Ask DN: What podcasts do you listen to?

over 7 years ago from

Getting into podcasts recently and I'd love to hear some of my fellow designers' favorites! Design-focused ones would be great, but broader topics around tech and life are great, too.

So far I'm a big fan of:

  • Radiolab
  • This American Life
  • TED Radio Hour

What are yours?


  • Jon LehmanJon Lehman, over 7 years ago

    On The Grid, all day, every day... Ok, just once a week.. but it's great!

    7 points
  • Jonathan CutrellJonathan Cutrell, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    If you haven't had a chance, check out the podcasts on Spec.fm. Disclaimer, I host Developer Tea and am part owner of Spec.

    Others I enjoy:

    • Shoptalk Show
    • Freakonomics
    • Tim Ferriss from time to time
    • Startup (from time to time also)
    • Back to Work (and a few other 5by5.tv shows)
    • Non-breaking Space
    • Master of One Podcast

    There are others, but this should be a good start.

    Edit: added another podcast that I enjoy very much - Master of One!

    5 points
  • Jeff van SteijnJeff van Steijn, over 7 years ago


    3 points
  • Nathan GathrightNathan Gathright, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )


    • On The Grid: Three designers talk about the why of design instead of the how

    • 99% Invisible: Stories about design that shape our world


    • Exponent: Two writes who understand the economics of tech startups and how to explain it to other people.

    • Freakonomics: Stories about behavior economics

    • Planet Money: Stories explaining how the economy works


    • Hello Internet: Youtuber's CGP Grey an Brady Haran talk about YouTube, life, work and whatever.

    • Cortex: CGP Grey and Myke Hurley discuss Grey's work habits.

    • Upgrade: Myke Hurley and Jason Snell discuss tech news.

    2 points
  • David AcheeDavid Achee, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    In no order whatsoever:

    • Radiolab
    • Slack Variety Pack
    • Developer Tea
    • Song Exploder
    • Design Details
    • 99% Invisible
    • Planet Money
    • Slate's Whistlestop
    • Mystery Show
    • The Adventure Zone
    • Ben Franklin's World
    • My Brother, My Brother and Me
    • RISK!
    • James O'Brien's Mystery Hour
    • Invisivilia
    • Full Stack Radio
    2 points
  • Sam MularczykSam Mularczyk, over 7 years ago

    These ones are my absolute favourites:

    • Invisibilia
    • Buzzfeed's Internet Explorer
    • Reply All
    • Mystery Show
    • Startup
    • Planet Money
    • Radio Lab
    • TED Radio Hour
    • Switched On Pop
    • Pitch
    1 point
  • Wes OudshoornWes Oudshoorn, over 7 years ago

    I really enjoy listening to the Joe Rogan Experience. It's about comedy, fighting, science, life, and whatever the guest brings to the table.

    1 point
  • Justin BrouilletteJustin Brouillette, over 7 years ago

    Forewarning, I'm a Podcast junkie. Most my favorites aren't even design related although 99% Invisible is just amazingly good. I'm a big Merlin Mann fan.

    Design Related

    • On The Grid
    • 99% Invisible


    • TBTL - Too Beautiful To Live (daily podcast, like a morning coffee with two friends)
    • Back to Work - Productivity (Merlin Mann)
    • You Look Nice Today (Merlin Mann) Comedy.... Hilarious (try this one)
    • Roderick on the Line (Merlin Mann + John Roderick)
    • Radiolab - Great stories, quirky editing
    • Serial - that "Mail-khimp" podcast
    • This American Life - The Godfather of podcasts
    • Reply All - everything internets
    • Startup Podcast - start from the beginning
    • Mystery Show - very intriguing
    1 point
  • Sarah NewmanSarah Newman, over 7 years ago

    America's Test Kitchen and Gastropod are great if you like to cook/ are a foodie. Also Sporkful.

    The Black Tapes podcast is really good too.

    1 point
  • Joe Blau, over 7 years ago

    My List - It's a lot of Apple related stuff

    • Design Details
    • 99% Invisible
    • The Brilliant Idiots
    • Core Intuition
    • Accidental Tech Podcast
    • Happy Hour
    • Debug
    • Melton
    • Release Notes
    • The Talk Show With John Gruber
    1 point
  • Juan HerreraJuan Herrera, over 7 years ago

    U Talkin' U2 to Me?

    1 point
  • Kwok Yin MakKwok Yin Mak, over 7 years ago
    • Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky

    • The Vergecast

    • Comedy Bang Bang

    • How Did This Get Made?

