Podcasts revisited

Last summer I put together a list of the podcasts I deemed worth my time (at the time). A year on, I think it’s worth revisiting the list and taking a look at the shows I’ve continued to listen to and the ones that have dropped out of favor.


New favorites

  • Here’s the Thing

    Alec Baldwin in conversation with interesting people – most recently Lena Dunham from Girls – what’s not to love? Here’s the Thing is a must-listen.

  • The New Disruptors

    It’s still early days for The New Disruptors – it only kicked off in December – but I’m loving the show so far. It’s a podcast “about profound changes in the economy for making things”, and host Glenn Fleishman – writer for The Economist – does a great job of talking about interesting things with interesting people.

  • Let’s Make Mistakes

    Mike “Fuck You. Pay Me” Monteiro and Leah Reich talking in the area of design (and the business of design). It’s all pretty casual conversation, but they don’t hold back from some confrontation when necessary. I’m still feeling out Let’s Make Mistakes; we’ll see how long it lasts.

  • Freakonomics Radio

    The team behind the best-selling book of the same name doing little 15 minute slots looking at the world from the perspective of an economist. Short, sharp, and interesting.

  • 99% Invisible

    Billed as “a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world”, 99% Invisible is just that. Roman Mars covers a range of topics in each tightly produced, and easily consumable 10-15 minute episode.

On the trash heap

  • The Inhatko Almanac

    I’d only listened to a few of these when I wrote my last post, and while I enjoyed the first couple of shows, I quickly dropped it from my listening list. Andy Inhatko is a nerd of the most opinionated and indignant variety at times, and I found his show pretty grating to listen to after a (short) while.

  • Hypercritical

    Speaking of opinionated nerds: John Siracusa’s Hypercritical was one of my favourite shows over the last year, and I was sad to see it finish up a month or so back. While the shows are deeply geeky, John does a great job of being genuinely excited about the minutiae of the topic being discussed, and it’s fascinating to listen to (most of the time).

  • Build & Analyze

    Marco Arment decided that the show was getting stale and decided to wrap it up late last year. Probably the right decision I feel, Marco didn’t seem to be enjoying it any more, and the show was a lot more miss than hit in its final few months.

  • Back to Work

    When Merlin Mann is good, he’s very very good, but when he’s bad he’s really quite hard to listening to. I enjoy his wandering (rambling) conversation sometimes, but in the end I gave up and unsubscribed.

  • By Design

    The tragic and unexpected death of Alan Saunders also signaled the end of this show in my regular rotation. Though, now that the new presenter – Fenella Kernebone – has had time to settle in, I might tune back in again.

  • Maniacal Rage

    It seems Garrett Murray and Shawn Morrison are too busy building my favourite notes app and having babies to entertain me any more. The back catalog is still worth listening too, but there were no news shows last year.


A few other bits and pieces:

  • You Look Nice Today is back! Back to a regular schedule of ‘Dropping it on the Deuce’ (the 2nd of each month), it’s still the only thing I listen to that’s capable of making me laugh out loud in public.
  • I’ve just started listening to a few other shows: Salt & Fat from Nevn Mrgan and Jim Ray; as well as Judge John Hodgeman from, uh, John Hodgeman (of Mac vs PC fame). And just this minute I’ve subscribed to Unprofessional from Lex Friedman and Dave Wiskus.

    It’s too early to tell whether they’ll become semi-permanent fixtures among my subscriptions, but they’re worth a look too.

As always, if there’s something I’m missing out on then please tell me. I’m occasionally responsive by both email and on Twitter, and I’d love a few more suggestions to fill up the time on my daily ride to work.