I love podcasts. Full stop. I have been listening to them for almost 10 years now. How do I know that? I have been listening to TWiT podcasts for almost 10 years and they just celebrated their 10 year anniversary. They were essential during my time as a FedEx driver and I have been hooked ever since.
The number of podcasts I have listened to has fluctuated over time. At one point I was listening to 29 different podcasts. Yes, I know I have a problem :-) I don't listen to that many now, having culled my subscriptions down to what I really wanted to keep, though I have to admit the list is growing again.
Links are to the websites where you can find episodes at.
This Week in Tech (TWiT), 2 hours once a week
The flagship podcast of the TWiT network hosted by Leo Laporte. I remember as a kid watching Leo on The Screensavers and Call for Help on the now defunct cable channel ZDTV. It is a roundtable discussion of the different tech news from the previous week. It is essential and the first podcast I ever subscribed to almost 10 years ago.
MacBreak Weekly, 1.5 to 2 hours once a week
Also part of the TWiT network, this one focuses on Apple news and speculation.
Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney, 30-45 minutes every weekday
An ESPN podcast which recaps the previous night's baseball action and provides commentary on the baseball news of the day. This podcast was 10 times better when Keith Law and Eric Karabell hosted it, but Olney will do. Long live bias cat!
EconTalk, 1 hour once a week
This is the second longest subscription I have maintained over the years. I cannot recommend it enough to economists and non-economists alike. In fact I'm listening to it now as I write this post. The host, Russ Roberts, has libertarian leanings but he is honest about it and challenges both himself and his listeners by inviting guests from all over the economic and political spectrum. Topics can go from the economics of modern fishing to the art world.
Relevant Podcast, 1.5 to 2 hours once a week
I have been listening to this podcast since near its inception. I know all the in-jokes about whale sharks, Rambo, Canada, and more. I love this and listen to it almost as soon as it is available every week. Everything between the humorous slices, musical guests, to the games provides a good ending to every week.
Port City Community Church Sermons, 30-45 minutes once a week
I used to attend Port City Community when I lived near Wilmington and I still get to listen to the sermons now that I live in Charlotte. I have always admired Mike Ashcraft's ability to communicate the good news of the gospel in new and refreshing ways.
This American Life, 1 hour once a week
The essential NPR podcast. Individual episodes can be hit or miss for me but I end up listening to most of them.
Revolutions, 30 minutes once a week
A history podcast where Mike Duncan takes us through different political revolutions throughout history. Right now he is taking his time by going through the French Revolution but past seasons have focused on the English Civil War and the American Revolution. The first podcast he produced, The History of Rome, is also worth the time, but that has finished and I have caught up.
Grantland Pop Culture Podcasts, multiple formats and many episodes a week
This is the catch all subscription to all the pop culture podcast produced by Grantland. I don't listen to them all but the Hollywood Prospectus and Do You Like Prince Movies are essential listening for me.
The remaining listed below are all interesting in their own right but I would consider them cuttable should I ever cull the list of podcast I listen to in the future. The ones above are uncuttable to me.
99% Invisible, 20-30 minutes once a week
A podcast about both good and bad design behind some of things that are everywhere but often go unnoticed, like flags and money.
WTF with Marc Maron, 1-2 hours 2-3 times a week
Intimate conversations with comedians, actors, and even presidents.
Us & Them, 30 minutes every other week or so
A public radio show that brings together people from left and right and explores the history of our differences while trying to find common ground.
Stuff You Should Know, 45-60 minutes about 2 times a week
Exactly as described, each episode is a different topic and the humor is quite good thoughout.
Stuff You Missed in History Class, 45-60 minutes about 2 times a week
Same as Stuff You Should Know but with history! Not the same hosts though.
Rebel FM, 1.5 - 2 hours once a week
A video game podcast featuring both press and video game designers, good stuff.
The Nerdist, about 1 hour up to 3 times a week
I don't listen to every one, depends on the guest. Too often though the conversations can just devolve into shilling for the guest's latest movie or show being released.
The Late Show Podcast, 15-20 minutes once a week
Stephen Colbert lets us into, kind of, the process behind creating the new Late Show. Very interesting.
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History, anywhere between 4 and 6 hours every couple months
These are more like audio books than podcasts. These are great if you love a non-historian take on history and make an interesting radio show about some of the worst periods in human history. Everything from Genghis Khan to WW1.
The Canon, 1 hour once a week
A film a week is nominated to discuss whether it belongs in The Canon of great films. The hosts can be somewhat abrasive to each other and to the audience but this is a great podcast for checking out good films you've never heard of before.
Brew Bloods, 1 hour once a week
If you like craft beer then this is the podcast for you. These guys are not pretentious at all, they call each other doctors of stuff and things. The only drawback is that they often taste and review beers that are not available to most people because either they are limited release or just not distributed over a large area.
Ask Science Mike, 30 minutes once a week
Somewhat controversial but often excellent takes on the intersection of science and faith. Hosted by a guy who went from Christianity to Atheism and has returned to faith in Christ, all because of science.
The Liturgists, 1 hour each, inconsistent release schedule
Science Mike also shows up here but is often joined by Michael Gungor and others. Discussions revolve around the intersection of faith, art, and science.
That is it, hopefully you can find something you like on this list.