Ed Lake's list of interesting podcasts

Created: Nov. 17, 2020  Last changed: December 5, 2022
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Podcasts are like radio talk shows, except that they are recorded,
and you can listen to them on your computer or on an MP3 player. 

Anyone interested in almost any subject should be able to
find a podcast that discusses that subject.  My favorite subjects
are science, history, current affairs, comedy and show business. 
Here are my top 10
favorite podcasts

#1: The Infinite Monkey Cage
Subject: science (but also very funny)
Hosts: Brian Cox (scientist) and Robin Ince (comedian)

Site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00snr0w/episodes/downloads

Everything Everywhere Daily
Subject: History and Technology
Host: Gary Arndt
Site: https://podbay.fm/p/everything-everywhere-daily
Alternate:  https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/5si6h-d801e/Everything-Everywhere-Daily-Podcast
Official site with transcripts: https://everything-everywhere.com/everything-everywhere-daily-podcast/

#3 Big Picture Science

Subject: science
Seth Shostak (astronomer) and Molly Bentley (science journalist)
Site: https://bigpicturescience.org/episodes

Subject: astronomy (but with humor)
Hosts: Fred Watson (astronomer) Andrew Dunkley (journalist)
Site: https://player.fm/series/2381510

#5: Astronomy Cast
Subject: Astronomy (mostly)
Hosts: Fraser Cain (publisher of Universe Today) and Pamela Gay (astronomer)
Site: http://www.astronomycast.com/podcasts/

Are We There Yet?
Subject: Astronomy & Science
Host: Brendan Byrne
Site: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/470937634/are-we-there-yet

#7: The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe
Subject: Science (mostly)
Host: Various scientists and writers

Site: https://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcasts

#8: Daniel and Jorge Explain The Universe
Subject: Science
Hosts: Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham
Site: https://player.fm/series/daniel-and-jorge-explain-the-universe-2445537

#9: The Naked Scientists

Subject: Science
Hosts: Dr. Chris Smith and Adam Murphy
Site: https://www.thenakedscientists.com/science-podcasts

#10: You Are Not So Smart
Subject: Psychology
Host: David McRaney
Site: https://youarenotsosmart.com/podcast/
Alternate: https://podbay.fm/p/you-are-not-so-smart

And here are other podcasts in alphabetical order that I also
occasionally listen to and can recommend:

AAAS Science
Subject: Science & Current Affairs

Host: Sarah Crespi & others (journalists)
Site: https://www.sciencemag.org/podcasts

The Al Franken Podcast
Subject: Politics and Humor
Host: Al Franken
Site: https://alfranken.com/listen

American History Tellers
Subject: History
Host: Lindsay Graham
Site: https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/american-history-tellers-22998

The Ancient World
Subject: History
Host: Scott Chesworth
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/h3g82-2f28f/The-Ancient-World-Podcast

Armchair Expert
Subject: Interviews
Host: Dax Shepard
Site: https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods   

Cautionary Tales
Subject: History
Host: Tim Harford
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/6a2yj-a7c78/Cautionary-Tales-with-Tim-Harford-Podcast

Cinema Science
Subject: Movies & Science
Hosts: Heidi Febinger & Anne Gibson
Site: https://cinemascience.podbean.com/

Club Random
Subject: Interviews
Host: Bill Maher
Site: https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/club-random-with-bill-maher-99478

Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend
Subject: Interviews
Host: Conan O'Brien
Site: https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/conan-obrien-needs-a-friend-31097

DarkHorse Podcast
Subject: Natural Sciences
Hosts: Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/zfqt3-9861f/Bret-Weinstein-%7C-DarkHorse-Podcast

The Dollop
Subject: history (mostly)
Hosts: Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds (comedians)
Site: https://allthingscomedy.com/podcast/the-dollop

5 Live Science Podcast
Subject: Science
Host: Dr. Chris Smith
Site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pc9ny/episodes/downloads

Fly on the Wall
Subject: Interviews
Hosts: Dana Carvey and David Spade (comedians)
Site: https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/fly-on-the-wall-70856

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
Subject: Movies & Games, Interviews
Host: David Barr Kirtley (writer)

