Podcasts I Listen To

I first discovered podcasts back in 2006. At work, I did a thing and it got recognized, and I was nominated for and won a recognition award for my hard work. Part of that award was an iPod. I had an iPod but it was a Nano, which only held about 2G of stuff, and what I mostly had on it were audiobooks. So here I was suddenly with an iPod Classic with 320G of storage. What would I do with all that storage?

I started slow. I had heard of these “pod-casts” (say it like someone tasting the word for the first time ever), but had no idea what they were. I searched and found something called Skepticality.

At the time, I was very much into the Skeptical community, and when I realized there were podcasts related to it, Skepticality wasn’t the only one, it was just the first of many. Then I discovered Grammar Girl. And not long after that, the obsession — nay, addiction — set in.

These days, when I’m engaged in activities during which writing would be dangerous or at the very least bad for me (driving, showering, working, exercise), I’m usually listening to podcasts. If you don’t know what a podcast is, what time frame have you traveled here from, and how did you find my page? Just kidding. I know podcasts are not necessarily common knowledge.

Podcasts are like radio shows that are recorded and can then be downloaded onto whatever device you like, and then listened to on your own schedule. Or they can be like audiobooks. Or videos. They can be strongly about a single topic or generally about whatever pops into the host(s)’s head(s). They can be entertaining or informative. Or they can be just two guys talking into microphones about nothing (picture Seinfeld, only it’s just Jerry and George or Kramer or Elaine sitting in a room talking for a period of time, and you’re watching / listening).

I listen to so many on so many varied topics that I’ve curated them into smart playlists by podcast, and again by smart playlist for subject matter, and again by smart playlist for length (sometimes I only have 10 minutes, and it’s nice to be able to go to my “< 10 minutes" playlist and go from there). What follows is my list of podcasts I subscribe to by subject matter, organized in the way I prioritize them for listening. And alphabetically within each subject matter.

I have to tell you this last little bit, because it shows how my brain works. I try to make order out of chaos. Hence these lists. I keep track of them in a spreadsheet, which is how I first noticed that I had a lot of ‘True Crime’ podcasts, and that they needed their own subcategory. But the list on this site was made — painstakingly — by hand. Which meant I never updated it because doing that would take away time I could use writing listening to podcasts.

In a fit of annoyance, I thought, “I wish I had a way to automate the creation of the table!”

And that snide, oh-so-annoying voice in my head said, “Dummy. You’re a software engineer. You design software for a living. Capisce?” (I don’t know why my inner voice speaks with an Italian mobster dialect, but it does. Don’t judge me.)

So, I wrote a little program in C# that takes my Excel spreadsheet (kinda) and generates everything you see below, beginning with the “Podcasts, in order of ‘Importance.'” It counts them for me, arranges all the bold and italic and strike-through and the hovertext. Now I can just regenerate this page whenever I feel like it. And although I spent about twelve hours over the course of two days (weekend days) working on this to the exclusion of all else, it’ll only take about 10 minutes to output the spreadsheet and run the program to generate this page going forward. And 9 minutes 45 seconds of that 10 minutes is saving the individual sheets of the spreadsheet in a form my program can read. :)


Entries will have the following form:

PodcastName (CreatorIfKnown) [FrequencyIfKnown]

If you see… It means…
An Underlined Title The description of the podcast will pop up in a little window if you hover over it. Give it a try to the left. Hover your mouse over ‘An Underlined Title.’
A Bold Title There is a (often vast) backlog of episodes that I’m listening to to catch up to current.
An Italic Title The podcast is ‘complete.’ No new episodes are being produced to my knowledge. There have been podcasts I thought were complete and then a new episode popped up months or even years later.
A Crossed-Out Title The podcast has “faded.” In other words, it just sort of stopped without any sort of announcement, and is probably dead. I still subscribe, just in case.
A Normal Title This is a live podcast, currently in production, and I’m caught up, listening to new episodes as they go live (within a week or so, usually).

And those “stack,” by the way; I could have a bold, struck-out, italic title with an underline. Meaning it faded, was complete (wouldn’t both happen, but hey), but I have a backlog, and you can see the description if you hover.

Podcasts, in order of “importance” (263 total):

  1. Fiction: Audiodrama (42)

    In the Golden Days of radio, a lot of shows were audiodramas. They had music, sound effects, and multiple voice actors. This lost art is coming back, but in the form of podcasts rather than on the radio. These are performances by actors, not just straight readings. The distinguishing feature: ongoing stories.

