Technical Podcast Recommendations?

Written on May 26, 2011 in Technical, Short.
Adam Fortuna

Hey hey! I'm a developer who lives in Orlando, FL. Right now I work at Code School, listen to a lot of audiobooks, set way too many goals, write at minafi.com and tweet often.

Lately I’ve been searching for and trying to listen to more technical podcasts. It’s a great time for podcasts right now, with more high quality technical podcasts available than ever before. I’m always looking for more recommendations, but here are a few that I’ve been listening to lately.

General Programming

Ruby 5 - Quick look at what’s going on in the Ruby world.
The Ruby Show - Longer look at the Ruby world with some good humor thrown in.
Stack Exchange Podcast - As a long time read of both Joel and Jeff’s blogs, I’m very happy to see this podcast come back after a long hiatus.
This Developers Life - A look at developer stories told in a similar way to This American Life.
The Changelog - Focuses on the new projects and tools, usually by interviewing the authors.
Hanselminutes - Very long running podcast with a Microsoft tilt, but covering a wide range of development.

Back to Work - After reading Merlin Mann’s blog for years, and hearing him speak at IzeaFest, it’s great to hear him talk.
The Talk Show - By the respected Apple writer John Gruber.
Freakonomics Radio - A new look at old statistics.
Radiolab - Entertaining science focused stories. Huge archive, but worth going back and listening to every one.

Dinner Party Download - Fast and funny “booster shot” of news and culture.
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me - Hilarious take on the weeks news.
This American Life - Storytelling at it’s best on the radio.
The Moth Podcast - Live stories told on stage. Usually they are hilarious, and no two are the same.
NPR: Planet Money - All the financial news you really need, usually told through stories and people.

Recommendations Welcome

There are only so many podcasts that I can listen to in a day before jumping back to music, but this mix of different categories has kept me entertained for a while now. Are there any podcasts that you love and listen to as soon as you can?

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