Podcasts are the best companions during a commute. The wide accessibility and a conversational format make podcasts complement technical videos organically. A list of youtube channels actively posting tech videos can be found here. Of course, the ultimate resources are books but given the hectic schedules and diverse interests, the audio format seems a good middle ground.
Ability to integrate podcasts in daily schedule did take a while but with apps like Spotify providing access multiple devices the continuity elements became even more appealing. Personally, the conversations seem to linger in the back of the mind much longer compared to the video presentations.
Why podcasts over videos?
One of the main distractions in the video format seems to be the element of acting enforced on the speakers with a camera pointing at them all the time. But, that is a personal observation, and considering the value of the content being shared, it can be easily ignored. Also, multitasking with videos is not very convenient and not recommended in situations like driving or crossing streets!
- The following list follows a random order.
- Broadly categorized as profession-related and personal picks.
- Some podcasts have started recently and some are no longer publishing but still relevant.
- A lot of them offer some discount for tools and subscriptions as well.
- Suggestions for more are always welcome.
- For convenience of the reader, the podcast description summary is copied from the homepage of the podcast itself.
Programming/Software related Podcast
Software Engineering Podcasts
We are a few guys who’ve been professional programmers for years. As avid listeners of podcasts and consumers of many things code-related, we were frustrated by the lack of quality programming (pun) available in listenable formats. Given our years of experience and real-world problem solving skills, we thought it might be worth getting into this world of podcasting and “giving back” a shot.
Software Engineering Daily features daily interviews about technical software topics.
If you are a software developer or technology leader looking to stay on top of the latest news in the software development world, or just want to learn actionable tactics to improve your day-to-day job performance, this podcast is for you.
Software Engineering Radio is a podcast targeted at the professional software developer. The goal is to be a lasting educational resource, not a newscast. Three to four times per month, we publish a new episode talking to experts from the software engineering world about the full range of topics that matter to professional developers.
All SE Radio episodes feature original content; we don’t record conferences or talks given in other venues.
CppCast is the first podcast for C++ developers by C++ developers!
Since 2015 CppCast has been having (almost) weekly conversations with C++ conference speakers, library authors, writers, ISO committee members, and more! If you’re interested in being a guest on CppCast please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Stack Overflow Podcast is a twice-weekly conversation about working in software development, learning to code, and the art and culture of computer programming. Hosted by Sara Chipps, Paul Ford, and Ben Popper, the series will feature questions from our community, interviews with fascinating guests, and humorous takes on what’s happening in tech.
A podcast about security for developers, covering tools, and best practices.
Wherein Phil, Matt, and Mike talk about news in the world of building and designing APIs, bikes, and climate awareness. Find us wherever you get your podcasts.
Conversations about Software Engineering (CaSE) is an interview podcast for software developers and architects about Software Engineering and related topics. We release a new episode every three weeks.
The UK based weekly podcast that helps you to improve your development knowledge and career, through explaining the latest and greatest in development technology and providing you with what you need to succeed as a developer.
The ThoughtWorks podcast plunges deep into the latest tech topics that have captured our imagination. Join our panel of senior technologists to explore the most important trends in tech today, get frontline insights into our work developing cutting-edge tech, and hear more about how today’s tech megatrends will impact you.
Join the Packet Pushers for weekly (or more!) conversations about data networking. Continuous professional development. Architecture and design, software-defined, cloud, routing, switching, security, wireless, campus, enterprise, and more. Technical discussions with vendors about their products, deep dialog with real people who make networks work.
A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Every episode, Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration.
Conversations with the hackers, leaders, and innovators of software development.
Hosts Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo face their imposter syndrome so you don’t have to. Expect in-depth interviews with the best and brightest in software engineering, open-source, and leadership. This is a polyglot podcast. All programming languages, platforms, and communities are welcome. Open source moves fast. Keep up.
Data Engineering and Distributed Systems Podcasts
The Data Engineering Podcast tackles a new approach to data management every week. Each new episode provides useful and informative insights into the projects, platforms, and practices that data engineers, team leaders, and data scientists need to know about to learn and grow in their careers.
By digging deep into the technical platforms, edge cases, and lessons learned, the host ensures that you get the most value for your time spent listening. By following along you will learn more than you thought possible about diverse and important topics in the area of scaling processing pipelines, deploying databases, maintaining your data lake, and establishing proper governance practices. Exploring data management at every scale and across diverse industries brings you the perspective that you need to excel at your job.
The Computing Podcast where we talk about all things computer science, direct from Silicon Valley. Into databases distributed system and building large scale software products? Then this is the Podcast for you. Hosted by Alex Feinberg and Vikram Rangnekar. Between the two of us, we have worked for companies like Linkedin, Amazon, Microsoft, Cloudera building stateful distributed systems, and ad serving engines.
Cloud-Native in 15 Minutes is the place to learn about the cutting edge of enterprise IT in the time it takes to grab a coffee. From AI to Kubernetes, you’ll hear the people behind popular technologies explain why they matter to your company.
The Distributed Data Podcast is your weekly source for the latest news and technical expertise to help you succeed in building large-scale distributed systems. Brought to you by the Developer Advocate team, we go in-depth with DataStax engineers and special guests from the broader data community. New episodes each Tuesday.
The Google Cloud Platform Podcast, coming to you every week. Discussing everything on Google Cloud Platform from App Engine to Big Query.
