|Accidental Tech Podcast. Programmers Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa discuss the latest technology news with a focus on Apple. Always thoughtful and funny. When I can, I try to catch the live broadcast on Wednesday nights.|
|Slate’s Political Gabfest. Interesting roundtable discussion of the week’s political news. I used to be addicted to cable news. This scratches the same itch, but is far less vapid and annoying.|
|Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. Dan Carlin tackles historical subjects with a mix of humanism and drama. Carlin’s series of episodes on World War I have been incredible.|
|Sound Opinions. An hour of music news, interviews, and reviews by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. Sound Opinions is my primary way of finding new and interesting albums.|
BS Report with Bill Simmons. Sports analyst Bill Simmons discusses NBA and NFL news with a regular roster of guests. I personally skip the episodes about the NFL.
DLC. Jeff Cannata and Christian Spicer discuss the latest news in video and board games with a different guest each week. The format is friendly, but I usually skip the bits about board games.
Serial. If you listen to podcasts, you’ve probably heard of Serial. It is good, but a real-life murder mystery might be too dark for some people.
The Incomparable. Jason Snell and a revolving cast of guests discuss new and old geek media including books, movies, TV shows, and comics. Skip the episodes where they discuss things you haven’t had a chance to see or read.
Back to Work. Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin’s show about productivity. At this point, the show has devolved into a hilarious series of in-jokes with only some sprinkles of wisdom. You’ll probably be lost if you don’t go back and listen to some of the first shows.