Podcasts & Vodcasts
My daily commute is about 50 minutes each way – giving me over 8 hours of listening time each week – so rather than listen to the same music each day or listen to one-eyed opinion radio, I prefer to listen to podcasts on topics that interest me.
As I often get asked what podcasts/vodcasts* I subscribe to, I thought I’d provide my current list — last updated 16 April 2009:
Podcasts (audio only):
- 4 Feet Running: Friends in Fo Rivva (*ahem*), who podcast their runs together.
- Archaeology Channel
- Astronomy Cast: I love astronomy and, well, Pamela’s voice… ’nuff said.
- The Atheist Experience: Cable access show by the ACA in Austin, Texas. (New).
- Binge Thinking History
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
- Dr Karl’s Science on Mornings: Dr Karl covers great “citizen science” topics.
- Freelance Radio: Self employment tips.
- Geologic: The maestro and comedian, George Hrab, speaks! (New).
- Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
- The History Network (Military)
- Humanist Network News: Occasional humanism news.
- I Should Be Writing: Writing tips, etc.
- Inside Oxford Science: Feeds the knowledge monster.
- The Jodcast: Jodrell Bank Observatory’s own podcast.
- Naked Archaeology
- Naked Scientists: Feeds the knowledge monster.
- New Humanist: Another infrequent podcast, but normally worth it.
- The Non-Prophets: Atheist radio show by loud, opinionated people. Reminds me of home!
- Podrunner: Contiguous running music – each episode has a set BPM.
- Point of Inquiry
- Reasonable Doubts
- The Skeptic Zone: Australian podcast for science and reason.
- Skepticality: Official podcast of Skeptic Magazine.
- Skeptics’ Guide 5X5: 5 minutes on a skeptical topic.
- Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: A frankly brilliant skeptical podcast.
- Skeptoid: Covers a skeptical topic each episode.
- Slacker Astronomy
- Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
- Thinking Allowed: Interesting topics discussed and analysed.
- World Archaeology News
- Writing Excuses: Fantastic show by SF&F authors on how they approach their work.
- The Writing Show
Vodcasts (video or combined):
- After the Flag: The official MotoGP summary show.
- BBC Sky at Night Magazine
- Diggnation: The week’s top Digg articles.
- Drawing Tutorials Online
- J.C. Hutchins: One of my two favourite podcast authors.
- Scott Sigler: The other of my two favourite podcast authors.
- Tiki Bar TV: Occasional bizarre but clever cocktail recipe show.
The list above changes periodically as I discover new shows or existing shows turn out to be low quality, irrelevant to my interests or just simply go to that podcast site in the sky. ;)
I also listen to/watch a number of others at work, but these are my main subscriptions.
So what interesting podcasts do you listen to?
* If you’ve been living under a rock, a podcast is a periodic MP3 ‘show’ and a vodcast is a periodic video ‘show’ – both usually via an RSS feed, and obained via visiting the show’s website, an RSS reader or using podcatcher software such as iTunes.