oday, podcasting is a business. Journalists, celebrities, academics, and, anyone else with a mixing desk and a microphone now have a nightly show in this post-Serial audio environment. Although the quality of the output is usually excellent, with hundreds of podcasts discussing the same topics or TV episodes, those attempts can still be hit or miss.

To assist you, we've compiled this ever-changing collection of interesting podcast recommendations across technology, music, science, politics, and more. Also, if you're looking for more audiobook recommendations, have a look at our best audiobook guide.

1. SaaS Interviews with CEOs, Startups, Founders

What if you had access to the data behind today's fastest-growing SaaS companies? Join Nathan Latka as he spends 15 minutes each morning interviewing SaaS founders. You'll learn how SaaS CEOs started their company and built it into a true SaaS company. From bootstrapped to funded, MVP to 10,000 users, SaaS founders come from all walks of life.

2. Keen On

Andrew Keen became famous in the 2000s for his caustic analysis of online culture and its negative impact on how knowledge is seen, predicting many of the difficulties that currently affect technology in various ways. His podcast is less focused on this and more concerned with capitalism's future in general.

3. Unearthed: Mysteries from an unseen world

The first episode of Unearthed, a Kew podcast focused on the unexpected underworld of plant life, opens. In the episode, an apprentice at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew finds there is nothing in the location where one of Kew's rarest and most precious water lilies should be only a patch of dirt.

4. This Day in Esoteric Political History

This week's podcast is a teaser for the US House of Representatives redistricting vote, which will take place on Thursday. The day is more of a teaser to talk about big and small moments in US history such as the East Coast dim-outs during WW2 or the time Texas House Democrats hid out in Oklahoma. Harry Enten, Jamelle Bouie, Jody Avirgan (ex-538 and others) presents his show, which occasionally features guests whose voices you may recognize from other American podcasts.

5. Fake Doctors, Real Friends

Scrubs was a medical comedy that aired for eight years, with the majority of the show's appeal based on the warmth and camaraderie of its young cast. The new doctors who play J.D., Zach Braff, and Donald Faison, and while some aspects of the program haven't aged well, this is a welcome dose of nostalgia for fans.

6. Gastropod

Gastropod co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley discuss a new food-related subject every other week. The pair dig into the science and history behind it, including exactly what is pizza? How did chicken tikka masala become a British dish par excellence? And how was the humble bagel catapulted to breakfast ubiquity?

7. The Last Archive

The Last Archive is a new podcast that explores how history can be understood through documents and evidence. The show will use "historical record" to tell stories about broad social and cultural themes, such as the question: "Who killed the truth?" Told in the style of a 1930s radio drama ‚Äď scary sounds, dramatic music, hammy reenactments ‚Äď it's called The Last Archive.


8. Office Ladies

Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, best friends and co-stars of The Office, have teamed up to do the ultimate Office re-watch podcast. From episode one, the pair's friendly banter and passion for the show are clear.

9. The 80,000 Hours Podcast

80,000 Hours is a British company researching the professions that will have the most positive impact on the planet. The company's podcasts are full of philosophical discussions on morality, metacognition, and global catastrophic threats. They saw the pandemic coming months in advance, from climate change to rogue AI. 80,000 hours was co-founded by Dominic Cummings, founder of the Successful Altruism movement.

10. The Privacy, Security & OSINT Show with Michael Bazzell

Michael Bazzell, not his real name, says he worked for over a decade for the FBI's cybercrime unit. He offers a compact digest of tips and resources in his fortnightly podcast to dig up data about an individual or company by weaponizing everything from social media to credit score repo.

11. Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

Aaron Hernandez had just signed a multi-million deal with the NFL's most profitable team, the New England Patriots when his friend Odin Lloyd was assassinated. When imprisoned, it soon became apparent that his crime was only the bleak end of years of deviant conduct that his reputation as a star player seemed to allow. For any sports fan, this is absorbing listening.

12. The WIRED UK Podcast

The WIRED UK podcast is a sideways look at the week in tech, culture, science, and politics. We chat about the most fascinating stories on WIRED that week, share our favorite random facts, and catch you up on the technology world. This week, we skip the gadget talk, in favor of more interesting subjects, like why high-tech Japanese toilets are conquering the West.

13. WeCrashed

The WeCrashed podcast is the definitive inside story of the rise and fall of office-sharing company WeWork. In just 40 days, via a botched IPO and the resignation of charismatic CEO Adam Neumann, WeWork went from a $47bn valuation to the biggest business crisis since Enron. Neumann's exit from the company was followed by the launch of a new series called WeCrashed The Rise and Fall of WeWork


Podcasts are a great source of information and inspiration for designers, especially while they're on the go. They broaden our horizons and can also provide motivation and practical tools for our design endeavors. Almost all podcasts are available on aggregators like Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify. Aggregators group podcasts based on themes such as design, technology, and industry to make it easier to find different shows and even specific episodes.

Jan 29, 2021

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