I’m still surprised when I encounter people who have never heard of podcasts. I can’t imagine commuting at all without them anymore, let alone long car trips. When I tell people about them, they often say “But yeah, what’s interesting to listen to?”
So I’m sharing my favorite feeds with you here (and so I can send this link to friends). With most of these, you can listen to the podcast streaming on the website. If you don’t know what a podcatcher is, either iTunes or the crossplatform (free) Juice will serve you well. (Me? I use an xml file and a python script. I’m a geek, I know.) Not all of these podcasts are child-safe.
I have to start with these three. Escape Pod started it all for me. Science fiction? That I could listen to while commuting? FREE? Awesome. As Escape Artists has branched out into fantasy and horror, they’ve kept up the same quality of story and production that has me coming back for more, and more, and more. (I also contribute monthly to them.)
- Escape Pod – Weekly science fiction RSS feed
- PodCastle – Weekly fantasy RSS feed
- Pseudopod – Weekly horror RSS feed
The rest of these are often just as awesome, and range from individuals to media company products. Check them out and let your ears relax over the weekend.
- In Our Time – Melvyn Bragg and guests investigate the history of ideas. RSS feed
- CBC Radio: Quirks and Quarks – Weekly Science from the CBC. RSS feed
- NPR: Planet Money Podcast – Making financial news and economics understandable. RSS feed
- WNYC's Radio Lab – You’ve never heard science like this before. Mash up This American Life and NOVA, mix thoroughly. Enjoy. RSS feed
- This American Life – That show where the normal becomes magical again. RSS feed
- The Memory Palace – Fascinating real people stories from history. RSS feed
- The Moth Podcast – Live Storytelling, without notes. Can suddenly become unflinchingly blunt. RSS feed
- Drabblecast – Strange Stories by Strange Authors for Strange Listeners RSS feed
- New Yorker: Fiction – A monthly reading and conversation about a work of short fiction. RSS feed
- Clarkesworld – A reading of the lead story from the online specfic magazine. RSS feed
And if all that isn’t enough, I can’t recommend Podiobooks nearly highly enough. Books podcast in serial form? Awesome. And then contribute what you think the story was worth.