Open Thread: Tell Us About Your Favorite Podcasts

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For me, the best part about being a web worker is that I can listen (and watch) podcasts and videos on my second display as background noise while I get work done and no one complains. While it’s easy to have hundreds of feeds in a text-based aggregator, you do have to be a bit more selective in selecting audio/video feeds. There’s only 24 hours in a day, and you can’t skim it over like you can do with text. But on the other hand, you can’t read a text feed while you’re driving to a client meeting.

What’s worth your listening/watching time? A few of mine are after the jump…share yours in the comments.

I have 50 or 60 podcast feeds in iTunes, but I maybe get to 5 or 6 a day. I have iTunes set to only keep the latest episode. If I miss one, I miss it. It’s the only way I can keep up…by not trying too hard.

Here’s a few of my favorites.

For tech, I like most of the TWiT podcasts, or should I say “netcasts” as TWiT founder Leo Laporte calls them. I like the original “This Week in Tech,” a roundtable of former TechTV personalities talking about the week’s tech headlines.

Yes, some women do watch Diggnation. For the more high-brow geek, NPR packages the best of their tech content into a weekly podcast.

Another favorite is Om and Niall PodSessions, a podcast by Niall Kennedy and our very own Om Malik that listens like an audio version of GigaOm.

I spend a great deal of my time in Adobe applications, so I enjoy Terry White’s near-daily Adobe Creative Suite Video podcast. White is an Adobe employee. He doesn’t cover the new Macromedia-inherited applications, but I’ve learned a great deal about Acrobat 8 and InDesign by watching his podcast.

Also focusing on Adobe InDesign is the InDesign Secrets podcast, hosted by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion. No one knows InDesign better, but the lack of video demonstrations makes it a bit hard to follow if I’m not giving it 100% of my attention.

On the lighter side, Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite TV shows so I enjoy creator Ron D. Moore’s weekly commentary podcast. Likewise, the producers of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Lost have weekly (when the shows air) podcasts. In short, if it’s on TV and it’s popular, odds are the folks behind it have a behind-the-scenes podcast for it that are often more entertaining than the shows themselves.

What makes the cut for time with your ears? Do you juggle them while web working, or are they strictly for off-line time?

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Dameon Welch-Abernathy

I don’t listen to podcasts related to my job. The whole point of listening to podcasts is to get away from thinking about my job. I listen to a lot of the podcasts listed here, but I’ll list a few that others have not.

Okay, there’s one podcast I listen to that could conceivably be considered related to my job: Security Now! (one of the TWiT family of podcasts). Steve Gibson is the ultimate paranoid bastard.

One podcast I listen to is NewsReal, which is a weekly “current events” show with a bit of a different take on things. I don’t agree with everything Sean Kennedy says, but he makes me think and he’s entertaining.

Another one I listen to is KenRadio, which is a daily podcast that covers the intersection of the media, entertainment, and technology space.

Ken Girard

I always enjoy listening to Polyamory Weekly . The host, Cunning Minx, is always intelligent and fun to listen to as she covers “Tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly point of view”.

And where many of you are going to dismiss it, without listening to it first, as being about sex, the truth is she’s normally talking about relationships in the same way you might talk about the relationships with a group of your close friends. Her circle of friends is just a little more diverse then most peoples, is all.

Tom Buckley

I listen to Adam Curry’s “Daily Source Code” when working out at the gym, the perfect podcast for that activity. I also love the music on “What’s Happening in Tokyo” podcasts. My 11 year old son likes the “Happy Tree Friends” video podcasts, and my 13 year old son likes the “Chad Vader: Day Shift Manager” video podcasts. My 9 year old daughter likes to listen to the WFMU “The Audio Kitchen with the Professor” podcasts on the drive to school.

TWIT is good, but too long. I never make it past about 45 minutes with them.

Viktor

I have to admit that I enjoy podcasting. My favorite podcast is the Cornerstone Simi podcast with Francis Chan (www.cornerstonesimi.com) and Cornerstone Ohio with Tony Hall(www.ohiocornerstone.com.) Tony used to be the worship leader at Cornerstone in Simi but he left to start a church in Ohio. Great biblical teaching!

montageman

I work at office doing data entry, so I am able to listen attentively to podcasts. I really enjoy any of the NPR podcasts, especially religion, food, health & science, and Economics. For an overall engrossing experience, I love This American Life (http://www.thisamericanlife.com/). Ira Glass is funny & always seems to provide stories that are indicative of something larger than what is being told.

trav himself

In addition to Diggnation and TWiT, which were listed above, I also listen to Verge of the Fringe, a somewhat-lesser-known storytelling podcast. Lance Anderson always has something of value to say, and often provides great life lessons and insight into today’s problems.

brklynsurfer

I listen to screencastsonline with Don McAllister, the show with Ze Frank, Room Eight ( a new york politics show), The Smartphone show, and Hawaii Surf Session Report. All great entertainment to get your mind off things and relax, as well as learn something.

Steve Severance

I listen to DotNet Rocks, Venture Cast, Scoble Show, misc other podtech.net, Windows Weekly, Business Week Smart Answers, and on occasion a few others. I also listen to some electronica podcasts.

Steve

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