    • Alice Isn’t Dead (Night Vale Presents) [Biweekly]
    • Archive 81 (Dead Signals) [Biweekly]
    • ars PARADOXICA (ars Paradoxica) [Biweekly]
    • Black Tapes, The (Minnow Beats Whale) [Biweekly]
    • Box Podcast, The (Lauren Nelson) [Biweekly]
    • Bright Sessions, The (Lauren Shippen) [Biweekly]
    • Byron Chronicles, The (Darker Projects) [Periodically]
    • Chris Lester’s Patreon Feed (Chris Lester) [Weekly]
    • Dark Tome (Wondery) [Biweekly]
    • Darkest Night (The Paragon Collective) [Biweekly]
    • Deep Vault, The (Dead Signals) [Biweekly]
    • Disappearance Podcast, The (Partners in Crime Media) [Biweekly]
    • Elysium Project, The (Rusty Quill) [Biweekly]
    • Hadron Gospel Hour (Hadron Gospel Hour)
    • Lauren Shippen’s Patreon Feed (Lauren Shippen) [Periodically]
    • Leviathan Chronicles, The (Christoff Laputka)
    • LifeAfter (Slate Magazine) [Weekly]
    • Lift, The (9th Story Studios) [Biweekly]
    • Limetown (Two-Up Productions) [Biweekly]
    • Magnus Archives, The (Rusty Quill) [Weekly]
    • Makeshift Stories (Alan V. Hare) [Biweekly]
    • Metamor City Podcast, The (Chris Lester) [Weekly]
    • Once and Future Nerd, The (Glass & Madera) [Semi-monthly]
    • Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), The (Night Vale Presents) [Biweekly]
    • Orphans, The (The Nerdy Show Network) [Biweekly]
    • RABBITS (Minnow Beats Whale) [Weekly]
    • Raven and the Writing Desk, The (Chris Lester) [Weekly]
    • Rude Alchemy [Monthly]
    • Sayer (Adam Bash) [Biweekly]
    • Secret World Chronicle, The (Mercedes Lackey) [Periodically]
    • Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape (Wondery) [Weekly]
    • Small Town Horror (Jon Grilz) [Biweekly]
    • Star Trek: Lost Frontier (Darker Projects) [Periodically]
    • Stoney Creek
    • Tanis (Minnow Beats Whale) [Biweekly]
    • Terms (Wondery) [Weekly]
    • Tunnels, The (Dead Spider Productions) [Biweekly]
    • Unreliable Narrators: E’Ville [Weekly]
    • We’re Alive – A "Zombie" Story of Survival (KC Wayland)
    • Welcome to Night Vale (Night Vale Presents) [Semi-monthly]
    • Within the Wires (Night Vale Presents) [Biweekly]
    • Wolf 359 (Kinda Evil Genius Productions) [Semi-monthly]
  2. Fiction (31)

    A single, contained (shorter – drabble, flash, short stories, novelettes, and novellas) story in a single episode, whether that be 5 minutes or 3 hours. Usually read by one person, and without music or sound effects. Just a good, old-fashioned reading of a story.

    • 19 Nocturne Boulevard (Julie Hoverson) [Periodically]
    • Apex Magazine Podcast (Apex Magazine) [Monthly]
    • Beneath Ceaseless Skies Audio Fiction Podcasts (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) [Weekly]
    • Cast of Wonders (Escape Artists) [Weekly]
    • Clarkesworld Magazine – Science Fiction & Fantasy (Clarkesworld) [Weekly]
    • Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The (Rish Outfield, Big Anklevich) [Periodically]
    • Escape Pod (Escape Artists) [Weekly]
    • Fantasy Magazine (Fantasy Magazine) [Periodically]
    • Flash Pulp (J. R. D. Skinner) [Weekly]
    • GlitterShip (Glittership) [Weekly]
    • H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, The (Chris Lackey & Chad Fifer) [Monthly]
    • Journey Into… (Marshal Latham)
    • Knifepoint Horror (Soren Narnia)
    • Lightspeed Magazine (Lightspeed Magazine) [Weekly]
    • Moonlit Road Podcast, The (The Moonlit Road)
    • Nature Podcast (Futures) (Nature Publishing Group) [Monthly]
    • Night Fears (Dark Myths) [Periodically]
    • Nightmare Magazine (Nightmare Magazine) [Semi-monthly]
    • Overcast, The (The Overcast) [Semi-monthly]
    • PodCastle (Escape Artists) [Weekly]
    • Protecting Project Pulp (District of Wonders)
    • Pseudopod (Escape Artists) [Weekly]
    • Radio Mystery Theater (CBSRMT) [Daily]
    • Serving Worlds (John Mierau)
    • Strange Horizons (Strange Horizons Magazine) [Weekly]
    • Toasted Cake (Tina Connolly)
    • Variant Frequencies (Rick Stringer) [Monthly]
    • Voice of Free Planet X, The (Jared Axelrod) [Weekly]
    • Wicked Library, The (9th Story Studios) [Biweekly]
    • Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Audio Stories (Wily Writers)
    • WordPunk / Dark Fiction Magazine (Dark Fiction Magazine)
  3. Fiction: Anthology (12)

    Two or more stories (often both poetry and prose) in many episodes, sometimes accompanied by commentary, review, opinion, or discussion pieces by the host(s). Still just readings, but kind of like an audio magazine instead of an audiobook.

