Welcome back to my podcast roundup series.
By now, I hope you’ve had a chance to sample some shows from Part 1: Gain Some Knowledge. This time, I’m introducing podcasts that explore technology and the Internet. Because whether we love it or hate it, we all have to live with it, right?
Do you find yourself pondering how to balance your life within the digital world? How many times a day do you check your phone? Should you quantify your life with a wearable? Manoush Zomorodi wants to explore these questions. Formerly known as New Tech City, Note To Self examines how to navigate life alongside tech. She shares stories, conducts experiments and finds solutions. Check out her “Bored and Brilliant” or “Infomagical” bootcamp series to gain a level up.
We live in a modern world that’s filled with big data. So how do we make sense of it all? FiveThirtyEight is a site that’s famous for telling stories through statistics (think politics and sports). Their podcast keeps in line with what they're good at. The show is not only about numbers. It’s about what people do with them and how they affect our lives. Political journalist, Jody Avirgan, interviews people who work with data in surprising ways. We all know talking about complex stats makes for dry conversation. This show makes data accessible, personal, and most importantly, interesting!
Rose Eveleth’s Flash Forward started as a personal passion project. Using stellar production, she transports listeners to “A New Future Every Week”. Each episode starts with a collection of fictional sound bytes that serve as a window to the future. What if the Internet no longer existed? What if our reputation was a product of other people's ratings? This is where sci-fi meets everyday science. These episodes are not just imaginative and provocative. They show us what future might come of the decisions and actions we make today.
Sure, we all want to be knowledgeable and thoughtful about how we interact with tech. But what about all the stuff on the Internet that’s simply weird? You don’t have to admit your guilty pleasure of surfing Buzzfeed. We all know you enjoy it. So here’s some light and entertaining podcast comedy relief. Buzzfeed editors Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulous examine the Internet in hilarious ways. If you could get a dose of Reddit and Imgur in audio form, this would be it. Be warned, this podcast is not recommended for the faint of heart.
Last but not least is a reincarnation of one of my favorite podcasts, TLDR. The creators, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, share stories from every corner of the Internet. Some are delightful, some are touching, but ultimately, they show what it is to be human. Every episode is different as they dive into both the good and the bad of Internet culture. Since the podcasters are always having a great time, their enthusiasm becomes infectious. Reply All is an illuminating show that simply has all the right ingredients.
Other notable podcasts:
Internet History Podcast– Learn how we got here
TWiT: This Week in Tech – Keep up with trends
Codebreaker - Questions about tech. Season 1: Is it evil?
By now, I hope I’ve converted at least a few curious minds to podcast junkies. The next roundup will be for all the self-starters. If you’re an entrepreneur, work at a startup, or just looking to step up your game, stay tuned!