What Podcast are you listening to?

I’ve followed Freakonomics for a while but don’t listen much. But over the weekend I listened to an episode called The Curious Mr. Feynman. I’ve been a Richard Feynman fan since college; my physics prof was always quoting him.

Anyway it was a fun episode and sounds like it’s gonna be a series.

I’d rather read transcripts for Freakonomics.

Still plodding through Office Ladies and Conan Needs a Friend.

I dunno, I kinda like hearing the voices, especially for the Feynman episode. His daughter is on there, and several people who knew him.

But then I like audiobooks too.

I’ve been enjoying Mike Rowe’s “The Way I Heard It”. Especially the one’s where he’s “having coffee” with his Mom.

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It’s not a true podcast, but I regularly listen to “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” as a podcast.

Other podcasts I have in my player include:

  • Stuff You Missed in History Class
  • Myths & Legends
  • NPR Politics
  • Freakonomics
  • Cato Daily Podcast
  • a couple of podcasts dedicated to my primary hobby
  • CBC News and BBC News broadcasts, distributed in podcast form
  • Fox News’ hourly radio news update, distributed in podcast form

…but I rarely actively seek out episodes of those podcasts; they just come up in rotation on days/in circumstances where I want podcasts (rather than music, HGTV, Bloomberg, or CNBC) as my background noise.


Lately I’ve been listening to “Ukraine: The Latest” by the Telegraph and, on a lighter note, “A Problem Squared” with Matt Parker and Bec Hill.

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Rogan has interesting people on and I listen occasionally.

Modern Wisdom - former male model and club promoter who put that world behind. Areas of interest are evolutionary psychology, dating relationships in the modern world, fitness and health, humor, etc.

Darkhorse - Evolutionary biologists who cover a wide range of health, social, and political issues.

Atomic Shrimp - I’m there mainly for the scam baiting videos.

Benjamin A. Boyce - Lots of gender and trans related conversations.

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I feel like I should be listening to more podcasts, so I’m taking notes. :popcorn:

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Various stuff on NPR. There’s a lot of them, though they’re all kind of the same-- smart, funny, engaging, etc. and they risk being reductive, simplistic, pretentious, superficial, twee, or just filler.

Of the bunch, This American Life is usually good and sometimes great. Ira is a solid host, he knows what makes a good story and a bad story, and the focus (slice of life) is less prone to me being like “well no shit I already knew that.” They also tell a lot of political and science stories, but avoid pitfalls.

But I’ve barely explored other podcasts.

I’ll share favorite episodes here as I hear em.


Stuff You Should Know is usually pretty interesting. They mostly talk about science stuff in a real down-to-earth, not too technical way. The hosts are super-mellow and have a really good rapport.

When I want to be angry about horrible people I’ll cue up Behind the Bastards. The host is a bit grating though so I can only take it in small doses.

Ezra Klein usually has interesting people on his show, and I like his style. He’s refreshingly earnest about wanting to learn about new stuff, but realistic about his own biases and limitations. Mostly focuses on political stuff, but delves into psychology and science stuff occasionally.

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I’m a big fan of “Kill Tony”. I recommend it for anyone who is a fan of roast style comedy

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