    • With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus

    • Freakonomics Radio

    • Question of the Day

    • StartUp Podcast

    • Slack Variety Pack

    • 99% Invisible

    • Replay All

    • Dorm Room Tycoon

    1 point
  • Matthew R. MillerMatthew R. Miller, over 7 years ago

    In priority order:

    Doughboys — Comedians Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell give honest, un-ironic reviews of chain restaurants. Each episode is hilarious.

    Nerdist — Shouldn't need much of an explanation. Lots of great guests every week. Henry Winkler has been one of my favorites. Stephen Tobolowsky was a trip, too.

    The Adventure Zone — Three brothers and their dad play D&D together for the first time. I'm not even a huge D&D nerd, but these guys are hilarious.

    Comedy Bang Bang — Again, shouldn't need much of an explanation. Half-interview, half-improv comedy.

    Design Details — I catch this one every now and then when a topic or guest catches my attention.

    I Was There Too — Interviews with actors from iconic films who were either extras or had smaller roles. Lots of insight into some great directors and processes.The Goodfellas and There Will Be Blood episodes are good starting points.

    1 point
  • Chus MargalloChus Margallo, over 7 years ago

    Adventures in Design

    1 point
  • Adam MartinAdam Martin, over 7 years ago

    A mix of startups, narratives, comedy, sports & design podcasts in no particular order:

    0 points
  • Tom Nassr, over 7 years ago

    The AskGaryVee Show.

    Its the most energetic and informative podcast out there for business and practical advice that will help you grow your business. Its not really design focused, but its really entertaining and generally helpful.

    0 points
  • J Beckman, over 7 years ago

    My list(s): http://www.andjosh.com/lists/podcast/

    0 points
  • David BroderickDavid Broderick, over 7 years ago

    Really shocked to only see one mention of Stuff You Should Know, but that was the first podcast I got into so maybe I'm biased :)

    DESIGN - The Observatory - 99% Invisible - The Poster Boys - Design Matters

    NON-DESIGN - Freakonomics - Stuff You Should Know - How to do Everything - Aw Jeez! - Comedy Bang Bang - Hidden Brain - Song Exploder - Reply All - Meanwhile in the Future - Limetown - The Partially Examined Life

    0 points
  • Jon DarkeJon Darke, over 7 years ago

    Listen to every episode of...

    • 99% invisible
    • a16z
    • ATP
    • Analogue
    • Clockwise
    • Connected
    • Cortex
    • Dalrymple Report
    • Debug
    • Design details
    • Design Review
    • Developing Perspective
    • Exponent
    • Hello Internet
    • Immutable
    • Inquisitive
    • Isometric
    • iterate
    • Liftoff
    • Mac power users
    • Material
    • Motion and Meaning
    • The pipeline
    • Planet Money
    • Pragmatic
    • Reconcilable Differences
    • Release Notes
    • Reply All
    • Robot or not
    • Rocket
    • Talk Show Techtonic Tentative
    • Thoroughly Considered
    • Top Four
    • Upgrade
    • Vector
    • Virtual
    • The Web Ahead
    • Welcome to Macintosh

    ... plus some others I listen to once I run out of those... But I listen to a lot...

    0 points
  • Robert MapleRobert Maple, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Most BBC Radio4 podcasts are well worth a listen, in particular though:

    In our time with Melvin Bragg The history of various scientific and philosophical ideas.

    More or less : Numbers / statistics

    Inside Science : Science!

    Click : Science/Technology

    From Our Own Correspondent : World news/current affairs

    Documentary of the week : Various

    0 points
  • Benjamin WilBenjamin Wil, over 7 years ago

    I listen to a lot of the podcasts already mentioned, but if I could only pick two podcasts to recommend to you right now it'd have to be Serial and Mystery Show.

    Why these two? The reporting is solid, digestible, and the seasons run short—meaning it's way harder to fall behind on listening. And Mystery Show is a little bit Herzogian, if that appeals to you.

    0 points
  • Dan Charlesworth, over 7 years ago

    Shocked to the core that WTF is in nobody's lists.

    0 points
  • gabe abadillagabe abadilla, over 7 years ago
    • The Best Show Weekly 3 hour show hosted by Tom Scharpling. A good mix of listener calls, inside jokes and indie rock.
    • Hollywood Handbook An insider's guide to kicking butt and dropping names in the red carpet-lined back hallways of this industry we call show biz. Whattup Whattup.
    • Doughboys A serious critique of fine cuisine.
    • Improv4Humans Probably my favorite podcast of all time. Each week, Matt Besser brings together an amazing group of improvisers and magic happens.
    0 points
  • Kasper Andersen Kasper Andersen , over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )
    • Hardcore History
    • Common Sense
    0 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 7 years ago

    The How to start a Startup series from Y Combinator.