Site: https://geeksguideshow.com/

Getting Curious
Subject: Interviews
Host: Jonathan Van Ness
Site: https://www.radio.com/podcasts/getting-curious-with-jonathan-van-ness-31101

Subject: History & Technology
Hosts: Quinn Nelson and Stephen Hackett
Site: https://www.relay.fm/flashback

Flash Forward
Subject: The Future
Host: Rose Eveleth
Site: https://feeds.megaphone.fm/PPY8359579005

Here's the Thing
Subject: Interviews
Host: Alec Baldwin
Site: https://feeds.megaphone.fm/HSW7089903000

History Daily
Subject: History
Host: Lindsay Graham
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/pkzij-22e72a/History-Daily-Podcast
Alternate site: https://podbay.fm/p/history-daily

History of the Second World War
Subject: World War II
Host: Wesley Livesay
Site: http://historyofthesecondworldwar.com/
Alternate site: https://podbay.fm/p/history-of-the-second-world-war

The History of World War II
Subject: World War II
Host: Ray Harris, Jr.
Site: https://worldwariipodcast.net/
Alternate site: https://podbay.fm/p/the-history-of-wwii-podcast-by-ray-harris-jr

In Our Time
Subject: History
Host: Melvyn Bragg & Guests
Site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl/episodes/downloads?page=1

Inside Out with Paul Mecurio
Subject: Interviews
Host: Paul Mercurio
Site: https://player.fm/series/inside-out-with-paul-mecurio

Into The Impossible
Subject: Science & Physics
Host: Brian Keating
Site: https://player.fm/series/1294742

Joe Rogan
Subject: Interviews
Host: Joe Rogan
Site: https://www.joerogan.com/  Only available on Spotify where you have to pay to listen.

Jordan Klepper Fingers the Conspiracy
Subject: Conspiracy Theories
Host: Jordan Klepper
Site: https://podbay.fm/p/klepper

The Langley Files: A CIA Podcast
Subject: The CIA
Hosts: Dee and Walter
Site: https://player.fm/series/the-langley-files-a-cia-podcast

Let's Make a Sci-Fi
Subject: writing?
Hosts: Ryan Beil, Maddy Kelly, and Mark Chavez
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/6dvxh-25541c/Let's-Make-A-Sci-Fi-Podcast

Lex Fridman
Subject: Science, history, technology, psychology, etc.
Host: Lex Fridman (MIT AI research scientist)
Site: https://lexfridman.com/podcast/

Maritime History
Subject: History
Host: Brandon Huebner
Site: http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/episodes-maritime-history-podcast/

Mission Interplanetary
Subject: Space Exploration
Hosts: Cady Coleman & Andrew Maynard
Site: https://slate.com/podcasts/mission-interplanetary

Natural Disasters
Subject: History - Disasters
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/cy582-9c39d/Natural-Disasters-Podcast

Never Not Funny
Subject: Interviews
Host: Jimmy Pardo

Site: https://www.nevernotfunny.com/

Subject: Science & Current Affairs
Host: Laurence Krauss (theoretical physicist)
Site: https://player.fm/series/the-origins-podcast-with-lawrence-krauss

Pod Save America
Subject: Current Affairs
Hosts: Jon Favreau, Daniel Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor
Site: https://podbay.fm/p/pod-save-america

Point of Inquiry
Subject: History & Current Affairs
Hosts: Jim Underdown & Leighann Lord
Site: https://pointofinquiry.org/all-episodes/

Probably Science
Subject: Science
Hosts: Matt Kirshen & Andy Wood
Site: http://www.probablyscience.com/

Profoundly Pointless
Subject: Society & Culture
Host: Nick VinZant
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/f7nsm-1b7614/Profoundly-Pointless-Podcast

PNAS Science Sessions
Subject: Science
Host: Various
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/78qr8-a16dd/PNAS-Science-Sessions-Podcast

Subject: current affairs (and science)
Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich
Site: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/452538884/radiolab

Rationally Speaking
Subjects: Science and Logic
Host: Julia Galef
Site:  http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/   Looks defunct.

