More podcasts

Last year I wrote about the various podcasts that I’d been listening to, and there’s been some shake-up since then. For those readers who may be interested in delving into the world of the pod or those who are open to checking out some new shows, perhaps I’ll be able to expand your world ever so slightly.

First, some podcasts I mentioned last time that have been shuffled/dropped:

stuff you should knowStuff You Should Know

Honestly, this podcast is a bit like listening to two guys read off a Wikipedia page. It can be interesting and you do learn some fun facts, but sometimes they’ll be covering a topic you actually know something about and you’ll notice a fact that they’ll get wrong or they’ll mispronounce something, and…it’s not really that big a deal, but I found it irksome, and there are other podcasts I find more educational or entertaining. I wouldn’t tell people to steer clear, but this one may be hit or miss. I don’t listen to it anymore.

planetmoneyPlanet Money

I do still listen to this one on occasion. Episodes are pretty short, which is a plus. I’m always leery of listening to NPR, because they’re so obviously left-leaning, but Planet Money usually does a fair job at either avoiding politics or remaining neutral. A quality podcast, but has fallen down my list of priorities.

 

TimFerrissShowArt1400x1400The Tim Ferriss Show

As I slowly work my way through this guy’s The 4-Hour Chef, I find that I don’t really listen to his podcast anymore. A neighbor that we’re friends with put it nicely – Tim Ferriss is an interesting guy, but it’s very hard to tell if he’s a shyster or the real deal. A lot of his tips are useful, but sometimes you’ll Google a claim he makes and find everyone disputing it. Maybe they’re just doing it wrong? Anyway, his interviews with “successful people” can be interesting, but I often find his advice to be a little less than accessible. I feel like most people don’t have the financial resources to take a lot of the business advice he suggests.

tech guyThe Tech Guy

I still visit Leo’s website now and then to read through the questions he’s been receiving and answering. A while ago, though, he got a question about Gamergate and wrote them off as harassers. That kind of turned me off to him, so I don’t listen to his podcast anymore.

 

Now my current lineup:

crowderLouder with Crowder

I know I’ve been listening to Crowder for more than a year now, but I see he wasn’t on last year’s list. Not sure how that oversight occurred, but let’s not repeat it! Louder with Crowder is a great weekly radio show/podcast from young comedian and conservative Steven Crowder. He focuses on cultural issues, but often spills over into politics (politics is downstream of culture, after all).

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The Andrew Klavan Show

Klavan is another conservative who runs in the same circles as Crowder and Shapiro (who’s next up). He provides political analysis with a sharp wit and quick laugh. Klavan and Shapiro joke that the former is the optimist and the later the doomsayer. This one is usually 30-40 minutes long and comes out daily Monday-Thursday.

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The Ben Shapiro Show

Shapiro is an extremely intelligent lawyer, writer, and speaker who specializes in political and cultural analysis. He’s also a Millennial, so score one for us, though we are on the whole a heavily disappointing generation. Conservative, religious, sharp, and pessimistic, Shapiro hits all the right notes. He broadcasts on weekdays and posts podcasts after each show.

Am ConAmerican Conservative University

American Conservative University is a semi-replacement for the Townhall review. It grabs the highlights of conservative radio hosts like Mark Levin, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Klavan, Glenn Beck, etc. I don’t listen to every single episode, but there’s a lot of good material to be found.

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Podnutz

On to tech! A few months ago I discovered Podnutz – a series of shows focusing on computer repair and running/starting up a computer-related small business. My favorite show is the Podnutz Computer Repair Podcast, which usually features three regular hosts and the occasional guest. They generally talk about any interesting recent repairs or experiences they’ve had, answer some fan questions, and then delve into a particular topic for each show. There’s also a Podnutz Daily (it’s not daily, though) show, with a slightly different format, and a number of other irregular affiliated podcasts. Highly recommended if you’re into IT!

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Programming Throwdown

I’m not a coder. I know a bit of HTML and I’ve only barely dipped by toes into real programming languages like Python and Ruby. And yet I enjoy this podcast. The two hosts are funny and entertaining, and even though I don’t understand a lot of their programmer speak, I have fun listening anyway. And sometimes I’ll learn of an interesting book or app to check out from their “B-b-b-b-book of the show” and “App of the show.” They’re nerds, so sometime we get to hear about scifi novels or games.

