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What are your favourite non-tech related podcasts?

Ananya Neogi
Frontend dev amongst other things.
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Tell me your favourite non-tech related podcasts.
I'll start with mine -

All though I listen to many more sporadically, but these are the ones I try to keep up with.

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Aniket

Hey, great post and great taste! I listen to a ton of podcasts which range from News and politics to society and culture, business, STEM and fictional audiodramas.

Some of my favorite non-tech related podcasts are -

There are more but these are just off the top of my head.

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Ben Halpern

Fabulous list! I like all the ones here that I know of so I have a feeling the other ones are really great!

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Aniket

Thanks! We have very similar tastes then! What are your favorites?

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Rachel Novick

This is a solid list!

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Aniket

Thank you! What are your favorites?

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Rachel Novick

I'm definitely a fan of any of the TED Talks podcasts. Stuff You Should Know About is great, as is Alice Isn't Dead, Limetown, and Blackout.

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Aniket

You've got a great taste.

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Ananya Neogi Author

Wow. That's a big list!

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Aniket

Haha, thanks! I listen whenever I can.

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Adrian Sandu

I'm really interested in kickstarting my own entrepreneur adventure, so the podcasts I listen to are mostly in this category:

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Ananya Neogi Author

Thanks for sharing! And all the best in your entrepreneur adventure 😀

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Aniket

I'm a big fan of GaryVee Audio Experience. I'll add the others to my list, I have similar interests too.

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Adrian Sandu

The main danger in podcast binging is that so many people stay in the "consume" phase, feeling "motivated" and "pumped up", make plans, but they don't execute. I'm currently limiting my audio experience to these podcasts only to avoid that pitfall and to give me time and motivation to actually do what it takes.

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Aniket

Very true. I get what you're saying. It's a form of procrastination too. Like how people can read bestselling self help books all day but don't execute. I hope you achieve your goals. Good luck!

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Adrian Sandu

Thanks! Best of luck to you too and to all of us :)

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Rachel Novick

-Behind the Bastards (be prepared, this podcast will make you incredibly angry, sometimes sad, and will also make you laugh at the most horrible of people the world has seen)

-The Dropout (limited series about Elizabeth Holmes. So well done)

-The Moth (If you've never listened to The Moth Radio Hour, DO IT. Short, true stories told by the people they happened to and the subject matter, though curated for the theme of the podcast episode, varies wildly. Always worth a listen)

-Off Book (if you're a fan of musicals, they improvise musicals with their guests, including the music numbers. Some episodes better than others, but always a fun ride)

-Crime Junkie (I had to super pare down the true crime podcasts I was listening to and this one always makes the cut)

-The Film Reroll (D&D podcast where the players take a movie and play that plot. It's so fun to see how things derail and is just super enjoyable and one of the only D&D podcasts I've consistently listened to)

I've got a ton more, but these are just a few of different genres that I thought I would throw out there.

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Ananya Neogi Author

Great! Adding them to my ever growing list of podcasts.
If you're into true crime genre I would suggest listening to Criminal if you haven't already.

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Rachel Novick

I have not! I'm definitely going to start listening to it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Aniket

Oh I love The Moth and Crime Junkie!

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Ashlee (she/her)

I’ve been listening to both of these for years and think they’ve been consistently excellent. I will say I’ve become a Patreon supporter for the minimalists this year because they create longer content for different tiers.

Also thanks for posting this! I was just telling myself yesterday that I need to pick up my podcasts again. 😊

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Ananya Neogi Author

I have listened to couple of episodes of The Minimalists and I agree they are great!
Haven't checked out Office Hours though, will do it soon 🙂

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Ananya Neogi Author

So I asked the same on twitter and got some really good recommendations. I thought of sharing them here as well!

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Ben Halpern

The variation in this thread and these replies are super fascinating. Definitely covers a really broad spectrum of interests.

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Ananya Neogi Author

Yes! There's something for everyone in here.
I got introduced to so many good podcasts. 😁

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Sandeep Balachandran

To be honest i have never listened to podcasts whether its tech related or not . What do you guys think ? Should i consider podcasts along my journey?

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Rachel Novick

I personally love podcasts. There are so many different types, from story podcasts, to radio plays, to non-fiction, whatever. I honestly think there is a podcast for everyone (especially considering that there is literally a podcast for every interest imaginable). I say go for it and give them a try!

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Aniket

I agree! I love podcasts. And there really is something for everyone. You're bound to find something you'll enjoy. Although I have had some people tell me that they lose interest if it's audio only and they need something visual.