    • Chilling Tales for Dark Nights [Weekly]
    • Crime City Central (District of Wonders) [Weekly]
    • DrabbleCast, The (Norm Sherman) [Periodically]
    • Far Fetched Fables (District of Wonders) [Weekly]
    • Kaleidocast [Semi-monthly]
    • NoSleep Podcast, The (The Paragon Collective) [Weekly]
    • Seminar (Pendant Productions) [Monthly]
    • Simply Scary Podcast, The (Chilling Entertainment) [Weekly]
    • StarShipSofa (District of Wonders) [Weekly]
    • Tales to Terrify (District of Wonders) [Weekly]
    • Uncanny County (Todd Faulkner and Alison Crane) [Monthly]
    • Uncanny Magazine Podcast (Uncanny Magazine) [Semi-monthly]
  4. Fiction: Audiobooks (29)

    Generally a single reader reading a long-form piece (novel or a long novella) over numerous episodes. Each short episode will have the podcast’s intro and outro section, so it’s less like an audiobook in that respect. Sometimes includes Q&A episodes or other commentary from the author.

    • 7th Son Book 0: 7 Days (J. C. Hutchins)
    • 7th Son Book 1: Descent (J. C. Hutchins)
    • 7th Son Book 2: Deceit (J. C. Hutchins)
    • 7th Son Book 3: Destruction (J. C. Hutchins)
    • Afterlife 1: Heaven (Mur Lafferty)
    • Afterlife 2: Hell (Mur Lafferty)
    • Afterlife 3: Earth (Mur Lafferty)
    • Afterlife 4: Wasteland (Mur Lafferty)
    • Afterlife 5: War (Mur Lafferty)
    • Ancestor (Scott Sigler)
    • Crescent (Phil Rossi)
    • Daughter of the Sun (Lonnie Ezell)
    • Down from Ten (J. Daniel Sawyer)
    • Eden (Phil Rossi)
    • Interference (Eric Luke)
    • Marco and the Red Granny (Mur Lafferty)
    • Murder at Avedon Hill (P. G. Holyfield)
    • Nina Kimberly the Merciless (Christiana Ellis)
    • Personal Effects: Sword of Blood (J. C. Hutchins)
    • Playing for Keeps (Mur Lafferty)
    • Sense Memory (Brion J. Humphrey)
    • Shadowmagic 1: Shadowmagic (John Lenahan)
    • Shadowmagic 2: The Prince of Hazel & Oak (John Lenahan)
    • Silk Code, The (Paul Levinson)
    • Space Casey: Season 1 (Christiana Ellis)
    • Space Casey: Season 2 (Christiana Ellis)
    • Takeover, The (Mur Lafferty)
    • Tincture, a Weird West Trilogy (Matthew D. Jordan)
    • Underwood and Flinch: A Vampire Novel (Mike Bennett)
  5. Education (33)

    The primary purpose of an episode is to impart knowledge or teach the listener something. Often done in an entertaining way, so a number of these move back and forth between this category and the ‘Entertainment’ category.

    • Aaron’s World
    • Astonishing Legends (Dark Myths) [Biweekly]
    • Books and Ideas (Dr. Ginger Campbell) [Periodically]
    • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (Dan Carlin)
    • Everyday Einstein’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Making Sense of Science (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • FiveThirtyEight Politics (ESPN) [Weekly]
    • Flash Forward (Boing Boing)
    • Freakonomics Radio (WYNC, NPR) [Weekly]
    • Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • History of English Podcast, The (Kevin Stroud) [Weekly]
    • History of Islam, The
    • House Call Doctor’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Taking Charge of Your Health (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Kevin Stroud Patreon Feed (Kevin Stroud) [Periodically]
    • Math Dude’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Make Math Easier, The (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Math Mutation (Erik Seligman) [Periodically]
    • Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day (Merriam-Webster) [Daily]
    • Mythology Podcast, The (Dark Myths)
    • No Dumb Questions [Weekly]
    • NPR Politics Podcast (NPR)
    • Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Our Fake History (Dark Myths)
    • Public Speaker’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills, The (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Reasonably Sound (Radiotopia) [Periodically]
    • Savvy Psychologist’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Mental Health, The (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Silly Linguistics [Monthly]
    • Singing Bones (Dark Myths) [Semi-monthly]
    • Slate Presents Lexicon Valley (Slate) [Weekly]
    • Tolkien Professor, The (Corey Olsen) [Periodically]
    • Unknown History with Giles Milton (Quick and Dirty Tips) [Weekly]
    • Way With Words, A (Wayword LLC) [Weekly]
    • Words for Granted (Ray Belli) [Biweekly]
    • You Are Not So Smart (Boing Boing) [Weekly]
  6. Writing (37)

