My Favorite Podcasts

I recently switched from iPhone to Android (Edit from the future: post here!) and had to port my podcast subscriptions from Overcast. I figured I would categorize and post commentary here for those who may be interested.

You are welcome to ping me for detailed thoughts on each of these, I didnt have time to write them down.

2024 Edit: see my 2021 and 2020 updates! and 2022 and 2023

Table of Contents

Awesome Back Catalog

Evergreen Podcasts that are still worth going back through for (including Seasonal/Dead podcasts). This is a high compliment from me, although other categories also include podcasts I also LOVE.

  • Dolly Parton’s America (rss, url) - I never grew up with Dolly and this fills a hole. One-season run.
  • A Very Fatal Murder (rss) - HILARIOUS ads. One-season run.
  • Common Sense with Dan Carlin (rss, url) - seems dormant but good to get a Carlin political rant.
  • The Last Days of August (rss, url) - One-season run.
  • Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff (rss, url) CEO interviewing CEOs is the BEST. Seems dormant right now and he’s no longer at Zillow.
  • S-Town (rss, url) - the original podcast revival
  • American Innovations (rss, url) - great history re-enactments
  • Inside Star Wars (rss, url) - One-season run.
  • Pessimists Archive Podcast (rss, url) - people shit on tech since the dawn of time.
  • Ear Hustle (rss, url) - great stories from prison
  • Tribe of Mentors (rss, url)
  • Untold Stories (rss, url)
  • Acquired (rss, url) probably the highest quality recent Tech History podcast I have ever come across
  • Soundtracking with Edith Bowman (rss, url) - A-list celebs/directors talk about the sound behind their movies usually right after they come out
  • Decrypted (rss, url) - dead now, but aki ito and brad stone were really great
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (rss, url) - very infrequent but good history
  • Beyond the Screenplay (rss, url)
  • Mostly Nitpicking (rss, url) - Nando is great at nitpicking pop culture
  • Swindled (rss, url)
  • The Reductress Minute (rss, url) - dead, but hilarious
  • Behind The Tech with Kevin Scott (rss, url) - Microsoft CTO interviewing his heroes, with Christina Warren
  • The Missing Cryptoqueen (rss, url) - One-season run.
  • Philosophy Bites (rss, url)
  • The After On Podcast (rss, url) - great futurism from a fascinating author. dead now
  • Business Wars (rss, url) - replays of great business rivalries
  • Internet History Podcast (rss, url) - LOVE tech history. dead noe.
  • Homecoming (rss, url) - One-season run.


Sometimes you just want a good story.

  • Partners (rss, url) - Hrishi Hirway’s new thing
  • This American Life (rss, url)
  • Cautionary Tales (rss, url)
  • 99% Invisible (rss, url)
  • Radiolab (rss, url)
  • Revisionist History (rss, url)
  • Against the Rules with Michael Lewis (rss, url)
  • The Moth (rss, url) - probably the only podcast that has ever made me cry.


Technical podcasts by people who code

Tech: Webdev/JS

  • Thunder Nerds (rss, url)
  • Modern Web (rss, url)
  • JAMstack Radio (rss, url)
  • The EmberMap Podcast (rss, url)
  • Smashing Podcast (rss, url)
  • SitePen (rss, url)
  • React Podcast (rss, url)
  • React Podcast (old) (rss, url)
  • Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats (rss, url) - probably at the top of the game in this category
  • Toolsday (rss)
  • Full Stack Radio (rss, url) - everything adam wathan does is gold
  • ShopTalk Show (rss, url)
  • Programming by MGechev (rss, url) - still pretty new, but very high quality algorithms stuff
  • The Undefined Podcast (rss, url)
  • Ladybug Podcast (rss, url)
  • That’s my JAMstack (rss, url)
  • JS Party (rss, url)
  • The Diff: A Podcast from Facebook Open Source (rss, url)
  • The Babel Podcast (rss, url)
  • Chats with Kent C. Dodds (rss, url)
  • 3 Minutes with Kent (rss, url)
  • CodePen Radio (rss, url) - love learning about codepen from codepen
  • Front End Happy Hour (rss, url) - drinks format is amazing
  • Fish and Scripts (rss, url)

Tech: Cloud

  • Screaming in the Cloud (rss, url) - corey teaches me a ton about aws
  • Serverless Chats (rss, url) - really good
  • Arrested DevOps (rss, url) - i am newer to this but i like matty
  • The New Stack Makers (rss, url) - oddball but occasionally good guests
  • Google Cloud Platform Podcast (rss, url) - from gcp folk - just nice to keep tabs

Tech: AI/ML

  • The TWIML AI Podcast (formerly This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence) (rss, url)
  • Not So Standard Deviations (rss, url)
  • Autonocast (rss, url) - really good insiders podcast on autonomous driving
  • Data Engineering Podcast (rss, url)

