Hit or miss in terms of the guest, Jesse’s fun and kind.
Allison Rosen & Greg Fitzsimmons talk about parenthood, but it’s a podcast for adults in terms of content.
This podcast picks a thread on reddit and dives deep. Fun Stuff.
KPCC’s weekly movie reviews, an old radio standard.
Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons has been doing this for a decade, always fun.
I love this podcast, it’s consistently interesting in breadth and depth.
One of out 3 is going to be a really good or better guest, but this podcast went downhill after Trump got elected, mostly in its never-ending whinging about Trump and the Right. Also, its political correctness just plain takes up a lot of the airtime.
Shankar Vedantam does a stellar job of finding and diving in on topics that are really educational.
How I Built This
One out of 4 is really interesting. A lot of retail stories that I’m less interesting in and it’s always just the founder’s tale, often about how they built something and flipped it.
This is the newest to the list and one of the most informative. Dr. Huberman has literally already helped me sleep, not by putting me to sleep, but by explaining how sleep works and what affects it. Fascinating and well done.
Judge John Hodgman
John Hodgman and Jesse Thorn have a great time and share the fun settling trivial disputes.
Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
Best when it’s just comedian Bill Burr, holding forth about what’s in his brain. I skip the sports talk if it goes on too long, while enjoying almost endings musings and rants.
No Stupid Questions
Freakonomic’s Stephen Dubner generally asks co-host Angela Duckworth questions about various topics. I’d prefer more of a 50/50 split in talking, but it’s still pretty interesting. It has a fun fact check at the end where a producer goes over what they said for veracity.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Another NPR podcast that goes over what’s happening in pop culture. Its batting average has gone down since it went daily, but going daily did increase the overall amount of fun to my ears. Glen Weldon is one of the funniest people in podcasts, with quick and often bone-dry replies and asides.
Stuff you Should Know
One of the top podcasts forever, I’ve been listening since before it was Josh and Chuck exclusively. It’s gone downhill since I Heart Radio bought it, taking it to a podcast I can’t listen to on a bike ride for all the ads.
Yet another Greg Fitzsimmons joint, this time with friend Mike Gibbons, the two go over news stories and rail against Dagwood Bumstead’s treatment of Blondie.
Ted Radio Hour
This is the podcast on the list that has declined most in quality, when Manoush Zamarodi took over from Guy Raz in 2019. I’ve probably fast forwarded out of more of these than any other, lately. It’s like a liberal arts undergrad took over the lab of an actual scientist. It’s gone from crunch to fluff.
Ted Talks Daily
Not on automatic download, a source for filler material.
Kim Master’s always interesting update on what’s going on Hollywood. Another NPR production.
The Joe Rogan Experience
I used to listen to about half when a normal podcast. Since he moved to Texas, went anti-vax, and made us suffer through his own ads on the Spotify Premium platform (I hate ads on a paid service), I only listen to the really big names. Even then, it’s a grind (the Spotify UI and ads are punishing).
The School of Purpose
Sociology Professor Bradley R. Wright talks purpose weekly in an interview format.
The Tim Ferriss Show
About half the shows are really interesting and informative, the other half not bad but since it’s such a deep dive, I fast-forward out of stuff that’s not relevant to me.
Elvis Mitchell is the Old Pro from Dover, interviewing entertainers great and small.
The Way I Heard It
Mike Rowe recently took his podcast from 5 minutes or so to an hour or so. I kind of preferred the old format, but he’s always fun to listen to.