    0 points
  • Anton Repponen, over 7 years ago

    Surprised nobody pointed out Typeradio. It's been there for so many years and I consider it as one of the better ones. http://typeradio.org

    P.S. It's not(!) about Typography, just design in general.

    0 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Some of my shows are on seasonal hiatus, so here's what's getting regular rotation in my PocketCasts:

    • The Read
    • Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race
    • Bodega Boys
    • Another Round with Heben & Tracy
    • Hidden Brain
    • The Friend Zone
    • On The Grid
    • StartUp
    • Slack Variety Pack
    • Open Account with Suchin Pak
    • Bayside High and Drunk
    • Revision Path
    • The Year of Tea

    Revision Path and The Year of Tea are both mine, but I also listen to 'em.

    0 points
  • Bruno CamposBruno Campos, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Awesome lists, will definitely start listening to a couple here. I listen to:

    99% Invisible Criminal Invisibilia Let's make mistakes Theory of everything Song Exploder Lore The Businesslology Show from time to time

    Recently I've felt more compelled on listening non-design related podcasts, in the likes of Criminal, Invisibilia and Song Exploder.

    0 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 7 years ago

    ESPN FC! Forza Inter!!

    0 points
  • Nick MorrisonNick Morrison, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    In no particular order.

    • 99% Invisible
    • Developer Tea
    • Criminal
    • The Allusionist
    • Master of One
    • The Memory Palace

    Almost all things from www.radiotopia.fm and spec.fm are gold. Check them out.

    0 points
  • Martin KMartin K, over 7 years ago

    Giant bombcast.

    0 points
  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 7 years ago

    I'm subscribed to 43 podcasts in Pocket Casts. Here's some of the lesser known/appreciated ones:

    • Criminal
    • Futuropolis
    • Lore
    • Question of the Day
    • Scienceology
    • Slate's Working
    • The Allusionist
    • The Bugle
    • Theoretically Speaking
    • What's The Point

    If someone is actually interested I'll make a list of all 43.

    0 points
  • Ben WarmuthBen Warmuth, over 7 years ago

    I don't have a ton of time for podcasts but the ones I do listen to are usually video game specific.


    • Giant Bombcast
    • Giant Beastcast
    • Alt-F1 (a premium-member only podcast about formula 1 racing that giant bomb puts out)
    • Serial (whenever season 2 starts)
    0 points
  • Drew AlbinsonDrew Albinson, over 7 years ago

    I really like Open Ended podcast, check those guys out: http://www.openended.fm/

    0 points
  • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, over 7 years ago

    Mystery/fiction podcasts for me (in priority order) :)

    • The Truth
    • Limetown
    • The Black Tapes Podcast
    • Serial
    • TANIS
    • Earbud Theater
    • The NoSleep Podcast
    • Mystery Show
    0 points
  • David DarnesDavid Darnes, over 7 years ago

    My list in priority order http://daviddarnes.github.io/articles/too-many-podcasts/

    0 points
  • Stef KorsStef Kors, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )
    • Radiolab
    • KEXP music podcasts
    • 99% invisible
    • Nice To Meet You
    • Stuff you should know
    • Developer Tea
    0 points
  • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, over 7 years ago

    The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast is my favorite podcast of all time. I can't even believe it exists, frankly.

    0 points
    • Kyle Decker, over 7 years ago

      What about it makes it so special?

      0 points
      • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, over 7 years ago

        It's primarily focused on cinema, but Ellis is really hung up on the strangest cultural currents and just spends an hour unpacking these things in a way I'd imagine only a writer could do.

        Even if one isn't interested in cinema or music, just listening to him and his guests (well, many of them) work through this minutia is pretty awe-inspiring.

        1 point
  • Tony RedfernTony Redfern, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    http://tentative.fm/ and https://www.intercom.io/podcast

    0 points
  • Daniel Alcorn, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )
    • 99% Invisible
    • On the Grid
    • Song Exploder
    • No Such thing as fish
    • Cultcast

    These are my favourites. I've just started listening to Limetown which has instantly gripped me.

    My arts org has just started one called Small Talk which you might hopefully fight interesting: Small Talk - Creative Discussion by Badego https://itun.es/gb/TiF39.c

    0 points
  • Joseph CalvoJoseph Calvo, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    99% Invisible

    Good Job Brain

    Planet Money

    What's Tech

    The Truth

    Song Exploder

    StartUp Podcast

    Reply All

    Mystery Show

    Happy Hour


    Snap Judgement

    0 points
    • Falko JosephFalko Joseph, over 7 years ago

      The Truth is awesome! Got me into to listening to podcasts on a regular basis. How do you like Mystery Show?

      1 point