Tech: Design

Tech: General

  • Hanselminutes - Fresh Talk and Tech for Developers (rss, url)
  • The Bike Shed (rss, url)
  • The freeCodeCamp Podcast (rss, url) - I’m on here!
  • Function with Anil Dash (rss, url)
  • Darknet Diaries (rss, url)
  • Software Engineering Daily (rss, url) - I’m on here! also previously wrote a whole piece on it
  • The Changelog (rss, url)
  • On The Metal (rss, url)
  • Talk Python To Me - Python conversations for passionate developers (rss, url)
  • Acquired (rss, url) - ALLTIME GREAT podcast
  • Under the Radar (rss, url)
  • Software Engineering Radio - The Podcast for Professional Software Developers (rss, url)
  • The Laravel Snippet (rss, url)
  • BookBytes (rss, url)
  • Soft Skills Engineering (rss, url)
  • React Native Radio (rss, url)
  • Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots (rss, url) - winner: best name
  • GraphQL Radio (rss, url)
  • developer chats (rss, url) - I’m on here
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  • The Python Podcast.init (rss, url)
  • Coding Blocks (rss, url)
  • DevRel Radio (rss, url)

Tech: No Code

  • The Visual Developers Podcast (rss, url)
  • BuiltOnAir (rss, url)


Stuff happens, people react and report. I keep in touch with Finance stuff due to my background. I try not to spend too much time in News, but its nice to have a convenient place to get the lowdown on things.

News: General

  • The Daily (rss, url)
  • Axios Pro Rata (rss, url) - dan primack is a little overrated but gets good access.
  • Stay Tuned with Preet (rss, url) - preet is amazing and should someday run for office.
  • The Intelligence (rss, url)
  • The Diplomat | Asia Geopolitics (rss, url) - i dont know why these people are so interested in asia geopolitics lol but its great to tap into their world every now and then

News: Tech

  • Exponent (rss, url) - Ben Thompson and James Allworth talk through Stratechery stuff.
  • AWS Morning Brief (rss, url)
  • AWS Podcast (rss, url)
  • Techmeme Ride Home (rss, url)
  • The Indicator from Planet Money (rss, url)
  • 16 Minutes News by a16z (rss, url)
  • Editor’s Picks from The Economist (rss, url)
  • The Information’s 411 (rss, url)
  • Pivot (rss, url)
  • Above Avalon (rss, url) - all about Apple
  • The WIRED Podcast (rss, url) - Vergecast but british
  • The Vergecast (rss, url) - I enjoy the “no bullshit” tech industry chats

News: Finance

  • What Goes Up (rss, url) - another chummy panel, no BS podcast
  • Slate Money (rss, url) - I have loved Felix Salmon from his days at Reuters.
  • WSJ Heard On the Street (rss)
  • FT Alphachat (rss, url)
  • Odd Lots (rss, url) - Joe Wiesenthal is just the right mix of no bullshit finance guy but also nice and surprisingly good at singing. Tracy Alloway keeps him in check.
  • Money Talks from Economist Radio (rss, url)
  • Snacks Daily (rss, url) - for noobs but high energy and good to see what they see
  • The Journal. (rss, url)
  • Exchanges at Goldman Sachs (rss, url)
  • Behind the Markets Podcast (rss, url)

Founder Chats

A lot of podcasts are interviewing founders which is a mix of business and tech. So I split them out here.


  • The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch (rss, url)
  • a16z Podcast (rss, url)
  • Venture Stories (rss, url)
  • Greymatter (rss, url)
  • Y Combinator (rss, url)
  • Evolving for the Next Billion by GGV Capital (rss, url)
  • Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong (rss, url)

Founder Interview

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz (rss, url)
  • 7-Figure Small with Brian Clark (rss, url)
  • Below the Line with James Beshara (rss, url)
  • Startup School Radio (rss, url)
  • Invest Like the Best (rss, url) - surprisingly good investor/founder guests.
  • Level Up Your Course Podcast with Janelle Allen: Create Online Courses that Change Lives (rss, url)
  • How to Start a Startup (rss, url)
  • Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman (rss, url) - weirdly overproduced podcast from Reid remixing his former founder interviews
  • Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (rss, url)
  • The SaaS Podcast - SaaS, Startups, Growth Hacking & Entrepreneurship (rss, url)
  • Masters in Business (rss, url)
  • The 6 Figure Developer Podcast (rss, url)
  • Scale or Die (rss, url)
  • Product Hunt Radio (rss, url)
  • Well Made (rss, url)
  • Escape Velocity - with Dan Martell (rss, url)
  • Subscribed Podcast (rss, url)
  • Side Hustle School (rss, url)
  • Mixergy - Startup Stories with 1000+ entrepreneurs and businesses (rss, url) - andrew warner presses his guests on details
  • Business of Software Podcast (rss, url)
  • The Indie Hackers Podcast (rss, url)
  • This Week in Startups - Audio (rss, url) - Jason is arrogant but earns it
  • Wharton FinTech Podcast (rss, url)
  • Double Your Freelancing Podcast (rss, url)
  • The Official Saastr Podcast: SaaS | Founders | Investors (rss, url)
  • Without Fail (rss, url)
  • UI Breakfast: UI/UX Design and Product Strategy (rss, url)
  • Intercom on Customer Engagement (rss, url)
  • The Tropical MBA Podcast - Entrepreneurship, Travel, and Lifestyle (rss, url)
  • China Tech Talk (rss, url)

