Looking for some quality podcasts to listen too? In order to save you time wading through the thousands of podcasts out there, I’ve compiled a list of thirteen of the best podcasts. These podcasts cover technology, politics, economics and everything in between. These podcasts are not listed in any order, I just wrote them down as I thought of them.
The Disciplined Investor offers a unbiased look at investing. The show’s host, Andrew Horowitz, has a great variety of interesting guests and covers a wide variety of topics. My favorite aspect of the show is Andrew’s non bias towards being a bull or a bear. He simply talks about opportunities to make money. By the way, in 2008 his fund finished a couple of percent up. I don’t know about you, but I think he knows what he’s talking about.
This Week in Tech is the best show for tech news and some random talks about technology. The shows host, Leo Laporte, has an awesome variety of guests and covers all of the best tech stories. While many people complain about the excessive rambling in the show, I find that the rambling is usually interesting and entertaining.
In It’s All Politics, NPR’s Ken Rudin and Ron Elving get together once a week and cover the week’s top political stories. Ron and Ken are both incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to politics, but manage to keep everything fresh with humor. Like almost all NPR podcasts there is no political bias in It’s All Politics.
No Agenda is a weekly conversation between the old and cranky John C. Dvorak and the king of conspiracies Adam Curry. These two talk about politics, culture, news, tech and some off-beat topics as well. Dvorak and Curry have a great dynamic between them and they always manage to keep me entertained.
Econ Talk is a the best economics podcast around. Econ Talk’s host Russ Roberts is a economics professor at George Mason University. Every week Russ picks a different topic and invites an expert on that topic. Russ runs the show excellently. He gives the guests enough time to explain there points of view. He also asks great questions and always seems to be very knowledgeable and well prepared for the different topics. I have learned more listing to Econ Talk than I have from any other podcast.
Talk of the Nation is the best source of daily news on the internet. Not only does Talk of the Nation offer the most objective news around, they also cover a wide variety of topics. Talk of the Nation also invites a broad spectrum of guests on the show and allows them enough time to explain their point of view without interruption or shouting commonly found on other programs.
MacBreak Weekly is a lively chat between several great Mac Enthusiasts. MacBreak Weekly is hosted by the podcast king, Leo Laporte. MacBreak weekly frequently invites some of today’s best OS X developers and other Mac community members to be guests on the show. MacBreak weekly has good Mac software recommendations from all of the guests on the show and also offers a weekly book recomendation.
With all of the current chaos in the financial markets, I turn to NPR’s Planet Money for clear explanations. Planet Money has a great variety of guests on the show. Additionally, Planet Money covers a wide variety of topics from Iceland’s economic problems to Lancaster PA’s thriving Amish lending market. As a listener would expect from a NPR show, Planet Money gives unbiased and objective information.
This American Life picks a unique and amusing new topic every week and devotes an hour to the topic. This American Life usually tells three to four different stories about that week’s topic. Although, they sometimes change up the format of the show to keep things interesting. This American Life is one of the most unique shows that I listen to.
Car Tech talks about the latest developments in the automotive industry. Car Tech covers the latest automotive news and technology. The show also gives listeners a in-car review every week.
The Daily Source Code is a great podcast that takes some obscure angles on current news from around the world. The Daily Source Code is one of the only podcasts that I know of that incorporates music. All in all the show’s host Adam Curry manages to put together a very entertaining show. One last note, although the title of this podcast is daily the show tends to be on a weekly basis.
Be sure to check back every now and then, as I will update this list as I find new and interesting podcasts. Lastly, if you have any podcasts you would like to recomend, please leave me a comment telling what podcasts you most like to listen to.