11 Podcasts I Listen To

March 22, 2016

11 Podcasts I Listen toHere are 11 podcasts I listen to. Podcasts are very popular nowadays thanks to amazing content like the podcast Serial. Personally I have been enjoying podcasts since 2008 so I can safely say that I am a pre-Serial fan. I can even remember intently watching Steve Jobs highlighting a podcasting feature in GarageBand way back in 2006, and checking it out for myself.

During the early years of podacsting one mostly found re-published content; like a radio show recording an episode’s live broadcast and publishing it later through a podcast feed (at least this was my take on it at the time). As someone always on the move, I quite liked this because it meant I could listen to shows independent my geographical location or time.  I mainly listened to Travel with Rick Steves until 2012 when it all changed for me.

In 2012 I came across the information that comedian Adam Carolla was making history in podcasting by being so popular and actually making money with podcasting, something that was elusive in the industry.  I had no idea that Adam Carolla had even started a podcast, so I became intrigued and put more of my interest into this form of communication. Now I can’t get enough sometimes.

11 Podcasts I Listen to:

Podcasts I listen to - The Adam Carolla Show
1. The Adam Carolla Show
This daily show keeps me continually entertained and strangely informed of trending pop news.  I'm a big fan of Adam Carolla (if it's not obvious) and his pragmatic way of thinking. Weighing in at two hours I recommend this podcast if you commute long distances.  You will surly be happier when you reach your destination.
Podcasts I listen to - Classic Loveline
2. Classic Loveline with Adam and Drew
Recently I started consuming this podcast, however it is not on my main playlist getting updated daily.  This podcast is the re-published radio show of fan curated tapings from the Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew days, circa mid 90's to mid 2000's.  I listened to this show nightly in high school and middle school, so it's fun to relive my childhood a bit.  Adam (Ace) and Drew take sex, love, and addiction questions from callers; Dr. Drew dispenses the medical advice, and Adam keeps it entertaining with comedy.  My favorite features of Loveline are the times when Adam and Drew gamble and guess a caller's childhood history, and Ace's Mexican Rachero Accordion Countdown.
Podcasts I Listen to - Travel With Rick Steves
3. Travel with Rick Steves
This is where it all started for me in the podcast world.  I'm not sure how I stumbled across the podcast version of Rick Steves Travel, but I do remember watching his TV show as child.  This show didn't start out life as a podcast, rather it is a re-published taping of Rick's popular public radio show.  Rick invites guests onto the show to discuss travel with an American focus to mainly Europe.  The show is highly edited resulting in a polished, quality product that steals your attention and injects wanderlust. Careful with this one, you will be booking airline tickets posthaste.
Podcasts I Listen to - Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase!
4. Betty in the Sky With a Suitcase!
This podcast is the most independent show I listen to.  Betty, a flight attendant with a major airline, brings her listeners fun stories from flight attendants as well as her own travel stories as she travels the world.  It's clear betty is passionate about this podcast for two reasons: 1) she started this thing way back in 2005, and 2) she does't make any money from it. I highly recommend this show!
Podcasts I Listen to - Serial
5. Serial
This is the most popular podcast at the moment, and for good reason; It's captivating.  In season one Sarah Koenig takes you on an investigative journey into the murder case of Hae Min Lee in 1999 through interviews with the accused murderer himself, Adnan Syed.  In each episode another layer of the case is pealed away in a fascinating way.  The show's music helps hook the listener, thrusting you deeper into the story.  I totally missed this show when it was publishing live, but later hooked onto it, binge listening to all the episodes over the course of a weekend.  If you like the fiction TV drama Law and Order, you will love this non-fiction version.  Season two is now in full swing, pealing apart the story of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl.  It's all very entertaining and epically produced.
Podcasts I Listen to - 99% Invisible
6. 99% Invisible
Here is another podcast that is super produced and high in quality. I love the focus of the show; the power of design.  Each episode features great audio storytelling which brings you deeper into the story, taking over your mind. Episodes that I have liked the most include: Tube Benders, The Colour of Money, and Structural Integrity.
Podcasts I Listen to - Middle East Week
7. Middle East Week
One great thing about podcasting is you can find focused niche information about any topic.  Middle East Week is one example.  Karl Morand interviews smart people (academic people with real knowledge and experience versus opinions) about what is going on in the Middle East.  The show is in the long-form interview format, so it can be a bit dry sometimes, but it's required listening for an expat living in the Middle East in my opinion and more people should listen to understand this complex region (hint, hint: Obama).
Podcasts I Listen to - Dark Secret Place
8. Dark Secret Place
Another great podcast for current information about conflicts in the world including the security services.  Host Bryan Suits, a U.S. Army Veteran of 3 wars, uses his experiences and connections to better explain why the world is melting down. This is a weekly re-published show from the LA based radio station, KFI. I once played an episode for a dutch friend and he is now hooked, so be careful. The one downside to this show is all the local references, connections, mentions, and discussions; possibly making it difficult for non-Angelinos to follow at times.  Still, required listening for anybody traveling abroad and discussing conflicts with others.
Podcasts I Listen to - Dark Secret Place
9. Dark Secret Place (paid)
If you can't get enough of the quality content Bryan distributes weekly via the KFI feed, try his near daily paid podcast.  iTunes does not allow paid or password protected listening through it's distribution network, so you'll have to find this show over at Connectpal and fork over some cash.  I like that the show is a little more raw and uncensored compared the the vanilla FCC regulated version.
Podcasts I Listen to - CarCast
10. CarCast
This is another Adam Carolla podcast I listen to relating to cars.  The show lands some great interviews with movers and shakers in the automotive industry making it a fun look at cars through the eyes of a comedian.  The most entertaining feature on the show is the Hypothetical Stop Light Game organized by a fan named Ira.  If you like cars you might like this one too.
Podcasts I Listen to - Stuff you Should Know
11. Stuff You Should Know
Another super popular show I enjoy with a great idea. Hosts Josh and Chuck present complete facts on interesting topics.  I don't listen to every episode, but rather pick and choose the episodes that interest me the most.

What podcasts do you listen to? Let me know, leave me a comment below.

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  • Reply Sally May 11, 2016 at 2044

    Thank you so much for making this. I started listening to the dark secret place and I very much enjoy it.

    • Reply D. Michael May 11, 2016 at 2210

      I am glad you like the Dark Secret Place. Brian Suits is very knowledgable and witty.

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