Top Podcasts for 2012

This year I rediscovered my love for podcasts. Podcasts are broadcasts of information very similar to traditional talk radio however you can choose what you want to listen to. I have use podcasts as a way to get more information while travelling to work or while working out.

On an iPhone you can listen to podcasts with iTunes. If you listen to more than 5 podcasts you may want to look into an app that will help you manage them. I did not like the Podcast app, it was not accurate at telling me what I had listen to or not. I highly recommend RSSRadio. This app is amazing! It does a lot for you from categorizing, selective auto update, sharing abilities and it is very easy to use.

Without further ado here are my favourite podcasts divided in categories…

General Technology

I have embraced that I am a developer and part of that is keeping up with technology. What is going on in my world and how are others experiencing it?
Hanselminutes

Scott Hanselman’s podcast is one of the first podcasts I have ever first listened to in my life. My favourite podcasts are ones with his wife and their talk about relationships and another favourite is the one about Typescript.

This Developer’s Life

Developers are an interesting bunch of people. Some are old or shy or egotisical, mix this all in with technology and you get a life of a developer. Rob Conery and Scott Hanselman brings you all of this in an homage style to another popular podcast This American’s Life.

Knowledge

Knowing one thing in life, gives you one view on life. To learn a bit about things I am not normally exposed to I find these podcasts to be enlightening and enjoyable all at the same time.

Stuff You Should Know

Highly recommended! Chuck and Josh research tons of random topics to bring you a highly entertaining and informative show on common topics that I often wonder about. They dig deeper than just a Wikipedia lookup and are passionate about bringing you information

NPR: Planet Money

Money is the thing that makes the world go round. NPR takes current topics of finance and the economy to makes it relevant to everyone.

99% Invisible

Roman Mars highlights the fact that architecture plays a big part of our daily lives and historic events.

NPR: TED Radio Hour

If you are a fan of TED talks then this podcast is for you. Good to have new and different perspectives on a plethora of topics

HBR Ideacast

If you are into leadership with a business and management angle this is for you. I listened to a lot of these to build on my leadership skills.

Rachet and The Geek

I am a Scott Hanselman fan. If he has a podcast I listen to it. This one is with social media guru, Luvvie, and they talk about more general topics about media and pop culture.

Career/Startups

I find that if you approach your career the same way startups approach business then you will see much successes. People in established careers are sometimes afraid to be wrong. Stepping out to try new ideas and learn something from the experience is something hard to do. If you have a great new idea, will people like it, will people join you on your idea? This is essentially the startup mentality to grow their ideas and businesses.

Startups for the Rest of Us

Rob Walling and Mike Taber have started their startups from working part time at nights and bootstrapping their way to success. Each have a slightly different approach and it is good to hear their progress weekly about how things are going and their insightful tips.

Seth Godin’s Startup School

Seth Godin held a workshop with lessons to entrepreneurs and these are the audio recording of those sessions. The best thing to do with this podcast is to pay attention and try to listen without taking notes. Really good advice.

Unofficial Linchpin

If you like material from Seth Godin you should check out the book Linchpin. This podcast is here to showcase people who demonstrate linchpin attributes. Hosted by Andy Traub.

Mixergy

Andrew Warner hosts this podcasts which interviews up and coming entrepreneurs. There are some business that are not tech business featured here and there are lots of stories of how they became successful. Useful business tips.

This Week in Startups

This podcast is hosted by Jason Calacanis. Not everyone may like his style because sometimes he is a bit rushed and opinionated but I think it gives the show character. Features the who’s who of the startup world and latest news from startups.

Web Design

I have been working with user interfaces in the financial industry for the past 5-6 years. All of this work has been on the desktop side using technologies from Excel, Winforms to WPF which are all Microsoft based technologies. I haven’t done web development in a long time but my interest in this field has grown this year. Why? I find a lot of innovations in user interfaces have come from this space and that now web browsers and Javascript libraries are capable of a lot more than they were in the past. People seem to be more open in ideas and sharing them more than desktop development.

The Big Web Show

Hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman. Jeffrey is the founder of Happy Cog but more notably A List Apart. Big web stars come through this show to talk about art trends, typography, web topics and web trends.

Shoptalk

A show about experiences working with web technology front end. Special guests are on the show and they have rapidfire shows where it’s a whole mix bag of topics.

Electronic Music

Podcasts seems to be a natural platform for electronic music DJ’s to release new music. The music is made from a laptop can thus releasing it can be done immediately, the feedback from the public is almost instantaneous. Here is a list of some of my favourite DJ’s podcasts.

Avicii Levels

Avicii is one of the latest Swedish house DJ’s. This monthly podcast features songs that were popular in his latest sets, a download recommendation and a feature on a new DJ.

Sebastian Ingrosso Refune Radio

Sebastian Ingrosso is one third of the former Swedish house mega group Swedish House Mafia. This podcast features new tracks and tracks popular in his setlists.

That’s it for this year! Thanks for reading and happy listening.

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