Welcome to Invest Like the Best. Our mission is to capture and openly share the world’s best business and investing knowledge. I speak with investors, founders, and CEOs willing to share some of what they’ve learned with you.
Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in “How To Start A Startup” at Stanford. The course includes lectures from Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more
The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future — especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. Multiple episodes are released every week.
Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live.
Artifical Intelligence and Machine Learning Podcasts
Data Driven: the podcast where we explore the emerging field of Data Science.
We bring the best minds in Data, Software Engineering, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence right to you every Tuesday.
The field of data science mashes up the worlds of statistics, database architecture, and software engineering. Data Scientist has been labeled by the Harvard Business Review, as “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” A quick search of job search sites reveals that this field is in high demand.
In a world where Data is the new Oil, Data Science the new Refineries, consider this Car Talk for the Data Age. Every week we bring the best minds in this emerging field straight to you. Our goal is to educate and inspire our listeners so that they can be prepared to thrive in a Data-Driven World.
formerly This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are dramatically changing the way businesses operate and people live. The TWIML AI Podcast brings the top minds and ideas from the world of ML and AI to a broad and influential community of ML/AI researchers, data scientists, engineers, and tech-savvy business and IT leaders.
Hosted by Sam Charrington, a sought after industry analyst, speaker, commentator, and thought leader.
Technologies covered include machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, natural language processing, neural networks, analytics, deep learning, computer science, data science, and more.
A podcast on data and how it affects our lives — with Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner
Conversations about science, technology, the human mind, and the nature of intelligence, consciousness, love, and power.
Data Skeptic is your source for a perspective of scientific skepticism on topics in statistics, machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence, and data science. Our weekly podcast and blog bring you stories and tutorials to help understand our data-driven world.
Talking Machines is your window into the world of machine learning. Your hosts, Katherine Gorman and Neil Lawrence bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, insightful discussions of industry news, and useful answers to your questions.
Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers.
Linear Digressions is a podcast about machine learning and data science.
Machine learning is being used to solve a ton of interesting problems, and to accomplish goals that were out of reach even a few short years ago.
Personal Podcast Picks
Broadcasting twice a week with a rotating panel of guests, Cyrus Says is the definitive show on life in urban India, politics, sports, civic sense, traffic, kids, food, and everything that matters. Mostly.
Inspirational, intimate, and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected, and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin, and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.
Whether we wear a lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since grade school, science is shaping all of our lives. And that means we all have science stories to tell. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of storytellers – researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, cops, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious, but they’re all true and all very personal. Welcome to The Story Collider!
Intimate stories and surprising truths about nature, science, and the human experience in a podcast the size of the planet. Each week the BBC Earth podcast brings you a collection of immersive stories about our world and the astonishing creatures, landscapes, and elements in it. Close your eyes and open your ears as you travel from the impenetrable forests of Uganda to research bases in the Antarctic; the edges of the Thar Desert to the Shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll get up close and personal with jeweled beetles in the Namib Desert and soar with eagles in Rajasthan as you experience tales of human emotion, of encounters with animals, of the strangest corners of the Earth and breath-taking marvels. All carefully gathered together and delivered into your ear by the good people at BBC Earth. From the deepest caves in the world to the very edge of space the BBC Earth podcast transports you on an awe-inspiring journey in sound.
The official podcast of DeviantArt.com, featuring artist interviews, discussion with staff members, and more!
The day’s tech news, every day at 5 pm. From Techmeme.com, Silicon Valley’s most-read news source. 15 minutes and you’re up to date.
How to be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.
You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.
In “Hardcore History” the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This is a difficult-to-classify show that has a rather sharp edge.
Advertising has a bad name, it’s often perceived as that one thing which we can’t wait to skip or block. But is that all it’s about? Because if you listen to all the conversation around it, it’s end-game advertising!! Well, all is not what meets the eye, and while this is a time of extreme change for the advertising industry fueled by a large amount of Flux in the content and media industries. This might be the one time when advertising is growing beyond what anyone can imagine. So to dig deeper into this mystery box that is the world of advertising, we are launching a brand new podcast with Varun Duggirala, co-founder and content chief at The Glitch.
Each week, host Varun will discuss the changes and developments in the business of advertising, branding, content, media, and a whole range of issues that exist within the industry.
Economy, Finance and Policies (mostly w.r.t India)
A weekly podcast hosted by Amit Varma & Vivek Kaul that demystifies economic news in India, and looks at events there through the lens of economic thinking.
All public policies — indeed, all actions by humans — have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.
Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 — the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.
The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of ‘victimless crimes’ like prostitution and gambling.
The Paisa Vaisa podcast helps you understand all things money so that you can make well-informed financial decisions. Understand the basics every week as host, Anupam Gupta, talks with experts across a wide spectrum of the banking and financial services industry: CIOs, CEOs, startup founders, bloggers, advisers, even kids – all of them are part of the awesome line up of guests on the show.
Ever wondered how automation will change the world? Maybe you puzzle over what India could do to ease traffic congestion, or how China’s aircraft carriers will transform Indian Ocean geopolitics? All Things Policy, a daily podcast brought to you by the Takshashila Institution, brings you all the answers. Every weekday, our researchers break down complex economic and geopolitical ideas through the lens of current events. For everyone from the busy executive to the curious student, All Things Policy is all you’ll need to understand the world (and appreciate your breakfast) better.
EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought.
Host Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee.
Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at EconTalk.org, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions.