On the Current Boom in Podcasting (and Some of My Favorite Podcasts)

Posted by Matt Birchler
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What’s Behind the Great Podcast Renaissance? -- NYMag

But as I talked to podcasters, they told me that the biggest reason for the podcast renaissance has nothing to do with the podcasts themselves, or the advertisers funding them.

It's actually about cars.

I can definitely get behind this position. I listen to 90% of my podcasts in the car. If I don't have to go into work, I'm going to be swimming in new episodes when I go back. Meanwhile, if I am going back and forth all the time, then my podcast app is a desert where I pray any episode at all will be updated before my long drive feels like a really long drive.

I love podcasts, I really do, but I wonder how much time I would give them if I worked from home, or worked somewhere 5 minutes from my house.

In addition to the great shows they listed in the article, I'll also suggest a few podcasts:

  • NYRD Radio - Alexis Ohanian hosts this new show (3 episodes so far) that talks to "creators" and gives advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. This show is a delight and will get your creative juices flowing.
  • We Have Concerns - Hosted by Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni, this show is not really about anything in particular, but always makes me laugh.
  • Quality Control - A video game review podcast from Polygon that reviews one new release game per episode.
  • Accidental Tech Podcast - Probably the current king of tech podcasts, this show is hosted by Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa, and covers all the tech news you can handle, as long as you like Apple a little bit.
  • Home Work - Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo talk about working from home. This podcast is more entertaining than it has any right to be, considering the on-the-surface bland subject manner.
  • Upgrade - Jason Snell and Myke Hurley have my favorite new tech podcast. They're both just so damn nice!
  • Analog(ue) - Another Myke Hurley show, this time with Casey Liss. They talk about the tech stuff we do impacts the rest of our lives. You won't hear tech specs here, just two people figuring out how to make their tech make their lives better, not consume their lives.