Bonus shows:

defensiveDefensive Security Podcast

This is another IT podcast that I was listening to for a while. I stopped not for any real shortcoming of the show, but moreso because I just don’t have enough time to listen to everything. If you’re interested in a career in Cybersec, this is a great one to listen to.

 
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ThaiPod101

I listened to JapanPod101 a bit back when I was studying Japanese, and now that I have a Thai girlfriend I listen to this one now and then. I wish there were more/better-organized lessons for beginner grammar and vocab, but these are still relatively high-quality and accessible mini lessons. If you’re studying a foreign language, I believe there are a wide variety of ~Pod101 podcasts: German, Italian, Chinese, French, English, Hindi, Persian, etc.

Not everyone has time to listen to podcasts, and some people prefer to just listen to music all the time. But if you’re curious and want to learn something during your commute or while you’re doing busy work, consider giving one of the above a shot!

 

-Bushi

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Podcast education

Things have been ramping up lately and time has become more precious. It’s interesting how as you get older you look back fondly upon the oodles of free minutes and hours you seemingly once had to piss away on whatever you fancied. Maybe that perception is amplified by the fact that I spent the majority of my childhood without such a wonderful timesink as the Internet.

Regardless, I find my thirst for knowledge increasingly competing for time with my health and fitness goals and the hunger for entertainment (and unlimited power). Keeping up with even a fraction of the latest video games and Internet memes requires serious commitment!

So I’ve been listening to number of podcasts recently in order to leverage my commute time. Here’s what I’ve been following recently:

Stuff You Should Know

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Stuff You Should Know is one of the first podcasts I ever listened to, and it’s kind of like a primary school, liberal arts sort of education. The show is hosted by two intellectually curious guys name Chuck and Josh, who conduct in-depth research on a different topic for each episode. These subjects are usually outside their area of expertise, so you should keep that in mind when listening, but still they present a lot of interesting facts and information. Some examples of their episodes are: “How Spiders Work,” “How Perfume Works,” “What is Folklore?” and “How Breast Implants Work.”

The Tech Guy

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Leo Laporte is a tech expert, broadcaster, and author who has been on the air since the 90’s. His current show is nationally syndicated and runs on the weekends, and you can download or listen to archived episodes online for free. If you’re interested in computers, wireless technology, or home entertainment I’d say he’s worth a listen.

 

Planet Money

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NPR is generally shunned by those on the right, but I find Planet Money to usually be pretty apolitical. This podcast focuses on stories of entrepreneurs, economic policies, and other money-related issues. I find the narrations to be well done, and there are some particularly fascinating case studies presented. I recently listened to an episode talking about the lifecycle of “bubbles” and their relationship to collectors. The hosts went on to talk about Magic the Gathering, and how it avoided a bubble by carefully regulating the number of rare cards printed and circulated and making sure their cards didn’t become prohibitively expensive for customers.

The Tim Ferriss Show

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The Tim Ferriss show was recommended to me by a neighbor. I hadn’t heard of the guy before, but apparently he’s a pretty well-connected entrepreneur, author, and angel investor. He’s advised a number of tech companies and has written a couple of bestselling productivity and fitness books. On his podcast, he interviews a variety of successful and influential people from a range of fields and delves into their personal habits, their backgrounds, and their advice for success. I recently listened to his interview with Glenn Beck, and then an episode where he talked with hacker and security researcher Samy Kamkar. Ferriss himself seems to have courted a few controversies and so may be a little polarizing to some people, but I’ve found his show to be fascinating so far.

Townhall Review

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And of course we have a conservative/political show. I’ve been shopping around for an enjoyable and informative conservative news show for a little while now. I like listening to Hugh Hewitt, but this was the only podcast I found – Townhall Review, which is kind of a weekly mashup of recent news, mostly collected from his show. I haven’t found a (free), frequently recorded podcast for any of my favorite pundits or broadcasters yet, so this is the best I’ve got.

So there you have it. If any of these pique your interest, go ahead and have at them. If you have any suggestions for me, would love to hear them in the comments!

-Bushi

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