Founder Couple

A little more unstructured, but telling the story as it happens

  • The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten (rss, url)
  • To Be Continuous (rss, url) - Paul Biggar of Darklang, Edith Harbaugh of LaunchDarkly
  • Startups For the Rest of Us (rss, url) - Rob Walling
  • The Forbes Interview (rss, url)
  • Building Infinite Red (rss, url)
  • Inside Intercom Podcast (rss, url)
  • Out of Beta (rss, url)
  • Rework (rss, url)
  • The Art of Product (rss, url)
  • Bootstrapped Web (rss, url)
  • Build Your SaaS – bootstrap in 2020 (rss, url)

Misc Topics

Stuff that didnt fit anywhere else :)

  • The Psychology Podcast (rss, url) - general academic psychology
  • Psychology of Video Games Podcast (rss, url) - games are applied psychology
  • The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos (rss, url) - positive psychology
  • Babbage from Economist Radio (rss, url)
  • Steal the Show with Michael Port (rss, url) - speaking by professional speakers
  • Get Together (rss, url)
  • Intelligence Squared (rss, url)
  • The Meb Faber Show (rss, url)
  • The Science of Social Media (rss, url)
  • More Than Hashtags (rss, url)
  • Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin (rss, url)
  • The TED Interview (rss, url)
  • TED Talks Daily (rss, url)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI Podcast) with Lex Fridman (rss, url) - has become more of a generalist podcast recently, but gets the top of the field
  • Freakonomics Radio (rss, url)
  • seanwes podcast (rss, url)
  • Mike’s Notes (rss, url)
  • TED Radio Hour (rss, url)
  • Data Skeptic (rss, url)
  • The Economist Asks (rss, url)
  • Naval (rss, url)
  • Linear Digressions (rss, url)
  • The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish (rss, url)
  • Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates (rss, url)
  • Conversations with Tyler (rss, url)
  • The Portal (rss, url)
  • Talking Points (rss, url)
  • Lingthusiasm - A podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics (rss, url)
  • EconTalk (rss, url)
  • The History Chicks (rss, url)
  • The Art of Manliness (rss, url)
  • Your Undivided Attention (rss, url)
  • Simplify (rss, url)


  • Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! (rss, url) - Peter Sagal is amazing
  • Ask Me Another (rss, url) - i love Ophira
  • The Weekly Planet (rss, url) - aussie’s shit talking is the best
  • Change My View (rss, url)
  • The Good Place: The Podcast (rss, url)
  • Office Ladies (rss, url)
  • Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4 (rss, url)
  • The West Wing Weekly (rss, url) - ended now. but still amazing
  • Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (rss, url)
  • CLUBLIFE (rss, url)
  • Eelke Kleijn | DAYS like NIGHTS Radio (rss, url)
  • Popcast (rss, url)
  • Coffee Break Spanish (rss, url)
  • The Jordan Harbinger Show (rss, url)
  • The Soundtrack Show (rss, url)
  • x72D7;熊有话说 (rss, url)
  • Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast (rss, url)
  • Lights Camera Barstool (rss, url)
  • Travel Genius (rss, url)
  • The Modern Mann (rss, url)
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour (rss, url)
  • LeVar Burton Reads (rss, url)
  • Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (rss, url)
  • So, Here’s My Story… (rss, url)
  • Song Exploder (rss, url)
  • Switched on Pop (rss, url)
  • The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast (rss, url)
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz (rss, url)
  • Tiny Desk Concerts - Audio (rss, url)

To Skim

High volume things that are occasionally good but I really skim

  • The Talk Show With John Gruber (rss, url) - i hate the rambling but ben thompson swings by every now and then
  • The Tim Ferriss Show (rss, url) - it’s Tim.
  • Channel 9 (rss, url) - a glimpse into microsoft-land
  • BxJS Weekly (rss, url) - decent js coverage from someone who has way too much time doing this :)
  • The Moment with Brian Koppelman (rss, url) - celebs, writers
  • All Songs Considered (rss, url) - occasionally boring but sometimes really good
  • The Joe Rogan Experience (rss, url) - celebs
  • Whiskey Ginger w/ Andrew Santino (rss, url) - celebs

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