Podcasts I Love

by Jon Sullivan - 2019-09-03

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Journalism died in the US a while ago. So here are some podcasts I use to fill the information void.

  • Reply All - Mostly about the Internet, and frequently about the Internet being broken, malicious, or weird. New posts seem rare these days, but the archives are epic enough to go back through. The tech support episode where they went to India to confront phone scammers face to face is brilliant.

  • Darknet Diaries - Great stories of hacking, hackers, and other security. I suppose making a living, in some limited sense, trying to build secure software makes this podcast perfect for me. And the style and approach are quite accessible. I'm sure some of it will go over your head if you aren't the techie sort. But enough won't that I think everyone will like it.

  • 99% Invisible - "99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don't think about : the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world." A podcast about design should be quite boring. This one is decidedly fascinating. From food expiration dates to squirrels, why things are the way they are.

  • Lore Watch - It will surprise no one that I listen to a podcast on World of Warcraft. But you should all listen to it. Just as you all should be playing WoW.

  • Lovett or Leave it - Whe nI want a dose of anti-Trump outrage (which is less and less these days), this is the opiate I turn to. Genuinely funny and often insightful. Though I suppose that depends on your politics. Or maybe not. Do Trump voters also laugh about how ridiculous he is? "on and a panel of comedians, actors, journalists, and some of the many, many famous Friends of the Pod will break down the week's biggest news and deal with whatever bullshit came flying over the transom in our broken, insane political nightmare factory."

  • S-town - Listen from the beginning. This is one of the best stories I've ever heard. "John despises his Alabama town And decides to do something about it. He Asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life."

  • Planet money - I wish more people spent more time things about and studying economics. It drives almost everything humanity does, and I feel like most people think it's as simple as supply and demand. Especially with the next US election bringing with it some heady economic choices.

  • The Daily - Fake news has mostly driven me away from major news outlets. So this daily deep dive on one story a day comes in handy. I find them impartial for the most part. And some days it's a story I'm comfortable just never knowing about.

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    SHARON SULLIVAN
    2019-09-04 05:41:09 : Do you know if Google can play a podcast, then pause, play other stuff, and then come back to the story? Like the S-town one?

    SHARON SULLIVAN
    2019-09-04 05:41:22 : Like Google Home.

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