Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

My Current Podcasts

Pocketcast S Tier

Podcasts are amazing and something that keeps me running (metaphorically during work, and literally when exercising.) Pocketcast is my preferred player, but with one exception… Here are my go-tos, in no particular order:

  1. Lex Fridman Podcast: a long-format discussion, sometimes about technology, but also frequently about current events. Recent guests (at the time of writing this) include: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and George Hotz.
  2. WAVEFORM: the podcast hosted and produce by MKBHD and his team, and which generally covers consumer technology
  3. The Ben Shapiro Show: The only strictly political show on this list, Ben and his team at the Daily Wire produce this show daily, which has been my go-to for current events for years. He owns his conservative approach and discloses it upfront, too, which I appreciate. I think I discovered the guy back in mid-2019.
  4. Chris Williamson: The newest addition to the list, Chris Williamson recently moved from the UK and brings a fresh and curious voice to the world of long-format shows. His discussions aren’t technical, but rather casual discussions that are easy to digest, and I’m inspired by his ability to ask smart questions.
  5. The Darkhorse Podcast: Host by the couple, Phds Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying are former biology professors, and their background in evolutionary biology specific bring helpful explanations to some modern problems.
  6. Honestly with Bari Weiss: I don’t know much about Bari herself but I think I heard her name for the first time a year or two ago, likely as a guest on another one of these shows. She brings a liberal perspective to current issues and I’ve come to really appreciate the balance. It’s helped me realize that there are things I can agree with liberals about, as far as values and a common good. I do also distinguish liberal from leftist.
  7. Huberman Labs: This show has really picked up steam; it’s on the Top 25 Spotify podcasts (#6 in the U.S, and #3 globally,) and also one of those that I hear about in real life (the upstate-NY running community, most recently.) In terms of the information that’s discussed, it has one of the high quality-to-quantity ratios of any show on this list.
  8. The Joe Rogan Experience : The JRE isn’t pictured above because it’s a Spotify exclusive (and thus the only podcast I don’t listen to on Pocketcast) The legendary show needs no introduction, especially after another 1st-place ranking on Spotify charts, and landing a $200M exclusive deal with Spotify a couple of years ago. source “Joe Rogan has been clearly net-positive for science bringing about lots of different conversations about tons of topics.” – Dr Andrew Huberman, Oct 30, 2023

I enjoy a healthy variety of topics including consumer tech, politics, and world events, and absolutely prefer long-format discussions. The shorter-form content, particularly videos propagated by TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter/X, are terribly detrimental to us, but that’s something for another time… For now, I simply choose to support the healthier and more informative content.