of Vox, now working for NY Times. “Explanatory journalism” would be a decent description of his approach. Wonky guests talking about policy and policy options on a wide range of subject. Informative, low key.
Gzero World with Ian Bremmer – various guests discuss global affairs. His specialty is global risk factors
Stay Tuned with Preet – Preet Bharara, former US attorney, breaks down legal topics – good source for separating ‘legal’ from ‘political’.
Shoe Leather Politics – the older brother of one of my sons friends puts this out. Interesting history / political commentary ‘between the handshakes of respect’.
The Economist – Podcast from the Economist Magazine
New Yorker Radio Hour
Tides of History: Patrick Wyman brought the middle ages and the fall of Rome to life in his podcast and recently delved into pre-civilization history and how homo sapiens, Neanderthals, and other humanoid predecessors lived and roamed the earth. Highlights what we know – and don’t know – and does so in a highly entertaining way.
American Scandal – focused on past ‘scandals’ in history: Three Mile Island, Exxon Valdez, Volkswagon Diesel Scandal, The Plame affair, Enron, Iran contra and others. Usually multi part deep dive into specific stories
American History Tellers – Interesting series on past events
Ice Coffee – History of human activity in the Antarctic – the sound quality is not great, and he’s an acquired taste, but Matthew Alan McArthur gives an irreverent view of his place of employment. Antartica.
The Moth Radio Hour – compelling personal stories