My Favorite Podcasts, 2017 Edition 12/11/17

By Chris Johnson

My favorite podcasts of 2017, in no particular order:

The Weeds. Featuring Matthew Yglesias and other contributors from, The Weeds is a twice-weekly show that discusses the deeper policy side of American politics.
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.
Do By Friday. Ostensibly, Do By Friday is a weekly challenge show with Merlin Mann, Alex Cox, and Max Temkin. However, each episode is more like a dark comedy that touches on politics, culture, and sometimes tech.
The Bill Simmons Podcast. Sports analyst and former ESPN star Bill Simmons discusses sports and pop culture with a regular roster guests and the occasional celebrity. If you’re a NBA fan, the episodes with Kevin Durant are worth finding in the archives.

Honorable mentions

The Ezra Klein Show. Ezra Klein, from the Weeds, interviews leaders in various fields. This year, I thoroughly enjoyed his episodes with Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Cal Newport.

The Vergecast. Nilay Patel and a rotating cast of characters from The Verge discuss the latest in tech and gadgets. Episodes are usually lighthearted and funny.

Sound Opinions. An hour of music news, interviews, and reviews by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. These days I skip most of the interviews and listen to the news and reviews.

Past picks

This is my fifth year writing up my favorite podcasts. If you’re curious, you can read the lists from 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.