Podcast List for 2013

It’s fair to say I came pretty late to podcasts. Between my music collection and the radio I was pretty generally entertained in any scenario where I had the opportunity to listen to something.

However after having a variety of podcasts recommended to me (and Radio 1 deciding they don’t want me as part of their audience) podcasts are now my primary in car entertainment.

Having your own personally curated radio station is perfect for whiling away the miles on any journey!

Since my first foray into podcast listening was through recommendation so in no particular order here’s what I’ve got on my phone at the moment.

Welcome To Night Vale – This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but if you “get” it then it’s very entertaining. It’s the community radio station for the fictional town of Night Vale where the weird, wonderful and terrifying are mundane and routine.

Freakonomics Radio – A companion to the book that “explores the hidden side of everything”. This is one of my favourites as it puts a different spin on a variety of topics. A great example is the show they did around car parking. Sounds dull but was one of the most interesting things I’d heard in ages! 

This American Life – This is a recent addition but one I’m hooked on. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. One of the first couple of episodes I listened to had me welling up in the car!

The Bugle – satirical news podcast. That’s enough to describe it! Has me in stiches every week as John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman slaughter the weeks events.

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show – very geek culture orientated (just how I like it!) but in depth interviews with a ton of interesting people from the world of geek. 

Wired.co.uk Podcast – Complementary podcast to the Wired UK magazine and it’s accompanying website. Takes a look at the weekly events in the world of science, technology and business. 

RadioLab – very list which is well worth a look.

Is there anything you’re listening to I’m missing out on?

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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4 thoughts on “Podcast List for 2013

  • Hi Andy
    I highly recommend Stuart McLean a Canadian raconteur at http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/home.php
    I listened to a few CD’s when I was there in Sep/Oct this year, and a few shows on Youtube.
    Great yarn spinner – funny, poignant sometimes melancholic but never boring.

  • You know, I was only looking this morning for replacement podcasts for RHLSTP (finished the current run last week) and Joypod (which finishes next episode).

    I never used to bother with podcasts, aside from Dorktunes which I listen to at work (it doesn’t have swearing and is mostly instrumental music), but I commute by bus now and have recently got a new phone with a battery life somewhat longer than an hour so I’m on them.

    I prefer comedy stuff really, and it seems I already listen to all the comedy ones you have listed! You’re missing Rhod Gilbert’s BBC Wales show though 🙂

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