    The primary purpose of these podcasts is to teach writing concepts, discuss writing topics, or in some way to encourage the listener to write.

    • 10 Minute Writer’s Workshop (New Hampshire Public Radio) [Semi-monthly]
    • 19 Nocturne Boulevard: Blog (Julie Hoverson) [Periodically]
    • Adventures of Sci-Fi Publishing (Brent Bowen)
    • Author Biz, The (Stephen Campbell) [Weekly]
    • Authorcast (Alan Baxter and David Wood) [Monthly]
    • Cooking the Books (Fran Wilde) [Periodically]
    • Creative Penn, The (Joanna Penn) [Weekly]
    • Crucible of Realms (Jim Ryan)
    • Dead Robots’ Society [Weekly]
    • Ditch Diggers (Mur Lafferty, Matt Wallace)
    • Early Draft (Chris Brosnahan)
    • Eating the Fantastic (Scott Edelman) [Weekly]
    • Every Day Novelist, The (J. Daniel Sawyer) [Daily]
    • Flash Pulp: Flash Cast (J. R. D. Skinner) [Weekly]
    • Geeks’ Guide to the Galaxy (David Barr Kirtley) [Weekly]
    • Hide and Create (Jordan Ellinger, Debbie Viguie, Michael J Sullivan, Joshua Essoe) [Weekly]
    • Horror Writers Podcast, The (J. Thorn)
    • I Should Be Writing (Mur Lafferty) [Periodically]
    • Imaginary Worlds (Eric Molinsky) [Biweekly]
    • Joanna Penn’s Patreon Feed (Joanna Penn) [Periodically]
    • Mad Writers Union (Tim Boerger, Nina Niskanen, Jay Wolf) [Weekly]
    • Mur Lafferty Patreon Feed (Mur Lafferty) [Periodically]
    • Narrative Breakdown, The (Cheryl Klein and James Monohan) [Monthly]
    • Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop (Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop) [Monthly]
    • Roundtable Podcast, The (Dave Robison) [Monthly]
    • Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing (Lindsay Buroker, Jeffrey Poole, Joseph R Lallo) [Weekly]
    • SciFi Ideas
    • Secrets Podcast for Writers, The (Michael Stackpole)
    • SF Signal (sfsignal.com)
    • SF SqueeCast (Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente)
    • Social Media for Authors (Suzi Dafnis, Cat Matson) [Semi-monthly]
    • Story Grid (Shawn Coyne, Tim Grahl) [Weekly]
    • Taylor Stevens Show, The (Taylor Stevens, Stephen Campbell) [Weekly]
    • Tea & Jeopardy (Emma Newman)
    • Unreliable Narrators (Christopher Cornell, Chia Evers, George Galuschak, Cath Schaff-Stump) [Weekly]
    • Writership Podcast Editing Tips for Fiction Authors, The (Leslie Watts, Clark Chamberlain) [Weekly]
    • Writing Excuses (Dragonsteel) [Weekly]
  7. Entertainment (33)

    The primary purpose of an episode is to entertain the listener. The line can get very blurry between ‘Education’ and ‘Entertainment,’ sometimes.

