We've had a few posts like this before, but it's been a while, and hey, who doesn't like a good podcast?

What's on your iPod, Hubski? Do people even own iPods anymore? Is podcasting killing radio, or keeping it alive?

Lately, I've been digging the hell out of a trifecta of comedy podcasts:

Sooo Many White Guys, in which comedian Phoebe Roberts interviews cool people who (mostly) aren't white guys. (My fav guest so far was Bassem Youssef, but they're all great.)

The Rad Dudecast, which is stupid, frequently offensive, and pretty funny, but just had a really great episode about one of the hosts' time in psych wards & mental hospitals.

The Hilarious World of Depression, a show about the relationship between depression and comedy-- this one's really big for me personally because it's helped me understand my own depression and how it's linked to my love of standup. From the show description: "[The podcast] is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better." Listen from the beginning for maximum insight.

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I love the medium. I tend towards informative and longer form. Just a few from the many I rotate through.


FiveThirtyEight's The Gerrymandering Project. The link takes you to the pitch for the series I made on hubski. A deep dive on gerrymandering and six US states' attempts to deal with the issue.

Slate's Amicus. Supreme Court podcast that dives into cases on whatever current cases are on the docket. The guests are almost always decades long SCOTUS correspondents, the top academics of the relevant field of law, expert lawyers, or even parties to the cases themselves. I found out about Rick Hasen, nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, through a recent episode about gerrymandering.

Slate's Slow Burn. A podcast about Watergate. Loads of details about the famous yearslong scandal and its players.

NYTimes' The Daily. 20-30 minute episodes, delivered early every business day, each a deeper dive into a frontpage-worthy story of recent news. This is an excellent podcast. The host has access to the world's foremost journalists from the Times, bringing them in to discuss their coverage of anything and everything. I wind up listening to about 75% of their episodes.

Waking Up with Sam Harris. If you like the host, who has proven to be controversial to some, then you're in good hands. Sam is a neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author who I find to be reasoned, ethical, and fair. Topics range from consciousness, meditation, and current events to AI, political science and economics, and theoretical physics.

posted by galen: 333 days ago