My friends know that I am a voracious podcast listener.  I like to listen while I’m doing housework, driving, or walking around.  And before you say, “OMG. How can yo

u possibly listen to all this content?” I will just say that I listen at 2x – 3x speed.  I can do this when I’m doing other non-verbal tasks rather easily.  It annoys my husband who likes to talk to me any time I’m in the same room with him and I often have to ask him to wait while I pause my listening to take in what he’s saying.

Also, FFS, please don’t tell me that having children is going to cut into my podcast listening.  I am anticipating that. Let me enjoy my childless life for the next four weeks and trust me to make appropriate decisions with my listening when the necessity for changes arises. (Refer back to my post on expecting parents being idiots.)

Anyway, I’ve added and removed a few podcasts from my queue and wanted to provide some commentary.


The Art of Charm – I haven’t listened to an episode of this one yet.  It’s about social science, behavioral economics, and cognitive psychology, though. Sounds fun and interesting to me!

The Daily – This is a news/politics podcast. For as much media and content I consume, I’ve recently become aware of the fact that I miss a bunch of things.  We’ll see how this one goes for just getting me a quick daily dose of headlines. Chances are it won’t last, but I’m giving it a shot.

Don’t Let It Go Unheard – Actually coming back to this one after a break.  As an early listener, I found Amy Peikoff a bit too meandering and slow.  But I’ve tuned into a couple of recent shows and it sounded to me like she’s found a bit of a stride.  I’ve sometimes found myself on the opposite side of issues and Objectivist in-fighting, but my general opinion of her is positive and s

he can be thought-provoking.  So, I’m giving it another try.

Imaginary Worlds – I’ve heard this one talked about a LOT in SFF circles and only recently subscribed. So far, it’s been really interesting and has exposed me to some new ideas and people and their work.

IRL: Online Life is Real Life – Not sure how long I’ll keep this one.  I like the host, Veronica Belmont from Sword & Laser, but her perspectives in this podcast tend to err on the side of pessimistic and interventionist. So far, I haven’t learned a lot and have spent more time rolling my eyes than exploring perspectives different from my own.  But it’s a new show, so it could mature with additional episodes.

Let’s Know Things – I’ve only listened to one episode of this: Cultural Appropriation. Such a sensitive topic, but I really liked the host’s approach, analysis, and conclusions. I’m very excited to listen to more.

Manage Your Damn Money with Ben & Malcolm – I love listening to Ben & Malcolm riff on various topics.  And I love the music interludes.  But the financial advice is a little basic and overly generalize for my needs.  So, this will probably be one I cut when I have to reduce my listening time… even though I love these guys.

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe – One episode in and I kind of love this one. They cover science news in just the way I like.  It’s a semi-structured, friendly discussion of science topics of the day with some interviews.

Vox’s The Weeds – I probably do not need another Liberal politics podcast in my line-up. But I’m keeping an open mind. I’ll listen for a few weeks and decide if I want to keep it.

Waking Up with Sam Harris – I have no good excuse for not subscribing to this one sooner. It’s soooo good. And I agree with Harris more often than I disagree, which is a very nice change of pace for me.


Side Hustle School – I like the host of this podcast and the idea of getting a side hustle going is appealing.  So, I subscribed to this thinking it was going to be tips and tricks for getting a side hustle going, growing, and thriving.  It’s sort of that, but really it’s just very short episodes featuring stories of side hustles that have worked out.  And it ties in, of course, to the host’s book on side hustles.  After a handful of episodes, it got boring to me.

TWiEVO – If you’re in biosciences, This Week in Evolution  may be of interest to you. If you’re not a deep science person and you find yourself pondering inexplicable decisions in capitalization like me, though, you might not make it through a whole episode, which I did not.  It seems like a good show and the hosts seem cool.  But I quickly realized that this podcast would take much more focus and concentration on my part than I can give it in order to parse the content.  So, unfortunately, I had to unsubscribe.


  • 2 Dope Queens
  • 99% Invisible
  • The Alton Browncast
  • Bay Curious
  • Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer
  • Can He Do That?
  • Coffee Break Spanish
  • Criminal
  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
  • FiveThiryEight Politics
  • Freakonomics Radio
  • Futility Closet
  • Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Happier in Hollywood
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin
  • HBR IdeaCast
  • Hidden Brain
  • The Longest Shortest Time
  • Motley Fool Money
  • Need to Know
  • NPR Politics Podcast
  • Pod Save America
  • Radiolab
  • Radiolab Presents: More Perfect
  • The Read
  • Reply All
  • Ricochet Podcast
  • Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine
  • Science Vs
  • Serial
  • Startup Podcast
  • Stranglers
  • The Sword and Laser
  • This American Life
  • What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law
  • Writing Excuses
  • WSJ Opinion: Foreign Edition
  • WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
  • You Are Not So Smart

If you want to just subscribe to everything I have, here’s a link to my latest OPML file for my subscriptions.

Also, I adore the Overcast app for listening to podcasts.