    • 2 Dope Queens (WYNC Studios, NPR) [Weekly]
    • 99% Invisible (Radiotopia) [Weekly]
    • Allusionist, The (Radiotopia) [Weekly]
    • Artifexian (Edgar Grunewald & Bill McGrath)
    • Ask Me Another (NPR) [Weekly]
    • Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything (Radiotopia) [Semi-monthly]
    • Bitter Pill Podcast, The (Rob Dyke, Cayleigh Elise)
    • Books and Ideas (Dr. Ginger Campbell) [Periodically]
    • Bugle, The (Radiotopia) [Weekly]
    • Cortex (Relay FM)
    • Dunesteef That Gets My Goat (Rish Outfield & Big Anklevich) [Periodically]
    • Ear Biscuits (Rhett & Link)
    • EphemRadio (Ephemeral Rift) [Weekly]
    • Geologic Podcast (George Hrab) [Weekly]
    • Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler (Aisha Tyler) [Weekly]
    • Hello Internet (Brady Haran, CGP Grey)
    • Hidden Brain (NPR) [Weekly]
    • How To Do Everything (NPR) [Weekly]
    • Inquiring Minds (CSICOP?) [Weekly]
    • Invisibilia (NPR)
    • Lore (Aaron Mahnke) [Biweekly]
    • Memories of the FutureCast (Wil Wheaton)
    • Memory Palace, The (Radiotopia) [Periodically]
    • No Such Thing as a Fish (Audioboom)
    • Radio Free Burrito (Wil Wheaton) [Periodically]
    • RadioLab (NPR) [Semi-monthly]
    • Radiolab Presents: More Perfect (NPR) [Periodically]
    • Rumor Flies (Dark Myths) [Semi-monthly]
    • Story Collider, The [Weekly]
    • SupDaily Dose, The (Chris Thompson) [Periodically]
    • Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (NPR) [Weekly]
    • Think Again (Big Think) [Weekly]
    • Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (NPR) [Weekly]
  8. True Crime, Mystery, Weird (21)

    I realized I had a number of podcasts on my feed all dealing with true crime, mysteries, or just ‘weird’ topics in general. I created this group as a place to put them all, even if they’re not obviously related.

    • Already Gone (AudioBoom) [Weekly]
    • Brutal Ends (Dark Myths)
    • Casefile True Crime [Weekly]
    • Crime & Precedents (Lisa Strawn)
    • Criminal (Radiotopia)
    • FBI Retired Case File Review (Jerri Williams) [Weekly]
    • Found (Wondery) [Biweekly]
    • Hollywood & Crime (Wondery) [Weekly]
    • In the Dark (APM Reports) [Weekly]
    • Mind of a Murderer Podcast, The (Discovery Communications)
    • Night Time Podcast, The (Dark Myths)
    • Secret Room, The (At Will Radio) [Weekly]
    • Serial (WBEZ, This American Life)
    • Someone Knows Something (CBC Radio)
    • Strange Matters (Dark Myths) [Weekly]
    • Sword and Scale (Wondery) [Weekly]
    • Thinking Sideways (Art19) [Weekly]
    • Trail Went Cold, The (Robin Warder) [Weekly]
    • True Crime Garage [Weekly]
    • True Crime Historian (AudioBoom)
    • Unexplained (Dark Myths) [Biweekly]
  9. Science (17)

    The first few podcasts I ever listened to were science- or skepticism-related. I lump them together because, to me, they are inextricably bound. I have far fewer podcasts in this category because they started to repeat one another, and . . . Frankly, it was a lot of preaching to the choir. The few I still really enjoy are here.

    • 60-Second Science (Scientific American) [Daily]
    • Archaelogical Fantasies (The Archaeology Podcast Network) [Semi-monthly]
    • Astronomy Cast (Wizzard Media) [Weekly]
    • Brain Science (Dr. Ginger Campbell)
    • MonsterTalk (Skeptic Magazine) [Monthly]
    • Nature Podcast (Nature Magazine) [Weekly]
    • Oh No Ross and Carrie (Maximum Fun) [Monthly]
    • Science Talk (Scientific American) [Weekly]
    • Science Vs. (Gimlet Media) [Weekly]
    • Science…Sort Of (Brachiolope Media Network) [Periodically]
    • Skeptic Zone, The [Weekly]
    • Skepticality (Skeptic Magazine) [Weekly]
    • Skeptics’ Guide 5×5
    • Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe (SGU Productions) [Weekly]
    • Skeptoid (Brian Dunning) [Weekly]
    • Titanium Physicists Podcast, The (Brachiolope Media Network) [Periodically]
    • Dr. Karl on triplej (ABC Science) [Weekly]
  10. Video (8)

    Almost all of my podcasts are audio only. These few involve high-definition video, and all of them are scientific in nature except one, and it’s just for fun.

    • Beautiful Universe: Chandra in HD, The (NASA) [Weekly]
    • ESOCast HD (ESO) [Weekly]
    • HD – NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) [Weekly]
    • inFact with Brian Dunning (Brian Dunning)
    • IRrelevant Astronomy HD (NASA)
    • Mr. Deity (Brian Kieth Dalton)
    • NASA ScienceCasts (NASA) [Weekly]
    • Scam School (TestTube) [Weekly]

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