I had the pleasure of chatting with the talented Karen Unland on her excellent Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast last week about my experiences while blogging about Alberta politics and some of the changes that have happened in online media since I started writing this blog a decade ago.
One of the things that has changed over the past ten years is the proliferation of podcasts available on almost any topic. On Karen’s podcast, I recommended a handful of podcasts that I listen to on a weekly basis. Here is an expanded list of podcasts that I would give my seal of approval:
- The Expats: This great podcast launched by local bon-vivant Adam Rozenhart features interviews with Canadians expatriates about their experiences living overseas. Their latest episode about the limitations on expat voting is particularity timely ahead of the October 19 federal election.
- Radiolab: This podcast is a longtime favourite of mine. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab focuses on topics of a scientific and philosophical nature. This podcast is a pleasure to listen to.
- Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: History nerds unite. Dan Carlin‘s podcast is a must-listen for history buffs.
- More or Less: Behind the Stats: Having a hard time making sense of the statistics you hear reported in the news or spouted from the mouths of politicians? This podcast from BBC4 breaks down the stats.
- Slate’s Political Gabfest: This is my favourite American politics podcast. In an informal atmosphere, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz provide great commentary and analysis of politics in Washington D.C.
- Slate’s Whistlestop: John Dickerson recounts stories from some of the more interesting American Presidential elections.
- Under the Influence from CBC Radio: Terry O’Reilly‘s advertising and marketing podcast is always interesting.
- The Strategists: An entertaining and informative podcast focusing on Canadian politics featuring witty commentary from Zain Velji, Corey Hogan and Stephen Carter.
- The Press Gallery: The Edmonton Journal’s politics podcast hosted by Brent Wittmeier and typically featuring columnists Graham Thomson and Paula Simons, and Journal reporters.
9 replies on “Recommended Listening: A list of my favourite podcasts”
99 Percent Invisible is my must not miss podcast. I look forward to its release every week.
Thanks for the recommendation, Wade. I’ll be sure to download 99 percent invisible.
Thanks for the +1 Dave!
On another note, totally agree with Slate – would listen to anything with John Dickerson.
My pleasure. You guys are doing some good work. And I agree, anything produced by John Dickerson is worth listening to.
Radio lab, hardcore history and the strategists are probably my three favourite podcasts. I do listen to the journal press gallery, but I feel that in comparison to the strategists, it comes across as very fluffy. Vox’s new weeds podcast is very promising for those who want to listen to policy nerds geeking out.
Thanks for the suggestion, Raj. I will check out Vox’s new weeds podcast.
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Thanks for the ideas! Can I listen to them in double speed using overcast.fm?
I just started my 2nd year of podcasting with a very good friend of mine. I love the community found in podcasting. We are “Everyone Has A Podcast” on iTunes and in the Google Play Store. Sorry for the shameless plug. I’ll check out others in the list. It’s nice to meet other Alberta podcasters 🙂