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Sandeep Balachandran

Welcome to Dev.Happy to have you here. About podcasts ,I got to find time for it. I think listening while travelling would be a good idea. I will try one of the above mentioned while travelling.

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Rachel Novick

Thanks!!! Happy to be here. Yeah, I've done a lot of commuting over the years and podcasting helped me while the time away.

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Ananya Neogi Author

You should definitely give it a try! And the best thing about listening to podcasts is that you don't have to make special time for it, you can listen to it anywhere anytime 😁

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Sandeep Balachandran

Yeah about that. I used to write php on an angular project while listening A.R.R .So anywhere except work i guess. 😁

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Peter

If its McElroy I'm into it!

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Luke Bayliss

I second this.

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Ananya Neogi Author

I haven't checked them out yet. I see they have a bunch of different shows. Any particular you would like to suggest?

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Peter

My Brother, My Brother and Me us their flagship, The Adventure Zone if you're into storytelling/RPG, and Wonderful if you want to just feel good!

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Ananya Neogi Author

Great! Thanks 🙂

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  • Do By Friday - sometimes this does have tech news on it. It’s a weekly challenge podcast.
  • Top Four - Ranks the top 4 sometimes 5 sometimes has honorable mentions of random items
  • Playing For Fun - Video game podcast
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Ananya Neogi Author

Top Four sounds fun! 🙂

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Maegan Wilson

It’s a good one!

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ClaireSouthwell

A couple I'm not seeing on this discussion yet:
Smarty Pants (interviews with authors of new/upcoming books on anything and everything)
Radical Candor: "a show about how to not hate the boss you have... or be the boss you hate"

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Ananya Neogi Author

Smarty Pants sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!
I have the book Radical Candor, haven't had a chance to read it yet. Is this podcast inspired by the book?

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ClaireSouthwell

They started releasing the podcast shortly before the book was published. I haven't read the book but I think there's overlap. The podcast is fun because they answer listener questions for each topic. :)

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Ananya Neogi Author

I listened to the first episode and really enjoyed it! 🙂

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Ananya Neogi Author

Great list! Master of Scale is definitely a great show.
Will check out the rest. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Ben Halpern

I've been loving the BlockBuster podcast, a narrative story-telling of a young Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. If you're a fan of their movies, it's a pretty delightful tale and super well-produced.

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Ananya Neogi Author

This sounds incredibly interesting! Adding it my list.

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Michał Malicki

This is my all time favourite:
Peter Attia Drive
He talks about health, science of longevity and well-being among other things, interviewing people who are experts on these subjects.

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Ananya Neogi Author

Sounds great. Will definitely give it a listen.

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Ben Sinclair

The only one I like that hasn't faded away into disrepair is 99% Invisible.

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Ben Halpern

Can you elaborate? I don’t follow any podcasts closely enough to track quality over time. I’d love to hear more about why some of them fade.

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Ben Sinclair

Well there are a lot which have no set goals, like "we'll talk about X technology" and after a few episodes they seem to run out of things to say and have no clear way forward, so the show just becomes a general chat about less and less related tech as time goes on.

Other ones just stop being made because the people involved realise they have other commitments and move on.

The last podcast I really enjoyed was following the episodes of a TV show. There were 52 episodes and they were doing one every other week, but they got farther and farther apart until it was months, and then years between episodes, and they only got about half way through. They just carried on as if nothing was wrong in every new episode, and I suppose it doesn't matter to people who find their content after the fact, but if you're on the same journey with them, it feels like you've wasted your time.

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Fulton Browne

I would recommend The Pop Cast Its so FUNNY.

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irdnanig

I love everything from Gimlet media

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Ananya Neogi Author

Very interesting!

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Nabeelah

Any podcast that has to do with storytelling, traveling, and adventures. My absolute favorite is the Passing Through Podcast by Nneka Julia.

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Ananya Neogi Author

I love a good storytelling podcast! 🙂

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Sam Thorogood

I'm surprised no-one has yet mentioned No Such Thing As A Fish, the Quite Interesting podcast. 🐠

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Zach

Jocko Podcast by Jocko Willink & Start Today by Chris Cavallini.

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James McPherson

All The President's Lawyers, on kcrw.com, which I started listening to because Ken White (the legal mind of the show) blogged about the Prenda Law conspiracy which fascinated me.

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Fran Sosa

mmm i listen in spanish some podcast, the only channel its not about tech are Posta FM

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Srikanth Rao M

Adding a couple more to the list: