Between the popularity of my last podcast post among readers, and the popularity of podcasts among…well…me, I’ve decided to list a few of my other favorite pieces of ear candy. The folks behind these ‘casts shouldn’t take it personally that you didn’t make the “varsity squad.” I left a few off simply because of space considerations, and two of them are new since that original post.
Freakonomics Radio is the work of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, who wrote a book by the same name. The theme of this ‘cast is applying an economist’s analysis of data to interesting and/or important social goings-on. What I like most about these guys is that they appear to be interested mostly in the numbers themselves, which means they paint a picture as free from bias as any I see these days.
Police on the Scene – officer J.D. Dhein spends a few minutes each ‘cast discussing actionable, often counterintuitive, aspects of crime prevention and personal safety. His scripts aren’t the most refined, but the information matches what I’ve learned over the years enough that I trust what he says when he goes beyond my personal knowledge. The intro/outro music is also fun.
Quick and Dirty Tips isn’t just one podcast, but an allied group of podcasters on subjects from grammar to nutrition to personal effectiveness. Their gimmick is that each ‘cast lasts only three to five minutes, with simple and actionable advice on a narrow focus. Great for running errands in the car, where your agenda might interrupt the flow of a longer program.
Escape Pod and Pseudopod are the premier fiction podcasts online today. Escape Pod focuses on science fiction, while Pseudopod is a horror fiction cast. Different authors, including many industry greats, contribute some of the best genre stories out there today. Now, if only I could find a crime fiction cast. Maybe I’ll have to build one.
That’s it for today. Thanks for listening.