Alternate site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/72jhf-355aa/Rationally-Speaking-Podcast

Ridiculous History
Subject: History
Hosts: Ben Bowlin & Noel Brown
Site: https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/ridiculous-history-21435

Revisionist History

Subject: History
Host: Malcolm Gladwell
Site: https://feeds.megaphone.fm/revisionisthistory

Sam Harris (Making Sense)
Subject: Current affairs
Host: Sam Harris
Site: https://wakingup.libsyn.com/podcast

Science for the People
Subject: Science
Host: Rachelle Saunders
Site: http://www.scienceforthepeople.ca/episodes

Science in Action
Subject: Science
Host: BBC
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/5mye8-37ed5/Science-In-Action-Podcast

The Science of Everything Podcast
Subject: Science
Host: James Fodor (student)
Site: https://fods12.podbean.com/

The Science Show
Subject: Science
Site: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/feed/2885480/podcast.xml

Science Rules! with Bill Nye
Subject: Science
Host: Bill Nye
Site: https://player.fm/series/science-rules-with-bill-nye

Science Vs.
Subject: Science
Hosts: Alex Blumberg and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/dbs97-399ab/Science-Vs-Podcast

Sean Carroll's Mindscape Podcast
Subject: Science, Psychology, Interviews
Host: Sean Carroll (Cal-Tech theoretical physicist)
Site: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/podcast/

Shirtloads of Science
Subject: Science
Host: Dr. Karl
Site: https://shirtloadsofscience.libsyn.com/

Slate Political Gabfest
Subject: Politics
Hosts: David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson
Site: https://slate.com/podcasts/political-gabfest

Subject: Interviews
Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett
Site: https://www.radio.com/podcasts/smartless-40278

Something You Should Know
Subject: Psychology
Host: Mike Carruthers
Site: https://podbay.fm/p/something-you-should-know
Main site: https://www.somethingyoushouldknow.net/

Spark and Fire Podcast
Subject: Creativity
Host: June Cohen
Site: https://sparkandfire.com/
Alternative site: https://podbay.fm/p/spark-and-fire

Alternative site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/7p4ee-17f201/Spark--Fire-Fuel-Your-Creativity-Podcast

Star Trek: The Pod Directive
Subject: Star Trek
Hosts: Tawny Newsome & Paul F. Tompkins
Site: https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/star-trek-the-pod-directive-45891

Stuff They Don't Want You to Know
Subject: Conspiracies
Ben Bowlin, Matt Frederick & Noel Brown

Stuff to Blow Your Mind
Subject: Life Sciences
Hosts: Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/hvgx5-1177c/Stuff-To-Blow-Your-Mind-Podcast

Stuff You Missed in History Class
Subject: History
Hosts: Holly Frey & Tracy Wilson
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/c6maj-11774/Stuff-You-Missed-in-History-Class-Podcast

Stuff You Should Know
Subject: Science, history, society and culture
Hosts: Josh Clark & Chuck Bryant
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/5th9c-caf0/Stuff-You-Should-Know-Podcast

Tales from the Rabbit Hole
Subject: Conspiracy Theories
Host: Mick West
Site: https://www.tftrh.com/feed/podcast/

Talk Nerdy

Subject: Science, current affairs
Host: Cara Santa Maria
Site: https://www.carasantamaria.com/podcast/asheley-landrum

Tim Ferriss
Subject: Various
Host: Tim Ferriss
Site: https://tim.blog/podcast/#new-episodes

This Week in Science
Subject: Science
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/9zqxd-2f26e/This-Week-in-Science-%E2%80%93-The-Kickass-Science-Podcast

The Titanium Physics Podcast
Subject: Physics and Astronomy
Host: Dr. Ben Tippett
Site: https://podbay.fm/p/the-titanium-physicists-podcast

Travel with Rick Steves
Subject: Travel
Host: Rick Steves
Site: https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/pi4bm-33f95/Travel-with-Rick-Steves-Podcast

WTF with Marc Maron podcast
Subject: Interviews
Host: Marc Maron (comedian)
Site: https://podbay.fm/podcast/329875043
Key podcast: Barack Obama: **** http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_613_-_president_barack_obama

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Best:  https://podbay.fm/
2nd: https://www.podbean.com/

And, if you what some history in a different form, you can download old time
radio shows in MP3 format, everything from Dragnet to Fibber McGee and Molly.
Site: http://www.radioechoes.com/?page=alpha