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My Media Diet: Podcasts

by David Colarusso - August 31st, 2013

I consume about one hundred podcasts a week–mostly during my daily commute. Last week I moved, and I’m losing about eight hours of listening a week. This is great. I really disliked my commute, but “What about my podcasts…?” While I adapt, it seems a good time to chronicle The List. I have divided it into nine categories: Daily News, Science & Technology, Politics & Law, Economics, Education, History, Culture & Current Events, Design, and Fiction & Writing. Despite the prospect of shrinking that list, I welcome podcast suggestions in the comments section. I’d especially appreciate thoughtful conservative/libertarian casts as I feel that’s something I’m missing.

Before the breakdown by category (along with feed addresses), here’s my current podcasts list with linked cover art:


“A hundred podcasts you say? I only count fifty eight.” You may have noticed that the above list only includes 58 titles. However, a number of them are dailies, and some even update multiple times a day, hence around a hundred podcasts a week.

I use the Stitcher Radio App which lets you build your own radio stations–collections of podcasts. The station plays back a queue of the most recent unplayed podcasts on my list. The above list is my current ordering on Stitcher. It starts off with short topical podcasts that update frequently and shifts into longer evergreen podcasts that update less frequently. This helps make sure that I don’t miss new content. Of course, I have bumped a few favorites up the list.

Now for the category breakdown and feed addresses. As above, a show’s cover art is linked to its webpage page.

Daily News

WBUR: Morning News Updates

NPR: Hourly News Summary

Best of Today

Science & Technology

Radio Lab

APM: Marketplace Tech Report

NPR: Science

KQED Science News

PRI: Science & Creativity from Studio 360

Nova | PBS

CNET Update (HQ)

NPR: Technology

NPR: TED Radio Hour

The Story Collider

Quirks & Quarks from CBC Radio

You’re The Expert

StarTalk by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Scientific American Podcast: 60-Second Science

Scientific American Podcast: 60-Second Space

Scientific American Podcast: 60-Second Mind

Politics & Law

Slate’s Political Gabfest

Supreme Court Watch | PBS NewsHour Podcast

Shields and Brooks | PBS NewsHour Podcast

Washington Week | PBS

The New Yorker: The Political Scene

NPR: Economy

Decode DC

Life of the Law


NPR: Planet Money

The Economist: The Week Ahead

The Economist: All Audio

APM: Marketplace Morning Report

The Economist: Editor’s Picks



NPR: Education



My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Culture & Current Events

NPR: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4

Slate’s Double X Podcasts

Slate’s Culture Gabfest

This American Life

How to Do Everything

Studio 360 from PRI and WNCY

The Memory Palace

NPR: Ask Me Another

Start the Week

NPR: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates


99% Invisible

On The Grid

Design Matters

Giant Robots Smashing into other Giant Robots

Fiction & Writing

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

Lightspeed Magazine

Escape Pod

Clarkesworld Magazine

Makeshift Stories

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writting

I listen to my podcasts at 1.15x speed (labeled 2x). So my listening time is not equal to clock-time. The real-time change in my commute is left as an exercise for the reader. ;)

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